NDIS Webinar presentation: Social, civic, and community participation.

The NDIA Research and Evaluation Branch is launching a series of informative webinars on its research. 

This webinar series aims to provide information and updates on the Research and Evaluation Branch research outputs to providers, participants, other researchers, NDIA staff and those in the disability sector.

The first webinar is about social, civic and community participation and will present findings from a recent systematic review which looked at interventions to support social, civic and community participation, a mixed methods research project looking at participant barriers and enablers to community participation and a new information resources to support participants to understand the supports available to them in reaching their community participation goals.


Dr Renata Morello 

Bio: Renata is a Director in the Research and Evaluation Branch at National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).

In her role at the NDIA in November 2019, she has supported the development of the branch and its program of research in economic and social and community participation, home and living and artificial intelligence.

Prior to joining the NDIA she worked as a research fellow in the School of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at Monash University, where she undertook research in healthcare management, chronic disease, fall prevention and aging.

She has skills in both qualitative and quantitative research and analysis of large datasets.

Renata has a background in Physiotherapy, with over 15 years of clinical experience in public and private health and community sectors, in Australia and the UK. She also holds a Masters and PhD in Public Health.

Dr Elizabeth (Lizzie) Smith

Bio: Dr Elizabeth (Lizzie) Smith is an Assistant Director at the NDIA undertaking research with NDIS participants and their supporters since 2020.

She has over 12 years research experience with a variety of populations including people with intellectual disability, acquired brain injury, and LGBTQA+ communities.

She will be presenting on the mixed methods part of the social, civic and community participation research.

Marie Garrubba

Bio: Marie Garrubba is an Assistant Director, Evidence for Action team in the Research Evaluation Branch at the NDIA. Marie leads the production of evidence informed resources and tools to support participants, families and carers with their decision making.

She has over 12 years experience supporting the conduct and use of research into practice in the health and disability fields.

Session details 

This session will be delivered via video-conference using Microsoft Teams.

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