Current studies on acquired or traumatic brain injuries are investigating areas such as mental health outcomes, the impact of parent- and child- based interventions, social function and long term consequences of brain injuries.
Bridging the Gap is a partnership program that brings together health service clinicians and managers, policy makers and researchers to bring about sustainable improvements in the quality of maternity and early childhood health care to improve health and health care outcomes for families of refugee background. The Bridging the Gap partnership aims to work towards earlier and better identification of families of refugee background, and increasing understanding of the refugee experience.
The Child Health CheckPoint is a new phase of the Growing Up in Australia study. It is a special one-off physical health assessment offered to the 11-12 year old children in Growing Up in Australia. It aims to learn more about the health of young Australians as they pass through the 'checkpoint' between childhood and adolescence. Information from the study will help researchers and policy-makers understand how a child's first decade determines their health as they approach the teenage years.
Women are told not to drink during pregnancy to protect their babies. But can the occasional glass of wine hurt? And what if a woman has already had a drink before knowing she is pregnant? The Institute is seeking to answer these questions through the AQUA study.
The HealthNuts study of 5,300 children is the world's first comprehensive population-based study of food allergy with objective measurement of true food allergy. It will enable us to better understand the natural history of allergic disorders including food allergy, asthma, eczema and hay fever and the risk factors for developing these conditions in childhood. The study will have important implications for clinical guidelines and public health policy.
The Victorian Cerebral Palsy Register is now one of the largest geographically-defined cerebral palsy registers in the world, holding information on over 5200 individuals with cerebral palsy. The information enables researchers to monitor trends in the incidence of cerebral palsy and identify factors that appear to contribute. The register ultimately aims to advance knowledge of cerebral palsy and provide better help and support for everyone with cerebral palsy, their families and the communities in which they live.
Mi-iron is a research project which aims to measure the effect of reducing moderate iron overload back to the normal range in people with haemochromatosis. This study will compare two groups of people and measure improvement of symptoms such as fatigue, mood and general feeling of well-being.
This project invites children and adults who have a speech disorder and their family members to take part in this Australia-wide study, exploring the genetic and neural contributions to speech and language disorders.
‘Good health and humane care for all mothers and families’. The Maternal Health Study collects information on common maternal physical and psychological health problems, aiming to improve understanding of social and obstetric factors influencing maternal and child health.
The HAPPI (Harmonizing Age Pathology Parameters in Kids) Study aims to collect blood samples from around 5,000 children to establish age-appropriate reference ranges in haematology, immunology, and biochemistry.