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 Senior Practitioner - Disability team, please contact the office on telephone number (03) 9096 8427.
Senior Practitioner - Disability report: for the period 1 July 2014 – 30 June 2015
This the most recent report and 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 resources from the Senior Practitioner
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.
Sexualised behaviours of concern in young people with intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorder
This guide is designed to provide direction to disability service providers in their support of young people with intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorder who show sexualised behaviours of concern.
- Avoiding and responding to sexualised behaviours of concern in young people with intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorder (PDF, 840.0 KB)
- Avoiding and responding to sexualised behaviours of concern in young people with intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorder (Word, 2.2 MB)
Oral hygiene resources
A Reason to Smile is an oral hygiene tool that is designed to help disability support workers assist residents who have high support needs.
- A reason to smile: An oral hygiene resource for disability residential services (Word, 17.4 KB)
- Oral Care Hygiene Profile (PDF, 301.4 KB)
- Strategies to improve a resident’s oral hygiene (PDF, 664.0 KB)
Transportation of children with disabilities who display behaviours of concern
This guide is designed for occupational therapists to assist children with disabilities who display behaviours of concern during transportation.
- Transportation of children with disabilities who display behaviours of concern (PDF, 191.8 KB)
If you require an accessible version of this document, please contact Office of Professional Practice.
A resource to promote social inclusion within group homes
The aim of this guide is to help development of support plans to promote social inclusion for residents with disabilities. The support plan is a legislative requirement of s.54 of the Disability Act 2006.
The Restrictive Intervention Self-Evaluation Tool (RISET)
The RISET is an online tool to assist disability service providers meet their legislative obligations under Part 7 of the Disability Act 2006.
Other resources, case consultation and learning and development information provided by the Office
- About the Senior Practitioner in Victoria (Word 150.0 KB)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Office of Professional Practice role statement (Word 156.5 KB)
- 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.
- Research and evaluation - Office of Professional Practice
The Office undertakes research into best practice and evidence based treatment and support.
- Senior Practitioner annual seminar
Senior Practitioner annual seminar presentations.
- 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.