Professor Christine

Professor Christine Bigby

Director, Living with Disability Research Centre , Chair Academic Board

College of Science, Health and Engineering

School of Allied Health

HS1-323, Melbourne (Bundoora)

Research centres

Living with Disability Research Centre

Qualifications

BA (hons) MSW, PHD, GAICD

Role

Academic

Membership of professional associations

AASW, IASSID, ASID

Area of study

Social Work

Brief profile

Professor Christine Bigby has a national and international reputation for her research on the social inclusion of adults with intellectual disability. The focus of her work is policy issues, program effectiveness and front line practice that supports quality of life outcomes for people with intellectual disability. Her current ARC and other grants are examining the effectiveness of supported accommodation services, the nature and meaning of social inclusion for people with intellectual disability, and supported decision making for people  with cognitive disability. She is a visiting Professor of Disability Research at Halmstad University in Sweden, and the Tizard Centre at the University of Kent, Fellow of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disability, Past chair of the IASSID Special Interest Group on Ageing and Intellectual Disability, a National Board member of ASID – Research to Practice, founding Editor of Research and Practice in Intellectual Disability (RAPIDD),  and a Foundation Fellow of the Australian College of Social Work. She convenes an annual Round Table on Intellectual Disability Policy at LaTrobe. She has published 6 books and more than 100 peer reviewed journal articles.In March 2016 Professor Bigby was elected Chair of Academic Board.  

 On line Resources -

Every Moment has Potential - an introduction to person centred active support.

Supporting Inclusion for Disability Support Workers

 

Research interests

Disability

- intellectual disability, participation, inclusion, effective service delivery

Social policy

- deinstitutionalisation, social inclusion

Teaching units

 SWP5FPB Social Work Fields of Practice B

 

Consulting

Disability policy, programs and practice

Recent publications

For full list see https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7001-8976

Books

Stancliffe, R., Wilson, N., Gambin, N., Bigby, C., & Balandin, S. (2013). Transition to retirement: A guide to inclusive practice. Sydney: Sydney University Press.

Bigby, C., & Frawley, P. (2010). Social work and intellectual disability: Working for change. London: Palgrave MacMillan.

Clement, T., & Bigby, C. (2010). Group homes for people with intellectual disabilities: Encouraging inclusion and participation. London: Jessica Kingsley.

Book chapters

Anderson, S., & Bigby, C. (2016). Empowering People with Intellectual Disabilities to Challenge Stigma. In K. Scior, & S. Werner (Eds.), Intellectual Disability and Stigma Stepping Out from the Margins (pp. 165-177). UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Iacono, T., & Bigby, C. (2016). The health inequalities of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In P. Liamputtong, Public Health: local and global perspectives. Melbourne: University of Cambridge Press.

Bigby, C, & Frawley, C. (2015). Conceptualising inclusive research with people with intellectual disability: paradigm or method. In G Higginbottom and P. Liamputtong. Using Participatory Qualitative Research Methodologies in Health. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications

Bigby, C. (2014). A National Disability Insurance Scheme – A quantum leap towards realizing social rights for people with intellectual disability. In, S Rice & A, Day. In the shadow of the law. pp. 305-321. Sydney: Federation Press.

Bigby, C., McCallion, P., & McCarron, M. (2015). Serving an Elderly Population. In M. Agran, F. Brown, C. Hughes, C. Quirk, & D. Ryndak (Eds.), 21st century issues for individuals with severe disabilities: Ensuring quality services and supports in challenging times, 319-348. Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes.

Articles

Bigby, C., Johnson et al. (2017) Communication access on trains: A qualitative exploration of the perspectives of passengers with communication disabilities. Rehabilitation and Society http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09638288.2017.1380721

Bigby, C., Whiteside, M., Douglas, J. (2017) Supporting decision making of adults with intellectual disabilities: perspectives of family members and workers in disability support services. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.3109/13668250.2017.1378873

Quilliam, C., Bigby, C., & Douglas, J., (2017) Being a valuable contributor on the frontline: The self-perception of staff in group homes for people with intellectual disability. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jar.12418/full

Chaffey, L., & Bigby, C. (2017) Health education by peers with spinal cord injury: a scoping review. Journal of Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10882-017-9569-6

