Training and Professional Development

Professional development offered by the DEAI – follow this link to view previous PD that has been offered by the DEAI


Develop your skills in Frontline Practice Leadership – Online Modules. Improve the practice of support workers and the quality of life of people with intellectual disabilities (LaTrobe University).

Working with women with disabilities – eLearning. This free online course, produced by Lifeline, features information on recognising the signs of domestic violence when supporting women with disabilities.

Behavior Intervention Plan Quality Evaluation (BIP QEII) – Eight Training Modules developed by the PENT Leadership Team on the BIP Desk Reference Manual. Each module includes 30-60 minute training components which can be grouped to provide comprehensive training over multiple sessions, or combined for a one-day training.

Trauma Informed Support films – Evidence shows that people with disability continue to be at greater risk of traumatic experiences, including neglect, abuse and violence, than people without disability (National Disability Services). Trauma Informed Support is an evidence based, therapeutic approach, which recognises signs and symptoms of trauma, enables pathways for recovery and actively seeks to avoid re-traumatisation.

Building Community Networks: Circles of Support – Teresa Micallef who is responsible for Building Community Networks at Belonging Matters, talks about the Circles of Support process where intentional networks of people are built around a person with disability to assist them in the creation of a good life in community and support their decision making through developing trusted relationships (DARU).

My Allied Health Space – 10 comprehensive online education modules to support translation of the Allied health capability framework: disability and complex support needs (the Framework) into allied health practice.

Dementia and Intellectual Disability Learning Modules – Free online learning modules for people who support people with dementia and intellectual disability (Centre for Developmental Disability Health).

Everyone can Work – Inclusion Australia is running free online workshops about open employment. These workshops are for people with intellectual disability and their families.

Working with First Nations Families and Children: A Framework for Understanding – This course by Emerging Minds has been developed from the Emerging Minds Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Families and Children Toolkit, with the support and guidance of First Nations peoples. It is designed to assist non-Aboriginal practitioners to develop the skills and understanding to build genuine partnerships with First Nations children, families and communities.

Trauma Informed Care’ eLearning Program – This eLearning program aims to introduce families, carers and other professionals to evidence-based information and knowledge around the impacts of adversity and trauma on infants, children and young people. It contains information, resources, videos and links to provide a comprehensive introduction to trauma informed care (Emerging Minds).

Webinar: Delivering culturally responsive telehealth – published by Telehealth Victoria Community of Practice, a panel discusses best practice strategies in using telehealth to deliver services to people from culturally and linguistically diverse populations.

Webinar: Words matter: Getting the language of child mental health right – This webinar was the first of a two-part series exploring the importance of language in supporting children’s mental health and wellbeing (Child, Family, Community, Australia).

Webinar: Words matter: How to use frames effectively to advance child mental health – This webinar was the second of a two-part series exploring the importance of language in supporting children’s mental health and wellbeing. –

Webinar: Improving interactions and communication with people with little or no speech – People with complex communication needs are often denied the right to make decisions about things in their lives that affect them. Just because a preference is expressed non-verbally doesn’t mean that communication isn’t happening. There are many ways to communicate other than speech and many ways we can support those who do not use speech to communicate (DARU).

Understanding Domestic and Family Violence – online module for health service employees (Qld Health).

Australasian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment – Free webinars.

Sue Larkey E-learning -Help You Teach Children on the Autism Spectrum and Make a Difference.

The La Trobe Support for Decision Making Practice Framework Learning Resource – This online learning resource assists people providing decision-making support to enable people to have choice and control in their lives. (Bigby, Douglas & Vassallo, 2019)

Accessible online meetings course – Practicing social distancing has changed the way we communicate particularly with the rapid move to video conferencing platforms such as Zoom and Skype. Being online can represent lots of challenges for people with disability, but it also provides opportunities that can lead to increased accessibility which enables people with disability to participate in a more equal and inclusive way.

This short resource has been created to help you make your online meetings more inclusive.

Foundations of Positive Behaviour Support films – form part of the NDS Zero Tolerance initiative. A series of vimeo links; a useful resource for staff training and induction and whilst they are primarily targeted towards Disability Support Workers, they are suitable for a wide-ranging audience.

NDS Zero Tolerance Resource Guide – includes online training modules. An initiave by NDS to assist disability services providers to understand, implement and improve practices which safeguard to rights of people they support.

