Dr Claire Hutchinson

Senior Research Fellow

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

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

Claire is a mixed methods social scientist who conducts research in ageing and disability. Her research focuses on consumers’ service preferences, outcome measurement - especially quality of life, and social return on investment.

Claire gained her PhD in psychology at UniSA whilst working as a researcher on a number of disability, ageing, health and community services related projects at Flinders University. She completed her postdoc at UniSA, undertaking a social return on investment analysis of vehicle modifications for people with disability before returning to Flinders in 2019 to join the newly formed Health and Social Care Economics Group at the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Claire is currently project managing an ARC Linkage project to develop a new quality of life instrument with aged care consumers for quality assessment and economic evaluation. She recently won an Australian Association of Gerontology ECR Development Grant to extend this work into culturally and linguistically diverse communities: https://www.qol-acc.org/

Given her previous experience as an occupational psychologist working in vocational rehabilitation with disadvantaged job seekers, Claire has a particular research interest in the economic participation of people with disabilities and has completed several studies on this topic including:

- a feasibility study on the use of Discrete Choice Experiments to elicit the social and economic participation service preferences of people with mild intellectual disability.

- a qualitative study with business owners with intellectual disability to identify facilitators, barriers and outcomes of engagement in microenterprise as an employment pathway.

- a mixed methods evaluation of a school-based program to increase open employment.


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

Funding in 2021:

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 (ARC) 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. National Health and Medical Research Council (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 Income. Evaluation of 'Aim High': equipping students with disability for open employment, Community Bridging Services. Hutchinson, C. (lead), Alexander, J. (AI)

2021-2022 - $245,769. 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
Quality of life
Vocational rehabilitation
Higher degree by research supervision
Associate supervisor: Positive Ageing (1), Quality of Life instrument development (1), Social Return on Investment Analysis (UniSA) (1)
Associate supervisor: Disability Employment (Hons) (1), Digital Inclusion People with disability (Masters Thesis) (1), Driver Rehabilitation (Hons) (1)