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Qualifications of ALL members of the NDIA research and evaluation branch

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Dear National Disability Insurance Agency,

Further to the below Question on Notice

Please provide the qualifications of ALL members of the research and evaluation branch. This information would in no way violate privacy to list, for example how many OTs, physios etc. any PhDs and Masters other other broad qualifications must state the discipline.

The following is a Question on Notice without a full and adequate response:

"Topic: NDIA Research and Evaluation Branch
Question reference number: IQ21-000026
Senator: Carol Brown
Type of Question: Written.
Date set by the Committee for the return of answer: 01 June 2021
Question:
3. Could a list of members of the NDIA Research and Evaluation Branch be provided, with curriculum vitae shown for each individual member?
Answer:
Dr Sam Bennett is the General Manager with oversight of the Research and Evaluation
Branch, led by Dr Janice Biggs. The NDIA’s Research and Evaluation Branch, includes over 20 staff with varying qualifications including PhDs and Masters degrees in disability, public health, data, economics and evaluation, along with Allied or Heath Professional qualifications. The NDIA does not disclose names and private information about non-Senior Executive Staff publically for privacy reasons.
Yours faithfully,"

Shirley Humphris

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Dear Shirley Humphris

 

Freedom of Information Request: Acknowledgement

 

Thank you for your correspondence under the Freedom of Information Act
1982 (FOI Act) for copies of documents held by the National Disability
Insurance Agency (NDIA), which was received by the NDIA via the FOI inbox
on 3 August 2021.

 

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You have requested access to the following documents about the National
Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS):

 

“...the qualifications of ALL members of the research and evaluation
branch. This information would in no way violate privacy to list, for
example how many OTs, physios etc. any PhDs and Masters other other broad
qualifications must state the discipline…”

 

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Yours sincerely

 

Freedom of Information Officer

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Government Division

National Disability Insurance Agency

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Dear Shirley Humphris

 

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Please find attached correspondence and document in relation to your
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Thank you.

 

Kind regards

 

Freedom of Information Officer
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Government Division

National Disability Insurance Agency

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Dear National Disability Insurance Agency,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of National Disability Insurance Agency's handling of my FOI request 'Qualifications of ALL members of the NDIA research and evaluation branch'.

Please provide, as also requested, the discipline of further qualifications of the staff provided in the table.
For example: For the PhDs the research speciality e.g. Dr Sam Bennett's PhD is in History from Bristol University.
In particular the endorsement or speciality of further qualification of the allied health members, especially the psychologist. In particular which of these professionals have a special interest and experience in paediatrics, which have complex medical experience. Anything else of specialised relevance.
Also which professionals hold Masters and which PhDs.
If the publications and book chapters are relevant to NDIA research then what are these topics? Note: an opinion of "exemplary" needs to be substantiated from NDIA held documentation and in particular needs to be relevant. 
Kind Regards
Shirley Humphris

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.righttoknow.org.au/request/q...

Yours faithfully,

Shirley Humphris

foi, National Disability Insurance Agency

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Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act), we will acknowledge it within
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too large or vague.

 

We are committed to processing all requests as quickly as possible.  We
will keep in regular contact with you, especially if there's any delay in
making a decision.

 

Further information about FOI is available on our website:
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Please contact us at [2][NDIA request email] if you have any questions or
require help.

 

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personal information, you can make a request online under our Participant
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800 110.

 

Warm regards

 

NDIA FOI Team
Email: [6][email address]

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