2019 MACH MRFF

Rapid Applied Research Translation 

Successful Grants & Fellowships

Please note that this project grant was originally awarded to A/Prof Allison Milner. The MACH remains saddened by the sudden passing of A/Prof Milner in August 2019. Dr McAllister has taken over leadership of this project and will continue A/Prof Milner's work.

Dr Ashley McAllister

MACH Partners: University of Melbourne, Northern Health, Melbourne Health

Project title: Clinical and community service provision for people with disabilities: Investigating the perspectives of the health care workforce and their clients

Summary: This study will provide information about how recent increases in the availability of care workers has led to changes in the health outcomes of people with disabilities following the roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. The research will also provide an in-depth exploration of how healthcare workers can facilitate improved health, economic and social outcomes of persons with disabilities.

About Dr McAllister's Research Project

What is the problem you're trying to solve? 

The full-scale ‘roll out’ of the National Disability Insurance Scheme began in 2016 and represents the largest social welfare reform since the introduction of Medicare in Australia. This project will unpack the influence of federally imposed changes to disability service delivery on healthcare workers, as well as persons with disabilities (PWD).

About this research translation project 

 

The study will provide information about how recent increases in the availability of care workers has led to changes in the health outcomes of people with disabilities. In addition, the research will also provide an in-depth exploration of how healthcare workers can facilitate improved health, economic and social outcomes of PWD.

The project will also address the capacity and production gap in primary care studies by developing a partnership between general and allied health practice and researchers, which will contribute to new service models benefitting both healthcare workers and PWD. This scoping study will strengthen community participation by working with key consumer groups such as PWD, hospitals, other health service providers, and Universities.

What will be the impact? 

This study will provide information on the quality of work experienced by the healthcare workforce over time, as well as an understanding of how the nature of this employment may be related to outcomes for both healthcare workers and PWD. This is important information for the training of the workforce and for increasing knowledge about the impacts of care on the wellbeing of PWD and inform improvements in service delivery.

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