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Psychosocial Disability Stream Added to NDIS

Created  11th October 2018

The mental health sector is celebrating the announcement of a psychosocial stream for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, but advocates say more needs to be done for people struggling to access the NDIS in the first place.

The additional stream will employ specialised staff and planners, and focus on the episodic nature of mental illness.

Social Services Minister Paul Fletcher announced the additional stream on Wednesday to coincide with World Mental Health Day, and said it was a critical step to support 64,000 Australians with a psychosocial disability.

Fletcher said the reform followed recommendations from Mental Health Australia.

Community Mental Health Australia executive director Amanda Bresnan spoke to Pro Bono News following the announcement and said this was a good first step for the NDIS.

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Maggie Coggan, 2018, Probono Australia (

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