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.

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

We will examine the ways in which the pandemic has specifically impacted women with disability. We will also identify any positive changes, such as the introduction of telehealth and online education.

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