CONNECT – Psychosocial Disability and the NDIS

Psychosocial disability is about the challenges experienced by people with a debilitating mental illness, and the assistance they may need to live their best life.

Not all people with a mental health condition experience a psychosocial disability. Many people with a mental illness lead fulfilling and productive lives with little support. Psychosocial disability occurs when social isolation and economic marginalisation are linked with a mental illness.

AnglicareCQ and mental health professionals have adopted a ‘recovery model’ in working with people with a mental illness. This seems at odds with requirements for NDIS that people must have ‘a disability that is likely to be with them for life’.

The individualised nature of NDIS Plans favours the recovery model, as does choice and control in choosing support providers, and the timing and nature of the support received.

Mental illness can vary over time and in its severity. As a result, the needs of people with a mental illness vary too. There is recognition of this variation in the NDIS model, which allows for supports to be spread out or squashed together depending on short and long term needs.

AnglicareCQ’s Practice Framework incorporates the principle of person-first. This is about services and interventions being focussed on individual needs and aspirations; and a mutually cooperative model underpinned by listening, acknowledging and validating the richness of people’s stories, opinions and experiences.

If you are interested in knowing more about what you may be able to do under the NDIS, please call us. Our staff would love the opportunity to talk with you further, and maybe even offer you supports under NDIS.

1300 769 814


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