Centre for International Child Health

About the Centre for International Child Health

  • The Centre for International Child Health (CICH) was established in 2001 within the University of Melbourne's Department of Paediatrics and the Royal Children's Hospital.

    CICH is a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Child and Neonatal Health. We work closely with WHO, and child health institutions especially in Asia and the Pacific Region.


    Our core aims are to:

    • Address the inequity in global child mortality 
    • Assist countries to achieve their Sustainable Development Goals in child health 
    • Develop strong child health systems 


    We are involved in basic, field and clinical research, epidemiology, child health policy, training and education.

    Our fields of research encompass a wide range of conditions affecting children, including:

    We work on strengthening health systems, improving the quality of care for children and newbornshealth education, and improving equity.

    We have supported the WHO in the development and implementation of Hospital Care for Children: a set of guidelines and a program of quality improvement designed for the health care of children at first-referral level health facilities, as well as other clinical and public health evidence-based guidelines. 


    Our researchers provide advice, leadership, training and advocacy as members of various international and national health organisations, committees, and advisory bodies.

    We work closely with our affiliated institutions: the University of Melbourne, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the Royal Children’s Hospital.


    For individual staff profiles, project summaries, and publications please visit: