Australian Catholic University has selected the five community-initiated research projects it will fund from the 2020 round of applicants to its Stakeholder Engaged Scholarship Unit.
The university has a long-standing tradition of engaging with its partners and the SESU builds on this by supporting partner-driven projects.
ACU vice-chancellor and president Greg Craven said the selected projects addressed key areas of need in the community.
“We expect that the projects will produce positive cultural, social and economic impacts for communities experiencing the most disadvantage and marginalisation,” Professor Craven said.
- Understanding the impact of COVID-19: Bringing together five organisations (Catholic Social Services Victoria, Jesuit Refugee Service Australia, Lord Somers Camp and Power House, St Mary’s House of Welcome, and St Vincent de Paul Society NSW) this project will address the social and economic impacts of COVID-19 on community services and their clients.
- Transitioning to further education and employment: CatholicCare Melbourne’s project will evaluate its Geelong-based Settle Well program that aims to help young refugees and asylum-seekers transition to further education, training or employment .
- Planning for older age and end of life: CatholicCare Sydney’s project seeks to investigate models that will deliver more effective education about ageing and dying.
- Building an integrated health and housing model: This project will see Launch Housing, Brotherhood of St Laurence and St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne continue work on helping people experiencing homelessness to receive health and housing support, post-COVID-19.
- Impact of an alternative service for suicide prevention: This project seeks to evaluate the impact of Suicide Prevention Pathways’ Talk Suicide Support Service in South-East Queensland for those at risk of suicide aged 15 years and over and for their support networks.