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Seven Steps to Self-Direction – Brisbane

March 12, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm


About the Workshop:

What are the fundamental of a self-directed arrangement that helps you live the life you want?

This workshop breaks down a values-based framework for sustainable self-direction, and how to develop supports that work respectfully and constructively together.

The seven steps provide a simple, helpful guide that can be worked through, or started at any step. This workshop draws on the resource developed by Griffith University as part of the NDS Innovative Workforce Fund Project.

Self-direction has been found to give greater choice and control, and more effective and flexible use of available formal and freely-given support. Good support requires the right people to provide the right level of support at the right time.

There are some preconditions that make good support in self-directed arrangements more likely to happen. This seven step approach takes participants from starting with the person through to problem solving and checking for resilience

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About the Presenter:

photo of Sharon Bourke

Sharon Bourke currently works as a Professional Development Consultant and has presented many Participant Readiness sessions for CRU over the past three years. She has worked in various roles, including managing individualised support agencies, advocacy, workshop facilitation and planning.

In partnership with her youngest son Dan, Sharon has chosen to self-direct funds that support him.


Who Should Attend?

This workshop is for people with disability, their families, supporters and workers who are involved in or are interested in moving to a self-directed arrangement. Come as a team if you can to build a foundation for working well together into the future.

Using Your NDIS Funding at CRU:

For people who are self-managing or using a plan manager, it is possible to use NDIS funding at CRU. To help you work out if this event is a reasonable and necessary support that will help you (or your family member) achieve your goals, see the Learning Objectives below. For more information about using NDIS funding at CRU, see our website. As CRU is not a registered NDIS service provider at this stage, people who are Agency managed cannot use NDIS funding to pay fees for CRU events.

This workshop is designed for people with disabilities, their families and supporters (paid and unpaid) who want to ensure they are working in right relationship to undertake together. Attend as a team to build a foundation for working together into the future.

Learning Outcomes:

Participants in this workshop will:

  • Understand how a framework for self-direction of supports could be applied to their own circumstances;
  • Analyse the requirements for supporting the person well, in ways that assist the person to achieve their goals and live the life they want;
  • Develop skills around recruiting suitable staff and creating, maintaining and monitoring a high quality, person-centred support arrangement;
  • Develop and apply a practical problem-solving framework as a key safeguarding strategy;
  • Evaluate the resilience of the person supported and the support arrangement as a method of safeguarding the quality and sustainability of the support arrangement.

Cancellation Policy:

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CRU has a 30 year track record of working across Queensland to help people with a disability take control of their lives and take their place in their community

Contact CRU if you need assistance or are unable to register online, by calling (07) 3844 2211 or email us at

How to find the event venue:
CRU office is the building is on the corner of Peel and Merivale Streets (enter via Merivale Street).
It’s the building with the big red stripe down the side (opposite St Mary’s Catholic Church on Peel Street). You enter the building at the Commecial entry to the building (to the right of the hairdresser)

Getting here:

Bus: the closest bus way is the Cultural Centre busway Station on Melbourne Street. Turn right into Grey Street and then along to take a left onto Peel Street. Walk up Peel and our building is on the corner of Peel and Merivale.

City Cat: the closest City Cat terminal is the Southbank City Cat Terminal. It is approximately 1.2km walk to CRU.

Train: the closest train station is South Brisbane on Grey Street, opposite QPAC. It is about 600m to CRU

Car: Merivale Street is one way – you will need to enter Merivale from Montague Road to drop off passengers at the door. Limited accessible parking may be available on site – contact CRU to enquire on availability.

Please note: If arriving after 5.40pm please phone CRU 3844 2211 to gain access to building and to use the lifts.
Turn right when you exit the lift to the CRU office.

Please note there are two Brisbane City Council Car parks close to CRU. Merivale Street and Cnr of Cordelia and Montague.

Spaces in these car parks and on street parking in the area are 4hour limited metered parking and are heavily patrolled. Cars will need to be moved after 4 hrs to avoid a fine. Please do not park in these for FULL day events.
Surrounding streets: Manning and Boundary have a very limited number of 9hr metered parking.

Clearways are in effect daily (am and pm), so check street signage for restrictions. Local streets are all 2hr parking unless stated otherwise

Paid parking is also available at GOMA, Art Gallery, Convention Centre & Secure Parking SW1, all are in walking distance. Some online parking deals for early bird or discount rates are available – check websites.


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Level 2,, 43 Peel Street
South Brisbane,QLD4101AU
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