3. Goal setting/ planning

Goal setting/ Planning


Rehabilitation enables a person to become as independent as they possibly can.

The process of rehabilitation experienced by each person is unique.

Just as a brain injury is unique, the type of rehabilitation program the person is engaged in is uniquely tailored to target individual needs.

Role of goal setting

Setting goals is about working out what that means at each point on the journey.

Goals are ‘the essence of rehabilitation’; they are essential for person centred rehabilitation.

There are many benefits to setting goals in rehabilitation.  Quality goals can be useful in:

  • Empowering clients
  • Supporting client participation
  • Ensuring therapy, support services etc are targeted to address the priorities identified by the client.
  • Planning within a team context - ensuring individual team members work towards the same goals.
  • Planning and communication about client progress. 






Practical Tools On-line


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Goal setting tips for ABI Staff    Goal setting tips for clinicians working with people with ABI applicable to both adults and children.
Transition Wheel The transition wheel is a great tool for clinicians to  help young people assess where they are at in their lives, where they want to be and what areas they want to work on. 
iCare planning tools
iCare suite of planning tools for clinicians

School Leaver Employment Support (SLES) resources NDIS NEW TAB ONLY

Assistance to navigate the School Leaver Employment Support (SLES) program written for year 12 students, support from parents or clinicians will likely be needed to navigate the site and resources
Talking Mats - communication support Talking mats are an excellent tool to use with clients of all levels of communication ability in the goal setting and plannning process.  This site details resources and training for their use.




Factsheets and Documents


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Carers Australia Carer needs checklist    Planning check list which includes consideration of carer burden and carer needs.
NDIS planning Cerebral Palsy Allicance (CCPA) Preparation & Support Summary"    CPA preparation and support summary form: this is a good example of an NDIS provider organisations resources to assist planning conversations with children and caregivers.
NDIS Pre-planning Toolkit for people with an ABI    A Pre-planning Toolkit for people with an Acquired Brain Injury entering Higher Education or Vocational Education and Training