04
Nov 15

Predictable & Preventable: Aboriginal People with Cognitive Disabilities in the Criminal Justice System

Below is a case study taken from ‘A predictable and preventable path: Aboriginal people with mental and cognitive disabilities in the criminal justice system’ – a new report by Eileen Baldry, Ruth McCausland, Leanne Dowse and Elizabeth McEntyre from UNSW. Michael is an Indigenous man in his mid-20s. He was diagnosed as a child as … Continue reading Predictable & Preventable: Aboriginal People with Cognitive Disabilities in the Criminal Justice System

28
Oct 15

Consumer Perspective on Mental Health in the NDIS – the Good, the Bad and the Fudgy

Debbie Hamilton, Systemic Mental Health Advocate at the Hunter Trial Site, addressed the recent Designing & Delivering Mental Health Services within the NDIS conference in Sydney. Offering a consumer perspective of her experience of the NDIS, she shared “the good, the bad and the fudgy” elements of the scheme. The Good Innovative practices Changed lives … Continue reading Consumer Perspective on Mental Health in the NDIS – the Good, the Bad and the Fudgy

17
Sep 15

Malcolm Turnbull Signs NDIS Agreements – But What Does It Mean for Mental Health?

In one of his first acts as Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull has signed agreements with New South Wales and Victoria to proceed with the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Describing the NDIS as “one of the largest social policy reforms in our nation’s history”, he said, “the rollout will be carefully managed to … Continue reading Malcolm Turnbull Signs NDIS Agreements – But What Does It Mean for Mental Health?

11
Sep 15

Planning & Funding Mental Health within in the NDIS

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July 1st 2016 is looming fast for service users and providers in the mental health NGO sector. That is when the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is due to ‘roll out’ across most of Australia, for all types of disability including psychosocial. Actually most of us, whether people with severe mental illness, carers or service providers, … Continue reading Planning & Funding Mental Health within in the NDIS

10
Sep 15

People with Mental Health, Cognitive Disability & Complex Support Needs: Breaking the Prison Cycle

Some of the major but largely hidden issues facing those being released from prison are the difficulties people with mental and cognitive disabilities have to deal with when establishing themselves successfully in the community. Across Australia around 60,000 people (sentenced and unsentenced) are released from prison annually. Although data on this area is poor, it … Continue reading People with Mental Health, Cognitive Disability & Complex Support Needs: Breaking the Prison Cycle

18
Aug 15

Working with families & carers of people with a psychosocial disability

Author:Jane Henty

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A mental health carer is someone who provides unpaid care and support to a family member or friend with a mental illness or mental health condition. A carer may or may not live with the person they support. In some cases and on some occasions a person with a mental illness may not be cognisant … Continue reading Working with families & carers of people with a psychosocial disability

28
Jul 15

The call for positive reform to mental health in Australia

Mental health organisations recently penned an open letter to The Council of Australian Governments, a body consisting of Prime Minister Tony Abbott, and the premiers and chief ministers of Australia calling on them to “work together to reform our nation’s failing mental health system.” A total of 92 organisations signed the letter adding gravitas to … Continue reading The call for positive reform to mental health in Australia

30
Jun 15

Discharging Mental Health Patients DAILY – A Good Response to Patient Flow Issues?

“A Melbourne mental health provider has ordered its hospitals to discharge at least three mental health patients each day” – ABC News, Jan 2015. The impact of patient flow and the discharge of patients in Australian hospitals has been the topic of conversation and an issue for the past ten years. There have been various … Continue reading Discharging Mental Health Patients DAILY – A Good Response to Patient Flow Issues?