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The Neurodiverse Safe Work Foundations Course is the first course offered by the Neurodiverse Safe Work Academy and provides learners with the foundational knowledge and key concepts about neurodiversity and why it matters in employment.

The Neurodiverse Safe Work Initiative looks at neurodiversity at work through the unique lens of work health and safety and will equip learners with the skills to be able to identify, assess and control the risks of neurodiversity, whilst at the same time capitalising on the business benefits a neurodiverse workforce can bring.

Presented over four modules the course provides:

Module 1 – What is Neurodiversity and why does it matter in employment?

Module 2 – How does Neurodiversity impact work health and safety?

Module 3 – What are the employer’s responsibilities? 

Module 4 – Putting it all together. 

Each module includes a pre and post course assessment and at the end of the course, learners will leave with a tool to take back to their workplace to begin the process of identifying gaps in their current systems and a 21-day challenge to put a plan in place to create a neuroinclusive workplace culture. 

Key concepts covered include:

Module 1             Definitions and explanations of the terms and language of neurodiversity

  • The different types of neurodivergence
  • The Viscious Cycle of Non Disclosure
  • Two approaches to improving neuroinclusivity                
  • A Case Study (Kyle) to illustrate what can go wrong and how a Neurodiverse Safe Work Solution provided a good outcome for all parties.


Module 2            The concept and impact of unconscious bias

  • The impact of unmanaged neurodivergence on health 

  • How does neuroinclusivity improve health and safety performance

  • A Case Study (Noelene) examines a psychological injury that arose from a work-related bullying complaint in relation to a worker’s neurodivergence and how the Neurodiverse Safe Work Initiative provided a solution. 


Module 3             The employer’s responsibilities

  • Competing demands and priorities under the various laws that apply

  • Case Law – Truffet v Workers’ Compensation Regulator

  • A Case Study to examine how a risk management approach was used to eliminate risk for an Autistic worker. 


Module 4            Putting it all together

  • If you don’t consciously include you will unconsciously exclude

  • Neurodiversity Awareness Training

  • The OHS Management Systems Approach

  • The Person-Centered Approach with the help of the ND Work Profile

  • Post Course work             – 21 Day Challenge 

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