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Francesca Orsini is a Biostatistician and Senior Research Officer at Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. The Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics Unit (CEBU) at MCRI specialises in biostatistics, epidemiological methods and data management.
What can parents of young people aged 12-17 do to support their wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic? In our third episode of Parenting in the age of coronavirus podcast, internationally-recognised child and adolescent health researchers and paediatricians from MCRI provide useful tips on anxiety, boundary pushing and talking to teenagers.
Meet Simran Kaur, an early career researcher in the Brain and Mitochondrial group of the Genetics theme. Tell us a little bit about yourself and your journey to getting to where you are today as a researcher here at MCRI.
What can parents of children aged 6-12 do to support their wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic? In our second episode of Parenting in the age of coronavirus podcast, internationally-recognised child health researchers and paediatricians from MCRI provide useful tips on screen time, education in the home and keeping connected.
What can parents of children aged 0-5 do to support their wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic? In our first episode of Parenting in the age of coronavirus podcast, Internationally-recognised child health researchers and paediatricians from Murdoch Children's Research Institute provide useful tips on wellbeing to help your child thrive.
These are challenging times for all families. There is a lot going on for parents and for children. Inevitably there is a disruption of regular family routines – home learning for school age children, parents working from home, not being able to see grandparents and friends, being locked out of playgrounds and sporting facilities.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your journey to getting to where you are today as a researcher here at MCRI. I was born in a small town in Serbia in 1985, which was then part of Yugoslavia.
One of the most important defences we have against COVID-19 is soap and water. That’s because the virus is pretty weak when it comes to soap. Washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water – for at least 20 seconds – can destroy its structure and send it down the drain.
Cutting some slack in these unprecedented times At the best of times it is often tricky to work out how much is too much screen time for kids.