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The School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work is affiliated with the US Association of University Centres on Disabilities and we are an Organisational Member of the Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability.

The research area provides administrative and academic support to the school’s research activities and to higher degree by research (MPhil and PhD) and Honours students. The overall research program aims to initiate and support research that makes a positive contribution to the lives of vulnerable people, their families, and the wider community. We aim to:

  • contribute to inclusive, healthy societies
  • find innovative solutions to real world problems.

We work towards these aims through:

  • research and development that is collaborative and seeks partnerships with vulnerable groups, families, and organisations and individuals who provide support and services
  • encouraging and supporting approaches that cross sectors, for example disability, ageing, and mental health, and are inter-disciplinary
  • recognition of our place in the Asia-Pacific rim and the need to promote cultural understanding and diversity.

Research themes
Three themes reflect the broad objectives of the school and promote the inclusion and participation of vulnerable populations in communities in order to achieve health, social justice, and an acceptable quality of life.

  1. LIVING: How people live in their homes and their diverse communities. Research activities focus on areas including families, transitions, supported/assisted accommodation, and housing.
  2. DOING: How people engage in life and devote their time. Research focus includes work, employment, occupation, leisure and recreation, community involvement, and travel.
  3. LEARNING: What people do for their human development. Research focuses on lifelong learning, education, training, communication, technology, and teaching and learning.

Please explore the links to the left that identify the research academic and professional staff, and provide details of recent research activity and publications, and research student activity.