Aruma needs more help for this preventative healthcare research project!

We're looking for people with intellectual disabilities to share their experiences as part of change-making research - and you'll get paid for doing so!

May 31, 2023

Aruma is making some progress with our University of New South Wales (UNSW) partnership in key research to help bolster preventative health care for people with an intellectual disability. But we need more of your help to get more insights, so we can really hone in on the key issues and opportunities.

Interview participants each get a $50 gift card for sharing their experiences – so, what are you waiting for? If you, your loved or the person you support has an intellectual disability, contact Jess Ward at or (02) 9348 0903 to find out how you can take part.


Why are we doing this research?

Good preventative health care is important in lowering our risk of serious illness and in helping us to enjoy good health across our lifetime.

Unfortunately, people with intellectual disability often face a range of barriers in accessing the healthcare system. Improving our understanding of the barriers and enablers in accessing preventative healthcare is a key step in improving the health outcomes of people with intellectual disability.

That is why we have partnered with the University of New South Wales (UNSW) on the NHMRC Partnership Project: Preventative Healthcare for People with Intellectual Disability aimed at improving access to, and the quality of preventative healthcare across the lifespan for people with intellectual disability.


What is the research looking to find out?

  • How the preventative healthcare needs of people with intellectual disability are being represented at a state, national and international level;
  • How accessible preventative health strategies are for people with intellectual disability;
  • Determine how preventative health strategies are currently impacting health service usage for people with intellectual disability; and
  • How change can be implemented to enable people with intellectual disability to better access and participate in preventative healthcare.


Who can take part?

The UNSW research team are seeking people with intellectual disability, their paid and unpaid support networks, and health professionals to take part in 1:1 and group interviews to find out about access to preventative healthcare for people with intellectual disability.

The interviews will take between 1-2 hours with a second customer interview conducted so researchers can confirm their understanding of responses.

Contact Jess Ward today at or (02) 9348 0903 to find out more.

Read more information here.