Mutuality in support relationships

The Project

This project aims to make resources that help support workers and people with disability to feel stronger in their work together.

Descriptions of the project, the team and ways we will tell others about the findings can be found through the above page tabs.

Project details

We know from our earlier Relationships and recognition research that ‘mutuality’ is very important in working relationships between people with disability and support workers. This is when both people care about each other, respect each other, and value each other.

The project stages

The project uses the results from our Relationships and Recognition project. The project uses participatory action research to involve people with disability at all stages in deciding how to make the resources. They have been involved in designing, making and testing the resource.



Southern Cross University researchers: Sally Robinson, Kate Neale, Jaimsie Speeding

UNSW researchers: Karen Fisher, Laura Davy, Rosemary Kayess, Marie Delaney, Suzanna Poredos

Partners :Inclusion Melbourne, PWDA


You can contact us if you would like to know more about the project or our planned events. Please call or email Sally. Her details are below:

Dr Sally Robinson

Lead Researcher – Disability Research Agenda

Centre for Children and Young People

Southern Cross University

Telephone: 02 6620 3134


Making sure the project is safe and fair

We need to make sure our research is safe and fair for people to be involved. We have an Ethics Committee that helps us make sure this happens. If you are worried about this project, you can write to them. They will check to make sure the project is still safe and fair for everyone.

You can contact them by writing them a letter and sending it to:

Ethics Complaints Officer

Human Research Ethics Committee

Southern Cross University

PO Box 157 Lismore

NSW 2480

Or you can email them at: