Dr Justin Gaetano is the Director of Ideospectus Consulting.

This Credentials page gives a condensed record of his professional skills, qualifications, and employment. It is updated infrequently; this version is current up to 30th October, 2020.

The purpose of this page is to show prospective clients the demanding and complex work Ideospectus Consulting is capable of achieving. For referee reports or anything else, please visit the Services page, or contact Justin directly.


As a provisionally registered NDIS behaviour support practitioner, an experienced NDIS support coordinator and someone with lived experience of disability, my goal is to secure diverse and challenging work, where I can apply my skill set to help individuals and their families build capacity toward improved social, community, and health outcomes.

Skills and abilities

  • Listening, communication and leadership. Help people with disability and their families to understand the NDIS and build their capacity, both with and without the scheme’s support. Adherent of the servant model of leadership philosophy. Developed leadership skills as former chair of the Coffs Harbour Mental Health Professionals Network. Several years’ experience lecturing and writing content for courses including community health sciences, psychology, and statistics. Supervisor and mentor of Honours and PhD research students to completion. MSCEIT Emotional Intelligence Test exceeds 80% of comparison group.
  • Duty of care, discipline and reputation. Excellent knowledge of relevant legislation and its application, including the NDIS (Restrictive Practices and Behaviour Support) Rules 2018, NDIS Act 2013, and Disability Discrimination Act 1992, as well as current ethics policies and procedures. Adhere to organisational and positional codes of conduct at all times, to ensure the safe and fair treatment of all clients and colleagues I work with.
  • Versatile approach toward regional change. Authored and published the MNC Regional Social Profile 2019, based on almost three years of research and analysis. Commissioned to evaluate community service programs and service quality, and write research reports on important topics (e.g. Indigenous health and wellbeing) for state and federal government departments.
  • Analysis as tool for genuine growth. Known and trusted widely as data obsessive. Highly developed analytic and presentation skills, which are frequently put to use in my NDIS work. Adjunct director of the ideospectus laboratory at the University of New England. Program and self-publish free data analysis tools. In my spare time outside of work hours, run my own research consulting business. Revelian Cognitive Ability Test score exceeds 95% of graduates assessed for a variety of roles.


Tertiary studies

Ongoing growth

  • 2020: NDIA-registered behaviour support practitioner training (ongoing)
  • 2020: NDIA-registered support coordinator training (completed)
  • 2019: Local area coordinator training, NDIS (completed)

Professional registration

  • 23-10-2020: Provisional registration as an NDIS Behaviour Support Practitioner by the NDIS Quality & Safeguards Commission


  • Certificate of Completion, 2020 PABS-2 Course (Positive Approaches to Behaviour Support), The Benevolent Society
  • Certificate of Completion, 2020 Legal & Practical Response to Child Abuse Course, InSafeHands Australia
  • Certificate of Completion, Case Notes – Fundamentals & Disability Services Course, The Benevolent Society
  • Certificate of Completion, Disability Billing Solution (DAYSI) Course, The Benevolent Society
  • Certificate of Accreditation, Mental Health First Aid Course, MHFA Australia
  • Certificate of Achievement, White Ribbon Courses on Domestic Violence Prevention
  • Working with Children Check
  • Australian Federal Police Check


Current or Recent

  • NDIS Provisional Behaviour Support Practitioner | The Benevolent Society | 2020–.
  • NDIS Support Coordinator | The Benevolent Society | 2020–.
  • Local Area Coordinator | NDIS | 2019–20.
  • Research Analyst | Mid Coast Communities | 2016–19.
  • Study Support Officer | Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme | 2019.
  • Research Supervisor | University of New England | 2017–19.


  • Director | Ideospectus Consulting | 2018–. Consulting in my spare time (ha!) on the following broad areas: (1) Research (e.g. project management, design, analysis); (2) Publication (e.g. content advice, proofing and editing, publisher brokerage); (3) Academia (e.g. tuition, examination, preparation, invigilation); (4) Presentation (e.g. communication coaching, poster / slide-show design, graphical models, anxiety management).


  • Research & Training Support Officer | Southern Cross Postgraduate Association, SCU | 201416
  • Research Consultant | North Coast Primary Health Network (formerly: North Coast Medicare Local) | 201213
  • Doctoral Researcher | School of Health & Human Sciences, SCU | 201115
  • Academic | School of Health & Human Sciences, SCU | 201016
  • Research Assistant | Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience & Behaviour, SCU | 200810
  • Market Researcher | Jetty Research | 200810

Achievements, awards, and funding

  • 2020: Commonwealth of Australia APS Gazette Order of Merit
  • 2019: NSW Department of Justice Community Safety Fund | ADF, Australia – LDAT Community Action Plan
  • 2018: Carer’s Investment Project | SETS Client Services / Community Capacity Building | GYST Life Skills Project
  • 2017: NCPHN Primary Health Care Excellence Awards nominee: Innovation category
  • 2014-16: SCU Teacher’s Commendation (6 nominations) | SRC grant | ACNS Travel Award to present work at ICON XII
  • 2011-14: Australian Postgraduate Award | Joined Golden Key Honours Society on merit
  • 2010-11: University Medal | Inaugural Honours Student Manuscript Award | Opem Psychology Honours Scholarship

Select publications

Please visit the Resources section for a list.

Select talks

Activities and membership

Consulting experience

  • MNC Carer’s Research Project
  • NSW Dept. of Communities & Justice
  • Mid North Coast Local Health District
  • Australian Early Development Census
  • Alisa Bryce, Scientist
  • Private tuition of various students

Freelance experience

Pro bono work


  • Please get in touch for references, testimonials, work examples, or anything else you might need
  • If you’re convinced I have what it takes to help, please check out my Services page