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Focus Groups & Key Informant Interviews



This project is part of the Wobbly Hub and Double Spokes (WH&DS) project.

Aim: Stage 2a of the project aimed to understand the current situation for therapists, carers, providers and people with a disability in Western NSW.

Approach: In 2011, focus groups and individual interviews were held with 97 direct government and non-government service providers, 78 carers and 10 adults with a disability in western NSW.

Outcomes: The data collected gave the research team a real understanding of the lived experience of people with a disability, their family members and service providers living and working in western NSW. These multiple perspectives allowed the team to place a truly local lens to understanding the data which in turn informed the development of the pilot projects.
Based on the analysis of these focus groups and interviews, and combined with the findings from the policy document analysis the research team developed a model of person and family-centred therapy.
In developing this model the research team drew on the principles underlying policy and service provision by putting the person and their family at the centre surrounded by extended family and situated within their local community with government as a backdrop.


Dr Angela Dew
Project Manager
Wobbly Hub and Double Spokes Project
75 East Street, T Building
Ph: +61 2 9351 9050
Fax: +61 2 9351 9128

Related publications

Veitch C, Dew A, Bulkeley K, Lincoln M, Bundy A, Gallego G, Griffiths S (2012)

Issues affecting therapist workforce and service delivery in the disability sector in rural and remote New South Wales, Australia: perspectives of policy-makers, managers and senior therapists.

Rural and Remote Health; 12: 1903

Retrieved 11 June 2012 from


Last updated: 8 November 2013
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