Our vision is to enhance opportunities for all children to thrive.
We are building evidence about what makes a difference for children – in families, schools, communities, services and society to build on the known social determinants of health. We are focusing our research and knowledge translation efforts on:
- Supporting positive mental health and resilience
- Promoting common drivers of physical health and wellbeing
- Responding to the impacts of a changing world on children’s lives
We contribute by: generating new knowledge, influencing policy and service delivery, building workforce capacity and developing and evaluating community based solutions. We achieve this through key strategic partnerships with government, service providers and community. We are committed to excellence in the generation, translation and sharing of knowledge.
Public Health Insight
Part of our team includes Public Health Insight, which aims to facilitate the production and dissemination of public health evidence reviews on the effects of interventions addressing social and economic determinants of population health, with a focus on equity. To ensure that evidence reviews meet the needs of end-users, Public Health Insight will work strategically with stakeholders to improve the quality of relevant research, increase the relevance and usefulness of reviews, and develop the capacity of the workforce to engage with and utilise public health knowledge and evidence.
The foundation of the Program commenced in 1995, and has been based on the principle of collaboration in Australia and internationally. Since then, we have formed strong practice-research partnerships across a wide variety of sectors and disciplines, including government, education, community health, dental health, disability, emergency management, social welfare and childcare.
In 2008, the Jack Brockhoff Child Health and Wellbeing Program was the grateful recipient of the Jack Brockhoff Centenary gift. This gift has made a significant contribution to building long term human resource investment in our program and enabled substantial developments to novel and important ways of working.
Upholding a Legacy
The team at the Jack Brockhoff Child Health and Wellbeing Program were extremely saddened by the passing of it's founding Director, Professor Elizabeth Waters in September 2015. Committed to justice, equity, and human rights, Liz and her team worked in partnership with a wide range of policymakers, practitioners, communities, families and children, with the deliberate intent to generate relevant, useful evidence and apply evidence to decision making and practice. Thanks to her vision and leadership, the Jack Brockhoff Child Health and Wellbeing Program will continue her legacy of generating and promoting the best quality evidence for child public health.
What do children really want? After her surprise appearance at our National Child and Youth Forum, Chloe Shorten blogged about the value of child-led research.News
The Jack Brockhoff Child Health and Wellbeing Program 2017 Annual ReportNews
Would you like to participate in this study?News
Voices of Parents from Brockhoff Child Health Program on Vimeo.News
We are recruiting parents with children aged between 18 months and 5 years of age who would like to take part in a nutrition research project. Looking for all types of eaters!Contact Lauren Carpenter: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or visit the Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/whatsonyourplateresearch/News
Positive mental health and resilience
We conduct a series of trials and evaluation programs promoting child mental health and resilience in the different risk contexts: Areas prone to natural disasters, areas of social disadvantage and areas with many children from refugee/migrant family backgrounds.View
Physical health and wellbeing
We identify family service needs for delivery of disability services to align with NDIS. We analyse birth cohort data to identify risk and protective factors for child oral health and obesity. We identify what interventions make a difference in child obesity prevention.View
Impacts of a changing world on children's lives
We are committed to an approach that enables children themselves to identify and respond to priority health and wellbeing issues. We have partnered with ABC program Behind the News to analyse children's responses to online news polls.View
Child Insight Series
Made with researchers at the Jack Brockhoff Child and Wellbeing Program at the University of Melbourne, this video gives insight in to the lives of children and factors that affect their lives.
We have formed strong practice-research partnerships across a wide variety of sectors, disciplines, including government, education, community health, dental health, disability, emergency management, social welfare and childcare.
The Elizabeth Waters Memorial Travel Scholarship was established by Liz’s friends and family to honour the life of our late founding Director.View
Partners and Supporters
We are appreciative of the opportunities provided through our collaborations with partners within, and/or financial support provided by, the following groups and institutions.View
Higher Degree Research
This page is coming soon.View
- Lauren Carpenter
- Jodie Doyle
Managing Editor, Cochrane Public Health
- Robyn Molyneaux
- Hannah Morrice
- Elena Swift
- Dana Young
- Rachel Boak
- Kate Brady
- Lauren Carpenter
- Dr Bradley Christian
|Dr Simon Crouch||University of Melbourne|
|Professor Mark Gussy||LaTrobe University|
|Dr Martin Hall||North Richmond Community Health|
|Greg Ireton||University of Melbourne|
|Professor Colin MacDougall||Flinders University|
|John Richardson||Australian Red Cross|
|Dr Michael Smith||Barwon Health|