Disability and Inclusion

Determinants of Health

The Disability and Inclusion research stream in Determinants of Health provides high quality research and education on the benefits of inclusive practice and action for people living with disability.

The Disability and Inclusion research stream is led by an interdisciplinary team united in its commitment to ensuring that philosophies of inclusion and participation underpin its teaching, research and service. We do this by working alongside people with lived experiences of disability from diverse backgrounds, ensuring that the perspectives of people with disability are the key driver of all our research and teaching activities.

Using inclusive and participatory research approaches and an intersectional framework, our research is informed by the lived experiences of people with disabilities, including people with complex communication and support needs, and those from LGBTQI, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and refugee communities.

Our Disability and Inclusion research stream leader is Associate Professor Angela Dew. Email: angela.dew@deakin.edu.au

  • About us

    The Disability and Inclusion team is based within Deakin’s School of Health and Social Development in the Faculty of Health. We have strong connections with people with disabilities and the broader disability community who we work with to identify areas of research that will inform a human rights approach to disability and inclusion. As researchers, we’re constantly finding new ways to develop inclusive practices and outcomes for everyone, with the aim to create a more informed society about the barriers still challenging people living with disability.

    Our research interests include: sexuality; abuse prevention; augmentative and alternative communication; dysphagia and swallowing; employment; supported decision making; planning; complex support needs; human rights and disability; the intersection between health and disability; and assistive technology.

    The Disability and Inclusion team direct and teach in several courses at Deakin, including an undergraduate major and minor pathway of Disability and Inclusion in the Bachelor of Health Sciences degree, the Graduate Certificate of Disability and Inclusion, and the Master of Disability and Inclusion.

    We acknowledge the founding role of Professor Susan Balandin, Inaugural Chair in Disability and Inclusion at Deakin. Appointed in 2014, Professor Balandin oversaw the establishment of the postgraduate Disability and Inclusion teaching program and extended Deakin’s strong disability profile. Professor Balandin, who retired in 2020, worked in the disability sector, as a speech pathologist, teacher and researcher, for almost 50 years demonstrating a career-long commitment to enhancing the lives of people with lifelong disability who have complex communication needs with a particular focus on ageing.

  • Our research

    LGBTIQA+ people with disability

    • Co-developing information with LGBTIQA+ people with intellectual disabilities to support inclusion: This project is being undertaken in partnership with Inclusion Melbourne and Thorne Harbor Health and is funded through the NDIA ILC community capacity building grants. The project aims to work with people with intellectual disabilities, community professionals and advocates to understand the best ways to co-develop and disseminate information to enable participation and inclusion of LGBTIQA+ people with intellectual disabilities as full citizens in their communities. Deakin Disability and Inclusion team researchers: Dr Amie O’Shea.

              Deakin Disability and Inclusion team contact: Dr Amie O’Shea
              Email: amie.oshea@deakin.edu.au 

    • Experiences of LGBTIQ people with disability: This one year project is funded by Pride Foundation and aims to articulate the lived experiences of LGBTIQ people with disability living in Victoria. Working with peer researchers, it will explore and document the experiences, connections and challenges described by people who are both LGBTIQ and have a disability. It will also contribute to our understanding of the roles of people in research about them – in this case through the work of LGBTIQ people with disability as peer researchers on the project.

              Deakin Disability and Inclusion team contact: Dr Amie O’Shea
              Email: amie.oshea@deakin.edu.au

    • Evaluating LGBTIQ+ disability capacity building: This project will evaluate the Disability Capacity Building project held at Thorne Harbour Health in partnership with Inclusion Melbourne. Funded by the Information, Linkages and Capacity Building Grants Program run by the National Disability Insurance Agency, the project works with a group of LGBTIQ+ people with disability to co-design activities and resources to build and teach self-advocacy skills. The evaluation will be conducted by Deakin research staff, including LGBTIQ people with disability.

              Deakin Disability and Inclusion team contact: Dr Amie O’Shea
              Email: amie.oshea@deakin.edu.au

    • Information resources for the inclusion of LGBTIQA+ people with intellectual disability: Led by Dr Amie O’Shea in partnership with Inclusion Melbourne and Thorne Harbour Health, this three year project is funded by the Information, Linkages and Capacity Building Grants Program run by the National Disability Insurance Agency. It aims to ensure LGBTIQA+ people with intellectual disability are connected to services and can confidently take their place alongside other Australians. This will be achieved through the co-production of information resources, and a secondary objective to build the capacity of community, businesses and a wide range of sectors so they are well equipped to support and include LGBTIQA+ people with intellectual disability.

