Every child’s early experiences have a significant impact on their learning, development, health and future prospects. We recognise that the support that children and young people receive early in life is critical for their long-term health and wellbeing, educational, social and economic outcomes as adults.
Our programs of research in child health and wellbeing are extensive and span areas of health and social care. In the area of children's health we undertake world-leading research relating to learning and communication in children with cochlear implants, advances in bilateral and binaural hearing; the assessment of pain in preverbal children; the physiology of the neonate/parent interaction; improving the safety and quality of care of hospitalized children, and advances in child physiotherapy.
We are committed to supporting children's care undertaking applied research that addresses some of our most pressing social concerns, for example, understanding the dynamics of child abuse and family violence, and developing and embedding social innovations that make a positive difference in the lives of vulnerable children.