Understanding disadvantage, poverty and adversity
Baptcare responds to community need through advocacy on behalf of those who have a limited voice in Australian society. We recognise that it matters how governments, the community sector, churches and local communities understand poverty, disadvantage and adversity, as this impacts how we determine solutions. We engage in policy and advocacy issues crucial to the needs of people with whom we work – drawing on evidence from research we conduct with the services we run, the people that use those services and other external resources. Where possible, we join with other organisations within the community services, aged care and allied sectors. This gives us the opportunity to speak on issues of concern. We also make submissions and presentations to Government Inquiries, conferences and forums on issues where we have relevant experience and expertise.
Baptcare’s Research and Policy Unit’s aim is to conduct original research and support researchers internally and externally that benefit the people Baptcare works with and the community.
We conduct research and policy projects to increase understanding of the issues that affect children, families, disability, aged care and asylum seekers. We aim to improve practice delivery, inform debate and work in partnership with others at influencing social and economic policy in Victoria, Tasmania and across Australia.
Our goal is to deliver evidence-based advice and contribute to the development of state and national social policy on children, families, disability, aged care and asylum seekers.
Our research and policy priorities for 2015-2016:
- social impact measurement
- case management
- local area coordination
- out of home care
- dementia care
For all research and policy enquiries please contact: Rachel Breman, Baptcare Head of Research, Policy and Advocacy.