PhD Scholars triple treat at NDIS Mental Health conference

FSSI’s three PhD scholars delivered a triple treat at the National NDIS and Mental Health Conference on Oct 31-Nov 1, 2018, presenting preliminary findings from their research and showcasing their co-design methods and practice with experts by experience co-presenters.

Candidate Liz Dearn presented preliminary findings from research on ‘the experience of choice and control for residents with psychosocial disability living in SRS – the first 12 months of the NDIS‘. The presentation illustrated some of the limitations on choice and control in everyday life for residents living in supported residential services (SRS) and how this might play out in NDIS decision-making. The conference session was a special session with a focus on people living in congregate care facilities, which Liz convened with a group of stakeholders working on this issue nationally.

FSSI PhD scholar Elizabeth Hudson (centre) with co-presenters Judith and Ebony at the National NDIS & Mental Health Conference 2018.
FSSI PhD scholar Elizabeth Hudson (centre) with co-presenters Judith and Ebony at the National NDIS & Mental Health Conference 2018.

FSSI’s inaugural PhD scholar Elizabeth Hudson presented aspects of her Gateways and Gatekeepers thesis, which explores issues facing people with episodic mental illness in the transition to the NDIS. Elizabeth co-presented with lived experience members of her research advisory panel, highlighting emerging themes and showcasing how the voices of people with lived experience inform her research and her research design.

Third scholar Amaya Alvarez also co-presented with a member of her research advisory panel, Tania Curlis, Tandem’s NDIS Engagement Consultant.

With a research focus on mental health carers’ experience of the NDIS and impacts on their own lives, this presentation, titled A Carer’s ordinary life? Sustaining Mental Health Carers in the NDIS, presented preliminary findings and generated new contacts from across Victoria for the PhD research.