Quilliam, C., Bigby, C., & Douglas, J., (2017) Being critically reflective: Staff perspectives of paperwork in group homes for people with intellectual disability. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.3109/13668250.2017.1378315

Bigby, C., Anderson, S., Cameron, N., (2017) Identifying conceptualisations and theories of change embedded in interventions to facilitate community participation for people with intellectual disability.  A scoping review. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jar.12390/full

Bigby, C., Douglas, J, Carney, T., Then, S, Wiesel, I & Smith, E. (2017). Delivering decision-making support to people with cognitive disability– what has been learned from pilot programs in Australia from 2010-2015. Australian Journal of Social Issues http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ajs4.19/pdf

Bigby, C., Tilbury, C., & Hughes, M., (2017). Social Work Research in the Field of Disability in Australia: A Scoping Review Australian Social Work. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/0312407X.2017.1364397  http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/FMBkH5wWQfrTRWYrKTdt/full

Fossey, E., Bigby, C., Chaffey, L., Mealings, M., Williams, A., Serry, T., Venville, A., Oates, J., & Ennals, P. (2017). Supporting students with mental health issues and acquired brain injury: University teaching staff perspectives. Journal of the Australian and New Zealand Student Services Association. 49, 15- 25 https://janzssa.scholasticahq.com/article/1335.pdf

Clegg, J., & Bigby, C., (2017). Debates about dedifferentiation. Research and Practice in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. 4, 80-97 http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/23297018.2017.1309987

Cavanagh, J., Meacham, H., Bartram, T, Bigby, C., Oakman, J., Fossey, E. (2017).  Supporting workers with disabilities: A scoping review of the role of human resource management in contemporary organisations. Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resource, 55, 4-63  http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1744-7941.12111/full

Tilbury, C., Hughes, M., Bigby, C. & Osmond, J. (2017) Social work research in the child protection field in Australia. British Journal of Social Work, 47 (1): 256-274.http://bjsw.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2015/12/17/bjsw.bcv123.abstract?sid=703cedb1-b837-4043-9ccb-e4864740fb95

Henderson, D., & Bigby, C. (2017). Whose life story is it anyway: self-reflexive life story research with people with intellectual disabilities. Oral History 44,39-55 https://doi.org/10.1093/ohr/ohw124

Anderson, S., & Bigby, C. (2017). Self-advocacy as a means to positive identities for people with intellectual disability: “We just help them, be them really” Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disability, 30, 109-120 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jar.12223/abstract

Fossey, E., Chaffey, L., Venville, A., Ennals, P., Douglas, J., Bigby, C. (2017). Navigating the complexity of disability support in tertiary education: Perspectives of students and disability service staff. International Journal of Inclusive Education http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13603116.2017.1278798

Bigby, C., Bould., E., Beadle-Brown, J., (2017). Comparing costs and outcomes of supported living with group home in Australia Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.3109/13668250.2017.1299117

Tilbury, C., Hughes, M., Bigby, C., & Fisher, M. (2017). A comparative study of Australian social work research. British Journal of Social Work. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcw135

Bigby, C., Bould, E., & Beadle-Brown, J. (2017) Implementation of active support over time in Australia. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.3109/13668250.2017.1353681

Cheng, C., Oakman, J., Bigby, C., Fossey, E., Cavanagh, J., Meacham, H., & Bartram, T. (2017). What constitutes effective support in obtaining and maintaining employment for individuals with intellectual disability? A scoping review. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.3109/13668250.2017.1327040

Bigby, C., & Beadle-Brown, J. (2016)  Improving quality of life outcomes in supported accommodation for people with intellectual disability: What makes a difference? Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jar.12291/full

Knox, L., Douglas, J., Bigby, C. ( 2016) “I’ve never been a yes person”: Decision-making participation and self-conceptualisation after severe traumatic brain injury. Disability and Rehabilitation http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09638288.2016.1219925

Bould, E., Beadle-Brown, J.,Bigby, C. ( 2016). Measuring practice leadership in supported accommodation services for people with intellectual disability: Comparing staff–rated and observational measures. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jar.12291/full

Bigby, C., & Beadle-Brown, J., (2016) Culture in better group homes for people with severe and profound intellectual disability. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities,  54, 316 331 http://www.aaiddjournals.org/doi/pdf/10.1352/1934-9556-54.5.316

