Mental illness and the NDIS

A/Prof Nicola Hancock

writer

A/Prof Nicola Hancock

Lead, Mental Health Stream, Centre for Disability Research and Policy, University of Sydney

A/Prof Jennifer Smith-Merry

writer

A/Prof Jennifer Smith-Merry

Director, Centre for Disability Research and Policy, University of Sydney

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) promises a life-changing opportunity for Australians living with disabilities to get the supports they need to engage and participate fully in their communities.

The size, complexity and rapid roll-out of the NDIS meant that teething problems would inevitably arise.

An independent review, released yesterday, shows these problems are particularly serious for people with mental illnesses – also known as psychosocial disabilities.

People with a mental illness were the last group to be included in the NDIS. Initial planning focused on physical and intellectual disability, failing to recognise the unique needs and challenges of people with psychosocial disabilities.

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Lead, Mental Health Stream, Centre for Disability Research and Policy, University of Sydney

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A/Prof Jennifer Smith-Merry

Director, Centre for Disability Research and Policy, University of Sydney

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