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Positive behaviour strategy

A behaviour support initiative, known as the Positive Behaviour Strategy, was developed to provide support to families and carers, disability sector organisations, and the wider community when supporting a person with disability who may, at times, exhibit challenging behaviours such as being withdrawn, uncooperative or aggressive.

 The strategy encompasses:

  • a Guiding Committee
  • a Behaviour Support Consultation team
  • consultation services for staff working with people living in support accommodation
  • services and support for individuals, families and disability sector organisations.

News

Conference invites families to ‘come to my house’

Positive Behaviour Support continues to be promoted strongly across Western Australia through a partnership between the Disability Services Commission, Developmental Disability WA (DDWA) and Microboards Australia.

The Come To Our House conference – held by the project partners in September last year – set in motion a range of supports for families who have family members with challenging behaviour.

The Commission and Lotterywest-funded conference was attended by more than 100 families and carers. Its aim was to assist families to build family leadership networks and connections around WA as well as provide information and stories about positive behaviour support.

The Come to Our House conference name was developed to recognise how supporting a family member who sometimes exhibited challenging behaviour could make families hesitant about having guests in their home. The name is intended to promote acceptance and acknowledgement of these challenges.

Communication, relationship-building, sexuality and advocacy were among the diverse range of topics addressed at the conference.

Participants were encouraged to share experiences, learn from each other and consider the unmet needs of the people exhibiting the behaviour – giving them a better understanding of the reasons for it.

Conference presentations are available on YouTube: search for DDWA Inc Come To Our House.

The conference is just part of the wider approach to building family leadership networks for families who experience challenging behaviour by a family member with disability.

Another strategy is the Side by Side family partnering program. It was developed by DDWA, with support from the Commission, to provide peer support to families. People can take part in the program in a range of ways, including by phone or a through the closed Side by Side Facebook group.

The program, which has been operating for the past 18 months, has seen twenty-five families taking part in areas including Mandurah, Bunbury, Geraldton, Canning Vale, Wanneroo, Coolbellup, Beeliar, Hillarys, Dalkeith, Henley Brook, Koondoola, Bayswater, Bassendean, Churchlands, Wilson, Mosman Park and Port Kennedy.

People have joined the program by self-referring, recommendations from other families, via their Local Area or NDIS Coordinators, through the Is There a Better Way workshops or the Come to Our House conference, or via service providers.

Another way of supporting people is through the family-led Is there a Better Way workshops. They use real-life situations and presenters’ experiences to explore the reasons for challenging behaviours and aim to build families and carers’ confidence and understanding when responding to challenging behaviours.

Microboards Australia will hold several workshops this year in Perth and regional areas.

  • For more information about the Is There a Better Way workshops, contact the Commission’s Service Design and Development Program Manager Mike Cubbage on 9301 3841 or michael.cubbage@dsc.wa.gov.au or hello@microboard.org.au .
  • For more about the Side by Side program, contact DDWA on 9420 7203 or ddcwa@ddc.org.au .

 

Related documents

Sector Updates

PDF versions (also available in Word below)
Positive Behaviour Framework Disability Sector Update – November 2014
Positive Behaviour Framework Disability Sector Update – May 2014
Positive Behaviour Framework Disability Sector Update – February 2014
Positive Behaviour Framework Disability Sector Update – November 2013
Positive Behaviour Framework Disability Sector Update – October 2013
Positive Behaviour Framework Disability Sector Update – May 2012

Word versions
Positive Behaviour Framework Disability Sector Update – November 2014
Positive Behaviour Framework Disability Sector Update – May 2014
Positive Behaviour Framework Disability Sector Update – February 2014
Positive Behaviour Framework Disability Sector Update – November 2013
Positive Behaviour Framework Disability Sector Update – October 2013
Positive Behaviour Framework Disability Sector Update – May 2012

Resources

PDF versions (also available in Word below)
Effective Service Design Report
Positive Behaviour Support Information for Disability Sector Organisations
Positive Behaviour Team Evaluation Report 
Positive Behaviour Framework
Positive Behaviour Framework Stage 2
Positive Behaviour Team Substantive Equality Report
Restrictive Practices Issues Paper
Restrictive Practices – What are your rights? (Easy read version of the Voluntary Code of Practice for the Elimination of Restrictive Practices)
Towards Responsive Services for All!
Code of Practice for the Elimination of Restrictive Practices
Sector and Workforce Development Report July 2013
What are Restrictive Practices and what service providers need to know

Word versions
Effective Service Design Report
Positive Behaviour Support Information for Disability Sector Organisations
Positive Behaviour Team Evaluation Report
Positive Behaviour Framework
Positive Behaviour Framework Stage 2
Positive Behaviour Team Substantive Equality Report
Restrictive Practices Issues Paper
Towards Responsive Services for All!
Code of Practice for the Elimination of Restrictive Practices
Sector and Workforce Development Report July 2013
What are Restrictive Practices and what service providers need to know