              Deakin Disability and Inclusion team contact: Dr Amie O’Shea
              Email: amie.oshea@deakin.edu.au 

    Sexual Lives and Respectful Relationships

    • Connecting young people with intellectual disability for improved wellbeing and community connection: A focus on relationships and sexuality: Endeavour Foundation Disability Research Grant. (2020-2021). O’Shea, A., Dew, A.,  Wellington, M. & Frawley, P.
    • Researching sexuality and relationships rights with people with disabilities: This research program spans over ten years and is based on narrative research with people with disabilities exploring how to progress sexuality rights through a peer led community program that partners with people with intellectual disabilities and community health professionals. Research is undertaken in the program sites across Australia and includes the Synapse sexuality and people with ABI program, the LGBTIQ program and six regional sites that co-develop and co-deliver programs developing knowledge about peer education and sexuality with people with intellectual disabilities. Visit: https://www.slrr.com.au/

            Deakin Disability and Inclusion team contact: Dr Amie O’Shea
            Email: amie.oshea@deakin.edu.au

    People with disability from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds

    This is a developing area of research which aims to understand the issues experienced by people with disability from refugee or asylum seeker backgrounds.

    Deakin Disability and Inclusion team researchers: Associate Professor Angela Dew, Dr Jo Watson, Honorary Professor Kelley Johnson

    Deakin Disability and Inclusion team contact:  Associate Professor Angela Dew
    Email: angela.dew@deakin.edu.au

    • Women marginalised by mental health, disability or refugee status: Women impacted by mental illness, disability or refugee status are among society’s most vulnerable and disenfranchised groups. Such women can experience significant social exclusion, marginalisation and stigma, associated with reduced help-seeking, deprivation of dignity and human rights, and threats to health, wellbeing and quality of life. However, many women demonstrate resilience and agency, associated with positive health outcomes. This research will identify how women negotiate stigma and potential marginalisation, to inform health policy, and target interventions for vulnerable women, generating much-needed insight on women’s embodiment of stigma, and strategies to cope with, negotiate, and resist their stigmatised identities.
      Funded by: Australian Research Council Discovery grant (DP200100597) 2020 – 2023
      Chief Investigators: Professor Katherine Boydell, Black Dog Institute and UNSW Sydney; Associate Professor Caroline Lenette, UNSW Sydney; Associate Professor Angela Dew, Deakin University; Professor Jane Ussher, Western Sydney University; Dr Julia Lappin, UNSW Sydney; Dr Ruth Wells, UNSW Sydney; Professor Jill Bennett, UNSW Sydney.

              Deakin Disability and Inclusion team contact: Associate Professor Angela Dew
              Email: angela.dew@deakin.edu.au

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability

    • Planning for a better life under the National Disability Insurance Scheme: Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people with disability living in rural and remote communities have the right to access services to live inclusive lives. Australian disability policy has been reformed through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). People who access the NDIS are required to complete a personalised service plan. Despite these reforms, people in rural and remote communities experience many challenges with the Scheme. In this research, we will elicit peoples’ experiences of engaging with Local Area Coordinators (LAC) and NDIS-approved Planners in rural and remote communities. We will identify the workforce needs of LACs and Planners to meet the needs of rural and remote Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people with disabilities.
      Funded by: Australian Research Council Discovery Indigenous grant (IN190100041) 2019 – 2021 Chief Investigators: Associate Professor John Gilroy, The University of Sydney; Professor Michelle Lincoln, University of Canberra; Associate Professor Angela Dew, Deakin University; Ms Heather Jensen, The Flinders University of South Australia; Dr Kim Bulkeley, The University of Sydney.

              Deakin Disability and Inclusion team contact:  Associate Professor Angela Dew
              Email: angela.dew@deakin.edu.au

    Inclusive employment

    • Diversity Field Officer (DFO) Service: Given that the unemployment rate amongst people with disability is more than double the rate of unemployment amongst the rest of the Australian population, the DFO service was designed to build the confidence of small and medium sized businesses to create employment opportunities for people with disability. Starting as a pilot project in partnership with the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) in Geelong in 2015, the project’s successes have carried into its fifth year of service with 2020 involving an expansion into Western Australia.

             Deakin Disability and Inclusion team contact: Dr Kevin Murfitt
             Email: kevin.murfitt@deakin.edu.au 

    Inclusive education

    • Reflective self-disclosure in the online learning environmentCRADLE: Through this research we are investigating the role of teacher self-disclosure (the sharing of personal information) in an online tertiary setting. The project incorporates a systematic review of literature on teacher self-disclosure in tertiary education. We are also exploring how teachers and students understand the phenomenon of educator self-disclosure, including disability disclosures, and the impact this has for trust, relationships, and overall learning outcomes.

