'Living a Good Life: Personal support networks'

DVD documentary series

'Living a Good Life: Personal support networks' is a documentary series of DVDs that provides first-hand accounts of people with a disability, their families and other personal network members exercising choice and control in their lives. It includes information about how networks developed, the opportunities and supports that arose in the context of the personal networks, and the role of the networks in informing support arrangements including individualised funding.

The DVD series was the initiative of Southern Cross University academic staff Michelle Donelly and Louise Whitaker, together with colleagues Anne Hillman, Roger Stancliffe and Trevor Parmenter at University of Sydney and Marie Knox of the Centre for Disability Studies. It was developed following a five-year ethnographic research study of the personal networks of people with a disability.

The aim of the DVDs is to communicate important research findings to people with a disability, family members and their communities.

'Living a Good Life: Personal support networks' DVD series includes captions and is available from:


Feedback and enquiries are welcome.
E: michelle.donelly@scu.edu.au