Ageing, Disability & Home Care

Behaviour support (via the Practice Improvement Framework)

The Practice Improvement Framework (PIF) is available for all practitioners who work in the area of behaviour support. The Practice Improvement Framework consists of five key learning modules sequentially undertaken with the assistance of work practice support/ supervision. These modules are Premier PIF, the Common core standards, the Positive Approaches to Behaviour Support core standard, the Extension Skills Topics and finally the Advanced Skills Topics.

To access the PIF online resources, please register an account for yourself at the website below:

Premier PIF

Premier PIF has been developed to provide an introduction to core underpinning principles of positive approaches to behaviour support and as an entry point for non-practitioners to the PIF. Premier PIF includes e-Learning, work based activities, reflective practice questions and then a one day workshop.

Positive Approaches to Behaviour Support (PABS) core standard

The PABS core standard supports the content of the Behaviour Support: Policy and Practice Manual (OSP, 2012) and provides practitioners not only with the knowledge they need to deliver behaviour support services in the disability context but also with a process for translating that knowledge into their work practice.

The PABS core standard outlines the positive behaviour support process across five chapters. It includes a self-paced e-Learning resource as well as a comprehensive appraisal designed to extend the practitioner’s knowledge, skills and confidence through work based application and reflective practice skills. The PABS core standard chapters are:

  • Chapter 1: Module overview
  • Chapter 2: Crisis and risk management
  • Chapter 3: Behaviour assessment, formulation and report writing
  • Chapter 4: Behaviour support planning
  • Chapter 5: Training, implementation, monitoring and review

Extension Skills Topics

The Extension Skills Topics follow on from the Common and PABS core standards. Once practitioners have successfully completed the core standards program, they will be encouraged to undertake the Extension Skills Topics as part of their ongoing professional development. This next stage consists of face-to-face training sessions that are delivered in a workshop format. Each of the Extension Skills Topics has an appraisal to support practitioners to implement what they have learnt within their clinical practice.

The Extension Skills Topics are:

  • Relationships for a secure life: Behaviour support through attachment and complex trauma lenses
  • Behind the aggression: Supporting people with an intellectual disability who engage in aggressive behaviour
  • Supporting people with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Mind matters: supporting the mental healthof people with an intellectual disability
  • Listen up: Engaging with people with an intellectual disability who hurt themselves
  • Making sense of sexual behaviour: Providing support for people with an intellectual disability

Advanced Skills Topics

These are for more experienced practitioners who have successfully completed the core standards as well as the Extension Skills Topics and wish to expand their skills in a particular area of interest. These courses will be delivered in a workshop format via individual referral to the Statewide Behaviour Intervention Service (SBIS) and may be provided by SBIS, identified regional specialists, or external consultants where appropriate.

The Advanced Skills Topics are:

  • The creative clinician
  • Personality disorder and intellectual disability
  • Problematic sexual behaviour in adults with an intellectual disability

For any further information regarding PIF please email

Optional Additional Core Standards

These additional core standards are optional and can be undertaken outside of the requirements to complete the PIF. They are available to all practitioners should they wish to complete them.

NOTE: There is suitable content within the PABS core standard, Extension and Advanced Skills Topics regarding sexuality and sexual behaviour so practitioners should determine if they need to complete the Supporting Sexuality core standard in consultation with their Work Practice Support Person/ Supervisor.

Supporting Sexuality

This core standard supports practitioners to understand the importance of sexual expression for people with disability. It ensures that these practitioners are well placed to support individuals to engage in valued and meaningful roles and occupations related to sexuality. An optional appraisal is available.

Supporting Sleep

This core standard provides a practice guide for practitioners so that they are equipped to identify sleep issues and support people with disability to experience adequate sleep. An optional appraisal is available.

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