Bigby, C., Bould., E., Beadle-Brown, J., ( 2016) . Conundrums of supported living: The experiences of people with intellectual disability. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability , 42, 4, 309- 319  http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.3109/13668250.2016.1253051

Johnson, H., Bigby, C., Iacono, T., Douglas, Kattigen, S. (2016). Increasing capacity of day services staff to facilitate positive relationships with people with severe intellectual disability: Evaluation of a new intervention using Mutiple Baseline Design. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability.  42, 4, 391-401  http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.3109/13668250.2016.1246656

Hughes, M., Tilbury, C., Bigby., C. (2016) Australian Social Work Research on Ageing and Aged Care: A Scoping Review. Journal of Social Work http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1468017316654346

Henderson, D., & Bigby, C. (2016). We were more radical back then: Victoria’s first self advocacy organisation for people with intellectual disability. Health and History . 18, 1, 42- 66 https://www.jstor.org/action/doBasicSearch?Query=bigby&filter=jid%3A10.2307%2Fj50000335

Bigby, C., & Craig, D. (2017) “My life is a lot richer!” A case study of an intentional friendship between a volunteer and adult with severe intellectual disability. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. 42, 2, 180-189 http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.3109/13668250.2016.1219701

Tilbury, C., Hughes, M., Bigby, C. & Osmond, J. (in press accepted Sept 2015) Social work research in the child protection field in Australia. British Journal of Social Work http://bjsw.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2015/12/17/bjsw.bcv123.abstract?sid=703cedb1-b837-4043-9ccb-e4864740fb9

Venville, A., Mealings, M., Ennals, P., Oates, J., Fossey, E., Douglas, J., Bigby, C. (early on line 2016) Supporting students with invisible disabilities: A scoping review of postsecondary education for students with mental illness or an acquired brain injury. International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, DOI: 10.1080/1034912X.2016.1153050 http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1034912X.2016.1153050

Knox, L., Douglas, J., & Bigby, C. (2016).  Becoming a decision-making supporter for someone with acquired cognitive disability following traumatic brain injury. Research and Practice in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. 3,1. 12-21 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jar.12223/abstract

Wiesel, I., & Bigby, C. (2016). Mainstream, inclusionary and convivial places: locating encounter between people with and without intellectual disability. Geographic Review, 106, 2, 201-214 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1931-0846.2015.12153.x/full

Knox, L., J. Douglas & C. Bigby (2016). "I won’t be around forever”: Understanding the decision-making experiences of adults with severe TBI and their parents." Neuropscychological rehabilitation, 26,2, 236-260  http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09602011.2015.1019519

Webber, R., Bower, B., Bigby, C. (2016) Confidence of group home staff in supporting the health needs of older residents with intellectual disability. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. 41, 2, 107-114

Knox, L., Douglas, J., & Bigby, C. (2015). “The biggest thing is trying to live for two people”: The experience of making decisions within spousal relationships after severe traumatic brain injury."  Brain Injury, 29(6), 745-757.

Bigby, C. (2015). Preparing manuscripts that report qualitative research – avoiding common pitfalls and illegitimate questions. Australian Social Work 68(3), 384- 391.

Douglas, J., Bigby, C., Knox, L., & Browning, M. (2015). Factors that underpin the delivery of effective decision-making support for people with cognitive disability. Research and Practice in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. 2, 37-44.

Beadle-Brown, J., Bigby, C., & Bould, E. (2015). Development of an observational measure of practice leadership. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research . 59(12), 1081–1093.

Craig, D. (2015). Transition to retirement and participation in inclusive community groups using active mentoring: An outcomes evaluation with a matched comparison group. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research  59(8), 703-718.

Craig, D., & Bigby, C. (2015). Critical realism in social work research: examining participation of people with intellectual disability. Australian Social Work , 68(3), 309-323.

Wiesel, I., & Bigby, C. (2015). Movement on shifting sands: deinstitutionalisation and people with intellectual disability in Australia, 1974-2014. Urban Policy and Research. 33(2), 178- 194.

Bigby, C., & Wiesel, I. (2015). Mediating community participation: Practice of support workers in initiating, facilitating or disrupting encounters between people with and without intellectual disability. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disability 28, 307–318.

Quilliam, C., Bigby, C., & Douglas, J. (2015). Paperwork in group homes for people with intellectual disability. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability. 40(3), 286-296.

