Dr Michelle Fitts Granted ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

Congratulations to Dr Michelle Fitts who has been awarded an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) to explore the lived experiences of Indigenous Australian women with traumatic brain injury.

Dr Fitts is one of five Western Sydney University researchers to be awarded a DECRA in the latest round.

About the research

Invisible disability: Indigenous women living with traumatic brain injury

Domestic and family violence that leads to traumatic brain injury is a significant disability concern, yet, little is known about the intersection of the two for Indigenous Australian women. They experience unacceptably high rates of head injury, 69 times higher than other Australian women. Qualitative exploration with Indigenous Australian women with traumatic brain injury, their families and the services who support them will seek to bridge the gap between research and practice and help inform the service delivery of disability, health and family violence agencies. The research will result in a body of work that explores their daily lives to understand the cultural, geographical, psycho-social needs and nuances of their lived experiences.

Total project funding: $442,500.

Posted: 3 November 2020.