Wed 16 Mar 2022 10:02PM

Ethical Considerations for unorthodox practice - Focus Group

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Ethical considerations for unorthodox practice

When we reflect on our engagement practice(s) as CoS, BIS, and COBU practitioners, can we think about the things that we do that stretch the boundaries, practices which might be seen as unorthodox or that might raise eyebrows with agencies such as the NDIA?

These unorthodox practices are not written into our role descriptions, and some of these are sensitive issues, sometimes presenting as dilemmas to us around the familiar topic of boundaries.

A key skill of a good ‘paid’ supporter is developing relationships of trust that are reliable, consistent, and not over-promising. Relationships and trust can be difficult, and practitioners can often face challenges in establishing and maintaining their roles and boundaries.

We are not immune to these ‘difficulties’ at the Jeder Institute. In the NDIS world, we are bound by the NDIS Code of Conduct – one of many regulatory guidelines that set an ethical framework for our work.

I want to initiate an Ethics Focus Group / Jedlet under the Culture Jedi to explore the following:

  1. Our practices might impact on or present tensions to our paid roles and boundaries – essentially, to name some of these practices, as this builds a more realistic picture of what it means to be a paid practitioner and a fellow member at the Jeder Institute.

  2. “The ultimate person-centred approach is arguably to save lives (that want to be saved), and how one gets to that place with some of the most disadvantaged, complex and chaotic individuals may, on occasion, raise the eyebrows of those not directly immersed in this work or engaged in certain relationship dynamics.”

  3. Unusual practice or practice which sits outside of standards and policy.

Examples of practices that may raise eyebrows or which people sense would not be allowed by other agencies:

  • The time we spend with participants and the time we have to get to know them – Giving too much or too little? Do we set boundaries?

  • Advocating for clients, particularly around ‘unwise decisions’ – We have examples of paid workers “enabling unhelpful behaviours” in advocating for their participants. Specifically about support on the ‘choices’ participants make to use substances.

  • The luxury of being able to spend time doing normal things with participants – We have examples of participants saying things like, “I don’t want to talk about my NDIS Goals and my disability; I would rather go out with you and have some fun. How do we approach this in the long run? What is the purpose of our relationship with the participant?

  • Physical affection towards participants, for example, to greet them or when they are upset: “We decide to be physically affectionate because we have high levels of sympathy for people; perhaps we want them to feel that they belong. Do we need to do that to build trust and progress towards THEIR QOL?

  • Sharing personal experiences with Participants, “Some of my participants don’t know much about the professionals involved in their lives; they often get told, “you’re not here to talk to me about how I am. I’m here about your life”. This idea that you either don’t share anything or are in danger of becoming a friend is very polarising. How aware are we of the positive/negative outcomes resulting from our actions and commitment?

  • Working with participants when they are under the influence. Should we say:  “they’re not fit for us to work with them?” Can we work with people under the influence? Can the experience still be a positive, a one?

  • Keeping contact with some clients even after they have moved on (unpaid support). Do we have the emotional capacity for this?

  • What are our boundaries? Do we set clear expectations/ground rules early!? Are we ready to manage disclosures, past traumas, and clinical support needs? Do we assume accidental counsellor roles? Do we feel competent?

  • Boundaries concerning encouraging clients to do things that might be out of their comfort zone. When providing advice regarding risk-taking, do we apply a team approach or back ourselves?

These are just a few common examples and apply to our member-to-member relationships. We’ve discovered that boundaries are essential for having healthy relationships. The challenge will be that some of us will say that we are personally very comfortable with some practices, and others will say the same is not necessary. We need to identify our own boundaries within the context of our regulatory and ethical constraints.  

We will often apply higher than necessary levels of kindness and generosity only because we cannot think about long-term effects. We have many examples of kindness being used as a short-term solution to problems that we had to “think on our feet”. Often, these short-term solutions may disempower participants and fellow members – in the long run.

Essentially, I would like our focus group to emphasise reflective practice. This means that our members' views on many practice examples are changing and developing, and we establish a space for exploring our practice from an ethical lens, challenging each other’s thinking on our practice and the quality of relationships.


Part of what makes us humans unique is our freedom to determine how we’ll act. Whenever we made a choice, we could have made a different one. [Ethics.org.au]

Values tell us what’s good – they are the things we strive for, desire, and seek to protect

Principles tell us what’s right – outlining how we may or may not achieve our values

The purpose is your reason for being – it gives life to your values and principles

Ethics is the process of questioning, discovering, and defending our values.

Questions to guide our decision-making: 2 Page Poster developed collaboratively in July 2022. See Below.

