The aim of the Listening to Those Rarely Heard research was to develop an approach to supported decision making for people who do not communicate formally.

It also aimed to develop robustly tested resources that could be used to facilitate best practice in supported decision making.

In particular, the project involved the development of a Supported Decision Making training package that recognises:

  • the role and status of the individual as a central driver of their own decision making
  • the role of the support network in enhancing the person’s independence and self-determination

The training package can be purchased through the Scope Shop.

Elements of this project were funded through the Office of the Senior Practitioner’s PhD Scholarship Program (scholarship undertaken in partnership with Deakin University), and the Victorian Department of Human Services.