This project aims to establish a high-quality knowledge base regarding the impact that the acquisition of a disability in adulthood has on subsequent socio-economic circumstances (employment, housing, education, income, social capital, wealth) and wellbeing. It is anticipated that findings will inform service delivery and policy decisions. The project brings together expert researchers from epidemiology, econometrics and statistics who will utilise longitudinal data to model the patterns of disability and subsequent socio-economic and health circumstances over time. The methods used aim to maximise the capacity to make causal statements and provide a template for future research and evaluation in this field.
Government and non-government organisations, disability services and people with disabilities will use the evidence generated from this project to set priorities for action to improve socio-economic conditions, productivity and health for people with disabilities. This will enable efficient and targeted use of limited resources. For example, if secure employment impacts on the health of people with disabilities, interventions to improve employment outcomes may also reduce health costs.