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Research

All First 1000 Days Australia research programs are premised on culture being the main protective factor in ensuring the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families. Our research will generate evidence that is both informed by, and culturally appropriate to, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who will be co-creators in the processes of engagement, implementation, evaluation and knowledge exchange.  

Using an ecological framework to address the social and cultural determinants of health and wellbeing, First 1000 Days Australia research focuses on the following areas.

The First 1000 Days Australia – Multigenerational Family Environment Study is an Indigenous-led prospective study exploring specific exposures in the family environment, early years and service provision, and the outcomes for families and their children over time. The initial emphasis of the Study is to generate evidence that has immediate use for First 1000 Days Australia sites in improving service delivery, capacity building in families, and family outcomes incorporating Indigenous cultural knowledge, worldviews and lifeways. 

More than a Landlord was a pilot project for a household-level survey developed in partnership with Aboriginal Housing Victoria for clients living in Aboriginal housing in an urban community in Victoria.

The First 1000 Days Australia – Multigenerational Family Environment Study is an Indigenous-led prospective study exploring specific exposures in the family environment, early years and service provision, and the outcomes for families and their children over time. The initial emphasis of the Study is to generate evidence that has immediate use for First 1000 Days Australia sites in improving service delivery, capacity building in families, and family outcomes incorporating Indigenous cultural knowledge, worldviews and lifeways. 

The goal of this project was to explore strategies in which an Indonesian Model of the First 1000 Days could prevent non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the tribal and Indigenous communities of Australia and Indonesia. The collaboration was supported by the Australia–Indonesia Centre and included researchers from Universitas Indonesia, PrimaInstitut Pertanian Bogor, the University of Melbourne, Monash University and the University of Sydney.

This project explored engagement strategies in which an Arctic Model of the First 1000 Days could be adapted for Sami communities in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. This collaboration was supported by researchers from the University of Tromsø, Norway and the University of Melbourne.

This project explored engagement strategies in which an Arctic Model of the First 1000 Days could be adapted for Sami communities in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. This collaboration was supported by researchers from the University of Tromsø, Norway and the University of Melbourne.

The aim of this research project was to conduct a systematic review of Australian and international pre-birth/birth cohort protocol methods of implementation, initiation and recruitment to inform the First 1000 Days Australia Multigenerational Family Environment Study.

This project evaluated the implementation of a coordinated, community-based approach to service engagement, conceived of and led by Indigenous people. It was designed to foster resilience, leadership and innovation in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families by focusing service systems on the early period of child development, from preconception to the age of two. Although understanding how this new approach translates to improved outcomes for families and children is of vital importance, the primary interest of this project was on implementation outcomes – the effective diffusion of this innovation into practice.

More than a Landlord was a pilot project for a household-level survey developed in partnership with Aboriginal Housing Victoria for clients living in Aboriginal housing in an urban community in Victoria.

This project evaluated the implementation of a coordinated, community-based approach to service engagement, conceived of and led by Indigenous people. It was designed to foster resilience, leadership and innovation in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families by focusing service systems on the early period of child development, from preconception to the age of two. Although understanding how this new approach translates to improved outcomes for families and children is of vital importance, the primary interest of this project was on implementation outcomes – the effective diffusion of this innovation into practice.

The First 1000 Days Australia – Multigenerational Family Environment Study is an Indigenous-led prospective study exploring specific exposures in the family environment, early years and service provision, and the outcomes for families and their children over time. The initial emphasis of the Study is to generate evidence that has immediate use for First 1000 Days Australia sites in improving service delivery, capacity building in families, and family outcomes incorporating Indigenous cultural knowledge, worldviews and lifeways. 

The aim of this research project was to conduct a systematic review of Australian and international pre-birth/birth cohort protocol methods of implementation, initiation and recruitment to inform the First 1000 Days Australia Multigenerational Family Environment Study.

The First 1000 Days Australia – Multigenerational Family Environment Study is an Indigenous-led prospective study exploring specific exposures in the family environment, early years and service provision, and the outcomes for families and their children over time. The initial emphasis of the Study is to generate evidence that has immediate use for First 1000 Days Australia sites in improving service delivery, capacity building in families, and family outcomes incorporating Indigenous cultural knowledge, worldviews and lifeways. 

