Nganana’s Developmental Service Delivery
What is Developmental Service Delivery?
Developmental service delivery refers to a service that delivers a level of quality able to deliver on the objectives and principles of the National Disability Insurance Scheme – the ideals of the scheme. While these objects and principles are many and varied [see National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013.pdf and NDIS Act 2013 – Principles.pdf] the core intent of these statements are clear. They encapsulate the very ideology of the NDSI legislation, supporting people with disability to:
Why Use Developmental Service Delivery?
So to answer the question of why operate NDIS funded services from a developmental perspective, it is simply to achieve those statements detailed above; to achieve wellbeing, choice and control, an opportunity to facilitate growth, learning; an opportunity to live an “ordinary life”.
Some people believe that a service can be simplified and still achieve results approximating developmental outcomes. For people living with complex needs, and especially those who need 24/7 support (Supported Independent Living – SIL), the need for a well planned, organised, and implemented SIL becomes even more essential [see The Sanctuary model research – The MacKillop Institute 2021.pdf].
This document outlines some of the research behind the development of the Sanctuary model which identifies the need for strategic and systematic implementation of structure and standards underpinning practices designed to produce positive and valued outcomes for participants. The Sanctuary Model has been adapted by the Department of Child Protection for use across their residential care services.
There is evidence that for people with complex needs a developmental model is essential, and without it, a participant will never be given the opportunity to grow and realise their potential, participate and contribute, exercise choice, and engage as equals.