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The Australian National University

Annmarie Ashton-Wyatt

Position: PhD Candidate


Phone: +61 2 6125 7035

Location: Room 3012, Coombs Building #9


PhD title

Disadvantaged or diverse?  Child disability and families in Australia.

Annemarie is investigating the ways in which families in Australia having a child or children with disability are different or similar to families in Australia having a child or children with no disability.

Understanding the needs of families is important for delivering more effective supports. This research project uses population data analysis based on existing sources, such as the Census of Population and Housing and the Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers. This part of the research aims to identify any patterns in geographic distribution, economic impact or family structure which may be associated with child disability.

Importantly, this research also seeks to better understand how the lived experience of child disability may affect families, particularly how parent relationships (with each other and with wider family members) may be changed. This aspect will be explored by interviewing parents of children with disability.

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Dr Edith Gray

Research Interests

My research interest is primarily in social research. Current areas of specific interest include:

  • Disability in Australia
  • Family relationships, marriage and divorce
  • Impacts of the new economy on work and home life


Conference presentations

Ashton-Wyatt, A. (2012) Child disability and families in Australia: Demographic profile of a missing population (presentation) presented at Australian Population Association National Conference ‘Population change: past, present and future’ 5–7 December 2012, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Ashton-Wyatt, A. (2012) Learning from Where’s Wally? Measuring a missing population of families caring for children with disability (poster) presented at European Population Conference, 13-16 June 2012, Stockholm University, Sweden.


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