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A rural private therapist framework under DisabilityCare Australia



This project is part of theĀ Wobbly Hub and Double Spokes (WH&DS) project.

Aim: This project will develop a quality framework to assist rural private therapists (occupational and physiotherapists, speech pathologists and psychologists) to provide ongoing, high quality, sustainable and accessible support to people with a disability.

Approach: This project was independently managed by researchers at the University of Sydney and funded by a Practical Design Fund (PDF) grant from the Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs. The PDF is part of the Australian Government's commitment to introduce the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Funded projects will develop practical ways for people with disability, their families and carers, and the disability sector and workforce to prepare for the transition to the NDIS.
As there is less access to therapy in rural and remote areas, this results in a high level of unmet need. In the context of a NDIS the private therapy workforce will have an increasingly important role in providing individualised support. Little is known about how private therapists will meet the growing demand in a significantly changing disability sector.

Outcomes: The WH&DS project sought to fill that gap by building on the information gathered from an online retention survey completed in mid 2012 by 62 private AHPs from the western area of NSW. Focus groups, interviews and online expert panels provided information to develop a quality framework that will be used to inform how rural private therapists provide ongoing, high quality, sustainable and accessible support to people with a disability.


Dr Angela Dew
Project Manager
Wobbly Hub and Double Spokes Project
75 East Street, T Building
Ph: +61 2 9351 9050
Fax: +61 2 9351 9128


Last updated: 27 September 2013
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