Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors


The Centre engages in practice leadership and disability research in clinical innovation and governance, forensic disability, high and complex needs and positive behaviour supports.

The Centre’s activities focus on:

  • the proper care and support for people with intellectual/cognitive disability and challenging behaviours in order to improve quality of life and reduce the use of restrictive practices
  • improved clinical outcomes in disability services by improving the effectiveness of services, reducing adverse events, and reducing the variability of clinical service quality
  • supporting people with disabilities who have high and complex needs to transition to NDIS funded arrangements
  • supporting capability development in Queensland in relation to providing supports for children and adults with high and complex needs
  • the development and implementation of early identification and supports to families at risk of relinquishing their family member with a disability
  • building sector capacity in the provision of sustainable, effective supports for people with disabilities who have high and complex needs.

The Centre of Excellence for Clinical Innovation and Behaviour Support is headed by a joint Professorial Chair between the Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors and the University of Queensland.  Professor Karen Nankervis is the Chair of the Centre of Excellence.