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My son, Noah, is nearly two, and he can only say ‘dada’ and ‘bye-bye’. He can follow simple instructions and he tells us what he wants by pointing or showing us. But the other kids in my mother’s group talk a lot, and he seems really far behind. Should I be worried about him? Dr Penny Levickis sheds light on what constitutes 'late talking' and what parents can do if they are concerned their child is having language difficulties.
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Professor Stephanie Brown (Head, Healthy Mothers Health Families group) was invited to give the NAIDOC week Grand Round at Adelaide Women’s and Children’s Hospital together with Deanna Stuart-Butler, a member of the Aboriginal Advisory Group for the study. Their presentation celebrated a decade of working together to achieve change to improve services for Aboriginal families and reduce disparities in Aboriginal maternal and child health outcomes.
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Dr Margie Danchin is a Senior Research Fellow in the Vaccine and Immunisation Research Group (VIRGo) at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute. She answers some helpful questions for parents of small children amid the recent measles cases detected in Victoria.
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Imagine being in a class or workshop. You are keen to learn something new. When the teacher starts to talk however, you cannot understand all the words she is using. You look around to see that everyone else seems to be getting their reading books from their bags and forming groups, nodding, and asking questions. You try to join in but you are totally lost and feel like giving-up. For one in five children starting school with language difficulties, this may be what their classroom experience is like.
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Choosing to eat healthy food, be physically active, avoid sexually transmitted infections and limit the intake of alcohol, tobacco and other harmful substances are decisions that do not come easily to those without knowledge of their own health. It requires people to be empowered to make those decisions, and live in communities that make the healthier choice easy.
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The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children, already a rich source of evidence on the health and wellbeing of our children, is now gathering new evidence on a “public health emergency in slow motion”: the growing burden of non-communicable diseases, writes Professor Melissa Wake.