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Policy and Equity

The Policy, Equity & Translation research group undertakes, synthesises and translates research so that it can inform policy, service delivery, professional practice and parenting. We conduct discovery and applied research, undertake consultancies for governments and non- government agencies, and provide evidence-informed advice to governments and community agencies. We comprise two units:

Equity

Health equity research is oriented to the WHO commission challenge of closing the gap within a generation; undertaking research that measures, reports and addresses inequalities across common childhood problems and vulnerable subpopulation groups.  Particular focus is placed on trialling and testing equitable service system solutions in collaboration with range of government and non- government stakeholders and policymakers across Australia and internationally.

Policy and Service Development Unit (PSDU)

PSDU leads knowledge translation at the Centre for Community Child Health with the purpose of accelerating the benefits of research and expertise to improve the health, development and wellbeing of Australia’s children.  Knowledge translation is a dynamic and iterative process that includes the synthesis, dissemination, exchange and application of knowledge to improve the health, development and wellbeing of Australia’s children.

Group Leaders: 
Group Members: 
Zoe Fraser
Role: 
Project Officer/Personal Assistant
Debra Williams
Role: 
Admin Assistant/Personal Assistant
Dr Tim Moore
Role: 
Senior Research Fellow
Myfanwy McDonald
Role: 
Senior Project Officer
Harriet McHugh-Dillon
Role: 
Project Officer
Catriona Elek
Role: 
National Manager Let’s Read
Elise Willersdorf
Role: 
Senior Project Officer
Erica Gardner
Role: 
Project Officer
Rachel Robinson
Role: 
Senior Project Officer
Rebecca Fry
Role: 
Manager Service System Information
Alexandra Fraser
Role: 
Senior Project Officer
Lauren Heery
Role: 
Senior Project Officer
Maria Fong
Role: 
Senior Project Officer
Claire Jennings
Role: 
Senior Project Officer
Kate Bradney
Role: 
Project Officer
Sophie Rushton
Role: 
Project Officer
Leonie Symes
Role: 
Manager Training and Development
Paul Prichard
Role: 
Senior Project Officer
Dianne Halloran
Role: 
Senior Project Officer
Cindy De Jong
Role: 
Senior Project Officer
Dev Sestak
Role: 
Project Officer
Martin O'Bryne
Role: 
Senior Project Officer
Vikki Leone
Role: 
Manager Translation and Knowledge Exchange
Megan Keyes
Role: 
Manager Translation and Knowledge Exchange
Louise Modica
Role: 
Project Officer
Emma Clark
Role: 
Project Officer (Communications)
Tamar Heath
Role: 
Project Officer
Emily Dooley
Role: 
Project Assistant
Mary Nitto
Role: 
Project Assistant
Dr Nathalie Martinek
Role: 
Project Officer
Kym Westbury
Role: 
Senior Project Officer
Ross Green
Role: 
Project Officer
Anna Price
Role: 
Project Manager Right@Home
Hannah Bryson
Role: 
Project Coordinator Right@Home
Hayley Crawford
Role: 
Research Assistant
Alicia Randell
Role: 
Research Assistant
Ashlee Smith
Role: 
Research Assistant
Alex Dickinson
Role: 
Research Assistant
Fern Harding-Vertigan
Role: 
Research Assistant
Wendy Gregory
Role: 
Research Assistant
Zoe Farr-Hingston
Role: 
Research Assistant
Karen Hislop
Role: 
Research Assistant
Sonia Khano
Role: 
Research Assistant
Alice Ghazarian
Role: 
Research Assistant
Elise D'Abaco
Role: 
Scholarly Selective Student
Dr Amanda Kvalsvig
Role: 
Senior Research Officer
Dr Meredith O'Connor
Role: 
Senior Research Officer
Dr Karen Villanueva
Role: 
Senior Research Officer

Classroom Promotion of Oral Language (CPOL)
Trial of the effectiveness of an oral language intervention on the language and literacy development and mental health of children by Grade Three.

Cradle to Kinder evaluation
A three-year evaluation of the Cradle to Kinder program, which delivers intensive case-management services for highly vulnerable, new young mothers whose backgrounds include Aboriginality, learning difficulties, adolescence or past history in the out of home care system.

Development of Community Learning and Development Plans
Provides support to nominated leadership staff to increase their skills, understanding and confidence to deliver and implement Community Learning and Development Plans. Community Learning and Development Plans aim to improve outcomes for all learners (0-18) within a community through a place based, locally driven, integrated service delivery approach.

Enhancement of the My Health and Development Record
The Enhancement of the My Health and Development Record aims to better support children’s learning and recognise the critical role that families play in creating home learning environments that foster optimal learning and development. It seeks to improve outcomes for Victorian children by providing parents with information that raises awareness of the importance of learning in the early years and provides a context for productive conversations with health professionals.

EPOCH: Elucidating Pathways of Child Health Inequalities
An International Perspective study looking at the pathways that link early poverty with child health.

Exploring Pathways to Developmental Inequities
A secondary analysis program centred on use of the Australian Early Development Census and the areas of mental health competence, children with additional health and developmental needs and those with a language background other than English within the context of the social determinants of health

Family Partnership Training
Family Partnership Training enables professionals to feel more confident and competent in relating to parents. Studies including two randomised controlled trials have also shown that the psychosocial functioning of both parents and children experiencing childhood disability and mental health problems improves when they work with practitioners trained in the Family Partnerships approach.

Let’s Read
Let’s Read is a national, evidence-based early literacy initiative that promotes reading with children from birth to five years. Its vision is for all Australian children to share books, stories, songs and nursery rhymes every day from birth with the important people in their lives. Let’s Read was developed by the Centre for Community Child Health at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute and The Royal Children’s Hospital. The Murdoch Children's Research Institute and The Smith Family (TSF) have partnered to implement Let’s Read with communities across Australia.

Kids in Communities Study (KICS)
A study investigating community or neighbourhood level factors influencing early childhood development outcomes.

Raising Children Network
Raising Children Network is a trusted and free website used daily by many thousands of Australian parents to find credible information on everything from pregnancy to teens.
Through its mobile-friendly website and award-winning apps, Raising Children Network offers more than 2000 scientifically-reviewed articles on everything to do with parenting, including: health, disability, learning, development and behaviour, about pregnancy, infancy, childhood and the teenage years. Raising Children Network provides evidence-based information that helps parents make everyday decisions that shape their children's current and future health, development and wellbeing.  It is also used and recommended by professionals working with families. Raising Children Network's member organisations are the Murdoch Children's Research Institute with The Royal Children's Hospital Centre for Community Child Health, and the Parenting Research Centre. It is supported by the Australian Government.

Right@Home
An Australian multi-state sustained nurse home visiting randomised controlled trial designed to promote family wellbeing and child development.

Queensland Platforms Project

The Platforms Project will provide support for the early childhood education and care sector, services and local communities to:

  • build on their common and collaborative culture
  • continue to create an understanding of local needs and priorities
  • strengthen their shared commitment to improve outcomes for children and families

With this aim, the Platforms Project will work with the early childhood education and care sector and community members to build collaborative partnerships to address local needs and priorities.