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Welcome to the Applied Research Centre for Disability & Wellbeing


Our team are involved in research projects on many topics related to disability and wellbeing.
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Our Board

Each of our board members is passionate about finding ways to translate research into practice.  They all bring a wealth of experience to our organisation.  Meet them here.
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Conferences & News

Learn about industry conferences that we facilitate or present at along with our latest news.
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Our members are actively involved in research and practice.  View our publications here.
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A collaborative partnership

The Applied Research Centre for Disability and Wellbeing (ARCDW) is a collaborative partnership between academics and practitioners. Although the need to translate research into practice has always been recognised by researchers and practitioners, recently there has been growing interest in collaborations where this intention is explicit.

We are delighted to have two leading institutions from the spheres of research and practice come together to forge the partnership that has created the ARCDW – the University of Tasmania and the Possability Group are our initial strategic partners. The work of the ARCDW, focusing specifically on issues relevant to the lives of adults with intellectual or cognitive disability, will make a significant contribution to advancing knowledge and understanding in this field. We have embarked on an ambitious endeavour with a broad canvas of possible spheres of focus, including justice, health and social care, support systems, shared decision-making and communication.

We recognise that collaborative approaches are important in the study of complex phenomena, and that high level skills are required to ensure support and build trust. The ARCDW is committed to active and authentic engagement with stakeholders and have a number of mechanisms in place to assist meet this commitment, including seeking input from several advisory groups. We welcome affiliations with researchers and organisations involved in the sector who share our commitment to high quality research that is aimed to lead to improved life outcomes for adults with intellectual or cognitive disability.

Julie Rimes

Our Partners

University of TasmaniaThe Applied research centre for disability and wellbeing

Conferences & Events

IASSIDD 2024 Congress

17th World Congress of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities 5-8 August 2024 at Chicago Sheraton, Riverwalk, USA This year’s Congress theme is “Reimagining Connections”, an opportunity to reconnect with colleagues from around the world, develop new collaborations, and exchange ideas internationally. These international meetings provide an exciting opportunity […]
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Listen Include Respect guidelines

The Link below will take you to the Listen Include Respect website. The guidelines provided on the website were developed with input from self-advocates, Inclusion International and  Down Syndrome International. The Listen Include Respect guidelines will help organisations of all types to be more inclusive of people with disabilities and cover a range of activities […]
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Royal Commission

Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability (Disability Royal Commission). We believe the voices and experiences of people with disability and their loved ones must be heard, as they will help guide Australia towards a more equitable and rights-focused future. These sentiments are consistent with our own vision of a […]
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COVID-19 and keeping safe

The health and safety of the people we support, their families and our employees continue to be our greatest priority. Initially we set up COVID-19 task forces within our Executive and each of our state-based operations teams that met daily. We planned and developed strategies to continue overcoming the greatest challenges, which included looking across […]
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Help us improve disability care.

Our multi-disciplinary team collaborate across different sectors to translate research into practice.  And in doing so improve outcomes for people with disability.  

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