Dr Anna Price is a Senior Research Fellow at the Royal Children's Hospital's Centre for Community Child Health (CCCH). She is passionate about helping all families get the health and education services they need so that their kids get the best start in life, and using research to inform policy and services. Anna has experience with the design, management and evaluation of a range of research, including large, randomised and longitudinal cohorts, and quantitative analysis with large datasets. She is the recipient of several travel and public speaking awards, including the 2013 Vera Scantlebury Brown Child Welfare Memorial Trust Travel Scholarship. Most recently, Anna has been part of the team leading the right@home randomised controlled trial investigating whether an early nurse home visiting program can improve children’s learning and development, first as research manager (2012-2016) and now as postdoctoral fellow (2017-current).
- Honorary Fellow, Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne
- 2013: Vera Scantlebury Brown Child Welfare Memorial Trust Travel Scholarship
- 2011: Winner, Emerging Researchers Student Award Round, Royal Children's Hospital Campus Research Week
- 2010: 3-Minute Thesis Competition, Second place, University of Melbourne (Round 3), winner of Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences (Round 2), and winner of Department of Paediatrics heats and People's Choice Award (Round 1)
- 2010: Public Health Association of Australia Student Travel Scholarship for Annual Conference
- 2010: University of Melbourne 'Melbourne Abroad Travel Scholarship'
- 2008-11: Melbourne Research Scholarship and MCRI 'Top Up' Scholarships (PhD Stipends)
Anna is interested in research that promotes equity in children’s health and development via existing service systems. In 2011, she conducted the longest follow-up of an infant sleep intervention delivered via the child and family health service (at child age 6 years), while also studying a Masters of Epidemiology (six of eight subjects) to support her doctorate. Following her PhD, she moved to an MCRI-based NHMRC Capacity Building Grant (#436914) postdoctoral fellowship to pursue her research interests in the provision of services to Australian children who need it most (i.e. by designing the right@home RCT and managing studies for the Australian Paediatric Research Network) and extending her doctoral research in children’s sleep, analysing complex data from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children. In 2012, Anna started as the research manager for the right@home RCT, managing a team of up to 12 researchers across Victoria and Tasmania to evaluate the nurse home visiting intervention to child age 2 years. In 2017 she moved to a postdoctoral role with the right@home project, now investigating how health and education services interact to impact children’s outcomes.
- Senior Research Officer, right@home randomised controlled trial (2017-current).
- Research Manager, right@home randomised controlled trial (2012-2016), working with partners at Western Sydney University and the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth, and funding partners at the Victorian and Tasmanian state governments, philanthropy and the NHMRC.
- Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (secondary data analysis, 2012-16)
- Kids Sleep Study (PhD, 2008-2011)
- Australian Paediatric Research Network (2007-2011)
- Toddlers without Tears, Baby Business and Let's Learn Language (2006-7)
Goldfeld S, Price A, Kemp L. right@home: Designing, testing and implementing a sustainable nurse home visiting program. Invited Article for the Annals of the New York Academy of Science – Implementation and Early Childhood Development Special Issue. Accepted March 2018
Goldfeld S, D'Abaco E, Bryson H, Mensah F, Price A. "Surveying social adversity in pregnancy: The antenatal risk burden experienced by Australian women." Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health: Published online 14 Feb 2018, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jpc.13860.
Price A, Bryson H, Mensah F, Kemp L, Bishop L, Goldfeld S. The feasibility and acceptability of a population-level antenatal risk factor survey: Cross-sectional pilot study. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health (2017) 53 (6): 572-577 http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jpc.13510.
Goldfeld S, Price A, Bryson H, Bruce T, Mensah F, Orsini F, Gold L, Hiscock H, Smith C, Bishop L, Jackson D, Kemp L 'right@home': a randomised controlled trial of sustained nurse home visiting from pregnancy to child age 2 years, versus usual care, to improve parent care, parent responsivity and the home learning environment at 2 years. British Medical Journal Open (2017). doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2016-013307
Quach J, Price A, Bittman M, Hiscock H. A cross-sectional study of sleep timing and child and parent outcomes in Australian 4-9-year olds. Sleep Medicine (2016). doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.sleep.2016.06.006.
Hennel S, Coates C, Symeonides C, Gulenc A, Smith L, Price A, Hiscock H. Diagnosing autism: contemporaneous surveys of parent needs and paediatric practice. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health (2016) 22 83 – 90. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jpc.13157.
Price A, Quach J, Wake M, Bittman M, Hiscock H. Cross-sectional sleep thresholds for optimal health and well-being in Australian 4–9-year-olds. Sleep Medicine (2015). doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.sleep.2015.08.013.
