As an evidence-based organisation, research is central at Yooralla.

Yooralla’s research program is focused on achieving better health and wellbeing outcomes for Yooralla customers and carers, while also driving thought leadership to benefit people living with disability across Australia and internationally.

In line with our Strategic Plan 2021–2024, our research program has the following objectives:

To grow our reputation as:

  • An important contributor and partner of choice in research
  • An employer that encourages employee participation in research
  • A trusted source of advice to regulators, advocacy groups and governments.

To use, participate in and lead research to:

  • Translate evidence into actionable insights for employees, customers and carers
  • Lead impactful research that matters to our customers and the broader community
  • Support research that informs the design or our current and future services.

To advocate for:

  • Customer-driven research and new ways to engage customers in research
  • Research in areas of importance to our customers and the broader disability community.

Yooralla links with several universities and other organisations to advance disability-related research, including the University of Melbourne, Monash University, Deakin University, Swinburne University of Technology, RMIT University and La Trobe University.

Yooralla’s publicly available research governance policy articulates the organisation's best-practice research processes from pre-approval through to publication and knowledge translation. Across the organisation, Yooralla is committed to continuous quality improvement to ensure that Yooralla becomes a true learning organisation.

To find our more about our past research projects please refer to the 'Reputation' section of any of our previous annual reports.

Key appointments

Dr Paul Ireland, Director - Policy, Compliance & Research

BSc(Hons), MSc, PhD

Paul is an experienced health researcher who has published in a range of areas including human nutrition, diabetes, cancer control and clinical practice improvement. As Director - Policy, Compliance & Research, Paul is performing the role of Research Governance Officer to foster a research culture and oversee the implementation of Yooralla’s research governance obligations, as described in Yooralla's research policy.

Brooke Treacher, Director – Strategy and Risk


Brooke joined Yooralla in September 2021, and brings over 20 years’ experience and leadership in the health sector, specialising in strategy and planning, external relations, complex project management and risk management. Prior to joining Yooralla, Brooke worked in the Victorian Department of Health, initially to oversee hospital incident management under the auspices of the Victorian Agency for Health Information, before assuming the role of manager of Research and Innovation in Digital Health. For over a decade, she was based at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, within which substantive roles included managing service and capital planning for the $1 billion Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, and being the Risk and Patient Safety Manager. Brooke has established relationships across the health sector, academia, industry, community and government, and has a track record in identifying and exploiting strategic opportunities, as well as in delivering complex, multi-sectoral, innovative and politically-sensitive projects.

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