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Juggling Research

I’m currently managing three large research projects, plus our media. I’ve had two big weeks preparing for our public health trial, planning an ethics application, delivering a workshop, finalising results of a project that’s been scaled across the state, and managing our public communications under less than ideal timing.

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New Project on COVID-19

It’s been awhile. I’ve been on medical leave, just focusing on my health and wellbeing. I’ve been mostly resting. Slowly, at my own pace, I have also been tinkering away at some personal projects. Something I started before I went on leave is a collaboration with a colleage on the sociology of race.

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Rapid Public Health Response

A very hectic and long couple of days! In the morning, we were all pulled into give some advice about improving services during the COVID-19 public health outbreak. It was really valuable work to which our entire team contributed. The results were amazing. But it did disrupt my day’s schedule.

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Workplace Adjustments During COVID-19

I mostly worked on my project to improve outcomes of people with disability in the workplace. This included acting on some of the recommendations that came from some meetings I attended last week. I also put together a survey for testing some of the message frames that we could use to improve take up of training on disability inclusion.

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Making Research Stick

Today was packed with challenges, met with valiance. Applied research is never easy. Sometimes compelling data and a statistically significant result aren’t enough to drive change. Instead, we may need to create a case to have findings and recommendations actioned. It can feel like Sisyphus rolling the boulder up a hill endlessly. But with good partners labouring by your side, hope for progress always prevails.

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Water Mismanagement Impacting Aboriginal Communities

Racist policies are making remote Aboriginal communities sick. At least three communities in Central Australia have levels of uranium in drinking water that exceed health guidelines, with dozens more not meeting good quality. “It’s an international scandal that this is … Continue reading Water Mismanagement Impacting Aboriginal Communities

Health and Social Inclusion

In a previous post, I explained how social science helps local governments implement public health planning and programs. This time, I’ll provide some specific examples about how social science addresses issues of social inclusion for vulnerable and marginalised community groups.

Previously, I described how, in the context of health, social inclusion  is about ensuring everyone in the community has access and can fully participate in health services. Social science is used to shape policies, community programs and health services for minority and special needs groups. This includes people of different cultures and different family types, addressing disability and socio-economic issues.

Local councils often have terrific health education and community wellbeing programs, but minority groups may not know where to find information due to their socio-economic and educational background. For example, research shows that a significant proportion of elderly people (54%) do not use the internet, and still prefer to talk on the phone rather than use the internet to find information, yet many local councils have most of their services advertised on their websites.

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