NATIONAL EVENTS
National Reform Series 2016


Reforming NDIS: Fulfilling the Promise to Revolutionise Disability Services

Monday 21 March 2016
  

Reforming Mental Health:
Consumer and Carer Co-Design


Tuesday 22 March 2016 



Reforming NDIS: Fulfilling the Promise to Revolutionise Disability Services

Monday 21 March 2016 

NDIS was launched in July 2013 with a promise to Revolutionise Disability Services. It's brief is to fund the supports and services needed by people with disabilities to:
  • achieve individual goals
  • become as independent as possible
  • develop skills for day-to-day living
  • participate in the community
  • work and earn money

NDIS commenced in four ‘trial site’ locations in 2013 so that feedback from users of services could shape the ongoing implementation of the scheme. The full national rollout of NDIS is due to be completed by 2018-19 at a cost estimated to be in the vicinity of $37billion.

It is apparent that NDIS requires significant review, adjustment and reform if it is to achieve its stated goals. We have three years to make these changes. The main issues for review include:

  • Excessive bureaucracy and red-tape and insufficient flexibility
  • Too little scope for individuals and groups to innovate
  • Lack of person-controlled technology to assist individuals to self-direct
  • Doubts over the financial viability of an uncapped scheme and fears of service rationing
  • Concerns that small support organisations are disadvantaged in relation to big providers
  • Fears that Local Area Coordination will repeat the old provider-centred failings
  • Too little financial transparency in the costs/expenditures of the scheme
  • Concerns that provider-centred cultures are reappearing
  • Insufficient recognition of peer-based and family-based supports and networks

Suggestions for reform of NDIS and its operations, processes and culture, are invited. People with disabilities, families, friends, support organisations, community groups, services and policy makers are invited to contribute to this people-driven process to ensure NDIS delivers on the promise to Revolutionise Disability Services.

CLICK HERE for the conference program

CLICK HERE to register for the 21March 2016 national conference.

CLICK HERE to submit a suggestion or proposal for reform.
 


Reforming Mental Health:
Consumer and Carer Co-Design


Tuesday 22 March 2016   

Australia's mental health system is in urgent need of reform. Despite reviews and enquiries since the Burdekin Report in 1993, the mental health service system has been unable to reform itself and the Commonwealth has been unable to make comprehensive reform a priority. In 2015, the Commonwealth commissioned yet another enquiry to review inadequacies in the mental health system, the principal ones being:
  • lack of integrated care
  • gaps in service access
  • lack of appropriate forms of supported accommodation
  • lack of seamless data collection
  • violations of consumer rights in crisis and inpatient services
  • lack of accountability in services and institutions
  • inadequate community-based supports and informal networks

Consumers, carers, supporters and services can no longer wait for governments to come up with an agenda for systemic mental health reform. We have to take the initiative ourselves. We know what the components of reform are; what we need is a plan that combines these elements in person-centred formats, adjusts funding arrangements and accountabilities, and enlists the support of state and commonwealth governments. The components of reform include:

  • Integration of informal and formal supports and services
  • Person-centred funding arrangements for the majority of mental health consumers
  • Consolidated consumer-centred information technology systems
  • Processes for seamless data collection
  • Third party mechanisms for monitoring funding and productivity in the system
  • Appropriate forms of supported accommodation
  • Independent mechanisms for acting on violations of consumer rights
  • Recognition of peer-based and family-based supports and networks

Suggestions for reform of mental health are invited. Consumers, carers, friends, support organisations, community groups, services and policy makers are invited to contribute to this people-driven process.

Reforming Mental Health: Consumer and Carer Co-Design

This Conference will explore how consumers and carers can co-design mental health services.

CLICK HERE for the conference program

You can register to participate in a co-design process in your region here.

CLICK HERE to register for the 22 March 2016 national conference.

 



Venue

The Angliss Conference Centre is located in the Melbourne CBD, on the corner of LaTrobe and King Streets, on the fifth floor.

It is close to train and tram services. Flagstaff railway station is one block away in LaTrobe St, and Southern Cross station is three blocks away in Spencer St. Trams 23, 24, 30, 34, and City Circle run along LaTrobe Street.

There are numerous accommodation options close by, to suit all budgets.

Start and Finish Times

All events begin at 9.15am, finishing by 5.00pm.

      Who Should Attend?

This series is open to users of services, families, friends, support organisations, community groups, services and policy thinkers.

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to register
 


 
Registration Fees (Fee includes GST)
  TYPE OF PARTICIPANT  One
day
One
day
Member
CSA
Two
days
Two
days
Member CSA 

  Individuals and users of services (self-funded, not paid for by their employer) $88 $55 $110 $99

  Groups (self-help, advocacy, community) $165 $132 $286 $253

  Service providers $275 $220 $495 $440

  Academics, researchers $275 n/a $550 n/a

  Commercial (trainers, consultants, planners) $275 n/a $550 n/a

  Government $440 n/a $770 n/a


Registration

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Further information

Vern Hughes
03 5629 8400 
0425 722 890
vern@civilsociety.org.au
 

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