Yooralla Partnership

Developing and evaluating a new cost-effective health and wellbeing model of care for disability service providers

Research Questions

What are the essential components for a model of care that improves health and wellbeing of children with disabilities and their carers?

What is an effective and cost-effective model of care applied to children’s disability services?

Aims

Identify what children with disabilities and their carers want and need to achieve to optimise physical health, social and emotional wellbeing.

Identify the barriers and opportunities for children’s services that support children with disabilities and their carers in order their optimise health and well-being.

Develop and evaluate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a new model of care in that will optimise health and wellbeing outcomes for children and their carers.  The applicability, transferability and generalizability of the model for other disability organisations will also be evaluated.

Project Summary

This project is in partnership with Yooralla, a leading Australian disability service organisation. The project aims to conduct a high quality cluster randomized controlled trial to develop and explore the effects and cost-effectiveness of a new health and wellbeing model of care for Yooralla's childhood disability services.

This research will provide a strong evidence base upon which disability organisations can base organisational redesign to optimize health and wellbeing of children and carers within the context of the new National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The 4-year research project will work in collaboration with families of children with a disability.  By focusing on improvements to the children’s disability service sector, the newly developed health and wellbeing model will work towards services not only becoming more cost-effective, but enabling towards a better quality of life of children and their families.

Funding Source

NHMRC Partnership Grant

Project Team

  • Dr Elise Davis
    Dr Elise Davis, Jack Brockhoff Child Health & Wellbeing Program
  • A/Prof Lisa Gibbs
    A/Prof Lisa Gibbs, Jack Brockhoff Child Health & Wellbeing Program
  • Dr Kim-Michelle Gilson
    Dr Kim-Michelle Gilson, Jack Brockhoff Child Health & Wellbeing Program
  • Dana Young
    Dana Young, Jack Brockhoff Child Health & Wellbeing Program
  • Hannah Morrice
    Hannah Morrice, Jack Brockhoff Child Health & Wellbeing Program

Contact

Contact Name
Dana Young
Email
dana.young@unimelb.edu.au