The first ever World Report on Disability (WHO and World Bank, 2011), acknowledges that people with disabilities generally have poorer health, lower educational achievement, less economic participation and higher rates of poverty.

In March 2012, the faculty brought together its expensive expertise in the disability field to form the Centre for Disability Research and Policy. Through the Centre our researchers aim to influence policy and practice to make a lasting difference in the lives of people with disability.

Left: Opening panel from the Symposium on the World Report on Disability, 5-6 December 2011

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Professor Gwynnyth Llewellyn is Professor of Family and Disability Studies and Director of the Centre for Disability Research and Policy. She is an international leading authority on family and disability. More recently her work focuses on the health and wellbeing of women, children and youth with disabilities in low and middle income countries and building capacity in disability and development research in Asia and the Pacific region. Professor Llewellyn also plays an active role in World Health Organization work related to the disability and rehabilitation.

World Report on Disability

The first ever World Report on Disability, jointly produced by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank, notes that more than a billion people in the world today experience disability. The report provides the best available evidence about what works to overcome barriers to health care, rehabilitation, education, employment, and support services, to obtain appropriate data, and to create the environments which will enable people with disabilities to flourish.

In December 2011 the University of Sydney, in co-sponsorship with the World Health Organization, held a symposium to discuss a way forward for Asia and the Pacific Region. The outcome is the Sydney Commitment on Disability Research.