Families as Planning Partners

The VALID Families as Planning Partners Team

  • Supports families to be partners in advocating for the rights and interests of their family member with a disability
  • Supports families to be allies in the provision of support to their family member
  • Improves families’ understanding of their responsibilities, as well as the rights and the responsibilities of staff and services
  • Improves outcomes for all stakeholders
  • Provides evidence of compliance with Standards and other quality requirement

Families are often the primary source of information, support, guidance and advocacy for people with a disability. It makes sense to invest in ensuring families are well-informed and well-supported to play that role positively and effectively.

The VALID Families as Planning Partners Training Course

Members of the Family Mentor Team (FMT) provide the course from a unique family-member (peer) perspective.

The course explores:

  • The role of families
  • Effectively communicating & negotiating with the ‘system’
  • What is person-centred planning? 
  • Understanding the different types of 'plans' e.g. PATH
  • Why good plans are vital to good outcomes
  • Families promoting independence & empowerment

The NDIS version Families as Planning Partners is a comprehensive course with the aim of assisting families who wish to:

1. get a good start on developing their family member's person-centred plan

2. see their family member’s perspective & understand their role in the NDIS process

3. develop the basis of broad NDIS goals

4. understand the NDIS funding process

5. understand the choices and responsibilities involved in managing an NDIS package

  • How to involve your family member in planning
  • Developing family members ‘plan’

The course also offers:

  • Peer support
  • Sharing of information
  • Sharing of wisdom
  • Experience, empathy & validation

NDIS Preparation Sessions

The Families as Planning Partners Team is currently offering one-off Information Sessions and workshops to assist family members in understanding and managing the transition to the NDIS. This workshop can be tailored to suit your group or organisation.

The aim of the one-off NDIS sessions is to:

  • support families to empower their family member to have a good life
  • provide user-friendly info on the basics of the NDIS & dispel misconceptions
  • provide accurate information in response to questions
  • empower families and others who attend to feel more confident about the transition
  • promote the need for preparation for the transition, including person-centred planning and supporting participants to develop life goals ie. not service goals                                      

Contact Details

If you would like VALID to come and run the Families as Planning Partners training program at your service or want more information about other VALID services contact:

 Christine on 03 9416 4003 or email [email protected]