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This comprehensive report contains an independent evaluation of the New South Wales’ (NSW) Department of Family and Community Services’ Aging, Disability, and Home Care (ADHC) pilot program from 2013 to 2014 in Sydney, Australia. The NSW project reached 26 decision-makers (DMs). As a result of the NSW project, 9 DMs reported making decisions in new areas. Two-thirds reported making most or all financial decisions compared to 1 in 5 at the outset. Also, supporters for 15 DMs reported that the DMs’ approach to decision-making had evolved positively, such as by deciding less compulsively. Although both DMs’ and supporters’ understandings of SDM became more sophisticated as the project progressed, supporters reported that most DMs were slightly less confident in making decisions. This report provides insights into administering an SDM pilot project, findings about the impact of SDM on the lives of DMs across a variety of domains, anonymous anecdotes and case studies about participants’ experiences in the pilot, and recommendations for how to promote SDM, such as by expanding the ADHC model “to recognise the need for flexible support arrangements, including family members, paid supporters, and advocates.”

Keywords: New South Wales, Australia, Department of Family and Community Services, personal outcomes, pilot program, evaluation


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