Improving outcomes for vulnerable and disadvantaged populations
The vulnerable populations research at UWA aims to improve the health and social outcomes of some of society’s most disadvantaged groups, through evidence-based best practice. The groups we work with include:
- People experiencing homelessness
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
- Individuals experiencing incarceration
- Refugee and migrant populations
- Victims of family and domestic violence
- ‘At-risk’ or socially disengaged adolescents
The School of Population and Global Health research examines behaviours and issues linked to socioeconomic status and their impact on health.
As the School has a strong focus on strengthening the evidence base for public policy and interventions to reduce health and social inequalities, we collaborate with policymakers, community organisations, government departments and health and human services.
We are proactive in involving people from these vulnerable population groups in our research through contributions.
Find a selection of our current research projects around vulnerable population groups below.
We invite you to discuss other research project ideas with us. Students can contact the Graduate Research Coordinator at the School of Population and Global Health for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Homeless Healthcare and Royal Perth Hospital Homeless Team Evaluation
- Evaluation of 50 Lives 50 Homes
- Red Cross Tenancy Support Programs' Evaluation
- Brief Evaluation of the Ruah Belmont SafeGuarding Families Advocacy Service
- Best Practice Principles for Refugee Family and Domestic Violence Perpetrator Interventions
- Evaluation of the Aboriginal Heart Health program
- Identifying Predictors and Patterns of Illness in the Period After Release from Prison
- 100 Families WA
- Evaluation of DRUMBEAT for Young Veterans
- Mountain Biking as a Means of Engaging At-Risk and Disengaged Youth
- Evaluation of Safe as Houses Program
- Improving outcomes for children of incarcerated mothers
- Migration, Ethnicity, Healthcare and Reproduction (MEHR)
- Reducing the Availability of Tobacco in Australia
- Sex offender recidivism in Australia
$1.75 million grant to help tackle disadvantage in WA
A project addressing entrenched disadvantage in WA in which The University of Western Australia is taking the lead research role has received $1.75 million in funding from Lotterywest.Read more
Drumming program improves boys' mental health and behaviour
An innovative, 10-week program that combines hand drumming and therapeutic talking has been found to significantly assist disadvantaged boys’ mental health and antisocial behaviour.Read more
Top 10 priorities for those experiencing domestic violence
An Australian-first study led by The University of Western Australia has surveyed those who have experienced family and domestic violence to identify the top ten priorities for future research into one of the nation’s most serious problems.Read more
Interested in collaborating with us?
The impact of research around vulnerable population groups is elevated by close relationships with industry, philanthropic and community partners.
If you have an issue that requires specialised research and development expertise, or you would like to develop a joint research arrangement with UWA, the Office of Research Enterprise can help.
Master of Public Health
This course provides graduates with a suitable background and generalist qualification for a career in public health research or practice.
Child and Adolescent Development and Health
This research focuses on early influences on child and adolescent health which significantly impact health and development throughout life.
Ageing and Mental Health
This research aims to develop effective strategies to decrease the number of older people living with depression and dementia.