Neurodevelopment and Disability

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  • Why help?

    Neurodevelopment and Disability, through our research and partnerships, is committed to building a better understanding of the causes of disability and how to improve outcomes for children with disabilities and prevent them.

    The physical, emotional and financial costs for parents of children with disabilities are ongoing and immeasurable. Care is usually complex and life long, involving services from a variety of sectors including health, education and local government. The costs in terms of additional family breakdowns are also large. Prevention of disability, even in only 1-2 cases each year, would result in substantial benefits for families and the community.

    Neurodevelopment and Disability has a proven track record and is in a very strong position to make further advances that will assist children with a disability and their families. Unfortunately research grants from government and non-government agencies do not fully cover the cost of research. We therefore rely on the financial support of the wider community to assist us in meeting our goals.

    Solve@RCH is the name we use for the research work we do in Neurodevelopment and Disability, with our research partners The University of Melbourne and the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. Solve@RCH has an advisory panel that includes committed community leaders, including those with a family member with a disability, prominent hospital supporters and representatives from RCH and partner organisations. The Panel has developed a Strategic Plan for Solve@ the RCH.

      How can I help?

      Make a donation

      If you make a donation to Solve@RCH you can be assured that your donation will go towards research that has been well planned, fits with important research directions and discoveries, and has the best outcomes for children with disabilities and their families, as its goal.

      Donations to Solve@RCH will go towards funding the following initiatives:

      • Studentships – awarded to PhD students who have attracted scholarship funding to encourage them work on their PhD full time for three years ($12,500 to 18,500 pa)
      • Research Assistants to assist with the development of databases that will act as underpinning research resources for many types of developmental problems ($80,000 per annum)
      • Research projects that have received insufficient funding from other sources

      Participate in Research Studies

      We are continually learning about developmental disorders and improving management, treatment and services. To contribute to this body of knowledge, Neurodevelopment and Disability conducts and supports wide-ranging research studies together with our Campus partners the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI) and The University of Melbourne.

      If you are interested in learning more about the research we conduct, you can read about our current projects here .

      If you would like to be notified when new research studies open that are appropriate for your family, please join our email list Contacts for Neurodevelopmental Research (CoNR).