2011 ARC Linkage Grant Recipients
The importance of gender and socio-economic disadvantage for the health of people living with disabilities
Professor Anne Kavanagh, The University of Melbourne
Traditionally, policy development has been limited to the disability service sector which, while critical, is only one sector that is relevant to the health of people with disabilities. Policy analysts and disability advocates point to the need for a whole of government approach to ensuring the human rights of people with disabilities. This project will use existing cross-sectional and longitudinal datasets to explore how socio-economic disadvantage intersects with, and shapes, the health of people with disabilities, with a particular focus on the roles of housing and work. We will also explore how these relationships differ for men and women. We will work collaboratively with people with a range of disabilities to: interpret the findings of the quantitative analyses of existing datasets; develop future research agendas; and identify priorities for policy and practice. This research will contribute to an evidence base for policy development across sectors, and hence offer the potential to improve the lives of people living with disabilities.
New directions in health inequalities: Understanding the intersection between housing, employment and health in Australia
Associate Professor Rebecca Bentley, The University of Melbourne
This project will explore the links between employment, housing and health for vulnerable populations and identify and unpack the pathways between precarious employment and housing and health in Australia. Understanding employment as an additional component to the relationship between housing and health will be beneficial to programs being administered through the agencies involved in this project (employment services and housing programs) and improve our theoretical understanding of the interrelationship between these key determinants of health.
2010 ARC Linkage Grant Recipients
The relocation tool kit: A guide for implementing relocation policies that enhance resident’s health and wellbeing and social inclusion
Associate Professor Kathy Arthurson, Flinders University
This research project will investigate the health and social impacts of the relocation of public housing tenants in Victoria and South Australia, made necessary through the redevelopment of inner-city public housing facilities. The overall aim is to develop a best-practice toolkit, to assist the policy makers and practitioners involved in tenant relocation to maximise positive health and wellbeing outcomes in this disadvantaged group.
A progressive study of user and sensor models for monitoring and assisting elderly people, focusing on the visually impaired
Professor Ingrid Zukerman, Monash University
This research will develop computational systems that will help elderly people remain safely in their homes and improve their quality of life. Specifically, our systems will incorporate sensor and communication technologies to support computational models for monitoring and assisting elderly users and provide new opportunities for social interaction.
2008 ARC Linkage Grant Recipients
Environmental & Social Influences on Children's Transport
Alison Carver, Deakin University
This longitudinal research aims to understand the role of individual, social and environmental influences on changes in active transport and independent mobility among children living in disadvantaged areas of urban and rural Victoria. This project will examine changes in active transport over time as well as the contribution that these behaviours make to overall physical activity as children grow up.