Related resources:

The NDIS Commission has a range of tools for responding to non-compliance. The overarching Compliance and Enforcement Policy provides a broad overview of our compliance and enforcement functions, strategies and tools. A number of more specific policies have been developed to provide guidance on the NDIS Commission’s approach to the use of particular compliance and enforcement tools. These policies are available on this page and are:

  • Compliance Notices Policy

  • Infringement Notice Policy

  • Enforceable Undertakings Policy

  • Injunctions Policy

  • Civil Penalties Policy

  • Vary, Suspend or Revoke Registration Policy

When: Last Friday of each month

Time: 3pm – 4:30pm

Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81476028545?pwd=ZzEzNStOS3g0Z2dEWWdMOEdoVGNkZz09

Meeting ID: 814 7602 8545 Passcode: 802774


Aleks Jovanovic Tue 30 Aug 2022 2:02AM

Ethics UNBOXED Session 9:

Virtue, are you being your best self?

We’ve all heard the common catchphrase (and insta hashtag) ‘living your best life’. Instead, virtue ethics asks us: are you being your best self?



Aleks Jovanovic Tue 30 Aug 2022 2:00AM

Ethics Unboxed Session 8:

Truth, Duty and Deontology

Of the various ethical rules we try to teach children, perhaps the most complicated is around truth telling. https://youtu.be/WoHJhwh4mVQ


Aleks Jovanovic Mon 22 Aug 2022 9:02AM

Ethix Unboxed Session 7:

Do you believe the end justifies the means?

You’ve nailed the basics, learned what ethics is, and how to slow down your decision making. Give yourself a pat on the back (or better yet, high five yourself).  

The next few unbox sessions dive into ethical theories. These theories are some of the mainstream ways of talking about ethics within Western philosophy. 

Each of them captures something important we should consider when making ethical decisions. Our goal is to help you think about which one you gravitate towards naturally, and to raise some challenges for that particular style.  We’re going to kick off with consequentialism. 

It’s basically the pros-and-cons-list approach to morality and it does what it says on the box. It asks you to make ethical decisions by thinking about the consequences.



Aleks Jovanovic Mon 22 Aug 2022 9:00AM

Ethics Unboxed Session 6:

Moral imagination and courage

How accurately and effectively we frame our choices comes down to our moral imagination.

So far in this series, we’ve explored ethics in the context of a specific decision: what choice should I make right now? In this session, we’re going to look at what bookends those choices. This is framing. 

On the one side, what shapes our sense of the choices we have? How good are we at canvassing the different possible choices available to us?  On the other side, we’re looking at how we actually put a choice in effect. There’s a long way between knowing what’s right and doing it.  

So how accurately and effectively we frame our choices comes down to our moral imagination – our ability to move past ordinary assumptions, false binaries and cultural norms to create new solutions to old problems. Our ability to actually bring that new solution into being is a question of moral courage. We’re going to look at both.  

In the kids film How to Train Your Dragon, we see an excellent example of both. Hiccup is a Viking and the son of the Chieftan of Berk, where the biggest pest they have is dragons. Vikings are trained from a young age to fight and kill dragons. Strength is prized over intelligence, and toughness is a way of life.  

Only Hiccup doesn’t fit the mould. Instead of fighting with swords and clubs like the other Vikings, he is an inventor. He devises complex machines to help fight the dragons. For this, he’s seen by his father as a coward and a source of shame. 

Until, during one raid, his weapon succeeds in shooting down the most fearsome dragon of all: the Night Fury. Hiccup sees it fall in the woods near town, and sets out to find and slay it, thus proving his worth. 

When Hiccup finds the dragon, wounded, he is unable to slay it. His eyes meet the dragons and for the first time in his life, he realises the creature he’s been raised to hate isn’t a monster. It is injured and can no longer fly. When Hiccup threatens it with a knife, it fears death. Hiccup then realises it has an inner life of its own.  

Already an imaginative person, Hiccup is able to recognise the flaws in what he’d been taught. Instead of fighting the dragon, he finds a way to work alongside it. He gains the trust of dragon – which he names Toothless – and designs a saddle that enables it to fly, but only with Hiccup riding as well. Human and dragon work together to achieve something neither could apart.  

This is the work of moral imagination. It’s a kind of ‘aliveness to the world’. Like an ethical seismograph, its able to sense the various tremors and ethical fault lines around us. 

The more well-calibrated, the more sensitive it is to what matters. Hiccup, for instance, is able to perceive that Toothless isn’t just a beast, but a complex creature whose needs and wants matter.  

However, Hiccup has trained this dragon in secret. He is still being trained to kill dragons back at Berk, and ultimately has to reveal his secret. When he does, his father rejects him once again, and decides to use Toothless’ power to kill even more dragons. 

