Projects

Embracing Change

Embracing Change Project is for organisations that provide services and supports to people living with, or at risk of developing, psychosocial disability and their supporters.

The purpose of the Project is to foster greater awareness of the NDIS Practice Standards and Quality Indicators from a psychosocial disability perspective. Project activities support existing and prospective NDIS providers to achieve increasing alignment with the NDIS Practice Standard

The Embracing Change Project consists of a series of ten live webinars and a NDIS and Psychosocial Disability and Quality and Safety Forum.

National NDIS and Psychosocial Disability Quality and Safety Forum | 29 April 2021

Registrations are now open for the NDIS and Psychosocial Disability Quality and Safety Forum on 29 April 2021.  This is a hybrid event held live in Sydney and simultaneously broadcast online.

Details coming soon

EMBRACING CHANGE FREE Webinar series

Catch up on all of the webinars held as part of the Embracing Change project. Watch the recordings, read the transcripts or view the free resources. For help and instructions on accessing the resources see details at the end of this page.

Webinar 8: Embracing Change: Governance, Information Management and Privacy for Registered NDIS Providers

The eighth webinar in the series held on 3 December 2020 focused on Governance, Information Management and Privacy under the NDIS Practice Standards. This webinar featured:

  • Katrina Broadbent, Account Manager of the NDIS Audit Program at PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Mae Tanner, Lawyer and Manager of Training at Justice Connect
  • Catherine Scott-Richardson National Manager of Governance, Safety & Quality at Stride

Join this webinar to learn about:

  • Governance, Information Management and Privacy under the NDIS Practice Standards;
  • How the Australian Privacy Principles apply to the Information Management & Privacy and Dignity modules of the NDIS Practice Standards; and
  • Development and Implementation of Governance, Information Management and Privacy systems in a NDIS psychosocial disability service provider.

Webinar 7: Embracing Change: Worker Screening and Workers Requirements for Registers NDIS Providers

The seventh webinar in the series held on 29 October 2020 focused on NDIS Worker Screening and Workers Requirements. This webinar featured:

  • Fran Cole, Director of Policy and Strategy, NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission
  • Laura Dorahy, National Director of Complaints and Reportable Incidents, NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission
  • Kimberly Hibbert, National Manager of Strategy and Workforce Development at Me Well (Mental Health and Wellbeing Australia).

Join this webinar to learn about:

  • Worker Screening requirements for NDIS service providers including the NDIS Worker Screening Check commencing on 1 February 2021;
  • Practice behavior’s and expectations of workers under the NDIS Code of Conduct and the Incident Management and Complaints Management NDIS Practice Standards; and
  • How a NDIS psychosocial disability service provider is implementing worker screening and worker requirements in their Human Resources and Professional Development systems.

Webinar 6: Embracing Change: Understanding behaviour support under the NDIS

The sixth webinar in the series focuses on Behaviour Support under the NDIS. This webinar features:

  • Tracey Harkness, National Director Behaviour Support, NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission
  • Evelyn Ireland, Senior Behaviour Support Practitioner, The Disability Trust.

 Join this webinar to learn about:

  • The NDIS Commission’s requirements for NDIS service providers with respect to Behaviour Support as they apply to Specialist Behaviour Support Providers and Implementing Service Providers
  • the principles and practices of Behaviour Support including the principles of Positive Behaviour Support
  • how a team of behaviour support practitioners work to support NDIS participants with a psychosocial disability to develop and implement their behaviour support plan.

Webinar 5: Embracing Change Core Module 3 and 4: Provision of Supports and Provision of Supports Environment

In this fifth webinar in the series you will hear about the responsibilities of NDIS providers when providing supports to participants. This webinar features:

  • Debbie Hamilton, Mental Health Advocate sharing her experiences of working with NDIS psychosocial disability services starting with the NDIS trial in the Hunter New England;
  • Penny Halpin, Program Leader, HDAA Australia
  • Peter Orr, Chief Customer Services Officer, New Horizons

Join this webinar to learn about:

  • Understand NDIS access and planning from the perspective of a person with lived experience of mental health
  • NDIS Approved Quality Auditor’s into the requirements of the Provision of Supports and the Provision of Supports Environment standards for NDIS psychosocial disability service providers
  • Mechanisms and process New Horizons has put in place to give effect to the Provision of Supports and the Provision of Supports Environment standards

Webinar 4: Embracing Change Core Module 2: Complaints, Incidents, Human Resources and Continuity of Supports

The fourth webinar in the series focuses on Practice standards for Governance and Operational Management. This webinar features:

  • Graham Humphreys, Director of Complaints for NSW/ACT, NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission
  • Christine Regan, State Director, NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission
  • Kate Wilson, Quality and Safety Manager, One Door Mental Health

View the recording to learn about:

  • Complaints Management, Incident Management, Human Resource Management and Continuity of Supports, National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Practice Standards
  • Identify systems, work practices and documentation specific to psychosocial service providers that can meet these outcomes and quality indicators
  • Hear some examples of how a NDIS psychosocial disability provider has meet these standards and embed a culture of Continuous Quality of Improvement in their organisation
  • The One Door Mental Health respond to the COVID-19 pandemic

Webinar 3: Embracing Change Core Module 2: Governance, Operations, Risk, Quality and Information Management

In this webinar the focuses is on Governance, Operations, Risk, Quality and Information Management. This Webinar features:

  • Sherie Avalos, Acting Director of Provider Registration, NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission
  • Fiona Loughlan, General Manager, Institute for Healthy Communities Australia

Join this webinar to learn about:

  • The audit process including what to expect from Certification and Verification audits
  • Principles of Quality Management focusing on Continuous Quality Improvement
  • Examples of evidence aligned the requirements of Governance and Operational Management standard

Webinar 2: Demonstrating Compliance with NDIS Practice Standards: Core Module Rights and Responsibilities

The second webinar in the series focuses on NDIS participant Rights and Responsibilities practice standard and explores what psychosocial services can expect when aligning work practice with the NDIS Practice Standards. This webinar features:

  • Karen Hersey, Project Manager: Embracing Change Project (September 2019 to March 2020), Mental Health Coordinating Council
  • Juliet Middleton, General Manager Service Delivery, Aftercare (Stride Mental Health as of April 2020)

Webinar 1: Pain Points and Priorities for Providers in Applying the Practice Standards in Psychosocial Disability Services

The first webinar in the series introduces the key features of the NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Framework, comparing it to the state and territory quality and safeguarding requirements for disability service providers it replaced.  Discussion explores and prioritises topics in upcoming webinars, including:

  •  Registration Requirements
  •  Code of Conduct
  •  Practice Standards
  •  Complaints Management
  •  Incident Management and Reportable Incidents
  •  Worker Screening
  •  Behaviour Support

This webinar features:

  • Karen Hersey, Project Manager: Embracing Change Project (September 2019 to March 2020), Mental Health Coordinating Council
  • John Carrigan, National Manager: Quality and Safeguards, National Disability Services

Instructions on how to access the resources

On Demand

Missed the live stream or want to re-watch one? That’s ok! All of our webinars are available for you to watch on-demand when it suits you.

If you have already registered for the webinar, enter your registered email at the top of the page and click the blue ‘join’ button and follow the prompts. This will open up a new window with a recording of the webinar.

If you have not previously registered for the specific webinar, fill out the form on this page to register. Once you have registered, you can enter the same email address that you used register into the login at the top of the page (under Already registered? Login below to view) and click the blue ‘join’ button and follow the prompts. This will open up a new window with a recording of the webinar.


Contact Embracing Change

For project enquiries and feedback, contact Embracing Change Project Officer or call 02 9060 9627.