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A better life for people with disabilities in Australia and abroad

Our centre aims to change the disadvantage that occurs for people with disabilities. We do this through addressing their social and economic participation in society, and their health and wellbeing. By focusing on data that demonstrates disadvantage, we can develop models of policy and practice to better enable support and opportunity for people with disabilities.

Latest Publications

Honey, A, Chesterman, S. Hancock, N. Llewellyn, G. Hazell, P. and Clarke S. Knowing What to Do and Being Able to Do It: Influences on Parent Choice and Use of Practices to Support Young People Living with Mental Illness. Community Mental Health Journal (Early online.) A parent’s response to a young person’s mental illness can influence their recovery and wellbeing. Many parents devote considerable time and energy to supporting a young person experiencing mental illness and engage in numerous different practices to do so. Yet little is known about why parents use particular practices. This article explores this question through qualitative analysis of parent perspectives.

Hindmarsh, G. Llwellyn, G. Emerson, E. Mothers with intellectual impairment and their 9-month-old infants. Few studies have utilised population-based data to examine the lives of families headed by parents with intellectual impairment. This study examined the health and social context of mothers with intellectual impairment compared with their peers without intellectual impairment, and the 9-month developmental outcomes of their infants. Read more here.

Fraser, G. Llewellyn, G. Good, Bad or Absent: Discourses of Parents with Disabilities in Australian News Media Public representation of people with disabilities is often controversial. All too often the message is that disability is a burden or in stark contrast people with disabilities are heroic and extraordinary. Parenting with a disability continues to confront public perceptions of who parents are and their parenting abilities. In this recently released early online paper, Dr Vikki Fraser and Professor Gwynnyth Llewellyn critically analyse major Australian newspapers critiquing the construction of parenting and disability, finding negative constructions of parenting and disability that undermine possibilities and opportunities for people with disabilities to fulfill this valued social role. Read this paper early online here.

During natural disasters, specific needs of people with disability are often unmet, leaving them vulnerable and unprotected.
Villeneuve, M. 'People with disability should be included as equal partners in disaster planning' - an article in The Conversation by Dr Michelle Villeneuve. During natural disasters, specific needs of people with disability are often unmet, leaving them vulnerable and unprotected. (Image from Florin C/www.shutterstock.com)

Llewellyn, G. Hindmarsh, G. Parents with intellectual disability in a population context by Gwynnyth Llewellyn and Gabrielle Hindmarsh. This paper reviews the current state of knowledge about parents and parenting with intellectual disability in a broader population context, taking the field forward from primarily reporting on parents already identified in clinical or service groups. Check out two other recent publications on population studies of parents with intellectual disability in Australia.

Man, N., Llewellyn, G., & Wade, C.Estimated prevalence and living circumstances of parents with intellectual disability in Australia from selected national surveys. This technical report details the processes undertaken to estimate the prevalence of parents with intellectual disability in the Australian population, their characteristics and living circumstance based on analysis of data available from Australian national surveys conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Man, N., Llewellyn, G., & Wade, C. The number and characteristics of parents with intellectual disability from Centrelink income support administrative data. This technical report details the processes undertaken to estimate the number of parents with intellectual disability on social security payments in Australia and their characteristics at a given time period.

Developmental Disability Graduation, 9 April, 2015

Developmental Disability Graduation

Course Director, Professor Roger Stancliffe with some of the graduates, standing in front of the sandstone of the University’s famous Quadrangle.

Twelve Masters / Graduate Certificate of Health Science (Developmental Disability) students graduated on 9 April. In addition, there were other DD students who were unable to be present in person, and who graduated in absentia. Students present travelled from as far afield as Hobart to receive their testamur. Warmest congratulations to all the graduates on their fine achievements.

As always, the graduation was held in the University of Sydney's magnificent Great Hall.

The ceremony was presided over by Faculty of Health Sciences Dean, Professor Kathryn Refshauge and Pro-Chancellor Mr Peter Fitzsimons AM who is a Fellow of the University of Sydney Senate.

The occasional speaker was Mr Jordan O’Reilly, Chair and Operations Director of Fighting Chance, a non-profit organisation which enriches the lives of young adults with significant disabilities.