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Professor Sharon Goldfeld
Professor Sharon Goldfeld is a paediatrician, public health physician, Co-Group Leader of Child Health Policy, Equity and Translation at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute and Deputy Director of the Centre for Community Child Health at The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne.
Sharon 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 focuses on investigating, testing and translating sustainable policy relevant solutions that eliminate inequities for Australia's children.
- Paediatrician and Research Director for the Australian Early Development Census, Centre for Community Child Health, Royal Children's Hospital
- Principal Fellow, University of Melbourne
- Rue Wright Award for best community child health research (awarded at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians), 2010 and 2011
- Inaugural Aileen Plant Award for contribution to Australian public health leadership and research (awarded jointly by the Public Health Association of Australia, the Australian Epidemiological Association, the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine and the Australian Health Promotion Association), 2008
- Exam Medal for best performance (Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine), 2007
- Creswick Foundation Travelling Fellowship, 2003
- Harkness International Fellowship in Health Care Policy, 1999-2000
Professor Goldfeld is Co-Group Leader of the Child Health Policy, Equity and Translation group, including the Australian Early Development Index Research Program, with a focus on children with additional health and developmental needs, mental health and children with diverse language backgrounds. She is heading the research stream of the right@home Australian national nurse home visiting trial being implemented in Victoria and Tasmania.
She is also heading two new trials, Classroom Promotion of Oral Language, which is starting in schools early 2014, and the Kids in Communities Study, which will investigate community-level factors influencing early childhood development outcomes. The research group brings together a number of secondary analysis studies and intervention trials that highlight and address issues of equity, particularly those most relevant to the child health and education policy environments.
Sharon leads numerous research and evaluation initiatives, including:
- right@home — A randomised controlled trial of sustained nurse home visiting that aims to improve the universal maternal and child health nursing service to better meet the needs of families living in adverse circumstances.
- Kids in Communities Study — A national study investigating how the physical and social environment, socio-economic factors, access to services and governance affect children’s developmental outcomes.
- Bowel and Bladder Dysfunction service reform — An institutional collaboration that seeks to improve care of patients and their families at the Royal Children’s Hospital.
- Classroom Promotion of Oral Language — A cluster randomised controlled study investigating the impact of teacher-led oral language promotion on child language, literacy and mental health.
- Changing Children's Chances — This project brings together leading national and international child equity researchers to map and identify potential policy and service intervention to reduce early developmental inequities in Australian children.
- Models of Child Health Appraised — A collaboration with the European Commission to review models of paediatric primary care across Europe.
- Elucidating Pathways of Child Health Inequalities — An international collaboration established to compare inequalities across longitudinal cohorts.
- Restacking the Odds — This project aims to improve outcomes for disadvantaged children in Australia by reducing developmental inequities (“restacking the odds”) so they can make the most of their potential.
- Building Better Readers — A randomised controlled trial that will test the value of the MiniLit reading intervention for year one students with low reading ability.
Sharon is frequently invited to provide keynote and workshop presentations, and has been the recipient of the prestigious international Harkness Fellowship in Health Care Policy and the Aileen Plant Medal in Public Health Research.
Goldfeld S, Kvalsvig A, Incledon E, O'Connor M, Mensah F. Predictors of mental health competence in a population cohort of Australian children. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health published online January 2014 doi: 10.1136/jech-2013-203007
Goldfeld S, Woolcock G, Katz I, Tanton R, Brinkman S, O'Connor E, Mathews T, Giles-Corti B. Neighbourhood effects influencing early childhood development: Conceptual model and trial indicator measurement methodologies from the Kids in Communities Study. Social Indicators Research published online 20 February doi: 10.1007/s11205-014-0578-x
O'Connor, M., Howell-Meurs, S., Kvalsvig, A., & Goldfeld, S. (in press). Understanding the impact of special health care needs on early school functioning: A conceptual model. Child: Care Health and Development. doi: 10.1111/cch.12164
Kvalsvig A, O'Connor M, Redmond G, Goldfeld S. The unknown citizen: epidemiological challenges in child mental health. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2014. Epub 2014/07/18. doi:10.1136/jech-2013-203712
Wake M, Tobin S, Levickis P, Gold L, Ukoumunne OC, Zens N, Goldfeld S, Le H, Law J, Reilly S. Randomized trial of population-based home-delivered intervention for preschool language delay. Pediatrics 2013; 132(4): e895-904
Woolfenden S, Goldfeld S, Raman S, Eapen V, Kemp L, Williams K. Inequity in child health: The importance of early childhood development. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health 2013;49: E365-E369.
Goldfeld S, Quach J, Nicholls R, Reilly S, Ukoumunne O, Wake M. Four-year old outcomes of a universal infant-toddler shared reading intervention: The Let's Read trial. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 2012; 166(11): 1045-52 (IF 4.7) (Let's Read).
Goldfeld S, Hayes L. Factors influencing child mental health: a state-wide survey of Victorian children. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health Published online 15 May 2012 DOI:10.1111/j.1440-1754.2012.02473.x (IF 1.3)
Goldfeld S, O'Connor M, Sayers M, Moore T, & Oberklaid F. Prevalence and Correlates of Special Health Care Needs in a Population Cohort of Australian Children at School Entry. Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics 2012;33(4):319-327
Goldfeld S, Napiza N, Quach J, Reilly S, Ukoumunne O, Wake M. Outcomes of a Universal Infant-Toddler Shared Reading Intervention by 2 Year of Age: The Let's Read trial. Pediatrics 2011; 127; 445-453. (IF 5.8) (Citations 1)