Special NDIS Mental Health Information Roadshow Comes To Wollongong, Nowra And Ulladulla

Mon May 22, 2017

A National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) roadshow explaining how the NDIS can support people living with a mental health issue will come to Wollongong and the Shoalhaven in the first week of June.

Hosted by foremost community-based mental health service provider Flourish Australia, the information sessions will assist people with understanding the NDIS and how it can help local people whose lives have been impacted by a severe mental health issue.

The sessions are for people with a mental health issue, their families and friends and anyone with an interest in mental health.

A special feature is practical advice from people with a psychosocial disability who have successfully applied for an NDIS package and whose lives have been transformed as a result.

Flourish Australia decided to hold the sessions in Wollongong and the Shoalhaven given that the NDIS is starting locally from July.

As a prominent community-based provider of mental health supports across Wollongong and the Shoalhaven, Flourish Australia is anticipating significant interest from people keen to understand what the NDIS does and how it works.

“The NDIS is a game changer when it comes to the provision of disability supports,” Flourish Australia Wollongong Manager Chloe Hancock said.

“By providing personalised funding that goes directly to individuals, the NDIS puts individuals in charge of deciding what they need to enjoy the life they want.

“This is particularly relevant for those with a severe mental health issue that impacts on daily life.”

Nowra-based Flourish Australia Cluster Manager Helen Backhouse said the sessions would be an opportunity to dispel many misconceptions about the NDIS.

“The NDIS can open the door to personalised supports enabling participants to take control of their lives,” Ms Backhouse said.

“There’s sometimes a perception that the NDIS is only for people with an intellectual or physical disability, when it’s also aimed at supporting people whose lives have been impacted by a mental health issue.

“This is an important opportunity for local people with a lived experience and their families and friends to hear important NDIS information and ask questions.”

Flourish Australia Ulladulla Manager Linda Gilroy said the organisation was going ‘all out’ to provide clear advice on the NDIS.

“It’s not uncommon for a person to struggle with the day-to-day impact of a mental health issue, but not know that help is just around the corner,” Ms Gilroy said.

“The arrival of the NDIS takes personalised and recovery-focused mental health support to a whole new level.

“The NDIS can look and feel complicated to some, which is why we’re explaining what’s going on in plain-speak. Hearing directly from people who have been through the process can make all the difference to understanding the Scheme.

“Many people whose lives have been impacted by a mental health issue can enjoy an independent and meaningful life if they get the right help at the right time, which makes the NDIS so important.”

Flourish Australia has particular expertise in the NDIS field, having been involved in supporting people to access the NDIS since the trial of the Scheme started in the Hunter in 2013.

Anyone wanting information on the information sessions can call 1300 356 874, email ndis@flourishaustralia.org.au or visit flourishaustralia.org.au.

Media outlets are invited to attend the local NDIS sessions, which will be held at:

·         ULLADULLA: 1.00pm-3.00pm, Monday 5 June at Flourish Australia, Shop 35, 107 Princes Highway;

·         NOWRA: 10.30-12.30, Tuesday 6 June at Flourish Australia, 47 Worrigee St;

·         WOLLONGONG: 10.30-12.30, Wednesday 7 June at the ‘New Outlook’ centre, 3 Station Street;

MEDIA ENQUIRIES: MATTHEW WATSON – 0417 691 884

Flourish Australia (formerly RichmondPRA) is a not-for-profit organisation providing support programs, employment, accommodation and hope for people with a mental health issue in New South Wales and Queensland. Advocating community-based assistance, it is a leading mental health support provider that has been in operation for 60 years.