Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Melbourne, Australia

Based in Melbourne, Australia, MCRI is recognised globally for its child health discoveries. Population health research at MCRI aims to improve understanding of the complex interplay of social, environmental and biological factors that influence child and adolescent health and to translate this knowledge into effective prevention, early intervention and treatment strategies.

Dr Sharon Goldfeld

Professor Sharon Goldfeld is a paediatrician and public health physician 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 Children’s Research Institute. She has a decade of experience in state government as a senior policymaker in health and education including Principal Medical Advisor in the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. Her research focus of developing data and indicators, investigating community based systems change and implementing equity based community based intervention trials, has aligned with her substantial policy experience focussing on projects that keep child health on the policy and political agenda in Victoria and nationally in Australia.

Professor Gary Freed

Professor of Population Health, School of Population Health, University of Melbourne. Prof Freed is the principle investigator of one of the seven Centers of Excellence in the United States, to develop, test and disseminate quality measures of paediatric care. Funded by the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, this 4-year $8million grant has allowed the development and testing of over 60 quality measures. The first 20 of these measures have been accepted into the National Quality Measure Clearinghouse of the Federal Government.

Associate Professor Harriet Hiscock

Associate Professor Harriet Hiscock is a consultant paediatrician and senior research fellow. She is director of the Health Services Research Unit at the Royal Children’s Hospital and Co-Group Leader of the Community Health Services Research group at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. She leads the Australian Paediatric Research Network. Her research interests include developing and testing interventions for common, high impact health problems including infant sleep and colic, child mental health and sleep. Achievements in research translation include the roll out of her Infant Sleep program to 1,200 Victorian maternal and child health nurses, for which she was awarded the 2010 Early Years Minister’s Award for Partnerships with Families and Communities.