The effect of acquiring a disability in adulthood and an investigation into improving job and care quality in aged care are among the new research projects awarded funding this week from the Australian Research Council.

On Tuesday, the Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham announced $416 million in funding for 989 projects spanning diverse areas such as health and ageing and innovative technologies.

In the area of disability research, University of Melbourne researchers have been awarded a $403,500 grant to analyse the effect of acquiring a disability on a person’s socio-economic circumstances and wellbeing.

The researchers from epidemiology, econometrics and statistics will use longitudinal data to model the patterns of disability and subsequent socio-economic and health circumstances over time.

Also in the area of disability, Curtin University secured $187,000 to study how people with a disability use smartphones to navigate urban spaces and improve their social participation.

Other grant winners include Griffith University researchers from the School of Human Services and Social Work who will examine the scope and quality of Australian social work research in child protection, disability services, and aged care and its effect on generating innovation in the sector.

The study aims to reform social work research to improve the quality and effectiveness of human services. The project received funding of $261,500 from the ARC and is being undertaken in collaboration with La Trobe University, Southern Cross University and the UK’s University of Bedfordshire.

In the area of aged care, RMIT has been awarded a $354,500 grant to further its research investigating how the quality of aged care jobs affects the viability and quality of care in residential and community-based aged care.

Visit the ARC website for the full list of successful research projects.

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