Lost in Transition: supporting young people with complex support needs

  • Dowse, Leanne (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Mendes, Philip (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Strnadova, Iva (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Lee, Jung-Sook (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Cumming, Therese (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Snow, Pamela (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Smith, Louisa (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Ellem, Kathleen (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Birt, Edward (Partner Investigator (PI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

This project seeks to improve the lives of young people with complex support needs who experience overlapping
forms of disadvantage. It will investigate how best to support their frequent transitions between services,
institutions and care environments. These transitions are particularly problematic for this group, and if poorly
supported, have significant social and economic costs. The project develops an interdisciplinary analysis of early
life transitions and the supports available and suggests best practice for transition support and a framework for
how to track transitions using existing data. It will inform policy and practice in how best to invest in supports for
young people with complex needs as they make multiple transitions.
Effective start/end date1/07/1530/06/18


  • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD392,200.00
  • Berry Street Victoria: AUD15,000.00
  • Life Without Barriers: AUD30,000.00
  • Department of Communities and Justice (New South Wales): AUD100,000.00
  • Jesuit Social Services Limited: AUD15,000.00