PEOPLE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS MUST BE SUPPORTED

The Turnbull Government must work with the mental health sector as a matter of urgency to ensure people with mental illness who are not eligible for the NDIS can continue to receive the support they need. 

Reports in today’s Australian reveal that an estimated 100,000 people with mental illness stand to be worse off in the coming years, according to reports from the NSW and QLD Governments.

This modelling and analysis must be made public. Detailed work needs to be done urgently to ensure that there is a continuity of services for people with mental illness.

The lack of action from the relevant Ministers is providing little certainty to those people with mental illness or the mental health sector.

The Turnbull Government must explain how it is going to provide a solution to this issue.      

Labor understands the concerns of the mental health sector about what may happen to people with mental illness if they are deemed ineligible for support as part of the NDIS.

Labor recognises that continued support will need to be provided to ensure that people with mental illness get the care and support they need.

MONDAY, 19 DECEMBER 2016

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