State urged to examine dire housing need in mental health probe

Graeme pictured in October 2016, when he was homeless after leaving an exorbitantly expensive rooming house.

This is an area in which the NDIS fails to address and the service shows its ignorance and reluctance to even try. People without family supports aren’t capable with dealing with the bureacracy which polices them out of the system altogether rather than protects them. Trust is totally lost in others and in onesself and hiding from any welfare seems the most rational option for everyone. (ODT)

“You’re wasting resources trying to provide mental health services to people who don’t have stable housing,” Ms Smith said.

Historically, the mental health system included accommodation because people were ‘housed’ in institutions. When institutions closed there was an expectation patients would be accommodated in public housing, or in housing with supports attached.

But this deinstitutionalisation took place at a time when Australian governments were reducing their investment in social housing, creating a “perfect storm”,


State urged to examine dire housing need in mental health probe