Planning for a better life with disability in regional and remote Australia

Planning with a heart,
head and hand framework


Heart focuses on a person's emotional intelligence, including self-awareness, empathy, and interpersonal skills.


Head focuses on a person's cognitive abilities, including knowledge gathering, critical thinking, and decision-making skills.


Hand focuses on a person's practical skills and changing their behaviours to increase engagement in sustainable practice.

Heart Led Planning Map

Our team interviewed people with disability, carers and workers in Central Australia and Western NSW to learn about their experience of the NDIS planning process. We heard from Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people living in regional, rural, and remote areas.

Hear from our participants

Our Project Team

The Heart-Led Planning project team includes researchers from the Centre for Disability Research and Policy at The University of Sydney, University of Canberra, Deakin University, and Flinders University, and partners from Orange Local Aboriginal Land Council and Northern Territory Disability Advocacy Service.

This project was funded by the Australian Research Council through a Discovery Indigenous Fellowship awarded to Professor John Gilroy.

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