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Role Honorary Fellow Manager
Research area Clinical Sciences
Dinah Reddihough is a paediatrician who was involved in the clinical care of children with disabilities, particularly cerebral palsy, for over 30 years. Over that period, she was director of Developmental Medicine (now known as Neurodevelopment and Disability) at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne between the years 1986-2011. She was also head of the Neurodisability and Rehabilitation Research Group within the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in Melbourne between the years 2000-16. Her research program is focused on gaining a better understanding of the causes, along with improving outcomes and quality of life, for children and adolescents with disabilities, particularly cerebral palsy. The outcome has included 209 publications, 16 book chapters and over $9 million in research grants on which she has been named as Chief Investigator A.

Dinah established the Victorian Cerebral Palsy Register in 1987 which has become one of the largest geographically-based registers of individuals with cerebral palsy internationally (> 6200 participants), responsible for 141 projects resulting in 157 publications in refereed journals. Her commitment to research transfer and dissemination has been demonstrated by initiatives including the establishment of the Australasian Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine in 2002 and Solve! At the Royal Children’s Hospital in 2004 which has resulted in the establishment of two Chairs in Developmental Medicine within the University of Melbourne. She was successful in gaining the first National Health Medical Research Council-funded Centre of Research Excellence in Cerebral Palsy (2014-19) which focused on surveillance, assessment and intervention for children; and in 2019, was awarded a second Centre of Research Excellence (2020-2024), named CP-Achieve, which is addressing the health and social inequities of adolescents and young adults with cerebral palsy in the 10-30 year age group.

All of this work has depended on the collaboration of colleagues within the Campus, nationally and internationally. Together with their support, teams of PhD and postdoctoral researchers have been nurtured, many of whom have now gone on to build their own successful research careers in the field of developmental disability.
Dinah Reddihough is a paediatrician who was involved in the clinical care of children with disabilities, particularly cerebral palsy, for over 30 years. Over that period, she was director of Developmental Medicine (now known as Neurodevelopment and...
Dinah Reddihough is a paediatrician who was involved in the clinical care of children with disabilities, particularly cerebral palsy, for over 30 years. Over that period, she was director of Developmental Medicine (now known as Neurodevelopment and Disability) at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne between the years 1986-2011. She was also head of the Neurodisability and Rehabilitation Research Group within the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in Melbourne between the years 2000-16. Her research program is focused on gaining a better understanding of the causes, along with improving outcomes and quality of life, for children and adolescents with disabilities, particularly cerebral palsy. The outcome has included 209 publications, 16 book chapters and over $9 million in research grants on which she has been named as Chief Investigator A.

Dinah established the Victorian Cerebral Palsy Register in 1987 which has become one of the largest geographically-based registers of individuals with cerebral palsy internationally (> 6200 participants), responsible for 141 projects resulting in 157 publications in refereed journals. Her commitment to research transfer and dissemination has been demonstrated by initiatives including the establishment of the Australasian Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine in 2002 and Solve! At the Royal Children’s Hospital in 2004 which has resulted in the establishment of two Chairs in Developmental Medicine within the University of Melbourne. She was successful in gaining the first National Health Medical Research Council-funded Centre of Research Excellence in Cerebral Palsy (2014-19) which focused on surveillance, assessment and intervention for children; and in 2019, was awarded a second Centre of Research Excellence (2020-2024), named CP-Achieve, which is addressing the health and social inequities of adolescents and young adults with cerebral palsy in the 10-30 year age group.

All of this work has depended on the collaboration of colleagues within the Campus, nationally and internationally. Together with their support, teams of PhD and postdoctoral researchers have been nurtured, many of whom have now gone on to build their own successful research careers in the field of developmental disability.

Top Publications

  • Crompton, K, Godler, DE, Ling, L, Elwood, N, Mechinaud-Heloury, F, Soosay Raj, T, Hsiao, K-C, Fleming, J, Tiedemann, K, Novak, I, et al. Umbilical Cord Blood Cell Clearance Post-Infusion in Immune-Competent Children with Cerebral Palsy.. Cells Tissues Organs 212(6) : 546 -553 2023
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  • Coceski, M, Hocking, DR, Reid, SM, Abu-Rayya, HM, Reddihough, DS, Wrennall, J, Stargatt, R. Assessing IQ in adolescents with mild to moderate cerebral palsy using the WISC-V.. Clin Neuropsychol 36(7) : 1767 -1786 2022
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  • Coceski, M, Stargatt, R, Sherwell, S, Abu-Rayya, HM, Reid, SM, Reddihough, DS, Wrennall, J, Hocking, DR. Ten-year follow-up study found that motor-free intelligence quotient declined in children with mild-to-moderate cerebral palsy.. Acta Paediatr 111(10) : 1899 -1906 2022
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  • Leonard, H, Whitehouse, A, Jacoby, P, Benke, T, Demarest, S, Saldaris, J, Wong, K, Reddihough, D, Williams, K, Downs, J. Quality of life beyond diagnosis in intellectual disability - Latent profiling.. Res Dev Disabil 129: 104322 2022
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  • Eres, R, Reddihough, D, Coghill, D. Addressing mental health problems in Australians with cerebral palsy: a need for specialist mental health services. Advances in Mental Health 20(3) : 281 -284 2022
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