Dr Jeffrey Chan

Australian Human Rights Award 2010. Finalist, Community (Individual) category

About Dr Jeffrey Chan

Dr Jeffrey Chan is the national senior practitioner in the newly established NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission in Australia.

Reporting to the Commissioner, he will oversight the behaviour support plans of persons with disabilities subject to restrictive practices, and will monitor the use of restrictive practice. Jeff’s view is that the every use of restrictive practices is a failure in the system to support the person adequately and appropriately in a therapeutic manner.

He was previously Deputy CEO, MINDS, Singapore. This was a seconded position by the National Council of Social Service’s Sun Ray scheme to build sector leadership and capability.

Prior to this he was Yooralla’s first Chief Practitioner and led the newly established division of Quality, Innovation and Safeguards in the organisation to embed a rights-focussed approach in practice, quality innovation, policy and organisational culture.

 Jeffrey is Adjunct Professor, University of Queensland’s School of Education and former Adjunct Professor, University of Sydney’s Sydney Medical School.

Prior to these appointments, Jeffrey held two other state-level inaugural roles. He was Queensland’s first Chief Practitioner Disability and held the inaugural Governor-in-Council appointment as the Director of Forensic Disability dedicated to safeguarding the rights of forensic adults with intellectual or cognitive disability. He was also Victoria’s inaugural statutory Senior Practitioner in Disability Services with the responsibility of protecting the rights of people with a disability subject to restrictive interventions and compulsory treatment orders.

He possesses a range of skills and experience such as state-level change strategy and innovation, high-level clinical practice leadership and governance, legislation design and implementation, systems design and establishment, service delivery, evidence-based policy development, and senior executive management.

He maintains a keen interest in applied research as evidenced by a proven record of publications in international refereed journals, conference presentations, a 2014 NHMRC grant and three ARC industry linkage grants.

He holds a Ph.D (Medicine) (University of Sydney), a Master of Arts Honours in Linguistics (Macquarie University), a Bachelor of Applied Science (University of Sydney) and a Licentiate, Trinity College London.

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