In an effort to combat the rising tide of intellectual disability, Australia’s Government has proposed a national policy to provide insurance to individuals with intellectual disabilities.
The policy aims to increase accessibility for Australians with intellectual disability by reducing costs associated with accessing care.
However, many Australians with an intellectual disability are unable to access mental health services due to cost.
A new bill proposed in the Federal Parliament would provide $5 million to cover the costs of providing access to care for Australians who are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.
The new bill also seeks to improve access to mental health care by allowing Australians with a diagnosed autism spectrum condition to access an outpatient mental health facility for the first time.
The proposed legislation would also include a $15,000 annual payment to assist Australians with disabilities with obtaining services, such as occupational therapy and speech therapy.
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) estimates that over 20 per cent of Australians with ASD have no access to the full range of services, including healthcare.
The bill will also help to ensure access to education for Australians living with ASD.
The AIHW says it is vital to ensure the rights of individuals with an ASD are protected.
“The bill recognises that there are challenges in providing access for individuals with autism spectrum disorders,” said AIHw Senior Policy Adviser Professor Anne-Marie Flemming.
This is just one example of Australia’s national policy on intellectual disability and a national program to provide financial support to assist individuals with ASD, a policy supported by the Government. “
It is also critical that this universal system is affordable for Australians to ensure that individuals living in Australia are able to live independently, with the support they need and the dignity they deserve.”
This is just one example of Australia’s national policy on intellectual disability and a national program to provide financial support to assist individuals with ASD, a policy supported by the Government.
The Prime Minister has previously said that mental health is a major barrier to people living with an intellectually disabled diagnosis.
He also made a commitment to increasing mental health access for Australians.
The Government has been supporting a national initiative for mental health and autism in the past.
Earlier this year, the Government announced $5 billion in new funding for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) for people with an impairment, such a mental health or autism spectrum disability.
NDIS will provide a $5,000 per year premium to cover costs for people living in the community.
NDISA has been funded by a $25 million commitment from the Federal Government.
However the Government has not been able to secure a commitment from private insurers to support NDIS.
“We know that mental illness is an important issue for Australians and we want to make sure we have the best possible support available for people who need it,” said Minister for Human Services, Senator Zed Seselja.
“Our government has made a number of significant investments in the NDIS and our National Disability Program, including: a National Health Insurance Scheme to support people with mental illness, including those with an impairing condition; the National Mental Health Strategy to support Australians with mental health challenges and challenges associated with a disability; and the Mental Health Access Fund to support those with mental conditions and their families.”
In addition, we will introduce a national disability payment to support individuals with disabilities and their loved ones through a wide range of health and social support services.
“The Government is also investing $5.5 billion to improve mental health, including $2.5 million in the National Mentally Illness Support Program.
This will be a $1.5 Billion program that will be funded by the Commonwealth and Government-funded agencies.
The NDIS is an ongoing, national, comprehensive program, which will provide financial assistance to people with intellectual and behavioural disabilities to help them achieve independence and dignity.
This is an area where the Government is making significant progress.
In 2015-16, the National Institute for Health and Development (NICE) published a report that identified mental health as the third most pressing public health challenge facing Australia.
NICE noted that mental illnesses were responsible for the deaths of 2.4 million people worldwide, including more than half a million Australians.
It also identified that people with a mental illness accounted for about 2 per cent or one in five of all suicides in Australia.
“This is partly due to the fact that many Australians are unable or unwilling to access some or all of the services available in the mental health system. “
Despite the growing recognition of the importance of mental health for Australians, the number of Australians living without the support and services they need is still very high,” said NICE Senior Vice President of Policy, Professor Richard Jardine.
At the same time, people with physical and mental disabilities are also not receiving the services they are entitled to due to lack of funding.”