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Building Disability Research Partnerships in Cambodia

In January 2020, a cross-Faculty group of academics at QUB, led by Dr Alan Maddock (SSESW), facilitated two research workshops on disability and mental health in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap in Cambodia. The team included representation from social work, psychiatry, social policy and psychology. The aim of these workshops was to identify what the priority mental health and disability needs of Cambodian people are, from the perspective of local stakeholders, including the local government, academics policy makers, and the NGO sector in both fields. These workshops resulted in a successful collaboration between the team at QUB and these local Cambodian stakeholders in developing priority actionable research projects, with a view to helping these governmental departments and NGOs to meet the needs of people with disabilities and/or mental health issues, and develop future collaborative research projects on a range of identified themes. Future collaboration plans are ongoing with the hope that long term research partnerships can be established between QUB and the local stakeholders, with a view to attaining funding for the implementation of the research priorities identified and projects developed.