Associate Professor Vivienne Riches

Clinical Associate Professor
Medicine, Northern Clinical School
Centre for Disability Studies (CDS)

Telephone +61 2 9036 3604
Fax +61 2 9036 3613

Website Centre for Disability Studies (CDS)
Instrument for the Classification and Assessment of Support Needs (I-CAN)

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Biographical details

Vivienne Riches is a psychologist, educator, researcher and consultant at the Centre for Disability Studies, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney. Vivienne has undertaken significant research and development work for and with people with disability in areas including vocational training and employment, transition from school to post school, classification and assessment of support needs, community living, social and interpersonal skills, well being, mental and emotional health, behaviour of concern and forensic issues, and Active Support. Vivienne teaches the Diploma of Disability in Singapore and Australia offered by CDS through SydneyLearning, and is also involved in clinical work at the NSW Developmental Disability Health Unit. Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), Member IASSID, PSYCHDD, ASID NSW and Board Director for Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability (ASID). Inducted into the Disability Employment Australia Hall Of Fame 2013 in recognition of an outstanding contribution to Disability Employment.

Research interests

Research and teaching interests include support needs assessment and classification, transition from school to work, vocational training and employment, mental and emotional health, social and interpersonal skills training, behaviour of concern and risk enablement, Active Support.

Keywords

Mental health; Disabilities; Cognitive psychology

Clinical Specialty

Rehabilitation

International links

Singapore

(Ministry of Education Special Education Branch) Invited consultant for prototype Transition School To Work Collaborative Program between Singapore Ministry of Education and SG Enable. Provided consultancy on an evaluation framework for the project and targeted staff training and workshops to key staff in five prototype schools and SG Enable staff

Singapore

(Movement for the Intellectually Disabled Singapore (MINDS)) Clinical support

Singapore

(Social Services Training Institute (SSTI)) Development and delivery of Diploma in Disability Studies, offered by the Centre for Disability Studies in partnership with the Social Service Training Institute, Singapore

Selected publications & creative works

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Books

  • O'Brien, P., Arnold, S., Espiner, D., Riches, V. (2014). Evaluation report on the Developmental Psychiatry Clinic: A Partnership between The Children's Hospital at Westmead and Statewide Behaviour Intervention Service (ADHC). Sydney: Centre for Disability Studies.

Journals

  • Foley, K., Jacoby, P., Einfeld, S., Girdler, S., Bourke, J., Riches, V., Leonard, H. (2014). Day occupation is associated with psychopathology for adolescents and young adults with Down syndrome. BMC Psychiatry, 14(1), 1-8. [More Information]
  • Arnold, S., Riches, V., Stancliffe, R. (2014). I-CAN: The classification and prediction of support needs. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 27(2), 97-111. [More Information]
  • Arnold, S., Riches, V., Stancliffe, R. (2014). Support needs predict funding need better than adaptive behaviour. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 27(4), 352. [More Information]
  • Chan, J., Arnold, S., Webber, L., Riches, V., Parmenter, T., Stancliffe, R. (2012). Is it time to drop the term 'challenging behaviour'? Learning Disability Practice, 15(5), 36-38.
  • Arnold, S., Riches, V., Stancliffe, R. (2011). Intelligence is as intelligence does: Can additional support needs replace disability? Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 36(4), 258-262. [More Information]
  • Riches, V. (2011). Preventing social isolation in adulthood: A discussion around four vignettes. Down Syndrome Quarterly, 13(1&2), 14-19.
  • Riches, V., Harman, A., Keen, D., Pennell, D., Harley, J., Walker, M. (2011). Transforming staff practice through active support. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 36(3), 156-166. [More Information]
  • Riches, V., Parmenter, T., Llewellyn, G., Hindmarsh, G., Chan, J. (2009). I-CAN: A New Instrument to Classify Support Needs for People with Disability: Part I. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 22(4), 326-339.
  • Arnold, S., Riches, V., Parmenter, T., Stancliffe, R. (2009). The I-CAN: Using e-Health to get People the Support they Need. Electronic Journal of Health Informatics, 4(1), 1-7.
  • Riches, V., Parmenter, T., Llewellyn, G., Hindmarsh, G., Chan, J. (2009). The Reliability, Validity and Practical Utility of Measuring Supports using the I-CAN Instrument: Part II. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities.
  • Riches, V., Wiese, M., Pye, N. (2008). Evaluating a transition model for people with intellectual disability and complex behaviour: What works and what doesn’t (Abstract). Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 52(8/9), 666.
  • Riches, V., Parmenter, T., Llewellyn, G., Hindmarsh, G., Chan, J. (2008). I-CAN: A New Instrument to Classify Support Needs for People with Disability: Part I. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 22(4), 326-339. [More Information]
  • Riches, V., Parmenter, T., Llewellyn, G., Hindmarsh, G., Chan, J. (2008). The Reliability, Validity and Practical Utility of Measuring Supports using the I-CAN Instrument: Part II. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 22(4), 1-14. [More Information]
  • Riches, V. (2008). Unrecognised and Unsupported: Grief Among People with Intellectual Disability. Grief Matters, 11(2), 48-53.
  • Riches, V., Parmenter, T., Wiese, M., Stancliffe, R. (2006). Intellectual disability and mental illness in the NSW criminal justice system. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 29, 386-396. [More Information]
  • Wiese, M., Parmenter, T., McVilly, K., Riches, V., Yazbeck, M., Stancliffe, R., Atkinson, N. (2005). S3-4 Teaching and Research: A Partnership between Australia and Singapore. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, 2(3/4), 181-181.
  • Wiese, M., Parmenter, T., McVilly, K., Riches, V., Yazbeck, M., Stancliffe, R., Atkinson, N. (2005). Teaching and research: A partnership between Australia and Singapore (Abstract). Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, 2(3/4), 181.
  • Riches, V. (2003). Classification of support needs ina residential setting. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 28(4), 323-341.
  • Riches, V., Green, V. (2003). Social integration in the workplace for people with disabilities: An Australian perspective. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 19(3), 127-142.

