Beth Sprunt

Senior Technical Advisor

Beth established the Disability program at the Nossal in 2002 and was a founding member of the Australian Disability and Development Consortium (ADDC). In 2008 Beth co-founded the CBM-Nossal Institute Partnership for Disability-Inclusive Development and jointly led a team of technical staff providing support to the Australian government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in capacity development, technical advice and research related to disability inclusive development in DFAT funded programs. This technical partnership with DFAT is ongoing.

Beth has a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) from La Trobe University, a Master in Public Health (International Health) from Monash University and is a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne, focusing on disability disaggregation of Fiji’s Education Management Information System.

Beth’s two main areas of focus including measurement of disability in development settings and disability-inclusive education. Both of these link to a particular interest in disability disaggregation in complex data systems.

From 2011-14 Beth was the Disability Inclusion Specialist on a bilateral education sector program in Fiji, and from 2013-16 she was a Co-Investigator on an ADRAS research grant to develop indicators for disability-inclusive education in the Pacific. Prior to Nossal, she worked at Oxfam on the Pacific and the Africa programs; conducted research into adolescent health and factors affecting HIV transmission risk in Micronesia as part of a DFAT multilateral project and UNICEF’s youth program; and worked as the head of Occupational Therapy at the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed in Bangladesh.

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