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Mental health and the NDIS

22 Jan 2015, by Informa Insights

We’d like to thank the speakers, attendees and supporting organisations who contributed to the success of the 2nd Annual Integrating Mental Health into the NDIS Conference in November 2014.

A range of high-calibre speakers, 28 in total including the NDIA, DSS and other government agencies brought exposure to the NDIS, and consumers and community mental health representatives offered a thorough insight into their transfer into the NDIS and brought their voices to the national stage.

A major highlight of the 2nd annual conference was the presence of senior representatives from government who were able to contribute to discussions about future developments for the scheme and understand the concerns from stakeholders in the mental health sector.

Frank Quinlan, Mental Health Australia, discussed the opportunities for mental health transitioning into the NDIS, eligibility, assessment and current reforms impacting mental health and what this means for governance. Frank also discussed the 7 point plan for mental health reform.

Nathan Grixti from VMIAC and Indigo Daya from MI Fellowship highlighted the importance of aligning best practice in mental health recovery, allowing for consumer-directed alternative frameworks and involving consumers at all levels of planning & delivery.

Here are some comments from a number of speakers at the conference about their personal highlights and key takeaways from the conference.

Top challenges facing the industry in the next 6-12 months were highlighted by attendees as:

  • Educating the sector
  • Changing the culture
  • Funding implications
  • Increasing awareness of NDIA for consumers, carers and staff
  • Future planning and support for consumers and families
  • Preparing policy and processes
  • Financial viability due to NDIS pricing
  • Maintaining a professional workforce
  • Staff culture change
  • Supporting NGO’s with change
  • Collaboration with multiple agencies

You can view presentations from the 2nd Annual Integrating Mental Health into the NDIS Conference 2014.

Feedback from the 2014 conference included:
 “The highlights for me were the consumer stories, information on issues from NDIS trial sites, and the Q&A sessions.” Disability Trust

“I enjoyed the comprehensive information about how mental health will be integrated into the NDIS.” The Haven Project

“Consumer experiences of NDIS and the challenges and successes experienced in NDIS trial sites were of real interest to me.”  Footprints

“A really interesting cross section of informative papers that explained the NDIS and people in the mental health sector’s experiences.” Mind Australia & University of Melbourne

“Enjoyed the networking opportunities and speaking to service providers from a NDIS trial site.” Uniting Care Wesley Port Adelaide

If you have a suggestion for themes or speakers for the next conference, please contact us here.

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