Overview

This survey is for allied health professionals in Victoria with an interest in workforce development to improve outcomes for people with disabilities. Your views will help shape the Allied Health National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Capability Framework and the approach to strengthening these capabilities through professional development opportunities.

People with disabilities who have complex support needs can face multiple barriers to accessing appropriate and timely services. Complexity often encompasses high levels of support needs across various areas of life, including physical, psychological, behavioural and social. Responding to complex support needs often involves multiple service systems including health and disability/NDIS, as well as mental health, child protection and family support, early childhood development, education and training, employment, housing, transport and justice service systems.

Victoria’s Allied Health NDIS Capability Framework will identify capabilities for allied health professionals to support people with disabilities and complex support needs and outline ways to:

  • help clinicians understand professional strengths and areas of growth
  • support the development of professional goals
  • assist employers to develop workforce plans
  • inform training and development opportunities to meet the needs of the workforce.

  • Tools and training resources will be developed to support allied health professionals implementing the capability framework in their own practice.

    Definitions

    Capabilities are underpinning behavioural skills that characterise work being performed well. They are non-clinical attributes.

    Allied Health Professionals refers to a wide range of professionals including, but not limited to Audiologists, Dietitians, Occupational Therapists, Orthoptists, Orthotists and Prosthetists, Physiotherapists, Podiatrists and Psychologists, Social Workers and Speech Pathologists.

    Survey

    This online consultation has now closed. Thank you for your contribution.

    Draft capabilities

    Through our work so far, stakeholders have identified draft capabilities for allied health professionals to support people with disabilities and complex support needs in the context of the NDIS.

    We are interested to know how you would rate your current levels of confidence against the draft capabilities and ask you to share any other relevant capabilities you think should be included in the framework.


    Section 1: Interprofessional practice

    Stakeholders have told us about the importance of interprofessional practice capabilities to support people with disabilities and complex support needs. These capabilities relate to working collaboratively with professionals across various disciplines, settings and services, including health and disability, as well as child protection and family support, early childhood development, education and training, employment, housing, transport and justice services.

    Q1. Please rate your level of confidence in performing the below capabilities to support people with disabilities and complex support needs.
    Not confident at all
    Somewhat confident
    Moderately confident
    Very confident
    Extremely confident
    Unsure
    Knowledge of your limitations in practice
    Knowledge of other allied health disciplines’ scope of practice
    Ability to refer to other allied health disciplines
    Builds relationships and works collaboratively with other health professionals across settings
    Knowledge of support service options available to your clients, including health, mental health, child protection and family support, early childhood development, education and training, employment, housing, transport, justice services
    Builds relationships and works collaboratively with other service providers, including mental health, child protection and family support, early childhood development, education and training, employment, housing, transport, justice services
    Knowledge of wider services and resources, for example, advocacy and language services
    Knowledge and ability to supervise and delegate to allied health assistants and disability support workforce

    Section 2: Systems knowledge

    Stakeholders have told us about the importance of capabilities to navigate service systems to support people with disabilities and complex support needs. These service systems include child protection and family support, early childhood development, education and training, employment, housing, transport and justice systems.

    Q2. Please rate your level of confidence in performing the below capabilities to support people with disabilities and complex support needs.
    Not confident at all
    Somewhat confident
    Moderately confident
    Very confident
    Extremely confident
    Unsure
    Knowledge of the current systems, including disability, NDIS, health, mental health, child protection and family support, early childhood development, education and training, employment, housing, transport, justice systems
    Knowledge of the history of the service system, including for example the potential impacts of institutionalisation on people with disabilities
    Knowledge of relevant health, disability and NDIS legislation, rules, standards, policies and frameworks
    Knowledge of the social model of disability
    Knowledge of and ability to use NDIS processes and language, for example, writing reports for the NDIS
    Ability to navigate the service system and advocate for the client
    Business knowledge and skills to operate in the NDIS context

    Section 3: Person-centred practice

    Stakeholders have told us about the importance of capabilities that support working in partnership with people with disabilities, supporting their social and economic participation and supporting people to achieve their holistic goals.

