Working with people with disability, their families and caregivers to promote well-being, independence, participation and inclusion
About this hub
Our disability research aims to promote the well-being, rights, participation and inclusion of people living with disability, and to support their caregivers and family. We do this by considering the impact of initial diagnoses made in children and adults, and the ongoing effect of disability across the lifespan, including the unique issue of disabilities associated with ageing, whether these relate to mobility, vision, communication, or social isolation. Our research also focuses critically on the service systems and workforces that support people living with disability.
Identifying risk factors, and their impact on the onset and progression of diseases or other conditions resulting in disability are central to our research program. We contribute to the development and implementation of evidence-based rehabilitation and recovery programs, with a focus on integrating with current policy directives such as the NDIS.
These interventions include health-service and community-based interventions, as well as digital applications to extend reach and uptake.
Meet our researchers in the disability and inclusion hub
Audiology and Speech Pathology
Senior Lecturer | Research areas include child communication development, stuttering, epidemiological studies, implementation firstname.lastname@example.orgDame Kate Campbell Fellow, Director or Centre of Research Excellence in Speech and Language | Research areas include child speech and language development and speech email@example.comPrincipal Research Fellow, Hearing Loss and Cognition Program | Research areas include comorbidities and biomarkers/predictors of hearing firstname.lastname@example.orgLecturer | Research areas include global audiology: highlighting the need for prioritised public policies and interventions for the delivery of effective ear and hearing care services in low-and middle-income email@example.comProfessor of Speech Science | Research areas include speech and language biomarkers, neurodegenerative disease, clinical trials, monitoring brain health through digital technologies, swallowing and mealtime firstname.lastname@example.org
Optometry and Vision Sciences
Associate Professor | Behavioural investigation of human vision, both in health and disease; Factors affecting decision-making processes in the email@example.comPrincipal Research Fellow | Research areas include retinal disease, gene therapy, and low vision medical devices (bionic eyes, sensory substitution). Also research translation and commercialisation, as Director of SPARK Melbourne.firstname.lastname@example.orgPostdoctoral Research Fellow | Research areas include cellular-resolution imaging of the eye to understand the earliest stages of vision and the supply of nutrients to tissue. Also technological developments in optical imaging and image email@example.comAssoc. Professor, Teaching Specialist, 3rd, 4th year OD and Placement Coordinator | Research: low vision, clinical training and assessment, failure to fail, training firstname.lastname@example.orgOrthoptist, Clinical Vision Research Fellow | Research areas include Digital Health, Childrens Vision, Public Eye Health, Eyecare across the Lifespan, Binocular Vision.email@example.comProfessor | Research areas include improving the understanding and clinical assessment of visual disorder of the eye and brain (specific interests in glaucoma, migraine, and ageing).firstname.lastname@example.orgPostdoctoral Research Fellow and Optometrist | Research interests include inherited retinal diseases, ocular imaging, gene therapy trials, and evidence email@example.comResearch Fellow (Industry Engagement) and Optometrist | Research areas include neurodegeneration, diagnostics and therapies, research translation, improving health firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Virginia LiuResearch Fellow | Translational, technolgoical developments and clinical assessment of the visual neural email@example.comProfessor | Research areas include neural basis of visual perception, attention and predictive coding, disorders of communication across the brain and firstname.lastname@example.orgSenior Lecturer. Teaching specialist, Clinical leader of paediatrics, binocular vision | Research: paediatric eye health and vision, visual development, learning in email@example.comSenior Lecturer and Optometric Clinician | Research areas using the eye as a marker for brain disease (specific interests in Parkinsons and Alzheimers disease) in preclinical and clinical firstname.lastname@example.orgSenior Lecturer | Research areas include digital technologies for feedback and assessment, inter-professional education, and inter-disciplinary object-based learning engaging with material email@example.comResearch Fellow | Research areas include understanding ocular changes in neurodegenerative diseases (e.g. Parkinson's, Diabetes and Glaucoma), and using ocular biomarkers to test drug efficacy and firstname.lastname@example.org
Chair in Physiotherapy at Austin Health | Research areas include sleep and breathing disorders in neuromuscular disease, health systems and data research, clinical trials of therapies and care email@example.comDeputy Head of Physiotherapy | Research areas include exercise for chronic musculoskeletal conditions, hip & knee osteoarthritis, outcome measurement, firstname.lastname@example.orgLecturer | Research areas include health services research, multi-disciplinary models of allied health care for people with cancer, measurement of physical email@example.comSenior Lecturer | Research focus is on design of models of health service delivery to implement evidence-based practice for osteoarthritis and other chronic firstname.lastname@example.orgNHMRC Research Fellow | Research expertise includes anterior cruciate ligament injury and knee osteoarthritis outcomes and email@example.comSenior Lecturer, Post-Doctoral