Bigby, C., Webber, R., & Bower, B. (2015). Sibling roles in the lives of older group home residents with intellectual disability: Working with staff to safeguard wellbeing. Australian Social Work, 68, 453-468.

Wilson, N., Stancliffe, R., Bigby, C., Balandin, S., & Craig, D. (2015). A case study about the supported participation of older men with lifelong disabilities at Australian community-based men’s sheds. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 40(4), 330-341.

Frawley, P., & Bigby, C. (2015). Reflections on being a first generation self-advocate: Belonging, social connections and doing things that matter. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 40(3), 254- 264.

Craig, D., & Bigby, C. (2015). “She’s been involved in everything as far as I can see”: Supporting the active participation of people with intellectual disabilities in community groups. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 40, 12-25.

Bigby, C., Knox, M., Beadle-Brown, J., & Clement. T., (2015). ‘We just call them people’: Positive regard for people with severe intellectual disability who live in of group homes. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disability, 28, 283–295.

McEwen, J., Bigby, C., & Douglas, J. (2014). What are Victorian Disability Standards really measuring, Research and Practice in Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 2, 148-159. Iacono, T., Bigby, C., Unsworth, C., Douglas, J., & Fitzpatrick, P. (2014).  A systematic review of hospital experiences of people with intellectual disability. BMC Health Services Research. 14, 1-8.

Bigby, C., Knox, M., Beadle-Brown, J., & Bould, E. (2014). Identifying good group homes for people with severe intellectual disability: Qualitative indicators using a quality of life framework. Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 52(5), 348-366.

Bowers, B., Webber, R., & Bigby, C. (2014). Health issues of older people with intellectual disability in group homes. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 39(3), 261-269. doi: 10.3109/13668250.2014.936083.  

See CV for earlier publications

Older publications

Reports

History of Kew Cottages interactive website

  • Johnson, H., Bigby, C. Iacono, T., Douglas, J & Katthagen, S.  (2014). Improving staff capacity to form and facilitate relationships for people with severe intellectual disability: ‘it’s a slow process’. Melbourne: Living with Disability Research Group, La Trobe University http://hdl.handle.net/1959.9/316073Proceedings of the 7th (2012) Roundtable on Intellectual Disability Policy

Proceedings of the 6th (2011) Roundtable on Intellectual Disability Policy.

Proceedings of the 5th (2010) Roundtable on Intellectual Disability Policy

Proceedings of the 4th (2009) Annual Roundtable on Intellectual Disability Policy

Proceedings of the 3rd (2008) Roundtable on Intellectual Disability Policy

Proceedings of the 2nd (2007) Roundtable on Intellectual Disability Policy

Proceedings of the 1st (2006) Roundtable on Intellectual Disability Policy

Clement, T., & Bigby, C. (2009). An evaluation of a reputed exemplary residential support service for people with severe intellectual disability and challenging behaviour. Office of the Senior Practitioner, Melbourne.

Reports from the Making Life Good Project

Other Deinstitutionalisation studies

Reports on Aging and Life Long Disability 

  • Fyffe, C., Bigby, C, McCubbery, J. (2007). Exploration of the population of people with disabilities who are ageing, their changing needs and the capacity of the disability and age care sector to support them to age positively. National Disability Administrators Group: Canberra
  • Webber, R., Bigby, C., McKenzie-Green, B., & Bowers, B. (2006). Mapping the terrain: Ageing people with lifelong intellectual disability living in residential aged care facilities in Victoria. Melbourne: Quality of Life and Social Justice Flagship, Australian Catholic University and La Trobe University.
  • Bigby, C., Fyffe, C., Balandin, S., Gordon. M., McCubbery, J.(2001) Day support services options for older adults with a disability. National Disability Administrators Group, Melbourne. 
  • Ecumenical Housing & Bigby, C (2001) Accommodation options for older people with disabilities. Department of Human Services. Melbourne.
  • Bigby, C., Ozanne, E., Gordon, M. (1999). Facilitating transition: An evaluation of pilot case management programs for older carers of adults with intellectual disability. Eastern and Northern Metropolitan regions of the Department of Human Services Victoria. 
  • Bigby, C. & Ozanne, E. (1999). Older carers of adults with intellectual disability, characteristics and service provision issues: A literature review. Eastern and Northern Metropolitan regions of the Department of Human Services Victoria.

