Y-IDES: Youth, Disability and Employment

Project Details

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. We will 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.


The Y-IDES project is a collaboration between the University of Melbourne, Deakin University and Monash University.

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


Partner organisations include: The Brotherhood of St Laurence, National Disability Services, VicHealth and Disability Employment Australia


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

Research Group

Disability and Health Unit

School Research Themes

Disparities, disadvantage and effective health care

Key Contact

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Department / Centre

Centre for Health Equity

Unit / Centre

Disability and Health Unit

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