Child Health

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.

Groups / Projects Research Lead Dept / Centre
Asymptomatic thrombosis following the use of central venous lines in children Project Leader Professor Fiona Newall Nursing
Building Evidence with Support to Transform (BEST) Practice Program Project Leader Professor Fiona Newall Nursing
Centre for Applied Research in Effective Services (CARES) Professor Aron Shlonsky
Social Work
Centre of Research Excellence in Child Language Project Leader Professor Angela Morgan Audiology and Speech Pathology
Centre of Research Excellence – Newborn Medicine Project Leader Dr Alicia Spittle Physiotherapy
Children Dr Alicia Spittle
Physiotherapy
Collaboration for Improving Children’s Lives in the 21st Century: Rights focused, evidence based, impact driven Project Leader Associate Professer Louise Harms Social Work
Developmental Stuttering Dr Elaina Kefalianos Audiology and Speech Pathology
Diagnosis and management of Auditory Processing Disorder Principle Investigator Dani Tomlin Audiology and Speech Pathology
Domestic and family violence and parenting: mixed method insights into impact and support needs Project Leader Professor Cathy Humphreys Social Work
Early detection and intervention for infants at high risk of motor impairments Project Leader Dr Alicia Spittle Physiotherapy
Family Links: Kinship care and family contact Dr Meredith Kiraly, MBSc PhD Social Work
Fathering Challenges: Responsible, Responsive and Reparative Fathering Project Leader Professor Cathy Humphreys Social Work
Impact of childhood growth patterns & latent cardiovascular risk factors on the microcirculation in adult life Optometry and Vision Sciences
Improving clexane therapy for patients and families: Education and engagement Project Leader Professor Fiona Newall Nursing
Improving contact between children in out-of-home care and their birth parents Project Leader Professor Cathy Humphreys Social Work
Independent Agency Network (IAN): Model of efficiency Project Leader Professor Aron Shlonsky Social Work
Infant, Child and Adolescent Health Professor Fiona Newall
Nursing
Invisible Practices: Intervention with fathers who use violence Social Work
It takes a village: The support needs of non-familial kinship carers Dr Meredith Kiraly, MBSc PhD Social Work
Motor trajectories of children born <30 weeks’ gestation from birth to 5 years: early predictors and functional outcome Project Leader Dr Alicia Spittle Physiotherapy
Neural basis of childhood speech and language disorders Professor Angela Morgan Audiology and Speech Pathology
Neuroscience of Speech Associate Professor Adam Vogel
Audiology and Speech Pathology
Development and Implementation of a State-wide Newborn Observation and Response Charts (Newborn project) Project Leader Professor Fiona Newall Nursing
Out of Home Care (OOHC) Transition Outcomes Project Leader Professor Aron Shlonsky Social Work
Out of Home Care Quality Assurance Framework Project Leader Professor Aron Shlonsky Social Work
Partnership for Innovation in Out-of-home Care Professor Marie Connolly
Social Work
Services Connect Project Leader Professor Aron Shlonsky Social Work
Streamlining antenatal – four pilot demonstration Project Leader Professor Aron Shlonsky Social Work
Summer Internship Associate Professor Adam Vogel Audiology and Speech Pathology
The feasibility of smart-phones in the early detection of cerebral palsy Project Leader Dr Alicia Spittle Physiotherapy
The long-term effects of conductive hearing loss Principal Investigator Ms Kelley Graydon Audiology and Speech Pathology
The PATRICIA Project: PAthways And Research In Collaborative Inter-Agency working Project Leader Professor Cathy Humphreys Social Work
Towards improved communication for medication safety: addressing the complexities managing medications in hospitalised children Project Leader Professor Fiona Newall Nursing
Web-based preventive care intervention for preterm infants and their families – e-prem trial Project Leader Dr Alicia Spittle Physiotherapy
Young and ‘care-full': The support needs of young kinship carers Dr Meredith Kiraly, MBSc PhD Social Work