Paul Ramcharan has been involved in research for and with people with disabilities for over twenty years and has maintained an ongoing interest in self advocacy over that time, his most recent being an ARC linkage with colleagues at La Trobe University and Reinforce (a self advocacy group) about the history of self advocacy in Victoria. Since arriving in Australia in 2006 Paul has undertaken research around the views and experiences of people with disability and family carers of restrictive practices and has subsequently developed a Road map for Achieving Dignity without Restraint. Paul maintains a keen interest in disability research, human rights and inclusive research practice.
Paul has occupied many key research leadership positions over the years including:
Coordinator for the UK Department of Health of a national research initiative designed to support implementation of Valuing People, a national intellectual disability policy
Member of the social care research panel for the Big Lottery Fund in the UK, the largest research-giver outside of government
Member of a research commissioning group with the Social Care Institute of Excellence in the UK
Co-Chair of the Disability Research reference Panel at the Department of Human Services, Disability Division.
Accomplishments and achievements
Co-chair DHS Disability research reference Panel (Sept 09 – ongoing).
Member of Critical Reference Group – Supervised Treatment Orders, Office of the Public Advocate (2009 ongoing)
Evaluator of Self Advocacy Resource Unit (2009–2010)
Evaluator of Reinforce (2009–2012).
Convenor - Applied Human Rights – On-line learning Community (2009 ongoing).
Member DSC Research Committee (RMIT) (2009 ongoing)
Member of SHE Human Research Ethics Committee (2007–2009).
UK National Research Commissioner and Co-ordinator - Being commissioned, with Prof. G. Grant, to co-ordinate the national learning disability research initiative running hand-in-hand with the publication of a Government White Paper on learning disability services, (Sept. 2001 to April 2005 with extension to 2007)
National UK Government Academic Expert - Being commissioned, with Prof. Gordon Grant, to undertake two reviews for the Department of Health that would inform the development and writing of the national policy in relation to people with learning disabilities.
National (England) Research Commissioner - Being invited to become a member of the Community Fund’s (now Big Lottery Fund) Advisory Group on Social Care Research – This work involved making decisions about the funding of research proposals submitted from around the U.K.(2001–2006)
National Research reviewer (England) - External reviewer for the Community Fund (National Lottery Charities Board) for their health and social care grant tenders (from September 2001 to 2006)
National research Commissioner (England) - Social Care Institute of Excellence (SCIE) – research tender relating to: Information Review: Access to knowledge about transition for young people with learning disabilities. June to August 2003
Chair of National Event - Human Rights for All – Chair and Discussant of the day (in role of Co-ordinator of the National Learning Disability Research Initiative) – National Council of Voluntary Organisations, November 2004.
National Seminar Convenor - National Learning Disability Research Initiative – Seminar Convenor with Gordon Grant on three occasions: November 2002, November 2003 and November 2004.
National Consultant (England) - Community Fund – Consultation for the merge of the Community Fund and the New Opportunities Fund into the Big Lottery Fund, March 04.
National Consultant (England) - Community Fund – Consultancy on the relationship between research organisations and their voluntary sector partners, 2004.
Invited keynote at international conference - Scholarship in Nursing: Managing fragmentation in the transfer of nursing knowledge between theory and practice – Key Note Address – International Nursing Conference, Changing practice: Changing Care, Gibraltar September 04.
Visiting international academic position - Visiting Senior Research Fellow, British Council, University of Renmin, Beijing, and October 1995.
Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching and Learning.
- Bigby, C.,Frawley, P.,Ramcharan, P. (2014). Conceptualizing inclusive research with people with intellectual disability In: Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 27, 3 - 12
- Bigby, C.,Frawley, P.,Ramcharan, P. (2014). A collaborative group method of inclusive research In: Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 27, 54 - 64
- Ramcharan, P.,Leighton, D.,Moors, R.,Laragy, C.,Despott, N.,Guven, N. (2013). It's My Choice! The Principles of Choice Volume 5 In: Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) Canberra
- Laragy, C.,Ramcharan, P.,Fisher, K.,McCraw, K.,Williams, R. (2013). Making it work: A workforce guide for disability service providers. In: Commonwealth - FaHCSIA Canberra
- Laragy, C.,Ramcharan, P.,Fisher, K.,McCraw, K.,Williams, R. (2013). Background Evidence: Making it Work: A workforce guide for disability service providers. In: Commonwealth - FaHCSIA Canberra, Australia
- Prain, M.,McVilly, K.,Ramcharan, P. (2012). Being reliable: issues in determining the reliability and making sense of observations of adults with congenital deafblindness? In: Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 56, 632 - 640
- Prain, M.,McVilly, K.,Ramcharan, P. (2012). Interacting with adults with congenital deafblindness: the experiences of disability support workers In: Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 37, 27 - 34
- Branigan, E.,Ramcharan, P. (2012). Human rights education in Australia: Reflections on the meaningful application of rights and values in practice In: Journal of Human Rights Practice, 4, 233 - 252
- Brewster, J.,Ramcharan, P. (2010). Enabling and supporting person-centred planning In: Learning Disability: A Life Cycle Approach, Open University Press, Maidenhead, United Kingdom
- Ramcharan, P. (2010). What is ethical research? In: Research Methods In Health: Foundations for Evidence-based Practice, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, Australia
- The Choosing for Yourself Toolkit. Funded by: Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs Contract from (2012 to 2013)
- Best practice guide for Disability Support Providers (DSPs) employing support workers within NDIS. Funded by: Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs Contract from (2012 to 2013)
- Developing a Research Tool for inclusive research around self advocacy history - extra funding to fund RMIT based Research Assistant. Funded by: Australian Society for the Study of Intellectual Disability Research Grant pre-2014 from (2009 to 2010)
- Midwives attitudes toward sexuality and parenting by people with disability. Funded by: Nurses Board of Victoria Major Research Grant from (2008 to 2008)
3 PhD Completions6 PhD Current Supervisions and 2 Masters by Research Current Supervisions