              Deakin Disability and Inclusion team contact: Kate Anderson
              Email: kate.anderson2@deakin.edu.au   

    Supported decision making for people with disability

    • Health professionals’ perspectives concerning people with severe and profound intellectual disability and end-of-life decision making: Due to developments in health and social care, people with intellectual disability (ID) are living longer than ever before. An increase in life expectancy means that people with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities (PIMD) are now frequently outliving their family carers, resulting in a greater occurrence of them dying with the support of palliative care services. Physicians and other health professionals can play a central role in providing palliative care and are often key members of a person’s circle of support. This project therefore explores health professional’s perspectives and practices concerning people with PIMD, particularly in relation to end-of-life decision making and planning.

              Deakin Disability and Inclusion team contact: Dr Joanne Watson
              Email: joanne.watson@deakin.edu.au

    • HOME a Deakin University Research Hub – Providing evidence-based, community-tailored housing and social inclusion strategies: HOME is an interdisciplinary group of 30 Deakin researchers. Working with local communities, we co-design solutions to complex problems of affordable housing, homelessness and social inclusion. The HOME team has expertise across design, architecture, health, homelessness, disability, accessibility and universal design, indigenous communities, human geography, place-making, anthropology, systems thinking, community engagement, the arts, policy, law, property and economics. Visit http://deakinhomeresearchhub.com/why-home/

              Deakin Disability and Inclusion researchers: Dr Kevin Murfitt

              Contact: Professor Richard Tucker Email: richard.tucker@deakin.edu.au

    Designing, understanding and implementing Assistive Technologies

    • Parent capacity building in Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) through group workshops: Children and adults with significant communication disability often benefit from Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) methods, including communication books, boards and speech-generating devices. The important role carers play in the successful integration of AAC at home is widely recognised; additionally carers are often the primary advocate for AAC system uptake in school and community settings.  If carers lack confidence, support, or capacity in these important roles, AAC and other assistive technology devices are likely to be abandoned. This research is exploring the impact of a workshop-based coaching program (“Learning to Speak their Language”) on Victorian carers’ capacity and confidence to use AAC at home, and to advocate for AAC supports. The study is also exploring changes in communication between people who use AAC and their carers following the workshop program.

              Deakin Disability and Inclusion team contact: Dr Kate Anderson
              Email: kate.anderson2@deakin.edu.au

    • Smart Home Technology on the lives of people with severe intellectual disability: This research focuses on the needs of complex support needs of people living with severe intellectual disability, acquired brain injury and cerebral palsy and the potential positive impacts of smart-home technology. The availability of smart-home technology may increase the quality of life of people with disabilities while reducing the physical and emotional burden on caregivers by promoting efficiency of care. Despite increases in the development of this technology, evidence is still lacking as to their value for people with disabilities and these who provide them with support. The researchers aim to evaluate the impact of smart home technologies in a new residential setting in metropolitan Melbourne operated by St John of God, a disability service provider.

              Deakin Disability and Inclusion team contact: Mr Pearse Fay
              Email: pearse.fay@deakin.edu.au

     

  • Our teaching

    We  direct and teach in several courses at Deakin, including an undergraduate major and minor pathway of Disability and Inclusion in  the Bachelor of Health Sciences degree, the Graduate Certificate of Disability and Inclusion, and the Master of Disability and Inclusion.

    The undergraduate pathway has been part of the Bachelor of Health Sciences since the course was first offered by Deakin in 1997. Over the past 20 years, the pathway has undergone significant evolution, arriving at the current set of six units guided by the Social and Human Rights models of disability, examining contemporary issues in disability studies and inclusive practice.

    The postgraduate courses in Disability and Inclusion are more recent with the Graduate Certificate introduced in 2016, and the Masters introduced in 2018. Deakin’s fully online Disability and Inclusion postgraduate courses offer a contemporary learning experience in critical disability theory, research and practice, with a strong focus on human rights and  the lived experience of disability. Both courses offer students’ unique experiences with cloud content delivered and facilitated by guest lecturers including colleagues with disabilities and their supporters.

    Undergraduate courses

    Offered as both a major and minor, the undergraduate pathway encompasses high-quality teaching and content, delivered in flexible, on-campus and online modes. The units have a strong focus on the lived experience of disability and provide opportunities for students to connect with people who have relevant experience.