Child Family Community Australia – free webinars.

Webinar on Social Thinking: Is your body in the group? – When hanging out with peers, some students think they’re part of the group when in fact they’re many steps away. Join Social Thinking’s founder, Michelle Garcia Winner, as she deconstructs this seemingly simple concept and exposes the many things we consider when getting—and keeping—our bodies in a group.

Webinar on Sleep Challenges in Autism – In this recorded webinar video, Beth Ann Malow, MD, MS, a nationally-recognized expert on the sleep problems of people with autism and other conditions, discusses the sleep challenges that many people with autism face during their lives, as well as the causes and therapies.  Dr. Malow is director of the Sleep Disorders Division at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Webinar on Bullying and Autism – The webinar was sponsored by SPARK for Autism and the Simons Simplex Community@Interactive Autism Network (SSC@IAN).

Webinar on Autism and Skills for Adulthood – This video is part of a series of webinars on topics of interest to the autism community. In this video, Dr. Peter Gerhardt discusses the adaptive skills/skills of daily living that teens and young adults with autism spectrum disorder need to acquire to help them lead safe, productive, and fulfilling adult lives. These skills include safety, hygiene, employment, social competence, decision-making, self-management, leisure, and communication.

Webinar on Caregiver Stress in Families of Children with Autism – This webinar was co-sponsored by the SPARK for Autism research project and the Simons Simplex Collection@Interactive Autism Network.

The NDS Zero Tolerance initiative have released their Trauma Informed Support Films. You can access these here.

NDS Zero Tolerance Resource Guide – This interactive PDF guide provides easy access to the Zero Tolerance films and resources.

In Home and Community Aged Care COVID-19 Preparedness Webinar – This webinar was hosted by the Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care, Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck. Its purpose was to discuss COVID-19 preparedness with home care providers, Community Home Support Programme (CHSP) Providers and the assessment workforce.

Q&A webinar with Scott McNaughton from the National Disability Insurance Agency – The forum covered a lot of issues, including PPE and support for self-managing participants. Two notable coming changes are more flexibility to use NDIS funding for devices for people who don’t already have one, and need one to access therapy and supports, and a conversation on grocery delivery charges for people who cannot access the supermarket or essentials through other ways.

Webinar recording: Collaborative practice in child and family welfare: Building practitioners’ competence – This webinar explored strategies for improving cross-sectoral relationships between child protection and government and non-government partners (CFCA).

Australian Government COVID 19 Infection Control Training -The Department of Health has partnered with Aspen Medical who has developed the COVID-19 training.

Supporting people to stay infection free online course – 30 minute eLearning training package that provides practical strategies for preventing and controlling infections. This  is specifically designed for the Australian disability workforce and is aligned with the NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Framework (DSC).

Best Practice in Disability Advocacy – This course is a foundation in how to provide best practice individual advocacy. You will learn how a person with disability works through advocacy issues with the assistance of advocates from a fictional disability advocacy organisation – All Areas Advocacy. (DARU).

An Introduction to Disability Advocacy – Free online course. Disability advocacy is  vital for empowering people with disability to exercise their human rights and avoid discrimination. Disability advocates work to ensure that the voice of the person with a disability is heard and is central to all decision making in all areas of life that affect them (DARU).

Inclusive Education, Processes and Perspectives – (Free) This program was developed during the late 80s and early 90s to support disability advocates working with parents with children with disability to build inclusive school communities throughout Victoria.  Although the presentation of this program is a little dated, DARU is making it available because the advocacy principles it promotes, and the vision of inclusive education it upholds, is still relevant today.

Australian Childhood Foundation: SMART (Strategies for Managing Abuse Related Trauma) Program – An online learning course that focusses on supporting children and young people in a range of educational and other settings. The course is free and can be completed at your own pace.

Early Childhood – The ECA Learning Hub offers on-demand studio-quality webinars, presented by a range of experts in the Early Childhood Education and Care sector.

VET training: Program 1: VET Staff – Supporting Students with Disability- Designed for all staff who work in the VET sector and focuses on promoting awareness about the rights of students with disability, the needs and requirements of students, and responsibilities of registered training organisations (RTOs). Approximately 45 minutes (NDCO and ADCET).

