Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) Framework

What is Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) 

Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) is about creating individualised strategies for people with disability that are responsive to the person’s needs, in a way that reduces and eliminates the need for the use of regulated restrictive practices.

PBS focuses on evidence-based strategies and person-centred supports that address the needs of the person with disability and the underlying causes of behaviours of concern, while safeguarding the dignity and quality of life of people with disability who require specialist behaviour support.

Both specialist behaviour support providers (who engage NDIS behaviour support practitioners), and providers who use regulated restrictive practices (implementing providers), must meet the requirements outlined in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (Restrictive Practices and Behaviour Support) Rules 2018.

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Why St Jude’s for Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)? 

Here at St Jude’s our team of positive behaviour support (PBS) practitioners is highly experienced in managing behaviours. Circumstances of which may be putting a person’s health, supports, relationships and/or lifestyle at risk and comply with the Rules of the NDIS 2018.

Our PBS team includes registered behaviour support practitioners, experienced in using person centred, evidence based approaches. Strategies may include skills development, making changes in a person’s environment, training others in the person’s life such as family or support workers and developing routines.

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PBS Framework

An NDIS behaviour support practitioner is a person whom the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commissioner (NDIS Commissioner) considers suitable to undertake behaviour support assessments and to develop behaviour support plans that may contain the use of restrictive practices.

A Positive Behaviour Support Framework focuses on the knowledge and skills that underpin contemporary evidence-based practice. It reflects the diversity of and variation in the sector’s capability in delivering behaviour support and provides a pathway for recognition and professional progression for behaviour support practitioners.

These are the main categories of restrictive practices.

  • Seclusion
    Seclusion is the sole confinement of a person with disability in a room or a physical space at any hour of the day or night where voluntary exit is prevented, or not facilitated, or it is implied that voluntary exit is not permitted
  • Chemical restraint 
    Chemical restraint is the use of medication or chemical substance for the primary purpose of influencing a person’s behaviour. It does not include the use of medication prescribed by a medical practitioner for the treatment of, or to enable treatment of, a diagnosed mental disorder, a physical illness or a physical condition
  • Mechanical restraint
    Mechanical restraint is the use of a device to prevent, restrict, or subdue a person’s movement for the primary purpose of influencing a person’s behaviour but does not include the use of devices for therapeutic or non-behavioural purposes
  • Physical restraint
    Physical restraint is the use or action of physical force to prevent, restrict or subdue movement of a person’s body, or part of their body, for the primary purpose of influencing their behaviour. Physical restraint does not include the use of a hands-on technique in a reflexive way to guide or redirect a person away from potential harm/injury, consistent with what could reasonably be considered as the exercise of care towards a person
  • Environmental restraint 
    Environmental restraint restricts a person’s free access to all parts of their environment, including items or activities
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Why Our Disability Services?

  • Locations – We can provide our support to those in all areas of Queensland, with services provided in a location that meets your needs – whether that is in the comfort of your own home, in your school or in the community. 
  • Experience – With over 35 years of experience providing disability and mental health support to our clients, our caring team is equipped to assist both children and adults with their specialist support needs.
  • Flexibility – We offer flexible appointment times and do not require a minimum NDIS funding amount to help new clients.
  • Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) – Registered with the TIS, which allows us to work with non-English speaking clients.
  • Mental Health Experience – St Jude’s have experience in providing mental health support to our clients.
  • You can find out more about our Therapy & Allied Health team here.

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Positive Behaviour Support can change someone’s life, by addressing the needs of the person with disability and ensuring the dignity and quality of life is safeguarded.

Get in touch with our team today to learn more about how our PBS team can assist you.

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Our Testimonials

“Overall, we’ve been really happy with St Jude’s. They look after our son’s needs and the staff make him laugh.”

Greg, Accommodation Services Client

“My support workers are wonderful. They read me well, understand my needs and are informed and helpful.”

Tanya, Community Services Client

“I was extremely happy with my introduction to St Jude’s professional and experienced service. The service was delivered promptly and support was always at hand to navigate my way through the NDIS.”

Trudy, Support Coordination Services Client

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Contact our friendly team on (08) 9279 4343 or email hello@stjudes.com.au for any enquiries you may have or to book an appointment today.