    The aim of the pathway is to equip students with the skills and knowledge needed for them to pursue professional employment in the disability, health and community sectors. Across the units, students explore strategies to overcome the social and structural barriers that contribute to disability. Students can apply the knowledge and skills developed in inclusive communication, inclusive services, advocacy and human rights to their future workplaces alongside the knowledge and skills gained in other majors and disciplines. Find out more here.

    Postgraduate courses

    Our Disability and Inclusion postgraduate courses offer students a contemporary learning experience in disability theory and practice. Delivered in a flexible, part-time, online mode, the courses equip students with the academic knowledge needed to pursue professional work in the disability and related health and community sectors. Mentorship further underpins these courses, encouraging students to have one-on-one contact with lecturers, creating a personalised approach to learning, and fostering a high degree of connection between the courses’ content, the students’ life and work experiences and the expertise of the teaching staff. The courses have a strong focus on the lived experience of disability, offering students’ unique experiences with cloud content delivered and facilitated by guest lecturers with disabilities and their supporters.

    Find out more:
    Graduate Certificate in Disability and Inclusion
    Master of Disability and Inclusion

  • Our team

    Academic team:

    Dr Kate Anderson is a Senior Lecturer and the Course Director for the Bachelor of Health Sciences. She teaches a number of undergraduate and postgraduate disability subjects. Kate grew up in a family of educators and is driven by her passion for inclusive and equitable learning across the lifespan. Kate initially trained as a speech pathologist, working for six years as a specialist in the areas of cerebral palsy, autism and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). She researches how families value and learn to use assistive technology in their home environments. She also researches online teaching and learning practices in tertiary and community education settings, and holds a fellowship with Deakin’s Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE).

    Email: kate.anderson2@deakin.edu.au
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kate-anderson-0181a2147/
    ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Kate_Anderson2
    Twitter: @SpeechPathKate

    “Students are the future of our field. Every year when I watch our students graduate into their new work as empowered, resourceful, compassionate, inclusive and progressive agents of change, I know I have the best job in the world.”

    Associate Professor Angela Dew is a sociologist with almost 40 years experience in the disability sector as a direct service provider, manager and researcher. Her research relates to people with cognitive disability and complex needs, and focuses on understanding the lived experience of people with disability and their families, with a particular interest in rural and regional communities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and people from a refugee background. Angela is experienced in policy analysis and engaging policy makers in bridging the research divide through knowledge translation. She is also experienced in the use of arts-based research methods. Angela teaches in the postgraduate Masters of Disability and Inclusion, and also contributes content to several of the undergraduate units. Angela is co-discipline lead of Disability and Inclusion with Associate Professor Patsie Frawley.

    Email: angela.dew@deakin.edu.au
    ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Angela_Dew2

    “My fundamental belief that all people are entitled to fairness, equity and a good life drives my research and teaching interests and passions.”

    Dr Kevin Murfitt AM, who has more than 20 years’ experience in advancing social inclusion of people with disability, lectures and chairs units in Diversity at Work, The Inclusive Practitioner and Human Rights and Advocacy. Kevin’s research interests include employment for people with disability, and community attitudes towards people with disability. His recent projects include the Accessible and Inclusive Geelong project, the Diversity Fieldwork Officer (DFO) project, and Voices of Children with Disability (Papua New Guinea). He was Chair of Vision Australia from 2005 to 2015, and is a passionate advocate for access to all areas of community life for people with disability. In 2017, Kevin was recognised for his services to the blindness and low vision community in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).

    Email: kevin.murfitt@deakin.edu.au
    ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Kevin_Murfitt

    “Disability is part of the natural diversity in our community, and what disables people are attitudinal and structural barriers resulting from a lack of flexibility and inclusion to accommodate our diversity.”

    Dr Amie O’Shea’s research and teaching takes a poststructuralist approach to sexuality and gender for people with intellectual disability, and continues the search for meaningful and collaborative research methodologies. Amie’s previous research projects have included adapting the Sexual Lives and Respectful Relationships program for LGBTIQ people with intellectual disability, and people with acquired brain injury. She currently leads two research projects, one to look at the experiences of LGBTIQA+ people with disability in Victoria, and a three year ILC funded project to develop information resources for LGBTIQA+ people with intellectual disability. Amie is an Auslan interpreter, and unit chair for Communication and Diversity and Ethics: Frameworks and Decisions.

    Email: amie.oshea@deakin.edu.au
    Twitter: @AmieOShea

    “Disability teaching and research must embrace the multiple positionalities negotiated by people with disability. To talk about disability is to talk about sexuality, race, gender, class and more. To think about disability requires us to understand the power relations from which it is constructed, and outside which, I believe, it may also be differently known.”

