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right@home is an Australian multi-state, sustained nurse home visiting randomised controlled trial designed to promote family wellbeing and child development.
The trial is based on the Maternal Early Childhood Sustained Home-visiting (MECSH) program and incorporates additional modules based on the best evidence to help parents care for and respond to their children, and create a supportive home learning environment.
right@home aims to find out how the universal child and family health nursing service might be improved to better meet the needs of all families. One way to do this is to offer more nurse visits in people's homes for families who might benefit from this type of approach.
There are two phases to this research. In Phase 1, we want to know if these extra visits, offered until babies turn 2 years old, make it easier for parents to learn about things like feeding, parenting and managing their baby's sleep.
Families in the intervention group will be offered the program from the antenatal period up to when children turn 2 years old. Families in the control group will continue to receive usual care. When children turn 2 years old, the study will evaluate the impact of the sustained nurse home visiting program on:
In Phase 2, we want to know if there are long-lasting effects of the extra visits on children's early learning and development by the time they start school.
When did it start?
The Victorian component of right@home was
launched on 30 April 2013. The trial started in Tasmania in July 2013. Phase 1 results, analysis and public reporting are expected to occur in 2016-17; and for Phase 2, in 2018-19.
right@home is a research collaboration between the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY), the Centre for Community Child Health (CCCH), and Western Sydney University (WSU).
The cornerstone of right@home is the training and support provided to nurses to enable them to establish professional, warm and effective relationships with parents, and in turn, promote children's development in the home.
Phase 1 of right@home is financed by a combination of monetary and ‘in-kind’ support from the following institutions and departments:
Phase 2 is funded by:
right@home Expert Reference Group
For information on right@home, contact:
The Centre for Community Child Health is a department of The Royal Children’s Hospital and a research group of Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.