NDIS: new research confirms risk


A recently published report from University of Western Australia Professor David Gilchrist confirms the concerns of ASU members across the Community Mental Health sector – that unless the NDIS adjusts its pricing models, service providers are likely to collapse. The research is based on the 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 financial years and gives a worrying picture of the future of the disability sector under the NDIS. Many service providers are already struggling financially and unless significant changes are made to the funding model then they are likely to either collapse or exit the disability sector entirely. This is further evidence of what the ASU has been saying for some time - that under the current funding model the not-for-profit Community Mental Health sector in Victoria and the skilled and expert workforce that provide the services people rely on are in serious danger. You can find a summary of Professor Gilchrist’s report and request a copy here.

Victorian Government proposes Code of Conduct for all NDIS workers

In response to the report of the Parliamentary Inquiry into Abuse in Disability Services May 2016 the Victorian government has proposed a Code of Conduct that will apply to workers in Department of Human Services funded, delivered, contracted and registered disability services. The DHHS has recently consulted with the ASU about this proposed clause and we have suggested a number of amendments. We know that ASU members are committed to providing care and support for clients in an environment that is free from any form of abuse. However, we also know that workers can be work with difficult and potentially violent clients with little to no support from their employer, and are hung out to dry when something goes wrong. We want to make sure that any Code of Conduct respects the rights and responsibilities of workers, as well as clients, and that it is clear that the obligation to provide a safe workplace rests with the employer.

St 2nd October 2017  
  With due respect, our workforce is not highly skilled and expert. That is what you get with paying so little -under skilled and non expert workforce. We have very few (none) appropriate and innovative professional development that suits first world countries. All in all, we are far away from perfect service for mental health and other disability sector. If it crushes, it is complex and multi layered problem, not just NDIS. Unfortunately we have a scapegoat to throw all our problems onto and forget that we need to up skill ourselves and use innovative approaches and practices.  
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