Quality of Life Study
Client: NSW Department of Families and Community Services
Date: 2015 – 2018
A multi-stage study
This important study looked at the impact on moving people with severe disabilities from Rydlemere and Westmead government run institutions to group homes around Sydney. The redevelopment of large residential centres is a significant social reform in NSW, and fits within a broader ‘human rights approach’ to disability services.
In 2013, we worked with the Centre for Disability Studies to develop the QoL Study Framework. In 2014 Matrix carried out Stage 1 of the study which collected analysed and evaluated baseline data.
We’re thrilled to now have the opportunity to carry out Stage 2, the final stage. This will involve consulting with residents, their families and staff to learn about any changes for people who have moved out of the large Rydalmere and Westmead Residential Centres.
Our final report will include an analysis and comparison between Stage 1 and Stage 2, taking into account not using the QoL tools.
The report will also include evidence to determine the extent to which the redevelopment program has changed the quality of life for the residents who lived at Rydalmere and Westmead Centres.
Finally, our report will highlight the key issues and learnings which can inform future large-scale FACS reforms.