NDIS Jobs and Market Fund Project

Last month, staff from the Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy Departments visited Hobart, Tasmania to meet with NDIS participants and Disability Support Provider, Able Australia, regarding a new NDIS Jobs and Market Fund Project being delivered by SPAHC, 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", has been designed to extend and evaluate the Monash allied health fieldwork education program currently 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. For details of the Victorian model Monash has led development of click here.

In the new project, a mixed model of digital and face to face supervision from both Monash staff and 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 this 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.