Roundtable: Tackling poverty and disadvantage through data

Tackling poverty and disadvantage through data-informed decision making

This event will be an open discussion on ways to harness the power of data to tackle poverty and disadvantage. We want to hear from you! As policy analysts, service providers and researchers, what are your biggest challenges and where are the potential opportunities for data and research collaborations to inform and shape decision-making? 

The roundtable has been organised through the Breaking Down Barriers project at the Melbourne Institute: Applied Economic & Social Research in collaboration with the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course (Life Course Centre).  

We will be presenting analyses from the Breaking Down Barriers project on communities, poverty, linking youth disadvantage to employment opportunities, and the link between poverty and social housing density.  Members of the Life Course Centre will also be reporting on existing and emerging projects being undertaken to better understand and address disadvantage over the life course. 


Professor A. Abigail Payne

Director and Ronald Henderson Professor, Melbourne Institute (Lead, Breaking Down Barriers and Chief Investigator, Life Course Centre) 

Associate Professor Francis Mitrou

Program Head – Population Health, Telethon Kids Institute and WA Node Director, ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families Over the Life Course (Life Course Centre) 


Dr Rajeev Samarage

Senior Research Fellow, Data Analytics and Program Coordinator, Melbourne Institute, University of Melbourne

Baldave Singh

Manager, Data Linkage Services, WA Department of Health

Ashleigh Pruitt

Principal Policy Officer, Department of Premier and Cabinet WA

PANEL: Engaging with Policy Stakeholders

Cassandra Winzar

Dr Merran Smith

Louise Gates

Kayelle Drinkwater

As a roundtable event, there will be a strong emphasis throughout the day on discussion, networking, and input from attendees, including exploring opportunities for engagement and collaboration with Breaking Down Barriers and the Life Course Centre. The aim of this workshop is to exchange knowledge and build enduring research and translation

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Date & Time

Wed, 29 May, 2024

9:00 am – 5:00 pm (AWST)




Life Course Centre

Melbourne Institute

Telethon Kids Institute