It’s a friend, Astrid, who encourages Hiccup to see his care for Toothless as empathy and wisdom, not weakness. He and a group of friends all ride dragons to save Toothless and the day. In the end, his father recognises that he was wrong, and the whole of Berk embraces dragons.  

This is a case study in courage. Not only does Hiccup find the courage to challenge his father’s deeply-held beliefs about dragons (he believes a dragon killed his wife and Hiccup’s mother), he then continues to defend Toothless, despite the obvious risk it poses to him. Note though, that he doesn’t do this alone. He needs Astrid’s encouragement to remind him that his beliefs are worth defending.  

There’s a wonderful symmetry between Hiccup’s imagination and his courage. The potential for him to be imaginative and brave is there, but what brings it into being is his connection to other people. It’s in the face-to-face connection with those around him that he recognises and is able to act on the most morally important pieces of the picture.  

Of course, there are times when Hiccup’s imagination and courage fail him too – and that’s perfectly understandable because this stuff is hard. Aristotle, the ancient Greek philosopher who has his finger in a lot of ethical pies even today, had a concept he called ‘weakness of will’ (akrasia). 

Believe it or not, Aristotle actually drew an analogy here between slipping up ethically and incontinence. He believed most of us have an ethically leaky bladder at times – and that a lot of ethics work is basically like toilet training. We practice and prepare, so that we’re able to hold fast, just when we think everything’s going to burst. 


  • Do you ever find yourself pretending a choice is really complex when actually, deep down inside, you know what the right thing to do is? We often use complexity as a way of avoiding uncomfortable choices. What discomforts are you most sensitive to? Is it fearing conflict? Admitting you made a mistake? Something else?  

  • Are there some people in your life who help you to feel courage, or who help you see things more clearly? Who are they? What are they doing to help you?  

  • So often, our interactions are now mediated by technology. It’s harder to actually engage with people in a face-to-face encounter. Do you think this is a challenge for our moral imagination? What could you do when you’re online to help remember the full humanity of the people you’re interacting with?

  • It’s often easier to make decisions if we pretend they’re simpler than they are. Unfortunately, it’s also unimaginative. For instance, we might choose ‘not to know’ about the environmental issues involved in fast fashion. Or ignore the creatives who are losing money because we’re pirating their TV show because they’ll never meet us. What hard, uncomfortable realities are you choosing to look away from? (Don’t be too harsh on yourself – most of us do it) 



Aleks Jovanovic Mon 22 Aug 2022 11:49PM

Me too Dee. Some say that when these two are aligned well, the result is called 'wisdom'.


Dee Brooks Mon 22 Aug 2022 9:14PM

This one interest me greatly; aligning emotion and reason!

Great topic for discussion! (in fact, these all are, loving them, Aleks)


Aleks Jovanovic Mon 22 Aug 2022 8:58AM

Ethics Unboxed Session 5:

Fine-tuning your intuition and judgement

If you want to seem really wise in the Star Wars universe, just say something about feelings.

“Feel, don’t think – use your instincts”, “search your feelings, you know this to be true”, “your eyes can deceive you, don’t trust them. Stretch out with your feelings.” … You get the gist.  

The thing is, all the people who spout these quotes came from the Jedi Order – a group of spiritual peacekeepers whose self-confidence ultimately led to their complete demise. Overconfidence and an unearned sense of self-righteousness by a group of wise, intuitive leaders condemned the galaxy.  

Alongside the battles between good and evil, the hero’s journey and a fandom that sometimes borders on madness, Star Wars gives us a nice metaphor for the complexities of moral judgement. The Jedi embrace our tendency to ‘sense’ a correct way through difficult situations and to ‘feel’ what’s right without needing to make a logical argument for why that’s the case.  

Still, when we rely exclusively on our instinct and intuition, we risk investing too heavily in something we don’t understand. After all, our intuitions can come from a basic, innate understanding of right and wrong. But they can also come from our personal history, unconscious bias (remember them from our last unboxing?) or fail to guide us in situations of ambiguity or complexity.  

This is why many philosophers have advised against instinct and intuition as a guide to decision making. We should think, not feel, and if our conclusions contradict our instincts, we should follow the argument wherever it leads. When it comes to choosing with our head or our heart, we should always listen to our head.  

But maybe these philosophers have missed something. We often criticise moral decisions because they are ‘heartless’, ‘cold’ or ‘calculating’. We shouldn’t be so preoccupied with logicking our way through difficult decisions that we become computers. In the battle of heads and hearts, perhaps the Old El Paso school of thought is best – ‘¿por que no los dos?’  

The Ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle painted a picture of an uber ethical decision-maker, which he called the phronimos. This person was a master of the virtue of practical wisdom. The phronimos doesn’t just make the right judgements, they also feel he appropriate emotions. In situations demanding mercy, they feel merciful. When anger is required, they get angry. For the phronimos, emotion and reason aren’t two rival forces, they co-operate to help inform and drive excellent decision making, quickly.  

From the outside, this person looks like they’ve got Jedi-like moral instincts. In reality, they’re so well-practised at ethical decision making that they can reason both quickly, and well.  

Most of us tend not to immediately have a healthy balance of head and heart. We tend to default either to ‘thinking’ or ‘feeling’ when time gets rough. And we look for our own tribe. If we’re feelers, we look for the support of fellow feelers – seeing thinkers as callous, cold-hearted and insensitive. If we’re ‘thinkers’, we see feelers as irrational, impulsive and in need of a cold shower.

Understanding that these two approaches aren’t competing to the One Right Source of Good Decisions, but are both tapping into different strengths, we can find ways of drawing on both instead of turning on each other. And we can seek to cultivate both tendencies within ourselves.  


  • Do you tend to be a ‘thinker’ or a ‘feeler’ when it comes to big decisions? Can you think of some situation where that tendency has gone well for you? What about a time it went badly?

  • Think of someone who irritates you with how much they feel (if you’re a thinker) or how much they think (if you’re a feeler). What does this style of theirs help them accomplish? Which parts of your life can their style help you with?

  • What do you think you would do if thinking about a problem led you to a conclusion that conflicted with what you felt was right? What about the reverse, if logical analysis led you to conclude that something that disgusted or offended you was actually fine?

  • Practical wisdom is a virtue that develops over time. Think about some choices you remember struggling with from a long time ago. Looking at them now, do they seem more or less difficult to you? Do you feel differently about them? What does that tell you? 

  • When you’re not sure what’s going on, does your imagination run wild, telling you stories about what someone is thinking or what they might have done? How helpful do you think those stories you tell yourself are? Should you act on them?

  • If tomorrow you felt a flood of immediate, strong judgement about something that happened, what’s one thing you could do to put that judgement under the microscope and double-check its accuracy?  



Aleks Jovanovic Sat 13 Aug 2022 4:04AM

Session # 4 from Ethics.org.au

Biases. The sneaky foxes that can lead you astray.

Remember the internet dress saga of 2015? Black and blue or black and gold? Everyone saw it differently and each was adamant that their way was the only way to see.  

You’d be surprised how many judgements we make that work just the same way. Our unconscious brain grabs the wheel and primes our judgements before we’ve had a second to think about it. That’s why we need to know about unconscious bias. 



Aleks Jovanovic Sat 13 Aug 2022 4:02AM

Ethics Unboxed Session #3

Ethical Decision Making

Think about the last time you made a big decision. What made you make that choice? Why did you pick one way rather than any of the other options available to you?

Writing in the wake of the Holocaust, Jewish philosopher Hannah Arendt spent a large portion of her career devoted to the idea of thinking, and what constitutes genuine thinking. For Arendt, this was a crucial question because she believed an inability to think could sit at the heart of humanity’s deepest evils.  

Arendt witnessed first-hand the testimony of Nazi war criminals being tried for their crimes. What she found remarkable was that far from being monstrous or demonic, the most notable feature of these men was a striking inability to think. She wrote: 

“However monstrous the deeds were, the doer was neither monstrous nor demonic, and the only specific characteristic… was something entirely negative: it was not stupidity but a curious, quite authentic inability to think.” 

Arendt argued that most of what passes for thinking today really isn’t. Lots of what we think is actually the result of intellectual laziness. We rely on ‘common sense’, or ‘what’s always been done’. We inherit the values, politics and opinions of our nearest and dearest. We’re outraged by whatever our peers online are outraged by. We feel strongly what’s right without doing the harder, less sexy work of thinking those matters through.  

That’s precisely what ethics requires us to do though. We don’t just follow rules or do what we’re told (remember what happened when people “followed orders”). We have to look at the choices that face us and understand the underlying issues and concepts and how they apply to the situation we’re in.  

It is entirely possible for all of us to do this well. But it’s also thoroughly normal to do it poorly. That should worry us. Arendt famously coined the term ‘the banality of evil’ to explain how unspeakable evil could be facilitated by thoroughly boring deeds by thoroughly normal people. When we think today about growing wealth inequality, climate change and the other challenges of our time, it’s hard to disagree.



Aleks Jovanovic Sat 13 Aug 2022 3:58AM

Hi everyone,

Session # 2 from the Ethics Centre:

Breaking down the difference: ethics, morality and the law.

