Sue and Rachel collaborated on this project for the Community Services Industry Alliance to provide strategic advice to industry and the Queensland Government on matters related to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) workforce in Queensland. This included advice on skilling priorities, vocational education and training (VET) investment and improvements in the quality of training products and training delivery to support the future NDIS workforce.
The project involved facilitating a series of consultations at disability network meetings across the state, conducting individual in-depth interviews and analysing data and recent literature. The advice provided by the project has informed the Department and CSIA’s development of plans for the next phase of work, as well as the Department’s consideration of investment in VET and requirements for Registered Training Organisations delivering NDIS qualifications and skill sets.
Rachel and Katy collaborated on this project, which aimed to develop policy options for a Government department about an emerging social, legal and financial issue facing many older people. The project involved a literature review, interviews with experts and formulation of possible solutions. These were tested in a confidential stakeholder consultation session involving government, consumer and community legal sector representatives.
The findings were presented as a set of options, including analysis of risks, benefits, level of evidence to support the measure, and implementation considerations. The options informed Government deliberations about how best to address the issue.
Gretchen and her colleagues were contracted by the New Zealand Ministry of Health to examine best practice in newborn hearing screening. The project was a recommendation of a quality review in response to newborn hearing screening protocols not always being followed.
The project involved a literature review, appraisal of nine international universal newborn hearing screening programs, detailed review of the features of the New Zealand Universal Hearing Screening and Early intervention Programme, examination of current and emerging newborn hearing regimes and technologies, and analysis of variables impacting on regime choice across contexts. Two internationally recognised advisors provided independent quality review at every stage of the work.
Three recommendations were made to the Ministry of Health, each was accepted and implementation plans progressed. The recommendations focussed on standardising the screening regime and screening devices as well as ensuring specified program features were in place to transition successfully and to optimise program effectiveness. .
Katy was commissioned by the Commonwealth Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education to prepare an action plan summarising government commitments and common themes across sectors in relation to education and employment pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Many different Commonwealth and State Government agencies were pursuing a range of programs and policies in this space as part of their commitment to Closing the Gap in outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students. Through reviewing the work underway and how it aligned with the research and with related work, Katy and her team developed a coherent policy picture from vocational education through to higher education and employment.
The result was a document, approved by Commonwealth and State Ministers for Education and Employment, to be used by governments as the basis for targeting efforts and strengthening pathways between sectors for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.