Vulnerable Groups

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
  • Veterans
  • 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.

Current projects

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

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.

Contact Office of Research Enterprise

Contact Associate Professor Lisa Wood