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Early bird registrations are open for NDS’s Regional and Remote Conference

Our one-day conference for disability service providers to discuss remote and regional issues will be held in Darwin on 14 March.
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Registrations are open for NDS's Disability Hot Topics Breakfast in Adelaide

We invite members to our annual SA Disability Hot Topics Breakfast on 21 February to network the big issues affecting the sector.

New Zero Tolerance films focus on power, control and restrictive practices

Zero tolerance - Focus on rights, target abuse


Our recently updated Zero Tolerance online films and guides are excellent resources for preventing abuse and avoiding risks. They will help your team increase their understanding of restriction and power and help start the conversation about ways to do things differently.

Responding to evolving thinking and practice in the sector, the films and accompanying guides in two key units are now available free from NDS.

Recognising Restriction in People's Lives – five films and a guide (PDF or Word)

Some everyday practices, performed out of habit or need for safety, can impose restrictions on the people you support. These five films and accompanying guide will help your team to recognise restrictions when they see or use them, understand that all restrictions can have negative impact on the health and wellbeing of the person, and start the conversation about ways to do things differently.

Understanding Power and Control – two films and a guide (PDF or Word)

Power in a support relationship is often unequal and sometimes open to abuse. These two films and accompanying guide outline strategies for service providers to create safer, more empowering environments for people they support. They will assist your team’s understanding of punitive restrictions, the impact on the person’s health and wellbeing, and start conversations about how to do things differently.

In the Zero Tolerance section of the NDS website, you’ll find a rich and inspiring library of information and resources. And more is being added.

The Misuse of Medication film and guide will be available soon.

Put simply, Zero Tolerance means abuse is never OK.

Contact information

For any enquiries, please contact Mary Lou McPherson, National Practice Lead - Zero Tolerance Initiative, submit enquiry/feedback, show phone number