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The Future Horizon: Good Practice in Recovery-Oriented Psychosocial Disability Support. Stage Two Report

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Mental Health Victoria (MHV) commissioned this project in order to meet a key deliverable of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Recovery Oriented Psychosocial Disability Support (ROPDS)– Growing National Workforce Capability Project.

The project has been conducted in two stages. Stage One led to The Current Landscape report which provides a summary of a literature review that focused on the history of recovery; recovery-oriented practice; the current practice environment; and key considerations for Stage Two of the Project.

This Stage Two report The Future Horizon provides information to guide the NDIS ROPDS Project team in developing a consistent national picture of the recovery-oriented capabilities required for psychosocial disability support workers. Stage Two has built on what was learned from the Stage One review and more directly explores how to address the barriers and workforce-related issues impacting on effective recovery-oriented practice for NDIS participants with psychosocial supports in their plans.

The background section of the report provides details regarding NDIS participants with psychosocial disability, how psychosocial disability has been defined, and what is known currently about who is accessing the scheme. The NDIS workforce is also described.

The aspirations for recovery-oriented practice explored in this document have been drawn from the leading practice perspectives and enablers within the NDIS context emerging from the Stage One research; it also incorporates capability frameworks, policy documents, recent innovations and both academic and grey literature. It explores the current opportunity in the NDIS context to further develop the recovery-orientation of the workforce.


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Mental Health Victoria

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  • Not-for-profit research report


Mental Health Victoria and La Trobe University

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Melbourne, Australia

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