    Q3. Please rate your level of confidence in performing the below capabilities to support people with disabilities and complex support needs.
    Not confident at all
    Somewhat confident
    Moderately confident
    Very confident
    Extremely confident
    Unsure
    I see the person holistically and not just the disability
    I listen to and respect the person's individual lived experience
    I respect the person's dignity of risk in decision-making
    I understand that a client’s support needs may span across different life domains, including physical, psychosocial, behavioural, social and environmental
    I understand the influence adverse life experiences (such as, substance misuse, a history of violence and trauma, intergenerational disadvantage, criminal justice contact, disrupted education and poverty) can have on a person’s support needs
    I tailor my practice to respond to the individual and work in a true partnership with the person, enabling choice and control
    I collaborate with the person to identify and achieve their goals
    I adapt my communication style to respond to a person's communication preferences and needs
    I adapt my practice to respond to diverse backgrounds and experiences
    I collaborate with the person's support network
    I solve complex problems to respond to the person’s support needs
    I identify and seeks to resolve ethical issues arising from providing services in the NDIS context
    Q4. Are there other key capabilities not listed above that should be included in the framework?
    You have 1000 characters left.

    Capability development

    In developing implementation tools for the capability framework, we are interested in drawing on resources and strategies that are already working.

    Please skip this question if not applicable.

    You have 1000 characters left.

    Capability framework training

    Q6. What are the key learning outcomes you would want after participating in training as part of Victoria’s allied health NDIS capability framework?
    Strongly disagree
    Disagree
    Neutral
    Agree
    Strongly agree
    Not applicable
    Greater understanding of disability, complex support needs and the NDIS, including legislative framework and language
    Understanding your practice in the broader context of the disability and mainstream service systems
    Understanding potential professional ethical dilemmas and how to navigate them
    Clearly identified my learning needs to support people with disabilities and complex support needs
    Knowledge and skills to apply the capability framework in practice
    Actions to implement a learning and development plan at my workplace
    Q7. Are there any other learning outcomes you would want included in this training?
    You have 1000 characters left.

    Organisational checklist

    Q8. To what extent has your organisation developed and implemented strategies to build the capabilities of allied health professionals to support people with disabilities and complex support needs?
    Not planned
    Planned
    Partly implemented
    Established
    Not applicable
    My organisation has a capability framework that meets the needs of allied health professionals to support people with disability and complex support needs.
    My organisation has incorporated allied health capabilities in disability and complex support needs into recruitment processes (such as position descriptions and interview questions)
    My organisation has incorporated allied health capabilities in disability and complex support needs into supervision practices
    My organisation has incorporated allied health capabilities in disability and complex support needs into performance development processes
    My organisation has incorporated allied health capabilities in disability and complex support needs into educational and professional development opportunities

    About you

    Please answer these questions in relation to your primary role.

    Q9. Is your workplace a registered NDIS provider?
    Q10. Are you registered as an NDIS provider
    Q11. Do you provide NDIS services?
    Q12. The proportion of my clients who are NDIS participants is approximately:
    Q13. The age range of my clients is:

    Tick all that apply

    Q14. My allied health qualifications are in:

    Tick all that apply

    Q15. I primarily work as a:
    Q16. I primarily work in a:
    Q17. The organisation I work in is a:
    Q18. I work in:

    The survey form is now closed. Thanks for your contributions.

    Privacy collection notice

    The Department of Health and Human Services (the department) is committed to protecting your privacy. The department will collect and handle your survey response for the purposes of informing Victoria’s Allied Health NDIS Capability Framework project. Participation in this survey is voluntary.

    Your de-identified responses may be disclosed to and considered by an expert panel, training provider and project steering committee. We may disclose de-identified information in your response in published documents including the capability framework, resources, training packages and reports. We may quote your response in these documents but we will not identify you.

    This survey is anonymous, however, if you wish to be informed of updates on the consultation process and development of the framework you can provide your email address on the ‘stay up to date’ form. We will not share your email address with any third parties. Your email address will not be linked to your survey response.

    If you do not provide us with the information requested in this survey, the department will not be able to consider your views and experiences into when developing the capability framework.

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