Introduction to ‘Reflections on Embedding Supported Decision Making in Organisational Support to Build Decision Making Capability.’

Su Hsien introduces a series of reflections from a team about embedding supported decision making as part of quality support to people.

The elements of support to build decision making capability

Leanne speaks about the elements of support which build decision making capability.

Knowing the person and planning as an element for building decision making capability

Leanne speaks about one of the elements of support which builds decision making capability – Genuine person centred planning.

Communication Support

Marissa and Bernadette speak about another element which builds decision making capability – Communication support. View other videos in this reflective series on the ‘Consideratons for an Organisation’ page.

Building a supporter group

Leighton and Susan speak about another element which builds decision making capability – Building a group of supporters.

Learning from the experience of supported decision making

Marissa and Michelle speak about using a model of supported decision making with people with complex communication access needs.

How organisations can embed a supported decision making approach to support.

Marissa and Susan reflect on what it takes for an organisation to embed supported decision making as part of the quality support they provide.

Organisational considerations

Leanne and Su-Hsien talk about why supported decision making matters for organisations which support people with disability.

Supported decision making education

Susan and Michelle speak about building engagement with and providing learning opportunities about supported decision making to supporters.

Supported Decision Making and Positive Behaviour Support

Professor Sally Robinson talks about supported decision making in the context of positive behaviour support.

Supported Decision Making Project – Workshops 2014

An introduction to a 2014 WAiS project which brought together decision makers and their supporters to learn more about supported decision making.

Supporting Decisions

Learn about the principles which underpin good support for decision making.

Good Assistance

Good support is all about getting to know a person.  Giving people support in a way that is right for them can only be done if you work alongside the person and listen to what’s important to them.

Pathways (NDIS) for building decision making capability

This resource provides information and tips for strengthening a goal to build decision making capability in a person’s NDIS plan.

Tips for building a group of supporters

A resource of tips suggested by Shelley Nessman for building a group of supporters.

Recording Supported Decision Making First Nations

Recording Supported Decision Making

STOG source document

We all need help and support in different ways, the STOG approach and process can be very helpful for some people when making decisions.  This resource has been adapted from ‘A Guide to Training in Decision-Making for People with Developmental Disabilities’, Horrigan Cole Enterprises.

Supporting Decisions

Leanne and others talk about important principles which underpin effective supported decision making practice.

Strategies for reducing bias

There are a range of strategies you can use to try and reduce bias and minimise your influence over any supported decision-making process.

Bias and conflict of interest

Because of our biases we can never be entirely neutral as decision supporters. But if we are committed to minimising our influence, we can use strategies to reduce the impact of our biases.


In a series of three videos, Dr Michelle Browning talks about the importance of minimising our influence as decision supporters over the decision making process. Check out ‘Neutrality’, Bias and Conflict of Interest’ and ‘Strategies for reducing Bias’.

Assuming decision making ability

Assuming decision making ability is one of the foundational beliefs of supported decision making.

A different starting point

Hear how the social model of disability changes the starting point for thinking about supported decision making.

Rethinking capacity

“Different decision-making abilities can be turned into decision-making capabilities with appropriate decision making supports.” Michael Bach and Lana Kerzner 2010


What is supported decision making?

Michelle defines what we’re talking about. Supported decision making is the process of providing practical assistance with decision making.

Aims of supported decision making

Check out the two very important aims of supported decision making.

Supported Decision Making and Positive Behaviour Support

Sally Robinson talks about Supported Decision Making in the context of Positive Behaviour Support.

Author: Sally Robinson