Hon Helen Morton MLC

Hon Helen Morton MLC

Former Minister for Mental Health; Disability Services; Child Protection

    Research grant to benefit people with disability

    1/12/2015 1:00 PM
    • Applications for the Dr Louisa Alessandri Research Grant now open
    • $40,000 for research that will produce positive outcomes for people with disability

    Applications for the Disability Services Commission's second annual $40,000 Dr Louisa Alessandri Research Grant are now open to individuals and organisations with proposals for projects that aim to have positive, practical outcomes for people with disability.


    Disability Services Minister Helen Morton said the grant aimed to support research that progressed the State Government's Count Me In vision; that we all live in welcoming communities that facilitate citizenship, friendship, mutual support and a fair go for everyone.


    The first Dr Louisa Alessandri Research Grant recipient, announced earlier this year, was a Therapy Focus and Curtin University collaboration for an intergenerational mentoring project designed to benefit young people with intellectual disability.


    Through this project, mentors from WA Men's Shed Association have had success working with young people to enhance their work and social participation prospects.


    Mrs Morton said Dr Alessandri (1963-97) had personal experience of living with disability but had not allowed it to define her.


    "She was a renowned child health researcher in Western Australia, committed to improving the lives of people with disability, and also made a major contribution to the sector as a Disability Services Commission board member," she said.


    "The grant will be awarded to a person or organisation whose project will provide evidence-based research to help the disability sector continuously improve services and programs.


    "Disability Awareness Week and the UN-sanctioned International Day of People with Disability on December 3 are opportune times to increase public awareness and understanding of access and inclusion issues facing people with disability, and also to celebrate the achievements and contributions of people with disability, including those at the forefront of research."


    Proposals from individuals who can demonstrate the research will be undertaken in partnership with a WA research institute - where the research institute can offer in-kind support - will be considered favourably.


    Fact File

    • Applications close 5pm, January 29, 2016; winner announced in late February 2016
    • For more information about the grant, visit http://www.disability.wa.gov.au  
    • 2015 Disability Awareness Week runs November 29-December 5

    Minister's office - 6552 6900