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Dr Lauren Rice

Class Year: 2021

Scholarship: Research Fellowship

University: The University of Sydney

Connect: LinkedIn Profile

State: NSW

Focus Area

Positive social change

Dr Lauren Rice

Class Year: 2021

Scholarship: Research Fellowship

University: The University of Sydney

Connect: LinkedIn Profile

State: NSW

Focus Area

Positive social change

Scholarship Project

In the Bigiswun Kid Project I will follow-up a well-characterised population-based cohort of adolescents with high rates of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and intergenerational trauma living in remote Aboriginal communities in WA. The findings will inform future service planning, including the co-design of sustainable youth mental health, suicide prevention and NDIS-funded disability services.

Biography

I am passionate about improving the health and wellbeing of people with developmental disabilities and people living in remote Aboriginal communities.

 

While working in the disability sector, I saw the devastating impact emotion and behaviour disturbance has on children and their families' lives. Discovering how little we know about challenging behaviours and mental ill-health in developmental disability more broadly, I committed to pursuing a career in research. My PhD and postdoctoral research focused on behaviour disturbance in children with developmental disabilities and spanned the whole spectrum from molecular to psychosocial interventions.

 

The contrast of growing up in Mt Druitt then moving to Manly highlighted the striking inequality in Australian society, particularly for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Keen to be a part of the solution, I joined Professor Elizabeth Elliott's team in 2018 as a co-lead investigator on the Bigiswun Kid Project. My role is to help the Fitzroy Valley community navigate and advocate for the services they deserve.

Skills & Expertise

  • Developmental disability
  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Rural and remote health
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
  • Community engagement

"The Aboriginal women of the Fitzroy Valley have been leading the response to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and early life trauma in Aboriginal communities for the past ten years. I am excited to work with Westpac to highlight their incredible achievements."


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