Living with Disability Research Centre 2019 Research Seminar Series

Event status:

December Seminar

Date:
Wednesday 11 December 2019 03:00 pm until Wednesday 11 December 2019 05:00 pm (Add to calendar)
Contact:
Dr David Henderson
lids@latrobe.edu.au
Presented by:
Living with Disability Research Centre
Type of Event:
Public

3:00 pm – Assistant Professor Phyllis Wong

Visiting Scholar, Department of Social Work, Chinese University Hong Kong

The impact of introducing an ICF-based practice on staff competency and satisfaction under a transdisciplinary team approach: a pioneer project

The International Classification of Functioning (ICF) model, Disability and Health, is a framework for describing and organising information on functioning and disability. It provides a standard language and a conceptual basis for the definition and measurement of health and disability. The application of the ICF model in the field of disability has been a global trend for nearly two decades. However, studies on staff matters in relation to the ICF-based practice are sparse. This presentation will outline findings from a pioneer project that consists of three phases. First, a scale has been developed and validated for measuring staff members’ readiness to carry out the ICF-based practice and their competency in doing so. Second, the impact of introducing the ICF-based practice on staff members will be measured by a pre-test/post-test comparison group design. Third, the experiences of staff members will be explored through semi-structured focus group interviews. The presentation will report on the progress of the project to date.

4:00 pm – Dr Mark Feigan

Senior Policy and Research Officer, Office of the Public Advocate

Systemic advocacy: changing what happens

This presentation outlines the strategy adopted by the Office of the Public Advocate (OPA) in its recent NDIS Service Agreements project. The presentation will illustrate how the OPA conducts systemic advocacy to change policy (what happens). The OPA is empowered by law to promote and safeguard the rights and interests of people with disability. Meanwhile, the NDIS is transforming the safeguarding framework that the OPA has been a part of for more than 30 years. The OPA is uniquely placed to observe the impact of the implementation of the new framework on people with a disability through the work of its staff and volunteers supporting people with disability. The OPA’s systemic advocacy relies on this knowledge and understanding to identify what is happening and what needs to change to realise the objectives of this major reform. The NDIS Service Agreements project explored OPA’s concerns about these legal agreements, with many containing onerous and unfair terms. Our report and follow-up set in motion action for dealing with this abuse.

Library Seminar Room 1.34, Level 1 Borchardt Library, La Trobe University

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