Training guide

SBS asks: ‘What Does Australia Really Think About’ ….Disability? Old People? Obesity?

Closing date: October 30, 2021

In a ground-breaking new documentary series, SBS seeks to explore how stigma and prejudice impact the lives of millions of Australians, by getting to the heart of what people really think about disability, old people and obesity. Three-part series What Does Australia Really Think About… hosted by Kurt Fearnley, Noni Hazlehurst and Casey Donovan, premieres … Continued

A guide to Circles of support

This guide outlines what a Circle of Support is and ideas about how you might create a Circle of Support. It provides examples of how others have brought together family, friends and allies committed to assisting a person with a disability to achieve a good life in community and safeguard their interests into the future. This guide also includes a workbook where you can write down all your ideas, dreams, visions and thoughts in one place.

Understanding Disability

This video introduces 6 keystones for understanding disability. By putting them in place, we can work together for a more inclusive and equitable society.

Prevention of violence against women with disabilities micro-webinar series

The online self-paced 2-part micro-course explores violence against women with disabilities. The first course increases awareness of the impact of violence against women with disabilities and the second course introduces prevention of violence against women with disabilities. The aim is to assist the disability, prevention, social services, and government workforces to understand how easily violence against women with disabilities can occur and what actions you can take to prevent it. 

Good Practice Guidelines Resource Manual

Women with disability are at greater risk of experiencing Ddomestic family violence than those without disability. Domestic family violence services, therefore, need to be able to effectively support people with disability and to address any barriers they may face in accessing support. The Guidelines provide a framework of overarching principles. The Resource Manual supports the guidelines by providing practice-based resources and tools to support both frontline workers and service managers in good practice service delivery.

Planet Puberty

Puberty can feel like a brave new world, or even a whole new planet – and for children with disability, there can be unique issues to address. Planet Puberty is an online resource designed to help parents and carers of children with intellectual disability and/or autism spectrum disorder navigate the changes to their bodies, emotions and social interactions occurring during adolescence. A range of inclusive and accessible digital resources is available including factsheets, videos and useful books that cover everything a child needs to know as they go through puberty, including information about body changes, hygiene, periods, emotions and relationships.

La Trobe Support for Decision Making Practice Framework: An online learning resource

Being able to participate in making decisions is a basic human right. The foundation of current approaches to providing support for decision making are that everyone has the right to participate in decision making.
People with cognitive disabilities, particularly those with intellectual disabilities or acquired brain injury, are likely to need support to make some decisions about their lives. This course was designed for supporters of people with intellectual disabilities and people with acquired brain injury.  Supporters include: frontline managers, disability support workers, team leaders, clinicians, friends, spouses, parents and other family members. It can also be used by case coordinators, case managers, local area coordinators and ability linkers.

Securing Their Future: Planning for the future when you care for a person with disability

This guide has been created to help you put in place some safeguards to ensure the person with disability you care for is properly provided for, if something were to happen to you. It outlines actions carers can take now to ensure safeguards are in place, should the time come when they are no longer able to care for the person with disability.

Plan flexibility and budget planning

 The current approach to building NDIS plans is too hard, decisions are inconsistent and there needs to be more flexibility to make it better. The NDIA is proposing changes in how they build budgets that will address these issues. to explain the proposed Personalised Budget model in more detail, the NDIA has released a series of information papers including:
1. Personalised Budgets – technical information paper 
2. Personalised Budgets – information paper for participants, their families and carers
3. Easy Read Guide – A new way to work out how much funding you receive in your NDIS plan
4. Participant planning maps 

Online Safety Academy

This free interactive learning resource helps people with intellectual disability stay safe online. It includes 4 online learning modules that have been designed with accessibility in mind and includes animation, video content and text to speech activities. You will learn all about cyberbullying, including what it is and how to identify it to protect yourself online, what a scam is and how you can avoid them and what information you can safely share online.

Map Your future

Map Your Future is designed for disabled young people who are aged 12 to 25, but anyone can complete this program.  It is free and online and will help you plan what you want to do in the future. It has information and activities to help you set goals and get the right support to achieve your goals. This program has a lot of information about the NDIS but you can do this program even if you do not get support through the NDIS. 

Growing Up Disabled in Australia

A rich collection of writing from those negotiating disability in their lives – a group whose voices are not heard often enough Contributors include senator Jordon Steele-John, paralympian Isis Holt, Dion Beasley, Sam Drummond, Astrid Edwards, Sarah Firth, El Gibbs, Eliza Hull, Gayle Kennedy, Carly-Jay Metcalfe, Fiona Murphy, Jessica Walton and many more.

Practice Guidelines for Identifying and Treating Complex Trauma-Related Dissociation

Complex trauma-related dissociation underlies diverse presentations to health professionals and is often not detected. This means that many people do not receive appropriate responses and care. These Practice Guidelines for Identifying and Treating Complex Trauma-related Dissociation are for clinicians who work in a range of roles, come from different disciplines and have received diverse training but who want to enhance their ability to recognise and work with people experiencing complex trauma-related dissociation.

Regulated Restrictive Practices Guide

This guide explains what a restrictive practice is, assists in identifying each regulated restrictive practice and provides practice advice consistent with a positive behaviour support framework  and contemporary evidence informed practice, with the intention to reduce and eliminate the use of restrictive practices.