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Professor Sharon Goldfeld

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    Professor Sharon Goldfeld is a paediatrician, public health physician and Director of the Centre for Community Child Health at The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, Co-Group Leader of Child Health Policy, Equity and Translation at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.

    Sharon has a decade of experience in state government as a senior policymaker in health and education, including Principal Medical Advisor in the Victorian Department of Education and Training.

    Her research program is made up of complementary, synergistic, cross-disciplinary and well-funded streams of work focused on investigating, testing and translating sustainable policy relevant solutions that eliminate inequities for Australia’s children. As an experienced policymaker, public health and paediatric researcher she aims to ensure ongoing effective, rapid translation of research into the policy and service arena.


    She leads numerous research and evaluation initiatives, including:

    • right@home — A randomised controlled trial of sustained nurse home visiting that aims to find out how the universal maternal and child health nursing service might be improved to better meet the needs of families living in adverse circumstances.
    • Kids in Communities Study — A national study investigating how community level factors impact children’s developmental outcomes. This study is specifically looking at the physical and social environment, socio-economic factors, access to services and governance.
    • Bowel and Bladder Dysfunction service reform at RCH — An important institutional collaboration that seeks to improve the service delivered to patients and their families at RCH through more timely and streamlined care. 
    • Classroom Promotion of Oral Language — A cluster randomised controlled study investigating the impact of teacher led oral language promotion on child language, literacy and mental health.
    • Changing Children’s Chances — This project brings together leading national and international child equity researchers to map and identify potential modifiable points of policy and service intervention that can help to reduce early developmental inequities in Australian children.
    • Models of Child Health Appraised — A collaboration with the European Commission to review models of paediatric primary care across Europe with comparisons to Australian models.
    • Elucidating Pathways of Child Health Inequalities — An international collaboration established to compare inequalities across longitudinal cohorts.
    • Restacking the Odds — This project aims to sustainably improve outcomes for disadvantaged children in Australia by reducing developmental inequities (“restacking the odds”) to enable them to make the most of their potential.
    • Building Better Readers — A randomised controlled trial that will test the value of the MiniLit reading intervention for Year 1 students with low reading ability.

    Sharon is frequently invited to provide keynote and workshop presentations, and has been the recipient of the prestigious international Harkness Fellowship in Health Care Policy and the Aileen Plant Medal in Public Health Research.


    • Rue Wright Award for best community child health research (awarded at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians), 2010 and 2011
    • Inaugural Aileen Plant Award for contribution to Australian public health leadership and research (awarded jointly by the Public Health Association of Australia, the Australian Epidemiological Association, the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine and the Australian Health Promotion Association), 2008
    • Exam Medal for best performance (Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine), 2007
    • Creswick Foundation Travelling Fellowship, 2003
    • Harkness International Fellowship in Health Care Policy, 1999-2000



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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.