The Christian philosopher and theologian Augustine of Hippo famously wrote that an unjust law is no law. These words have echoed through the centuries – from Thomas Aquinas to Martin Luther King Jr – and with good reason!   

It’s because they ring true. Laws that are unethical, unjust or unfair don’t deserve to be seen in the same way as just laws. That means we can’t rely on the law as a way of determining what our ethical beliefs should be. 

Too often, our ideas about justice come from inherited moral beliefs about right and wrong – from culture, religion or outdated norms. The challenge is that we need to work out what is just and what’s unjust. For that, we can’t just be told what’s right, we have to figure it out for ourselves. That’s where ethics comes in.



Aleks Jovanovic Mon 1 Aug 2022 3:03AM

Hi everyone, Mic, Jason and I attended the Jedlet last Friday. We refined the original purpose statement for the Jedlet:

  • To develop an Ethical Framework for the organisation by developing an Ethics Policy – Ethics at Jeder.

  • Our Medium-Long term ambition: All areas of Jeder will have access to the necessary tools and pathways for handling matters requiring ethical consideration!

Here's the link to the harvest: 20220729 Ethical Considerations (Culture) Jedlet 4.docx

Hope to see the regular members and others at the next one on 02//09/2022.


Yvonne Thu 28 Jul 2022 12:42AM

Just getting in the swing off things, after a few months of illness. Id love to join tomorrow, but the Jedi falls at the time of a Participant Meeting, that was initiated by the participant and there is an interpreter engaged. Next time and I await the harvest notes. 🙂


Michaela Kennedy Thu 14 Jul 2022 10:25PM

Thanks Aleks, really appreciate that, as discussed yesterday I think it is the word everyone, when I hear myself say 'everyone', 'all the time', I know that I am in a heightened emotional state, so I find the word triggering. I would suggest - what would happen if others did this? Then it doesn't make it 'everyone'


Aleks Jovanovic Thu 14 Jul 2022 2:44AM

Hi @Michaela Kennedy, I'm sorry that you didn't feel heard. Personally, I'm not reliant on that question alone and therefore thought about taking it out altogether. Then I thought others might find it useful, so I've changed that question to an "(OPTIONAL QUESTION)". Does that sit better for you? Can anyone help me to choose a suitable location for this resource and our Ethics Toolbox? UPDATE Final version (includes reference to the Ethics Centre -ethics.org.au


Michaela Kennedy Thu 14 Jul 2022 1:48AM

Great YouTube, Purpose to drive the decision making. Love it!

Still disappointed the 'if we did this for everyone' question made it into the final, doesn't make me feel heard.

Looking forward to further conversations.


Dee Brooks Mon 22 Aug 2022 9:18PM

@Cherish Page-Brooks was this done? Is it on the website?


Aleks Jovanovic Mon 1 Aug 2022 3:29AM

Hi Cherish, FYI, I've just updated the 2 page poster (FINAL Version) to include a reference to ethics.org.au.


Aleks Jovanovic Tue 26 Jul 2022 12:21PM

Hi Cherish, the most recently '2 pager' is ready to go. I agree that it could sit under the resources tab.

Thanks 🙂


Cherish Page-Brooks Tue 26 Jul 2022 9:29AM

Let me know when it's good to go :D

Could sit under our Resources tab - Tools ?


Aleks Jovanovic Thu 14 Jul 2022 2:45AM

Great idea Dee. @Cherish Page-Brooks


Dee Brooks Wed 13 Jul 2022 9:53PM

I wonder if we can find/create a space for these to be on the website? I love the ethics toolbox! Well done, Aleks and all others involved!


Aleks Jovanovic Wed 13 Jul 2022 8:01AM

Hey Mic, thanks for sharing. I agree 🙂. Let's bring them great ideas to the next Jedlet. @Michelle Dunscombe has also shared a great introduction to ethics video https://youtu.be/u399XmkjeXo and some additional questions to ponder on before making the 'right decision':


  • Do you have an overall goal or purpose for your life? Some people want to leave the world better than they found it, create a legacy for themselves or be a good ancestor… what about you?   

  • What values do you hold most dear? Try to build a complete list, but don’t make it impossibly long.   

  • Are there any basic principles you try to live by and which can help orient your decisions?   

  • If the people around you had to guess what your values, principles and/or purpose are, based solely on your day-to-day behaviour, what kinds of things might they think you care about?   

  • Try to think of a time you disagreed with someone about something that mattered, ethically speaking. What do you think was the source of the disagreement?   


Michaela Kennedy Mon 27 Jun 2022 7:16AM

Just had a thought today. I think it would be a good idea to get feedback from people we support e.g. clients, participants, family members - people who use our services. I'de be keen to see what they think and I know a couple of people that teach ethics at their kids schools.


