ARC Linkage Success

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Following Anne and Linda’s great ARC Discovery Project success in late 2019, I am delighted to announce further good news for Anne Harris and the team led by Renata Kokanovic (GUSS). Warmest congratulations!

Title: Borderline Personality as Social Phenomena – $567,500

Team: Professor Renata Kokanovic, Professor Stuart Thomas, Dr Cameron Duff, Associate Professor Anne Harris,Professor Stacy Holman Jones, Dr Jacinthe Flore, Professor Andrew Chanen, Dr Sarah Pollock, Adj A/Prof Sathya Ra, Dr Louise McCutcheon, Dr Michelle Blanchard, Professor Felicity Callard, Professor Lisa Blackman

Partner organisations: Department of Health, Mind Australia Limited, National Mental Health Commission, Mental Health Victoria Ltd, NEAMI National, Eastern Health, SANE Australia; Melbourne Health, Private Mental Health Consumer Carer Network (Australia) Limited. 

Mental disorders attract social stigma and those diagnosed are widely misunderstood. This project aims to collect and analyse accounts of people living with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) – mainly women – and
perspectives of social support practitioners. The intended outcome is to provide a sophisticated understanding of BPD as a social phenomenon, develop sociological evidence based on lived experiences and generate Australian digital resources including narratives of BPD, creative outputs and practitioner perspectives. The anticipated goal of this project is to inform policy and community responses addressing stigma and marginalisation, and the improvement of social support for those affected by BPD.

This study brings several important sociocultural and policy benefits. It will develop innovative approaches to understanding the social context and lived experience of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), a label known for its significant stigma and social exclusion. This project will generate critical knowledge on the gendered and sociocultural contexts of lived experiences of the BPD label, constituting a pioneering evidence base to improve policy outcomes. It will develop internationally unparalleled digital resources and creative outputs to raise community awareness and improve social supports and participation. The project intends to fundamentally and positively transform representations and understandings of the BPD label; an approach potentially translatable to other complex mental health experiences associated with stigma and social marginalisation.

For more information on all successful projects, click here. Of particular interest to staff may be the project led by ACU Young children in digital society: An Online Tool for service provision

The project aims to identify the practices enacted and shared amongst young children, their families and educators in digital society. The project is significant because in digital society families and educators face new demands ensuring technologies are used in the best interests of young children. Knowledge about practices in digital society informs adult decision-making using technologies with, by and for young children in the early years. The outcome is a new Online Tool for the Partner Organisations to share exemplar practices benefiting Australian children, their families and educators with new resources, materials and programs in areas including: digital media production, cyber-safety education, digital play and digital parenting.

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