How to get involved

Who is the training program for?

The training program has been tailored for two groups:

  1. people who support people with an acquired brain injury
  2. people who support people with an intellectual disability.

What is involved in the support for decision-making training program?

The Support for Decision-making training program is interactive and will be a time for decision making supporters to share ideas and learn the important elements for effective support for decision-making.

There are 2 groups of participants/ supporters that will participate in the training program.

  • Group 1: the Training Group - will undertake the training program at the beginning of the research project.
  • Group 2: the Waitlist Group - will undertake the training program at the end of the research project, after improvements have been made.

The training program includes:

  • 2 x 3.5 hour support for decision-making workshops
  • There will be up to 10 people in each workshop who are supporters of a person with cognitive disability.
  • 6 x 30 minute telephone sessions with the participant / supporter will be done with a trainer (with your permission, these will be recorded, transcribed, and de-identified).
  • 3 or 4 x interviews over the course of 1 year will be completed with both the supporter and the decision maker. Each 1 hour interview will consist of a questionnaire and an interview.
  • The training program will be free and you will be reimbursed for your travel expenses if required.

What are the requirements to participate?

To participate in this research you will need to:

  • participate as a pair consisting of one person with a cognitive disability and the person they have chosen as a decision supporter
  • be 18 years of age or older
  • live in Victoria, Queensland, or New South Wales.

If you would like to participate in the project or have any questions

Victoria / New South Wales:

Lizzie Smith
T: (03) 9479 1954


Cindy Nicollet
T: (07) 3138 4237


Please click on the links below to read about your rights and the researchers’ responsibilities.

For decision supporters:

Participant Information Statement for Decision Supporters [PDF 500KB]

For people with an intellectual disability:

Participant Information Statement for people with intellectual disability [PDF 500KB]

For people with a cognitive disability:

Participant Information Statement for People with Acquired Brain Injury [PDF 500KB]