Professor Dinah Reddihough
Professor Dinah Reddihough is a paediatrician involved in the clinical care of children with disabilities, in particular cerebral palsy. She is the Group Leader of Developmental Disability and Rehabilitation Research at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. Professor Reddihough was the Director of the Royal Children's Hospital's Department of Developmental Medicine between 1986 and 2011 and is an Honorary Professorial Fellow in the University of Melbourne. She has 155 peer reviewed publications (141 articles in refereed journals, 14 book chapters) and has won 92 research grants.
Professor Reddihough is actively involved in teaching and supervising undergraduate and postgraduate students, and has contributed to a number of community organisations that assist people with disabilities.
Professor Reddihough was responsible for founding the Australasian Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, a multidisciplinary organisation committed to advancing knowledge about physical disability in childhood by conducting scientific meetings and fostering research and evidence based practice. She established the Centre for Developmental Disability Research named “Solve! At the RCH". This highly successful group developed a strategic plan and obtained funding which led to the establishment of the Apex Chair in Developmental Medicine in 2011, the first Chair in Developmental Medicine in Australia. “Solve! At the RCH" has also secured funding for a second chair from the Lorenzo and Pamela Galli Trust.
The major focus of “Solve! At the RCH" is to increase knowledge in the area of Developmental Medicine and to ensure that research in the field of childhood disability develops an increasing profile at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, The Royal Children's Hospital and the University of Melbourne campus now and into the future.
1999: Australian Cerebral Palsy Association Distinguished Service Medal
2000: Royal Children's Hospital Gold Medal
2005: AO – Honorary Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia
2014: Health Lifetime Achievement Award – Victorian Public Healthcare Awards.
Professor Dinah Reddihough's main research interest is in the area childhood disability, particularly cerebral palsy. Her multidisciplinary research program is focused on gaining an improved understanding of both the causes of childhood disabilities and the optimal interventions for them.
The ultimate goal is to improve outcomes and quality of life for children with disabilities and their families. The approaches used include collection of epidemiological data, conduct of randomised trials and development of measurement tools.
Professor Reddihough established the Victorian Cerebral Palsy Register which has grown to be one of the largest cerebral palsy databases both nationally and internationally, and is the basis for many of the studies that are undertaken. The Register has generated 66 publications over the past 20 years. Many of the studies have resulted in changes in clinical practice, for example, the finding that children with severe cerebral palsy require more regular hip X-rays than those with mild cerebral palsy, has enabled establishment of hip surveillance guidelines for the frequency of hip X-ray examination.
Randomised trials have demonstrated the value of treatments such as home based intervention for young children with developmental delay, and the benefits of botulinum toxin for saliva control. The measurement tools, now used both nationally and internationally, include the Melbourne Assessment of Unilateral Upper Limb Function, the Cerebral Palsy Quality of Life Questionnaire for Children and the Drooling Impact Scale, these were developed in collaboration with a number of groups. Most recently Dinah was the Chief investigator on the National Health and Medical Research Council funded Centre for Research Excellence in cerebral palsy.
- The Victorian Cerebral Palsy Register
- Exploring the use of stem cells in cerebral palsy
- Saliva control in children with disabilities
- Multi-site randomised controlled trial of Fluoxetine versus placebo for the treatment of restricted, repetitive and stereotyped behaviours in children and adolescents with autism
- The Victorian Prader-Willi syndrome Register
Reid S, Johnson HM, Reddihough D. The Drooling Impact Scale: an evaluative measure of the impact of drooling in children with developmental disabilities. Dev Med Child Neurol, 2010;52: e23-28.
Reddihough D, Erasmus CE, Johnson H, McKellar GMW, Jongerius PH. 2010. Botulinum toxin assessment, intervention and aftercare for paediatric and adult drooling: international consensus statement. European Journal of Neurology, 17 (Suppl. 2): 109-121.
Reid SM, Carlin JB, Reddihough DS. Rates of cerebral palsy in Victoria, 1970-2004: has there been a change? Dev Med Child Neurol 2011;10:907-912.
Reddihough DS, Reid SM, Plover C. Evaluation of glycopyrrolate in the treatment of chronic drooling. Degen Neuro Neuromusc Dis 2011; 1: 3-7.
Reid SM, Modak MB, Berkowitz RG, Reddihough DS. A population-based study and systematic review of hearing loss in children with cerebral palsy. Dev Med Child Neurol 2011;53:1038-1045.
Reid SM, Carlin JB, Reddihough DS. Survival of individuals with cerebral palsy born in Victoria, Australia, between 1970 and 2004. Dev Med Child Neurol 2012; 54: 353-60.
Reid SM, McCutcheon J, Reddihough DS, Johnson H. Prevalence and predictors of drooling in 7 to 14 year old children with cerebral palsy: a population study. Dev Med Child Neurol: 2012; 54: 1032-6.
Davis E: Mackinnon A; Davern M; Boyd R; Bohanna I; Waters E; H.K Graham; Reid S;Reddihough D. Description and psychometric properties of the CP QOL-Teen: a quality of life questionnaire for adolescents with cerebral palsy. Research in Developmental Disabilities 2013; 34: 344-352.
Harvey A, Randall M, Reid S, Lee K, Imms C, Rodda J, Eldridge B, Orsini F,
Reddihough D. (2013). Children with cerebral palsy and periventricular white matter injury: does gestational age affect functional outcome? Research in Developmental Disabilities. 34(9):2500-2506.
Reddihough DS, Jiang B, Lanigan A, Reid SM, Walstab J, Davis E. Social outcomes of young adults with cerebral palsy. Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, 2013: 38(3):215-222.