Department of Human Services

Disability SA Bulletin 98 - Activities by the Office of the Senior Practitioner during 2016

July 2016 - The OSP has been busy with awareness raising activities and finalising sector wide documents.

The Office of the Senior Practitioner (OSP) leads initiatives for reducing the use of restrictive practices in the South Australian disability services sector (the sector) that are consistent with:

The future NDIS Quality and Safeguards Framework will emphasise reducing the use of restrictive practices by implementing multiple safeguarding measures. All OSP's priorities align with and seek to prepare providers for the future requirements of this framework.

2016 activities

The OSP has this year:

  • continued to meet with people with disability, families and disability service providers around South Australia to discuss restrictive practices. The OSP recently visited the Riverland and will visit one more regional area in 2016.
  • provided restrictive practices awareness raising sessions for TAFE SA students studying Certificate III in Disability.
  • finalised protocols with the Community Visitors Scheme, the Health and Community Complaints Commissioner's Office and Office of the Public Advocate. These protocols describe mutual information sharing requirements for these agencies to identify and report on the restrictive practice use  in the sector. 
  • continued meetings of the Restrictive Practices Governing Committee. This group is comprised of a service user member, government and non-government sector representatives. It is a sector-led body to address the use of restrictive practices, chaired by the Senior Practitioner.. 
  • reviewed the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion's Safeguarding People with Disability - Restrictive Practices Policy.
  • finalised additional awareness raising resources.

The OSP continues to finalise a range of sector-wide documents, including:

  • Safeguarding People with Disability - Restrictive Practices Policy.
  • Code of Practice for Eliminating the Use of Restrictive Practices in South Australia
  • Guideline for the Recording and Reporting of the use of Restrictive Practices
  • Consent and Restrictive Practices Definitions, Reference Documents and Links
  • Assessing, Planning and Using Restrictive Practices Guideline

The Office of the Senior Practitioner (OSP) is the Senior Practitioner, Professor Richard Bruggemann and Chief Project Officer, Sam Patterson.


Contact: Sam Patterson

Phone: +618 8415 4362


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