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Research Biography

Dr Alinka Fisher (BDisRehab, PhD) is a Senior Lecturer in Disability and Community Inclusion within the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. She began her career as a Developmental Educator specialising in Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) for people with disability, with 18 years of practice-based experience in the field, including clinical supervision, training and consultation. Alinka completed her PhD in PBS for adults with brain injury, with a focus on family involvement. Her research focusses on examining and promoting evidence-based PBS education and practices for people living with disability, including brain injury and dementia, with a focus on practices that uphold and protect a person's human rights. Her research places emphasis on building community capacity, workorce development and systems change practices. 

Alinka also coordinates the PBS teaching program at Flinders, including topics in the Graduate Certificate in PBS and Bachelor of Disability and Developmental Education, and is Chair and Director of Behaviour Support Practitioners Australia (BSPA). 

Research Interests

Alinka's area of focus is Positive Behaviour Support (PBS). Her interests include:

  • Building evidence-based PBS practices in community-based settings for people living with disability across the lifespan, including brain injury and dementia.
  • Building a capable PBS workforce across disability and aged care sectors.
  • Building the capacity of family members and informal supporters in  understanding and using PBS principles to support people living with disability in home and community settings. 
  • Improving the capability of service environments (e.g., supported independent living and residential aged care homes) that uphold and protect human rights, and that are more cost-effective.
  • Informing a universal approach and understanding of rights-based behaviour support across disability and aged care sectors.

External positions

Chair, Director, Behaviour Support Practitioners Australia

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Research Areas

  • Fundamental care
  • Disability and community inclusion

Supervisory Interests

  • Positive Behaviour Support
  • Disability support workers
  • Disability and community rehabilitation
  • Disability, qualitative research
  • Autism, behaviour intervention
  • Behaviour management
  • Dementia, behavioural intervention
  • Behaviour Support Practitioners


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