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Professor Frank Oberklaid
Professor Frank Oberklaid AM, MD, FRACP was the Foundation Director of the Centre for Community Child Health at The Royal Children's Hospital for over 25 years. He is Co-Group Leader, Policy, Equity and Translation, at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and an Honorary Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Melbourne.
Professor Oberklaid is co-Chair of a steering committee and expert advisory group tasked with developing a National Children’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy on behalf of the Federal Government. He is also Chair of the Victorian Children's Council, which advises the Premier and Ministers on child health policy. Professor Oberklaid also chairs or is a member of several other important national policy committees. He is especially interested in child mental health, prevention and early intervention, and the use of research findings to inform public policy and service delivery.
Professor Oberklaid is an internationally recognised researcher, author, lecturer and consultant, and has written two books and over 200 scientific publications. His work has been acknowledged in the form of a number of prestigious awards and many invited international lectureships and visiting professorships.
- Foundation Director for the Centre for Community Child Health, The Royal Children's Hospital
- Honorary Professor of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne
2018: AM (Member of the General Division of the Order of Australia)
2014: Nils Rosen von Rosenstein Medal, Swedish Pediatric Association and Swedish Society of Medicine
2012: 'Invited Member,' Reggio Emilia Australia
2012: Victorian Health Minister's Lifetime Achievement Award
2011: Tikkun Olam Award, Hadassah Australia
2009: Howard Williams Medal, Royal Australasian College of Physicians
2007: Medal of Distinction, Children's Hospitals of Australasia
2003: Chairman's Medal, Royal Children's Hospital
2003: Victorian Health Minister's Lifetime Achievement Award
2003: Centenary Medal, Commonwealth of Australia
2003: Royal Australasian College of Physicians – John Sands Medal
1998: OAM (Medallion of the Order of Australia)
Professor Oberklaid is Co-Group Leader of the Institute's Child Health Policy, Equity and Translation group. His current interests include early childhood mental health, development, prevention, early detection/early intervention, and especially how existing services to young children and families can be refocused and better co-ordinated to improve outcomes.
Australian Early Development Census: a nationwide census of how young Australian children have developed as they start their first year of formal, full-time education.
Let's Read: designed to promote literacy to children 0-5 years, this initiative is intended to support and empower parents/carers to read with their child; provide training and resources for community professionals; and work with communities to promote the importance of early literacy.
Platforms: a research based service redevelopment framework designed to assist local communities refocus services for children and families, and strengthen the capacity of communities to promote positive outcomes for children.
Raising Children Network: a federally funded parenting website.
Oberklaid F. Struggling at school: A practical guide to the child that isn't coping. Australian Family Physician. 2014:43(4):186-188.
Moore T, Oberklaid F. Health and Wellbeing. In: Ben-Arieh A, Casas F, Frønes I, Korbin JE, eds. Handbook of Child Well-Being. New York: Springer; 2013.
Oberklaid F, Baird G, Blair M, Melhuish E, Hall D. Children's health and development: Approaches to early identification and intervention. Arch Dis Children. 2013:98(12):1008-11.
Rhodes A, Sciberras E, Oberklaid F, South M, Davies S, Efron D. Unmet developmental, behavioral, and psychosocial needs in children attending pediatric outpatient clinics. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. 2012;33:469-478.
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 and Behavioral Pediatrics. 2012;33(4):319-327.
Roberts G, Price A, Oberklaid F. The paediatrician's role in caring for children with learning difficulties. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. 2012;48(12);1086-1090.
Hiscock H, Roberts G, Efron D, Sewell J, Bryson H, Price A, Oberklaid F, South M, Wake M. Children Attending Paediatricians Study: National prospective audit of office practice from the Australian Paediatric Research Network. Medical Journal Australia. 2011;194:392-397.
Halfon N, Russ S, Oberklaid F, Bertrand J, Eisenstadt N. An international comparison of early childhood initiatives: From services to systems. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. 2009;30:471-473.
Sarkadi A, Kristiansson R, Oberklaid F, Bremberg S. Fathers' involvement and children's developmental outcomes: a systematic review of longitudinal studies. Acta Paediatrica. 2008;97(2):153 -158.