Authors: Tina Smith
Event: 2016 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Choice, control and better outcomes, mental health service reform, service delivery, implementation, social justice, social inclusion, mental health coordinationg council mhcc, nsw
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: This paper describes establishment of a Hunter NDIS and Mental Health Community of Practice (CoP) as a major achievement of the ‘NSW NDIS and Mental Health Analysis Partnership Project’. The project was undertaken by the Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC) in partnership with the NSW Mental Health Commission from June 2013 and coinciding with the NSW NDIS trial. The impact of the NDIS on people with a psychosocial disability and those that provide services and supports to them has been high. At the end of December 2015, 523 people in NSW with a primary psychosocial disability had accessed an NDIS individually funded package. The CoP was established to harness learning and opportunities arising from the NDIS, from a mental health perspective. Our rationale and approach in establishing the CoP is described along with its value and achievements.
The NDIS now being scaled up nationally and the pace of change and learning will also escalate. This will now occur in association with national mental health reform through Primary Health Networks (PHNs). Non-government community-managed organisations are being profoundly effected in this environment. So too is the practice of front line mental health practitioners, both government and non-government, who are at the heart of service delivery. CoP provide a place for the workforce providing services to people with mental health conditions to gather and reflect on the changes occurring as a result of NDIS implementation and mental health reform.