Mind the Gap: NDIS and Mental Health

VICSERV and SalvConnect have engaged the University of Sydney to produce a Victorian focussed policy research paper on the mental health landscape post NDIS transition.

What does the Victorian mental health system look like in an NDIS context?

What are the impacts of NDIS implementation for those in the Barwon mental health community post trial period?

How are people with psychosocial disability managing in the new environment?

What are the support pathways for those ineligible?

The removal of state funding from community mental health to make way for the NDIS has led to emerging and growing gaps in service provision and support for people with serious mental illness in Victoria.

In addition, as federally-funded mental health programs such as Partners in Recovery (PIR) and Day to Day Living (D2DL) transition to the NDIS, it is evident that there will be a proportion of the client base, including a significant number of indigenous Australians, who will be ineligible.

To identify more definitively where the emerging and growing gaps in service provision and support for people with serious mental illness gaps are in the NDIS environment, and propose policy recommendations to address them, VICSERV and SalvoConnect have commissioned a piece of work in partnership with the University of Sydney and CMHA.

The Victorian-specific project will focus on the Barwon region and the implications for people with mental illness both in and out of the Scheme and will seek to address the above questions. 

This component of the project will contribute to a larger project that will address these issues from a national context, incorporating:

  • Gaps for those eligible for the NDIS
  • Gaps for those who are ineligible
  • People who are eligible but don’t apply for the NDIS
  • Gaps in systems interface and integration

For further information on the project call Debra Parnell on (03) 9519 7000.