Equitable models of care for children with disabilities

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There are 250 million children globally living with a neurodevelopmental disability (NDD), including intellectual disability and cerebral palsy. Although Gonski Report and NDIS reforms are being rolled out across Australia, in practice, health and education systems rarely collaborate to meet the complex needs of children living with NDD. These children are more likely to have poor integrated health care and adverse post-school outcomes including employment, and community participation. The proposed interdisciplinary PhD will co-develop with young people, their carers, teachers and health professional an integrated health-education models of care for children with NDD, to improve their health and educational outcomes.


The Scientia PhD candidate will need to have adequate skills and experience in the field to (with the supervisory team’s support):
1) Undertake a systematic review of the effectiveness of integrated health-education models on improving health and education outcomes for children with/ at risk of NDD.
2) Quantify the inequities in health and educational outcomes of children with/ at risk of NDD in Australia using linked datasets including the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children.
3) Explore the barriers and enablers to optimal health care and education provision as perceived by children with/ at risk of NDD, their families and service providers through qualitative research.
4) Use participatory approaches to: (1) co-design an integrated equitable health-education model with children with/ at risk of NDD, their families, health professional and teachers to enhance interagency collaboration in order to reduce health and education inequities; and (2) co-produce guidelines for its implementation.
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Women's & Children's Health

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Women's & Children's Health