Jacqui Parncutt

Who cares? The lives and trajectories of Australian carers with disability

Supervisors:

Prof Anne Kavanagh, Disability Health Unit, Centre for Health Equity, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health

A/Prof Allison Milner, Disability Health Unit, Centre for Health Equity, Melbourne School of Global Health

Dr Tania King, Disability Health Unit, Centre for Health Equity, Melbourne School of Global Health

Title of PhD:  Who cares? The lives and trajectories of Australian carers with disability

Abstract:

People with disability and informal carers are both recognised as populations that are prone to poor health and socioeconomic outcomes.  The prevalence of disability among primary carers in Australia is twice that of the non-caring population, however carers and people with disability are usually considered separately in health and social policy.  This research aims to characterise carers with disability and explore causal pathways underpinning the relationship between caring and disability, in order to identify factors that are amenable to intervention.

Bio:

Jacqui is a PhD candidate in the Centre for Health Equity’s Disability and Health unit, undertaking quantitative research into the lives and trajectories of primary carers with disability.  She has an honours degree in Biomedical Science from Deakin University and worked in Alzheimer’s disease research before completing a Master of Public Health at the University of Melbourne.  Her interest in social epidemiology and the social determinants of health drive her PhD research.