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Consultant Paediatrician Professor Melissa Wake’s research focus is on population
paediatrics: what universal, primary and secondary care systems are needed to
make a difference to children’s health and development?
interests span the common conditions of childhood and the antecedents of adult
diseases of ageing.
She has conducted numerous randomised trials in the areas of obesity,
blood pressure, language, literacy, working memory, hearing, sleep and mental
health. She was instrumental in achieving the Victorian Infant Hearing
Screening Program, now reaching over 99% of all newborns every year and
underpinning the MCRI’s expanding program of population-based and clinical
hearing research. Health Design Leader for the Longitudinal Study of Australian
Children since its inception, she currently leads its intergenerational
physical health and biorepository (the Child Health CheckPoint), which is
housed at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.
Awards include the 2009 Australian Health Minister's Prize for
Excellence in Health & Medical Research and consecutive NHMRC Excellence
Awards (2009-12, 2013-16) as top-ranked Research Fellow in Australia.
Professor Wake's projects have twice appeared in the NHMRC's annual 'Ten of the Best' publication
Group Leader, Community Health Services Research, Centre for Community
Child Health, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.
Cure Kids Professor of Child Health Research, Department of Paediatrics:
Child & Youth Health and the Liggins Institute, University of Auckland, New
Professorial Fellow, Department of Paediatrics, The University of
The Centre for Community Child Health is a department of The Royal Children’s Hospital and a research group of Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.