Professor Harriet Hiscock
Professor Hiscock is a consultant paediatrician and postdoctoral research fellow. She works part time in research and clinical practice and is co-director of the Unsettled Babies Clinic and Co-Group Leader of the Community Health Services Research group at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute. She seeks to determine the impact of common child health problems on child and family functioning and develop and trial new approaches to their management. She is also interested in improving child health outcomes through paediatric, secondary care-based research including e-health. She is driving this research through the Australian Paediatric Research Network – a research network of 400 paediatricians which she leads. She is assisted by a team of about 15 researchers.
Professor Hiscock has translated her research into practice including the rollout of her Infant Sleep program to 1,200 Victorian maternal and child health nurses, for which she was awarded the 2010 Early Years Minister's Award for Partnerships with Families and Communities. The program has been translated into eight languages and informed content of the federal government-funded Raising Children Network Parenting site. She was funded by the Victorian government to extend this training program to 150 GPs in 2011/12 and by the Sleep Health Foundation to develop an online version of the training program in 2013. She has co-authored a report which led to inclusion of a child mental health measure in the Victorian School Entry Health Questionnaire that enables earlier detection and management of child mental health problems.
- Principal Research Fellow, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
- Sessional Principal Specialist, Centre for Community Child Health
- Honorary Fellow, Department of Paediatrics, The University of Melbourne
- 2014-2017: Career Development Fellowship- National Health and Medical Research Council
- 2012: Fellow's Contribution Award ($150,000),The Royal Australasian College of Physicians
- 2011: Mentors Award - special commendation, The Royal Australasian College of Physicians
- 2010: Early Years Minister's Award for Partnerships with Families and Communities for Infant Sleep Program, Victorian government
- 2010-2013: Career Development Award, National Health and Medical Research Council
- 2009: Rising Star award for excellence in research less than 10 years post doctorate, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
- 2009: Rue Wright Memorial Prize for best community child health research at the Annual Scientific Meeting, Royal Australasian College of Physicians
- 2007: Centre for Community Child Health Jeffrey Mahemoff Travel Scholarship
- 2001: Young Investigator Award at the Annual Scientific Meeting, Royal Australasian College of Physicians
- 2001: Public Health Scholarship, National Health and Medical Research Council
Professor Hiscock's research includes randomised controlled trials, health services research and secondary care. In particular, she focuses on common, high impact infant and child health problems - infant sleep and colic and associated postnatal depression in parents, child behavioural and mental health problems and child sleep.
- Australian Paediatric Research Network
- Baby Business
- Families in Mind
- Sleeping Sound With ADHD
- Sleep Well – Be Well
Sung V, Hiscock H, Tang M, Mensah F, Nation M, Satzke C, Heine R, Stock A, Barr R, Wake M. Treating infant colic with the probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri: double-blind, placebo-controlled randomised trial. BMJ 2014;348:g2107
Hiscock H, Cook F, Bayer J, Le HND, Mensah F, Cann W, Symon B, St James Roberts I. Preventing early infant sleep and crying problems and postnatal depression: A randomized trial. Pediatrics published online 6 Jan 2014
Sciberras E, Lycett K, Efron D, Mensah F, Gerner B, Hiscock H. Anxiety in children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Pediatrics E-Pub 21 Apr 2014
Sung V, Collett S, de Gooyer T, Hiscock H, Tang M, Wake M. Probiotics to Prevent or Treat Excessive Infant Crying: Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JAMA Pediatrics. Published online October 7, 2013. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.2572
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 published online 12 Dec 2012. doi: 10.1016/j.sleep.2012.09.023
Price AM, Wake M, Ukoumunne OC, 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 PubMed PMID: 22966034
Quach J, Hiscock H, Ukoumunne OC, Wake M. A brief sleep intervention improves outcomes in the school entry year: a randomized controlled trial. Pediatrics 2011;128(4):692-701. doi: 10.1542/peds.2011-0409 PubMed PMID: 21890825
Sciberras E, Fulton M, Efron D, Oberklaid F, Hiscock H. Managing sleep problems in school aged children with ADHD: a pilot randomised controlled trial. Sleep Medicine 2011;12(9):932-5.
Sung V, Beebe DW, VanDyke R, Fenchel MC, Crimmins NA, Kirk S, Hiscock H, Amin R, Wake M. Does sleep duration predict metabolic risk in obese adolescents attending tertiary services? A cross-sectional study. Sleep 2011;34(7):891-8. doi: 10.5665/SLEEP.1122
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. Medical J Aust 2011;194(8):392-7.