NDIS Jobs and Market Fund Project

(L-R) Karen Dixon, Em Bould, Libby Callaway and Prue Morgan visiting SDA sites in New Norfolk, Tasmania.

In February this year, staff from the Peninsula campus Occupational Therapy Department and Physiotherapy Department visited Hobart, Tasmania to meet with NDIS participants and Disability Support Provider, Able Australia. The purpose of the visit being the discussion of a new NDIS Jobs and Market Fund Project delivered by the Monash University School of Primary and Allied Health Care, and external partners including lived experience experts and private allied health professionals.

The project titled 'Innovative workforce growth in thin markets: Piloting use of mixed digital and face-to-face workforce development to scale capacity building supports with NDIS participants in Tasmania' is being designed to extend and evaluate the Monash allied health fieldwork education program currently being delivered in collaboration with NDIS participants living in Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) in Victoria, into Tasmania.

The program will commence in the Hobart region with NDIS participants using both SDA and Lifestyle day programs. View details of the Victorian model where Monash has led the development here

Within the new project, a mixed model of digital and face-to-face supervision from both Monash staff, Allied Health professionals and NDIS Support Coordinators based in Tasmania will be used. In addition, there will be the opportunity to test and develop application of the new Supervision and Delegation Framework for Allied Health Assistants and the Support Workforce in Disability developed through an NDIS Sector Development Grant. Both occupational therapy and physiotherapy students will be offered an interstate fieldwork education opportunity over the next 18 months, with evaluation undertaken from the perspective of NDIS participants, their families, the students and disability support providers.