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Current research

Information on current research projects can be obtained from our Research and Evaluation Unit on 02 8270 2381.

Stronger Together - A sustainable approach to meeting increasing demand (PDF)


Actuarial Modelling on the need and supply of disability services in NSW and the Lifespan Model on which Stronger Together Phase Two is based. Note that this is a work in progress that will be updated as additional data becomes available.

Community Transport improvement project

Sue Bristow, Valmar Support Service INC
To review community transport services in the Western Region, improve service delivery, with a focus on remote areas and people that are financially disadvantaged, socially excluded or living in disadvantaged localities. The project will also focus on the development of service improvement strategies for people from CALD and ATSI backgrounds. The review will also consider how transport integrates with National Disability Strategy, Non Government Organisations (NGOs) and other agencies who use transport for individuals within the HACC target group agreement services.


Michael Daniel, Price Waterhouse Cooper
To explore the feasibility of establishing a formal mediation system for resolving disputes between ADHC and parents in relation to the most appropriate support option for their child or young person with a disability

Core skills & development

Natalie Ferres, Bendelta
To research specific design criteria for frontline staff, frontline managers, middle managers and senior leaders' skills and development programs based on the ADHC capability matrix.

HACC future growth areas project-2009/2010

Sue Bristow, Valmar Support Service INC
To review areas of future growth in demand for Home And Community Care (HACC) services to support future investment decisions. There will be a specific focus on dementia, impact of an aging population and how HACC services can be better used to support families, carers and clients in the community. The project will also focus on the development of service improvement strategies for people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds. This project will also examine the relationship between HACC and National Disability Agreement services.

Ageing in place

Helen Favelle, Mercury Advisory
Examine the need and develop service response options as necessary to address the support needs of aging clients and carers in the accommodation system.

Review of community living in-home and drop-in accommodation support services in NSW

Helen Favelle, Mercury Advisory
The review will explore the current drop-in/in-home service system in NSW and produce a scoping paper and action plan which will develop a clearer understanding of the effectiveness and demographics of current services and models, and will facilitate more efficient model development, particularly in relation to non-24/7 accommodation support models.

Pilot study: minimum data set for disability, health and mental health services

Prof Julian Trollor, University of New South Wales
The University Chair and Intellectual Disability and Mental Health, will examine the feasibility of developing a Minimum Data Set (MDS) across disability, health and mental health services.

The efficacy of the Sensory Protocol

Lucinda Mora, Faculty of Health Science: Support for PhD Research
This research will investigate the efficacy of the Sensory Protocol for improving the functional performance of children and young people.

Where are teachers' voices?

Tania De Bortoli, University of Newcastle: Support for PhD Research
This research will explore speech pathologists' perceptions and experiences of collaborating with teachers and the role this plays in fostering communicative interactions for students with multiple severe disabilities.

Wobbly hob and double spokes model

Prof Craig Veitch, Faculty of Health Sciences University of Sydney
This research, to be conducted over four years, will generate evidence to confirm and develop evidence-based policies and evaluate their implementation in relation to the delivery of therapy services in rural and remote NSW.

Intellectual and other cognitive disability in the criminal justice system

A/Prof Eileen Baldry, University of NSW
This project will examine what pathways persons with cognitive disability take into and through the criminal justice system, the impact of various agencies and possible opportunities for intervention.

Health promotion and early ageing in people with intellectual Disability: implications for health service planning

A/Prof Lynette Lee, Centre for Education and Research on Ageing CERA
This project will quantify health service and support system needs of adults with an intellectual disability, in a defined geographical area, to assist in the planning of state-wide activities to promote the health of people with disabilities who are ageing.

Clinicians' Diagnostic and Clinical Reasoning Processes in Intellectual Disability

Peter Coslovich, Charles Stuart University
This research will investigate the phenomenon of diagnostic overshadowing in intellectual disability. This study particularly examines the decision making and cognitive reasoning processes of the clinician that can contribute to under diagnosis of psychiatric conditions.

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