Fiona Miller
Sat 11 Jun 2022 4:01AM

Thanks all. Why can I only ask Claryfying questions if I am to use them?What's the purpose of the documents? Inward facing only? Instead of something or complimentary?

Super happy to see the colours/graphics and logo use.Yay, there are more image choices and I'm happy to show people where they are.

Love page 1 & 3. I feel page 2 is not needed or needs some more consideration. The word "obey" just makes me crawl - power over. Maybe page 2 is "orange" a bit Big Brothery, not strengths based.


Beth Stockton
Sat 11 Jun 2022 4:01AM

Such a big and important topic. Great work getting it going.


Michelle Dunscombe
Sat 11 Jun 2022 4:01AM

Great work Aleks and everyone that had a hand in pulling thus together. There are great resources here https://ethics.org.au/ that I'm sure you've checked in with. The Ethi-Call helpline could be a useful resource to add.


Sat 11 Jun 2022 4:01AM



Kaeleen Hunter
Tue 14 Jun 2022 3:16AM

I am with it - still questions and love to have that link to the last session Alex as I missed it???


Anela Bradd
Sat 11 Jun 2022 4:01AM

Great work 👍


Bernadette Melder
Sat 11 Jun 2022 4:01AM

Brilliant! Well written and very precise.


[deactivated account]
Sat 11 Jun 2022 4:01AM

Great work @Aleks Jovanovic 🙂


Dee Brooks
Sat 11 Jun 2022 4:01AM

I love these so much! The only comment I would make is to change the "additional questions" heading to something like "Potential questions to ask yourself before you take action" and take the loaded-ness out of it - I see them as suggestions! Other than that, great work everyone involved!


Michaela Kennedy
Sat 11 Jun 2022 4:01AM

I disagree with and believe it should be taken out is - "What would happen if everyone did this?" Each ethical circumstance needs to be considered within it's own context and from the perspective of the person / people it affects. All ethical considerations should be considered on an individual basis with a human centred approach.

I also think we will need to define the Universal Principles / Values Jeder has adopted and what are the non-negotiables before this proposal is complete.


Aleks Jovanovic
Sat 11 Jun 2022 4:00AM

Thanks for the feedback so far. Grammatical recommendations are taken on board. Mic, the question "What would happen if everyone did this", is there to help us find our bearings during any given situation. It does not suggest that everyone should/could do this. Good topic for the next Jedlet meeting?


Poll Created Sat 11 Jun 2022 4:00AM

Resources for our 'Ethics Toolbox' Closed Fri 17 Jun 2022 3:01AM

by Aleks Jovanovic Wed 13 Jul 2022 7:22AM

Hi everyone, thanks to everyone for contributing your thoughts and ideas to this resource. I've incorporated your feedback into the attached 2-page document. I'd love it if this was seen as "good enough for now" and if we reviewed it in a few months' time. Hopefully, a more comprehensive set of principles and guidelines will be developed by the Ethical Considerations Jedi by then.

Hi everyone, The Ethical Considerations Jedlet has recommended that we move forward with presenting the attached three resources. Do you endorse them? Clarifying questions are welcome 🙂.


Results Option % of points Voters
Agree 86.7% 13 MD DB JE Y DU AB AJ BM VT TP KH BS KD
Abstain 0.0% 0  
Disagree 13.3% 2 MK FM
Block 0.0% 0  

15 of 55 people have voted (27%)


Aleks Jovanovic Wed 1 Jun 2022 2:16AM

Hi Mereedith, no worries. Yes it was recorded. I'll post the link soon. I also have a few actions to follow up on after that session. Stay tuned 🙂


[deactivated account] Tue 31 May 2022 11:10AM

Hi @Aleks Jovanovic Im sorry i missed the final session. I had a friday afternoon crisis to resolve, stat! Was it recorded?


Aleks Jovanovic Wed 13 Jul 2022 7:56AM

https://1drv.ms/v/s!Ag5JHBE6r5MDgdIJf7FxvvnCD-QDTA?e=B9IOpd Hi @Kaeleen Hunter and everyone else. I'm sorry it's taken me so long to post this last recording and respond to some of your comments and questions. I look forward to seeing lots of you at the next Jedlet on the last Friday of this month.🙂Aleks


Kaeleen Hunter Sun 29 May 2022 2:13AM

hey alek sorry didnt get back to this sooner. fully jiggy with the response and I had NO expectations of resolving concerns - i understood the brief for sure and have nothing personal to put on the table - I really appreciated the yarn.

I just thought this conversation was actually quite relative to some of the new jedlets and I found it a really valuable & would have loved to have seen it embraced in the main culture jedi over a month or two - seeing as everyone is to attend monthly then it would see some air across the membership. Great work Alek and sorry I missed it.


