Implementing a program of collaborative research and actions that raises community awareness of the challenges faced by people with disability, and finding effective and empowering solutions
The Scope – University of Melbourne partnership
The Scope – University of Melbourne Partnership is a collaboration that draws upon the interdisciplinary expertise of staff from both University of Melbourne and Scope Australia, and the emerging expertise of University of Melbourne students, to be a leader in disability research, teaching and advocacy, informed by rigorous scholarship and the lived experience of people with disability.
Scope Australia was established in 1948, and is one of the largest providers of disability services in Australia. It supports more than 6000 people with a disability in Victoria, through a range of services including; accommodation, mobility support, communication support, recreation/leisure and specialised therapy services. Scope has a long-standing commitment to implementing evidence-based practice and advocacy and, importantly, to generating the evidence to inform its practice and advocacy.
Together, the University of Melbourne and Scope Australia are collaborating on a range of activities that are improving services to, and the lives of people with disability and their families. These activities are interdisciplinary in their focus, involving multiple schools and faculties of the university. These activities also extend beyond the university, to engage with people with disability and their families in the community, collaborations with other leading service providers, and government agencies.
About Scope Australia
As part of the partnership, Scope Australia and the University of Melbourne work together on research projects, with a commitment to the highest levels of rigour and scholarship. Scope Australia and the University of Melbourne also collaborate in the development and delivery of educational opportunities that are inclusive of people with disability and which are informed by the lived experience of people with disability. These include accredited units of study that are helping to build a professional workforce for our community that understands the needs of people with disability, and which will respond to and work with people with disability in ways that are inclusive and empowering.