VET training: Program 2: VET Educators – Supporting Students with Disability- Designed for VET Educators and focuses on promoting a range of practices that support the development and implementation of inclusive delivery and assessment strategies that are responsive to the needs and requirements of students with disability. Approximately 90 minutes (NDCO and ADCET).

Introduction to Disability Awareness – focuses on promoting an awareness of disability and the impact that societal attitudes and inherent stigma and discrimination have on the lives of people with disability (NDCO and ADCET).

Webinar: Children with disability. Inclusive practice and child-safe organisations – Gwynnyth Llewellyn. This webinar focused on developing practical strategies to create safe and inclusive environments for children with disability (2017).

Webinar: Putting children first: Changing how we communicate with parents to improve children’s outcomes – This webinar discussed new research on ways to communicate with parents to improve children’s development and wellbeing (Derek McCormack and Lesley Taylor).

The CAPBS Webinar Series 2016: Developing practice in PBS –  Each of the webinars highlights a key aspect of delivering on Positive Behaviour Support, and offers practical guidance for improving practice. Centre for Advancement of Positive Behaviour Support, BILD.

Sleep with Disability – an education service developed by Annie O’Connell that aims to increase the knowledge, skill and confidence of allied health professionals and educators who support families with children and teenagers with sleep difficulties. Sleep with Disability supports the training of professionals through SIX online webinars and links to resources (fee based).

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (Short Online Course) – AusMed online course (45 minutes). Dr. Anne Heath. There is a timely need for education to address the keys to prevention, screening, diagnosis and support outcomes for children and families affected by FASD. Discover the keys to prevention, screening, diagnosis and support.

De-escalating Aggression and Violence (Short Online Lecture) – AusMed lecture Online. Despite taking all precautions, you may still find yourself face to face with a stressed and aggressive person. In order to keep yourself safe, it’s essential you have the skills needed to de-escalate a dangerous situation. Watch this lecture and explore methods and insights that help to prevent workplace aggression. (47 min).

Emergency Management of Asthma in Adults and Children (Short Online Lecture) – AusMed online lecture (32 minutes). When asthma flare-ups occur, it is vital that we, as healthcare professionals, are up-to-date and can respond with the appropriate action. Watch this lecture to be brought up to speed on asthma treatments and improve your confidence in recognising and responding to an emergency asthma situations. 

Video: A guided tour through outcomes measurement – The first of two short training videos based on content from the series of outcomes measurement and evaluation workshops. This first video is a guided journey to understanding outcomes measures, and is a really helpful set of tips on how to select and develop outcomes measures for your program (AIFS).

The Impact of FDV on the Child: An Introduction – This course is the first in a suite of family and domestic violence courses. The core course, Family and Domestic Violence and Child-Aware Practice: Principles and Practice, should be completed second (by Emerging Minds).

Beyond Shame and Guilt: Transformative Strategies for Women with ADD (Free Webinar Replay) – From Additude, Inside the ADHD Mind.

Webinars on demand – Additude, Inside the ADHD Mind.

Emerging Minds, Podcasts – Listen to conversations with experts on a variety of topics related to children’s social and emotional wellbeing.

Effective psychological Treatment for BPD: an e-learning program for mental health workers and service providers” to help you gain the knowledge and skills to provide evidence-based treatment and support to the person with BPD and their family/carers (Australian BPD Foundation).

Behaviour Zen – Training for a free on a range of topics such as PBS for a range of conditions and emotional regulation.

Engaging with Children: A Foundation course – This course introduces you to the concept of engaging children as partners in practice, as a foundation for responding to child mental health concerns. (Emerging Minds).

Introduction to Universal Design e-learning – This short online course is free to do. It is suitable for anyone who has an interest in universal design and inclusive practice. (Centre for Universal Design Australia).

Disability Services Consulting online training webinars – NDIS related training.

Interactive online accessibility training modules – from the New South Wales Department of Education are free. Each module takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. Use Google Chrome web browser to access the lessons.

Autism CRC Free Webinars.

Engaging with Children: A Foundation course – This course introduces you to the concept of engaging children as partners in practice, as a foundation for responding to child mental health concerns (1 hour) (Emerging Minds). It highlights some of the benefits that engaging children as a part of service provision offers children, their families and the community, as well as practitioners and services. It also identifies some of the broad challenges and dilemmas faced by practitioners in this area of work.

