Welcome to the Melbourne Disability Institute (MDI) at the University of Melbourne. We facilitate collaborative, interdisciplinary research to build the evidence-base needed to guide social and disability policy reforms and to advance opportunity and equity for people with disability, their families and carers.
We are committed to co-producing collaborative research, where people with disability are involved not just as participants, but as co-creators of knowledge. Throughout our work, we strive to promote the inclusion and well-being of people with disability, explore issues that are or are likely to become important to people with disability and recognise, foster and communicate the contributions people with disability make to research.
The work of the MDI is building on established programs and partnerships, including the Brotherhood of St Laurence-University of Melbourne partnership, the Scope-University of Melbourne partnership, the Hallmark Disability Research Initiative and the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Disability and Health.
Phone +61 3 9035 6416
New Podcast! Let Us In
Produced with the support of MDI, Let Us In takes a look at the many barriers people with disability face trying to access places and spaces the community generally takes for granted. The podcast features people with disability, advocates and researchers from all across Australia looking at such diverse topics as employment, housing and transport.
The Melbourne Disability Institute has a small team who coordinate our research and engagement activities.
The Committee is the key governing body for the Institute and consists of academics from law, public health, economics, education and the arts.
Disability Hallmark Research Initiative
The Hallmark Disability Research Initiative was an interdisciplinary disability research hub at the University of Melbourne.
The MDI Strategic Plan 2019-2021 is available for download. We are in the process of updating the strategic plan to reflect current and future priorities and direction.
Disability Research APO Collection
Established in November 2020, the Disability Research APO Collection supports the work of the National Disability Research Partnership to facilitate a collaborative and inclusive disability research program that builds the evidence for successful innovation in policy and practice. Wherever possible, accessible versions of documents such as plain language summaries, Easy English or audio versions have been included in the Collection.