The aim of this research project was to conduct a systematic review of Australian and international pre-birth/birth cohort protocol methods of implementation, initiation and recruitment to inform the First 1000 Days Australia Multigenerational Family Environment Study.

This is a retrospective study of the recruitment and training experiences of Indigenous peer researchers involved in a baseline survey of 600 households in Townsville and Moreton Bay, as part of the First 1000 Days Australia initiative. The design of this process includes a number of innovative features, and the recruitment and retention of peer researchers was much higher than expected by the project team.

More than a Landlord was a pilot project for a household-level survey developed in partnership with Aboriginal Housing Victoria for clients living in Aboriginal housing in an urban community in Victoria.

The First 1000 Days Australia – Multigenerational Family Environment Study is an Indigenous-led prospective study exploring specific exposures in the family environment, early years and service provision, and the outcomes for families and their children over time. The initial emphasis of the Study is to generate evidence that has immediate use for First 1000 Days Australia sites in improving service delivery, capacity building in families, and family outcomes incorporating Indigenous cultural knowledge, worldviews and lifeways. 

The goal of this project was to explore strategies in which an Indonesian Model of the First 1000 Days could prevent non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the tribal and Indigenous communities of Australia and Indonesia. The collaboration was supported by the Australia–Indonesia Centre and included researchers from Universitas Indonesia, PrimaInstitut Pertanian Bogor, the University of Melbourne, Monash University and the University of Sydney.

More than a Landlord was a pilot project for a household-level survey developed in partnership with Aboriginal Housing Victoria for clients living in Aboriginal housing in an urban community in Victoria.

The First 1000 Days Australia – Multigenerational Family Environment Study is an Indigenous-led prospective study exploring specific exposures in the family environment, early years and service provision, and the outcomes for families and their children over time. The initial emphasis of the Study is to generate evidence that has immediate use for First 1000 Days Australia sites in improving service delivery, capacity building in families, and family outcomes incorporating Indigenous cultural knowledge, worldviews and lifeways. 

The aim of this research project was to conduct a systematic review of Australian and international pre-birth/birth cohort protocol methods of implementation, initiation and recruitment to inform the First 1000 Days Australia Multigenerational Family Environment Study.

More than a Landlord was a pilot project for a household-level survey developed in partnership with Aboriginal Housing Victoria for clients living in Aboriginal housing in an urban community in Victoria.

The First 1000 Days Australia – Multigenerational Family Environment Study is an Indigenous-led prospective study exploring specific exposures in the family environment, early years and service provision, and the outcomes for families and their children over time. The initial emphasis of the Study is to generate evidence that has immediate use for First 1000 Days Australia sites in improving service delivery, capacity building in families, and family outcomes incorporating Indigenous cultural knowledge, worldviews and lifeways. 

The goal of this project was to explore strategies in which an Indonesian Model of the First 1000 Days could prevent non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the tribal and Indigenous communities of Australia and Indonesia. The collaboration was supported by the Australia–Indonesia Centre and included researchers from Universitas Indonesia, PrimaInstitut Pertanian Bogor, the University of Melbourne, Monash University and the University of Sydney.

This project explored engagement strategies in which an Arctic Model of the First 1000 Days could be adapted for Sami communities in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. This collaboration was supported by researchers from the University of Tromsø, Norway and the University of Melbourne.

This project evaluated the implementation of a coordinated, community-based approach to service engagement, conceived of and led by Indigenous people. It was designed to foster resilience, leadership and innovation in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families by focusing service systems on the early period of child development, from preconception to the age of two. Although understanding how this new approach translates to improved outcomes for families and children is of vital importance, the primary interest of this project was on implementation outcomes – the effective diffusion of this innovation into practice.

This is a retrospective study of the recruitment and training experiences of Indigenous peer researchers involved in a baseline survey of 600 households in Townsville and Moreton Bay, as part of the First 1000 Days Australia initiative. The design of this process includes a number of innovative features, and the recruitment and retention of peer researchers was much higher than expected by the project team.