LiDs Special Seminar - October 31

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Leading Norwegian disability researcher Professor Jan Tøssebro, on Intensive Support Services for People with Disability and Complex Support Needs

Wednesday 31 October 2018 03:00 pm until Wednesday 31 October 2018 05:00 pm (Add to calendar)
Sophia Tipping; 03 9479 5740
Presented by:
Living with Disability Research Centre
Type of Event:
Future Student: Postgraduate; Current Student: Postgraduate; Community Event; Public Lecture; Seminar/Workshop/Training

In October LiDs is hosting leading Norwegian disability researcher Professor Jan Tossebro. We are pleased to present this special seminar.

3 pm  - 5 pm Professor Jan Tøssebro Professor of Social Work, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway

Delivering Intensive Support Services to People with Disability and Complex Support Needs in Norway: Findings from a Recent Study

There was a strong wave of normalization in Scandinavia in the 1990s, and Norway was the first country to close all institutions for people with intellectual disabilities. This change was generally perceived as having positive outcomes for people and their families. However, since the turn of the twentieth century, the ideological energy supporting small scale community living has diminished. There are concerns about reversal of some policies; the increasing size of supported accommodation services and lack of social inclusion. The Norwegian national government claims that the ideals of normalization policy remain dominant and points to local authorities who have responsibility for services.

Professor Tossebro in collaboration with service users, families, professionals and local governments led an in-depth qualitative study of current care practices in sixteen supported living settings for people with complex support needs. He will present core findings from the study that point to the significance of the size of group homes, modern governance principles (new public management) and the importance of the first-line manager. The presentation will draw out implications for the role of professionals: ideology, organizational culture, staff understanding of role and mission, and the conditions for providing individualized care. The link between the findings of this study and national trends in Norwegian health and care policies will be discussed as well as potential lessons for Australia.

More About Professor Jan Tøssebro

Jan Tøssebro (PhD) is Professor of Social Work (since 1997) at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway. He has extensive experience in disability research and the intersection of disability research and policy. Research topics include deinstitutionalization, community services, family, inclusion, education and living conditions, among others, and a longitudinal study of the living conditions and services for people with intellectual disabilities after deinstitutionalization (1989-2010). He has been a member of three public committees on disability policy (proposing new policy strategies/ legislation) and was chair of the Norwegian Council on Disability (2003-2007).


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