Disability Assessment and Advisory Team

About us

The team is a group of Allied Health professionals with specialist skills and knowledge in disability. The team includes Specialist Nurse (Disability), Psychologists, Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists and Social Workers.

With extensive experience and in-depth knowledge of the disability sector we also provide consultancy advice on disability related issues

Who does the team support?

The Disability Assessment and Advisory Team (DAAT) support people who are registered clients of Disability Services under Tasmania's Disability Services Act 2011. This includes people who have a significant impairment with communication, learning or mobility that is permanent or likely to be ongoing.

Practice Framework

Who are the Disability Assessment and Advisory Team specialists?

Specialist Nurse (Disability)

The Specialist Nurse assesses a person's overall health needs; the impact health may have on behaviour and provides information and education on health support to meet the individual needs of the person.

Psychologist

The Psychologist specialises in human behaviour and the way we think and learn. They assess and provide advice on behavioural issues and therapeutic support specifically tailored for the needs of the individual. They may also assess cognitive function and ability.

Occupational Therapist

The Occupational Therapist specialises in how people function within their environment. They assess and advise on a person's ability to perform daily activities. Strategies, techniques and assistive technology are utilised to promote independence.

Social Worker

The Social Worker understands how personal and social barriers may disadvantage people with a disability.  They are skilled in advising and counselling clients, family members and carers on strategies to enhance social interaction and overall community inclusion.

Speech Pathologist

The Speech Pathologist specialises in communication in relation to behaviour including the provision of additional techniques to assist communication.  They also provide assessment and advice on eating and swallowing difficulties.

How do people access the Disability Assessment and Advisory Team?

A person with a disability, a family member or carer can contact the Gateway Service in each area which will make a referral on their behalf.

People can contact the Gateway Service by telephoning 1800 171 233.

Funded Disability Support Organisations can refer their clients directly to the Disability Assessment and Advisory Team.

NDIS participants can refer through their Planner or Case Manager or directly if self-managing their package of support.

People can contact NDIA on 1800 800 100.

What happens next?

When a person is referred to the Disability Assessment and Advisory Team, a member of the team will contact the person making the referral and if appropriate those who live with and work with the client on a daily basis. A program of support is then put in place, involving one or more team specialists. The team supports the client through education and other interventions to better communicate, socialise, engage in satisfying activities and improve and maintain their own health and wellbeing.

How much assistance is provided?

The Disability Assessment and Advisory Team respond to every referral. Based on the needs of the individual and the resources available, decisions are made about the type and extent of assistance provided.

How does the team work with other agencies?

The Disability Assessment and Advisory Team does not duplicate services of other agencies. The team may work with other agencies to provide a service to clients or refer clients to other specialist services as needed.

Contact Details

South East / South West North North West

Woodhouse Building
St Johns Park
New Town, Tasmania 7008
GPO Box 125
Hobart 7001
(03) 6166 1127
South East: daat.se@dhhs.tas.gov.au
South West: daat.sw@dhhs.tas.gov.au

11 Cameron Street
Launceston, Tasmania 7250
(03) 6777 1060
disnorth@dhhs.tas.gov.au

2nd Floor Parkside
Brickwell Street
Burnie, Tasmania 7320
(03) 6477 7609
disability.nw@dhhs.tas.gov.au

Resources

General Phone Number

Gateway Services 1800 171 233
NDIA 1800 800 110