This research program is collaboration between The Hopkins Centre, MHIQ, Griffith University and community partners to help all children have a healthy and happy start to life. We work together through research, student practicums, and knowledge sharing to make the ‘biggest difference’ in the lives of children with developmental vulnerability and their families, focusing on southeast Queensland.
The CHLD Network program has a vision is that every child will have a healthy and happy start to school, including children with developmental vulnerability and complex needs. The team comprises of researchers with a common passion for advancing children’s health and development. The network partners with community organisations, government departments, other research institutions, and private enterprise to address the most pressing community identified needs. The program is focused on creating new and better early education practices, interventions, and supports; we help upskill the community in new ways of thinking and working; we develop evidence to guide policy and practice; and we train the next generation of future-thinking health and education professionals. All disciplines, for example, speech pathology, physiotherapy, nutrition & dietetics, occupational therapy, education, exercise science, basic science, psychology, ect, work together on questions that are relevant to the community and their needs.
FOR RESEARCHERS: The program offers a connection to a network of skilled and likeminded researchers, resources and facilities, and to a community through deep and longstanding relationships.
FOR COMMUNITY: A way to connect with researchers; to access high quality evidence for how to best support every child to have a healthy and happy start to life; and to share questions, ideas, and inspiration for how to to make this happen.
FOR UNIVERSITY STUDENTS: Offer professional preparation and higher degree research training opportunities in a vibrant, community-focused, and highly supportive learning and research environment.