Every year, approximately 1 in 5 Australians* will experience a mental health issue. Mental health issues are the third leading cause of disability burden in Australia. Not all mental health issues are the same and many people can recover if they receive support early.
4 million Australians* have a disability and of those, only 15% are physical and 90% aren’t visible.
Mental health issues are among the greatest causes of disability, significantly impacting quality of life and productivity. A disability, whether visible or not, shouldn’t prevent a person from being an active member in their community or enjoying satisfying work and independence.
Personal Helpers and Mentors Program (PHaMs)
PHaMs is a strength and recovery centred program funded by the Department of Social Services (DSS) supporting people whose lives are severely affected by a mental illness.
The program caters for people 16 years and over who are willing to receive help for their diagnosis and to address any drug and alcohol issues during the course of participation.
Each PHaMs participant receives a culturally appropriate service that is designed to meet, in the least restrictive way, his or her individual needs and personal recovery goals.
Partners in Recovery (PIR)
PIR is a national program funded by the Federal Department of Health (DOH) to improve the assistance provided to people who are living with severe and persistent mental health issues.
PIR aims to better support people with severe and persistent mental illness with multiple needs, and their carers and families, by getting services and supports from various sectors they may come into contact with (and could benefit from) to work in a more collaborative, coordinated and integrated way.
Transitioning PHaMs and PIR to the NDIS
Mission Australia is fully committed to our role as a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Partner in the Community delivering the Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) and/or the Local Area Coordination (LAC) services.
As part of this commitment we will deregister as an NDIS Provider.
We currently deliver services to people with mental illness and psychosocial disability across Australia under the Personal Helpers and Mentors (PHaMs) program funded by the Department of Social Services (DSS) and the Partners in Recovery (PIR) program funded by the Federal Department of Health (DOH).
To meet our responsibilities to service users in those services, we will agree a Transition Plan with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), DSS and DOH that details how we work to a situation where consumers in those services who are or become NDIS Participants will be transferred to receive an appropriate level of support from a new Provider, recognising that there may be different transition timeframes in different geographies to ensure people with psychosocial disabilities are not disadvantaged.
Mental illness can affect a person’s psychological, physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. The impact of mental illness on people’s ability to function varies for every individual.
At Mission Australia we deliver support from a recovery led view, which our experience has taught us is the most effective approach for people with a mental illness.Mental illness
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