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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.
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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.
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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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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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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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The Aboriginal Families Study is a cross sectional population-based study investigating the views and experiences of mothers having an Aboriginal baby in South Australia between July 2011 and June 2013. The study aims to compare experiences and views of women attending standard models of antenatal care with those accessing care via Aboriginal Family Birthing Program services.
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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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This innovative study possibly provides the greatest opportunity for finding a preventable cause of childhood cancer. It aims to examine associations between environmental exposures and the incidence of childhood cancers by pooling prospective population data from one million pregnant mothers and their babies.
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The Children’s Cancer Centre Tissue Bank is a world-class resource for researchers studying childhood and adolescent/young adult (AYA) cancer. The Tissue Bank is based at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute and The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH). Our Tissue Bank also includes patients with bone marrow disorders, primary immunodeficiency disease and Neurofibromatosis.
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‘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.