Conferences

  • Arnold, S., Riches, V., Stancliffe, R. (2014). Support needs predict funding need better than adaptive behaviour. IASSIDD-Europe Conference, Vienna: IASSIDD-Europe Conference.
  • Arnold, S., Devyver, V., Riches, V., Stancliffe, R. (2013). I-CAN measure Active Support outcomes: Does support change and activity increase through Active Support training? 48th annual conference of the Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability (ASID), Sydney: Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability (ASID).
  • Riches, V., Llewellyn, G., Parmenter, T., Hindmarsh, G., Chan, J. (2005). I-CAN: An instrument to classify and assess support needs of people with disability. Australasian Society for the Study of Intellectual Disability - 40TH Annual Conference, Auckland: ASSID.
  • Llewellyn, G., Parmenter, T., Riches, V., Hindmarsh, G., Chan, J. (2005). ICAN: A tool to assess support needs of people with ID, based on the WHO's international classification of functioning disability & Health (ICF). 1st International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities (IASSID) Asia-Pacific Regional Congress 2005, United States: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.

Report

  • Riches, V., Wiese, M., Pye, N. (2008). Evaluation of the innovative support and housing pilots for Disability Services Queensland. Final Report. Sydney: Centre for Developmental Disability Studies, University of Sydney, Australia.

Research Reports

  • Riches, V., Arnold, S., Gadow, F. (2014). Behaviour Support Policy: Person-Centred Positive Behaviour Support Planning, Sydney, Australia: NSW Family & Community Services.
  • Riches, V., Knox, M., O'Brien, B. (2014). Nova Transition To Work (TTW) Program Evaluation Report 2014, (pp. 1 - 47). Sydney, Australia: University of Sydney Centre for Disability Studies.

2014

  • Riches, V., Arnold, S., Gadow, F. (2014). Behaviour Support Policy: Person-Centred Positive Behaviour Support Planning, Sydney, Australia: NSW Family & Community Services.
  • Foley, K., Jacoby, P., Einfeld, S., Girdler, S., Bourke, J., Riches, V., Leonard, H. (2014). Day occupation is associated with psychopathology for adolescents and young adults with Down syndrome. BMC Psychiatry, 14(1), 1-8. [More Information]
  • O'Brien, P., Arnold, S., Espiner, D., Riches, V. (2014). Evaluation report on the Developmental Psychiatry Clinic: A Partnership between The Children's Hospital at Westmead and Statewide Behaviour Intervention Service (ADHC). Sydney: Centre for Disability Studies.
  • Arnold, S., Riches, V., Stancliffe, R. (2014). I-CAN: The classification and prediction of support needs. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 27(2), 97-111. [More Information]
  • Riches, V., Knox, M., O'Brien, B. (2014). Nova Transition To Work (TTW) Program Evaluation Report 2014, (pp. 1 - 47). Sydney, Australia: University of Sydney Centre for Disability Studies.
  • Arnold, S., Riches, V., Stancliffe, R. (2014). Support needs predict funding need better than adaptive behaviour. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 27(4), 352. [More Information]
  • Arnold, S., Riches, V., Stancliffe, R. (2014). Support needs predict funding need better than adaptive behaviour. IASSIDD-Europe Conference, Vienna: IASSIDD-Europe Conference.

