Student projects

Ellen Fraser-Barbour

Ellen is a PhD student based in Adelaide at Flinders University. Ellen has lived experience of disability herself and has worked in a range of different roles as a support worker, developmental educator (allied health professional), support coordinator and other.  Ellen is now doing her PhD with the help of the Australian Postgraduate Scholarship.

If you or someone you know would like to be in the research you call Ellen on 0402 758 257 or send her an email on fras0125@flinders.edu.au

Ellen’s PhD project:

Negotiating Safety, belonging and choice in shared disability accommodation settings.

Introduction

Ellen will talk to people with disability who live in shared accommodation about their experiences of:

  • Safety In home and with people who live there.
  • Belonging and feeling supported and connected to people and things in the home.
  • Choice and control to make decisions about what happens in the home

Shared accommodation settings could include group homes, clustered housing, boarding houses and other types of settings.

This study is based in South Australia.

How to get involved

Ellen would like to speak to people with a wide range of disability who have lived in shared accommodation, either in the past, or currently:

  • Must be 18 years and over
  • Must live in South Australia

You can download more information here:

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Danielle Notara

Danielle is a Research Assistant and works on different research and evaluations projects at the Centre. She is also a PhD student on a scholarship through the Relationships and Recognition Project.

Danielle has 3 research supervisors:  Professor Anne Graham and Dr Sally Robinson from Southern Cross University and Professor Karen Fisher from the University of NSW.

Read more about Danielle here

If you or someone you know would like to be in the research you call Danielle on 02 66203802 or send her an email on danielle.notara@scu.edu.au

Danielle’s PhD project:

Supported-decision making for young people with cognitive disability

Introduction

In this project, we want to ask young people what it is like to get help to make decisions when you don’t have a lot of people in your life.

The person doing the research is Danielle Notara.

The research started in February 2016 and will finish in February 2019.

Background

Supported decision-making is being tried in Australia. Young people with intellectual and cognitive disabilities have not been asked very much about this yet.

Supported decision-making is when a person makes their own decisions with help from someone else. In this project, we want to ask young people what it is like to get help to make decisions when you don’t have a lot of people in your life.

This research has ethics approval from the University (approval number ECN 17-077). This means it will be done in a way that respects young people and keeps them safe.

How to get involved

Danielle would like to meet with young people with a cognitive disability aged 15-24 who:

  • Get support to make decisions
  • Don’t have many people in their lives
  • Would like to be interviewed for this research

You can download more information here:

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