Pandemic research project

PWDA is looking at how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the mental health and wellbeing of women with disability. 

We’re keen to hear your stories.

Help inform our research by taking our short survey here.

Women have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic due to several factors, including economic insecurity, over-representation in certain sectors of the economy and caring responsibilities. 

The research undertaken in this project will examine the ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic has specifically impacted women with disability.

The project will also explore potentially positive changes adopted during the pandemic, such as the introduction of telehealth, online education and digital access to the arts. The project is currently in its formation stage. We have developed and tested our research questions and established an online survey. Themes are beginning to emerge. There has been an overall positive response from women with disability to sharing their stories of the pandemic.

This PWDA research project is funded under the National Mental Health and Wellbeing Pandemic Response Plan, which aims to better understand the challenges faced by ‘priority population groups.’ It will also suggest ways in which women with disability can be better supported in the future.

We encourage all women with disability to share their stories with us – individually and as part of focus groups. Interviews will be conducted in person, restrictions permitting, or via telephone or video link, between October 2021 and May 2022.

For more information, contact the Pandemic Research Project’s Chief Investigator, Frances Quan Farrant, at FrancesF@pwd.org.au.

Read our Interim Report and Literature Review below.