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The Early Language in Victoria Study (ELVS) aims to learn more about how language develops from infancy (eight months) to adolescence and in particular, why language development is more difficult for some children. This information will be helpful in developing early intervention and prevention programs for children.
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The Children's Attention Project (CAP) is about the long-term effects that ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) have on children's behaviour, learning and day-to-day living, and also on their parents' well-being. We ask families with and without these difficulties to take part in the research, to compare. CAP is the only long-term follow up study of ADHD in Australia and one of the first studies of its kind worldwide.
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PETS is a research project being conducted by the Murdoch Children's Research Institute at The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne. PETS is a study of twins, from when they were in the womb through to childhood and beyond. We aim to work out what makes us all who we are; our health, development and wellbeing. We have chosen to start our research with twins, who share the same mother, but are usually in their own 'sac' during pregnancy, then share the same home environment as children. Despite this, even 'identical' twins can have different personalities, physical characteristics and illnesses. We want to know why these differences exist and what they can tell us about the first years of life. It would be of great value to us if you have any suggestions or comments you would like to make about our research and what research questions interests you. Your comments could ...
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The Childhood Resilience Study is a four year study aiming to develop a better understanding of how this happens, and in particular, how children grow up to be strong and resilient.
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This project aims to identify the lifestyle factors which are common to children suffering from food allergy, assess the impact of food allergy on risk of asthma and severity and identify factors which likely to modify control of food allergy and asthma.
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The 2000 Stories project (Victorian Adolescent Health Cohort Study) is a landmark longitudinal study spanning more than 27 years. The project began in 1992, when a group of around 2000 Year 9 students aged 14 to 15 were selected to participate. In 2006, additional funding was received to extend the 2000 Stories study to examine health and well-being across generations in the Victorian Intergenerational Health Cohort Study.
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The Childhood to Adolescence Transition Study (CATS) is a unique longitudinal study of children in metropolitan Melbourne as they approach adolescence. The study began in 2012 and is following over 1200 children from Grade 3 (8-9 years of age). The study aims to improve understanding of the many influences on the health and emotional adjustment of children as they approach their teens.
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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.
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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.
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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.