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Professor Anne Kavanagh

Professor Anne Kavanagh is Chair of Disability and Health and in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne. She is the Head of the NHMRC funded Centre of Research Excellence in Disability and Health (CRE-DH) and  Academic Director of the Melbourne Disability Institute. Anne is an internationally renowned scholar in the field of health inequalities with specific expertise in disability, gender, the built environment and employment. She and her team use large datasets to identify the most important determinants of the health and wellbeing of people with disability. Her work shows how many of the health problems people with disability experience are due to social disadvantage such as unemployment, housing stress, discrimination and poverty. Her team is looking at how policies that reduce disadvantage among people with disability could improve their health.

Anne has received over 35 million dollars in research funding from competitive bodies such as the National Health and Medical Research Council and the Australian Research Council and has published over 150 peer-reviewed articles. She regularly contributes to debates through online media. Anne works closely with government and non-government organisations as well as advocacy groups to make sure her research is relevant to policy. She is currently a member of the Victorian Disability Advisory Council and the Brotherhood of St Laurence/NDIA Partnerships committee.

Professor Kavanagh was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2011 and is the mother of two children – one of whom is autistic and has an intellectual disability.  Anne is deeply committed to bringing together her academic expertise and her personal experience to improve the lives of people with disability and their families.