This mapping report provides a comprehensive picture of the current state of disability research in Australia in the period since the Audit of Disability Research Update Report was published in 2017. The authors identified 1241 journal articles and book chapters and 225 publicly available reports produced over the 2018-2020 period. They undertook a deeper, narrative analysis on key topics. 

This report is one component of the Research Agenda project funded by the National Disability Research Partnership. The aim of the agenda setting project is to determine a set of key areas for disability research in Australia over the next 10 years. This mapping phase determined the Australian disability-related research published from 2018-2020.

This mapping phase is built on by two subsequent phases:

  • a national consultation on disability research priority areas as identified by the disability community and
  • an exercise to determine key areas that must be addressed in Australian disability research.

This research involved three phases:

  1. Mapping of recent Australian research related to people with disability
  2. Consultation with people with disability and their representative organisations; researchers; families and supporters; service providers; governments and other stakeholders to identify key issues. The consultation included a survey.
  3. Synthesis and refinement of findings from the first two phases to contribute to setting an agenda for disability research in Australia.

This report is about the first phase of the process.

Related Information

Phase 2a report: Survey results

Phase 2b report: Consultation results

Phase 3 report: Synthesis and refinement

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