NDIS resources to increase engagement from culturally and linguistically diverse background

12, March, 2018

12th March 2018

The NDIS is a major reform that has the potential to improve lives, but many people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds are missing out.

A recent report from SBS highlights the many barriers that exist in engaging people from CALD communities.  It backs up findings from the Community Mental Health Australia commissioned Mind the Gap’ report that people from these communities are not applying to the NDIS at levels expected.

With the support of the Federal and State Governments, Multicultural Development Australia and DiverseWerks have produced online resources and training sessions to increase sectoral awareness of CALD people with disability.

There is an NDIS Provider Readiness Training: CALD Communities – Logan by MDA and DiverseWerks in Logan on March 26 – see here for more details.

 

Youth mental health policy development – Federal Opposition

9, March, 2018

9th March 2017

CEO Kris Trott this week participated in a policy discussion on youth mental health facilitated by Federal Shadow Assistant Minister for Mental Health Senator Deb O’Neill.

Statistics highlighted by Mission Australia show half of all lifetime mental health disorders emerge by the age 14 and three quarters by age 24.  Sadly, access to mental health services for this age group is amongst the worst, with community awareness and availability of services being significant barriers.

QAMH engaged in the discussion with representatives from organisations including headspace, MATES in Construction, Open Minds, Children’s Health Queensland, Brisbane Youth Service and state bodies.

Key issues including the implementation of the NDIS and its accessibility for young people with mental health problems, the NDIS in schools, making mental health support programs more available in schools, the level of housing support for young people at risk of homelessness and a more coordinated approach between the federal and state governments were all canvassed.

QAMH will continue to engage with all major parties and all levels of government to help shape and influence youth mental health policy and improve outcomes.  Members with any feedback or lived experience are encouraged to share their stories so we can highlight these issues in future policy discussions.

UPDATE: NDIA releases Independent Pricing Review Recommendations

2, March, 2018

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) have just released the final report of the Independent Pricing Review (IPR) undertaken by McKinsey & Company, along with their response.

The IPR includes 25 recommendations, with some of the key recommendations as follow:

  • Adding a third tier to the complexity loading to account for higher level skills or experience of workers and additional training required;
  • Allowing providers to charge up to 45 minutes of travel time in rural areas;
  • Allowing providers to quote on the delivery of services in isolated regions;
  • Changing the cancellation policy to allow providers to recover 90% of their costs if a cancellation is made after 3pm on the day before the service;
  • Removing the annual $1000 travel cap for therapy supports and aligning the travel policy with the attendant care travel policy;
  • Changing therapy prices to better reflect different therapy types, and introducing a second tier of pricing for therapy assistants;
  • Introducing temporary overhead assistance equivalent to a 2% to 3% loading on the price for providers delivering attendant care for the next 12 months.
  • Other recommendations relate to price limits, interventions to address specific market challenges, and improvements in market monitoring and engagement.

Queensland Alliance for Mental Health (QAMH) will provide an analysis of the recommendations in relation to mental health service providers.

 

For the full report by McKinsey & Company, click here 

For NDIA’s response and media release, click here 

NDIS Workshops: Are you inclusion ready as Queensland moves into the NDIS?

23, February, 2018

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is about improving services for people with disability and building inclusive communities that will be better for everyone.

Genuine and meaningful community inclusion, which will optimise the social and economic independence and full participation of people with disability, can only be achieved when people with disability, along with their governments and communities at all levels, work together.

This is why the NDIA has an Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) Program to encourage communities to be more inclusive of people with disability.  While ILC funding is distributed through grants, ILC is more than an ordinary grants program – it is a catalyst for change.

To help you get ready for ILC activities in Queensland later this year, the Community Services Industry Alliance (CSIA) is partnering with National Disability Services (NDS) to help you, your organisation and your community better understand inclusion and how you might contribute.

At locations across Queensland our program will include:

  • An Introductory Workshop which will give a base level introduction to the NDIS, the ILC and Inclusion Readiness
  • A ILC Application Skills Workshop to build capability and capacity in organisations seeking to make and ILC application – whether individually or in collaboration
  • A Test & Check Panel to provide feedback on applications prior to submission

 

Introductory Workshop Details:

Time: –9.30am to 12 noon – morning tea provided

Cost: – Free

Venue: – at the following locations on the following days.  Register by following the link.

