PROF Harriet Hiscock

PROF Harriet Hiscock

Positions

Overview

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  • Professor Hiscock is a consultant paediatrician and senior research fellow. She is Director of the Royal Children’s Hospital Health Services Research Unit, Co-Group Leader of the Community Health Services Research group at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Director of the Australian Paediatric Research Network, and Director of the Unsettled Babies Clinic. Her research focuses on common child health conditions, in particular (i) developing and trialling community approaches to their management; (ii) reducing low value care (i.e. unnecessary imaging, pathology testing and medication); and (iii) optimising care for common mental health conditions such as ADHD and anxiety. She is also interested in improving child health outcomes through paediatric, secondary care-based research including e-health. She is driving this research through the Australian Paediatric Research Network – a research network of 500 paediatricians. She is assisted by a team of about 15 researchers and students.

    Professor Hiscock has translated her research into practice including the rollout of her Infant Sleep program to 1,200 Victorian maternal and child health nurses, for which she was awarded the 2010 Early Years Minister's Award for Partnerships with Families and Communities. The program has been translated into eight languages and informed content of the federal government-funded Raising Children Network Parenting site. She was funded by the Victorian government to extend this training program to 150 GPs in 2011/12 and by the Sleep Health Foundation to develop an online version of the training program in 2013. She has co-authored a report which led to inclusion of a child mental health measure in the Victorian School Entry Health Questionnaire that enables earlier detection and management of child mental health problems.   

Affiliation

Member of

  • Working Party for National Intensive Nurse Home Visiting Trial. Working Party for National Intensive Nurse Home Visiting Trial 2012 -
  • Sleep Health Foundation. Working Party for National Survey of Sleep Habits of Australian Children 2011 -
  • Working Party for Access to Allied Health Professionals Services, Dept of Health and Aging. Working Party for Access to Allied Health Professionals Services, Dept of Health and Aging 2011 -
  • Working Party for Child and Adolescent component of the National Mental Health and Wellbeing Survey, Dept of Health and Aging. Working Party for Child and Adolescent component of the National Mental Health and Wellbeing Survey, Dept of Health and Aging 2011 -
  • Expert content advisor, Raising Children Network (ongoing). Expert content advisor, Raising Children Network (ongoing) 2009 -
  • Victorian government Perinatal Mental Health Initiative subcommittees: research and clinical pathways. Victorian government Perinatal Mental Health Initiative subcommittees: research and clinical pathways 2009 -
  • Steering group, Australian Paediatric Research Network (ongoing). Steering group, Australian Paediatric Research Network (ongoing) 2007 -
  • RACP Paediatric Scientific Program Committee (ongoing). RACP Paediatric Scientific Program Committee (ongoing) 2006 -
  • National Raising Children Network website; expert advisor on sleep content (ongoing). National Raising Children Network website; expert advisor on sleep content (ongoing) 2005 -
  • RACP Research Advisory Group (ongoing). RACP Research Advisory Group (ongoing) 2005 -
  • Victorian Clinical Research Network (ongoing). Co-convenor 2010 - 2014
  • International Congress of Pediatrics. Scientific Program Committee (ongoing) 2010 - 2013
  • Department of Health and Ageing Child Mental Health Stakeholder Group. Representative for the RACP, Paediatric and Child Health Division 2009 - 2011

Publications

Selected publications

Research

Additional Grant Information

  • Current projects (selected)
    • Sleeping Sound with ADHD Trial (2014-2017; NHMRC project grant) - a randomised controlled trial to determine the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of an intervention designed to improve child behavioural sleep problems, ADHD symptom severity, classroom behaviour and learning, and parent mental health in children with ADHD. Collaborators: A/Prof Helen Heussler (Lady Cilento Hospital, QLD), Professor Nicole Rinehart (Deakin University).

    • Models of Child Health Appraised (MOCHA) NHMRC European Collaboration Grant (2016-2018)
    Through semi-structured interviews with paediatricians, child psychiatrists and child psychologists, this project aims to understand the interface of services between primary and secondary care in Australia for ADHD and autism, including gaps in ‘best practice’ care. Collaborators: Prof Sharon Goldfeld (CCCH), Prof Gary Freed (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA) and Prof Maria Brenner (Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland).

    • Allergy in the Community Trial (2015-2017; funded by the RCH Foundation) – a controlled trial to determine whether care delivered by community based paediatricians, trained to diagnose and manage simple food allergy, can reduce the need for children to attend outpatient allergy clinics at the Royal Children’s Hospital. Collaborators: Professor Mimi Tang (RCH Allergy) and Prof Jon Karnon (health economist, University of Adelaide)

    Past projects (from last 3 years)
    2012-2015 Improving school transition by addressing sleep problems: Translational randomised trial: “Sleep Well Be Well”
    NHMRC Project Grant (APP1024203)
    Harriet Hiscock, Melissa Wake, Jon Quach, Lisa Gold

    2012-2014 A brief couple-focused psycho-educational intervention to prevent postnatal mental health problems in women: a cluster randomised trial.
    NHMRC Project Grant
    Jane RW Fisher, Helen   

Awards

Education and training

  • MD, University of Melbourne 2003
  • Grad Dip Epi Biostats, University of Melbourne 1999
  • MB.BS, Monash University 1999

Awards and honors

  • Rue Wright Memorial Award presentation finalist. RACP Annual Scientific Meeting, Adelaide., Royal Australiasian College of Physicians, 2016
  • Career Development Fellowship (Level 2) 2014 - 2017, National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), 2014
  • Career Development Award (Level 1) 2010 - 2013, National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), 2012
  • RACP Fellow’s Contribution Award, Royal Australiasian College of Physicians (RACP), 2012
  • Mentors Award - Special Commendation, Royal Australiasian College of Physicians (RACP), 2011
  • Victorian government Early Years Minister's Award for Partnerships with Families and Communities for Infant Sleep Program, Victorian Government, 2010
  • MCRI Rising Star Award for excellence in research less than 10 years post doctorate, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI), 2009
  • Rue Wright Memorial Prize for best community child health research. Royal Australasian College of Physicians Annual Scientific Meeting, Royal Australiasian College of Physicians (RACP), 2009
  • Jeffrey Mahemoff Travel Scholarship, Centre for Community Child Health, Royal Children's Hospital, 2007
  • NHMRC Public Health Scholarship, National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), 2001
  • Young Investigator Award Royal Australasian College of Physicians Annual Scientific Meeting., Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP), 2001
  • RCH Research Institute Trainee Research Scholarship, Royal Children's Hospital (RCH), 1998

Supervision

Available for supervision

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