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 disadvantage and health, means that there is much to be done to reduce disadvantage for people with disability.
Our projects are led by a highly skilled team with 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 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.
Congratulations to Dr Allison Milner for her NHMRC Partnership grant to research the health benefits of getting young people with disabilities into employment.News
We are looking for a talented Research Assistant to join our Disability and Health team in the Melbourne School of Popualtion and Global Health.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 a strong 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 looking at improving job opportunities and outcomes for people with disability in Australia.View
Read about our projects looking at how aspects of gender, health and disability intersect.View
We used advanced epidemiological, econometric and statistical methods. We use these to identify how issues such as housing, employment, violence and discrimination drive inequalities in health and wellbeing for pepple with disabilities.View