Mental Health and the NDIS: Making it Work for People with Psychosocial Disability

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This chapter starts by exploring the differences between the broader disability and mental health sectors, including an outline of their historically separate development, as a way of providing the ‘lens’ through which many of the subsequent challenges in relation to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and psychosocial disability can be better understood. It then (i) critically examines both the key design features and approach to implementation; (ii) analyses the evidence emerging from the implementation and explores promising approaches; and (iii) explores the issues which have led to widespread calls to modify the design and tailor the implementation of the NDIS to meet the needs of people with psychosocial disability. Finally, international programs are examined to consider what Australia could learn from the experience of other countries and a range of promising approaches are explored which have potential to shape the future development of the NDIS so as to mitigate the challenges ahead and make it work for people with a psychosocial disability.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMental Health and the NDIS
Subtitle of host publicationMaking it Work for People with Psychosocial Disability
EditorsMhairi Cowden, Claire McCullagh
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages31
ISBN (Electronic)978-981-16-2244-1
ISBN (Print)978-981-16-2243-4
Publication statusPublished - 2021


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