Dr Raelene West is a research officer in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies in the College of Design and Social Context.
Raelene 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.
Available for expert commentary on:
Disability and aged care services (NDIS and CDC), ableism, Critical disability studies, human rights, social inclusion
Centre for Health & Society (CHS) - School of Population Health, University of Melbourne
Course: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Awarded a Victorian State Disability Plan 2002-2012 PhD Scholarship.
Study Title: ‘What do we mean by Support? The receipt of Disability Services and Compensation for People with a Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) in Victoria’.
Study Abstract: This qualitative study examines the concept of support associated with receipt of disability services and compensation. The study examines support frameworks for people with a SCI from the state’s three major disability support funders - the Department of Human Services, the Transport Accident Commission and the Victorian WorkCover Authority.
Mar 2005 - Aug 2012
Sandybeach Community Learning Centre, Sandringham, Vic
Course: Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
Awarded a field workforce development scholarship
Jan - Jul 2014
School of Anthropology, Geography and Environmental Studies (SAGES), University of Melbourne
Course: Graduate Diploma in Environmental Studies
Jan 2002 - Dec 2004
RMIT University (TAFE)
Course: Certificate IV in Design
1999 - 2002
Course: Bachelor of Arts Degree (History Major)
1995 - 1999
- West, R.,Ramcharan, P. (2017). Evaluation of the Financial Consumer Rights Council - dignity and debt: financial difficulty and getting older initiative In: Financial Consumer Rights Council Melbourne, Australia
- West, R.,Ramcharan, P.,Basser, L. (2017). Apparently we have human rights to health? Health and human rights frameworks of people with disabilities in Victoria In: Australian Journal of Human Rights, 23, 24 - 41
- David, C.,West, R. (2017). NDIS self-management approaches: opportunities for choice and control or an Uber-style wild west? In: Australian Journal of Social Issues, 52, 331 - 346
- Mutuality in Support Relationships (Administered by University of New South Wales). Funded by: National Disability Services - Innovative Workforce Fund 2017 from (2017 to 2018)