Living with Disability Research Centre Research Seminar Series

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July Seminar

Wednesday 08 July 2020 03:00 pm until Wednesday 08 July 2020 05:00 pm (Add to calendar)
Dr David Henderson
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Living with Disability Research Centre
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IMPORTANT: Due to the social distancing measures still in place across Victoria, this Seminar will be hosted on Zoom. To join us via Zoom, please email requesting the Zoom link.

3:00 pm - MeganTopping

PhD Candidate, Living with Disability Resaerch Centre, La Trobe University

Understanding the factors that influence the quality of paid disability support for adults with acquired neurological disability and complex needs: a scoping review and thematic synthesis

Theoretically, individualised funding schemes empower adults with acquired neurological disability to choose high quality support services in line with their needs and preferences. This presentation comprises a scoping review that aims to understand the factors that influence the quality of paid disability support for adults with acquired neurological disability and complex needs. It is based on a comprehensive review of the published literature from 2009-2019 across four databases. It will show that although the evidence base is sparse, the factors identified in the review are in line with international rights legislation and policy ideals. These findings can provide insights to people with disability hiring, and managing support, and also facilitate the delivery of high-quality disability support. However, further research is required to understand the interactions between the factors and how to optimise support in practice.

4:00pm - Professor Christine Bigby

Director, Living with Disability Research Centre, La Trobe University

Factors that influence the quality of staff support for people with intellectual disabilities in supported accommodation services – messages for people with disabilities, funders, regulators and service providers

There is considerable variability in the quality of life outcomes for people with intellectual disabilities living in shared supported accommodation services. But there is strong evidence that the quality of staff support – and specifically the use of Active Support – makes the most significant difference to outcomes. Active Support is an evidence-based practice whereby staff provide sufficient facilitative assistance to enable service users to take part in meaningful activities and relationships, irrespective of the degree of intellectual disability or presence of additional problems. Active Support also provides the foundation positive behaviour support. Many organisations in Australia have adopted Active Support, but few have staff who use it consistently or have fully embedded it into their everyday operations. This presentation provides a synthesis of the substantial and rigorous evidence about the factors, at the staff, service and organisational levels, that are necessary to sustain good Active Support. It considers how this knowledge can be used by disability support organisations, the NDIS, and the Quality and Safeguards Commission to ensure effective use of disability funding and improve the quality of disability services, and thus the quality of life, of people with intellectual disability in Australia.

Download Report: Bigby, C., Bould, E., Iacono, T., & Beadle-Brown, J. (2019). Enabling engagement and inclusion: organisational factors that embed Active Support in accommodation services for people with intellectual disability: Summary report



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