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Social work and the NDIS: Opportunities and information on navigating the system

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Date: 15th Jul 2017
Venue: Sydney, NSW
CPD hrs: 7

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Organiser: MHSWiPP and AASW
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On the eve of the full roll out of the NDIS, the most significant piece of economic and social reform in almost 50 years, social workers are left wondering what this will mean for the world of disability care and how they fit into this new way of practice. The introduction of the NDIS across Australia marks the beginning of a new way that both people with disabilities receive services and also a new way in which services will be provided in the new commercialization of disability care. The NDIS will be a system for ensuring that people with disabilities have the supports that they need to be part of a social and economic life of the community in which they live, for their lifetime, which is a very different focus to disability care many social workers have experienced from the bygone era. The principal framework of the NDIS is based on universal insurance principles that take a lifetime approach, through investing in people with a disability early, to improve their long term outcomes. With a focus on building skills and capacity, people with disability will have opportunities to participate in their community and employment. But understanding the NDIS in itself is a mammoth task and has left many practitioners, including the social work fraternity, unsure of what this will mean for their profession and their practice. The following introductory education series will provide social workers with the knowledge and skills needed for working with the NDIS.

Social workers, as skilled professionals, have a lot to offer this new world of disability care and the intrinsic diversity of the profession, positions social worker at the forefront of the allied health professions operating in this space. Social workers are able to work both IN and FOR the NDIS, adding value to people with disabilities on both sides of service provision. Of particular interest to many social workers hoping or planning to work for the NDIS, is gaining understanding about how their social work practice interfaces with this new model. Before a social worker can even consider working for the NDIS they need to ensure they understand what an insurance framework is and how this may impact and potentially change how one practices. Understanding goal directed, outcome driven parameters with accountability and cost effective drivers. At a glance, before one can then launch into registering as a provider, it is essential that social workers grasp the three core areas of funding; core, capital and capacity building and understand the outcome domains that form the focus of individual goal setting and the focal point for any services and supports. Gaining a thorough understanding of the support categories will enable practitioners to identify which support items they are capable of servicing and which registration categories they plan to register for.
Of all the allied health professions providing service to the NDIS, Social workers are able to register for 25% of the registration categories which are the largest of all the allied health practitioner groups, followed by Occupational therapy (16%), Psychology (11%) and Physiotherapy (8%). With such identified need for social work input, navigating the maze and becoming registered as a provider is more imperative than ever. Embracing this new world of disability care, under this new unfamiliar insurance framework will not only offer people with disability appropriate and much needed services, but also provide social workers with opportunities to thrive as disability practitioners.

Workshop Series:
A series of workshops has been designed to equip and prepare social workers for the NDIS. These workshops are not intended as general information, but will offer in-depth and thorough understanding of the NDIS framework, which is an essential requirement of working within the scheme. All workshops are based on a series of education modules. Two x half day workshops will be provided addressing the following:

Workshop 1 (half day) – Module 1 and 2

Module 1: Understanding the NDIS

  • What is the NDIS?
  • Understanding the insurance framework and what this means for practice
  • Understanding goal directed, outcome driven parameters with accountability and cost effective drivers
  • Understanding how the commercialisation of disability care – changed landscape
  • understanding how this will change the way you practice

Module 2 – Understanding funded supports under the NDIS

  • What are the core areas of funding under the NDIS?
  • Understanding the outcome domains and goal setting in the NDIS
  • Understanding the Support Categories
  • Understanding the Registration Categories
  • Understanding funded services

Workshop 2 (half day) – Module 3 and 4

Module 3 – Becoming a registered provider

  • Understanding what social workers can do in the NDIS
  • Understanding what Social worker can register for
  • Deciding what to register for
  • How to register to become an NDIS provider – what steps need to be taken
  • Understanding and navigating the technology – PRODA
  • Meeting state based governance

Module 4 – Starting work in the NDIS

  • Social Work practice in the NDIS – ie: coordinator, clinician, therapist
  • Understanding roles and responsibilities
  • Engaging with NDIS participants
  • Understanding a participant plan
  • Understanding goals, clinical needs and how this translates to direct practice

Presenter details

Brooke Kooymans brings almost 20 years’ experience working as a social worker in acquired disability, complex rehabilitation and catastrophic injury management working with Australia’s leading government and non-government agencies in both the public and private sectors. Brooke has completed post graduate qualifications including graduate certificate in rehabilitation case management, a Masters of Social Work and is currently enrolled in her Phd at UQ. Brooke has been working in private practice in this sector for the last 13 years, is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker, presents at local and national conference on her work, is a professional supervisor, guest lecturer and the convener of the AASW QLD Branch Disability Practice Group.

Location and date

The Station
58 Bowman Street
Pyrmont, NSW

15 July 2017



Early bird available until 1 July

Further information about registering

Please contact the AASW
p: 03 9320 1003


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