PROF Melissa Wake

PROF Melissa Wake


  • Population paediatrics (obesity; sleep; language and literacy; hearing; diseases of ageing; randomised trials; cohorts studies; health services research)



  • Professor Melissa Wake (MBChB, FRACP, FAHMS, MD) is a paediatrician, community child health researcher, and Scientific Director of the Generation Victoria (GenV) initiative. Her “population paediatrics” agenda spans common childhood conditions and antecedents of diseases of ageing. Her goals are to speed up children’s research and to test interventions that change children’s care. Having led numerous community-based randomised trials, her major focus for this triennium is building the Generation Victoria (GenV) and Child Health CheckPoint platforms for generations of researchers. Awards include the 2009 Australian Health Minister's Prize for Excellence in Health & Medical Research and consecutive NHMRC Excellence Awards (2009-12, 2013-16) as top-ranked Research Fellow in Australia. Melissa’s projects have twice appeared in the NHMRC's annual 'Ten of the Best' publication (2008, 2017). Successes in research translation include securing the Victorian Infant Hearing Screening Program, which now screens 80,000 babies annually and is springboarding a continuing program of population-based hearing research. Other Affiliations: • Scientific Director, Generation Victoria (GenV) • Leader, Prevention Innovation Group, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. • Senior Principal Research Fellow, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. • Professorial Fellow, Department of Paediatrics, The University of Melbourne. • Honorary Professor, Department of Paediatrics and Liggins Institute, University of Auckland, New Zealand.   


Member of

  • Australian Academy of Health & Medical Sciences (FAHMS). Foundation Elected Fellow 2015 -
  • The DOHaD Society of Australia and New Zealand (Developmental Origins of Health and Disease). Registered 2014 -
  • US Society for Pediatric Research. Nominated and seconded member 2013 -
  • Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP). Fellow 1989 -


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • Research Grants from 2000, Total $82.2 m   


Education and training

  • MD, University of Melbourne 1999
  • GDipEpi&Biostat, University of Melbourne 1995
  • DipCH, The University of Glasgow 1986
  • DipO, University of Auckland 1984
  • MMed, University of Otago 1982

Awards and honors

  • ‘Ten of the Best’ 2017 One of ten outstanding completed awards across all categories each year, from around 1000 funded by the NHMRC., National Health and Medical Research Council, 2017
  • Elizabeth Blackburn Fellow: Highest-ranked Public Health Research Fellowship to a female applicant (#1046518), National Health and Medical Research Council, 2013
  • Director’s Award for Outstanding Achievement ($100,000 prize), Murdoch Children's Research Institute, 2013
  • Excellence Award: Highest-ranked Research Fellowship, National Health and Medical Research Council, 2012
  • (Harriet Hiscock and Melissa Wake), Victorian Government Early Years Award for the Infant Sleep Study, 2010
  • The Australian Health Ministers Award for Excellence in Health and Medical Research, 2009
  • Population Health Career Development Award Level 2, National Health and Medical Research Council, 2009
  • This publication celebrates ten outstanding Project Grants each year, from around 700 funded by the Australian NH&MRC., 10 of the Best; 2008, 2008
  • NHMRC Excellence Award for outstanding contribution to the success of research in this country’, 2008
  • Inaugural MCRI `Rising Star? Award, 2006
  • Rue Wright Memorial Award (best paper in Community Paediatrics), 2006
  • Finalist, Editor’s Award for Outstanding Research in Audiology and the Hearing Sciences,for Outcomes of mild-profound congenital hearing impairment, American Auditory Society, 2005
  • 2004 - 2008, NHMRC Population Health Career Development Award, 2004
  • George Austin Memorial Scholar, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, 1993
  • "Aetiology of Congenital Hypothyroidism Determines Early Thyroxine Response", Young Presenter of the Year, NZ Paediatric Society Meeting, Rotorua, New Zealand, 1991



Available for supervision

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