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Debra Matheson
Restorative Practice

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Incorporation of restorative practice into aged care delivery

Publication Date: 

In 2009 I commenced working for a community owned aged care facility. Residents had no choice as to how they lived their daily lives and were required to fit into strict routines dictated by staff practices and timetabled duty lists.

I quickly observed and envisioned a home that placed value on the emotional and spiritual well-being of residents. Some examples of pre restorative facility included, set schedules for personal care,... Read more

About the Practitioner


Debra intuitively knew the principles of what she now knows to be Restorative Practice were a more appropriate way to manage, however a chance meeting with Terry O'Connell gave her the framework she needed to further implement the process.

Brings to the Discussion: 

Debra has been a registered nurse for 40 years and has spent the last 20 years in senior  management positions of aged care residential facilities. For the past five years, Debra has successfully used the principles of Restorative Practice in the management of aged residential care facilities and has found this to be a great tool for creating and building relationships with staff, residents and families.

Additional Information: 

If the principles of Restorative Practice are implemented appropriately in the management of residential aged care facilities, an environment of supportive and healthy relationships is established and fostered.


Services Offered: 
  • Culture change
  • Education - University
  • Facilitation
  • Leadership development
  • Management and HR Training
  • Residential care
  • Restorative Circles
  • School - K-12
  • Training
  • Violence risk assessment
  • Workplace investigations
  • Workplace training

Practitioner Location and Reach

Little Italy, NSW, 2472
Area Covered: 
Local Area