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Doubly disadvantaged: harnessing elements of resilience and establishing information for systems change

Funding: 2012: $38,702
2013: $74,842
2014: $53,766
2015: $17,627

Project Member(s): DiGiacomo, M., Johnston, R.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Aboriginal Medical Service (Aboriginal Medical Service Western Sydney)
Australian Research Council (ARC Linkage Projects)
Western Sydney University (University of Western Sydney Partner Funds)

Start year: 2012

Summary: Lack of support to address physical and learning challenges in the critical early years of life can have devastating consequences for Aboriginal children with a disability, their parents/carers, family, and community, contributing to a life-long cycle of disadvantage. The UTS-AMSWS-UWS partnership aims to better understand experiences and trajectories of Aboriginal families of children with a disability, within the socio-cultural and environmental context of Western Sydney, to develop a solution-based pathway. This significant research represents an opportunity to reduce health disparities faced by Aboriginal Australians and develop strategies to facilitate non-Aboriginal and Aboriginal professionals working together in childhood disability

Keywords: Social Justice and support,Disability healthcare,Childhood disability,Indigenous health rights

FOR Codes: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Health System Performance (incl. Effectiveness of Interventions), Health and Community Services, Health Inequalities, Disability and Functional Capacity