Dr Raelene West

Raelene West is passionate about creating positive social change. Raelene has lived experience of disability, becoming a quadriplegic as a result of a car accident 20 years ago. Her research areas include examination of support service frameworks for People with Disabilities and Older Persons, ableism, social inclusion and human rights.

She has a PhD in Sociology – Disability from the University of Melbourne, has been on numerous disability advocacy committees and was the recipient of the 2014 field scholarship where she completed a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment associated with Disability Workforce Training.

She is currently working as a social researcher at the new Social and Global Studies Centre (S/G) at RMIT University. Raelene also has lived experience of utilisation of disability support services from both traditional and online service provider platforms.

Her recent work includes a co-authorship on the 2018 report ‘Mergers, Amalgamations and Acquisitions in the Australian Not-for-Profit Human Services Sector’ with RMIT University School of Business-GAL and CPA Australia, and assisted with formulation of disability workforce report ‘MAKING IT WORK – A workforce guide for disability service providers’ as a part of implementation of NDIS.

She also assisted with data collection (in-depth interviews) on study auditing the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities, and in 2017, completed evaluation report for the Financial Consumer Rights Council (FCRC) Vic ‘Dignity and Debt – Older Persons in Financial Hardship’.

Authored papers in disability field on theoretical areas such as human rights and health, marketisation, NDIS frameworks, individualised funding and emerging online uber-style service markets.

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Disability and aged care services (NDIS and CDC), ableism, CDS, human rights, social inclusim

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