In our final report from the recent National 2nd Annual NDIS & Mental Health Conference in Melbourne, we wrap some video interviews and tweet-reports.
Watch a playlist of #NDISMentalHealth video interviews here (which had a total of 3,985 views on Periscope as of 21 November 2018).
Rural and remote, integration and NDIS gaps
In this vox pop, Jacklyn Whybrow, CEO of the Queensland Alliance for Mental Health, talks about challenges in the delivery of mental health services in rural and remote Queensland under the NDIS, including whether service providers can afford to offer services under current pricing models and how stigma can prevent people in small communities from seeking help.
Other delegates also talk about the difference between collaboration and integration, and concerns about people falling through the gaps in the NDIS.
Aboriginal and LGBTIQ+ peer workers for the NDIS
Connie Digolis, CEO of the Mental Health Council of Tasmania, talks about a conference session she facilitated that highlighted the impact of peer workers in two projects:
• a Mental Health Association of Central Australia initiative to support remote Aboriginal people accessing the NDIS and
• Wellways Australia’s ‘Out Together’, developing an LGBTIQ+ workforce within the NDIS.
Digolis said she was struck by the “authenticity” of both, and the value they were bringing to the organisations, the services, the clients and to the peer workers themselves – and sought at the session to highlight their work to the NDIS and the National Disability Insurance Agency representative in the room.
The presentations, she said, “completely negated” arguments about “tokenism” of peer workers. “It’s important for the NDIA to see the value the (peer) workforce can bring to the Scheme and to the people they are trying to bring into the Scheme.”
Episodic mental illness and the NDIS
Elizabeth Hudson, Judith Drake and Ebony Rose Lyons talk about their mains takeways from the conference, and their joint presentation on: Gateways and Gatekeepers: a co-design and evidence-based investigation of the experiences of people with episodic mental illness during the transition to the NDIS.
Snaps and selfies
During the period of Croakey Conference News service coverage, there were:
- 606 participants using the hashtag on Twitter
- 3006 tweets
- almost 15.5 million Twitter impressions.
Read the Twitter transcript here.
• Bookmark this link to track Croakey’s coverage from the conference.
• Declaration: Marie McInerney has provided communications consultancy to Mental Health Victoria this year.