The Story So Far
making choice and control a reality for ndis clients
As a Research Fellow working with the Major Reforms team led by A/Prof Gemma Carey at the Public Service Research Group at UNSW Canberra, I developed a method using network analysis to identify thin markets and market gaps — where a shortage of service providers creates a lack of meaningful choice for people with disability.
The new method lies at the heart of a four-year Australia Research Council grant to A/Prof Carey and her team of collaborators. Industry partners include the Australian Government Department of Human Services and National Disability Services. The project will use network analysis to identify thin markets and convene working groups of local experts to plan targeted action to improve choice and control.
IMPROVING CANCER SCREENING IN UNDER-SCREENED GROUPS
As Screening Program Advisor to the Cancer Council Victoria I led the development of Victoria's first-ever Under-Screened Recruitment Strategy. The strategy outlined evidence-informed options to improve rates of participation in breast, bowel and cervical cancer screening among Aboriginal peoples, culturally diverse communities and people living in low-income areas in Victoria.
The strategy document was commissioned by the Victorian Department of Health and partners included BreastScreen Victoria, PapScreen Victoria and the Victorian Cervical Cancer Registry. It was funded for three years, establishing a new programme for Priority Popoulations at the Cancer Council Victoria.
WHAT MAKES PEER-BASED PROGRAMS WORK?
As project worker for the What Works and Why (W3) project at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, I worked with Dr Graham Brown to develop a method based on systems thinking to evaluate HIV prevention efforts. This involved facilitating workshops with staff and stakeholders in programs at state/territory and national programs, working with people who use drugs, gay and bisexual men, sex workers and people living with HIV.
Program leaders said the findings accurately represent the complexity of their work, and the findings help policy-makers and funders understand how to get the best value from Australia's investment in peer and community-based programs. The project was re-funded for Phase II in 2015, as I headed up to Canberra to begin my PhD research.