Office of Professional Practice

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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

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.

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.

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.

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. 

Use the Restrictive Intervention Self-Evaluation Tool (RISET).

Other resources, case consultation and learning and development information provided by the Office

Contact us

Telephone: 03 9096 8427
24/50 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne Vic 3000

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