Research finds value in UnitingSA's NDIS Peer Support Program – MHCSA

June 25, 2020

At our 3rd Annual CMHA Mental Health and NDIS Conference we will be hearing from Uniting SA about their recovery-oriented support to people with psychosocial disability under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

They launched the NDIS Peer Support Program in July last year as a solution to the gaps for people transitioning to the NDIS from State funded services with high and complex psychosocial support needs.

At the heart of the program is a team of lived experience workers and in its first 12 months the program has supported people with complex psychosocial disability to achieve positive outcomes within the NDIS environment.

Watch a new video showcasing their fantastic efforts here.

Uniting SA engaged researchers from the University of South Australia’s Australian Alliance for Social Enterprise to evaluate the NDIS Peer Support Program.

They wanted independent analysis of the program’s ability to provide recovery-oriented support within the NDIS environment, and to understand how they can make such a model viable into the future.

Encouragingly, researchers found the program was able to provide recovery-oriented support in line with best practice.

In the final report, which has just been released, the researchers make some key recommendations to further enhance the NDIS’s ability to properly support people with psychosocial disability.

The report identifies the NDIS’s limitations and inflexibility around pricing, eligible activities for funding and the inability to respond to episodic and crisis support as areas requiring change.

While it has long been acknowledged there are gaps in the NDIS’s ability to provide psychosocial support, this research provides clear recommendations based on its evaluation of a working model of support.

You can read the report here.

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