Research on the Roles, Responsibilities and Needs of Behaviour Practitioners in Australia

The DEAI encourages all Developmental Educators involved in Positive Behaviour Support to complete this quick survey. It is a great opportunity to support further research in PBS as well as to highlight the key role of Developmental Educators in this space.

If this research is relevant to you, you are invited to take part in a 5-10 minute internet survey on ‘A Review Of Behaviour Practitioners in Post’. As behaviour practitioners working in Australia come from a variety of professional backgrounds, the interest is in identifying these and investigating what the job entails on a day-to-day basis. This information may help to identify ways of delivering more effective, efficient behaviour support to Service Users. It can be completed at:

The survey is split into four parts:

  • General questions about you.
  • Your professional background and professional affiliations.
  • The roles and responsibilities you have as a behaviour practitioner.
  • How your role fits into the overall plan of service delivery in your organisation.

The results of this survey may be published or presented at public forums. The questionnaire is completely anonymous, and no identifying information is required. Any information used in reporting results publicly will be collated from pooled data with information from behaviour practitioners in other services, so no individual responses will be reported. All data will be maintained and stored in line with the Data Protection Act and Best Practice in Scientific Research. It has been granted ethical approval by both Saint John of God Hospitaller Ministries (Ireland) and University of Queensland (Australia).

If you chose not to take part, nobody will know and there will be no consequences for you. If you are concerned that any question could identify you, you are free not to answer it.

If you have any questions, please contact any of the researchers at the below address. Please feel free to distribute this to any colleagues you have that may be interested, or through social media, as word-of-mouth and social media is used to source as many participant as possible.

Gillian Martin (Callan Institute, Saint John of God Community Services, Ireland)

Kym McNally (Centre of Excellence for Clinical Innovation and Behaviour Support)

Matthew Spicer (OAK Possability, Tasmania)