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OCCP3202: Deconstructing the disability sector

The Australian “disability sector” is expanding and evolving as a significant part of the service economy creating and drawing down wealth in public and private domains. The sector is built upon complex and often conflicting assumptions that results in an inherently political sector where priorities, programs, outcomes and resources are contested. The “disability workforce” is changing in scope and scale as these contested perspectives are aired and implications are incorporated into practice. The National Disability Insurance Scheme(NDIS), a recent major Australian social policy reform, seeks to implement the principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disability. This reform has led to the development of innovative organizational and entrepreneurial approaches to providing supports for people with disability that are collaborative and person-centered, placing people with disability and their nominees as equal partners in the services they receive. Others perceive the market driven approach fostered by the NDIS has reinforced the position of people with disability as ‘service recipients’ with little control and high provider profit margins. This unit will explore provider models, workforce characteristics, including interdisciplinary and interprofessional teams, consumer driven and coordinated care and the variety of enterprises involved in disability support.

Code OCCP3202
Academic unit Participation Sciences
Credit points 6
Students will need to have completed 18 credit points of 2000 level units

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Analyse the structure of the disability service sector in the context of current Australian policies including the NDIS.
  • LO2. Describe the impact of individual funding models on service delivery, service design and workforce.
  • LO3. Analyse strengths and limitations in the disability sector with reference to the UN declaration of Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples and the UNCRPD in terms of equity and access for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  • LO4. Explore impacts on coverage and access of a neoliberal market approach to disability service provision.
  • LO5. Critique historical and contemporary approaches to disability service development

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.