    Dr Joanne Watson is a speech pathologist and researcher with over 30 years of experience in the disability sector as a clinician, trainer, support worker, family member and researcher. Jo has worked in Australia, China, Hong Kong and the United States. Jo has a special interest in working with and supporting people with severe to profound intellectual disability and their supporters, augmentative and alternative communication, assistive technology, supported decision-making, and the application of digital technologies in her teaching and practice. In the undergraduate pathway, Jo teaches content on supported decision making and person-centred planning in Inclusive Services. She’s also the course director for the Graduate Certificate of Disability and Inclusion.

    Email: joanne.watson@deakin.edu.au
    ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jo_Watson3
    Twitter: @JoWat

    “Disability is simply a part of the rich and diverse human condition. For me, it highlights the reality that each of us is unique with individual talents and needs. We are fortunate to be living in a time where humanity is increasingly embracing and celebrating this reality.”

    Honorary Associates:

    Honorary Professor Kelley Johnson
    Professor Johnson (BA, MA, PhD) is an internationally recognised scholar in the fields of disability, institutional closure, social inclusion, rights and gender. She currently holds two honorary professorships at Deakin University and UNSW in Australia. She has researched and authored extensively in the field of disability with particular focus on people with intellectual disabilities. Her research is applied and aims to better understand the barriers that people with disabilities encounter in living good lives and to ensure that their voice is heard in policies and practice relating to issues central to their wellbeing. Email: kelley.johnson@deakin.edu.au

    Dr Scott Avery
    Dr Avery, Senior Lecturer in Social Work and Community Welfare at Western Sydney University, is a proud Worimi man who is profoundly deaf. He has undertaken extensive community-based research into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a disability, culminating in the publication of a research monograph in 2018 titled “Culture is Inclusion: A narrative of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability”. He completed a PhD on the health and social inequalities experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability.
    Email: S.Avery@westernsydney.edu.au

    Dr Brigit Mirfin-Veitch
    Dr Mirfin-Veitch is Director of the Donald Beasley Institute (DBI), an independent disability research institute in Dunedin, New Zealand. She is a sociologist, with a strong interest in understanding the social lives of people with learning disability and is committed to initiating and achieving social change through research. Her research covers a wide range of topics, but she is particularly focused on access to justice issues, parenting by people with a learning disability, and wellbeing. She is also a Senior Research Fellow with the Centre for Postgraduate Nursing Studies, University of Otago.
    Email: bmirfin-veitch@donaldbeasley.org.nz

    Research staff:

    Jenny Crosbie
    Since 2004, Jenny has been employed as a Research Fellow at Deakin in the School of Psychology and the School of Health and Social Development. In 2013-14, Jenny coordinated a University-wide disability initiative Disability@Deakin. She has undertaken research related to people with disability and reintegration of people leaving prison and teaches in the disability major pathway. She is currently a PhD student at Swinburne University, studying the experience of young people with intellectual disability in relation to economic participation, and Unit Chair of Inclusive Services. Email: jennifer.crosbie@deakin.edu.au

    Monica Wellington
    Monica has a Bachelor of Health Sciences and Master of Dietetics from Deakin. She has worked as a research assistant and Associate Research Fellow in the Disability and Inclusion team with Associate Professor Patsie Frawley since 2016, coordinating research and program development nationally for the Sexual Lives and Respectful Relationships program and working on data collection and analysis in research projects on disability, sexuality and relationships. She is a sessional marker for Disability and Inclusion undergraduate units and is a Dietitian in private practice with a particular interest in health and nutrition for people with disability. Email: monica.wellington@deakin.edu.au

    Research students:
    The Disability and Inclusion stream offers a unique and specialised PhD program lead by expert supervisors that can be tailored to individual student needs through Deakin’s Faculty of Health’s PhD Xtra program.

    Current PhD students

    Deakin students
    Emmanuel Bassey: “Implementing social competence interventions in vision rehabilitation: An approach to enhance social capital.” (Supervisors: Dr Kevin Murfitt, Dr Kate Anderson and Professor Erin Wilson)

    Phuong Do: “Understanding the influence of contextual factors in the school environment on wellbeing and safety: A photovoice study with adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder.” (Supervisors: Associate Professor Patsie Frawley (University of Waikato, NZ), Associate Professor Sophie Goldingay, Dr Amie O’Shea)

    Christina Nayoan: “Exploring knowledge of reproductive health and sources of information related to reproductive health among junior high school female students in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia.” (Supervisors: Professor Jo Williams and Associate Professor Elizabeth Hoban)

    Valerie Watchorn: How can people who experience disability participate in co-design processes to improve the universal design of Australian public built environments?” (Supervisors: Professor Richard Tucker, School of Engineering and Built Environment and Associate Professor Patsie Frawley, University of Waikato, NZ)

