Last week I presented a workshop for the disability sector in Darwin. It was fantastic as we had CEO’s, Housing and SIL providers, Support coordinators and OT’s in the same room hearing the same information. I’ve never had an audience in a workshop so keen to know about my mistakes.
After being immersed in writing numerous housing plans over the last 3-4 months, ways to improve my processes were fresh in my mind and I was ready to share my learnings with colleagues needing to embark on a similar task. As an OT, progressively more and more needed to be included in OT reports for SDA eligibility and with the logistics of juggling NDIS funding, plan dates and reviews, and schedules of service and capacity barriers….the enormity of the task was apparent to me… and difficult to convince the people awaiting the finished product of the numerous challenges in meeting requirements.
I did end up taking control of writing the whole plan, utilizing the already engaged therapists and delegated a few specific tasks to supportive Support co coordinators. I finally felt a sense of relief after completing the training and describing to the CEO of Somerville Disability Services that the group had experienced an “OH No!!” moment after day one …. and subsequently “We can do this!” moment after day two and he was thrilled! He had identified the two emotions were needed to fully comprehend was is required and to plan out what is needed to see a complex task through to a successful completion.
Although there was a lot of theoretical information to take in…..we worked through four case examples, in multidisciplinary teams, and ended up with strong conclusions and supportive evidence for each client.
The attendees were so engaged, interested and we experienced some very valuable problem solving together and thought provoking discussions. They left the workshop with the necessary tools, and knowledge of how to practically work as a team with these plans. We also worked collating a list of very useful local resources to quicken their processes.
I am still learning every day and changing my practises accordingly. With great challenge comes great reward… and the outcomes of these plans for the people we support will the some of the most meaningful outcomes. I’m very much looking forward to seeing the people being supported in environments that are customized to their needs and enabling a good life.