PROF Dinah Reddihough

PROF Dinah Reddihough


  • Cerebral Palsy (Drooling, Childhood disability)



  • 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   


Member of

  • American Academy of Cerebral Palsy & Developmental Medicine. Member 2019 -
  • Australasian Academy of Cerebral Palsy & Developmental Medicine. Member 2019 -
  • Neurodevelopmental and Behavioural Paediatric Society of Australasia. Member 2019 -
  • The Academy of Child and Adolescent Health. Member 2019 -
  • Australian Government, Department of Family and Community Services.. Expansion of the Eligibility Criteria for Carer Payment (Child) 2004 -
  • Department of Human Services (Victoria). Transfer of Young Adults with Complex Medical Needs Project Working Group 2004 -
  • Royal Children's Hospital and the University of Melbourne. Principal Fellow with title of Associate Professor 2001 -
  • Scientific Committee, Australasian Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine. Chairperson 2001 -
  • Wesley Church Melbourne Church Council.. Chairperson 2001 -
  • Apex Foundation for Research into Intellectual Disability.. Scientific sub-committee 1998 -
  • The Arthur Marsden Whiting Sympathy Fund.. Medical Adviser. 1995 -
  • Australian Cerebral Palsy Association.. Medical Adviser. 1994 -
  • Spastic Society of Victoria (now Scope). Honorary Senior Paediatrician - 1989 -
  • Yooralla Society of Victoria. Board member 2009 - 2013
  • Centre for Developmental Disability Health, Victoria.. Steering Committee 1998 - 2002
  • Wesley Central Mission. Board of Management 1989 - 2001
  • Royal Children's Hospital Medical Staff Association. Executive Committee . 1992 - 1993
  • National Health and Medical Research Council. Working Party on Conductive Education 1991 - 1993
  • Royal Australasian College of Physicians. Social Issues Committee - Disability Working Party 1990 - 1992
  • Spastic Society of Victoria. Early Childhood Services Advisory Group. 1987 - 1991


Selected publications


Investigator on

Additional Grant Information

    • 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
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Education and training

  • MD, University of Melbourne 2001
  • MB. ChB, University of Otago 1971
  • BSc, University of Otago 1967
  • BSc, University of Otago 1967

Awards and honors

  • Howard Williams Medal, Royal Australasian College of Physicians, 2016
  • The Vernon Collins Medal, The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, 2016
  • Health Lifetime Achievement Award, Victorian Public Healthcare Awards, 2014
  • Living Legend Award – Founding President and Chair of Board 2002-2007., Australasian Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, 2012
  • Officer of the Order of Australia, AO, 2005
  • Gold Medal, Royal Children's Hospital, 2000
  • Distinguished Service Medal, Australian Cerebral Palsy Association, 1999
  • Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, 1995
  • Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, 1978



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Teaches students from a range of disciplines. Has supervised 18 postgraduate students to completion. Currently supervising four PhD students.