Driving major reform policy over the past 20 years in areas such as the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and the National Injury Insurance Scheme (NIIS), are some of the many highlights being celebrated at Griffith University next week.

Abroad range of Griffith disability research and rehabilitation academics, as well asdisability organisations are set to attend an event on Monday 12 Septemberat the university’s Logan campus to celebrate and reflect on their major achievements.

‘Compassion, Collaboration, Creativity’ is the theme of the event, which will feature a timeline of research at Griffith covering areas such as acquired brain injury, social work, disability housing, allied health and rehabilitation counselling.

Thanks to Griffith research partners

The event aims to recognise and give thanks to the Griffith research partners who have provided funding and support to the university in the area of disability research and rehabilitation.

“The Motor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC), the Metro South Hospital and Health Service District and Synapse (formerly known as Headway Queensland) have all been fantastic partners with Griffith over the years to ensure meaningful and relevant work is undertaken and then translated into real purpose and policy,” says Professor Lesley Chenoweth, Menzies Health Institute Queensland (MHIQ).

“Great examples of this include our work with the National Injury Insurance Scheme and the National Disability Insurance Scheme which have been greatly supported by our partners over many years.

Impactful research

“What this event at Logan represents is how a long-term investment over a long period can facilitate such impactful research and create huge change for the disability sector.”

“The scope of our research now includes acquired or developmental disabilities, mental and physical illness, chronic conditions and the consequences of ageing, and people who have been disadvantaged by traumatic and violent experiences, discrimination, stigmatisation or marginalisation in society,” says Professor Elizabeth Kendall,leader of the Rehabilitation and Resilience Research Group at MHIQ.

“We are constantly searching for new ways of thinking about systemic problems to address the future challenges likely to be faced by the disability and rehabilitation sector.

“We promote the rapid translation of our research in ways that influence decision­-making processes and drive better solutions. Our high-quality research is based on user-­driven solutions and bold, innovative ideas that have real translational impact. It is internationally respected for its contribution to the sector.

“We value the research partnerships we have developed over the years and acknowledge that without their engagement, our research would be less meaningful.”