VMIAC CEO Craig Wallace at the Mental Health Equity and Access Forum

VMIAC CEO Craig Wallace was at the Mental Health Equity and Access Forum in Canberra this week. He met with Minister Mark Butler and Assistant Minister Emma McBride in Canberra this week. He shares his thoughts on the announced $7.5 million in funding to establish two national mental health peak bodies, one for consumers and … Continued

Reporting suicide and mental ill-health: A resource for media professionals

Closing date: January 30, 2012

This guide aims to provide some practical tips on safe ways for discussing, reporting and publishing of content, which references mental health or mental ill-health to ensure any risks are managed while increasing the community understanding of mental ill-health.  The guide provides support and guidance to media professionals when reporting, portraying or communicating about suicide or mental ill-health.

Wait down for NDIS patients in hospital

The minister announced earlier this month that the average waiting time across Australia for NDIS participants medically fit for discharge from hospital is now 33 days. This is down from an average of 160 days in Victoria at the time of the federal election.

Public trustee system under the spotlight

Since its establishment in 2019, the Disability Royal Commission has put the spotlight on the public trustee system, exposing countless cases of people losing control of their lives under the system.  Investigative reporter Anne Connolly has been at the latest hearings and she joined RN Breakfast to discuss.

Craig Wallace, a spokesperson for Australians Against Covid

“I’m very wary about the rhetoric we’ve had in this country about welfare reform, and the narrative that disabled people don’t have lives worth living. We’ve seen these regressive ideas played out in the management of the pandemic.

Helping Patients With A Disability Get Back Home

More patients with a disability who have been medically cleared but are stuck waiting in hospital for a NDIS plan will be able to go home earlier, with the Andrews Labor Government expanding a program to reduce bed block around the state. The $39 million Pathways to Home program helps patients with a disability transition home or into home-like accommodation once they are medically fit for discharge from hospital, and while they await their permanent accommodation plans through the NDIS.

Faster hospital discharge for NDIS participants

Minister Shorten said the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is implementing an operational plan to reduce the time taken for participants to be discharged from hospital.