The NDIS opens opportunities to rethink what support means and how it is delivered. New types of work requires more and/or different types of skills and means changing the way we train and develop support workers. These projects demonstrate different approaches to building worker capabilities.
Enabler Interactive is drawing on experience in the gaming world to deliver interactive, engaging training solutions on mobile devices. Unlike much existing training, service users will be able to adjust training scenarios to meet their individual needs. Lifestart is developing a web-based resource to deliver relevant, just-in-time training and support for their allied health workers. Their approach is based on an online, interactive resource hub and will provide insights about their experience in what works best for workers. Spinal Life and House With No Steps are using virtual reality platforms to provide immersive learning experiences. Their projects yielded answers about when and how these approaches can be useful and what it takes to develop them and make them work.
The Monash University project draws on their experience in training clinicians in related sectors to respond to the workforce demands of the disability sector. What can we learn from successful, person-centred models of support used in other sectors; what are the opportunities to access students as a partial solution to workforce supply challenges; and, how can we repurpose aspects of clinical training to build capability of specialised support workers? These are some of the questions these projects are exploring.