ARC Linkage Grant: The importance of gender and socio-economic disadvantage for the mental health of people living with disabilities
Researchers: Prof Anne M Kavanagh, Dr Rebecca Bentley, A/Prof Anthony D LaMontagne, Dr Emma Baker, Prof Andrew P Beer, Dr Shelley Mallett, Ms Anne E Pate
Primary Field of Research: 1117-Public Health and Health Services
Partner/Collaborating Organisation(s): Melbourne Citymission, VicHealth, Victorian Women With Disabilities Network
Project Summary: The twenty per cent of Australians reporting a disability are more likely to live in disadvantaged circumstances such as inadequate housing, unemployment, and lower levels of education all of which may contribute to poor mental health. Yet there has not been research on the mental health of people with disabilities. This means that disability services and advocacy groups, which deal daily with the lived experiences of disadvantage and poor mental health in people with disabilities, do not have evidence to support policy and service sector reform. This project will provide this critical evidence as well as build research capacity in disability-related research and lead to better monitoring of disability-related health inequities.