The Wimmera’s health and social services organisations have united to issue a joint statement to candidates ahead of the Victorian election calling for greater equity of services for rural communities.
Under the current reforms, designed to enhance sector efficiency, some of the most vulnerable clients are falling through the cracks, including those with disabilities, said Grampians Disability Advocacy’s Deb Verdon.
“At every turn a person with a disability is asked to provide medical evidence about their situation, be it by Centrelink or the NDIS,” she said. “Reports from GPs are no longer good enough. Support agencies demand a report from a specialist, but where are the specialists to be found?”
The federal government’s outsourced jobseeker program is a “special kind of hell” for welfare recipients with mental health issues, a Senate inquiry has heard.
Strictly speaking, the mental health system isn’t broken – it was just built this way and is producing the results it was designed for.
The announcement of a mental health royal commission by Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, if re-elected next month, is a historic moment, a sector leader says.
This guideline aims to create greater consistency in diagnostic practices across the country to ensure individuals on the autism spectrum and their families can receive the optimal clinical care. The Guideline emphasises the importance of listening to individuals and their families about the impact of the behaviours on family life.
Jerusha Mather, from Melbourne, claims doctors with disabilities are poorly represented in the profession and she wants medical schools to set aside at least 10 places a year for students with disabilities.
This is a report on a series of consultation workshops with stakeholders to hear how NDIS participants with psychosocial disability, their carers and providers experience the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
A Melbourne Social Equity Institute research team examined ways of avoiding coercive practices to ensure people experiencing mental health crises are treated with dignity and respect. The team undertook a systematic review of global practices that aim to reduce, prevent and end coercive practices in mental health settings.
The Australian Government will establish a Productivity Commission Inquiry into the role of mental health in the Australian economy and the best ways to support and improve national mental wellbeing.
Unpaid carers in Australia face a significant economic disadvantage, research reveals, prompting the launch of a campaign to bridge the gap between unpaid care and workforce participation.
If we could stop the high levels of bullying that adolescents with a disability experience, we could make a big difference to their health, learning and wellbeing. So school anti-bullying programs need to acknowledge the link between having a disability, being bullied and poorer mental health.
The ordeal of a father battling bowel cancer and Centrelink at the same time is setting social media ablaze, prompting a crowdfunding appeal and an outpouring of rage on Facebook.
Summer Foundation has released a new guide to assist health and NDIS staff to working with people with disabilities- from hospital admission to discharge.
AN extra $160 million in funding will help Australians with mental illness and psychosocial disability who aren’t otherwise covered by the NDIS, the Health Minister has announced.