What is the I-CAN?
The I-CAN is a support needs assessment, planning and resource allocation tool designed to assess and guide support delivery for people with disabilities including people with mental health concerns.
It provides a support services and family friendly holistic assessment conceptually based upon the internationally recognized WHO ICF framework. Support services can use the I-CAN for an independent costing estimate (assisting the transition to the NDIS), and to ensure quality services, integrated with health care plans and individual or person-centred plans. Families can use the I-CAN when applying to the NDIS and to coordinate and liase with support and health professionals. Government bodies can use the I-CAN to allocate resources and predict future costs. An individual support needs report is generated online which helps guide service delivery and planning and has many potential applications.
The I-CAN is used in many settings, including;
- An independent needs assessment when applying to the NDIS
- Resource allocation for individual funding
- Intake and discharge for people with acquired disabilities such as brain injury or quadriplegia
- Community support for people with intellectual disabilities
- Supported living for people with mental health concerns
- Planning for the move to community living for people leaving congregate settings
- Assessment and classification of disability
- Support expert evidence at legal hearings
The award-winning I-CAN has been under continuous research and development since 1998 by a team of internationally recognised researchers primarily from the University of Sydney. The I-CAN has been published in international journals, and presented at leading conferences worldwide.
The I-CAN is at the forefront of best practice in support needs assessment, reflecting current paradigms. Easy to use on or offline, training is provided in both administration and the philosophy of support and empowerment.
- Provide a comprehensive intake assessment or discharge report
- Monitor support needs, outcomes and skill levels
- Inform service delivery decision making and predict possible changing needs
- Link together and streamline existing assessment and service delivery processes
- Provide an adjunct to psychological testing
- Profile supports and provide a basis for training or educative programs
- Improve communication with and between health, mental health and disability professionals
- Assist with funding applications
- Secure record keeping with additional privacy levels for sensitive information.
To find out more information, and view licence information costs- please go to the I-CAN webpage: www.i-can.org.au
To see next public workshop dates, please visit our training & events page.
Who should attend:
Practitioners, Allied Health, Direct Support Professional, Support Services, Family Members or anything one else interesting in learning how to administer a person centred support needs assessment tool.
Clinical Professor Vivienne Riches, Senior Research Fellow, Psychologist
Laura Hogan, Leader Disability Access, Clinical Education & NDIS, Occupational Therapist
Sarah Wagstaff, Project and Training Officer
Link to Flyer: I-CAN Flyer
See link to next public workshop dates at CDS: Events