Three MSHS projects awarded Melbourne Disability Institute funding

We are delighted to celebrate the recipients of the Melbourne Disability Institute’s (MDI) 2023 Seed Funding Project round.

Nine exciting new projects have been selected to receive funding of around $30,000 each, three of which have been awarded to MSHS. The interdisciplinary, disability-oriented topics explore various issues including inclusive pathways for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students transitioning to post-secondary education and an evaluation of a new curriculum to improve communication between health professionals and people with disability.

Exploring the experiences of African migrants’ older adults living with disabilities, as well as their families, in navigating through support services in Australia

Project lead:  Dr William Abur, Department of Social Work

Summary: This project aims to gain a better understanding of the experiences older African migrant adults living with disability and their families have in accessing disability support services. The study will explore changing family dynamics and functioning, the barriers and challenges experienced by these families and individuals. Findings will provide policy recommendations on how to deliver services that are accessible, inclusive, and responsive.

Lived experience teaching and co-design in clinical practice degrees

Project lead:  Dr Megan Keage, Audiology and Speech Pathology

Summary: Incorporation of lived experience knowledge into teaching is shown to develop students’ reflective practice skills, understanding of patient journeys, and develop their own professional identities. This project will explore the impact of incorporating lived experience knowledge on student outcomes in clinical degrees, to create evidence-based guidelines for University of Melbourne teaching staff.

Working together with families to manage their child’s disease: co-designing a physical activity and healthy living management program for children and young people affected by Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease

Project lead: Dr Marlena Klaic

Summary: This project will bring together young people and families of children with Charot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease and healthcare professionals to co-design a therapeutic intervention based on best practice guidelines.  The project team will co-design a stakeholder informed Healthy Living Management Program including physical activity, exercise and healthy living goals to increase knowledge and awareness of the impact these factors have on disease and disability in paediatric CMT.