PhD partnership to explore community sector

Liz Hudson has been awarded the inaugural RMIT-VCOSS PhD scholarship, enabling her to examine the experiences of people with episodic disability under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

A first of its kind for the Victorian community sector, the RMIT – VCOSS (Victorian Council of Social Service) PhD scholarship aims to strengthen the sector’s research capacity and improve the ability to support people overcoming disadvantage.

Hudson was chosen for her long history in social research and vast experience working with people with disability and complex needs and job seekers.

Her PhD research thesis, titled “Pathways to consumer directed service delivery; an exploration of the experiences facing families, carers and people whose disability is episodic in nature”, will explore a topic of great interest to the community sector.

Although the introduction of the NDIS is a profound change, and should provide greater choice, control and certainty for people with disability, their families, carers and advocates, the research will explore that it is not a complete resolution.

The accessibility, eligibility and range of support for people with episodic disability under the NDIS remain uncertain because the scheme is focused around supporting people with lifelong impairments or conditions.

Hudson will be supervised in her PhD by Associate Professor Paul Ramcharan and Associate Professor Martyn Jones of the Centre for Applied Social Research.

Research outcomes and evidence generated will be applied to industry training practices to ultimately benefit the community services sector and the people who rely on services.

RMIT and VCOSS established an innovative partnership earlier this year, which focuses on promoting research into the causes and impacts of poverty and disadvantage in Victoria.

Story: Emma Morgan

Originally published by RMIT News