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AASW Webinar Recording | Disability and the Health System

Event Details
Date: Ongoing
Venue: Online
CPD hrs: 2 hours
CPD Category: 2 - Skills and Knowledge

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Organiser: AASW


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Watch the 2 hour recording of AASW's Disability and the Health System webinar.

Social workers in health care settings play a critical role in advocating for and assisting people with a disability to get the supports they require. An understanding of the interface between Disability/NDIS and the health care system is essential for professional social work practice and delivering positive client outcomes in this space.

This webinar provides an overview of the NDIS and its key features, before unpacking the separate roles and responsibilities of the health care system and the NDIS in supporting people with a disability. Participants will learn through case studies and guided activities to apply theory into practice.

Based in social work theory and evidence-based practice, participants will learn ways to support clients along the NDIS pathway, as well as best practice for discharge planning. Additionally, this webinar will provide information for non-NDIS supports/services available for people with a disability.

Who should register?  Social Workers who work within the hospital and/or health care systems, or work with people with a disability/clients eligible for the NDIS.

2 hours of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge
AASW Credential: Disability

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the key features of the NDIS, including the separate roles and responsibilities of the health system vs the NDIS
  • Identify appropriate non-NDIS supports and services for people with a disability
  • Consider effective strategies to support clients along the NDIS pathway
  • Plan for patient discharge in line with evidence-based best practice


Michelle Bult (BSW, BA, MMgt) is the NDIS Program Manager at Peninsula Health, leading the Peninsula Health Children's, Adults, Support Coordination and Support Services NDIS teams, as well as a Disability Liaison and Assessment Service since 2020.

Michelle has worked as a social worker in health care settings in England, New Zealand and Australia. Her experience covers the entire spectrum of health including acute, sub-acute and community care. Specialising in Disability since 2017, Michelle led Peninsula Health’s transition to the NDIS while in a dedicated project role. Whilst in this role, she completed her Master of Management (Health Services), which included a yearlong research study titled ‘A multiple case study analysis exploring the enablers and barriers to choice and control during hospital discharge planning for people with a disability eligible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme’.

In 2019 Michelle was seconded to the Summer Foundation as the Health Engagement Lead for the DHS funded “Leaving Hospital Well” Project. This NDIS capacity building project involved working with 24 Victorian Health Services and included the development and completion of a NDIS and health interface needs analysis, support to develop resources, policies and guidelines for workflow as well as hospital wide education and training. During the secondment, Michelle led the development of a national Health and NDIS community of practice and engaged with Allied health staff across Australia. Alongside this role, Michelle was included as a member of the working party which developed the DHS Allied Health Capability Framework: Disability and Complex Support Needs.

Sophia Westphal (BSW, BA) leads the Disability Liaison and Assessment Service at Peninsula Health. The Disability Liaison and Assessment Service provides specialised support to patients with a disability, their families and carers, and Peninsula Health staff.

Sophia has worked as a social worker in health care settings in England and Australia and has worked across the entire spectrum of health including acute, sub-acute and community work.

At St Vincent’s Hospital, Sophia initiated quality improvement activities within the Social Work department which involved the development of Social Work guidelines/principles for the management of complex under 65 patients. Sophia also began her Research Masters of Social Work in 2010 which included a pilot project aimed to implement, trial and evaluate a comprehensive psychosocial intervention to address supportive care needs in newly diagnosed patients with a Glioblastoma Multiforme and their carers.

In a Senior Role at Peninsula Heath, Sophia provided leadership to the Social Workers and assisted with the development of a Model of Care to support the COVID positive residential care patients at Golf Links Road. This involved liaison with key stakeholders to assist with the development of an appropriate model to support this client group and their families.

In 2021, Sophia began specialising in disability and worked as a Senior Disability Liaison Officer at Peninsula Health. The Disability Liaison Officer (DLO) program is a DHHS funded initiative and is part of the Victorian Government funding investment to support Victorians with disability during the COVID-19 pandemic. The DLO Program includes a number of positive initiatives to improve the healthcare experience for people with a disability.

Method of delivery

Once you have registered for this recording, all online content is available to view at your convenience via the AASW online on-demand training platform.

Please ensure that your email address is accurate and updated when you register.

Subtitles are available.


The webinar recording duration is 2 hours.


This recording can be claimed for CPD purposes, consistent with the CPD Goals and Hours Requirements.

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