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Supporting choice and control when a person has behaviours that concern us

Online Webinar – Zoom
DATE:
Wednesday 30 November 2022
TIME: 11:00am – 12:30pm AEDT

This webinar brings together a panel of experts to discuss how we can better assist people who have behaviours that concern us.  In this webinar we will look at behaviour as a means of communication of unmet needs and how we can better support a person to live a meaningful life. 

People with disability who display behaviours of concern challenge us greatly. Often the response is restrictive practices to ensure the safety of the person and others around them. While often necessary, restrictive practices are a restriction on the person’s autonomy.  So how do we support choice and control and improve a person’s quality of life when they have behaviours of concern? What can support coordinators and allied health professionals do to assist with safety and safeguarding AND choice and control?

After attending this workshop you will have a better understanding of working with people who have behaviours of concern and how you can demonstrate leadership in supporting rights, choice and control and supported decision-making. 


The webinar is the 4th in our Supported Decision-making series and takes a rights-based approach to positive behaviour support and support for decision-making, with a focus on home and living situations. 


Join UpSkill and our panel of experts as we discuss:

  • Common reasons people may display behaviours of concern 
  • The link between positive behaviour support, human rights and improving quality of life
  • Function and alternatives to restrictive practices 
  • Strategies to support positive behaviour
  • Supporting self determination of people who have complex support needs
  • Role of support coordinators in supporting people who have behaviours that concern us 
  • How we can demonstrate leadership in upholding the rights of people with disability

Meet your panel:

Donna White – National Director Behaviour Support, NDIS Quality & Safeguards Commission

Donna has been working at the NDIS Commission for over four years in a range of behaviour support positions and commenced in the National Director Behaviour Support role in June 2021. Donna has worked in the disability sector for over 30 years and prior to commencing with the NDIS Commission worked in a Statewide Behaviour Intervention Service in NSW.

Donna is a certified practicing speech pathologist and has extensive experience supporting people with disability who have complex communication, behavioural, forensic, trauma and health-related support needs.  Donna has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology), Master of Arts (Communication Disorders) and a Graduate Certificate in Developmental Trauma. Donna is a published editor and author, and has presented at national and international conferences on issues related to clinical practice, intellectual disability, positive behaviour support and mental health.

Paul Jay – Self advocate and micro-entrepreneur

My name is Paul Jay, I am an independent person living in Fremantle. I am a music buff that enjoys live music, and a cafe connoisseur. I am also currently working on my own microenterprise that hopes to assist people like me to build the support network that is right for them.

Debbie LobbDirector of Professional Supports and Behaviour Support Consultant,  Microboards Australia

Debbie is a specialist behaviour practitioner and is known across the disability sector for her leadership roles in supporting organisations and families to understand the underlying needs and experiences of people with disability, particularly in relation to complex behaviour or communication needs. Debbie is regularly sought for her knowledge and experience in developing behaviour support models of practice and for her gentle supportive approach to partnering with people to go on a journey of discovery and support development.

Sally RobinsonProfessor of Disability and Community Inclusion, Flinders University

Sally does research with children, young people and adults with disability about what helps them feel safe, well and happy at difficult times in their lives. Most of her work is done in teams that include people with disability as researchers as well as asking them for their views. She also works with governments and organisations about how to listen to the things that matter to people with disability.

Who is this for:

  • Support coordinators
  • NDIS allied health professionals
  • Advocates

Any questions?

If you would like to know more about this webinar or UpSkill training, check out our FAQs page, or email: upskill@summerfoundation.org.au

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We will provide a limited number of free tickets to NDIS participants and families. Please email upskill@summerfoundation.org.au for more information. 

Online Workshop – Zoom
DATE:
Monday 5 December 2022
TIME: 1pm – 4.30pm AEDT

As the NDIA shifts its focus to living an ordinary life at home, there is much to learn about how to explore and design  an ordinary life through individualised support. 

Support coordinators and allied health professionals are uniquely placed to support the development of innovative and individualised support for people with complex support needs. 

This workshop will:

  • Take a dive into what person-centred practice looks like
  • Unpack notions  about 24/7 paid support 
  • Go through the person-centred process of exploring and designing individualised supports 
  • Provide examples of innovative solutions to meet support needs of individuals

This workshop via Zoom, is facilitated by UpSkill Lead Linda Hughes and Vivien Williams.
There will be practical exercises, opportunity for group discussion and questions and answers.


