Department of Health

Allied health capability framework: disability and complex support needs

Key messages

  • Allied health professionals play an important role in delivering the NDIS.
  • The framework will develop the skills and knowledge of allied health professionals to better provide high-quality, person-centred support that promotes choice and control for people with disability and complex support needs.
  • The framework is relevant along allied health career pathways, from new graduates to experienced practitioners. It applies to government, private and not-for-profit services. It concerns allied health services for children, young people and adults with disability along the health care journey, the NDIS pathway and at the meeting point of health and disability.

The Victorian Government has coproduced the Allied health capability framework: disability and complex support needs together with allied health professionals, professional bodies, disability services providers, academics, NDIS advisory bodies and consumers.

The Allied health capability framework: disability and complex support needs guides allied health professionals to work ethically and collaboratively across professions and the service systems.

It is important that people with disability can find the services that meet their needs when they need them, especially for people with complex support needs. A consistent framework will help people with disability and their families/carers to choose allied health professionals with knowledge and skills that suit their needs.

The project is part of Keeping our sector strong Victoria’s workforce planExternal Link for the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

How to use the framework

The framework will:

  • help clinicians understand their professional strengths and areas of growth
  • support the development of career goals
  • assist employers to develop workforce plans
  • tailor training and development to meet the needs of staff.

My Allied Health Space – Free tools and training resources

A range of online tools and training resources which support the implementation of the Framework are available at My Allied Health SpaceExternal Link . These include:

  • a self-assessment tool with links to resources and professional development approaches
  • an organisational checklist for service managers and allied health educators with links to resources
  • an e-learning package for allied health professionals
  • reference documents that outline behaviours for each capability mapped across three levels of ability
  • checklists for people with disability, families and carers to find and use allied health services and to understand their NDIS plan
  • training resources for trainers and educators.

Reviewed 15 September 2020


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