Researcher | Research areas include physical activity after neurological injury, stroke recovery and firstname.lastname@example.orgHonorary | Research areas include Sport and Exercise Medicine, tendinopathy and email@example.comAssociate Professor | Research expertise in expertise in women’s health, specifically disorders related to the pelvic firstname.lastname@example.orgAssociate Professor and Dame Kate Campbell Fellow | Research areas include exercise and physical activity for patients with lung cancer, other cancers, critical illness and respiratory email@example.comSenior Research Fellow, NHMRC Emerging Leader, Dame Kate Campbell Fellow | Research areas include osteoarthritis. exercise, biomechanics; meta-analyses, clinical firstname.lastname@example.orgSenior Research Fellow | Research areas include the brain-behaviour nexus during rehabilitation after email@example.comResearch areas include improving the health of people with chronic musculoskeletal conditions, especially osteoarthritis, implementation science, and increasing access to care, including telerehabilitation and digital firstname.lastname@example.orgClinical Research Fellow | Research areas include critical care recovery and rehabilitation, frailty and digital email@example.comNHMRC Emerging Leadership Fellow, Dame Kate Campbell Senior Research Fellow | Research includes lower limb biomechanics of walking and running, and the clinical and biomechanical effects of foot-based interventions for musculoskeletal firstname.lastname@example.orgAssociate Dean (Research) Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences | Her research interest include infant and child development, early intervention, parent well-being, consumer engagement and implementation email@example.comHead, Department of Physiotherapy | Research areas include movement and function across the lifespan in healthy people and those with neurological conditions including stroke, Parkinson’s disease, cerebral palsy and autism spectrum firstname.lastname@example.orgProfessor of Physiotherapy Rehabilitation | Research areas include neurological gait disorders, running, task-specific strength training and focal spasticity email@example.comLecturer | Research areas include stroke rehabilitation, balance training, falls prevention, motion-tracking technologies and firstname.lastname@example.orgClinical Research Fellow (Acute Cardiorespiratory) | Researching physical activity and exercise in cancer and critical illness; interested in quantitative and qualitative methodologies, co-design and email@example.comResearch Fellow | Research areas include early detection assessment and implementation of movement problems in high risk firstname.lastname@example.orgResearch Fellow | Research areas include the impact of developmental therapy and early intervention on brain development and rehabilitation in the newborn period and beyond, and the role parents play in delivering this email@example.comLecturer | Research areas including paediatrics, disability and inclusive participation in physical firstname.lastname@example.orgLecturer | Research interests include physical activity participation in early childhood, and long-term outcomes for infants born email@example.com
John CareyPhysiotherapist, Research Assistant & PhD Candidate | Research areas include child & youth disability, physical activity, participation, and community firstname.lastname@example.orgA/Professor Physiotherapy Western Health | Research interests include rehabilitation and fall prevention in older people and people with neurological email@example.comResearch Assistant | Areas of research include telehealth and implementation of health services to help improve the lives of those with chronic musculoskeletal pain (e.g. osteoarthritis)firstname.lastname@example.orgRedmond Barry Distinguished Professor, NHMRC Investigator Fellow and Dame Kate Campbell Fellow. Director of the Centre for Health, Exercise and Sports Medicine | Research focus is on the management of musculoskeletal conditions particularly email@example.com
Course Coordinator, MSW | Research areas include navigating complex service systems, disability and the NDIS, social work in the legal and justice systems and the impact of social policy on health and firstname.lastname@example.orgChair and Head, Department of Social Work, and Deputy Head, School of Health Sciences | Research interests include health, mental health and email@example.comAssociate Professor | Research areas include health, ageing and community firstname.lastname@example.orgResearch Fellow | Research areas include policy, program and practice implementation to improve the lives of people living with disability, and their families in their email@example.comProfessor - Direct Practice | Research areas include clarifying, measuring and evaluating the outcomes of social interventions in health and mental health, focusing on the contribution of formal and informal social network firstname.lastname@example.orgAssociate Professor in Social Work, Director of Learning and Teaching, MSHS | Research areas include impact of criminal justice system, trauma and mental health, alcohol and other drugs, domestic & family violence, children and families across borders and health/mental health in forensic email@example.comAssociate Professor | kNOwVAWdata; safe, ethical and inclusive measurement of violence against women and children with a focus in Asia and the Pacifick.firstname.lastname@example.orgProfessor | Dedicated to optimising the health of all family members where there is domestic and family email@example.comLecturer | Research areas include family adaptation in circumstances of adversity such as those which bring families into health settings as well as post-disaster recovery firstname.lastname@example.orgSenior Lecturer | Involved in Narrative Practice Research innovations (narrative therapy and community work in research) and collaborations with Insider/Peer researchers and First Nations email@example.com