NCOSS submission: Committee on the Health Care Complaints Commission Review of the Unregistered Health Practitioners: the Adequacy and Appropriateness of Current Mechanisms for Resolving Complaints Report (1998) (http://www.ncoss.org.au/bookshelf/health/submissions/unreghealthprac-feb06.pdf)
Submission to the NSW Premier, The Hon. Bob Carr concerning his ministerial statement to the Legislative Assembly, 27 March 2001, on Cabramatta Drug Use.
NCOSS Submission: The Council of Social Service of NSW (NCOSS) acknowledges that the IPART Report is the driving force behind the current restructure. However the key focus of the report is on moving away from care in hospitals to care in the community.
An analysis of the COAG Health announcements (http://www.ncoss.org.au/bookshelf/health/submissions/coagmar06.pdf)including comments by other key groups.
NCOSS Submission: It was expressed to NCOSS during consultations that there are numerous concerns with the way that section 1B of the Commonwealth Crimes Act 1914 (the Act) has been drafted and that the section addressing the needs of people with a mental illness or an intellectual disability are very underdeveloped. It was felt that the section ineffectively addresses the complex issues of people with a mental illness or an intellectual disability in their interactions with the criminal justice system and it fails to recognise issues of dual diagnosis of both an intellectual disability and a mental illness. It was also reflected that current Commonwealth processes for dealing with federal offenders means that people with a mental illness and/or intellectual disability are treated differently for the same offence, depending on where they are apprehended. This results in some people being responded to in a far more appropriate and sensitive manner than others due to the different criminal and mental health legislation in each State and Territory.
Results of a survey undertaken by NCOSS investigating concerns that there were insufficient services for people with alcohol and other drug issues and that this was impacting both on clients and on services across the NGO sector.