Modelling the effectiveness of employment policies in reducing disability-related mental health inequalities

Project Details

People with disabilities experience poor mental health. However, despite evidence that the mental health inequalities are to a large extent socially driven and therefore avoidable, there is a lack of research examining how policy action on the social determinants of mental health could improve mental health for people with disabilities and reduce current inequalities.

This research project will use innovative epidemiologic and statistical methods to gain a better understanding of the social processes driving disability-related mental health inequalities. We will simulate a series of hypothetical policy intervention scenarios on employment and quantify their impact on mental health for people with and without disabilities. By simulating the impact of realistic policy interventions, the findings will facilitate evidence-based decision-making to close disability-related mental health inequalities.


Ms Zoe Aitken, University of Melbourne
Professor Tony Blakely, University of Melbourne
Dr George Disney, University of Melbourne
Professor Anne Kavanagh, University of Melbourne
Dr Ashley McAllister, University of Melbourne
Associate Professor Allison Milner, University of Melbourne



University of Melbourne BIP Funding 2019

Research Group

School Research Themes

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

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Department / Centre

Centre for Health Equity

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