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Role Theme Director - Population Health
Professor Sharon Goldfeld is a paediatrician and Director, Centre for Community Child Health (CCCH) the Royal Children’s Hospital, Co-Group leader of Policy and Equity, and Theme Director, Population Health at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. She has a decade of experience in state government as a senior policymaker in health and education including Principal Medical Advisor in the Victorian Department of Education and Training. Her research program is made up of complementary, synergistic and cross-disciplinary streams of work focused on investigating, testing and translating sustainable policy relevant solutions that eliminate inequities for Australia’s children. As an experienced policymaker, public health and paediatric researcher she aims to ensure ongoing effective, rapid translation of research into the policy and service arena.

Relevant experience

Professor Goldfeld’s career pathway has strategically straddled research, policy and practice. With over 120 peer reviewed publications and editorials to her name, Sharon has also authored 46 reports for state and national governments and several book chapters. Since 2002 Sharon has been awarded nearly $87 million (AUD) in competitive research funding both in Australia and internationally.

Sharon was recently awarded the inaugural Marles Medal in STEM (science, technology, engineering and medicine) for excellent and original research that led to outstanding achievement in research impact. She has received the medal for her leadership of the right@home study, a trial designed to build parenting capacity among disadvantaged parents. Her expertise as a child health policy and research translation leader have been recognised nationally and internationally through invitations to policy round tables and high level committees and invited presentations.
Professor Sharon Goldfeld is a paediatrician and Director, Centre for Community Child Health (CCCH) the Royal Children’s Hospital, Co-Group leader of Policy and Equity, and Theme Director, Population Health at the Murdoch Children’s Research...
Professor Sharon Goldfeld is a paediatrician and Director, Centre for Community Child Health (CCCH) the Royal Children’s Hospital, Co-Group leader of Policy and Equity, and Theme Director, Population Health at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. She has a decade of experience in state government as a senior policymaker in health and education including Principal Medical Advisor in the Victorian Department of Education and Training. Her research program is made up of complementary, synergistic and cross-disciplinary streams of work focused on investigating, testing and translating sustainable policy relevant solutions that eliminate inequities for Australia’s children. As an experienced policymaker, public health and paediatric researcher she aims to ensure ongoing effective, rapid translation of research into the policy and service arena.

Relevant experience

Professor Goldfeld’s career pathway has strategically straddled research, policy and practice. With over 120 peer reviewed publications and editorials to her name, Sharon has also authored 46 reports for state and national governments and several book chapters. Since 2002 Sharon has been awarded nearly $87 million (AUD) in competitive research funding both in Australia and internationally.

Sharon was recently awarded the inaugural Marles Medal in STEM (science, technology, engineering and medicine) for excellent and original research that led to outstanding achievement in research impact. She has received the medal for her leadership of the right@home study, a trial designed to build parenting capacity among disadvantaged parents. Her expertise as a child health policy and research translation leader have been recognised nationally and internationally through invitations to policy round tables and high level committees and invited presentations.

Top Publications

  • Goldfeld, S, O'Connor, M, Chong, S, Gray, S, O'Connor, E, Woolfenden, S, Redmond, G, Williams, K, Mensah, F, Kvalsvig, A, et al. The impact of multidimensional disadvantage over childhood on developmental outcomes in Australia.. International Journal of Epidemiology 47(5) : 1485 -1496 2018
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  • Trajanovska, M, King, SK, Gibb, S, Goldfeld, S. Children who soil: A review of the assessment and management of faecal incontinence. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health 54(10) : 1136 -1141 2018
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  • Smith, J, Levickis, P, Eadie, T, Bretherton, L, Conway, L, Goldfeld, S. Concurrent associations between maternal behaviours and infant communication within a cohort of women and their infants experiencing adversity. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology 20(5) : 516 -527 2018
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  • Smith, J, Eadie, T, Levickis, P, Bretherton, L, Goldfeld, S. Predictive validity of verbal and non‐verbal communication and mother–child turn‐taking at 12 months on language outcomes at 24 and 36 months in a cohort of infants experiencing adversity: a preliminary study. International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders 53(5) : 969 -980 2018
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  • Goldfeld, S, O’Connor, M, O’Connor, E, Chong, S, Badland, H, Woolfenden, S, Redmond, G, Williams, K, Azpitarte, F, Cloney, D, et al. More than a snapshot in time: pathways of disadvantage over childhood. International Journal of Epidemiology 47(4) : 1307 -1316 2018
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