NHMRC Grant Success

Congratulations to Dr Allison Milner for her NHMRC Partnership grant to research the health benefits of getting young people with disabilities into employment.

Youth Cohort: Improving Disability Employment (Y-IDES)

This research builds on the Improving Disability Employment Study (IDES) project which is currently underway.  Intervening early to enable young Australians with disabilities to transition into meaningful, sustainable work is likely to have enormous payoffs for their health and wellbeing, as well as reduce economic costs to society. To date, research about employment among young people with disabilities has focussed on the social and economic benefits of programs or policies and has ignored the health benefits.

This project aims to produce new evidence about the individual, service-related, workplace and contextual factors that contribute to successful employment and health outcomes for young people with a disability and will identify when and where it might be most cost-effective to intervene.

Research Team

Dr Allison Milner, University of Melbourne
Professor Anne Kavanagh, University of Melbourne
A/Professor Dennis Petrie, Monash University
Professor Tony LaMontagne, Deakin University
Dr Cathy Vaughan, University of Melbourne
Professor Shelley Mallett, University of Melbourne


The Brotherhood of St Laurence, National Disability Services, VicHealth and Disability Employment Australia.


National Health and Medical Research Council Partnership Project, 2018-2021

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Stefanie Dimov

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