Dinah Reddihough MD BSc FRACP FAFRM AO is a Paediatrician working in the Department of Neurodevelopment and Disability at The Royal Children’s Hospital and a Research Fellow at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. She is a Professorial Fellow in the Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne. Dinah had many years of experience as a paediatrician and is now concentrating on her research program. This is focused on gaining a better understanding of the causes, along with improving outcomes and quality of life, for children and adolescents with disabilities, particularly cerebral palsy. She has 176 peer reviewed publications and has written 16 book chapters. Dinah is a reviewer for 18 international journals and 5 research funding bodies including NHMRC; was a Member of the Centres of Research Excellence Panels in 2014 and 2017 and the Assigners Academy in 2018.
Dinah's research program has included randomised trials determining efficacy of treatments and she has also contributed to the development of measurement tools including the Cerebral Palsy Quality of Life Questionnaire for Children and the Drooling Impact Scale. She established the Victorian Cerebral Palsy Register in 1987 which has resulted in 113 studies, generated 122 publications, and facilitated the work of 47 higher degree students. Outcomes have impacted on many areas of clinical practice, for example, hip surveillance guidelines for cerebral palsy to prevent painful hip dislocation and new knowledge about the management of epilepsy in cerebral palsy.
Dinah's commitment to research transfer and dissemination has been demonstrated by initiatives including the establishment of the Australasian Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine in 2002 and Solve! at the RCH in 2004 which established the first Chair in Developmental Medicine in Australia. She was the Chief Investigator on the first NHMRC Research Centre of Excellence (CRE) in Cerebral Pal
2014 National Health Medical Research Council APP 1057997. Reddihough D, Graham HK, Imms C, Badawi N, Waters E, Blair E & Carter R. A Centre for Research Excellence in Cerebral Palsy. $455,950 2014; $492,818 2015; $506,151 2016; $493,651 2017; $506,151 2018; $42,283 2019.
2014 National Health Medical Research Council APP1076861. Waters E, Davis E, Chan J, Reddihough D, Carter R, Williams K, Gibbs L, Reynolds J, Tracy J & McDonald R. Developing and evaluating a new cost-effective health and wellbeing model of care for disability service providers. NHMRC Partnership Project Third Call. 2014-2018 $578,308.
2014 Victorian Medical Insurance Agency Ltd. Reddihough D. Five and ten year follow up study of children with cerebral palsy. 2014-2016 $25,000 on a yearly basis.
2015 National Health Medical Research Council APP 1103745 Downs J, Leonard H, Williams K, Davis E, Reddihough D, Whitehouse A, Jacoby P. Characterising quality of life and its determinants for children with intellectual disability and their families. 2016-2018 $520,874.
2016 State Trustees. Reddihough D. Improving management of saliva control problems. 2016 $9,878. 2016 Avant Quality Improvement Grant. Reddihough D. Improving the healthcare of people with cerebral palsy through supporting and resourcing General Practitioners. 2016 $10,000.
2017 Cerebral Palsy Alliance. Davis E, Gaskin C, Imms C, Cavalieros V, Reddihough D, Msall M. Successfully negotiating life challenges: learnings from adults with cerebral palsy. 2017 $80,000
2017 Ian Potter Foundation. Kalparrin Early Intervention Service, Davis E, Gilson K, Reddihough D, Williams K, Bourke-Taylor H. Mums Can: A mental health capacity building program for mothers of children with a disability. 2017 $61,600
Education and training
University of Melbourne 2001
University of Otago 1971
University of Otago 1967
University of Otago 1967
Awards and honors
Howard Williams Medal, Royal Australasian College of Physicians,
The Vernon Collins Medal, The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne,
Health Lifetime Achievement Award, Victorian Public Healthcare Awards,
Living Legend Award – Founding President and Chair of Board 2002-2007., Australasian Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine,
Officer of the Order of Australia, AO,
Gold Medal, Royal Children's Hospital,
Distinguished Service Medal, Australian Cerebral Palsy Association,
Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine,
Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians,