How the NDIS Review Report Supports People with Psychosocial Disabilities!

How the NDIS Review Report Supports People with Psychosocial Disabilities!

psychological disability

Impairments and restrictions on participation in day-to-day activities due to certain mental health conditions are known as psychosocial disabilities. It is considered a more sensitive alternative to “mental illness.” In Sydney the review report released by the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) not only recommended a few big changes, but it also changed the whole layout including its approach to psychosocial disability.

Mental illness as a psychosocial disability

As per the NDIS review, mental illness is referred to as a psychosocial disability when it is severe and disabling. The clear definition indicates that psychosocial disability is not a diagnosis in itself. It occurs when the presence of mental health conditions interrelate with a social environment that renders obstacles to their equality with others. And can also affect the ability to work, learn, socialize, concentrate, or care for self, individuals who are having psychosocial disability.

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It is considered different from cognitive disability and other specific conditions like autism by the National Disability Insurance Agency. Over the years, inconsistencies between psychosocial disability and key components of NDIS have been voiced. Would the recommendations carried out by the review make any difference?

Support for all?

In accordance of the review, 10 percent of participants in the NDIS have psychological disabilities, considered 63,010 individuals. A comparison is made in which 32 percent of the other participants, 83 percent of them are over 35 which makes them older. They showed a lower level of social and community engagement, while they had half the employment rate of participants aged 15 to 64. They have distinct needs and requirements but they all received the same support which was essential over the 10-year scheme.

The NDIS review suggested a new approach to NDIS psychosocial disability which focused on personal recovery.

The review also said that all Australian governments should offer fundamental support and enhance the interaction between the NDIS and mental health systems. Presently, everyone does not get support from NDIS who apply for it. And in the past programs that received support from were defunded to fund the plan. The major fundamental issue is that NDIS access requires a “permanent” disability. Recovery shows that mental illness is neither static nor permanent.

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Created inventory or list

It’s hard to demonstrate various people’s permanent disability. The list did not involve the specific conditions of mental illness, i.e., there is no specific requirement to meet the access for the scheme. This was the reason behind fewer attempts to use the scheme. The review report suggested that the assessment focused on functional requirements rather than diagnosis and that the access list be eliminated.


Research has shown that stigma and disrespectful treatment given to patients by staff and providers who do not understand psychosocial disability harm well-being. Also, a participant should have access to a “navigator” who is an expert in psychosocial support.

Psychosocial assistance:

The no. of people who participate in the scheme who are older than 35, although most of the people are diagnosed with similar serious mental illness at a considerably younger age (14-18 years old), indicate failure in support outside of the scheme. The report continuously emphasizes the need to improve the operating system of support outside the program.

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Path for healing:

The review recommends that healing be re-centered within the implementation of the scheme, with the increment in independence as a desired outcome. At present, providers and supporters have no obligation to try to enhance a person’s recovery. The above were all the recommendations given by NDIS and now it depends upon the government to enact reforms.

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