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Community Paediatrics Research

Community Paediatrics undertakes research in relation to infants, children, young people (up to age 25 years) and their families, homes, schools and communities. 

Our Research Focus

  • Integration of health and other services to deliver preventative care in the community
  • Hospital avoidance
  • Environmental, social and intergenerational factors that contribute to child youth and family health and wellbeing
  • Vulnerable child youth and family populations
  • Social media and parenting communication strategies
  • Prevention, early intervention and community management of child and youth development, behaviour and mental health problems
  • Integration of government and non-government services
  • Protection from trauma, injury and violence.

Selected Grants

Amount awarded Grant and project details
$2,500,000 NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence (CRE), 2020-2024
Integrated Community care for People with complex Multi-Morbidities
Investigators: Eastwood J (CIA) et al.
$2,495,365 NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence (CRE), 2019-2023
CRE in Childhood Adversity and Mental Health
Investigators: Hiscock H, Jorm A, Goldfeld S, Fisher J, Eastwood J, Reupert A, Sanci L, Yap M, Dalziel K, Eapen V.

Our Publications


Arora A, Manohar N, Hector D, Bhole S, Hayen A, Eastwood J, Scott JA.Determinants for early introduction of complementary foods in Australian infants: findings from the HSHK birth cohort study. Nutr J. 2020 Feb 18;19(1):16. doi: 10.1186/s12937-020-0528-1. PMID: 32070350; PMCID: PMC7029498
Dadlani N, Small J, Starling J, Einfeld S. Clozapine in the management of persistent destructive behaviour in a 17-year-old boy with intellectual disability. BMJ Case Rep 2020 Nov 3;13(11):e235346. doi: 10.1136/bcr-2020-235346
Eades AM, Hackett M, Raven M, Liu H, Cass A. The impact of vicarious trauma on Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health researchers. Public Health Res Pract. 2020; Online early publication.
Eades, A., Hackett, M.L., Liu, H. et al. Qualitative study of psychosocial factors impacting on Aboriginal women's management of chronic disease. Int J Equity Health 19, 8 (2020)
Eastwood J, Barmaky S, Hansen S, Millere E, Ratcliff S, Fotheringham P, Coupland H, De Souza D. Refining Program Theory for a Place-Based Integrated Care Initiative in Sydney, Australia.  Int J Integr Care. 2020 Sep 28;20(3):13.
Eastwood J, Maitland-Scott I. Patient Privacy and Integrated Care: The Multidisciplinary Health Care Team. Int J Integr Care. 2020 Nov 19;20(4):13.
Eastwood JG, Dewhurst S, Hansen S, Tennant E, Miller E, Moensted ML, Fotheringham P, De Souza D. Care Coordination for Vulnerable Families in the Sydney Local Health District: What Works for Whom, under What Circumstances, and Why?  Int J Integr Care. 2020 Dec 2;20(4):22
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Lewis, A. Cultural and Linguistic Diversity Among Children and Families Referred for Diagnostic Evaluation of Developmental Delay and Disability: Implications for Service Delivery.  Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities. https://doi.org/10.1111/jppi.12358
Liu, H., Hossain, M.S., Islam, M.S. et al. Understanding how a community-based intervention for people with spinal cord injury in Bangladesh was delivered as part of a randomised controlled trial: a process evaluation. Spinal Cord 58, 1166-1175 (2020).
Liu, H., Huffman, M.D. & Trieu, K. The role of contextualisation in enhancing non-communicable disease programmes and policy implementation to achieve health for all.Health Res Policy Sys 18, 38 2020
Peng K, Liu H, Zhang J, Yang M, Liu Y, Tian M, Chu H, Wu X, Ivers R. Applying normalization process theory and process mapping to understand implementation of a co-management program for older hip fracture patients in China: a qualitative study.Arch Osteoporos. 2020 Jun 19;15(1):92.
Sciberras E, Montgomery A, Westrupp E. Physical Health, Media Use, and Mental Health in Children and Adolescents With ADHD During the COVID-19 Pandemic in Australia. J Atten Disord. 2020 Dec 17:1087054720978549. doi: 10.1177/1087054720978549.
Tennant E, Miller E, Costantino K, De Souza D, Coupland H, Fotheringham P, Eastwood J. A critical realist evaluation of an integrated care project for vulnerable families in Sydney, Australia. BMC Health Serv Res. 2020 Oct 31;20(1):995
Uebel H, Wright IM, Burns L, Hilder L, Bajuk B, Breen C, Abdel-Latif ME, Falconer J, Clews S, Ward M, Eastwood J, Oei JL. Characteristics and causes of death in children with neonatal abstinence syndrome.J Paediatr Child Health. 2020 Dec;56(12):1933-1940. doi: 10.1111/jpc.15091. Epub 2020 Aug 20. PMID: 32815631.
Uebel H, Wright IM, Melhuish E, Eastwood J, Oei JL. Prenatal Opioid Exposure Research: Shortcomings and Solutions.J Addict Med. 2020 Jul/Aug;14(4):355-356
Yin X, Liu H, He Y, et al. Patient-level and system-level barriers associated with treatment delays for ST elevation myocardial infarction in China. June 2020Heart (British Cardiac Society) 106(19):heartjnl-2020-316621.
Yin X, Liu H, Trieu K et al. The effectiveness, feasibility, and acceptability of low-sodium salts worldwide: An environmental scan protocol.September 2020, Journal of Clinical Hypertension 22(7)