Aleks Jovanovic Fri 27 May 2022 4:43AM

Thanks Kaeleen, We'll miss your contributions today. So far we have only met twice. The intention of these first three meetings is to familiarise ourselves with principles of ethical decision making and to invite the members to contribute. I had no expectations that we would be resolving dillemas at this forum - not during the first three meetings anyway. I'm hoping that in the near future we can agree to embrace a set of questions (some suggested in this thread) across the entire membership. Once the members start using the questions to guide their ethical decision making, we will identify teams and individuals that can be approached with any disagreements and challenges.


Kaeleen Hunter Thu 26 May 2022 8:30AM

sorry to say I wont be able to attend tomorrow though I feel a 'lot' about this chat so far and some of the deep dive it provoked in me to explore the ethical dance both in myself and around me.

I feel this focus group has yet to explore the ethical dance we face within jeder as no 'specifics' have been explored so I see value in ongoing HOWEVER........

Currently with quite a few new jedlets I wonder if we are missing a wider view with members time and energy being dispersed.......just a thought.


Dee Brooks Thu 26 May 2022 2:25AM

Sorry I've missed these! I look forward to hearing what's next and unfortunately, I'm already committed to a full day of training tomorrow!


Aleks Jovanovic Tue 24 May 2022 4:58AM

Hi everyone, in preparation for this Friday's third and last Ethical Consideration Session (we will then decide where to take this forum: a Jedlet, Gov Jedi etc.) here is the recorded session from last month. I want to give a big thanks to @Meredith Baylis, @Michaela Kennedy, @Kaeleen Hunter and @Jason Emmins for contributing their views with such an open heart and mind during the last session. Please have a look at the recording, add comments here and/or join us again this Friday.


Medium-Long term ambition: All areas of Jeder will have access to the necessary tools and pathways for handling matters requiring ethical consideration!


Aleks Jovanovic Fri 13 May 2022 12:15AM

Hi Michelle, Thanks for the question. I had to Google the difference between the two 🙂. This is what I found:

What is the difference between ethical and unethical practices?

Unethical behaviour can be defined as actions that are against social norms or acts that are considered unacceptable to the public. Ethical behaviour is the complete opposite of unethical behaviour. Ethical behaviour follows the majority of social norms and such actions are acceptable to the public.

I would love for us to discuss this further. Please join us if you can.


Michelle Dunscombe Thu 12 May 2022 7:31AM

@Aleks Jovanovic Thank you for holding this space. I wonder if you are discussing unethical conduct as well as unethical practice.


Aleks Jovanovic Fri 29 Apr 2022 7:16AM

Hi @Meredith Baylis I see your point. On the flip side of the coin, within the context of our work, including person centerdness, its essential that our personal views of what's right, good and fair are used to bind us. What do you think?


[deactivated account] Fri 29 Apr 2022 6:58AM

@Aleks Jovanovic , @Jason Emmins , @Jason Emmins , @Kaeleen Hunter as per our zoom meeting today here are the 5 questions.

Im not sure about the S = Self as i also feel that it could stand for Subjective. I dont expect others to share the same views about what i think is right, good & fair.


Bernadette Melder Thu 31 Mar 2022 3:35AM

When is the next discussion?


Aleks Jovanovic Mon 11 Apr 2022 5:43AM

Thank you Bernie 🙂. Here are the details of the next meeting:

Ethical considerations for unorthodox practice:

When we reflect on our engagement practice(s) as CoS, BIS, COBU practitioners, can we think about the things that we do that stretch the boundaries, practice which might be seen as unorthodox or that might raise eyebrows with agencies such as the NDIA?

These unorthodox practices are not written into our role descriptions and some of these are sensitive issues, sometimes presenting as dilemmas to us around the familiar topic of boundaries.

Come and join the discussions! Check out the Loomio thread for more info!

When: Last Friday of each month

Time: 3pm – 4:30pm

Join Zoom Meeting


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Bernadette Melder Thu 31 Mar 2022 3:35AM

I love this and wish to be involved it is difficult as I don't work on Friday's and I really am trying to stick with this due to being so mentally unwell over the past 12 months.

You are amazing Aleks, honestly I really appreciate your work.


Jason Emmins Wed 30 Mar 2022 9:01AM

Thanks Aleks- I like a good framework :-) This will assist us in our decision making especially when there are some tricky situations that arise.

I am also thinking this is something we could add to our Decision Making Framework @Dee Brooks


Aleks Jovanovic Tue 29 Mar 2022 2:26AM

Thanks Dee, it can serve as our 'checklist' for the time being?


