Disability and mental health

Since late 2014 disability research at MSEI has largely been in support of, or in collaboration with, the Disability Research Initiative (DRI).

For many years medical and technological researchers at the University of Melbourne have produced high-quality and impactful work that has helped many with impairments here in Australia and around the world.

The DRI builds on their important work by increasing support for our researchers who are focussed on changing the social, economic and physical environments that create disability.

Barriers to participation are not restricted to the built environment – they also include negative attitudes and prejudice, access to employment and economic participation, to healthcare and to education. These areas and more are included in the research clusters that will guide the work of the Initiative.

By helping to support research, policy and education using a rights-based approach and the social model we hope to achieve change in our city, state and beyond.