Highlights from the Media Centre

From the potential of crowdfunding as a way into the property market, to research into the benefits of child protection, police, and child and family advocates and therapists working together in response to allegations of child abuse, here are some of the top stories from UniSA’s Media Centre:

Crowdfunding opens the door to Australia’s property market

hand holding cut-out house over pile of coinsIn an Australian first, innovative research from UniSA reveals that strength in numbers could hold the key for people wanting to enter Australia’s property market, with crowdfunding leading the way as an alternative option for new investors.

Lead researcher, UniSA’s Dr Braam Lowies, says the ground-breaking study assesses individual investor motivation and appetite for crowdfunding and its potential as an alternative investment vehicle for entering Australia’s tenuous property market.

“There’s a lot of debate about the current state of Australia’s housing market and its inaccessibility, especially first-time homebuyers, who lack foundation capital get their first home,” Dr Lowies says.

Collaboration proves vital for children in crisis

Paper chain of child figures on grassUnderstanding the benefits of child protection, police, and child and family advocates and therapists working together in local communities to respond to allegations of sexual and other severe child abuse has been the focus of recent research led by UniSA’s Australian Centre for Child Protection (ACCP).

The research comprised an evaluation of the pilot Multiagency Investigation and Response Team (MIST) program, established as an innovative partnership between government and non-government agencies in Perth in 2015.

The approach aims to provide a victim-centred and holistic response to allegations of severe child abuse. This includes bringing professional multidisciplinary teams together in local communities in a more timely and effective way, and early connection of children and their families to support services.

The research findings showed co-location of specialist child abuse detectives, interviewers, child protection officers alongside child advocates and therapeutic services in a purpose-built child friendly setting had significant benefits for children, families and the response teams.