Assessing and Capturing Care Needs (SIL)

Designed specifically for Occupational Therapists, this course will equip you to effectively provide assessment and recommendations to participants needing a Supported Independent Living (SIL) model of support.



2 CPD points

Earn 2 CPD points and certificate of completion.


Long-term access

Access videos, audio, templates and content 24/7 for up to 12 months with regular updates.

 Report template

Access exclusive report templates with pre-filled case studies for reference.





An advanced guide to assessing and capturing care needs for participants

Are you an Occupational Therapist who works with participants seeking Supported Independent Living (SIL)? 

Do you want to understand all the components of the SIL support model?

Do you need an easy-to-use tool to assist you in quantifying support needs for participants?

Occupational Therapists working in the home and living space are often required to provide an assessment and recommendations for participants requiring a Support Independent Living (SIL) model of support.

To effectively support clients seeking a SIL model of support, you need to have an in-depth understanding of SIL eligibility requirements and the role an OT plays in providing relevant evidence to the NDIA.

We have taken everything we have learnt from our experience in the industry to provide you with a course focused on a SIL support model, including an easy-to-use tool to assist you in quantifying the support a person needs throughout the day.

This course will give you the knowledge, skills and confidence to effectively assess and capture the care needs of clients seeking SIL.

"The SDA online course was really valuable and will definitely assist me in my role as a support coordinator for clients wanting to access SDA in their NDIS Plans. It's a complex subject which this course helped simplify and clarify.  I highly recommend it for anyone wanting to get a good grasp on SDA without feeling overwhelmed."

Liz - Specialist Support Coordinator
"I found OTuition SDA courses very helpful. I am about to embark on my first SDA development project and as I don’t work in the industry, I found the NDIS design standard a little overwhelming. I found this course provided very useful information including videos and images of completed projects and examples or real life scenarios which helped me understand the reasoning behind the specifications included in the SDA design standards."

Amanda - SDA Developer
"OTuition allows support providers the opportunity to receive the most pertinent information around complex NDIS support frameworks.
If you are an Occupational Therapist or Support Coordinator who is supporting clients to apply for SDA, OTuition will provide you with the tools to best support your clients."

Ben - Support Coordinator

In this course you will:

  • Identify what Supported Independent Living (SIL) is and is not 
  • Identify when SIL is the most appropriate support model for a participant
  • Understand what information you need to inform SIL recommendations 
  • Get to know the assessments you might consider using

What's inside

 Module Duration: 2 hours     CPD Points: 3 

Module 1

Assessing and capturing care needs

This course is specifically designed for Occupational Therapists to assist them in performing assessments as part of an application for Specialist Disability Accommodation for a Supported Independent Living model. 

Proven report template for Assessment use

This course contains an interactive and proven report template that you can use for completing your assessments. 

  • Report template in docx format
  • Video walk through of report compiling
  • 2 x completed report examples

Meet your instructor

Therese Sullivan is an Occupational Therapist with a passion for community-based rehabilitation, supporting those with complex needs and advocating in the development of NDIS plans to ensure they align with the individual needs and goals of a participant.

After graduating from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Therese built up experience in the tertiary hospital setting before transitioning to Optimal Living Therapy in 2018 where she worked with a broad range of clients before transitioning to a leadership role. With the aim of better supporting her clients and providing an easy to use framework to assist the broader OLT team, Therese developed a tool to complement traditional functional capacity assessments. By ensuring efficient use of time and improving participant outcomes, this has proven to be invaluable to the OLT team!

Therese’s qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy)
  • AHPRA registered Occupational Therapist
  • FIM accredited
  • Registered Livable Housing Australia Design Guideline Assessor



✅ A jam-packed module on assessing SIL requirements

✅ 2 hours of CPD points 

✅ Dynamic and proven report template for assessment use with video walk-through

✅ Two in-depth report samples for diverse participants

✅ Long-term access 24/7


Assessing and Capturing Care Needs (SIL)

Designed specifically for Occupational Therapists, this course will equip you to effectively provide assessment and recommendations to participants needing a Supported Independent Living (SIL) model of support.


Buy this course for your organisation

Want to upskill your entire team on SIL? Get in touch with us today to discuss what options may work best for your team. This could include bulk buy licences, exclusive coaching sessions with the course Trainer or single seat discounts. 

Plus all OTuition courses could qualify for the latest Australian Government tax write-off for businesses that invest in employee training and skills development.

Enhance the knowledge within your team

Gain a deeper understanding of the SIL eligibility to better support participants.

Access tried and tested templates

Don't start from scratch with templates and documents. Many of our courses come with exclusive templates for your team.

Provide professional development

Up to 7 hours of CPD available that are delivered with a formal certificate upon the completion of modules.