- Contacts and locations
- Engagement and consultation
- Policies and guidelines
- Publications and resources
Access and inclusion plans
- Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2014 to 2018
- Our vision - Disability Access and Inclusion Plan
- Disability access and inclusion context
- South Australians living with disability
- Departmental profile - staff with disability
- Disability Access and Inclusion Plan outcomes
- Outcome 1: inclusive and accessible communities
- Outcome 2: economic security and employment
- Outcome 3: rights protection, justice and legislation
- Outcome 4: personal and community support
- Outcome 5: learning and skills
- Outcome 6: health and wellbeing
- Disability Access and Inclusion Plan development and implementation
- Child and Youth Services
- Exceptional Needs Unit
- Moving On Program
- Office of the Senior Practitioner
- ASSIST Therapy Services
Office of the Senior Practitioner
The Office of the Senior Practitioner (OSP) focuses on reducing the use of restrictive practices, sometimes called 'restraints'.
Our priority is to uphold the rights of South Australians with disability to live free of unauthorised restrictive practices.
We seek to support service providers to provide disability services in the least restrictive way.
The OSP team works to:
- increase awareness about restrictive practices, authorisation and consent
- promote positive behaviour support practices
in the South Australian disability services sector.
Human Rights of People with Disabilities
All the work of the OSP is consistent with the rights of people with disabilities; rights that have developed through Common Law, specific legislation and recently the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This commitment to human rights and practical information on their implementation is contained in:
This document provides a framework for
- a commitment to reduce and if possible, eliminate the use of restrictive practices
- developing Positive Behaviour Support as a strategy to reduce the use of restrictive practices
- a commitment to developing services that are focussed on the needs and wishes of the individual.
Restrictive practices involve any practice, device or action that removes or restricts another person's freedom, movement or ability to make a decision.
Restrictive practices do not include the use of devices for therapy or safety, where being used for their intended purposes, unless the person objects to their use.
For the South Australian disability service sector, the commitment to reduce restrictive practices is spelled out in two key documents:
Positive Behaviour Support
The OSP has developed, in collaboration with disability service providers, a guide to complement the Restrictive Practices Reference Guide and establish a common understanding of Positive Behaviour Support. It outlines key considerations for South Australian disability service providers in the review and/or initiation of Positive Behaviour Support within their organisations.
The OSP has adapted, from an internal document, a guide to help organisations ensure that their services are person-centred.