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Positive Behaviour Support Policy

Tuesday, 13th Oct 2020
4:30pm 5:30pm
Contact:   ASID National Office

What do disability support organisations believe about Positive Behaviour Support? 

Presented by Brent Hayward in conjunction with the Association for Positive Behaviour Support Australia (APBSA)

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The webinar will be recorded and made available to all people who register including those unable to participate in the live event.

When: Tuesday 13th October 2020


4.30 pm to 5.30 pm (AEST time)

2.30 to 3.30pm (AWST)

6.30 to 7.30pm (NZ)

Where: View from your own computer!


$0 ASID members & Concession

$0 APBSA Members

$25 Non- members - this cost includes access to the webinar and the recording.

$20 Non-members - recording only


Despite the increasing promotion of positive behaviour support (PBS) in intellectual disability services and the NDIS, few studies have considered PBS policy. This webinar describes the examination of PBS policies from non-government organisations to uncover policy beliefs about PBS. The results suggest that beliefs about PBS vary among non-government organisations, with the values and attitudes of PBS shared more than the nature of PBS support. Thirteen core beliefs were identified, some of which are not supported by evidence. We also argue that PBS policy was being used as a surrogate to promote the use of restrictive interventions. These findings suggest that PBS in Australian disability services requires attention to its most basic assumptions if organisations wish to deliver the outcomes to people with intellectual disability they promise.


Brent is a registered nurse and credentialed mental health nurse. He has worked in a variety of government and non-government roles in health, disability and education. He is completing his PhD in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne where he is investigating the adoption of positive behaviour support in disability services.

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