Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child health (Early childhood development; Measurement tools)
Dr Anita D’Aprano is a consultant paediatrician and a senior research fellow, in Indigenous child health, in the Department of Paediatrics. Dr D’Aprano undertook her PhD studies in the Northern Territory exploring developmental monitoring practices in Aboriginal populations, work which led to the creation of the ASQ-TRAK developmental screening tool – the first culturally appropriate tool for use with Australian Aboriginal children. Since completing her PhD, Anita has continued to lead ethical Indigenous child health research, principally in the development of culturally appropriate and validated measures. She has a particular interest and commitment to optimising translational outcomes and in engaging Aboriginal communities. Dr D’Aprano’s current research program is focused on implementation of the ASQ-TRAK and developing a culturally appropriate early childhood outcome measure for Australian Aboriginal children, the ASQ: EXTENDED TRAK. Her career vision is to continue to provide leadership in the design, implementation and translation of research with Aboriginal communities that makes a significant difference to the well-being of Aboriginal children and families.
1. Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences Early Career Researcher Travel Grants Scheme, 2019; 2. Melbourne Medical School – Early and Mid Career Seed Grant Scheme, 2018-2019; 3. Connected Beginnings Consultancy, 2018; 4. Melbourne Graduate School of Education Seed Funding Grant, 2017; 5. Northern Territory Department of Education Consultancy, 2017; 6. Central Australian Aboriginal Congress, Aboriginal Corporation, Evaluation of the Early Childhood Development Centre, 2017-2019; 7. Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation, 2016-2019; 8. Northern Territory Department of Education Grant, 2016; 9. Northern Territory Research and Innovation Board Grant, 2011.
Education and training
Charles Darwin University 2014
University of Melbourne 1993
Awards and honors
$8,385, The Lowitja Institute Knowledge Exchange Award,
3 month residency at Ormond College, The Jane Freemantle Fellowship at Ormond College, The University of Melbourne,
$64,000 awarded for PhD project funds, Lowitja Institute Award,
Australian Postgraduate Award,
$2,500, Northern Territory Research and Innovation Scholarship,
Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians,
My aim is to provide leadership in the design, implementation and translation of research with Aboriginal communities that makes a significant difference to the well-being of Aboriginal children and families.