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An Introduction to TelePBS: On Demand Access

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Location: National (online)
Date: 27/10/2021 to 31/01/2022
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NDS invites Behaviour Support Practitioners across Australia to access the On Demand recording of 'An Introduction to TelePBS'.

Registrations will be available until January 2022, while places remain available.

The live webinar in October was an engaging and informative event. Follow the registration link to view the session and associated resources.

"Thanks for the great TelePBS research, resources and presentation. I can see so many benefits for both participants and practitioners. Top job!"
Live Webinar attendee, 27 October 2021

About 'An Introduction to TelePBS'

Access to behaviour support services for individuals with a disability, particularly in rural and remote regions of Australia is significantly impacted by thin markets and workforce shortages.

Telepractice is emerging as an option to expand access to a larger pool of qualified behaviour support practitioners. This will provide timely, quality, low-cost behaviour support services for people in rural and remote areas.

The webinar explored the research project conducted by Aspect and the Centre for Disability Research and Policy at the University of Sydney. Practical applications based on the five themes from the research were shared.

Learning outcomes for Behaviour Support Practitioners include:

  • Understanding the current literature on TelePBS
  • Gaining insights into tailoring and maximising the use of technology
  • Considering contextual fit for potential TelePBS clients
  • Exploring strategies for building rapport and engagement remotely
  • Increasing creativity with online assessment and planning, and
  • Improving coaching approaches for implementation and monitoring of PBS strategies

Links to resources to enhance TelePBS service delivery in a safe, competent and effective manner are shared on the On Demand platform. These were developed with funding from the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission and are freely available.

Guest Speakers

Dr Jeffrey Chan

Dr Jeffrey Chan is the Senior Practitioner, Behaviour Support with the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission.  Jeff has worked in disability and health services for nearly 30 years in government and non-government settings. He held two inaugural statutory roles in Victoria as the Senior Practitioner and in Queensland as the Chief Practitioner and Director of Forensic Disability where he was responsible for protecting the rights of people with cognitive impairment subject to restrictive practices and forensic disability orders in both States.  He was also a Finalist in the Australian Human Rights Award 2010 for Community (Individual) category for his work in protecting the rights of people with disabilities subjected to restrictive interventions.  Dr Chan continues to research and publish in international refereed journals in the area of disability. 

Dr Genevieve Johnsson

Genevieve is a Psychologist and Practice Leader for Innovation at Autism Spectrum Australia and is an honorary research associate with the Centre for Disability Research and Policy at the University of Sydney. In recent years, Genevieve has overseen the development and delivery of Aspect’s telepractice programs including webinar training and online consultation programs for service providers, as well as teletherapy and behaviour support for families in rural and remote areas. Genevieve completed her PhD at the University of Sydney investigating models of technology-based training and support for rural and remote professionals. Genevieve is passionate about bringing disability services and supports to under-served areas and will be continuing her research with the University of Sydney focusing on the delivery of staff professional development via telepractice.

Dr Kim Bulkeley

Kim is an occupational therapist with over 35 years experience in the community disability sector in front line, management, policy and research roles. Kim is the Workforce Stream Leader with the Centre for Disability Research and Policy, in the University of Sydney, undertaking teaching and research, and leads the newly established Disability and Participation Major for undergraduate students. Kim is passionate about her action research work in the disability sector, particularly with rural and remote communities to increase access to therapeutic supports.

Who is this for?

Behaviour support practitioners involved in the delivery of positive behaviour support for people with a disability in Australia.


NDS would like to acknowledge the funding from the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission which allowed this webinar to be provided for free.

Contact information

For any enquiries, please contact Sarah Nicoll, National Practice Lead, Quality and Safeguards, submit enquiry/feedback, show phone number