Centacare played a lead role in an Australia-wide conversation around NDIS and mental health last week.

Broadcast from Adelaide, the virtual Community Mental Health Australia (CMHA) National NDIS & Mental Health Conference had a future focus and looked at key learnings, lived experience, innovation, and the relationship between human rights and mental health recovery.

NDIS Support Coordination Manager Natalie Tucker led a workshop exploring how the transition to the NDIS has worked for and against participants with psychosocial disability.

Research shows the mental health of a person fundamentally impacts and shapes their NDIS experience.

“We spoke about the challenges faced within the support coordinator role when dealing with complex psychosocial participants, and the vicarious impact this can have on staff,’’ Nat said.

“We discussed the role block-funded programs and mainstream services play in a participant’s life once they are on the scheme, and the gaps we see in the system.

“Lastly, we spoke about our desire to have recovery frameworks built into the scheme for those with a primary psychosocial disability, and our hopes for the integration of recovery coaches within the NDIS space.’’

Centacare NDIS Support Coordination works with more than 400 clients across three sites – Adelaide, Davoren Park, and Murray Bridge.

Support coordinators help individuals and their families find the services and supports they need to get the most out of their NDIS plan and achieve their goals.

As demand for support coordination has increased, so too has the need for flexible and responsive services. Finding clients what they need quickly, and keeping them connected to those supports, is crucial.