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Australian Centre for Precision Health

Population health research to improve the future of health

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Systems approach to reduce the impact of adversity

With increasing evidence that adversity in childhood, especially related to the family environment, is linked with poor mental and physical health and negative social and economic outcomes, this research program is designed to address this pathway into disadvantage. Consequences extend across the life course and also intergenerationally. The core research tasks are then to i) better understand the relationship between childhood adversity and trauma and the poor outcomes, in terms of underlying mechanisms and the empirical evidence; ii) explore the options for intervening to disrupt these pathways, with a focus on child and adolescent mental health, family support and the current impact of the service system; and iii) develop policy and practice translation elements that can achieve change on the ground that will help vulnerable children and families and reduce societal costs.

Current research projects