Authors: Tina Smith
Event: 2016 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Organisational and Workforce Development, funding, government policy, reserach & evaluation informing practice, workforce, mental health coordinating council mhcc
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: This paper describes work undertaken by the Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC) on behalf of Community Mental Health Australia (CMHA) to implement a ‘Community Managed Mental Health Sector NDIS Workforce Development Scoping Paper Project’. This work was subcontracted to MHCC through Mental Health Australia’s NDIS Sector Development Fund Capacity Building Project, funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services. Research was undertaken in partnership with Human Capital Alliance. The research was undertaken at the two year mark of NDIS implementation to explore workforce impacts and readiness. The methodology included literature scan and interview/survey of 34 organisations providing services to people with mental health conditions nationally.
The evaluation of this work will be explored in the context of NDIS implementation and national mental health reform policy and funding directions. A key tension arising related to the financial viability of the pricing of NDIS services and supports. Some stakeholders argued that the pricing is not sufficient to purchase a suitably skilled workforce that engages in complex ‘cognitive behavioural interventions’ as well as direct personal care. It is hoped that the recommendations of the report will be further pursued through opportunities arising through the ‘NDIS Integrated Market, Sector and Workforce Strategy’ (2015).