Dr Claire Hutchinson

Senior Research Fellow

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Sturt North (N202)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Dr Hutchinson is a Senior Research Fellow in the Health and Social Care Economics Group and a full academic member of the Caring Futures Institute. She is a mixed methods social scientist who conducts research in ageing and disability. Her research focuses on:

  • the quality of life, psychosocial well-being, and lived experiences of social care recipients
  • social return on investment analysis of health and social care interventions
  • disability employment

Dr Hutchinson has been a named Chief Investigator on over $2.2 million of competitive grant funding and has a strong track record of managing and delivering collaborative end-user focused research.

Claire has spent the last three years as project manager of an ARC Linkage project developing new quality of life and care experience instruments with aged care consumers for quality assessment and economic evaluation. Claire additionally led an extension of this work into culturally and linguistically diverse communities. These tools - Quality of life-Aged Care Consumers (QOL-ACC) and Quality of Care Experience (QCE-ACC) - are currently being trialled in the national Quality Indicators Pilot by the Department of Health. http://www.qol-acc.org/

Dr Hutchinson is sought after nationally and internationally for her expertise on social return on investment analysis, reviewing international grant applications and journal paper submissions for several top-ranked journals, as well as being invited as Chief Investigator onto SROI grants in health and social care.

Her work in disability employment has been across all employment pathways (ADEs, open employment, microenterprise). Dr Hutchinson recently spoke to ABC radio about her work on microenterprise for people with intellectual disability following her presentation at the Australian- Korean Cross-Cultural Conference on Innovation in Disability Employment hosted by Flinders University in August 2022: Link to podcast here [17:47 to 26:47]

Full list of publications via Google Scholar


2016 PhD Psychology, University of South Australia

1994 MSc Organisational Psychology, University of Hertfordshire, UK

1992 Graduate Diploma in Psychology, Open University, UK

1990 Bachelor of Arts, Middlesex University, UK

Honours, awards and grants

2022-2023 - $80,335. Endeavour Foundation. Factors that support positive employment outcomes for intellectually disabled persons in hospitality. Manoharan, A., Hutchinson, C. & Jones, J.

2021-2022 - $151,902. Lifetime Support Authority. The impact of home automation: social return on investment and case studies. Laver, K., Hutchinson, C., Williams, P. & Manual, K.

2021-2022 - $25,000. Flinders Foundation. “ACTIVE-DAY’: helping older adults to move more, sit less and sleep well, from hospital to home (CIs) Baldwin. C., Lewis, L., Catcheside, P., Dumuid, D., Hutchinson, C. & Huxley, K. (AIs) Wallen, M., Hewitt, T. & Graham, L.

2021-2022 - $25,000. Flinders Foundation. CR4ALL – Cardiac Rehabilitation for All: Telehealth cardiac rehabilitation tailored to the needs and preference of disadvantaged populations living with coronary heart disease in rural and remote Australia. (CIs) Beleigoli, A., Hutchinson, C., Pinero de Plaza, M.A., Clark, R. & Tirimacco, R., (AIs) Hendriks, J., Tideman, P., Versace, V., Lynch, I & Keech, W.

2021-2024- $319,061. Australian Research Council Linkage. Choosing the way forward: addressing post-parental housing transition needs of adults with intellectual disability and their older family carers. Walker, R., Bigby, C., Wiesel, I., Rillotta, F., Hutchinson, C., & Angley, P.

2021-2025 – $936,786. NHMRC Partnership Grant. Defining the economic and social return on investment of cancer information and telephone support services for all Australians. McCaffrey, N., White, V., Livingston, T., Mihalopoulos, C., Paul, C., Orellana, L., Engel, L., Hutchinson, C., Hutchinson, A. & Aranda, S. (CIs), Ratcliffe, J., Desilva, D., Fradgley, E. & Steiner, A. (AIs).

2021-2022 - $50,575. (Consultancy) Evaluation of 'Aim High': equipping students with disability for open employment, Community Bridging Services. Hutchinson, C. (lead), Alexander, J. (AI)

2021-2022 - $158,728. EuroQOL Research Grant. Unravelling the EQ-5D self-report proxy conundrum for older people. Ratcliffe, J., Engel, L., Mulhern, B., Milte, R., Hutchinson, C. & Khadka, J.

Key responsibilities

Project Manager for ARC Linkage (LP170100664) A good life: developing a new quality of life instrument with older Australian for economic evaluation in aged care.

Supervisory interests
Consumer and carer perspectives
Disability, qualitative research
Outcome measurement
Palliative care
Quality of life
Vocational rehabilitation
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: End of life care (1)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Dillon Trepper

Hons (First Class), UniSA 2019 -

Meliisa Sharpe

Hons (First Class), Flinders 2021 -

Lisa O'Neill

Masters of Disability Policy & practice (Thesis - High Distinction), Flinders 2021 -

Jenny Cleland

PhD (Flinders) - JUN 2022

Henry Bowen

PhD (UniSA) - JUL 2022