ED Update for August

The SA Mental Health Commission has released its preliminary findings and draft of the SA Mental Health Strategic Plan which will be released in full for comment soon.

Nominations are now open for the Mental Health in Excellence Awards. You can nominate yourself, colleague or anyone in the sector. The Mental Health Awards celebrates the outstanding contribution made to mental health services and promotion of mental health in South Australia.

Find out more by clicking hereNominations close Friday 18 August.

The NDIS has commenced its rollout to adults in some regions across South Australia. You can find the rollout timetable here. We are continuing to advocate for an NDIS that provides ongoing support for those living with mental illness. This means we are keen to hear from you. We would love to hear from you how the rollout is going by sharing your experiences with us. You can do this by emailing us at communications@mhcsa.org.au.

Community Mental Health Australia is a network of the NGO Mental Health Peaks across Australia and is an important vehicle for national advocacy. The new CMHA website has gone live and can be seen here. Through CMHA, the MHCSA and the other state and territory peaks are organising the National NDIS Mental Health Conference to be held on 16 and 17 November in Sydney with registrations closing 31 August 2017You can find out more on the Conference website here.

In other CMHA news they had an opinion piece published on the health website Croakey about the impact of federal policy on communities, and the need for approaches to addressing mental health – particularly in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities – that are community driven, whole of government responses.  It’s a worthwhile read and you can find it here.
The MHCSA also made a submission to the Productivity Commission (PC) NDIS Costs inquiry in July and provided input to the CMHA submission. An important step is that the Productivity Commission has acknowledged that there are issues that need to be solved that impact people with psychosocial disability disproportionately.
Our submission identified issues and concerns as well as recommendations and ideas to improve how the NDIS works for people with mental illness.

The MHCSA and CMHA submissions are available on the Productivity Commission website here.

The MHCSA was also represented in a Ministerial Roundtable to discuss issues for people in Rooming Houses and recommendations in a report by Shelter SA. Issues include the risk of people becoming ‘stuck’ in inappropriate accommodation and unable to access more appropriate housing. There is also an urgent need to ensure that, where appropriate, people in these forms of accommodation are supported to test their eligibility for NDIS. To read the full report click here.

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