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3 Oct 2019

NDIS Toolkit

Brightwater has developed this NDIS toolkit to help guide individuals with disability and their support network to effectively plan for the NDIS.

16 Apr 2019

Media Release: National report exposes further holes in NDIS transition

WAAMH has raised concerns based on report findings released by The University of Sydney and Australia’s coalition of community mental health peaks, Community Mental Health Australia that show a significant inadequacy of support for thousands of people living with serious mental illness in Australia, currently left outside of the NDIS.

8 Apr 2019

WA Market Review Submission

This submission focuses on the development of robust markets for people with psychosocial disability. It is informed by WAAMH’s NDIS Sector Reference Group, comprehensive ongoing engagement with members and psychosocial stakeholders including consumer and carer representative organisations, and WAAMH’s WA Market Review round table event held with David Cullen, Chief Economist to the NDIS, on Tuesday 26 March 2019.

21 Mar 2019

Media Release: NDIS funding extension welcome but delays still cast doubts in WA

WESTERN Australia’s peak body for mental health, the Western Australian Association for Mental Health (WAAMH) welcomes today’s announcement from the Federal Government to extend funding for community mental health programs, which support thousands of people with psychosocial disability, while the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is rolled-out in WA.

20 Feb 2019

WAAMH Submission to the Joint Standing Committee on the NDIS

In this submission, WAAMH provides evidence to the committee about some of the most urgent and pressing issues in the context of psychosocial disability and the NDIS in WA, and the scheme's delays here in the west. We request three specific urgent recommendations are made by the committee to support the scheme to reach its objectives for people with psychosocial disability in WA.

21 Jan 2019

Service gaps for people transitioning into NDIS

A national project reporting on transition rates for Partners in Recovery, Personal Helpers and Mentors, and Day-to-Day Living clients into the NDIS has released its first interim update, including data on WA's support gaps for people transitioning from mental health programs and whether they are able to receive NDIS support. Report courtesy of Queensland Alliance for Mental Health.

21 Dec 2018

NDIS Quarterly Update

On a quarterly basis, WAAMH will be curating the most vital developments and pieces of knowledge you need to know as the NDIS is rolled out and delivered in WA - with a particular focus on how it's shaping up in relation to psychosocial disability.

12 Dec 2018

WAAMH influences national NDIS policy through CMHA

NDIS policy is a national affair. WAAMH’s primary strategy to influence these federal policy settings is to provide advice and channel Western Australian voices to contribute to the work of the community sector’s national peak – Community Mental Health Australia (CMHA).

21 Sep 2018

NDIS Psychosocial Disability Forum

Watch Strategic Advisor on Mental Health to the NDIA Dr Gerry Naughtin present on the strategic changes the NDIA is making to improve access to and the experiences of the NDIS for people with psychosocial disability. Dr Naughtin also sets out other elements of the mental health service system and where the NDIS fits into this messy space.

21 Sep 2018

NDIS Access and Psychosocial Disability Workshop

Watch Elspeth Jordan, from the NDIA mental health team, explain in depth the NDIS access rules for psychosocial disability (a disability caused by a person’s mental health issues) including what ‘likely to be permanent’ means, and that an episodic mental health issue can still qualify.

10 Aug 2017

CMHA submission: Position Paper - Productivity Commission on National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Costs

CMHA Submission to the NDIS Costs – Productivity Commission Paper states that the point of quality is getting lost in the focus on scheme costs.

5 Dec 2016

Media Release - Inquiry points to work still to do on NDIS and psycho-social disability

WHILE the future governance of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Western Australia was recently decided, there are still key issues relating to psycho-social disability under the scheme which need to be addressed.

11 Jul 2016

WAAMH Submission - Review of the National Disability Advocacy Program

Informed by the Communities of Practice, WAAMH’s submission to the National Disability Advocacy Program honed in on consumer's, carer's and sector organisation's calls for strong independent advocacy to be available for people wishing to access the NDIS. It supported Consumers of Mental Health WA (CoMHWA)’s recommendation for peer advocacy to be a form of advocacy specifically recognised by the program.

7 Apr 2016

WAAMH’s Position on the Future Governance of the NDIS in WA

WAAMH supports the trial of two models in WA which provide an opportunity to ensure that issues for people with a psychosocial disability are attended to in all aspects. WAAMH does not recommend the adoption of one governance model for the NDIS in WA over another. Rather, WAAMH has identified the key principles which it considers must underpin the future governance of the NDIS in this state. Read here for more information.

16 Nov 2015

Submission to the Commissioning of the Information, Capacity Building and Linkages Framework

WAAMH thanks all participants for their valued involvement in our survey and consultation workshop, which yielded a wealth of information that we were able to utilise in a document which supports the position on maintaining the strength of Partners in Recovery and other mental health programs. This submission is underpinned by a number of assumptions and recommendations which are grounded in the context of a policy and funding landscape which is evolving. The NDIS is only one part of a broader system that offers programs and supports for people with psychosocial disability and as such, it is essential that the Commissioning Framework for ILC is considered alongside the government’s response to the MHC’s ‘Contributing lives, thriving communities - Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services.’ We also recommended that the ILC fund specific supports to enable possible mental health consumers to engage with the scheme, test their eligibility and navigate the system so that they can access needed services.

16 Oct 2015

Submission to the NDIS Act Rules and Review

Following strong sector and member input WAAMH has developed a submission to the Review of the NDIS Act and Rules being undertaken by Ernst and Young for the NDIA. The Act and Rules together comprise the legislative framework for the NDIS and have very important impacts on how the NDIS is operationalised and experienced by people. Our submission detailed the issues being faced for people with psychosocial disability in the NDIS trial sites in Western Australia. It made a number of recommendations about how the Act and Rules could be amended to equitably meet the support and advocacy needs of people with psychosocial disability including in the following areas: objects and principles of the Act, access and eligibility including permanency of disability, planning and review, ‘reasonable and necessary’ supports including recovery and clinical issues, and advocacy and support to access and navigate the NDIS.

7 Aug 2015

Review of National Disability Advocacy Framework - WAAMH Submission

Our submission focuses on the extent to which the Framework requires change to enable it to better meet the advocacy needs of people with psychosocial disability, in the fast-changing context of the disability and mental health sectors, including the roll-out of the NDIS.