Learning objectives 

  • Use a person-centred approach to the design and implementation of home and living supports
  • Work with participants to identify their home and living preferences and support needs 
  • Identify risks and safeguarding strategies
  • Understand the importance of circles of support and assist people to expand and strengthen informal, mainstream and community support 
  • Understand NDIS funding packages for home and living support
  • Work with support providers to implement individualised living supports, including negotiations on cost of support, terms and conditions of service agreements

Important note:

This workshop will not focus on  the ‘bricks and mortar’ of housing. To find out more about housing support please see UpSkill training: 

  • NDIS and Mainstream housing 
  • Applying for SDA: eligibility and evidence for positive outcomes

Who is this for:

  • Support coordinators
  • NDIS allied health professionals
  • Hospital clinicians

Any questions?

If you would like to know more about this workshop or UpSkill training, check out our FAQs page, or email: upskill@summerfoundation.org.au

BOOK NOW TO SECURE YOUR SPOT

Online Webinar – Zoom (FREE)
DATE:
Monday 5 December 2022
TIME: 11:00am – 12:00pm AEDT

This free 60-minute webinar will start to unpack how to facilitate well-timed discharges from hospital for NDIS participants.  We will look at some of the key challenges within the NDIS and health interface that cause delays and discuss strategies to facilitate a sound hospital discharge. 

We know that navigating the NDIS and health interface can be complex and change over time, so we want to hear the real time issues from YOU.  We will discuss the most common barriers as identified by you and ways to manage these challenges.

After attending this webinar, you will be able to identify key barriers to discharge early in admission and work towards facilitating discharges that are coordinated, timely and keep the person with disability at the core.

Join us as we take a look at:

  • Common barriers to discharges for people with new or existing disabilities as identified by you
  • Strategies for timely discharges

This session includes Q+A.

Who is this for:

  • Hospital clinicians supporting NDIS participants stuck in hospital 

  • Support coordinators and NDIS allied health professionals supporting NDIS participants stuck in hospital are also welcome to attend

Any questions?

If you would like to know more about this workshop or UpSkill training, check out our FAQs page, or email: upskill@summerfoundation.org.au

BOOK NOW TO SECURE YOUR SPOT


Online Workshop – Zoom
DATE:
Tuesday 6 December 2022
TIME: 10am – 1:30pm AEDT

Build your understanding of the evidence required for an application for specialist disability accommodation (SDA). This workshop is valuable if you’re working for people who may be SDA eligible, as you will need to provide the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) with supporting evidence that addresses the SDA eligibility criteria, set out in the SDA Rules (2020)

This workshop assumes you have good working knowledge of SDA including what it is, how it is separate to support and how it is different to mainstream housing. We will focus on the SDA Rules (2020), SDA eligibility and the evidence required for an SDA application.


This is an interactive workshop via Zoom, facilitated by UpSkill Lead Linda Hughes.
There will be practical exercises, opportunity for group discussion and questions and answers. 


Learning objectives – after this workshop you will be able to:

  • Apply the SDA Rules and eligibility criteria
  • Identify the types of supporting evidence required to support SDA requests
  • Work with other professionals to source and collect evidence for SDA
  • Write a housing report addressing  the SDA Rules
  • Complete a Home and Living supporting evidence form for an SDA application
  • Use new knowledge of NDIS decision-making to inform your applications

Who is this for:

  • Support coordinators
  • NDIS allied health professionals
  • Professionals assisting people with complex support needs 

Any questions?

If you would like to know more about this workshop or UpSkill training, check out our FAQs page, or email: upskill@summerfoundation.org.au

BOOK NOW TO SECURE YOUR SPOT

Online 2 day Workshop – Zoom
DATE:
Mon 12 and Tues 13 December 2022
TIME: 10am – 1pm AEDT (both days)

The people you support may have complex support needs or may find themselves caught in complex systems.

This facilitated workshop will help you understand the responsibilities of the NDIS and other services systems so you can better support people to access the full range of support available.


This is a 2 day workshop via Zoom, facilitated by UpSkill Lead Linda Hughes.
There will be practical exercises, opportunity for group discussion and questions and answers.


We will look at health, mental health, aged care, justice, housing, child protection and education interfaces. After the workshop you will be able to:

Learning objectives 

  • Understand the broader systems of support, including other government and community services
  • Navigate the complex interface between the NDIS and other service systems and connect participants with services outside the NDIS
  • Support and lead a collaborative approach across service systems 
  • Undertake person centered planning and stakeholder mapping
  • Design mechanisms for communication, collaboration and cooperation

Who is this for:

  • Support coordinators
  • NDIS allied health professionals
  • Professionals assisting people with complex support needs

Any questions?

