Youngcare & Griffith University Knowledge Partnership

JOINING FORCES TO GIVE YOUNG AUSTRALIANS WITH HIGH CARE NEEDS A VOICE
Right now in Australia, the choices in care and housing for young people with 24/7 care needs are so limited that they are virtually non-existent. To date, young Australians have had almost no input into what type of care and housing would best meet their needs.

The Youngcare Griffith University Partnership is unique as it sees the collaboration of various stakeholders, and in a rare occurrence, has brought together the housing and health sectors to address the rights of young people in need of more choice in where they live and how they receive care.

THE GAP
The partnership is helping give young people with high care needs a voice, allowing them for the first time to have a say in what they actually want when it comes to care and housing. Youngcare is using this new knowledge to develop the right homes and the right kind of support for these young people, something which has been desperately needed for a long time.

ABOUT THE PARTNERSHIP
For the first time, young Australians who are affected by this extreme lack of choice in care and housing have an opportunity to voice their thoughts and opinions as to where they want to live, the kind of home they would like to live in, and the type of care they want to receive.

Thanks to the partnership, Youngcare is now enabled to inform the disability and housing sectors about best practice in:
•    New models of care and housing;
•    Consumer preferences learnings;
•    Assessment tools;
•    Developing a set of guidelines for quality support for young adults; and
•    Developing evidenced-based design specifications for housing that are consumer driven.

HOW WILL THE RESEARCH CHANGE THE CURRENT LANDSCAPE?
The Youngcare Griffith University Partnership is providing young people with a well-evidenced, systematic and powerful vehicle to have a voice. It is giving them the chance to state their own opinion on the things that impact them.

This is a very grassroots research campaign – it is delivering the framework on how to give young people the care they would prefer, not just what they “get stuck with".

For more information on Youngcare’s research project, please contact Youngcare’s General Manager Strategy and Research Anna Cox on 07 3041 3400 or via email acox@youngcare.com.au.

 

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