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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

  • Demaio, S, Goldfeld, SR, Hollonds, A, Patton, GC, Stanley, FJ, Calder, R, Lycett, K, Arashiro, Z. The Future Healthy Countdown 2030: holding Australia to account for the health and wellbeing of future generations.. Med J Aust 217(9) : 484 -485 2022
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  • O'Connor, M, Greenwood, CJ, Letcher, P, Giallo, R, Priest, N, Goldfeld, S, Hope, S, Edwards, B, Olsson, CA. Inequalities in the distribution of COVID-19-related financial difficulties for Australian families with young children.. Child Care Health Dev 48(6) : 1040 -1051 2022
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  • O'Connor, M, Moreno-Betancur, M, Goldfeld, S, Wake, M, Patton, G, Dwyer, T, Tang, MLK, Saffery, R, Craig, JM, Loke, J, et al. Data Resource Profile: Melbourne Children's LifeCourse initiative (LifeCourse).. Int J Epidemiol 51(5) : e229 -e244 2022
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  • O'Connor, M, Spry, E, Patton, G, Moreno-Betancur, M, Arnup, S, Downes, M, Goldfeld, S, Burgner, D, Olsson, CA. Better together: Advancing life course research through multi-cohort analytic approaches.. Adv Life Course Res 53: 100499 2022
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  • Guo, S, O'Connor, M, Mensah, F, Olsson, CA, Goldfeld, S, Lacey, RE, Slopen, N, Thurber, KA, Priest, N. Measuring Positive Childhood Experiences: Testing the Structural and Predictive Validity of the Health Outcomes From Positive Experiences (HOPE) Framework.. Acad Pediatr 22(6) : 942 -951 2022
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