The NSW Public Guardian is offering free tailored workshops for the aged care sector (Aged Care Training Flyer) and the disability services sector to promote the decision making rights of PWD in 2019. For more details on all courses on offer, refer to our 2019 Training Flyer.
2019 Expressions of Interest for disability and aged care service staff on Supported Decision making and Risk Enablement - to register your interest please complete and return the form on our 2019 Training Flyer
The Public Guardian has produced a e-Learning package that is targeted at people who work in the disability sector and want to learn more about what Support for Decision Making is and how you can practice it. The e-Learn is free and can be accessed via the National Disability Services Website.
Financial Literacy e-Learning Tool
In 2016-2017 the Office of Public Guardian (OPG) led a supported decision making project aimed at building the decision making ability of people under financial management. Participants in the project explored financial decisions and were referred to financial literacy programs to learn more about managing money. The project experience and external evaluation by the Social Policy Research Centre highlighted the value of these programs in possibly increasing people's skills and ability to make choices.
During the supported decision making project OPG consulted with financial literacy providers. Participate Australia facilitates one of a small number of financial literacy training programs for people with cognitive impairment. The face-to-face program is delivered by support workers using paper resources. Participate Australia and the OPG discussed making the program material available to more people. This resulted in a proof of concept trial to determine if financial literacy could be delivered using an e-Learning tool.
OPG along with Participate Australia and their technology partner Tecuris, adapted the financial literacy program to an e-Learning tool. The tool was trialled with both Participate Australia support workers and participants. Participate support workers found using the tool a more efficient and effective way to teach the program. It allowed participants to use the tool at home on a tablet or desktop computer, providing a more engaging experience than the paper based course. Participants enjoyed using the tool and used it both with the support workers and at home with family members.
The successful proof of concept trial indicates e-Learning offers flexibility in financial literacy program delivery. This provides an opportunity for greater access to financial literacy education for people with cognitive impairment.
Participate Australia have received a grant from Financial Literacy Australia to further develop and distribute their financial literacy program. We look forward to further developments in this space.