Launch of the Centre of Research Excellence in Disability and Health

I have written before about the fact that I have the great pleasure to be involved in an NHMRC-fundedCentre of Research Excellence in Disability and Health (CRE-DH).  This is the first of its kind internationally and is Australia’s new national research centre to improve the health of people with disabilities.

Last week we had our public launch with a debate titled ‘what makes us healthy’.  The event was hosted by Julie McCrossin, and guest speakers included the Disability Discrimination Commissioner Alastair McEwin, performer Emily Dash, and journalist and appearance activist Carly Findlay, speaking about their personal experiences of health and happiness.  It was a great launch and if you missed it there is a great write up of the event and the centre’s approach on the Power to Persuade site written by Celia Green and Zoe Aitken and you can find this here.  Croakey also republished this piece with pictures of the event and some tweets from the audience here.

Co-lead for the CRE-DH, Professor Anne Kavanagh was busy in the run up to the event writing pieces for the Australian on Pauline Hanson’s suggestion that children with disabilities should be excluded from mainstream schools, link for this is here.  Anne also did a piece for Pursuit on the new CRE-DH, which can be found here.

If you are looking for a research role there is a postdoctoral fellow in health inequities being advertised by the University of Sydney and you can find the advert here.  Stay tuned for more updates about this exciting initiative.

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