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Consultant paediatrician Professor Melissa Wake is Associate Director of the Centre for Community Child Health and co-leads the MCRI’s Community Health Services Research Group. Her research focus is on ‘population paediatrics’ – how can universal and secondary care providers make a difference to children’s health and development, and what systems are needed to achieve this? To this end, she has established Australia’s leading community child health randomised trials group, informed by her epidemiological studies in focus areas of language and literacy, hearing loss, overweight and obesity, and early mental health. In 2013-17, she is leading Growing Up in Australia’s Child Health CheckPoint, a cutting-edge physical and biomarkers module for the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children.
Her landmark work to solve common child health problems was celebrated in the 2009 Australian Health Minister's Prize for Excellence in Health & Medical Research; other awards include the 2013 Elizabeth Blackburn Fellowship and consecutive national Excellence Awards (2008, 2012) for top-ranked NHMRC fellowship spanning all three biomedical, clinical and population health pillars.
She holds joint appointments with the Royal Children’s Hospital, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, and the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Melbourne.
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