Interchange expert presents at Positive Behaviour Forum

13 March 2016 in Interchangers' stories, Stories

Interchange Positive Behaviour expert and Operations Manager, Chris Stuhmcke, was invited to present at the recent Positive Behaviour Framework update, hosted by the Disability Services Commission (DSC) on Thursday 10 March.

Chris was invited to speak along with other experts including Joanna Davis from GISFA and Bruce Langoulant, Chair of the DSC Board.

Interchange Operations Manager, Chris Stuhmcke, at the Positive Behaviour Support Forum

Chris (second from left), with (from L-R) Laura Harris from Senses, Martin Albrecht from Activ, Joanna Davis from GIFSA, Bruce Langoulant from the DSC Board, Jacki Hollick from DSC and Ian Mumford from Enable Southwest

Chris presented a personal perspective on his experiences working with Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) and Restrictive Practices in both Queensland and WA.

Chris discussed the differences between the Queensland and WA frameworks, with Queensland adopting legislative guidelines which govern the use of PBS.  By contrast, WA’s approach to PBS is not regulated.

Despite the differences, Chris highlighted that the single most significant component to an effective PBS is organisational values and ethos, rather than government regulation.

Chris shared his insights into how PBS can be implemented successfully within an organisation, regardless of whether that organisation operates within a heavily regulated PBS environment.

He also addressed the pros and cons of both regulated and unregulated PBS frameworks.

This forum follows the inaugural Positive Behaviour Support Forum, which was held in July 2015.


11 March 2016

We have only recently celebrated Human Resources & Training Manager Carole Baker’s ten years of service at Interchange, and now it’s time to say farewell. Carole has tendered her resignation at Interchange – with her last day being April 1, 2016. Carole has been with Interchange since 1995 and has excelled in a whole range… Read more »


4 Apr 2016

It was with heavy hearts that we farewelled our HR and Training Manager, Carole Baker, last Friday.  She has decided to leave Interchange and take some well deserved time off work. Carole has been with Interchange since 2005 and excelled in several customer service and management roles in that time, including Community Facilitator, Service Centre… Read more »

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