We're a university with a social conscience and we focus on the big issues. As such, current research by Bendigo academics is paving the way for a healthier future.
Australian Research Council-funded projects
Improving Regional Low SES Students' Learning and Wellbeing ($424,000)
The open-plan classroom, group teaching model of the Bendigo Education Plan is boosting academic success. La Trobe researchers have been awarded a prestigious Australian Research Centre grant to look at expanding the model into Geelong and Launceston.
The study aims to address the learning and wellbeing needs of more than 7000 low socio-economic status students. The current performance of these students has long-term negative effects on employment prospects, health, social behaviour and national productivity.
"The plan is to refine and share what we know from Bendigo and set up similar conditions elsewhere," said Bendigo's Professor Vaughan Prain.
He has joined with Dr Craig Deed, Professor Noel Myers, Dr Cathleen Farrelly, and University of Tasmania and Deakin University colleagues, to complete the research.
The relationship between local government and housing supply and demand ($290,000)
What is local government's role in housing its residents? And how has this changed over the past few decades?
Bendigo Associate Professor Trevor Budge is a partner investigator in this project. The research team has been awarded an Australian Research Grant to investigate the relationship between local government and housing.
The project will consider data, interviews and case studies from ten local governments, spanning urban, suburban, regional and rural areas.
The researchers aim to help councils prepare for the future and contribute to a healthier, more productive society.
Lost in Transition: supporting young people with complex support needs ($390,000)
Professor Pamela Snow is a CI on this project (administered out of the University of New South Wales, under lead CI Associate Professor Leanne Dowse).
The team has been awarded a Australian Research Council Discovery Program grant to improve the lives of disadvantaged young people with complex support needs.
The intended research outcomes will inform policy and practice in how to best support this group's frequent transitions between services, institutions and care environments.
Pamela Snow is Head of La Trobe's Rural Health School. She is a registered psychologist who originally qualified in speech pathology.
"Both disciplines strongly inform my research, as does my seven years working in public health research and teaching," she says.
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