Office of Professional Practice
The Office of Professional Practice within the Department of Health and Human Services drives best practice to deliver positive outcomes for people who access human services.
The Office works in partnership with professionals and organisations to maximise people’s quality of life, promote people’s development and safeguard their rights.
The Office provides practice leadership and evidence-informed directions and recommendations about human services, policy and service design to promote continuous improvement in client outcomes.
The Office brings together the former Offices of the Principal Practitioner (child protection and youth justice) and the Senior Practitioner (Disability). This integration has strengthened the department’s commitment to working in collaboration with our service partners to deliver holistic services for clients with complex needs.
The Senior Practitioner (Disability) has powers under the Disability Act 2006 for ensuring that the rights of persons who are subject to restrictive interventions and compulsory treatment are protected and that appropriate standards in relation to these practices are complied with.
If you would like to make an appointment to talk to someone from the Office of Professional Practice please contact the office on telephone number (03) 9096 8427.
Senior Practitioner-Disability report for the period 1 July 2014 – 30 June 2015. New.
The report highlights activities during our eighth year which was another busy and productive year showing ongoing modest gains in the reduction of the use of seclusion and physical restraint.
New resource from AMAZE
The Office of Professional Practice has collaborated with AMAZE (formerly Autism Victoria) to conduct research and develop a resource for parents, carers and staff about wandering/elopement in developmental disabilities.
The resource is called Wandering in People on the Autism Spectrum.
For more information, go to the Wandering in People on the Autism Spectrum page on this website.
Resources, case consultation and learning and development information provided by the Office
- Practice resources - Office of Professional Practice
Practice resources are available for ‘Disability and child protection’ ‘Disability’ and ‘Youth justice’. The practice information is relevant across all disciplines.
- Case consultation - Office of Professional Practice
The Office will accept requests to review a case or provide case consultation support from client services, families, external review bodies, and senior departmental executives.
- Research and evaluation - Office of Professional Practice
The Office undertakes research into best practice and evidence based treatment and support.
- Learning and development - Office of Professional Practice
The Office has a strong focus on supporting the ongoing professional development of practitioners with the consistent aim of optimising client outcomes.
- Annual reports for the Office of Professional Practice
The Office publishes an annual report that is inclusive of the Senior Practitioner (Disability) reporting requirements and information on the broader role of the Office.
- Senior Practitioner annual seminar
Senior Practitioner annual seminar presentations.
- Office of Professional Practice role statement (Word 156.5 KB)
- About the Senior Practitioner in Victoria (Word 150.0 KB)
- Who is the Senior Practitioner - Disability? (plain English) (Word 94.5 KB)
Telephone: 03 9096 8427
24/50 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne Vic 3000
If you would like to make an appointment to meet with one of our staff, please contact the office by telephone on (03) 9096 8427.