Launch of a new research program in childhood adversity and mental health

On May 27th 2019 former prime minister and Chair of Beyond Blue The Hon. Julia Gillard AC launched the new Centre of Research Excellence in Childhood Adversity and Mental Health. This will be a five-year collaboration led by Prof. Harriet Hiscock at Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in collaboration with our own A/Prof. Kim Dalziel and others at the University of Melbourne and around Australia.

The exciting program of research, co-funded for $2.5 million by the National Health & Medical Research Council and Beyond Blue, will work to reduce the impact of adversity on young children in two high-needs areas of Victoria and NSW and identify and enhance support services for at-risk families. A/Prof. Dalziel and her team, including Laura Fanning and Jemimah Ride, will contribute a vital economics perspective to this important research, including examining the value for money of different approaches to reducing the mental health impact of childhood adversity.

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