The Society, Health and Disability Research Group brings new and established approaches from the Humanities and Social Sciences to the study of health and disability.

Our transdisciplinary team comprises researchers from history, sociology, speech pathology, social work, and film, TV and media studies, connected by drivers for impact and change in relation to:

  • Understanding meaning, experiences, cultures, identities in society, health and disability;
  • Enabling equity and access in society, health and disability;
  • Facilitating evidence and knowledge translation;
  • Creating new theory, approaches, models, perspectives;
  • Engaging on local and global communities and cultures.

Members have a track record of successful projects (including nationally competitively funded) in relation to: technologically mediated communication, severe disability and communication, health professions education, evidence-based practice and research translation, patient safety, and mental health, among other topics. The group has expertise in qualitative and quantitative research methods, including ethnography, archival methods, action-research and social-media based digital methods.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.