    External students
    Jane Adams: (enrolled at UNSW Sydney) “The value in the network: How parents of primary school-aged children with disability use services and supports.” (Supervisors: Professor Leanne Dowse and Associate Professor Angela Dew)

    Bernadette Curryer: (enrolled at The University of Sydney) “Self-determination of adults with intellectual disability within the context of family relationships.” (Supervisors: Professor Roger Stancliffe, Associate Professor Angela Dew and Dr Michele Wiese)

    Peter Conway: (enrolled at UNSW Sydney) “Factors that influence behaviour support practitioner decisions regarding restrictive practices within behaviour support plans for NDIS participants.” (Supervisors: Professor Leanne Dowse and Associate Professor Angela Dew)

    Diane Macdonald: (enrolled at UNSW Sydney) “’Through my eyes’: Identity, inclusion and women with physical and/or sensory disability.” (Supervisors: Professor Katherine Boydell and Associate Professor Angela Dew)

    Simone Rowe: (enrolled at UNSW Sydney) “Disabling criminalisation: An examination of the criminalisation of people with cognitive impairment.” (Supervisors: Professor Leanne Dowse and Associate Professor Angela Dew) 

    Eleanor Watson: (enrolled at Flinders University) Eleanor is currently investigating the mental health literacy of people with complex communication needs (CCN) and their everyday communication partners (Supervisors: Associate Professor Pammi Raghavendra, Professor Sharon Lawn and Dr Joanne Watson)

    Rachel Wotton: (enrolled at Western Sydney University) “Sex work, sex workers and clients with disability.” (Supervisors: Dr Debra Keenahan, Dr Leigha Dark and Dr Amie O’Shea)

    Current HDR students
    Ife Adesina: (School of Psychology) “Understanding factors that influence the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people with disabilities and developmental challenges.” (Supervisors: Professor Nicole Rinehart, Associate Professor Angela Dew, Associate Professor James Charles and Dr Ana Mantilla) 

    Sarah Driscoll: “Supporting conversations and learning with people with intellectual disability about their sexuality and relationship rights.” (Supervisor: Dr Amie O’Shea)

    Jessica Hall: “Information resources supporting inclusion for LGBTIQA+ people with intellectual disability.” (Supervisor: Dr Amie O’Shea)

    Current Honours/Major project students 

    Paige Kernebone: “Girls who play football in regional Victoria: Understanding how they perceive their physical selves and the role of AFLW” (Supervisors: Dr Amie O’Shea and Associate Professor Lisa Barnett)

    Lenni Makore: “Transition to retirement support among older people with lifelong disability in Victorian Australian Disability Enterprises: A service provider perspective” (Supervisors: Dr Kate Anderson and Dr Kevin Murfitt)

    Previous Honours students
    Grace MacArthur: “Women with a Disability: Promoting Rights to Access Violence, Sexuality and Relationship Services” (Supervisors: Dr Amie O’Shea and Associate Professor Patsie Frawley)

  • Feature publications/reports

    Dr Kate Anderson
    Anderson, K. L., & Balandin, S. (2019). Kicking a Goal for Inclusion in Sports Clubs and Stadia. In S. Halder, & V. Argyropoulos (Eds.), Inclusion, Equity and Access for Individuals with Disabilities: Insights from Educators across World (pp. 297-316). Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan. DOI: 10.1007/978-981-13-5962-0_15.

    Hitch, D., Brown, P., Macfarlane, S., Watson, J., Dracup, M. & Anderson, K. (2019). The Transition to Higher Education: Applying Universal Design for Learning to Support Student Success. In S. Braken, & K. Novak (Eds.), Transforming Higher Education through Universal Design for Learning: An International Perspective. (pp. 84-100). CRC Press.

    Anderson, K L. (2016) Research to Action Guide: Communication First Principles. Centre for Applied Disability Research. Available at www.cadr.org.au

    Anderson, K. L., Balandin, S., & Stancliffe, R. J. (2016). “It’s got to be more than that”. Parents and speech-language pathologists discuss training content for families with a new speech generating device. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 11(5), 375-384.

    Associate Professor Angela Dew
    MacDonald, D., Dew, A., & Boydell, K. (2020). Structuring photovoice for community impact: A protocol for research with women with disability. Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 21(2), Article 16.

    Gilroy, J., Dew, A., Barton, R., Ryall, L., Lincoln, M., Taylor, K., Jensen, H., Flood, V., & McCrae, K. (2020). Environmental and systemic challenges to delivering services for Aboriginal adults with a disability in Central Australia. Disability and Rehabilitation, Early Online, 1-11.  

