Lake Macquarie Community Informed About National Disability Insurance Scheme

Tue Mar 10, 2015

The Lake Macquarie community is invited to attend a free open-invitation BBQ where people with an interest in mental health issues can obtain important information on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) which has been rolling out to Lake Macquarie since mid-last year.

The gathering is an opportunity for the community to find out more about the NDIS and how it can help people affected by mental health issues, including people with a personal lived experience and their families, friends and carers.

The information event is being arranged by RichmondPRA, an NDIS service provider in the Hunter and one of the regions and Australia’s foremost not-for-profit organisations providing community-based support for people with mental health issues.

RichmondPRA NDIS Business Manager Mark Cliff said the gathering would be the first of many in Lake Macquarie to ensure that local people with an interest in mental health issues understand what NDIS services are available.

“The NDIS is a tremendous initiative that offers services and supports for people with a range of disabilities, including mental health issues,” Mr Cliff said.

“Given the size and dynamics of the scheme, we want to be sure that people affected by mental health issues understand services and supports that are available and how to access them.

“A lot of the time people simply don’t know if they’re eligible for help, or where to go for help.

“The roll out of the NDIS to Lake Macquarie is a milestone in terms of support for people with disabilities, including mental health issues. It’s important that there is broad awareness of how the scheme works.”

Mr Cliff said that one in five people in the community would experience a mental health issue at some point in their lives, with impacts being felt across society including family, friend and workplace networks.

The information event and BBQ will be held at Speers Point Park (shelter area) on Friday 20 March, from 10.00am- 2.00pm.

RichmondPRA is a not-for-profit organisation providing recovery focussed support programs, accommodation and hope for people with mental health issues in New South Wales and Queensland. Advocating community-based assistance, it is a foremost mental health support provider that has been in operation for nearly 60 years.

General enquiries: Jodi Bunt on 0428 617 786 / Media enquiries: Mark Cliff 0412 833 820.