Dee Brooks Tue 29 Mar 2022 2:14AM

I absolutely love this, Aleks!

PLUS always think, PLUS!!!

Thanks so much for sharing!


Aleks Jovanovic Mon 28 Mar 2022 2:59AM

While we wait for the next 'Ethical Consideration' meeting please consider the following 5 questions [courtesy of ethics.org] prior to making decisions requiring ethical consideration:

  • P = Policies Is it consistent with The Jeder Institute policies, procedures and guidelines?

  • L= Legal Is it acceptable under the applicable laws and regulations (ie. NDIS Code of Conduct, and Law)?

  • U = Universal Does it conform to the universal principles/values The Jeder Institute has adopted?

  • S= Self Does it satisfy my personal definition of right, good and fair?

Check in with someone (A fellow member, a coach, the Directors or a Jedi). You don't have to make big decisions on your own.


Aleks Jovanovic Mon 28 Mar 2022 12:45AM

Hi everyone,

It was great to see so many members turn up for the first conversation. Here is a link to the recorded session: 202203 Ethical Considerations at Jeder 1.mp4

It was agreed that the 'Ethical Considerations Jedlet' will sit underneath the Governance Jedi. Jody, Chontelle, Jason, Drew and Dee (from afar 🙂) have volunteered to be regular contributors to the Jedlet. Let me know if you are also interested, after watching the recording. Stay tuned for details of the next meeting.


Kerri-Anne Hawkins Wed 23 Mar 2022 6:05AM

sounds really interesting, i would try to check it out when i can :)


Kate Johnstone Sun 20 Mar 2022 10:29PM

Hi Aleks. I can see this being a massive conversation! ... and a valid one to have with all Jeder members. It reminds me a little of the Culture JEDI that Rob and I did late last year, where we only skimmed the surface of some of these issues around boundaries in place in a flexible organisation such as Jeder - moreover, who should measure them? where do they originate? who pays when something does go wrong? OMG ... I could go on!! I'll try and be there!


Michelle Dunscombe Fri 18 Mar 2022 3:59AM

Great topic @Aleks Jovanovic the court decision in South Australia this week has got me thinking what does Jeder do to ensure that support workers (in fact any worker) are being ethical, doing what they say they do, and not putting our participants at risk? Not being in the NDIS team I have no idea what processes are in place and what else is needed. Whilst I can't make the conversation next week I particularly love the question regarding tomorrows newspaper headline. Whilst something might seem like a minor indiscretion to you, would it pass the pub test or how would it be perceived if it was tomorrow's headline.


[deactivated account] Fri 18 Mar 2022 1:40AM

Hi @Aleks Jovanovic i think its great that you are inviting Members to explore this important topic. ill be there. 🙂


Dee Brooks Sun 20 Mar 2022 2:30AM

I feel this is more focused than a reflective practice deep dive! I think it WILL be a deep dive although not just about the topic - about our organisational practices, responses and purpose - I feel this is more aligned to our P&P's and our responsibilities than merely reflection... hope you can join, Fran!


Aleks Jovanovic Thu 17 Mar 2022 12:25AM

Hi Fran this topic can easily fit into any Jedi. Feel free to attend this session or use the contents to extend the conversation in other places.


Francisco de Paula Wed 16 Mar 2022 10:33PM

Hi Aleks, I hope this message finds you well. Thanks for bringing up the topics of ethics. Some of the themes that came up for me - empathy- Carl Rogers came to mind as I was reading- reflective practices - is there space for discuss some of this topic in the wellbeing Jedi? It seems to me that this topic would fit well for a "conversation that matter or an open space conversation? Is the topic a call to a deep dive reflection into our practices?


Dee Brooks Mon 21 Mar 2022 11:03PM

No, just the Jedis, Teams, Pods - I set up my own for anything else! (& assume others do, too)

I'm sure she didn't mind and I'm glad to have it in my calendar now - thanks!


Aleks Jovanovic Sun 20 Mar 2022 10:54PM

Hi Dee, I've asked Cherish to send an invite. I hope she doesn't mind. Thought all calendar invites are sent from one centralised location?


Dee Brooks Sun 20 Mar 2022 2:30AM

Aleks, can I suggested you send a calendar invite to anyone who is interested in attending? I know that if something is not in my diary, I'll miss it!


Julie Anne Carrington Wed 16 Mar 2022 11:01PM

Morning Alex after reading the document, I am definitely interested in having the conversation.


Aleks Jovanovic Wed 16 Mar 2022 10:04PM

Who's interested in joining me in our first conversation? Date set: Friday 25th of March 3-5 pm. Zoom details:


Meeting ID: 568 391 6691

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