CoMHWA Welcomes NDIS Certainty for Mental Health Consumers

December 15, 2017

Consumers of Mental Health WA welcomes the recent confirmation by the McGowan Government that WA has signed up to the federal National Disability Insurances Scheme (NDIS).

Click here to read the Media Releases of the Minister for Disability Services, Hon Stephen Dawson, and the joint Media Release of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and State Premier, Hon. Mark McGowan.

The media releases announce a phased transfer for participants from the WA NDIS into the federal NDIS from April 2018, with WA to move fully to a federally run NDIS by 1st July 2018.

A decision on whether WA would proceed with a state or national model of the NDIS- has been pending since the initial roll out of the NDIS in 2014.

Consultations by and for people with disability, including mental health related (psychosocial) disability, their families and carers, highlighted mixed views about which of the two models were preferred, but no significant difference in outcomes. Read more from disability advocacy organisations on the announcement here.

This decision will provide much needed certainty for people with lived experience of mental health issues and enable greater clarity for consumers on how to apply, enter and get the most from the NDIS.

Since 2014, CoMHWA  been working as WA’s mental health consumer peak body and in partnership with disability advocacy organisations to help ensure the federal NDIS is responsive to the views and needs of people with lived experience in Western Australia. CoMHWA will continue our established advocacy relationship with NDIA to raise the voices of people with lived experience in the coming months and years ahead.

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If you are a NDIS participant and need information, advice or advocacy, you can contact People with Disabilities WA on 9485 8900 (country callers 1800 193 331) or for a full list of advocacy options, please contact CoMHWA on 9258 8911.

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