Promoting Peer Work in the NT – Project Update

Promoting Peer Work in the NT – Project Update

Based in Alice Springs this NT-wide project is another step towards a mental health peer workforce in the NT. The National Mental Health Commission will release Guidelines for the Peer Workforce in early 2021. More opportunities for peer workers are surely coming!

Productivity Commission – Mental Health – July 2020

Click here to view Final Report released 16 November 2020

The Productivity Commission final report on its inquiry into mental health was released on 16 November.  The Commission finds that reform of the mental health system would produce large improvements in people’s quality of life and in increased economic participation.

The report makes recommendations to the Australian and state and territory governments, to improve the mental health of people of all ages and cultural backgrounds, working with people who have experience of mental illness, and with their families and carers. The recommended reforms extend across workplaces, schools and universities, the justice system, community groups and services for healthcare, psychosocial support, and housing.

Anti-Discrimination Commission is open

The ADC are taking calls (8999 1444) or emails (antidiscrimination@nt.gov.au) if you want
to ask them about your rights or obligations under the Anti-Discrimination Act 1992. If
this is not possible, they have a limited reception.

They are still accepting and progressing formal complaints. Complaint forms can be
found at https://adc.nt.gov.au/; or give them a call if you need them to send one to you.
ADC are conducting conciliations over the phone and can use private online
conferencing if appropriate, safe and fair for everyone.

Their training is now up and running and they are able to deliver online. Give ADC a call
and talk to them about what you need.

Community Services Update

01 May 2020 Anglicare NT remains committed to continuing to provide services to individuals, families and communities across the Territory. We care about you, our community, our staff and volunteers. We are complying with government directives and taking extra health...

CatholicCare NT

Covid 19 Response line: – 1800 899 855 In response to COVID-19, Darwin, Palmerston and Malak CatholicCareNT service and programs including Counselling, Crime Victims, Youth Services, Childrens Contact Centre, Financial, Wellbeing & Capability, AOD services,...

NDIA C-19 measures

On the 21 March the Government announced a range of measures to support NDIS participants and providers that includes providers will receive financial assistance to support the retention of workers, including advance payments, a 10 per cent COVID-19 loading on some...

AUSTRALIAN COMMISSION on SAFETY and QUALITY in HEALTH CARE

 National Safety and Qualify Digital Mental Health Standards – update Consultations extended and new fact sheets available – click here to download fact sheets.

To allow organisations and individuals additional time to respond, the Commission is extending the end of the consultation process to 29 May 2020. Stakeholders can view the draft National Safety and Quality Digital Mental Health Standards on the Commission’s website and provide feedback via an online survey.

You can also contact: Ben Prest, Senior Project Officer DMHS@safetyandquality.gov.au

NDIA

The Government announced a range of measures to support NDIS participants and providers – click here to view the list of measures.

The NDIA is regularly updating the NDIS website which has information on understanding and accessing measures the NDIA has in place.

The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission is also issuing regular advice to registered NDIS providers. Provider alerts can be found here.

A new online Infection Control course, offered by the Department Health, protecting yourself and staff and the people you care for from infection with COVID-19. The online training.

The Department of Health has developed specific advice on Personal Protective Equipment when looking after people who are confirmed to have, or suspected of having, COVID-19. Click here.

Registered NDIS Providers are required to ensure ‘continuity of support requirements’ are in place for all participants who are in their care. They are also required to notify the NDIS Commission of any changes to the scale of their operations by either emailing registrations@ndiscommission.gov.au or calling 1800 035 544.

NT Disability Sector COVID-19

COVID-19 updates for the disability sector

In recent days there has been a further information and updates around COVID-19, and to ensure that you are kept abreast of all of the updates being provided we have included the following:

  • A  media release from the Chief Minister of the Northern Territory 23.03.2020 covering new measures being put in place
  • An update from Minister Stuart Robert regarding new COVID-19 measures for participants and providers
  • And a joint statement from the Treasurer and Prime Minister of Australia 22.03.2020 on supporting Australian workers and business.

Click here to read more.

Third National NDIS and Mental Health Conference

Adelaide Convention Centre, 30 & 31 March 2020 The Third National NDIS and Mental Health Conference will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre from March 30-31, 2020. Conference themes will look at how to improve human rights outcomes and increasing roles for...

NT Human Services Industry Plan, January 2020

The Northern Territory’s 10 year Human Services Industry Plan is designed to unite efforts across the public, not-for-profit and private sectors, with themes, priorities and actions targeted to build “strong and inclusive organisations; supporting our people, our cultures and our communities through high-qualify human services”. Click here to download the report.

National Peer Workforce Guidelines Survey

The National Mental Health Commission, recently launched National Peer Workforce Guidelines Survey.

Under the Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan, the Commission is leading the development of National Peer Workforce Development Guidelines by 2021 to sustain and grow the workforce.

In collaboration with RMIT University, the Commission has launched a national online survey to help inform the initial draft of the Peer Workforce Development Guidelines.

For more information about the National Peer Workforce Development Guidelines.

Darwin Workshop Feb 26 2020

Investigating the impact of NDIS market – participants with a psychosocial disability and providers A workshop has been scheduled for Darwin on the 26 February. A facilitated workshop will identify best practice in the delivery of supports to participants with a...