Information exchange eases the National Disability Insurance Scheme transition

Late last year the Collaboration in Mind partnership hosted an NDIS information exchange, bringing together professionals working with people with severe and complex mental illness.

Those attending were interested in helping people with severe mental illness in the Brisbane North region make the successful transition to the NDIS.

The event featured speakers, all who have extensive experience navigating the NDIS transition in other Queensland regions. 

Themes that arose from the sessions included the importance of collaboration over competition, the need to foster innovation and understanding the importance of consumer inclusiveness.  

The National Disability Insurance Agency and Carers Queensland provided information on the role of the Local Area Coordinators, who can assist individuals understanding and accessing the NDIS and creating and implementing their NDIS plan.

The final session of the day was a Q&A session with Kris Trott, CEO Queensland Alliance for Mental Health and Ivan Frkovic, Queensland Mental Health Commissioner. This session covered an environmental scan of the NDIS, including how the roll out impacts organisations and program participants.

The information exchange was a successful first step in generating interest to form an NDIS working group. The group, which will be steered by Collaboration in Mind, will plan and implement successful transition to the NDIS for people with severe mental illness in the North Brisbane region. 

If you are interested to be part of this working group, or for further information, please email:

Pictured above at the NDIS information exchange: Brisbane North PHN Sector Collaboration Lead Angela Taylor, Local Area Coordinator at Carers Queensland Emma Crow, West Moreton Area Manager Brendan Kreft and Consumer Representative and MC Emma Davidson.