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Dr Robert Campain

Research Fellow


Since completing my PhD in Sociology at La Trobe University (2006), I have worked for Scope - a Victorian Disability service provider - and Deakin University  in the School of Health and Social Development. The main focus of my work has been in the field of disability and social inclusion, dealing with the day-to-day lived experience of people with disability, their families and carers. My research has involved working with a range of partners including organisations in Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea, Save the Children, Gymnastics Victoria, Barwon Health and Westfield. More recently at Swinburne University I have been engaged in two research projects in the field of disability and social inclusion, with a focus on aspects of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. This has involved working with two external partners - Mind Australia and Spinal Life, Australia. 

Much of my work has involved developing methods of data collection accessible to a wide diversity of people with a disability, including people with an intellectual disability and those using a range of assistive technologies to communicate. This has led me to collaborate with people with disability to assist in the design of the research and to support them to undertake data collection, as well as some analysis / commentary on findings. My current work is in partnership with Uniting Vic Tas and involves developing an outcome measure across their programs and services to enhance Uniting Vic Tas' work within the communities it serves.

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Co-Supervisor.


Also published as: Campain, Robert; Campain, R.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2021: National Cross-Sector Scan and Analysis of Employment *; Australian Government - Comcare
  • 2020: Analysis of CareRing data and assistance with report production *; Kildonan Uniting Care
  • 2020: Inclusion Australia E1 Evidence Pieces *; Inclusion Australia
  • 2019: Definitions of choice in policy and lived experience of people with psychosocial disability in the NDIA *; Mind

* Chief Investigator

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