I-CAN DSOA Project / Expression of Interest Closed

We are no longer accepting expressions of interest applications, this opportunity has now closed. If you are interested in future opportunities to join our pool of assessors, please email emma.doukakis@sydney.edu.au 

About the Opportunity

The Centre for Disability Studies (CDS) has been contracted by the Commonwealth Department of Health to provide support needs assessments for the Disability Supports for Older Australians (DSOA) cohort.

This presents an exciting opportunity for Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) to join an Australian wide project, working as part of a team to complete support needs assessments for older people with disability.

AHPs will be provided with training to learn to use the assessment tool, a licence to administer the tool, insurance and ongoing clinical and administrative support across the project.

Project Overview

About the Project

A cohort of older people with disability, who are supported by the DSOA program, will be assessed using a custom version of the I-CAN assessment tool (I-CAN v DSOA).

DSOA clients are located across Australia and most assessments will be conducted via video conference.

About the I-CAN v DSOA

The Instrument for the Classification and Assessment of Support Needs (I-CAN) is a support needs assessment designed to assess and guide support delivery for people with disability. The I-CAN is based on the World Health Organisation’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) and provides a wholistic assessment across whole of life domains. The tool is person-centred, and strengths based.

CDS has developed a customised tool provides a breakdown of support required based on the client’s support needs, which will be used to guide service provision under the DSOA Program. The tool can also be used to assess a client’s change of needs.

The I-CAN v DSOA tool is an online assessment tool and auto generates a report on completion.

About the DSOA Program

The DSOA Program provides support to people 65 years and over, and indigenous people aged 50 years and over, who were receiving state-managed specialist disability services at the time of implementation but who are ineligible for the NDIS.

Assessor Requirements

Skills and Experience

We are looking for assessors with the following skills and experience:

  • Allied Health Qualification, or Specialist Support Coordination role
  • Clinical experience working with people with disability, preferably older people
  • If you are an allied health professional, full AHPRA registration or other professional membership (as applicable to your qualification)
  • National Criminal Record check (less than 2 years old)
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Experience administering assessment tools and clinical report writing
Training Attendance

You must be available to attend training on Thursday 20 January 2022, from 12:00pm – 4:30pm AEDT. This training will be held via Zoom, there is no face to face attendance required. You will also be required to watch pre and post training webinars.

Training includes a certification requirement, which will involve conducting and submitting an I-CAN assessment for review and feedback.

You will be paid to attend training.


Benefits of being involved in the project include:

  • The opportunity to contribute to a pilot project aimed at improving the lives of older people with disability across Australia
  • Competitive contractor rate of $90 p/h (+ GST & superannuation if you are eligible)
  • Professional Development – we will provide full training and support to administer the assessment tool
  • Flexibility – able to work flexible hours to suit you and our clients’ needs
  • Insurances – we will provide you with appropriate insurances for the purpose of the project