Social inclusion: 2018 Research Week lunchtime talk

Event status:

A conversation about what social inclusion looks like in this day and age, and how we can achieve it.

Friday 31 August 2018 01:00 pm until Friday 31 August 2018 02:00 pm (Add to calendar)
La Trobe Research Community
Presented by:
Dr Kristelle Hudry, Dr Jennifer Power, Dr Suzanne Hodgkin, Dr Emma Seal, Ms Sophia Tipping, Associate Professor Fiona Kelly
Type of Event:
Current Student: Undergraduate; Current Student: Postgraduate; Public Lecture

What does social inclusion look like in this day and age, and how can we achieve it? Join the discussion with expert speakers from the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre, the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, the John Richards Centre for Rural Ageing Research, and the Centre for Sport and Social Impact.


Dr Kristelle Hudry

Can effective early intervention for pre-schoolers with autism be provided within socially inclusive settings?

The issue of inclusion vs. segregation is increasingly relevant to the context of autism and the early childhood sector as growing numbers of children are diagnosed in the toddler and preschool period. While our society may value the broad inclusion of people with disability, it remains to be seen whether early intervention for young children with autism can be feasibly and effectively provided within mainstream inclusive early childhood settings. Across 2015-2018, the Victorian ASELCC Team at La Trobe University has been conducting a pilot randomised controlled trial to understand whether the Group-Early Start Denver Model (G-ESDM) early intervention program can be feasibly and effectively provided to young children with autism within mainstream playrooms of LTU’s Community Children’s Centre which also houses two autism-specific ASELCC playrooms. This talk will include an outline of the project and outcome data for the 44 child participants in this trial to date

Dr Suzanne Hodgkin

Understanding loneliness in Australian rural ageing populations  - a mixed methods approach

This presentation focuses on understanding both the predictors of loneliness, and how loneliness is contructed among diverse rural ageing populations and presents data from an ARC Linkage project, ASPIRE.  The presentation will critically discuss these findings in the context of social networks and the sources of support for rural older people.

Dr Emma Seal

Women’s fear of judgement, physical (in)activity and social exclusion

The focus of this lightning talk is women’s experience of social exclusion in relation to physical activity and active living. The Centre for Sport and Social Impact has conducted an evaluation of the ‘This Girl Can’ campaign, which has been delivered by the Victorian Health Promotion Agency (VicHealth). The campaign is targeted at inactive and somewhat active women and aims to help them overcome the fear of judgement, whilst representing a more diverse (e.g. body size, cultural background, age) range of women getting active.

Our research uses a fear of judgement lens to understand the impact of wider socio-cultural factors, norms and processes that stop women accessing different physical activity spaces and staying, being or getting active. Rather than conceptualising (in)activity as an individual responsibility, our research demonstrates that what is happening at the individual, inter-group (i.e. during social interaction)  and environmental level all impact on women’s engagement with physical activity. These practices demonstrate the nuanced nature of how social exclusion operates as an inhibiting mechanism for women’s engagement with physical activity.

Ms Sophia Tipping

Including People with Cognitive Disabilities in Australian Elections

La Trobe University’s Living with Disability Research Centre are collaborating with the Victorian Electoral Commission and Inclusion Melbourne to explore the inclusion of people with cognitive disabilities (intellectual disability or acquired brain injury) in elections. This presentation will detail the various collaborative research strands of this project and present preliminary findings. A survey of staff in the disability sector found that, despite a lot of good will they took minimal action to support voting by people with intellectual disabilities and were uncertain how to do this. Focus groups with people with intellectual disability found that they had diverse political perspectives and experienced many obstacles to voting. Funded by the TAC, Inclusion Melbourne are using our expertise to work with politicians to make their key messages simpler and more accessible to people with acquired brain injury, and the Electoral Commission is designing and piloting an educational intervention that will help disability services to better support people with intellectual disabilities to vote in the November 2018 state election.

Dr Jennifer Power

Community engagement in HIV social research

At the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society we have a program of social research related to HIV and quality of life among people living with HIV (PLHIV). For ethical reasons, and to ensure we achieve our research goals, this research is built on an active partnership with PLHIV, advocacy organisations, and a range of other community stakeholders. Community engagement is an ongoing task that extends beyond individual projects. As an organisation, we work hard to build and maintain strong community relationships and to be actively involved in the HIV sector. In this presentation I will talk about how we build this engagement as individual researchers and as an organisation

Associate Professor Fiona Kelly (moderator)


The talk will be video-conferenced from these campuses:

  • Bendigo: HHS2-2.51
  • Albury Wodonga: AW-4-4101
  • Mildura: BGR-135
  • Shepparton - please note that owing to shortage of teaching space, the lunchtime talks are unable to be video-conferenced

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