Disability and mental health

The rights and needs of people with disabilities have been recognised in the goals for the United Nations agenda. The WHO and the World Bank ‘World Report on Disability’ emphasises the importance of providing equal access to healthcare, education and employment opportunities.

As an organisation at the nexus of research, teaching, policy and practice, we have an important role to playin innovation and knowledge translation in the field of disability and mental health.

Our researchers are working in disability and mental health to ensure that people living with a disability are living full and active lives. This includes engagement in life roles, work and social activities, environmental design, exercise and nutrition, mobility, neuropsychological ageing, and healthy and sustainable workforce participation.

Meet our researchers

Associate Professor Jen Smith-Merry

Associate Professor Jen Smith-Merry
Research leader

"Jen is Mental Health Stream Lead within the Centre for Disability Research and Policy. She leads a team of researchers in carrying out mental health service evaluation and exploring complex problems of mental health policy and service implementation, consumer experiences of health care and adverse events. She has received over $4 million in research funding for a wide variety of projects since 2011 and has led 10 of these projects. Jen’s research has a strong focus on ‘industry’ and she regularly collaborates with government and non-government organisations to provide practice-based solutions to complex service and policy needs."

Professor Roger Stancliffe

Professor Roger Stancliffe

"My research is making a positive difference to the lives of people with intellectual disability and their families."

"I am dedicated to ensuring that people with intellectual disability live the best life they can. This means active participation in all aspects of life and self-determination. These people deserve the very best health outcomes throughout their lives, whether that be in community living, everyday activities, transition to retirement, or end of life."

Centre for Disability Research and Policy

This centre brings together the University’s leading expertise within the disability field to create a greater understanding of disability. It also improves disability services and programs by increasing the use of evidence and research in policy decisions in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

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