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Buddy Training for Frontline Staff: eLearning and Workshop

A front line woker kneels down next to a young woman with disability, looking at her.
Location: National (online)
Date: 31/12/2099
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Available now - secure your booking for 2024.

NDS and PHI present: Buddy Training for Frontline Staff. This course will teach staff working as buddies to provide an excellent induction to new care and support staff, improving the experience of the person receiving services and reflect NDIS Quality Standards.

Part one: eLearning (45 minutes) - available from Monday 1 April

Part one to be completed before the workshop. Once you have completed the eLearning (part one), you will receive the zoom link to the workshop (part two).

  • Understand the role and responsibility of staff who are buddies, including their scope of practice and role boundaries
  • Be aware of health and safety risks and understand the importance of policies and procedures
  • Orientate the new staff member to use a person’s care and support plan and documentation requirements 
  • Providing support, preparing for, and completing a buddy shift

Part two: Workshop, Wednesday, 10 April, 11:00 am to 12:00pm AEST

Pre-requisite: Complete part one: eLearning

Learn Strategies for helping buddies to:

  • Build rapport with new staff
  • Demonstrate/model good practice
  • Use a team approach
  • Encourage new staff
  • Provide feedback in a positive way

This workshop is in partnership with Preventing Harm Initiative (PHI) and facilitated by Donny Raets. Donny's expertise is in creating manageable ways to identify, report, investigate and most importantly, how to prevent or reduce the likelihood of recurrence. 

Donny holds a Diploma of Teaching, Cert IV Training and Assessment, Cert IV Aged and Community Care and has 30 plus years’ experience in education, ranging from Primary through to Tertiary (Vocational Education and Training), remote Indigenous Communities and the Corporate sector. Her  CALD background and training in the Arts support her creation and delivery of meaningful learning experiences.

Who should attend?

NDS recommends that all staff who work as Buddies for new staff within disability service organisations are most suited to attend.

Event details:

Part One: eLearning

  • eLearning available from Monday, 1 April (until day before the workshop).

Part Two: Workshop

Date: Wednesday, 10 April
Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm AEDT
Location: Online 


  • NDS Members (ex GST): $230
  • Non-members (ex GST): $335
Contact information

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