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.
Through Yooralla's research agenda, Yooralla and its partners aim to achieve 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.
Yooralla links with several universities and other organisations to advance disability-related research, including the University of Melbourne, Monash University, Deakin University, the University of Queensland, Australian Catholic 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.
Rod Carracher – Chief Practitioner
With over 30 years’ experience in the human services sector and extensive experience in quality and practice leadership and management of large disability support programs within the government sector, Rod is well- placed to drive Yooralla's research program and support Yooralla’s transition into the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Dr Paul Ireland – Director of Quality
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 of Quality, 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.
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