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About CADR


NDS established the Centre for Applied Disability Research with the assistance of the NSW Government in 2013, with the core objective to produce and share research and analysis that promotes good policy and service progress.


Oversight of the Centre for Applied Disability Research (CADR) activities is provided through the NDS corporate governance structure. From 2014 – 2017, a CADR Advisory Board provided support and guidance on strategic directions, applied research projects and other initiatives like the CADR Disability Knowledge Clearing House.

The Centre for Applied Disability Research Board Members (2014- 2017)

  • Richard Madden (Chair); Centre for Disability Research and Policy, University of Sydney           
  • Marilyn Chilvers; Executive Director, Family and Community Services Research and Analytical Unit, Family and Community Services, NSW Government
  • Karen Fisher; Professor, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW
  • Kerry Stubbs; CEO, Northcott Disability Services
  • Roz Walker; Associate Professor and Principal Investigator Centre for Research Excellence in Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing, Telethon Institute for Kids
  • Sue Elderton; Policy Manager, Carers Australia
  • Daniel Leighton; (Until June 2017) CEO, Inclusion Melbourne
  • Ross Joyce; Executive Officer, AFDO

Centre for Applied Disability Research Prospectus

For more information about the Centre for Applied Disability Research, read the current CADR Prospectus 2015 – 2018 [Word] and [PDF].

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