Keeping Kids Central eLearning course – This free online course looks at child-centred approaches in work with children and young people, particularly those that have experienced family violence (Child Family Community Australia).

Pearson Clinical – Free webinars (included archived webinars) for professionals working in the areas of Psychology, Speech Pathology, Occupational Therapy and Special Education (and Developmental Education).

Using EMental Health Resources in your practice – This stand-alone module is designed for general health service providers including general practice nurses, peer & community support workers (Black Dog Institute).

Introduction to Universal Design e-learning – This short online course is free and suitable for anyone who has an interest in universal design and inclusive practice. This e-learning course covers stereotyping and diversity as well as the classic definition and the 8 goals of universal design (Centre for Universal Design Australia).

Intellectual disability mental health e-Learning – Free e-learning for carers, health professionals and disability professionals. Our goal is to improve your knowledge, skills and confidence – leading to better mental health and wellbeing for people with an intellectual disability.

An Introduction to Disability Advocacy – As you will discover, disability advocacy is complex and requires a broad range of knowledge and skills.  The aim of this course is to   introduce what it takes to be an effective advocate and provide a strong foundation in advocacy practice. This course is unaccredited and is available FREE of charge (DARU).

Peer Support Training Module – This training package has been developed to assist peer organisations in building their evaluation capacity. Is is an online, self-focussed learning resource. (Peer Connect).

Child Focused Practice Online – A free, interactive online program, developed in collaboration with the South Australian homelessness and family violence sector. This course explores the impact of homelessness and trauma on children and provides practical information about how to support children and their parents (Australian Institute of Social Relations).

Complex Needs Capable eLearning Course – This resource aims to build the capacity of alcohol and other drugs (AOD) workers and organisations to better support clients with complex needs, with a particular focus on cognitive impairment and criminal justice contact. (NADA).

The SMART (Strategies for Managing Abuse Related Trauma) Program – an online learning course that focuses on supporting children and young people in a range of educational and other settings. The course is free and can be completed at your own pace.

Engaging Parents – An Introduction  – This course introduces you to ways that you can actively and effectively engage with parents about their children’s social and emotional wellbeing. This course is the first in a suite of two courses. By Emerging Minds.

Every Moment Has Potential – A free online learning resource developed specifically for disability support workers. The resource provides an introduction to Person Centred Active Support – a way of working that enables everyone, no matter what their level of intellectual or physical disability, to make choices and participate in meaningful activities and social relationships. Greystanes Disability Services & the Living with Disability Research Centre at La Trobe University.

Enabling Risk: Putting Positives First – A free online resources developed specifically for disability support workers. Enabling people to take risks is an integral part of disability support work. It is also important that practice leaders, frontline managers, senior managers are aware of the essentials of enabling risk outlined in this resource as they play a significant role in creating the right environment for support workers to put risk enablement into practice. Professor Christine Bigby, Professor Jacinta Douglas, La Trobe University.

Supporting Inclusion – A free online learning program which has been developed with the support worker,in mind. It can also be used by trainers or teachers to support their teaching.  The purpose of this program is to create a space where disability support workers can think about what social inclusion means for people with intellectual disability, and learn or refresh some useful tools and strategies to support people with intellectual disability in ways that will promote their social inclusion. La Trobe University, the University of New South Wales, Kent University, Yooralla and Jewish Care (Victoria).

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: A Training Guide (Website) (PDF)

Mental Health Professionals Network Webinar Library – free webinars on a range of mental health issues and conditions.

Understanding Abuse Learning Bites – The ‘Understanding Abuse’ Learning Bites are 3-5 minute videos addressing eight life areas. They can be used to promote discussion and personal reflection by support workers. Each Learning Bite has a printable worksheet to be completed and signed off by the supervisor. (National Disability Services).

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)  – E-Learning Modules for Health Professionals.

What is dysphagia? – Watch this animated video about dysphagia, from FreeMedEducation and published in May 2018.  The medical terminology is explained. The viewpoint is from that of a medical practitioner. Learn about the swallowing mechanism, the patient workup by the doctor, diagnosis, investigations, treatment, management and more.

Introduction to Disability Advocacy Online Course – The courses are primarily targeted to disability advocates, however everyone is welcome to give them a go. The main aim of the training is to provide skills, knowledge and resources that promote a human rights approach to working with people with disability (DARU).