    Curryer, B., Stancliffe, R., Wiese, M., & Dew, A. (2020). The experience of mothers supporting self-determination of adult sons and daughters with intellectual disability. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 33(3), 373-385. 

    Dew, A., Barton, R., Gilroy, J., Ryall, L., Lincoln, M., Jensen, H., Flood, V., Taylor, K., & McCrae, K. (2019). Importance of Land, family and culture for a good life: Remote Aboriginal people with disability and carers. Australian Journal of Social Issues, Early Online, 1-22. 

    Dr Kevin Murfitt
    Taylor, S. E., Balandin, S., Wilson, E., & Murfitt, K. (2019). Customer service communication with customers with disability. Journal of consumer marketing, 36(1), 228-239. 

    Murfitt, K., Crosbie, J., Zammit, J., Williams, G. (2018). Employer engagement in disability employment: a missing link for small to medium organizations-a review of the literature. Journal of vocational rehabilitation, 48(3), 417-431. 

    Jenkin, E., Wilson, E., Murfitt, K., Clarke, M., Campain, R. (2017). Listening to the voices of children: understanding the human rights priorities of children with disability in Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea. Disability and Society, 32(3), 358–380. 

    Jenkin, E., Wilson, E., Clarke, M., Murfitt, K., & Campain, R. (2017). ‘Understanding the human rights of children with disability. A Melanesian Case Study’, in S. Kenny, B. McGrath, & R. Phillips (Eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Community Development: Perspectives from Around the Globe. Routledge.

    Dr Amie O’Shea
    Frawley, P., & O’Shea, A. (2019). Sexual Lives & Respectful Relationships for LGBTIQ people with intellectual disability. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 63(7), 863.

    Frawley, P., & O’Shea, A. (2018). Sexual Lives & Respectful Relationships: A rights based approach. Intellectual Disability Australasia, 39, 22-24. 

    O’Shea, A., & Frawley, P. (2019). Gender, sexuality and relationships for young Australian women with intellectual disability. Disability & Society

    O’Shea, A., Frawley, P., Leahy, J., & Nguyen, H. (2019). A critical appraisal of sexuality and relationships programs for people with acquired brain injury. Sexuality & Disability, 35(4), 654-675. 

    Dr Joanne Watson
    Dee-Price, B. J. M., Hallahan, L., Nelson Bryen, D., & Watson, J. M. (2020). Every voice counts: exploring communication accessible research methods. Disability & Society, 1-25. 

    Watson, J., Voss, H., & Bloomer, M. J. (2019). Placing the Preferences of People with Profound Intellectual and Multiple Disabilities: At the Center of End-of-Life Decision Making Through Storytelling. Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 44(4), 267–279. 

    Watson, J. (2019). The role of speech-language pathology in supporting legal capacity. Journal of Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology, 21(1), pp.25-28. 

    Watson, J., Wilson, E., & Hagiliassis, N. (2017). Supporting end of life decision making: Case studies of relational closeness in supported decision making for people with severe or profound intellectual disability. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 30(6), 1022–1034. 

    Other research outputs
    Ted Inspired Talk at Financial Counselling Australia Conference 2016 – Joanne Watson

    Dance Interview with Melinda Smith and Dianne Reid

    CDLP Summer School 2017: Joanne Watson

    Balandin, S., & Anderson, K. L. (2017). Language and Augmentative and Alternative Communication. In V. Reed (ed.), An Introduction to Children with Language Disorders (5th Ed.). Pearson/Allyn and Bacon. 

    Bigby, C., & Frawley, P. (2010). Social work and intellectual disability: Working for change. London: Palgrave MacMillan.

    Bigby, C., & Frawley, P. (2015). Conceptualising inclusive research: a participatory research approach with people with an intellectual disability Paradigm or method. In G. Higginbottom, & Liamputtong. P (Eds.), Participatory qualitative research methods in health. London: SAGE 

    Boydell, K.M., Collings, S., Dew, A., Senior, K., & Smith, L. (in press, submitted October 2019). Chapter 2, Applying body mapping to research with marginalised and vulnerable groups. In Boydell, Katherine M. (Ed). Applying Body Mapping in Research: An Arts-Based Method. London: Routledge.

    Crosbie, J., Murfitt, K., Hayward, S., & Wilson, E. (2019). Literature Review: Employment and Economic Participation of People with Disability A Report Commissioned by the National Disability Insurance Agency. NDIS Participant Employment Task Force Deakin University, Burwood Australia.

