Associate Professor Joanne Bryant has been awarded $308,303 for the project ‘Aftercare for young people: A sociological study of resource opportunities’This project aims to understand the resourcing opportunities and needs of young people in the first year after exiting alcohol and drug (AOD) treatment. AOD treatment is successful for many people, yet it is also common for people to ‘relapse’ or return to treatment and to experience multiple periods of engagement, drop-out and re-engagement. Drawing on sociological concepts, and using a longitudinal qualitative design, this project aims to provide new evidence about the resourcing needs of young people – their perceptions of the resources available to them, and how they use these to maintain their AOD treatment outcomes. This will support the design of continuing care services that are responsive and relevant to young people’s needs.

Dr Sophie Lewis has been awarded $381,875 for the project 'Sick, lonely and left behind? A sociological study of loneliness'. Taking a sociological approach, this project aims to generate new knowledge about the experience and meanings of loneliness for people and communities, and the social factors implicated in the rise of loneliness in contemporary Australia. By focusing on loneliness in people with long-term health conditions, this knowledge will be used to develop policy and practice recommendations for the health- and community-care sectors in how to support people and communities experiencing loneliness.

In addition to leading these projects, the following CSRH academics are members of other multi-university teams that were successful during this latest round of ARC funding:

  • Scientia Professor Carla Treloar is a member of a $355,501 project team led by Curtin University on 'Lived experiences of treatment for hepatitis C in Australia'.
  • Dr Kari Lancaster is a member of a $300,134 project team led by the Drug Policy Modelling Program at the UNSW Social Policy Research Centre on ‘Designing illicit drug policy solutions: the role of participation’.