Director NDIS and Mental Health – Call for expression of interest

A Director of the NDIS and Mental Health Division of The Sensible Centre is being sought to lead the development of a political movement of people with disabilities and mental illnesses and our families, positioned in the Sensible Centre of Australian life.

With the end of institutionalised care in the 1980s and 1990s, community inclusion and self-determination have been our goals in disability and mental health. But in reality, the barriers to achieving these goals remain strongly entrenched. There is a lot of goodwill in the Australian community for people with disabilities and mental illnesses and our families, but governments, services, businesses and schools have struggled with how to to make community inclusion a reality. Inappropriate support models and dysfunctional service systems are still the norm, despite the advent of NDIS and countless mental health reform strategies.

The key problem has been the lack of an independent representative voice of people with disabilities and mental illnesses and our families in reforming services and establishing pathways to inclusion. Services are still provider-centred, impersonal and fragmented, yet governments talk only to the service industries and funded agencies, and ignore the experience and insights of people on the ground.

Until we have an independent representative political voice of people with disabilities and mental illnesses and our families, service systems will remain provider-centred instead of genuinely person- and family-centred.

The NDIS and Mental Health Division of The Sensible Centre has one goal – to involve tens of thousands of people across our continent in creating a political movement capable of getting a bloc of MPs in parliaments who will advance the inclusion and self-determination of people with disabilities and mental illnesses and our families.

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Author:
The Sensible Centre

Date published:
Fri 18th Dec, 2020