    Curryer, B., Dew, A., Stancliffe, R., & Wiese, M. (2020). Adults with intellectual disability: Choice and control in the context of family. In R.J. Stancliffe, M.L. Wehmeyer, K.A. Shogren, & B.H. Abery (Eds.), Choice, preference, and disability: Promoting self-determination across the lifespan. New York: Springer. 

    Dew, A., Tewson, A., Curryer, B., & Dillon Savage, I. (in press, submitted October 2019). Chapter 6, The logistics of making and preserving body maps as research data. In Boydell, Katherine M. (Ed). Applying Body Mapping in Research: An Arts-Based Method. London: Routledge.

    Frawley, P., & Bigby B (2014). ‘Molly is just like me’ – Peer education and life stories in Sexuality and Relationship Programs in Australia. In R. Chapman, S. Ledger, L. Townson, & D. Docherty (Eds.), Sexuality and relationships in the lives of people with intellectual: Standing in my shoes. London: Jessica Kingsley 

    Frawley, P., & O’Shea, A. (2019). Peer education: a platform for sexuality rights advocacy for women with intellectual disabilities. In K. Soldatic & K. Johnson (Eds.), Global Perspectives on Disability Activism and Advocacy (pp. 126-141). United Kingdom: Routledge. 

    Frawley, P., Bigby, C., Banfield, D., Blythman., Rosengrave, J., Hiscoe, A., & Slattery, J (2013). Reinforce self-advocacy: Speaking up over the years. LaTrobe University, Melbourne 

    Hitch, D., Brown, P., Macfarlane, S., Watson, J., Dracup, M. & Anderson, K. (2019). The Transition to Higher Education: Applying Universal Design for Learning to Support Student Success. In Transforming Higher Education Through Universal Design for Learning: An International Perspective. (Eds. S. Braken & K. Novak). p. 84-100. CRC Press. 

    Jenkin, E., Wilson, E., Clarke, M., Murfitt, K., & Campain, R. (2018). Beyond childhood, disability and colonialist theory: young children with disability in developing countries can tell their own stories. In M. Twomey & C. Carroll (Eds.), Seen and heard: an interdisciplinary exploration of researching children’s participation, engagement and voice, Peter Lang.

    O’Shea, A., & Frawley, P. (In Press). “That’s my story”: Transforming sexuality education for and with people with an intellectual disabilities. In R. Shuttleworth & L. R. Mona (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Disability and Sexuality.

    Pepin, G., & Watson, J et al. (2010). Chapter 20: Ethical and Supported Decision-Making. In K. Stagnitti, A. Schoo & D. Welch (Eds.), Clinical and fieldwork placement in the health professions. Oxford, Oxford University Press: 263-280.

    Pepin, G., Watson, J., Hagiliassis, N., & Larkin, H. (2013). Chapter 12: Supporting People’s Decision- making. In K. Stagnitti, A. Schoo & D. Welch (Eds.), Clinical and Fieldwork Placement in the Health Professionals. Melbourne: Oxford University Press. 

    Quinn, G., Gur, A., Watson, J. (2018). Ageism, Moral Agency and Autonomy: Getting Beyond Guardianship in the 21st Century. In. I. Doron (Ed), Aging, Ageism and Law in Europe. London: EE Publishing: London. 

    Rakidzic, S., & O’Shea, A. (In Press). The Rubix Cube. In V. Hutton & S. Sisko (Eds.), Cultural competence in counselling and psychology: Palgrave Macmillan.

    Raphael, J., O’Mara, J., Whitburn, B., Creely, E., Anderson, K., & Moss, J. (2020). Encountering diversity: Drama as a democratic pedagogy to prepare inclusive-minded teachers. In M. K. Thomas, P. Walker, & L. Heng (Eds.), Inclusive Education is a Right, Right? Brill. Chapter in Press.

    Tan, B.S., Wilson, E., Murfitt, K., & Campain, R. (2019). Understanding negative attitudes towards disability to foster social inclusion: an Australian case study. In S. Halder & V. Argyropoulos (Eds.), Inclusion, equity and access for individuals with disabilities: Insights from educators across world. Palgrave Macmillan, ebook. FIND HERE

    Watson, J. (2017). Assumptions of decision making capacity. In A. E. Arstein-Kerslake (Ed.), Disability Human Rights Law.  Switzerland: MDPI.

    Wilson, N., Frawley, P., O’Shea, A., Thompson, V., McKenzie, J., Kahonde, C., . . . Schaafsma, D. (2019). Issues of Sexuality and Relationships. In J. Matson (Ed.), Intellectual Disability: Integrating theory, research and practice (pp. 989-1010). New York: Springer.

     

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