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The Association for Positive Behaviour Support Australia aims to improve the access to and scope of PBIS (Positive Behaviour Interventions and Support) implementation across Australia. This is being achieved through a cooperative approach that promotes innovation, the sharing of information and resources across and between university and school sectors. The Association for Positive Behaviour Support Australia connects nationally and internationally to provide advocacy for research and implementation.

APBSA is an international network of the Association for Positive Behavior Support:  https://www.apbs.org/

Upcoming Events


Reducing restrictive practices: Current research and recommendations within a PBS framework

Restrictive practices continue to be a key issue as we navigate PBS provision in Australia. During this webinar, internationally renowned speakers Professor Shoumitro Deb, Professor Luis Salvador-Carulla, Professor Angela Hassiotis and Dr Henry Kwok will present on research and best-practice in reducing restrictive practice within a PBS framework. Mandy Donley will also launch STOMP Australia, a national project involving many different organisations which are helping to stop the overuse of chemical restraint. Further details about presentations and speakers are provided below.


When: 3rd December, 5:30-7:00pm (AEDT) GMT+11)
Where: ONLINE Streaming Only
Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/BUZPM


Professor Luis Salvador-Carulla is the deputy director  of the Health Research Institute, University of Canberra (Australia). He has been advisor to the Government of Catalonia (Spain), the Spanish Ministry of Health, the European Commission (EC) and the World Health Organisation  (WHO). His  research has been focused in developing decision support systems in health and social policy, including tools for analysis of technical efficiency and benchmarking, indicators for health policy analysis and priority setting in mental health and in intellectual disability. He has coordinated the Integrated Atlas of Mental Health Project for mapping mental health services in over 30 local areas around the World.

Ms Mandy Donley is a credentialled mental health nurse who trained in a 1000 bed institution around 40 years ago. Since then Mandy has worked in a variety of settings including forensic mental health. Mandy has been a regulator in the disability sector since 2007 working towards the reduction and elimination of restrictive practice especially chemical restraint. In 2015 Mandy took on the role of Principal Practitioner to reduce and eliminate restrictive practices across 1600 Government Schools in Victoria and in 2018 became the inaugural Senior Practitioner ACT with oversight of restrictive practice in Disability, Education and Child Protection sectors.  Currently Mandy is the National Behaviour Intervention Support Director at Life without Barriers. 

"A new service model: Specialist mental health support to adults with ID living in residential settings"

Dr. Henry Kwok is a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (UK), Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine (Psychiatry) and Clinical Associate Professor (Honorary), Chinese University of Hong Kong.  He is the former Vice-President, International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities (IASSIDD) 2012-2017  and had been appointed member of the International Expert Working Group for the Revision of ICD-10 to ICD-11 on Mental and Behavioural Disorders, WHO. He commissioned the first specialist ID psychiatry Unit in Hong Kong in 1995, which is probably the first one in Asian countries too. He was Head of the Unit until 2012 when he moved to private practice.

Professor Angela Hassiotis is professor of Psychiatry of Intellectual Disabilities at UCL Division of Psychiatry and Consultant Psychiatrist at the Camden Learning Disability Service.  Angela has held a number of leadership posts as member and treasurer of the Faculty of the Psychiatry of Intellectual Disabilities, Royal College of Psychiatrists, NICE Guideline Development Group and Advisor to international research and training programmes.  Her research is focused on intervention development and testing and service developments. The Camden Intellectual Disability Service was recognised as the 2020 Psychiatric Team of the Year-Intellectual Disabilities, Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Professor Shoumitro (Shoumi) Deb, MBBS, FRCPsych, MD is a Visiting Professor of Neuropsychiatry at the Imperial College London, UK. Prior to that he was a substantive Clinical Professor of Neuropsychiatry at the University of Birmingham, UK. He led the development of: the International and the National Guidelines on the use of psychotropic medication for behaviours of concern among adults with Intellectual Disabilities; the first ever European Guideline for the assessment and diagnosis of mental disorders among adults with intellectual disabilities; a screening instrument for dementia in people with intellectual disabilities; and, the first ever online training programme, SPECTROM for support staff to help reduce the overmedication of adults with intellectual disabilities.


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