Following a competitive EOI process, the SESU selected five community-initiated scholarship projects from across Australia for funding in its inaugural 2020 round of applications.

ACU is pleased to be partnering with the below organisations on projects which are expected to produce positive impacts for communities experiencing disadvantage or marginalisation.


Sector projects

Sector projects see us partner with several organisations to address a broad research question on a systemic or 'big' issue affecting areas of the community sector.

Bringing together five organisations – Catholic Social Services Victoria, Jesuit Refugee Service Australia, Lord Somers Camp and Power House, St Mary’s House of Welcome, and St Vincent de Paul Society NSW – the SESU is developing a broad, multifaceted project that will address the social and economic impacts of COVID-19 on community services and their clients.


CatholicCare Sydney’s project seeks to investigate models that will deliver more effective education about ageing and dying. Working within the community, the project intends to produce more person-centred strategies to encourage deeper conversations about and better planning for older age and end of life – topics often broached with much discomfort.


Organisation-specific projects

Organisation-specific projects see us partner with organisations to inform, shape, evaluate or grow their programs or services, whether those activities be domestic or international in focus.

Suicide Prevention Pathways’ project was initiated in response to the 50 per cent increase in requests for support the organisation experienced following the outbreak of COVID-19. The project seeks to evaluate the impact of its Talk Suicide Support Service which offers a non-clinical alternative to suicide prevention in South-East Queensland for those at risk of suicide aged 15 years and over and for their support networks.


CatholicCare Melbourne’s project will evaluate their Geelong-based Settle Well program – a holistic school-based program that seeks to facilitate the transition to further education, training or sustainable employment for young refugees and asylum seekers at risk of disengagement from school and community life.


Earlier this year, with funding from the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, several facilities were established where people experiencing homelessness who became infected with COVID-19 could safely isolate and recover. Launch Housing, Brotherhood of St Laurence and St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne partnered to establish the Sumner House site. Due to low numbers of COVID-19 in the first wave of the pandemic, these facilities then transitioned into Respite and Recovery Facilities (RRFs). People experiencing homelessness could stay and receive health and housing support. With the second wave of the pandemic these facilities have moved back to offering COVID-19 isolation accommodation. Based on learnings from Sumner House, the project will investigate what a sustainable integrated health and housing model could look like post-COVID-19.


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The SESU can help inform, shape, evaluate and develop your programs and services. If these projects have inspired you, we invite you to partner with us on a research project that has meaning for your organisation.

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