Disability, social mobility and the well-being of people with disabilities

Project Details

This project looks at the impact that the acquisition of a disability in adulthood has on subsequent socio-economic circumstances such as housing, education, income, social capital, welath) and well-being. The main focus of this grant is to use advanced epidemiological, statistical and econometric methods to identify the causes of disability related health inequalities. We are using longitudinal studies and linked data from New Zealand.  It is anticipated that findings will inform service delivery and policy decisions. The project brings together expert researchers from epidemiology, econometrics and statistics who utilise longitudinal data to model the patterns of disability and subsequent socio-economic and health circumstances over time. The methods used aim to maximise the capacity to make causal statements and provide a template for future research and evaluation in this field.

Government and non-government organisations, disability services and people with disabilities will use the evidence generated from this project to set priorities for action to improve socio-economic conditions, productivity and health for people with disabilities. This will enable efficient and targeted use of limited resources. For example, if secure employment impacts on the health of people with disabilities, interventions to improve employment outcomes may also reduce health costs


Professor Anne Kavanagh, University of Melbourne
Professor Tony LaMontagne, Deakin University
A/Professor Dennis Petrie, Monash University 
Dr Allison Milner, University of Melbourne
Professor Julie Simpson, University of Melbourne
Ms Zoe Aitken, University of Melbourne
Professor Eric Emerson, Sydney University
Professor Tony Blakely, Otago University


Australian Research Council - Discovery Grant (DP170101434)

Research Group

Disability and Health Unit

School Research Themes

Disparities, disadvantage and effective health care, Data science, health metrics and disease modeling

Key Contact

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Department / Centre

Centre for Health Equity

Unit / Centre

Disability and Health Unit

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