Healthy Start to Life

Early experience and learning sets the foundations for optimising health outcomes

About this hub

The World Health Organisation recognises the importance of a healthy start to life to optimise a child's developmental potential. Interventions are needed to ensure that every infant, child and adolescent can develop to its full potential, and our School focuses on an interdisciplinary approach, including allied health and nursing, to support the individual along with their family and community.

Our School's researchers are conducting research to improve outcomes for infants, children and adolescents, along with their caregivers by optimising a healthy start to life. We recognise that the care and support that infants, children and young people, and their families receive early in life is critical for their long-term health and wellbeing, educational, social and economic outcomes as adults. Consistent with recommendations from the World Health Organisation, our research is focusing on supporting the child themselves, along with their family, community and health professionals to ensure they have the information, skills and services to optimise their development and reach their full potential.

A healthy start to life encompasses many areas of development, and our research includes, but is not limited to, neonatal care and outcomes, safety and quality of care, evidence-based care of the hospitalized child, motor, speech and language and cognitive development, the parent-infant relationship, peer relationships, physical activity and optimising participation in daily activities of living.

Meet our researchers in the healthy start to life hub