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Disability Services

Somerville’s Disability Services program aims to provide high quality services to people with severe to profound disability. The organisation provides community based supported accommodation and a brokered social participation program for people with disability in the Top End of the Northern Territory. The service strives to provide innovative and best practice support that meets individuals’ needs and wants.

The service takes great pride in its endeavours to provide a person-centred service. Inherent in the Somerville Disability Services operating procedures are:

  • Disability Services Act (1986)
  • Draft National Disability Services Standards (2011)
  • Person-Centred Practices including
    • Person-Centred Thinking
    • Person-Centred Planning
    • Person-Centred Active Support
  • Social Role Valorization

Together these standards and theories provide Somerville with the framework to provide the best possible support to all people within our service. They also ensure that we are working towards not only identifying and acknowledging but achieving the needs, wants, desires and aspirations of the people we support. In doing so we are ensuring that our service users have opportunities for engagement, choice and above all experience the ‘good things in life’ and have “The courage to be...”.

DS Team

Somerville’s Disability Services team is managed and implemented by a large group of committed, motivated, well trained and enthusiastic people. Somerville’s Disability Services team is driven by our organisational motto of “The courage to be..” to be driven, compassionate, caring, inspiring and encouraging.

The team is supported and managed by two managers who have oversight responsibility of the entire program. They are highly skilled and have extensive experience in the disability sector, human resource management, policy development and research.

Each of the supported accommodation houses has a qualified Coordinator responsible for the day to day practical management of the home. They in turn are supported by a small group of qualified support workers who have or are working towards attainment of Certificate III Disability. We also have a dedicated pool of casual employees.

The brokered social participation program is overseen by the Service Development Manager and Administrator and implemented by a Senior Support Officer with Certificate IV Disability qualifications.

The accommodation program and social participation program is supported by a small but experienced team. The Person Centred Facilitator and Administrator is responsible for supporting the senior managers, Coordinators and people with disability in the person-centred planning process.

The disability services team is provided high quality training and education by our two highly qualified Education Officer and Training and Compliance Officer.