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

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, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health system performance