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Establishment of University Chair

22 March 2013

Minister for Disability Services Andrew Constance has today announced $1.75 million for the establishment of the University Chair in Intellectual Disability and Behaviour Support at the University of NSW.

The University Chair will lead research in the field of behaviour support and seek to increase the capacity of a wide range of disciplines that work with people with an intellectual disability who have complex needs and challenging behaviours.

Practice in a broad range of disciplines such as special education, psychology, medicine, social work, health and law will benefit from the work of the University Chair.

"This is one of the key initiatives under Stronger Together 2, the NSW Government's $2 billion growth funding program for disability services," Mr Constance said

"The primary goal of the new position will be to expand the body of knowledge in the field of intellectual and cognitive disability and improve the ability of the various professional disciplines to work effectively with this key group of people."

Ageing, Disability and Home Care has identified the need to improve the capacity of the disability services sector including specialist practitioners that can deliver more effective services and support to people with an intellectual disability and complex and challenging behaviour.

"The University of NSW welcomes this collaborative partnership with the NSW Government and recognises the funding support provided over the next three years," said Vice-Chancellor Professor Fred Hilmer.


"The University offers a cross-disciplinary team of researchers from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, with minor partners being Psychology and Law. Together they demonstrate a rich engagement with intellectual disability teaching, research, policy and practice, and clinical work."

The Chair will initially be funded for three years and will work closely with the existing University Chair in Intellectual Disability/Mental Health, also based at the University of NSW and funded under Stronger Together.

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