NCOSS Submission: The Council of Social Service NSW (NCOSS) is pleased to provide this further submission to the Senate Select Committee on Medicare and congratulates the Committee on its previous work and report into Medicare.
NCOSS Submission: Senate Select Committee on Mental Health Inquiry into the provision of mental health services in Australia.
Following consultations with its Health Policy Advisory Group, which consists of health NGO peak agencies and consumer bodies, the Council of Social Service of NSW (NCOSS), wishes to indicate its strong support for the recommendations contained within the IPART Report NSW Health - Focusing on Patient Care .
On 11 December 2001 the Legislative Council appointed a Select Committee to inquire into mental health services in NSW. The terms of reference for the Committee were to inquire into and report on mental health services in NSW with eight specific areas that the Committee was to report on.
In August 2003, IPART, released its report on NSW Health - Focusing on Patient Care. The report proposes greater clarification of the roles and responsibilities of the Area Health Services and NSW Health.
NCOSS Submission: NCOSS supports the desire of the Institute to quickly achieve better results for cancer control for the people of NSW. However NCOSS encourages the Institute to not let the drive for quick results compromise the provision of quality services and effective treatment and interventions.
During 1998-99 many different groups expressed concern to the Council of Social Service of NSW (NCOSS) about the new trend sweeping the health system - earlier discharge. This briefing paper examines some of the issues involved.
Consumers, as the users of the health system, have a valuable perspective to contribute to health decision making. Unfortunately, there is little opportunity at present for consumers to have input at any level of the health system.
This report specifically looking at issues for people with a mental illness or an intellectual disability.
Mental Health services and the issues faced by people with a mental illness have been the focus of numerous inquiries, reports, reviews and discussions, at both a State and Commonwealth level, for over 20 years and yet the issues raised in each new inquiry appear to reflect the same issues that were raised in a previous inquiry – leaving the general public and people with a mental illness to wonder when the discussions will end and the action will commence.
A training needs analysis of NSW Health funded NGOs in relation to Management and Governance.
NCOSS Submission: NCOSS provides comments on the policy framework, with a general aim of ensuring equity and consistency in health transport services.
Article discussing the legislative changes that are occurring in NSW around the storage of personal health information.
A response prepared by NCOSS in relation to the Review of the Mental Health Act 1990: Carers and information sharing
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.
NSW Health is currently finalising a new policy on hospital discharge. Following NCOSS's work on earlier discharge, a key concern is the effective monitoring of outcomes of hospital discharge. NCOSS is currently working with a group of community organisations to develop strategies to contribute to effective monitoring processes.
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.
The Council of Social Service of NSW (NCOSS) would like the Senate Select Committee on Medicare to consider this submission addressing the following matters outlined in the terms of reference.
NCOSS briefing on the proposed changes to the Health Care Complaints Act.
NSW Health is planning cuts to the NGO Program. The cuts are not based on the outcomes of any review of the NGO Program. NCOSS strongly urges the NSW Health Council to oppose these cuts.