Child, family and community health

Program lead: Professor Leesa Hooker

The Judith Lumley Centre has a strong and successful history of working pragmatically with Maternal and Child Health (MCH) services. Past projects aimed to improve infant and maternal health outcomes – projects such as PRISM, MOSAIC, MOVE and SILC. In addition, the School of Nursing and Midwifery has offered postgraduate studies in MCH nursing for many years, with a growing yearly cohort of preservice MCH students and MCH-qualified, higher degree research candidates.

Our emerging team of MCH clinician academics and researchers have established collaborative links with international public health nursing and health visitor academic researchers and services. In Australia, we work with all tiers of government, including urban and rural MCH teams, and the non-government sector, to make a positive impact on the quality of child and family services and the client experience.

This new research stream aims to:

  • promote child, family, community and MCH nursing research within the Centre
  • enhance knowledge translation and communication between researchers working in the field
  • build the MCH evidence base
  • expand research capacity within the MCH workforce