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At the Centre for Community Child Health, we want the best possible outcomes for children, families and communities. We know that the health and prosperity of our communities and our nation depends on the types of environments and experiences our children have in their early years, starting from conception. If we want children to be healthy, well and to develop the capabilities they will need to become participating, contributing adults, we need to invest wisely in these early years. Early investment is crucial, because it means we can prevent problems from occurring in the first place, or we can intervene early to stop problems becoming more entrenched and more difficult (and costly) to address.
This means that around 20% of Australia’s children have not had the experiences or environments they need for healthy development. We know that those who start behind are at risk of staying behind, and are also at greater risk of having health, social and emotional problems in adulthood.
While this statistic is concerning, we are optimistic that outcomes for children, families and communities can be improved. We believe that:
Established in 1994, the Centre for Community Child Health at The Royal Children’s Hospital and the Murdoch Children's Research Institute provides leadership at community, state, national and international levels on the health and wellbeing of children aged 0 – 8 years. The Centre strives to:
On 26 November 2015, the Centre for Community Child Health celebrated 21 years of working to improve outcomes for children, families and communities. The evening’s formalities included accolades from Professor Christine Kilpatrick, CEO of The Royal Children’s Hospital, and Professor Kathryn North, Director of the Murdoch Children's Research Institute, followed by the inspirational words of our special guest, The Honourable Quentin Bryce.
Read more about the CCCH 21st anniversary event.
As part of the year's celebrations, we have put together a short video of our vision, our achievements and our hopes for the future.
The Centre for Community Child Health is a department of The Royal Children’s Hospital and a research group of Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.