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
Audiology and Speech Pathology
Principal Research Fellow, Director of Research | Listening experiences of people living with hearing loss, improving clinical management for people using hearing devices, and digital tool email@example.comSenior Lecturer | Research areas include child communication development, stuttering, epidemiological studies, implementation firstname.lastname@example.orgDame Kate Campbell Fellow, Director or Centre of Research Excellence in Speech and Language | Research areas include child speech and language development and speech email@example.comLecturer, Principal Research Fellow
Research areas include stem cells, regenerative neuroscience, hearing and hearing loss, next-generation cochlear implants and applications of MRI for hearing loss firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor | Research areas include infant and child health, implementation science, families as partners in email@example.com
Optometry and Vision Sciences
Orthoptist, Clinical Vision Research Fellow | Research areas include Digital Health, Childrens Vision, Public Eye Health, Eyecare across the Lifespan, Binocular Vision.firstname.lastname@example.orgLecturer, optometrist and human visual neuroscientist | Research areas include understanding eye and brain changes with healthy and pathological ageing, childhood and adolescent development, vision anomalies in ophthalmic and neurological email@example.comSenior Lecturer. Teaching specialist, Clinical leader of paediatrics, binocular vision | Research: paediatric eye health and vision, visual development, learning in firstname.lastname@example.orgPostdoctoral Researcher | Research areas include healthy ageing, migraine, magnetic resonance spectroscopy and visual email@example.com
Anh HoangResesarch Assistant | Research areas include retinal structure-function relationship in various preclinical models and ocular biomarkers for Parkinson and Alzheimers firstname.lastname@example.orgResearch Fellow | Research areas include Neural mechanisms of visual attention and predictive coding; visual perception; sleep email@example.com
Physiotherapist, Senior Lecturer, Research Fellow | Digital Technologiesmerollim@unimelb.edu.auAssociate Dean (Research) Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences | Her research interest include infant and child development, early intervention, parent well-being, consumer engagement and implementation firstname.lastname@example.orgResearch Fellow | Research areas include early detection assessment and implementation of movement problems in high risk email@example.comResearch Fellow | Research areas include the impact of developmental therapy and early intervention on brain development and rehabilitation in the newborn period and beyond, and the role parents play in delivering this firstname.lastname@example.orgLecturer | Research areas including paediatrics, disability and inclusive participation in physical email@example.comLecturer | Research interests include physical activity participation in early childhood, and long-term outcomes for infants born firstname.lastname@example.org
Research Fellow | Research areas include policy, program and practice implementation to improve the lives of people living with disability, and their families in their email@example.comAssociate Professor | Research areas include Child Protection during the perinatal period, Out-of-Home Care and human service system governance and firstname.lastname@example.orgResearch fellow | Specialises in interviews with children and young people about sensitive issues like child sexual abuse and family violence. Interested in research collaborations that benefit the health and social lives of children and young people in Australia and across the email@example.com