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Sue West is the Associate Director of Policy and Service Development at the Royal Children's Hospital's Centre for Community Child Health (CCCH) and Co-Group leader of Child Health Policy, Equity and Translation at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.
Her research priorities are knowledge translation and exchange and place-based approaches to improving outcomes for children in disadvantaged communities.
She leads the knowledge translation work of the CCCH which aims to inform early childhood policy, service delivery, professional practice and parenting. She brings a wealth of experience to this role having led large-scale knowledge translation initiatives in universities for more than a decade.
She leads a national program of work which aims to accelerate understanding and action to improve disadvantaged communities for children and families. This aligns with her earlier practitioner experience in the western suburbs of Melbourne and her substantial policy experience focusing on service system reform and community engagement.
- Associate Director, Policy and Service Development, Centre for Community Child Health, Royal Children's Hospital
Sue West is Co-Group Leader of the Child Health Policy, Equity and Translation group, including research, knowledge synthesises and translation to inform early childhood policy, service delivery, professional practice and parenting.
Her areas of research include Australian flagship knowledge translation initiatives that draw together researchers, policy makers and practitioners, and a national program to support placed-based approaches to improving outcomes for children.
She's involved with learning and development for policy makers and practitioners based on the best available research evidence and practice knowledge.
Other research areas include support for people in early childhood practice and policy to make improvements to services for children and their families by discovering, testing and sharing effective improvement strategies, and national advocacy campaigns which bring together key research, policy and practice partners.
She has a specific interest in generating and exchanging knowledge to support the efforts of policy makers, program managers and practitioner networks toward local area strategies for service re-development.
- Raising Children Network: Australia's multi award winning parenting website: comprehensive, practical, expert child health and parenting information and activities covering children aged 0 to eight years.
- Resources and publications: A suite of publications and resources based on a synthesis of research and practice knowledge are created to inform decision making and encourage action in the early childhood sector.
- Training and development: A program of training and other learning opportunities are provided to support and influence practice change in the early childhood sector.
- Quality improvement and service redevelopment: A group of initiatives are undertaken to discover, test and share effective ways to make improvements to services for children and their families andsupport people in early childhood practice and policy to make the changes needed.
- Let's Read: A national early literacy initiative to promote reading with children from birth to five years.
Goldfeld, S and West, S (2014) Inequalities in Early Childhood Outcomes: What Lies Beneath. VCOSS Insight 9.
Sayers M, West S, Lorains J,Laidlaw B, Moore T, and Robinson R. (2012)
Starting school: a pivotal life transition for children and their families Family Matters no. 90
Davern M, West S,Bodenham S, and Wiseman J. (2011) Community Indicators in Action: Using indicators as a tool for planning and evaluating the health and wellbeing of a community. Best Practice in Community Quality of Life Indicators, Vol 5 .
Cox D, Frere M, West S, Wiseman J. (2010) Developing and using local community wellbeing indicators: Learning from the experience of Community Indicators Victoria
Zachery D, Brutschy S, West S, Keenan T, A Stevens A. (2010) Connecting Data to Action: How the Santa Cruz County Community Assessment Project Contributes to Better Outcomes for Youth Applied. Research inQuality of Life 5:4 287-308
West S, Wiseman J and Bertone S. (2006) Mainstreaming Change: Learning from community strengthening in Victoria. Just Policy