Population Health

We study of the health of communities and populations, including the determinants, distribution and management of health at the population level. 

Improving systems, services and policies for all children.

Watch as Yekta asks Professor Sharon Goldfeld how MCRI's research is helping to transform health outcomes for all children.

Watch as Yekta asks Professor Sharon Goldfeld how MCRI's research is helping to transform health outcomes for all children.

Our research

Our diverse team of researchers aims to improve understanding of the complex interplay of social, environmental, and biological factors, including genetic and epigenetic factors which control gene activity, that influence child and adolescent health.

We strive to translate this knowledge into effective prevention, early intervention and treatment strategies appropriate to diverse populations, particularly those affected by social disparities.

We look at large population-based cohort studies and health services intervention studies that span the continuum of the universal, primary and secondary care sectors.

Our researchers collaborate on an international scale and partner with government and non-government agencies across health, welfare and education that are aimed at improving the lives of children and adolescents.

Population Health groups

GenV - Generation Victoria

A research initiative designed to advance health and wellbeing in smarter and faster ways, designed to answer multiple questions such as preterm birth, mental illness, obesity, learning, allergies and more.

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Intergenerational Health

Intergenerational trauma and family violence are major public health issues that impact the lives of diverse women, children, families and communities.

Explore Intergenerational Health


LifeCourse is an impressive array of longitudinal cohort studies and equips researchers with the tools, collaborations and access to produce more meaningful and robust research.

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Population Allergy

Helping prevent children from developing food allergy by generating, translating and evaluating new knowledge about novel strategies.

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Centre for Adolescent Health (CAH)

The research at CAH addresses the major health problems that affect young Australians. We focus on adolescence as a critical life stage including the transition from childhood into adolescence and beyond adolescence into adulthood.

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Our Centre has two research groups:

Adolescent Health

We aim to improve the health and wellbeing of all young people through innovative, integrated and world-leading research, education, and knowledge sharing.

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Justice Health

We aim to turn young people’s lives around by diagnosing and treating health conditions, providing support to improve health and social outcomes, reducing re-offending, and advocating on their behalf. 

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Centre for Community Child Health (CCCH)

Our purpose is to see every child thrive. To achieve this, we have established a multidisciplinary team of researchers, paediatricians, managers, communicators, evaluators and trainers with expertise in children’s health, development and wellbeing.

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Our Centre has three research groups:

Health Services and Economics

Supporting the development and use of the best evidence to increase the quality, accessibility, and value of children's healthcare.

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Policy and Equity

Advancing equitable, sustainable and measurable improvements in children’s health, development and wellbeing.

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Prevention Innovation

Seeking faster solutions to today’s childhood problems such as obesity, language and learning problems and mental health issues.

Explore Prevention Innovation