Price A, Coates C, Symeonides C, Hiscock H, Smith L, York E, Hennel S. Chocolate frogs do not increase participation in a parent survey: randomised study. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health; 2014;50(11):866. doi:10.1111/jpc.12606. Epub 2014 Jun 13.
Campbell M, Bryson H, Price A, Wake M. Childhood obesity in secondary care: National prospective audit of Australian pediatric practice. Academic Pediatrics;13(2):168-76. doi:10.1016/j.acap.2012.12.005.
Price A, Brown J, Bittman M, Wake M, Quach J, Hiscock H. Children's sleep patterns from 0-9 years: Australian population longitudinal study. Archives of Disease in Childhood. 2014 Feb;99(2):119-25. doi:10.1136/archdischild-2013-304150. Epub 2013 Dec 16.
Wake M, Campbell M, Turner M, Price A, Sabin M, Davis E, Baur L. How training affects Australian paediatricians' management of obesity. Archives of Disease in Childhood; 98(1):3-8. doi:10.1136/archdischild-2012-301659. Epub 2012 Jul 13.
Price A, Maayan T, Wake M, Hiscock H. Is glycosylated haemoglobin associated with psychosocial stress in non-diabetic 6-year-olds? Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. 2014 Feb;50(2):153-7. doi:10.1111/jpc.12415. Epub 2013 Oct 30.
Heussler H, Chan P, Price A, Waters K, Davey M, Hiscock H. Pharmacological and Non-Pharmacological Management of Sleep Disturbance in Children: An Australian Paediatric Research Network Survey. Sleep Medicine;14(2):189-94. doi:10.1016/j.sleep.2012.09.023. Epub 2012 Dec 12.
Price A, Wake M, Ukoumunne O, Hiscock H. Five-Year Follow-up of Harms and Benefits of Behavioral Infant Sleep Intervention: Randomized Trial. Pediatrics; 2012;130(4):643-651. doi:10.1542/peds.2011-3467.
Price A, Wake M, Ukoumunne O, Hiscock H. Outcomes at 6 years of age for children with infant sleep problems: Longitudinal community-based study. Sleep Medicine; 2012;13:991-998. doi:10.1016/j.sleep.2012.04.014. Epub 2012 Jul 1
Roberts G, Price A, Oberklaid F. The paediatrician's role in caring for children with learning difficulties. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health;48(12)1086-1090. doi:10.1111/j.1440-1754.2012.02469.x.
Hiscock H, Roberts G, Efron D, Sewell J, Bryson H, Price A, Oberklaid F, South M, Wake M. Children Attending Paediatricians Study: a national prospective audit of outpatient practice from the Australian Paediatric Research Network. The Medical Journal of Australia 2011;194(8):392-397; doi:10.1136/adc.2010.196832DOI
Wake M, Price A, Clifford S, Ukoumunne OC, Hiscock H. Does an intervention that improves infant sleep also improve overweight at age 6? Follow-up of a randomised trial. Archives of Disease in Childhood 2011; 96(6):526-32. doi:10.1136/adc.2010.196832. Epub 2011 Mar 14.
Roberts G, Efron D, Price A, Hiscock H, Wake M. The Time and Practice Challenges of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics: An Australian National Study. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics;32(5):368-74. doi:10.1097/DBP.0b013e31821bd07e.
Sheehan J, Girolametto L, Reilly S, Ukoumunne O, Price A, Gold L, Weitzman E, Wake M. Feasibility of a language promotion program for toddlers at risk. Early Childhood Services 2009;3(1): 33-50.
Rudolph S, Hiscock H, Price A, Efron D, Sewell J, South M, Wake M. What research questions matter to Australian paediatricians? National Delphi study. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health 2009;45(12):704-10. doi:10.1111/j.1440-1754.2009.01598.x. Epub 2009 Oct 26.
Bayer J, Hiscock H, Ukoumunne O, Price A, Wake M. Early childhood aetiology of mental health problems: a longitudinal population-based study. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry 2008;49(11):1166-74. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7610.2008.01943.x. Epub 2008 Jul 28.
Hiscock H, Bayer JK, Price A, Ukoumunne OC, Rogers S, Wake M. Universal parenting programme to prevent early child behavioural problems: cluster randomised trial. BMJ 2008;336;318-321; doi:10.1136/bmj.39451.609676.AE. Epub 2008 Feb 7.
Price A, Hiscock H, Gradisar M. Let's help parents help themselves: A Letter to the Editor supporting the safety of behavioural sleep techniques. Early Human Development 2012. doi:10.1016/j.earlhumdev.2012.07.018. Epub 2012 Aug 9.