Amaze (Shaping the Future for Autism) online Training – Amaze provides a great range of workshops, courses, information sessions and other training opportunities for the community (for a fee).

Online courses in Dementia including younger onset Dementia – Free interactive online learning courses provide you with contemporary, evidence based dementia learning. Centre for Dementia Learning.

Online courses in person centred communication and practice – $15, 1 hour duration.  Centre for Dementia Learning.

Online course: A problem solving approach to behaviours  – $15, 1 hour duration. Centre for Dementia Learning

DV alert 10 weeks e-learning course – Designed for allied health, higher education, childcare and community frontline workers in Australia who are not able to attend a two-day face-to-face workshop, the DV-alert e-Learning enables trainees to recognise the signs of domestic violence, respond appropriately and refer the case if necessary.

Video of multi-sensory impairment seminar – Educational, psychosocial and therapeutic challenges for children and young people with multi-sensory impairments. A seminar held on Monday 28 May 2018 at the Victorian Deaf Education Institute saw five presentations made to parents, specialist and mainstream teachers, educational support staff, speech pathologists, psychologists, audiologists, occupational therapists, and physiotherapists. The presentations were videotaped and provide strategies and procedures that support a deeper understanding of the impact of multi-sensory impairments on learning and development.

Disability Awareness: an introduction to disability. Understanding is the first step to inclusion for people with disability. The training was developed as part of the Australian Government initiative, National Disability Coordination Officer Program.

Global Adolescent Health: Free online course. This course will explore the dynamic factors affecting the health and wellbeing of young people around the world, and how important it is for individuals, communities and nations that we improve the health and life chances of this important population group.

Developmental differences in children who have experienced adversity: Emerging evidence and implications for practice – This webinar outlined emerging evidence on the impact of early adversity on children’s development and discussed implications for practice. From Child, Family, Community, Australia.

Recognising and managing oppositional defiant disorder – webinar by Mental Health Professionals Network (MHPN). April 2018.

Improving healthcare for people with intellectual disability – The series of three free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) courses are designed to help those in the healthcare industry understand best practice for people with intellectual disability.

Emerging Minds Training – The National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health offers innovative online courses specifically designed to support your practice. For clinical or non-clinical professionals who works with children (aged 0 – 12 years), with adults who are parents, or with families. The courses are interactive and engaging, free, available 24-7 and contain invaluable practical demonstrations to enable you to visualise putting learning into practice.

Challenging behaviour and intellectual disability – free e-learning. A series of new modules about intellectual disability and mental disorder. Two new modules on legal and ethical practice, and three modules on challenging behaviour. The modules are evidence-based and peer-reviewed, and aim to equip health professionals to deliver optimal services to people with an intellectual disability and a mental disorder.

Human Rights and You is a national video-based e-learning program for disability support workers about why human rights matter when supporting people with disability. The program aligns with the Victorian Government’s Zero Tolerance to Abuse measures. Tpics explored include: What are Human Rights; Rights and Responsibilities; When Rights Go Wrong; Asking for Help. Each topic takes approximately 20 minutes to complete and it is free to sign up to access the learning platform.

Headspace Free Course Modules on Mental Health Wellbeing for Allied Health Professionals.

Trauma and the Child – This course will introduce you to key elements of understanding the prevalence of trauma, and its impact on children and families. With the right supports, children can and do recover from experiences of trauma and adversity. 

Epilepsy online training courses – Epilepsy Action Australia’s online courses have been designed to provide comprehensive and flexible training, that can be accessed anywhere at any time.

COPMI (Children of Parents with a Mental Illness) – The COPMI national initiative offer interactive eLearning courses to professionals in mental health and allied health areas who are in key positions where they can assist parents who have a mental illness, their children and families.

Idmh e-learning: free eLearning resources about intellectual disability for professionals, carers, and consumers.

Training materials for teachers of learners with severe, profound and complex learning difficulties – 16 modules on child development, supporting families, quality of life, communication and interaction, assessment, monitoring and evaluation, augmentative and assistive strategies, positive behaviour support strategies, emotional well-being, and neuro-science.

Zero  Tolerance Framework – A 30-minute video based e-learning program for disability support workers. Three modules with printable worksheets help facilitate personal and group reflection and a commitment to action.