Background

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has asked ECIA to provide recommendations for a set of national guidelines for Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) practice for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Current practices in ECI in Australia vary across and within states and territories. As a national scheme the NDIS requires guidelines that may be consistently applied in all states and territories. The national guidelines will be based upon best practice evidence and guided by national consultation with key stakeholders.

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A national Steering Committee has now been formed to assist with the development of national guidelines. This Committee was appointed through an Expression of Interest. The Steering Committee brings together a collection of individuals with expert knowledge and skills within the field of Early Childhood Intervention which complement the knowledge and skills of the National Guidelines Project Team.

Project deliverables

The project team will undertake the following steps to develop a set of evidenced based national guidelines which will go out for public consultation in mid-2015. These steps are not necessarily sequential and they will form the basis of the consultation workshops.

  • Identify principles of best practice in national and international ECI literature.
  • Review current ECI practices across states and territories.
  • Compare current practices with principles of best practice.
  • Identify environmental factors that may impact upon ECI practices.
  • Recommend strategies, tools and resources to address any gaps identified between current practices and principles of best practice


Expert Advisory Group

A national Expert Advisory Group has now been formed to assist with the development of national guidelines. This Group was appointed through an Expression of Interest. The Expert Advisory Group brings together a collection of individuals with expert knowledge and skills within the field of Early Childhood Intervention that complement the knowledge and skills of the National Guidelines Project Team.

Group Coordinator

Dree Ballardin: Dree works for Early Childhood Intervention Australia and is the Project Lead for the National Guidelines Project.

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Steering Committee

A national Steering Committee has now been formed to assist with the development of national guidelines. This Committee was appointed through an Expression of Interest. The Steering Committee brings together a collection of individuals with expert knowledge and skills within the field of Early Childhood Intervention which complement the knowledge and skills of the National Guidelines Project Team.

Meet the Steering Committee

David Quin - Chair
David is the Executive Officer for Early Childhood Intervention Australia (Victorian Chapter) and the Project Sponsor for the Early Childhood Intervention National Guidelines project.

Lynne Adamson - NDIA Representative
Lynne is the Director of Research Support & Services for the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).

Denise Luscombe - ECI Representative
Denise is the National President of Early Childhood Intervention Australia (ECIA), the chair of ECIA’s Western Australian Chapter and a paediatric physiotherapist. Denise is employed as a Consultant Physiotherapist for the Disability Services Commission.

Professor Anita Bundy - Academic Representative
Anita is a Chief Investigator of the University of Sydney’s Wobbly Hub Team. She leads the evaluation of new therapy service model pilots in western NSW and runs professional development workshops in the area. She is also known internationally for her work in occupational therapy assessment and intervention, as well as for developing theory and research in play with children who have disabilities and in sensory integration.

Dree Ballardin – Secretariat and Project Lead
Dree Ballardin has a background in Aboriginal Health, Social Statistics, Social Planning, Community Development, Environmental Management and Project Management. She has worked for the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the Department of the House of Representatives, and the Federal Department of Health and Ageing in Canberra, Darwin and Melbourne. Most recently, Dree worked as a Health Information Analyst for the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation.