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Disability Practitioner

Known under many titles (e.g. Disability Services Officer, Equity Support Officer, Disability Liaison Officer) a DP is a person employed by a post-secondary education provider to provide support, assistance and information for students with disability/medical condition.

Some of the primary responsibilities of a DP include:

  • Organise and administer support services
  • Work to promote both students and the education provider’s interests
  • Educate, promote and inform staff and others about equity issues
  • Coordinate and facilitate support service staff

It is recommended that you make contact with your post-secondary education provider’s DP as early as possible. This will involve disclosing your disability and the effects of this on your study. Disclosure is a personal decision, but there are many advantages to disclosing. Disclosure information.

You may need to have a Health Practitioner Report completed before you see the disability practitioner.