2013

  • Arnold, S., Devyver, V., Riches, V., Stancliffe, R. (2013). I-CAN measure Active Support outcomes: Does support change and activity increase through Active Support training? 48th annual conference of the Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability (ASID), Sydney: Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability (ASID).

2012

  • Chan, J., Arnold, S., Webber, L., Riches, V., Parmenter, T., Stancliffe, R. (2012). Is it time to drop the term 'challenging behaviour'? Learning Disability Practice, 15(5), 36-38.

2011

  • Arnold, S., Riches, V., Stancliffe, R. (2011). Intelligence is as intelligence does: Can additional support needs replace disability? Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 36(4), 258-262. [More Information]
  • Riches, V. (2011). Preventing social isolation in adulthood: A discussion around four vignettes. Down Syndrome Quarterly, 13(1&2), 14-19.
  • Riches, V., Harman, A., Keen, D., Pennell, D., Harley, J., Walker, M. (2011). Transforming staff practice through active support. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 36(3), 156-166. [More Information]

2009

  • Riches, V., Parmenter, T., Llewellyn, G., Hindmarsh, G., Chan, J. (2009). I-CAN: A New Instrument to Classify Support Needs for People with Disability: Part I. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 22(4), 326-339.
  • Arnold, S., Riches, V., Parmenter, T., Stancliffe, R. (2009). The I-CAN: Using e-Health to get People the Support they Need. Electronic Journal of Health Informatics, 4(1), 1-7.
  • Riches, V., Parmenter, T., Llewellyn, G., Hindmarsh, G., Chan, J. (2009). The Reliability, Validity and Practical Utility of Measuring Supports using the I-CAN Instrument: Part II. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities.

2008

  • Riches, V., Wiese, M., Pye, N. (2008). Evaluating a transition model for people with intellectual disability and complex behaviour: What works and what doesn’t (Abstract). Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 52(8/9), 666.
  • Riches, V., Wiese, M., Pye, N. (2008). Evaluation of the innovative support and housing pilots for Disability Services Queensland. Final Report. Sydney: Centre for Developmental Disability Studies, University of Sydney, Australia.
  • Riches, V., Parmenter, T., Llewellyn, G., Hindmarsh, G., Chan, J. (2008). I-CAN: A New Instrument to Classify Support Needs for People with Disability: Part I. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 22(4), 326-339. [More Information]
  • Riches, V., Parmenter, T., Llewellyn, G., Hindmarsh, G., Chan, J. (2008). The Reliability, Validity and Practical Utility of Measuring Supports using the I-CAN Instrument: Part II. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 22(4), 1-14. [More Information]
  • Riches, V. (2008). Unrecognised and Unsupported: Grief Among People with Intellectual Disability. Grief Matters, 11(2), 48-53.

2006

  • Riches, V., Parmenter, T., Wiese, M., Stancliffe, R. (2006). Intellectual disability and mental illness in the NSW criminal justice system. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 29, 386-396. [More Information]

2005

  • Riches, V., Llewellyn, G., Parmenter, T., Hindmarsh, G., Chan, J. (2005). I-CAN: An instrument to classify and assess support needs of people with disability. Australasian Society for the Study of Intellectual Disability - 40TH Annual Conference, Auckland: ASSID.
  • Llewellyn, G., Parmenter, T., Riches, V., Hindmarsh, G., Chan, J. (2005). ICAN: A tool to assess support needs of people with ID, based on the WHO's international classification of functioning disability & Health (ICF). 1st International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities (IASSID) Asia-Pacific Regional Congress 2005, United States: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
  • Wiese, M., Parmenter, T., McVilly, K., Riches, V., Yazbeck, M., Stancliffe, R., Atkinson, N. (2005). S3-4 Teaching and Research: A Partnership between Australia and Singapore. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, 2(3/4), 181-181.
  • Wiese, M., Parmenter, T., McVilly, K., Riches, V., Yazbeck, M., Stancliffe, R., Atkinson, N. (2005). Teaching and research: A partnership between Australia and Singapore (Abstract). Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, 2(3/4), 181.

2003

  • Riches, V. (2003). Classification of support needs ina residential setting. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 28(4), 323-341.
  • Riches, V., Green, V. (2003). Social integration in the workplace for people with disabilities: An Australian perspective. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 19(3), 127-142.

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