Yooralla’s research program is focused on achieving better outcomes for Yooralla customers and carers, while also driving thought leadership to benefit people living with disability across Australia and internationally. Yooralla links with several leading universities and other organisations to advance disability-related research. We are undertaking the research projects set out below.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement in Disability Services

In 2018, Yooralla entered into a Collaborative Research Agreement with Swinburne University of Technology to undertake a project titled Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement in Disability Services. The project investigates how Yooralla can effectively and respectfully support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders living with disability. Under the guidance of the First Peoples Disability Network, this Indigenous-led multidisciplinary team is working to gain a better understanding of the barriers to accessing disability services experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The study’s principal investigator is Dr Justin Trounson, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow.

Understanding healthcare needs of people with intellectual disability

In December 2017, Yooralla entered into a Student Project Agreement with Swinburne University of Technology to provide a three-year PhD scholarship under the supervision of Associate Professor Elisabeth Lambert and Associate Professor Rachael McDonald. This program of research is designed to better understand the health issues, factors affecting health issues and the health-related needs of people with intellectual disability. This work is intended to guide health policy, service development and health promotion programs.

Improving the psychosocial well-being of families and carers

The Pursuit of Well-being Study is a National Health and Medical Research Council/Yooralla Partnership project involving researchers from the University of Melbourne, Deakin University, Monash University and Swinburne University. The study aims to trial a capacity building program that increases the self-efficacy of key workers to support the mental well-being of parents of a child with disability accessing Early Childhood Intervention Services.

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