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NDIS Latest News 6 May 2021

Scheme reform update

There has been a lot of focus on the NDIS in recent weeks. 

The Hon Linda Reynolds has been appointed the new Minister for the NDIS and is taking the opportunity to consult further on Scheme reforms, including independent assessments, ahead of releasing draft changes to legislation. 

I’ve recorded a short video for participants, their families and carers, and the sector, to let you know where we are in terms of Scheme reforms and set a clear picture of what we’re working towards – ultimately, an affordable Scheme that supports participants to have more control over their supports and their lives.

Watch it on the NDIS website.

Article from ProBono Newsletter 6 May 2021

Advocates perplexed over government’s independent assessments plan

Disability advocates say they are confused by the federal government’s messaging around independent assessments, after National Disability Insurance Scheme Minister Linda Reynolds confirmed the controversial reform will proceed in “some form” despite widespread opposition.

What’s the issue? Advocates say the government has been sending mixed messages about independent assessments (IAs) – a reform that would drastically change the process for determining NDIS eligibility. After swift backlash to the reform from disability groups, Minister Reynolds said two weeks ago that the government would pause its plan to introduce IAs. While this made disability groups hopeful the policy could be dumped, Reynolds told Senate Estimates on Monday that the introduction of IAs were still set to go ahead. Disability advocates are now in the dark about exactly when and how IAs will be rolled out. They are calling for the government to reset relations with the sector and ensure people with disability are put at the centre of NDIS decision-making.

https://mailchi.mp/probonoaustralia/indpendent-assessments?e=638c213cfb

Tandem eNews special edition 4 May 2021

Dear members and supporters,

Act for an inclusive mental health and wellbeing system

In 2019, Tandem made a submission to the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System. We produced this based on extensive consultation with you, our members.
We learnt that you support a mental health system that is Safe, Inclusive, Fair and Funded.
We now have the final Royal Commission report in our hands. We can hear your voices resonating throughout the 3000 pages informing the recommendations.
The final report highlights the need for a system that is safe and inclusive for family, carers and supporters. We now need to ensure that the reforms implemented reflect the intentions of the report.

We need to ask for your help again.

Please complete this survey by end of Monday 10th May to inform the implementation of:

  • Recommendation 42: A new Mental Health and Wellbeing Act
  • Recommendation 44: A new Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission
  • Recommendation 54: Towards the elimination of seclusion and restraint
  • Recommendation 61: Sharing mental health and wellbeing

    Information In this eNews edition

      • Introduction: Act for an inclusive mental health & wellbeing system
      • Tandem Members Meeting – Thursday June 10
      • COVID-19 Mental Health Packages no longer available
      • Tandem Support & Referral Line
      • Other Mental Health Helplines and Webchats

    Thank you for your ongoing support. We will keep you informed of any consultation opportunities that arise.

    To join the Tandem register to take part in working groups and consultations, contact us at mhcregister@tandemcarers.org.auYou can access the complete newsletter via the link below:
    https://mailchi.mp/ba38611ed281/dfxn4oqrm0-4752256?e=34088e3417

NDIS Newsletter 22 April 2021

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Participant First: Help shape the NDIS

Sign up to join the Participant First Engagement Initiative

Want to provide your feedback to shape the future of the NDIS?

Our Participant First Engagement Initiative helps us connect with participants, families and carers to get your ideas on creating a better participant experience.

If you’d like to work with us on delivering a better scheme for all, we’d love to hear from you.
Learn more.

For more information you can access the newsletter via the link below:
https://mailchi.mp/ndis.gov.au/enewsletter_22_april2021_participant?e=88b89fb306

VMIAC Weekly Newsletter 22 April 2021

Just Saying!

From new consumer rights resources, to campaigns to change the future of Victoria’s mental health system. Keep reading to find out about this and more in this weeks VMIAC newsletter!

GET READY

Now what are they doing about us, without us? We’ll be calling on you next week to act! Keep an eye on our social…

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To access the newsletter click on the link below:

Connect Health – Accessible Psychological Interventions (API)

Flexible support for people with mild to moderate mental illness

Connect Health is currently taking referrals for the Accessible Psychological Interventions (API) service in Bayside.

API services include a range of short term psychological interventions. These are available in individual and family formats and are matched to people’s needs.

Interventions include:

  • cognitive-behavioural therapy
  • skills training
  • psycho-education
  • relaxation strategies
  • other evidence-based interventions.

API services can be delivered by clinical psychologists, psychologists, mental health social workers, occupational therapists and mental health nurses.

Refer via SEMPHN Access & Referral (8.30 am-4.30 pm weekdays)

  • Ph: 1800 862 363
  • Fax: 1300 354 053

Referral forms (including medical software templates) are available on the SEMPHN Access & Referral page. Other referral forms are accepted if they contain the required information.

Consent is needed for clients to receive services.

HeadtoHelp Support Services

Mental health

HeadtoHelp: Share the Bear

Who is HeadtoHelp for?

The HeadtoHelp service is open to Victorians of any age who may be experiencing distress or mental ill health. This includes people who have never accessed mental health services before and their family and friends. It also is for family and friends of those in aged care.

Who can refer to HeadtoHelp services?

Anyone can refer to HeadtoHelp. Support/services are accessible to everyone, at no cost. A Medicare card, ID or Mental Health Care Plan is not required. The team at HeadtoHelp intake are clinicians who use the Initial Assessment Referral Decision Support Tool (IAR-DST) to make an assessment and refer people to the appropriate type of service, with their consent.

Anyone can call HeadtoHelp central intake on ph: 1800 595 212Monday to Friday, 8.30am-5pm. HeadtoHelp services do not provide after-hours or emergency mental health advice or support.  In case of emergency, call 000.

Share the Bear! 

A friendly and relatable bear was designed to promote the HeadtoHelp service. The bear’s worries, stresses and loneliness are relatable feelings for many Victorians since the pandemic started.

Share the bear with your patients through some of these helpful resources:

 

CEO Update Mental Health Australia 12 March 2021

‘We’re people, not numbers’: Disability groups plea with MPs to halt new assessment model

An unprecedented alliance of disability representatives, providers and advocates are urging their elected representatives to press pause on plans which would undermine the integrity of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Under the planned changes: all future NDIS participants must undergo an assessment with an unknown assessor rather than their health professional; they will then be given a score, and an algorithm will then determine the level of support they receive based on this score; there will be no way for participants to appeal the decision.

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Disability sector statement on the Australian Government’s planned reforms to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

Joint statement: Australian Autism Alliance, Australian Federation of Disability Organisations, Children and Young People with Disability Australia, Disability Advocacy Network Australia, Every Australian Counts, First Peoples Disability Network, Inclusion Australia, National Ethnic Disability Australia, People with Disability Australia, Women with Disabilities Australia, Young People in Nursing Homes Alliance, Autism Aspergers Advocacy Australia (A4), Blind Citizens Australia, Brain Injury Australia, Deaf Australia, Deafblind Australia, Deafness Forum of Australia, Down Syndrome Australia, National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum, Physical Disability Australia.

People with disability, their families and the organisations that represent them are all worried about changes the Australian Government wants to make to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Downloads

Joint statement:

VicHealth welcomes the final report of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System

Health promotion foundation VicHealth has welcomed the final report of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System. VicHealth applauds the leadership of courageous Victorians with lived experience whose contribution resulted in crucial recommendations to help rebuild Victoria’s mental health system.

Read: The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System Final Report.

The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System has now concluded. If you have any questions about the Commission’s work or its website, please contact the Department of Health by emailing MentalHealth@dhhs.vic.gov.au