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...

NT Human Services Industry Plan – Join the Conversation! Register

The Northern Territory Government is hosting Industry Forums across the Northern Territory to talk about the NT Human Services Industry Plan.

The human services industry in the Northern Territory plays a vital role in the lives of Territorians.  Access to high-quality human services contributes to the wellbeing of individuals and the welfare of the community as a whole, and underpins economic and social participation.

Register to attend a forum or for further information visit the website.

The risk of linking extremist behaviour and mental illness

Mindframe and SANE StigmaWatch would like to remind media of the impact of linking mental illhealth with extremist behaviour. SANE StigmaWatch, along with Mindframe promote the responsible and safe reporting of mental illhealth and suicide. Mental ill-health and...

BE engaged Mental Health Planning 2019

The Northern Territory Government is reviewing the NT Mental Health Strategic Plan to better meet the social and emotional needs of Territorians and align priorities with the Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan.

Following community feedback, a draft strategic plan will be developed and provided to stakeholders for final comment mid-April 2019.

The NT Mental Health Strategic Plan 2019 – 2025 will be publicly released in May 2019.

There is still time to have your say by completing the online feedback form by 31 March 2019.

Commonwealth Mental Health Programs Monitoring Project

A national project reporting on transition rates for Partners in Recovery (PIR), Personal Helpers and Mentors (PHaMs) and Day to Day Living (D2DL) clients into the NDIS has released its first interim update.

A joint partnership between Community Mental Health Australia (CMHA) members and the University of Sydney, collated national data on transition rates of clients across the three programs to show rates of eligibility for the NDIS, the number of clients not applying for the NDIS and the reasons why individuals are deciding not to apply. Interim Report, Phase 1. December 2018.

Click here to download a copy of the Interim Report, Phase 1, December 2018

This is an important project which will help to ensure real and accurate data about the transition to the NDIS.

Indigenous Communities Lead on Suicide Prevention:

New report ‘offers hope and inspiration.’

Inspiring stories of how two Indigenous communities dramatically reduced high levels of suicide among their people through community lead and owned solutions were shared at the second National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Conference in Perth.

The stories from these communities – the Tiwi Islands  and the Queesland rural community of Yarrabah – are detailed in a report ‘Stories from Community’ by the Healing Foundation, available here

Optimising Support for Psychosocial Disability

Mental Health Australia is managing an exciting project which aims to develop alternative ways to provide support for NDIS participants with psychosocial disability than those currently on offer at this stage of NDIS rollout. Over the coming months, Mental Health Australia will be working with consumers, carers and other experts through a Delphi process to refine a set of alternative typical support packages. To learn more click here.

Download the Optimising Psychosocial Supports Project Report

NT National Disability Insurance Scheme Restrictive Practices Authorisation Framework Consultations

The Northern Territory (NT) Office of Disability has developed a discussion paper on the proposed NT National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Restrictive Practices Authorisation Framework.

The proposed NT NDIS Authorisation Framework will provide a process for registered NDIS service providers to request authorisation for the use of a restrictive practice(s) while maintaining safeguards for NDIS participants in the Territory. The proposed NT Authorisation Framework will only apply to NDIS participants that have a behaviour support plan (BSP) that includes a restrictive practice(s) developed by a registered NDIS behaviour support practitioner and receiving NDIS supports.

The introduction of the NT NDIS Authorisation Framework will be a new function for the NT Government and your feedback on the proposed structure, key features and process is important and most welcome.

Forums will be held in Darwin and Alice Springs and will give you an opportunity to further discuss the proposed NT NDIS Authorisation Framework.

The venues are wheelchair accessible. Please advise of any other accessibility requirements on the registration form.

To register for the forum please use the links below:

Darwin:
Thu. 22 November 2018
8:30 am – 11:00 am ACST
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nt-ndis-restrictive-practices-authorisation-framework-consultation-tickets-52249550813

Alice Springs:
Mon. 19 November 2018
11:00 am – 1:30 pm
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nt-ndis-restrictive-practices-authorisation-framework-consultation-tickets-52244708329

Cartoon to assist NT communities to call out dodgy care under NDIS

It’s hoped a multilingual cartoon will encourage people with disability to speak up about dodgy care under the National Disability Insurance Scheme in Northern Territory.

The new NT government campaign included a range of resources – a video cartoon, bookmarks and posters – that will be spread across the NT and translated into five different Aboriginal languages.

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2017 Mental Health Week Community Survey

In 2017 as part of Mental Health Week activities the Mental Health Coalition (Coalition) invited the Northern Territory Community to provide feedback about their experiences of the mental health services, programs or the systems in the Territory, as well as people’s...

World Suicide Prevention Day Event

Join us for a smoking ceremony, guest speakers, music and a commemorative event aimed at helping with your reflections and healing.  Click here to download the flyer When: Wednesday 12th of September Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Where: Alice Springs Town Council...

TeamHEALTH’S NDIS WoW Support Coordination Training – Darwin

Get your Support Coordination skills up to scratch with TeamHEALTH’s award winning, tried and tested, NDIS CREW Training, 4th June 2018. The NDIS WoW training will provide you with the tools and technical skills required to provide NDIS Support Coordination (Level 2). To learn more click here. To register click here

The Economic Benefits for Australia of Investment in Mental Health Reform

At Mental Health Australia the vision is for mentally healthy people, and mentally healthy communities. A new report, released 1 May, Investing to Save, presents a major contribution towards that vision. It shows how we can, with the right targeted investments, improve the mental health of our community, and in turn the mental wealth of the nation. Read the report here

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership in Mental Health (NATSILMH)

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership in Mental Health (NATSILMH) launched two important documents for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social and emotional wellbeing, mental health and suicide prevention, to mark National Close the Gap Day 2018.

The first is NATSILMH’s Health in Culture – Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Declaration Implementation Guide. Click here to view.

The second is NATSILMH’s Health in Culture – Policy Concordance. Click here to view.

Mental Health Coordinating Council Resources.

The Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC) has developed two easy-to-use resources to support mental health and human services ensure that any event or activity that they facilitate, such as a conference, workshop, seminar, consultation, training or meetings, follow trauma-informed principles. These resources aim to promote a supportive culture that encourages collaboration and trust between the host organisation, presenters and attendees. To view resources click here