Institute of Health and
Biomedical Innovation

Child and adolescent health

Overview

Our researchers partner with families and support services to address childhood development, obesity, nutrition, sleep and prevention of child maltreatment. We also ensure equitable health outcomes for all, including for the Indigenous population.

A focus of the research is on prevention and early intervention, ensuring issues in childhood disease and development are addressed before progressing to chronic disease that may continue and even worsen into adulthood.

Research teams are working on early education and care programs that support Indigenous families living in circumstances of extreme disadvantage; and on evaluation of programs to improve the health and life chances of children through domestic violence prevention, transition to school and antenatal programs.

Areas of strength are in respiratory infection and epidemiology. Research in this area includes randomised controlled trials focusing on early diagnosis and effective treatment with the aim of providing faster resolution of chronic cough in children. The researches work with rural, remote and Indigenous communities and health services to advance knowledge about the burden of illness and prevention of cough progressing to chronic lung disease.

Enabling research progress is a recent relocation to the Centre for Children’s Health Research, adjacent to the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital. CCHR brings together child and adolescent health researchers to create a critical mass of expertise and specialist knowledge covering childhood cancer, Indigenous health, infectious diseases, physical activity, obesity, burn and wound repair.

Translation is an important element of the Queensland node of the Centre of Research Excellence in the Early Prevention of Obesity in Childhood, based at CCHR. The centre aims to roll out obesity prevention programs borne from evidence-based research to have a real health impact. Understanding of policy context and engagement of clinical practitioners and parents in the community will form important considerations in the research and roll-out.

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