The NDIS – What GPs Need to Know

What is the NDIS? The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new way of providing support to Australians living with permanent and significant disability. The independent agency that is responsible for delivering the scheme is the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) Who can access the NDIS? To become a participant in the NDIS your […]

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Living with Mental Illness – The Cost of Reform

Unfolding Reform The NDIS is the most significant change in welfare since Medicare, a very positive change for people living with disability so they can have greater choice and control over the services and support they need. As with any large scale funding reform, there have been challenges with accessibility and it will naturally take […]

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Jonathan’s Story

3 years ago Jonathan found social interactions challenging. But with the right support he was able to find work and now has the confidence to do the things he loves. WATCH Jonathan’s journey below          

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A Vision in the New World of Disability and Employment Services

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is setting Human Services on a new path, transforming the sector to customer choice and open market competition (well…nearly). Health services are being transformed through the integration of services and greater collaboration by providers to deliver earlier intervention. Other sectors including employment services are also experiencing the same level […]

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Fun Times at the CHESS Recruitment Drive

Our Recruitment Drive events kicked off this week with a student forum in Coffs and a community event in Grafton. Both events were a great success! Our turnouts were bigger than expected and we got to meet a group of really amazing and motivated individuals who I’m sure will make great Peer & Case Workers. […]

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psychosocial disability and the ndis

Psychosocial Disability & the NDIS

Services operating in the mental health sector have progressed the language around mental illness to promote recovery and wellness for people living with mental illness. With this culture of language in mind, the word disability has not been a term used often within mental health recovery focused services or organisations, like CHESS Employment. Because of […]

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NDIS Planning Cafe’s a hit with locals!

CHESS’ informal NDIS Planning Café’s are a safe space where locals across the Mid North Coast and Clarence Valley can come in for a coffee and a chat, and get more information about the upcoming NDIS rollout and what it means for them. We’ve found that there is a lot of confusion or lack of […]

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Language Matters When Talking About Mental Illness

It’s often only a few turns of phrase here and there, but many people unintentionally use language that undermines a person living with mental illness.

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How to Manage Vicarious Trauma & Foster Better Life Balance in a Carers Role

As a carer it can be a little too easy to lose yourself in the demands on your role and forget to look after your own mental health. Vicarious Trauma can result from empathic engagement with others experiencing trauma. Vicarious Trauma can affect you at every level of your being and leave you feeling out […]

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What is Psychosocial Disability and How Can the NDIS Help?

Psychosocial Disability (PSD) is a term used to describe disabilities that may arise, due to mental health issues. There is potential for the upcoming National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to greatly improve the lives of people living with PSD

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