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Anna is an experienced researcher and people leader with a passion for children's health and developmental equity. Anna has worked and studied at the Centre for Community Child Health for 15 years, focusing on early intervention and prevention efforts that can optimise the impact of Australia's health services for families with young children.
- Honorary Fellow, Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne
- 2019: GrantEd Research Impact Showcase Award
- 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's early collaborations involved large community-based interventions designed to help families with common challenges such as behaviour and language. Many of her projects have partnered with Australia's well-child nursing service, which reaches all children and is the only service that specifically supports families during the early years. This includes her PhD (2008-11), the longest follow-up of an early parenting program for reducing infant sleep problems. This community-based research focused Anna's attention on the importance of understanding and addressing the impacts of early adversity.
Since then, she has pursued research that works to optimise existing health services and where they intersect with social care and education services. This includes managing projects such as "right@home" - Australia's largest trial of nurse home visiting (2012-2016) and leading "Healthier Wealthier Families" (2019-current) - which aims to link healthcare and community-based financial support services.
As the CCCH's Child Health Equity (COVID-19) Scholar Anna has commenced analysing the data emerging from campus datasets to understand the social and economic experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis on Australian families and children. The disruption caused by COVID-19 offers a unique opportunity to challenge the policies and systems that were previously holding inequities in place. Anna is excited to collaborate with Centre partners and end-users to develop a strategy that redresses childhood inequities in the context of COVID-19. She has a deep curiosity and a love of learning, and is committed to create lasting and positive change for Australian families.
- Principal Investigator of Healthier Wealthier Families (2019-current), a research project testing the feasibility and impact of providing financial support to families through healthcare.
- Investigator and post-doctoral fellow (and previous Research Manager) of the right@home randomised controlled trial examining whether an early nurse home visiting program can improve children's learning and development (2012-current).
- Principal Investigator of the Kid Sleep Study (2008-11), the longest follow-up of an infant sleep intervention delivered via the maternal and child health service (to child age 6 years).
- Leading the analysis of complex sleep data from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (2012-16), describing the first Australian population-level data on children's sleep patterns.
- Helping establish and run the Australian Paediatric Research Network (2007-12) and its projects, including the national Delphi survey of paediatricians' research priorities and national practice audit.
Selected Healthier Wealthier Families papers
• Price A, Zhu A, Nguyen J, Contreras-Suarez D, Schreurs N, Burley J, Lawson K, Kelaher M, Lingam R, Grace R, Raman S, Kemp L, Woolfenden S, Goldfeld S. The Healthier Wealthier Families (HWF) pilot randomised controlled trial: testing the feasibility of delivering financial counselling to families with young children who are identified as experiencing financial hardship by community-based nurses. BMJ Open (2021);11:e044488. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2020-044488
Selected right@home papers
• Goldfeld S, Bryson H, Mensah F, Gold L, Orsini F, Perlen S, Price A, Hiscock H, Grobler A, Dakin P, Bruce T, Harris D, Kemp L. Impact of nurse home visiting on maternal mental health: 3-year follow-up of a randomized controlled trial. Pediatrics (2021), e2020025361; https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2020-025361
• Price A, Bryson H, Smith A, Mensah F, Goldfeld S. Engaging and retaining women who are experiencing adversity in longitudinal health services research. BMC Health Services Research (2019) 19, 833 doi:10.1186/s12913-019-4698-5
• Goldfeld S, Price A, Smith C, Bruce T, Bryson H, Mensah F, Orsini F, Gold L, Hiscock H, Bishop L, Smith A, Perlen S, Kemp L. Nurse Home Visiting for Families Experiencing Adversity: A Randomized Trial. Pediatrics (2019) Published online January 1 2019. doi: 10.1542/peds.2018-1206.
• Price A, Bryson H, Mensah F, Kemp L, Smith C, Orsini F, Hiscock H, Gold L, Smith A, Bishop L, Goldfeld S. A brief survey to identify pregnant women experiencing increased psychosocial and socioeconomic risk. Women and Birth (2018) Published online Sep 4. pii: S1871-5192(17)30595-4. 10.1016/j.wombi.2018.08.162
• 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: 1419 (2018) 141–159. doi: 10.1111/nyas.13688
• 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 (2018), http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jpc.13860.
Longitudinal Study of Australian Children papers
• 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;22:39-46. Epub 016 Jun 16. doi: 10.1016/j.sleep.2016.06.006.
• 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. Epub 2015 Aug 28. doi:10.1016/j.sleep.2015.08.013
• 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
Selected Key Kids Sleep Study papers
• 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
• 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):526-532; originally published online 14 Mar 2011 doi:10.1136/adc.2010.196832