If you would like to know more about this workshop or UpSkill training, check out our FAQs page, or email: upskill@summerfoundation.org.au

BOOK NOW TO SECURE YOUR SPOT

Online Workshop – Zoom
DATE:
There are currently no upcoming sessions for this workshop.
Please check back again soon!

Learn about mainstream and non-SDA housing, home modifications, assistive technology and capacity building supports to help a person with disability explore suitable mainstream housing.

This UpSkill workshop, brought to you by the Summer Foundation, focuses on the ‘bricks and mortar’.  It is designed to build the capacity of support coordinators and allied health professionals to assist  people with disability to explore suitable mainstream housing that reflects their goals, preferred living arrangements and support needs.


This workshop via Zoom, is facilitated by UpSkill Lead Linda Hughes.
There will be practical exercises, opportunity for group discussion and questions and answers.


Finding accessible and affordable housing is a challenge and we cannot promise a silver bullet. But we will provide innovative ideas and useful tips to help make a person’s housing goals a reality. We will share successful stories where ‘out of the box’ thinking has made housing dreams come true.

Important note: This workshop does not include information about SDA. If you need introductory information about SDA, you can access free video resources on the Housing Hub here and here.

Learning objectives 

  • Understand the role of the NDIS in Home and Living supports and be able to navigate the NIDS and  mainstream housing interface
  • Explore housing options and opportunities including innovative and contemporary approaches 
  • Develop strategies to address some of the common housing barriers experienced  by people with disability 
  • Determine the necessary components of good housing that promote safety and independence      
  • Recognise the importance of separation of housing and supports

Who is this for:

  • Support coordinators
  • NDIS allied health professionals
  • Professionals assisting people with complex support needs

There are currently no upcoming sessions for this workshop. Please check back again soon! 


Any questions?

If you would like to know more about this workshop or UpSkill training, check out our FAQs page, or email: upskill@summerfoundation.org.au

Online Workshop – Zoom
DATE:
There are currently no upcoming sessions for this workshop.
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The government set ambitious targets of no one under the age of 65 being admitted to residential aged care (RAC) by 2022. While there has been modest progress on these targets there are still 3,435 people under 65 living in aged care, and each month another 44 enter.

This UpSkill workshop, brought to you by the Summer Foundation, will enable you to assist younger people living in aged care to access appropriate home and living supports through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).


This is an interactive workshop via Zoom, facilitated by UpSkill Lead Linda Hughes.
There will be practical exercises, opportunity for group discussion and questions and answers. 


Learning objectives – after this workshop you will be able to:

  • Leverage the implementation of the government’s younger people in residential aged care (YPIRAC) Strategy and NDIS policy
  • Provide YPIRAC with information and examples of NDIS supports
  • Identify and understand responsibilities in the interface between the NDIS and aged care systems
  • Work together with RAC and NDIS professionals to lead a collaborative approach across service systems
  • Assist a person choosing to leave RAC to access appropriate supports to live well in the community

Who is this for:

  • Support coordinators
  • NDIS allied health professionals
  • Professionals assisting people with complex support needs including RAC providers, Nursing Unit Managers and lifestyle coordinators

There are currently no upcoming sessions for this workshop. Please check back again soon! 


Any questions?

If you would like to know more about this workshop or UpSkill training, check out our FAQs page, or email: upskill@summerfoundation.org.au

Online Workshop – Zoom
DATE:
There are currently no upcoming sessions for this workshop.
Please check back again soon!

This workshop is for NDIS allied health professionals and support coordinators who want to build on their capabilities and ensure the services they provide are of the highest standard, are ethical and empowering for the people they support. 

You will gain insight into the guiding approaches of service provision including taking a human rights and person-centered approach to practice, working in a trauma informed way, practicing cultural sensitivity and promoting self determination. You will learn strategies to demonstrate leadership in promoting and upholding the rights of those you support who live with complex support needs. 


This workshop via Zoom, is facilitated by UpSkill Lead Linda Hughes and Vivien Williams.
There will be practical exercises, opportunity for group discussion and questions and answers.


Learning objectives 

  • Recognise when a person’s rights are at risk and identify ways that you can assist to reassert their rights 
  • Identify key guiding approaches that are essential when working with people with complex support needs and consider ways to incorporate these approaches into how you work
  • Demonstrate strategies to improve your overall practice and identify ways to work collaboratively with mainstream and NDIS services
  • Lead, innovate and develop service improvements in line with contemporary best practice

Who is this for:

  • Support coordinators
  • NDIS allied health professionals

There are currently no upcoming sessions for this workshop. Please check back again soon! 


Any questions?

If you would like to know more about this workshop or UpSkill training, check out our FAQs page, or email: upskill@summerfoundation.org.au