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Disability Maintenance Instrument: Frequently Asked Questions

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Introduction

Welcome to the Disability Maintenance Instrument: Frequently Asked Questions Guide.

This Guide has been written for people associated with business services – from support staff, to managers, to Board members.

As the title suggests, the purpose of this Guide is to address the key questions, issues and concerns that have been raised by business services about the Disability Maintenance Instrument (DMI), the tool that is used to collect information about a client's needs for support in the workplace.

What's in it?

The Guide is essentially a series of questions and answers about the DMI. The questions have been grouped into the following topic areas, to make it easier to find information.

  1. The DMI
  2. The Assessment
  3. The Evidence
  4. The Domains
  5. The Score

The questions provide background information about the DMI, and also cover some of the key issues about its implementation. In the answers you'll find facts, advice and examples. The examples are used to clarify issues and identify possible solutions/options.

You may like to follow up some of the resources listed at the end of the Guide, to extend your knowledge and understanding of the DMI.

How should I use the information?

It's important to remember that this Guide provides general information and advice about the DMI.

Business services differ in size, structure, location and clients – and so the way each one approaches the DMI is different. However, a key aim of this Guide is to provide basic and practical information – a 'this is what you need to know and here are some examples of what you could do' resource, as opposed to 'this is what you must do'.

The background information about the DMI explains what it is, why it's important, and what role these factors may have in meeting the DMI requirements.

The examples given throughout the Guide may assist in setting up and/or reviewing the systems in your organisation, so that you approach the DMI requirements in a practical and more streamlined way. When you are going through change, it's always useful to see ideas or examples of other systems. Even if you only take away one idea that helps you do what you do even better, it's worth it.

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