Setting a National Disability Research Agenda

Funded by the Department of Social Security through the National Disability Research Partnership at the University of Melbourne [], a large collaborative consortium is developing a 10-year National Disability Research Agenda.

The consortium comprises 31 university plus advocacy organisations and is led by the University of Sydney. Professor Christine Imms from the Department of Paediatrics is a member of the Core Research Group and leads the children and families component of the work.

Setting the agenda involves four phases of work:

  • pre-planning and consultation to form the consortium and plan
  • research mapping of Australian disability research to update prior disability audits
  • broad-based national consultation involving surveys, focus groups and interviews seeking community perspectives on research priorities
  • a structured prioritization exercise to set the agenda.

Deep community engagement in forming the agenda aims to guide future research to ensure relevance and impact. Want to know more?