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Below are our current research projects:
- Disability Docos: The Stories behind the Numbers
This is a series of documentaries about people with disabilities describing their experience of looking for work, getting a job, getting to work, and issues they face in the workplace.
- Modelling the effectiveness of employment policies in reducing disability-related mental health inequalities
This project will gain a better understanding of the social processes driving disability-related mental health inequalities. We will simulate a series of hypothetical policy scenarios on employment and quantify their impact on mental health for people with and without disabilities.
- Myth busting and Number-crunching: The Disability Pay Gap
We are proposing to pilot a data-driven, Q&A style on-line interactive tool where the general public, policy makers and users of disability statistics can learn about the disparities that people with disabilities experience in the job market.
- Improving Disability Employment Study (IDES)
IDES is a longitudinal study considering how people with disability access and sustain long-term employment. The project investigates the financial and health impacts of different employment outcomes on people with disabilities.
- YES: Youth Employment Study
This research builds on the Improving Disability Employment Study (IDES) which is currently underway with a specific focus on young people and intervening early to enable them to transition into meaningful and sustainable work.
ATTITUDES AND BEHAVIOUR
- National Survey on Community Attitudes against People with Disabilities
This is the first national survey to identify attitudes towards people with disability in Australia. The survey is focused on attitudes that impact the social and economic participation of people with disability of all ages. It will provide the first population-level data about attitudes toward people with disability
- Violence and abuse against people with disabilities: Using existing data to inform the Royal Commission
In light of the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation against People with Disability, there is an urgent need to have contemporary estimates of the prevalence of violence and abuse against people with disability for the public, policy makers and Commissioners to consider. This research will fill gaps in the evidence-base by providing current statistics on violence and abuse as well as identifying ways forward for providing better data and research.
- Discrimination and bullying against Australians with disability
What is the extent of bullying and discrimination experienced by Australians with disability, and what is the impact on their social and economic participation, as well as their health and wellbeing
- Discriminatory acts towards young Australian adults with disabilities in public places
We investigate interpersonal discrimination young people (15 -29 years) with disabilities experience in public and the impact of this discrimination on their social, economic, cultural and emotional lives.
- Making Melbourne more inclusive for people with disability
We are identifying ways in which the City of Melbourne can be more inclusive for people with disability.
- Making public spaces in the City of Melbourne more inclusive for children and adolescents with a disability
This is a concept mapping exercise (planners, advocates, people with disability) to identify the specific needs of this age group in the City of Melbourne.
- Neighbourhood design and disability: a policy review
A national review of neighbourhood design policies related to disability, mobility and accessibility in Australia.
- Neighbourhood characteristics and inequalities in physical function
How neighbourhood design characteristics contribute to inequalities in physical function by mapping data sets to imagery from Google Maps and Google Street View.
- Stewarding Thin Markets: Improving NDIS Market Effectiveness
Partnering with the Department of Social Services and with National Disability Services, the project aims to better understand market stewardship in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
- Choice, Control and the NDIS
This project explored the degree to which the NDIS is achieving its aims and objectives from the perspective of people with disability using these services.
- Social mobility and wellbeing following disability acquisition in working age adults
This project looks at the impact that the acquisition of a disability in adulthood has on subsequent socio-economic circumstances (employment, housing, education, income, social capital, wealth) and wellbeing.
- Smoking behaviours among people with intellectual disability
Understanding the factors influencing smoking behaviours among people with an intellectual disability in order to facilitate the design of more effective and appropriate policy responses to tobacco control health promotion initiatives.
- Victorian State Disability Plan
Our team was awarded the tender to develop measurable indicators for the Outcomes Framework of the Victorian State Disability Plan: Absolutely everyone 2017-2020.