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Person Centred Active Support focus for Identitywa/La Trobe University study

  • Posted on 10 April 2017
Lisa visits Mandy and Natalie who live together in one of  Identitywa's Shared Houses.

Lisa visits Mandy and Natalie who live together in one of Identitywa's Shared Houses.

To improve and monitor Identitywa’s success in implementing Person Centred Active Support (PCAS) is the aim of the Embedding Active Support & Practice Leadership Study currently being facilitated by La Trobe University.

The overarching aim of the study is to improve the quality of life for people with disability – identifying the organisational and managerial practices associated with the successful implementation of active support and practice leadership in services.

As part of the study La Trobe academic, Lisa Hamilton, travelled to Perth to facilitate workshops in March for support staff and she also visited Identitywa’s shared houses.

“Person-centred active support is about increasing the quality of life for people,” explains Lisa.

“It is critical staff understand and value an evidence-based approach to support and appreciate why it is important,” explains Lisa.

“The PCAS approach is underpinned by four essentials - Every moment has potential; little and often; graded assistance and maximising choice and control.”

During her visits to the houses, Lisa demonstrated active support strategies with support workers and discussed how they can be used with existing processes and structures.

“This is an important part of translating the knowledge learned in the workshops into practical skills in the workplace,” said Lisa.

The evidence-based approach to supporting people with disability to make choices and to have control in their daily lives.  It is based on a significant body of research from both the UK and Australia about the effectiveness of Person Centred Active Support on achieving a better quality of life.

 

 

 

 

 

Identitywa Media contact: Michelle Ebbs
T (08) 9474 3304 | M 041 940 1335
E Michelle.Ebbs@identitywa.com.au | W identitywa.com.au

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