Research opportunity for PBS Practitioners/Supervisors in SA, through Flinders University – “Evaluating and monitoring the quality of Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) plans for individuals living with disabilities”

Flinders University is undertaking research entitled “Evaluating and monitoring the quality of Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) plans for individuals living with disabilities.”

As you are aware, PBS is the recommended framework for supporting individuals who present with behaviours of concern (BOC), with the primary goal of improving an individual’s quality of life through skill development and environmental modification. This project aims to gain insight into current systems and recommendations in monitoring and evaluating the quality of PBS plans for individuals with disabilities.

Participation in this study requires that you:

  • are a (provisional) PBS practitioner or supervisor of PBS practices/services in South Australia within the disability sector, OR privately; OR,
  • are a professional responsible for overseeing the development/implementation of PBS plans for individuals with disabilities
  • are 18 years or above

Please note that a maximum variation sampling technique will be applied to ensure that a range of professional experiences are represented in this research. It is therefore possible that you will not be selected for this study. This is not a reflection of your valuable expertise and experience, but rather dependent on the demographic diversity within consenting individuals.

If you are selected, you will be invited to participate in an online Delphi method (consisting of three rounds of questionnaires) via SurveyMonkey. The time commitment required by participants in minimal, with a total of approximately 1.5 hours required over a four-month period.

We are hoping to recruit up to 20 participants, and would appreciate if you could distribute this information to other practitioners that you feel might meet inclusion criteria above.

This study has received approval from the Social & Behavioural Research Ethics Committee (Project No: 8222). For more information regarding ethical approval of the project the Executive Officer of the Committee can be contacted by telephone on 8201 3116, by fax on 8201 2035 or by email

If you are interested in being involved, please contact Dr Alinka Fisher at before Tuesday 26th of February.  She will then forward you the details of the study and consent for participation.

Below are also the information sheet and consent form for your reference and interest.

Information Sheet_Final[2]  Consent form_Final[1]

Many thanks,

Dr Alinka Fisher BDisCommRehab (Hons), PhD

Associate Lecturer | Chair, PBS Community of Practice

Disability and Community Inclusion Unit

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Flinders University

Sturt Road, Bedford Park, SA 5042

GPO Box 2100 Adelaide SA 5001

Ph: +61 8 8201 2576

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