A Good Start in Life for Young Children: Reducing Vulnerability and Health Inequity

A Good Start in Life for Young Children

Project dates: 01/06/2021 - 30/04/2024

The proposed project will evaluate a multi-sector, multi-component programme of interventions for improving the health and wellbeing of children who are at the highest risk of developmental vulnerability and disadvantage in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

Chief Investigators:

Prof Rachel C. Davey  РUniversity of Canberra (UC)
A/Prof Margaret Cargo – University of Canberra (UC)
Prof Michelle Lincoln – University of Canberra (UC)
Prof Christine Phillips – Australian National University (ANU)
A/Prof Jane Herbert – University of Wollongong (UOW)
Dr Jacqueline McKechnie

Academic Team Members:

Dr Greg Mews – Queensland University of Technology – QUT Design Lab (QUT)
Prof Anthony Okely – University of Wollongong (UOW)

Other Team Members:

Mr Alan Philip
Ms Amber Shuhyta
Mr Bill Cadd
Dr Sue Packer
Dr Vicky Saunders


University of Canberra (UC)
Australian National University (ANU)
University of Wollongong (UOW)
ACT Government: ACT Health
ACT Government: Community Services Directorate
Canberra Hospital

Funding / Grants

  • National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC): NHMRC Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) (2020 - 2024)