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Disability Support Workers Conference

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Disability Support Workers Conference - proudly sponsored by NDS 

Dates: Tuesday 23 February - Wednesday 24 February 2016
Location: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (Merivale Street and Glenelg Street, South Brisbane)
Ticket price: $200 for 2 days including lunch and refreshments

We've also just released the conference program featuring international and national speakers. Read the program here for a list of our exciting workshops.

About the conference

Want to hear the tips and tricks from supports workers who have been already working in an NDIS environment? Learn what the NDIS will mean for your role at Brisbane’s Disability Support Workers Conference (sponsored by NDS) in February 2016. 

We've also handpicked a range of workshops especially for ​you to develop your skills and coach you to provide the best possible support to people with disabilities.

  • Hear from service providers in NDIS trial sites talk about their experiences
  • Learn strategies for working with clients with complex communication needs
  • Discuss conflict resolution strategies and understand restrictive practices guidelines so that you can manage difficult situations
  • Learn how to support clients with autism, mental health conditions and more

Read the conference program here to learn more.

The conference will also provide you with an opportunity to network and connect with other support workers from across Queensland. 

Meet our keynote speakers

Northcott Group Karl, Liz, Chloe and Emma


I started 20 years ago, after my cousin became a wheelchair user and needed a carer. I went on to obtain my AIN Certificate 3 and spent 13 years working as a nurse in the community, supporting all different levels of care needs and disabilities. This is where I became very interested in advocating for people with disabilities and became experienced in working in a person centred approach. I couldn’t think of a better career choice and hope to spend another 20 years doing what I love.


I first started my career as a support worker with Northcott in 2014. The NDIS had just begun to roll out in Newcastle and I was the first support worker to have a NDIS client through Northcott. Chloe had been very specific about the sort of person she was looking for, and luckily, I was exactly what she wanted!  That was the beginning of an awesome journey that Chloe and I are still on today!


I had just turned 19 when I first heard of this NDIS business. I was told that I could pick someone that would help me achieve some goals and overcome some of the anxiety that I had about things that most people wouldn't even think of. I was asked what I wanted in a support worker and I told them very specific details, and amazingly they found Emma and since then, we have been achieving things I never thought I could do, and getting closer to the life that I want to live.


Since working as a support worker with homeless people in 1991 in the UK, Liz has spent the last 25 years supporting people and families to develop their capacity to live full and interesting lives. She now works with Northcott in Sydney as their Manager of Inclusive Practice.

Dr Kevin Doughty 

Dr Doughty has over 30 years of experience in the Aged Care industry ranging from the setting up and running of a Care Home with his wife (a nurse) through to the development of new government strategies for rolling out and promoting Smart Assistive Technologies to an extended range of consumers.

His academic career, which began as a Telecommunications and Medical Electronics lecturer at Bangor University in North Wales, has involved the invention, specification, design, prototyping and testing of novel sensors and systems for use by people either in their own homes or in residential care settings.

In 1998, he spun out a specialist telecare company, Technology in Healthcare, to provide new systems to develop a range of smart sensors which were awarded Millennium Product status, and MIDAS, the first commercial activity monitoring system that employed the same range of sensors. The company was taken over by the Tunstall Group in 2002 which led to the rapid commercialisation of the sensor range which became the backbone of telecare system deployments in the UK for more than a decade.

Meet Debbie Grant

"One of the things that drew me to the conference was the sessions about the NDIS. But I came out learning so much more." - Debbie Grant, Mobile Carer, CPL

This conference is jointly hosted by:


Supported by:                         Major sponsor:


​Proudly sponsored by: 

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HESTA Logo     RITEQ Logo

And also sponsored by:
Maurice Blackburn
Guardian Training
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Disability Network of Queensland

Find out more today! Simply call 1​800 275 753 or email info@cpl.org.au