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CCCH 25th anniversary

  • Looking back and forging ahead to enable change 

    For more than two decades the Centre for Community Child Health has been committed to working in partnership to improve the lives of all children and their families.

    Our 25 year anniversary report, video and events celebrate the extraordinary achievements of the Centre and its partners, and the inspirational leadership of Founding Director Professor Frank Oberklaid, and first Deputy Director, Associate Professor Jill Sewell.  

    Our 2020+ priorities 

    While we are immensely proud of our achievements to date, we know there is much more to be done to ensure that all children have the opportunity to reach their full potential. 

    Under the leadership of Associate Professor Sharon Goldfeld we have an ambitious plan that continues our progress towards equitable health and developmental outcomes for all children.

    We look forward to continuing to partner with families, communities, services, researchers and policymakers as we forge ahead on this journey together. 

    CCCH 25th Anniversary Video  

    We would like to thank all our partners who contributed their time to our video. 

    CCCH 25th Anniversary Publication

    Celebrating 25 years of working to improve the lives of children and their families 

    Our publication showcases the breadth of the Centre’s expertise and achievements and presents impact case studies from a selection of our major projects over the last 25 years.

    Access our publication


    We also outline our 2020+ priorities, starting with our Centre's five key areas for change:

    • Thriving Communities
    • Equitable Services
    • Schools and Health Working Together
    • Connected and Confident Parents
    • Mental Health for Life 

    CCCH 25th Anniversary Event

    On Thursday 31 October 2019 our Centre celebrated its 25th anniversary in Ella Latham theatre at The Royal Children's Hospital (RCH) alongside our sector and community partners and friends at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. Murdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI) Director, Kathryn North, and Acting CEO of the RCH, Jane Miller highlighted the Centre's contributions as a Department of the RCH and a research group of MCRI. 

    Our founding Director, Professor Frank Oberklaid, and first Deputy Director Associate Professor Jill Sewell received a standing ovation from event guests for their remarkable achievements, leadership, advocacy and contribution to policy change in community child health.

    Our event guests were delighted by an inspiring keynote presentation from Ms Megan Mitchell, Australia’s first Children’s Human Rights Commissioner, and a panel session that gave a voice to our community and family partners.  

    Our Centre Director Professor Sharon Goldfeld left the audience “excited about where we are, where we’ve been and where we might go”.

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Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

The Centre for Community Child Health is a department of The Royal Children’s Hospital and a research group of Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.