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Sharpening the Focus: NDIS and Private Practice Social Work

Event Details
Date: 11 August 2022
Time: 10.30am-12.00pm AEST
Venue: Online
CPD hrs: 1.5 hours
CPD Category: 2 - Skills and Knowledge

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Organiser: AASW


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Are you getting the most out of the NDIS as a private practice social worker? Do you want to diversify your caseload to attract more meaningful and rewarding work? Are you struggling to navigate the NDIS rules and find your place in the NDIS service landscape?

Social Workers in private practice have the opportunity to become preferred service providers for NDIS participants. They have the skills and experience to become more clinically relevant to the NDIS, with scope to offer services that compete with existing providers in the field.

This webinar will explain the NDIS service system and your social work role within it, providing strategies to market and promote your point of difference to build a stable and professionally rewarding caseload of NDIS Participants for the long-term.

Common service delivery challenges and misconceptions will be clarified including:

  • Service Agreements, item numbers and cancellations
  • Key language and terminology to use in letters and reports
  • NDIS funding (core supports, capacity building and capital)
  • Practice issues (neurodevelopmental conditions and psychosocial disability)

Additionally, the scope of social work in the NDIS will be traversed with on-the-ground tips and hints (including traps to avoid) when working within the NDIS service system.

Who should attend? Social Workers in private practice who want to understand how the NDIS can diversify their referral streams and increase their NDIS knowledge and skills. Any social worker who wants to collaborate more effectively with NDIS representatives and service providers.

1.5 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 role and scope of social work practice in the NDIS
  • Understand NDIS Plans, Service Agreements and Line Items
  • Identify the steps to increasing NDIS referrals
  • Discover best practice approaches to writing NDIS reports and letters
  • Consider how NDIS funding can be incorporated into a sustainable business model


Don Mackenzie (B.SW, M.SW) is an AASW member, AMHSW, and private practitioner through his business Mackenzie Social Work Services. Don has 23 years’ of Social Work experience in Australia and the UK with organisations such as One Door Mental Health, Department of Education, headspace, Centrelink and NSW Health. So far, his career has focused on mental health, developmental trauma, neurophysiology, endocrinology and the importance of the social determinants of health and wellbeing. Don is also a registered provider for Victims of Crime, Medicare, PHN Healthy Minds, WorkCover (SIRA), DCJ and EAP.

Don has been providing services (therapy, groupwork and case management) to NDIS participants for nearly three years. 75% of Don’s private practice caseload are NDIS participants (both children and adults). Don’s practice provides professional supervision services alongside clinical practice in mental health and developmental trauma with a focus on EMDR, neurofeedback training, sensorimotor psychotherapy and CBT. Don also provides training in trauma, family violence, mental health and delivers men’s behaviour change programs. In addition to his private practice caseload, Don is a Conjoint Lecturer in the UNSW School of Medicine and casual academic at Charles Sturt University.

Location and date

Live online: a Zoom link will be emailed to you prior to the webinar
11 August 2022
10.30am-12.00pm AEST

Can't attend live? Your ticket includes a copy of the presentation slides and 2 weeks' free access to the event recording.


Members: $75.00 (including GST)
New graduates, retired and student members: $45.00 (including GST)
Non-members: $120.00 (including GST)
Non-member student: $90.00 (including GST)


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*Please note, registrations close 11 August 2022 at 9:00am AEST.

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