The Melbourne Disability Institute (MDI) is an interdisciplinary research institute that was established by the University of Melbourne in 2018 to build a collaborative, interdisciplinary and translational research program to improve the lives of people with disability.

Ultimately, the MDI research program aims to capitalise on national reforms and active partnerships with the disability sector to deliver evidence for transformation. The MDI research program is centred around providing much-needed evidence for the disability sector and broader community to address the complex problems facing people with disability, their families and carers.

The MDI research program is underpinned by four foundation principles: data; interdisciplinarity; experience-based co-production with people with lived experience of disability; and active partnerships. The MDI will facilitate research through seed funding, research translation funding and community-based research, in addition to leading several flagship projects in response to priority issues raised by the disability sector.


To transform the social and economic wellbeing and the health of people with disability through high-quality research, teaching and training, and knowledge translation.

Community Based Research Program

There is an increasing need for organisations to ensure that their programs and practices are informed by, if not grounded in, well-conducted, relevant, scientific research. The Melbourne Disability Institute’s Community-Based Research Scheme aims to meet the research needs of community organisations by providing research support and evaluation of innovative programs that are making a difference in the lives of people with disability, their families and carers.

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Community Based Research