This research project reflects the VicHealth priority theme of social connection within technology as a setting for the promotion of mental health and wellbeing.
In particular, this research will investigate the impact on the social connectedness of a community living on a public housing estate, when their access to low-cost technology is provided.
The wiring of a community (Cardinia in this case) is an initiative which adapts the models which have been piloted in both the UK and to a lesser degree in Australia, and builds on these limited learnings and research outcomes.
This project aligns with VicHealths and other State and National government health and social policy agendas which focus on technology as a vehicle to enhance social connection as a place-based interventions. This research will contribute substantially to building knowledge in a relatively new area of health activity.