Rights Need Choices

New CADR website and Disability knowledge Clearing House coming soon

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There is a new Disability Knowledge Clearing House under construction. It will go live on Monday August 1.

Here’s a sneak peak of CADR’s new Research to Action Guides – research translation resources that bridge the gap between what we know and what we do.

Research to Action Guide: Working collaboratively at the interface of disability and health services

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Good Practice Summary

Research to Action Guide: A sustainable rural and remote workforce for disability

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Evidence Summary

Examples of good practice


The Centre for Applied Disability Research (CADR) is a new applied disability research centre based in the sector and seed-funded by NSW Government. It has been created to improve the wellbeing of Australians with disability by gathering insights, building understanding and sharing knowledge.

CADR will undertake an integrated series of policy, research and sector development initiatives that together deliver a State of the Sector assessment. Additionally, CADR aims to undertake commission, monitor and disseminate the key findings of recent disability-focused research and evaluation from throughout Australia and internationally.

CADR believes that for people with disability to exercise their rights, they need real choices. This requires an efficient and effective 'market' and a sustainable sector to enable client choice and control.

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Do you have an interest in how we will work at the interface of disability support services and our health system under the NDIS.

NDS and the Centre for Disability Research and Policy (CDRP) are hosting a Research to Action one day conference focusing on this very important issue.

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CADR Research to Action Guides will support evidence based practice

CADR is engaging with a range of stakeholders to identify what priority areas should be a focus of the first Research to Action Guides. CADR will also need end user input when the Research to Action Guides are being produced.

Read all about it in the CADR consultation paper, and provide your view by completing the poll. The poll will close at 5pm on Friday 3 June. 

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Research is underway to track the impact of the NDIS on the disability services sector

Research is underway to track the impact of the NDIS on disability services sectorFor the NDIS to realise its goals of improving the range and choice of services available to people with disability, there will need to be a strong, efficient and accessible supply of services. But do we know how the NDIS impact the structure of non-government disability services? Or how this will impact costs and availability of supply?

To address these questions as well as others, CADR is supporting the Curtin University Not-for-profit Initiative on a unique study to monitor change in the non-government sector.

Read more on the project page.


2015 results of the Business Confidence Survey are available

Business ConfidenceNDS has released the Business Confidence of the Disability Services Sector Report 2015 (PDF | WORD) which includes analysis and commentary about business sentiment, and builds on the highlights captured in the NDS State of the Disability Sector Report 2015.