The Brotherhood of St. Laurence (BSL) are reaching out to peak bodies and disability advocacy organisations regarding potential involvement in a research project.

This is a joint research project between the BSL, Baptcare and Melbourne Disability Institute (MDI). It focuses on adults with disability who are not receiving NDIS funding, to investigate if and how they access support to participate in the community, including the extent to which they rely on personal, family, community and/or government resources (outside of an NDIS plan). The project has HREC ethics approval from the University of Melbourne (ID number 2021-20990-14119-10) and the Brotherhood of St Laurence.

BSL have developed two surveys that can be completed by adults with disability and their families and carers. These surveys will provide BSL with valuable insights about their experiences using support and/or services.

BSL are also looking to stage focus groups with service providers and disability advocacy groups across Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania, to hear their observations and experiences. Interest in the focus groups can be registered to Liam.Fallon@bsl.org.au.

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