Location Date of workshop
Atherton 26th March 2018
Brisbane North 9th April 2018
Brisbane South 20th March 2018
Bundaberg 22nd March 2018
Cairns 27th March 2018
Gold Coast 19th March 2018
Hervey Bay 23rd March 2018
Ipswich 20th March 2018
Logan 1st March 2018
Mackay 10th April 2018
Moreton Bay 27th February 2018
Mount Isa 16th April 2018
Rockhampton 12th March 2018
Sunshine Coast 26th February 2018
Toowoomba 19th March 2018
Townsville 16th March 2018

Extended Deadline – Call for Abstracts – newparadigm Autumn Edition 2018

20, February, 2018

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The Australian Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation, newparadigm, is calling for abstracts for the autumn edition. This edition will explore equality in the physical health and wellbeing of people with mental illness.

The journal’s editorial group is seeking contributions that showcase contemporary thinking in mental health, including: new research, innovative practice examples grounded in a strong evidence base and/or the evaluation of existing policy and service provision. We welcome contributions from new and established researchers and practitioners.

The newparadigm journal is published in partnership with Community Mental Health Australia (CMHA) and the peak community mental health organisations across Australia.

Abstract Submission and Review Timeline

  • Submissions should be in abstract form (no full articles are required at this stage) and be no longer than 500 words.
  • Submissions are due Friday 9th March.
  • Authors will be contacted with final determination about submissions by Monday 19th March.
  • If accepted, final articles will be due for editing with the Journal’s editorial group by Friday 13th April.

The newparadigm contributor guidelines describe how to prepare articles for inclusion in the journal. We recommend you read this in full if you have not previously provided a contribution to newparadigm. We also recommend that, before submission, you familiarise yourself with newparadigm’s style and content by reading the journal online.

NDIS Provider Information Forums

5, February, 2018

February 5, 2018

The National Disability Insurance Agency will be holding NDIS Provider information forums in the Toowoomba and Ipswich regions during February.

 Please see the below forum descriptions and a table showing dates, locations and registration details for each forum.  Feel free to circulate this email to anyone you know who would benefit from attending.  Please note there will be further forums in other regions in the coming months.

NDIS Plan Management for Providers

As a Plan Manager/Financial Intermediary learn more about your role in assisting participants to enter and navigate the NDIS and their plan.

Learn about

  • The differences between Plan Management, Financial Intermediary services and activities
  • The relationship between Support Coordination and Plan Management
  • The role and responsibility of the Plan Manager/Financial Intermediary
  • Plan managed service bookings vs standard service bookings
  • Flexibility within the CORE budget
  • Price guide and record keeping

Sessions (all held from 10.00 am – 12.00 pm)

February 7, 2018 – Toowoomba City Library

February 12, 2018 – Warwick Library

February 13, 2018 – Myall Youth and Community Network Centre

February 20, 2018 – Kholo Gardens Function Centre

NDIS Support Coordination – Plan Implementation

As a Support Coordinator learn about the ‘request for service’ and how to apply knowledge in relation to implementing participant plans.

Learn about:

  • Request for service
  • Service agreements and service bookings
  • Reasonable and necessary supports
  • Budget flexibility
  • Capacity building
  • Reporting

 

Sessions (all held from 1.30 pm – 4.00 pm)

February 7, 2018 – Toowoomba City Library

February 12, 2018 – Warwick Library

February 13, 2018 – Myall Youth and Community Network Centre Inc. 

February 20, 2018 – Kholo Gardens Function Centre

Further information

Further information about each of the forums listed as well as upcoming forums can be found at www.eventbtite.com.au by searching “NDIS”, or on the NDIA websitePlease direct any forum enquiries or specific accessibility requirements to engagement.qldsouth@ndis.gov.au.  Note that if an Interpreter is required we will need five days’ notice.

 

Call for Abstracts – newparadigm Autumn Edition 2018

31, January, 2018

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The newparadigm Journal Editorial Group is calling for abstracts for the autumn edition of the journal to be released in late April.

The edition will explore innovations and outstanding practice examples that are working towards equality by improving the physical health and wellbeing of people with mental illness.

We welcome contributions from new and established researchers and practitioners, and encourage contributions that demonstrate diverse, integrated and holistic approaches.

The newparadigm journal, published in partnership with Community Mental Health Australia and the peak community mental health organisations across Australia, exists to encourage discussion and information sharing on material relevant to mental health such as innovative service programs, evolving practice approaches, as well as new research and contemporary thinking and evaluation of existing policy and service provision.

Abstract Submission and Review Timeline

  • Submissions should be in abstract form (no full articles are required at this stage) and be no longer than 500 words.
  • Submissions are due Wednesday 14th February.
  • Authors will be contacted with final determination about submissions by Wednesday 21st February.
  • If accepted, final articles will be due for editing with the Journal’s editorial group by Wednesday 14th March.

