Welcome to the Disability and Health Unit.
We aim to improve the health of people with disabilities, their families and communities through rigorous research and knowledge exchange. People with disabilities are disadvantaged in many areas of their lives and the lack of evidence linking disability, socioeconomic contexts and health, means that there is much to be done to reduce disadvantage for people with disability.
Our team have expertise in data analysis, mental health, gender studies, the built environment, health promotion and public health. Our interests are focused on the social, behavioural, and environmental contexts of health for people with disability in Australia. We examine the health of people with disability at a population level, within multiple contexts and settings that have national, societal and environmental impacts.
Our Unit hosts the Centre of Research Excellence in Disability and Health, funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council. We are based at the Centre for Health Equity at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne.
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences are seeking health-focused researchers driven by excellence, inspired to impact national and global communities and committed to collaboration to join us now!News
Professor Anne Kavanagh has been appointed to the NDIS Independent Advisory Council.News
The National Disability Insurance Scheme is a game changer, but the challenge is to make it work across people’s life course, from education and housing, to social participation and employmen.News
We all know that children are like little detectives. They are constantly seeking to classify and categorise the world around them in order to make sense of it.News
We are looking for an early or mid career researcher to join our team to investigate the experiences of people with disability and their families.News
Congratulations to Dr Allison Milner for her NHMRC Partnership grant to research the health benefits of getting young people with disabilities into employment.News
Want to join our Disability and Health unit as a Research Assistant? Read on.News
Congratulations to Professor Anne Kavanagh for the ARC Linkage Project Grant (administered by the University of New South Wales) on better understanding market stewardship in the NDIS.News
Professor Anne Kavanagh has been appointed to a new Chair in Disability and Health within the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health.News
Our research aims to reduce the large inequalities currently experienced by people with disabilities in Australia. We are social epidemiologists with expertise in public health and policy implementation. We share an interest in methodological innovations to improve the quality of our research as well as a strong commitment to reducing disability-related health inequalities.
We lead a range of research projects designed to improve mental health outcomes and health behaviours.View
Economic and Social Disadvantage
Read about our research on discrimination, inclusion and community attitudes towards people with disability.View
Measurement and Monitoring
We use advanced epidemiological, econometric and statistical methods. We use these to identify how issues such as gender equality, housing, employment, violence and discrimination drive health inequalities.View
Gender and Gender Equality
Read about out research on how gender equity impacts on health and wellbeing, as well as current approaches to the measurement of gender equality.View
- Professor Anne Kavanagh, Head, Disability and Health Unit
- Dr Allison Milner, Deputy Head and Senior Research Fellow
- Dr Tania King, Senior Research Fellow
- Zoe Aitken, Research Fellow
- Anne-Marie Bollier, Research Assistant
- Alex Devine, Research Fellow
- Stefanie Dimov, Project Coordinator
- Dr George Disney, Research Fellow
- Lauren Krnjacki, Research Fellow
- Dr Claudia Marck, Research Fellow
- Dr Jerome Rachele, Research Fellow
- Anna Scovelle, Research Assistant
- Marissa Shields, Research Assistant
- Mellissa Kavenagh, Project Coordinator (Research)