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									An invitation
All Queenslanders are entitled to every possible opportunity to live and participate in their
communities.
Over the next four years, the Queensland Government has committed $113 million to
establish a ground-breaking new service to support adults with an intellectual or cognitive
disability who exhibit severely challenging behaviour to transition into community life.
As a specialist clinical service, the Specialist Response Service will focus on
multidisciplinary assessment and positive behaviour support, working closely with
families, carers and service providers.
With a focus on interdisciplinary practice, this new service will deliver best practice and
make a real difference in people’s lives.
The service will be guided by the work of Australia’s first new multi-million dollar Centre
of Excellence for Behaviour Support based at the University of Queensland’s Ipswich
campus.
The Centre will play a significant role in developing cutting-edge research and policy and
put into practice improvements that will enhance the quality of life for people with an
intellectual disability and challenging behaviours.
We are seeking expert practitioners with skills from a range of backgrounds to join our
multidisciplinary teams which will deliver this exciting new approach, integrating disability
and mental health services.
This is your opportunity to join a dynamic organisation with a strong reputation as a
leader in the delivery of disability services.




Lindy Nelson-Carr MP
Minister for Disability Services
Experienced teams, positive support
A small number of adults with an intellectual or cognitive disability exhibit severely
challenging behaviour. Like all Queenslanders, these people should have every
opportunity to live and participate in their community.
The Queensland Government through Disability Services Queensland is investing in a
ground-breaking service response by establishing the Specialist Response Service
supported by the Centre of Excellence for Behaviour Support.
New Specialist Response Service teams will provide clinical services to support disability
service providers to improve the quality of life of adults with an intellectual or cognitive
disability and to reduce or eliminate the use of restrictive practices used in the
management of challenging behaviours.
The teams will operate as part of a positive behaviour support system that supports these
people to achieve community living through sustainable improvement and change.
The positive behaviour support system will safeguard human rights and aims to maximise
the opportunity for positive outcomes for these people.
To achieve this, the Specialist Response Service teams will work closely with families,
advocates and service providers to ensure that clinical services contribute to holistic
support plans and long-term lifestyle goals.
Through the positive behaviour support system, qualified professionals will support adults
with an intellectual or cognitive disability who exhibit severely challenging behaviour, and
who are receiving disability services.
Our professional staff will conduct functional assessments and develop multi-element,
individual positive behaviour support plans. Implementation of these plans will be
supported by training and coaching for support workers.
Positive behaviour support plans that include any restrictive practices will be subject
to appropriate checks and balances, together with ongoing monitoring and review.
Our vision for the Specialist Response Service
The vision for the Specialist Response Service is to provide innovative and evidence-
based services to make a positive difference in the lives of adults with an intellectual or
cognitive disability who exhibit severely challenging behaviour.
The Service will maximise their participation in the community by providing positive
behaviour support.
The assessment, development and implementation of individualised support plans will be
informed by evidence-based research from the Centre of Excellence for Behaviour
Support.
The following diagram reflects the active relationship between the Centre of Excellence
for Behaviour Support, Individual Response Leaders, the Specialist Response Service
and service providers.




The role of the Specialist Response
Service
The Specialist Response Service is a Queensland-wide service with six teams of
professional staff located in metropolitan and regional areas.

Our multidisplinary teams will comprise highly trained and experienced disability and
mental health experts with backgrounds in psychology, occupational therapy, speech and
language pathology and other allied health professions.
Their primary focus will be to work directly with the people they support together with
direct support staff, family and networks to encourage positive behaviour and increase
participation in community life. This may occur through skill development, behaviour
management strategies and opportunities to engage in preferred, meaningful daily
activities.
These teams will deliver integrated services where the expertise of each team member
will contribute to a holistic assessment and planning process using an interdisciplinary
approach.

Our Mental Health Assessment and Outreach Team will be a specialist, statewide
community-based team comprised of psychiatrists, neuropsychologists, clinical nurse
consultants and general medical practitioners. This team will provide assessment and
consultancy services to people who are receiving a service through the Specialist
Response Service and work in partnership with local service providers, particularly
general practitioners.
The role of this small specialist team will complement the ongoing collaboration currently
in place between disability services and mental health services to support adults with an
intellectual or cognitive disability who exhibit severely challenging behaviour and who
have a mental health condition or dual diagnosis.
Our Individual Response Leaders will work closely with service providers, other agencies
and networks to coordinate a local response for those persons who receive a service
through the Specialist Response Service. They will also work closely with our
multidisplinary teams, including the Mental Health Assessment and Outreach Team.
Individual Response Leaders will act as conduits between the Centre of Excellence for
Behaviour Support, Specialist Response Service teams and service providers on positive
behaviour
support practices.

Our direct support teams will work with our multidisplinary teams and the Mental Health
Assessment and Outreach Team to assess the needs, abilities, preferences and
aspirations of the people they support and provide them with active lifestyle support.
Together these teams will develop individual positive behaviour support plans and
ensure that the use of any restrictive practices is in line with these plans.

Purpose-designed accommodation will be constructed to meet the needs of those adults
who are eligible to receive a service through the Specialist Response Service and who
require emergency or crisis response.
This accommodation will also be used where a person’s community living arrangements
have broken down as a result of severely challenging behaviour, or where a targeted,
therapeutic-built environment is required to stabilise behaviour and facilitate positive
change.




Our initial focus
The first task for the Specialist Response Service will be to identify adults with an
intellectual or cognitive disability who exhibit severely challenging behaviour who already
access, or are eligible for other Disability Services Queensland services, and whose
behaviours are likely to result in significant injury or extreme distress to themselves or
others.
Our role will be to reduce reliance on intrusive behaviour management practices. Our
teams will prioritise service to those who may be subject to such practices, especially
seclusion and containment.
Our teams will develop individual positive behaviour support plans that will encourage
positive behaviours and safeguard the human rights of the people we support.

Recruitment for the Specialist Response Service commenced in late 2007 and the teams
will build to full capacity by 2011.

Contact us
If you are interested in being part of the Specialist Response Service and have the drive
and ambition to help realise the vision for the Service, we want to hear from you.
For more information, you can contact the Specialist Response Service Implementation
Team on:
Phone:         +61 7 3405 4186
               +61 7 3006 4131
Email:         careers@disability.qld.gov.au
Website:       www.disability.qld.gov.au/positive-futures

								
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