Ensuring effective support: National Disability Insurance Scheme

Christine BigbyProfessor Christine Bigby

Director, Living with Disability Research Centre , College of Science, Health and Engineering

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Ensuring effective support: A key issue for National Disability Insurance Scheme

People with severe or profound intellectual disability are people who don’t communicate with speech and find it hard to take independent action and who require 24 hour support with personal care.

This group of people with more severe and profound disabilities experience the worst outcomes from disability services.

Person-centred active support is a way of working where staff provide sufficient support to enable a person to be engaged in meaningful activity and social relationships. There’s a significant body of work that shows that this way of working by staff leads to high quality of life for people with severe and profound disabilities. Active support is a way of staff working everyday all day.

Christine and her team are researching why this evidence-based active support isn’t being delivered in services – what organisational factors are standing in the way?