Research projects

Tilbury, C., Bigby, C., Hughes, M., Fisher, M. Discovery $261,500 The production, use and effect of social work research

Bigby, C., Douglas, J., Carney, T., Wiesel, I., Then., S Linkage $495,700, 4 years  Effective Decision Making Support for People with Cognitive Disability. 2015

Douglas, J., Bigby, C., Iacono, T., Knox, L., Calloway, L Institute of Safety Compensation and Research Recovery $596,177.00, 3.5 years

Douglas. Bigby, C., Iacono, T., Knox, L., Calloway, L., Maximising Social Connection and Building Relationships in the Community: Evaluation of a Multi-component Community Connection program (M-ComConnect) for People with severe TBI 2016  

Bigby., C., Iacono, T., Douglas, J., Troller, J., Tracy, J, Sheilds, National Disability Research and Development grants. (joint State Commonwealth Initiative) $292,456, 2 years. Enabling mainstream systems to be more inclusive and responsive to people with disabilities 2015

Duff, G, (National Disability Services) & Bigby, C. National Disability Research and Development grants. (joint State Commonwealth Initative) 2 years  total $642,028 of which $342,703 for LaTrobe Models for facilitating community participation of adults with cognitive impairment 2015

Bigby, C., Iacono, T, & Beadle-Brown. Enabling engagement and inclusion: Organisational factors that embed Active Support in accommodation services for people with intellectual disability. ARC Linkage grant ARC LP13100189 $261,993 2013-2015

Bigby, C., & Douglas, J., Investigating what works in supporting people with intellectual and acquired brain injury to make decisions. $50,000, Scope & Legal Services Board.

Fossie, E., Bigby, et al. (2013). Staff experiences of supporting students with disability in a University setting. Internal LaTrobe Access and Equity grant , $29,000. 

Fossie, E., Bigby, C. et a.l(2013) Supporting students with disabilities: Exploring individual and system-level approaches National Council on Vocational Training and Education $91,415

Bigby, C. What makes a good group home; Kit for community visitors. Office of the Public Advocate. 2012- 2013 $10,000

 Bigby, C., Johnson, H., Douglas, Iacono, T Improving Staff Capacity to Form and Facilitate Relationships for People with Severe Intellectual Disability: Translating a thoerectial model into an evidence based intervention National Disability Research and Development Grants. 2013-2014 

 Bigby, C., & Beadle-Brown, J. Optimising Outcomes in Supported Living for People with Intellectual Disability. National Disability Research and Development Grants. 2013-2014  

Frawley, P., & Bigby, C. (2012) ‘Adopting a mainstream approach: Effective violence and abuse prevention strategies for people with an intellectual disability. Vic Health  2011 Innovation Grant. ($200,000)

Bigby, C., & Frawley, P (2012) ‘Cultures of respect in group homes’  Disability Donations Trust. ($50,000)

Bigby, C., Vizel, I., Mansell, J & Beadle Brown, J. Understanding 'encounter' as a dimension of social inclusion for people with intellectual disability".  ARC Linkage 2011-2013

Webber, R., Bigby,C, Bowers, B. Increasing organisational capacity of community residential units to facilitate ageing in place for people with intellectual disability ARC Linkage 2010-2012  

Bigby, C & Ramcharan, P. Self Advocacy and Inclusion: What can be learned from Speaking Up. ARC Linkage $177,000 plus $135,000 cash industry partners 2009-2012 

Bigby, C., Beadle-Brown, J. Mansell., J. Understanding organisational factors that impact on person centred practice and quality of life outcomes for residents with complex needs. DHS Office of the Senior Practitioner, 2009-2012 

Bigby, C., Knox; M, Mansell, J, & Beadle-Brown, J. Realising an 'ordinary life' for people with intellectual disabilities: Developing a theoretical framework for group home outcomes. ARC Discovery 2009- 2012

Stancliffe, R., Bigby, C., Balandin, S. Transition to retirement by adults with chronic disabilities: increasing community capacity. ARC Linkage, 2009-2011, 336,000

Carling- Jenkins, R., Icono, T, Torr, J, Bigby, C. Alzheimer’s Disease in people with down syndrome: Developing a model of care. Alzheimers Dementia Research Program. 2009