Research

Down Syndrome Australia supports research that aims to improve the lives of people with Down syndrome and their families. Find out more about Down syndrome research below.
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Down syndrome research

Looking for participants for your research?

Down Syndrome Australia supports research that aims to improve the lives of people with Down syndrome and their families. We provide information about national research projects to our community through social media and our newsletters if they meet our criteria.

Please email info@downsyndrome.org.au to promote a national research project. If you are recruiting for a State-based project, please get in contact with the relevant state organisation.

Involving people with Down syndrome and their families in developing research

Down Syndrome Australia supports the involvement of people with Down syndrome and their families in all stages of research.

The NHMRC statement on Consumer and Community Involvement in Research outlines the importance of consumer involvement in research.

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Share your research findings with our community

Down Syndrome Australia invites you to get in touch if you would like to share information about your research with our community.

We are happy to share plain English summaries of research through our newsletter or the Voice journal.

If you are interested in sharing your research, please contact us at info@downsyndrome.org.au.

Links to Relevant Research

The Down Syndrome Research Program (DSRP) (University of Queensland) is believed to be the oldest, most complete study of its kind anywhere in the world. The program began tracking all babies born with Down syndrome in the late 1970s in the greater Brisbane region, with a matched cohort of typically developing children. You can find out information about their latest research and project here.

2018 Down Syndrome Australia NDIS Survey. Down Syndrome Australia’s 2018 national survey found that people with Down syndrome and their families are receiving more support than ever before. It also found that some people are having a hard time accessing the NDIS and that planners do not always have enough knowledge about Down syndrome. You can read the 2018 National Survey Results here.

The Down Syndrome NOW (Needs, Opinions, Wishes) Report & Understanding Down Syndrome: Capturing Family Experiences Through Research. In 2004, researchers at the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research conducted an important study on the health, needs and functioning of children and young people with Down syndrome. The Down Syndrome Needs Opinions Wishes Study Report, 2007 provides information about support needs and medical conditions for different age groups.

The Transitions to Employment of Australian Young People with Disability and the Ticket to Work Initiative. The Transitions to Employment report provides information about how students with a disability move from school to work including information about a successful project which supported that transition.

A 2011 study which surveyed people with Down syndrome about their lives (Skotko, 2011) found that: Among those surveyed, nearly 99% of people with Down syndrome indicated that they were happy with their lives, nearly 99% people with Down syndrome expressed love for their families, and 97% liked their brothers and sisters. 

Research

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Research is when people are trying to find out as much information as they can about something.

Are you a researcher looking for people to take part in your research?

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Down Syndrome Australia will support research if it is to help people with Down syndrome and their families have better lives.

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If it is national research, covering different states of Australia, we may tell people about it on our social media, such as Facebook or Twitter, or our newsletters.

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If you are looking for people to take part in research in a certain area, please contact the Down syndrome organisation in that state.

Sharing research with the community

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Down Syndrome Australia may also be able to help you share information about research you have done.

You will need to write a short piece in Plain English for our newsletters or our Voice journal.

Please email Down syndrome Australia for more information: info@downsyndrome.org.au

Involving people with Down syndrome and their families in research

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Down Syndrome Australia says that people with Down syndrome and their families should be involved in all stages of research.

This includes deciding what to research and helping to design and do the research.

The National Health and Medical Research Council have a document that talks about this. You can find the link at the bottom of the page.

Examples of research about Down syndrome

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Here is information about some of the Australian research that is important to people with Down syndrome.

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The Down Syndrome Research Program (DSRP)

This research has been going since the late 1970s at the University of Queensland.

They have been studying babies and children with and without Down syndrome.

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2018 Down Syndrome Australia NDIS Survey

In this survey, people with Down syndrome and their families said they were getting more support than before.

But people also said they have some problems such as getting into the NDIS, and planners who don’t know much about Down syndrome.

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The Down Syndrome NOW (needs, Opinions, Wishes) Report, and Understanding Down syndrome: Capturing Family Experiences Through Research.

The Telethon Institute for Child Health Research in WA did this important research about children and young people with Down syndrome.

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The Transition to Employment of Australian Young People with Disability, and the Ticket to Work Initiative

This research is about students with a disability moving from school to work. It also has information about the project that helped people get into work.

Quality of life

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Quality of life is about what people think about their lives.

In 2011, Dr Skotko, in the US, asked people with Down syndrome about their lives.

Almost all of them said they were happy with their lives. They also said they loved their families, and liked their brothers and sisters.