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A Good Start in Life for Young Children

Early childhood is an important period of time for child development. A number of studies have examined the positive impact of engagement with early childhood services on school readiness, school achievement, developmental vulnerabilities, and academic performance in adolescence.

The Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) is an initiative by the Australian Government to improve Australia’s health. The University of Canberra’s Health Research Institute received an MRFF grant for research into early childhood services and childhood development. The project will focus on improving the delivery of local early childhood services to address the needs of the community.

The project aims to reduce the proportion of children who are developmentally vulnerable in the Belconnen district through multi-sectoral service integration.

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Chief Investigators

Associate Investigators

Professor Rachel Davey
Professor Michelle Lincoln
Professor Christine Phillips
Associate Professor Jane Herbert
Assistant Professor Jacqueline McKechnie

Professor Anthony Okely
Dr Gregor Mews
Dr Suzanne Packer
Ms Jacinta Evans
Kristin Blume

Project Manager

Antonia Kish

Family Liaison Coordinator

Susie Giugni

Research Officer

Jonathan Ramke

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