To ensure inclusion of those who are often excluded from decision making in research and program design, we use qualitative research and co-design with people with lived experience, consumers, communities and service providers. We use innovative methods to understand how people make meaning of their experiences and to understand complex social processes and socio-political change to improve prevention, early intervention and policies and programs to improve health and well-being. We support knowledge translation with ownership and engagement of end users from the beginning of the research process.
We use our qualitative and co-design expertise in service development, evaluation, and novel approaches to generate new insights. Focus areas include primary and tertiary health care, mental health, gender equity and health including gender-based violence, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and well-being, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Community health, adolescent health, communicable diseases and vaccination, non-communicable diseases, sexual and reproductive health, and the health of people in prison or at risk of imprisonment.
We collaborate with consumers and community groups, health, education and other government departments, the non-government sector, and academics across Australia and internationally.
In the evaluation of Shisha No Thanks, UNSW researchers found a significantly greater proportion of people who reported seeing, hearing or reading something about the harms of waterpipe smoking after the campaign was launched (67.5%) compared with before (45%).
The lifelong impacts of domestic, family and sexual violence call for responses that extend beyond crisis intervention to also address the longer-term impacts of trauma.
Associate Professor Holly Seale, infectious disease social scientist at the School of Population Health, has conducted research and community engagement activities to help Australia’s COVID-19 pandemic response with a focus on communication efforts with CaLD communities.