CID takes National Action on Health


Thank you to the many friends of NSW CID who have supported our campaign for inclusion of people with intellectual disability in the Commonwealth government's mental health initiatives.  These initiatives are focused on giving Primary Health Networks (previously called Medicare Locals) a central role in funding and leadership of better mental health services. Health Minister Sussan Ley received 750 postcards, many emails and advocacy from parents in her electorate. 

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In April, we and Professor Julian Trollor from the University of NSW met with health Minister Ley. The Minister agreed to press Primary Health Networks to be inclusive of people with intellectual disability. This will include guidelines being developed for PHNs on the mental health needs of people with intellectual disability. 

The Minister also accepted our argument that the government's new Health Care Homes initiative should include a focus on people with intellectual disability. Health care homes is a trial of paying a general practice a regular quarterly amount to take a proactive and holistic approach to the health care of people with chronic illnesses.

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NSW CID also met with Labors Shadow Minister for Mental Health, Katy Gallagher and Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.
We have called on the political parties to make clear election commitments to include people with intellectual disability in all major health initiatives. We shall keep you updated on our progress. 

It should not be necessary for people with intellectual disability and their families to run a concerted campaign each time there is a new health initiative!

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