Innovative partner organisations can significantly improve outcomes for people with complex disabilities in supported independent living

N Crates2, K Ghosh1, Kylie Gwynne

1Corresponding author and CEO of Kinela, 2Executive General Manager, Practice Innovation and Service Development, Possability

Participants in supported independent living are more likely to suffer premature death as a result of acute conditions such as aspiration pneumonia or chronic diseases than the wider community. They are also less likely to access timely and effective management of their condition/s. De-medicalising disability services has provided opportunities for people with disabilities to live a good life in the community. This chance of a good life is limited by poor and inconsistent management of health conditions. Our innovative partnership and service delivery model assists participants to set and achieve health and wellbeing goals, improve prevention and management of disease, and reduce risk while enhancing the opportunity for a good life.

Possability and Kinela formed an innovative partnership in 2018 to enable people with complex needs as a result of disabilities to establish and meet health and wellbeing goals. Each participant provided informed consent (with the support of families/guardians and communication assistance) to join the study. Participants to elect health and wellbeing goals, and they and their care team to jointly develop and implement an agreed plan. Baseline data to be collected and compared at three and six months after joining the program. Quantitative data to be descriptively analysed and qualitative data thematically analysed.

Results will be available at the time of presentation.

Team approaches and innovative specialist partnerships can offer people with disabilities in supported independent living ways to set and meet health and wellbeing goals, and enhance the likelihood of a good life.


Ghosh K1,Crates N2, Gwynne K3

1 CEO of Kinela

2 Executive General Manager, Practice Innovation and Service Development, Possability

3 Corresponding author and The University of Sydney

Study Type: Small-scale mixed methods pilot study with participants in supported independent living with NDIS packages.


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