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Feedback sought on Parliamentary inquiry into mental health services in the NDIS

Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Psychology, The Health Industry

As part of the Joint Standing Committee inquiry into the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) scheme, the committee will inquire into the provision of services under the NDIS for people with a mental illness.

This parliamentary inquiry has been welcomed by Community Mental Health Australia (CMHA). They are concerned about the needs of people living with a mental illness who now receive Federally funded mental health services but will be ineligible for the NDIS.

CMHA President, Liz Crowther, said that CMHA remains committed to the NDIS and the benefits that it can bring to the lives of people living with a mental illness. However, the state and territory members have reported many challenges they have been experiencing with the NDIS and how the rehabilitative focus of community-based mental health is not fitting into a system designed for disabilities.

“Community Mental Health Australia is strongly advocating for options to be developed for funding services for people living with a mental illness who are ineligible for the NDIS and currently access Federally funded programs, ensuring their rehabilitation and disability support needs are met whether they are eligible or not for the NDIS”, Ms Crowther said.

In response to the parliamentary inquiry, Occupational Therapy Australia (OTA) invites OTA members who are currently providing services under the NDIS to people with mental health conditions to provide feedback. They also seek feedback from other occupational therapists working in mental health about the NDIS benefits and what the current barriers to service provision are.

Submissions to the inquiry close on 27 February 2017 and all OTs who would like to provide feedback can access OTA page here.

Click here for more information on the parliamentary inquiry from the Parliament of Australia.

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