 

Preparing Articles for Inclusion in the Journal

The newparadigm contributor guidelines describe how to prepare articles for inclusion in the journal. We recommend you read this in full if you have not previously provided a contribution to newparadigm. We also recommend that, before submission, you familiarise yourself with newparadigm’s style and content by reading the journal online.

 

Call to Mental Health Services to Support QPS Referrals

15, November, 2017

Police Referrals logoFront-line police have millions of interactions with community members each year. Many of these are with people experiencing stress, distress and a range of social issues. The Queensland Police Service (QPS) has been connecting vulnerable and disadvantaged people with support services for over ten years. Conducting referrals is now an embedded strategy of effective front-line policing as it assists to address underlying social and personal issues.

Front-line police have an ability to significantly impact on the lives of the people they encounter. Police Referral Services presents a significant opportunity to direct those in need to the help they require. The long term impact of this process can be life-changing for the referred client, their family and the local community.

The QPS, as part of a cross-agency approach to support vulnerable individuals is able to make non-crisis referrals to service providers regarding many issues, with mental health being one of those.

Up until the recent NDIS changes, the Mental Health category has been effectively supported by many NGOs across Queensland, however, due to the NDIS transition, these services are now facing challenges in supporting this referral pathway. Without resources and capacity, providers are unable to continue to support these referrals which leaves Queensland Police with a greatly reduced number of appropriate services to connect vulnerable clients in the community with.

How can you help?

Police Referrals are exploring the best way forward in order to keep Mental Health as a referral category for referring officers and are interested in speaking with those services that are now commissioned to play a supporting role to clients in the various regions in order to make sure that there are no clients falling through the gaps during this NDIS transition phase.

Connecting clients to appropriate community services is the aim of the Police Referrals so please support this valuable service and those suffering mental health issues.

For further information please contact the Police Referral Coordination Service on 1300 058 910.

Webinar on National Service Provider Benchmarking Survey

9, October, 2017

AbleInsight is conducting a webinar that will include important information about the National Service Provider Benchmarking Survey on the 13th October 2017 at 2pm AEDT.

Webinar participants will be able to ask questions, in real time, of our panelists (including representatives from AbleInsight, Mental Health Australia (MHA) and the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA)).

The webinar will provide you with information about the survey and what is involved in completing the form, as well as the level of support available from AbleInsight and the benefits that are expected to accrue to Survey participants.

In short, the customised benchmarking reports that participating providers will receive will be valuable in assisting with their transition to a more open and competitive disability support services market under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).  Also, de-identified aggregate data from the survey will assist the NDIA to make well informed and transparent decisions in its NDIS market stewardship role.

Both the survey and the webinar are open to all disability service providers; you do not need to:

* be NDIS Registered

* have NDIS participants accessing your services

* have already registered to participate in the Survey

 

Register for the webinar.

There is still time to register to participate in the survey and receive free customised reports. There is not charge to providers the benchmarking reports or for any of the tailored survey support services (onsite and/or telephone consultations, website access). See the survey manager website  for more details or register directly.

Please do not hesitate to contact AbleInsight on 1800 959 665 or use their contact page should you have any questions.

*Posted for the AbleInsight Benchmarking Team.

Appointment of NDIS ECEI and LAC Services in Rockhampton

13, September, 2017

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An NDIS Partners in the Community Program Grant Agreement for Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) and Local Area Coordination (LAC) services in Rockhampton has now been executed with BUSHkids for the delivery of ECEI services and Carers Queensland for the delivery of LAC services.

In line with the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments’ announcement of an agreement to bring forward the NDIS start date in Rockhampton, the NDIA and its Partners in the Community in Rockhampton will work together to ensure early access for Queensland Government disability clients from November 2017 is provided. While prioritising early access for Queensland Government state clients; six months in advance readiness activities will also occur in order to prepare for other eligible people to enter the Scheme from January 2018.

Details of the Agreements:

  • ECEI services: Royal Queensland Bush Children’s Health Scheme trading as BUSHkids
  • LAC services: Carers Queensland
  • Date of execution: Monday 04 September 2017
  • Service Area: Rockhampton
  • 2011 Local Government Areas: Banana, Central Highlands, Gladstone, Rockhampton (including Livingstone)

 

Please note: The Local Government Areas of Barcaldine, Barcoo, Blackall Tambo, Diamantina, Longreach, Winton, Woorabinda in Rockhampton Service Area given the classification of remote or very remote, will be supported by NDIA staff using Community by Community approaches, in line with the Agency’s rural and remote strategy.

All remaining Queensland services areas, Robina, Beenleigh, Brisbane North and South, Maryborough, Caboolture/Strathpine, Maroochydore and Cairns will be released in the NDIA’s next approach to open market (Round 3 – NDIS Partners in the Community program).

For further details, see the NDIS website.