Zoe Aitken
How do demographic and socioeconomic characteristics influence the effect of disability acquisition on mental health? An analysis of effect measure modification and mediation.

People with disabilities experience vast mental health inequalities. However, the mechanisms by which disability acquisition leads to a decline in mental health are poorly understood. This PhD thesis aims to form a better understanding of how people’s socioeconomic circumstances influence the relationship between disability acquisition and poor mental health. The identification of characteristics that attenuate or exacerbate mental health declines among people who acquire a disability may highlight factors that are amenable to public health interventions to improve mental health and reduce the mental health inequalities currently experienced by people with disabilities.

Zoe is a recipient of a scholarship from the National Health and Medical Research Council Scholarship and is based at University of Melbourne. 


Lauren Krnjacki

Discrimination, stigma and community attitudes towards disability in Australia. 

Lauren is a PhD student and CRE scholarship recipient based at the University of Melbourne. 


Stephanie Luiz Mantilla
University of Sydney


Bernice Hua Ma
Monash University 

Estimating the value for money in the disability sector

Bernice is a health economist, whose PhD thesis is focused on cost effective policy delivery for the disability community. She is based in the  Centre for Health Economics,  at the Monash Business School at Monash University. 


Emily O’Kearney

How do culturally and linguistically diverse characteristics and social determinants of health influence health outcomes and health service use in working-age people with disabilities in Australia?

Emily is a PhD student and CRE scholarship recipient based at the Centre for Health Equity, University of Melbourne. 


Jacqui Parncutt

Who cares? The lives and trajectories of Australian carers with disability

People with disability and informal carers are both recognised as populations that are prone to poor health and socioeconomic outcomes.  The prevalence of disability among primary carers in Australia is twice that of the non-caring population, however carers and people with disability are usually considered separately in health and social policy. 

Jacqui is a PhD candidate in the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Health Equity – Disability and Health unit, undertaking quantitative research into primary carers with disability.   Her interest in social epidemiology and the social determinants of health drive her PhD research.