Supporting young women and girls with a healthy start to life

In celebration of International Women’s Day, we are delighted to invite you to an event hosted by the MSHS Healthy Start to Life Research Hub.

This in-person event will feature a guest presentation by leading author, educator, podcaster, TEDx speaker, and parenting counsellor Lael Stone , followed by a panel discussion with some of our own expert researchers from MSHS, Professor Angela Morgan (Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology), Professor Alicia Spittle (Department of Physiotherapy), and Dr Kath Sellick (Department of Social Work).

Please join us for refreshments and an opportunity chat with colleagues before formalities begin at 10am with our guest presentation by Lael and a panel discussion.

Supporting young women and girls with a healthy start to life

  • Time: 9:30-11:15am
  • Date: Wednesday 6 March 2024
  • Place: The Studio at Melbourne Connect, 700 Swanston St, Carlton VIC 3053

This event will provide an important opportunity for MSHS researchers, alumni and external stakeholders to come together and celebrate the wonderful child health research being conducted across MSHS as we work to grow research opportunities and collaborations on campus.

We look forward to welcoming you on 6 March.

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We are pleased to announce the following guest speakers for this event:

Lael Stone

Lael Stone

Lael Stone (she/her) is an educator, TEDx speaker, author, mother, and parenting counsellor who has been working with families for over 20 years. Her work as a birth educator, post-natal trauma counsellor, and parenting educator has seen her work with thousands of families consulting about newborns all the way to the teen years. Lael's work has now extended to working with adults in the corporate space where she addresses the impacts of imprints and trauma and how that affects all relationships and stepping into our potential.


Prof Angela Morgan

Angela MorganProfessor Angela Morgan (she/her) is an National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Dame Elizabeth Blackburn Fellow at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI), and a Dame Kate Campbell Professorial Fellow of the University of Melbourne. Angela is Director of Research for the Melbourne School of Health Sciences at The University of Melbourne, and is Director of the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence – Translational Centre for Speech Disorders which builds on the previous NHMRC CRE in Speech and Language which she also led. In recent years, Angela and team have demonstrated the relevance of genetic causes for speech disorders by identifying over 30 genes number of novel genes not previously associated with severe speech disorder.


Prof Alicia Spittle

Alicia Spittle

Professor Alicia Spittle (she/her) is the Associate Dean Research (ADR) in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne, and physiotherapist clinician researcher within the Melbourne School of Health Sciences (MSHS). Alicia leads several research grants focused on early detection and early intervention for infants at high-risk of neurodevelopmental impairments, including infants born preterm and with cerebral palsy. In addition to her research roles at the University of Melbourne, Alicia works clinically in the neonatal intensive care unit and follow-up clinic at the Royal Women's Hospital in Melbourne, and has a research appointment at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.


Dr Kath Sellick

Kath Sellick

Dr Kath Sellick (she/her) is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Work, University of Melbourne. She is an experienced educator and researcher with a focus on mental health, trauma and trauma-informed practice, diversity and inclusion, and disability. Kath is skilled in using principles of co-production and co-design within research and curriculum development and has co-led projects investigating the experiences of lived experience workers.


Please join us from 9:30am for refreshments and an opportunity to chat with colleagues before formalities begin at 10am with our guest presentation by Lael and a panel discussion.

We hope to see you there.

Register Here