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 Palsy and in 2019, was awarded a second Centre of Research Excellence in Cerebral Palsy (“CP-Achieve”), which will focus on adolescents and young adults.
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Characterising Quality Of Life And Its Determinants For Children With Intellectual Disabil..
Use of health services by preschool-aged children who are developmentally vulnerable and s..
Developing And Evaluating A New A Cost Effective Sustainable Health And Wellbeing Service ..
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Speech in children with cerebral palsy
Cristina Mei, Sheena Reilly, Molly Bickerton, Fiona Mensah, Samantha Turner, Dhanooshini Kumaranayagam, Lindsay Pennington, Dinah Reddihough, Angela T Morgan
Journal article | 2020 | Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology
AIM: To examine the frequency, characteristics, and factors associated with speech delay and disorder in a community sample of chi..
Communication behaviours of children with cerebral palsy who are minimally verbal.
Cristina Mei, Bethany Fern, Sheena Reilly, Madeleine Hodgson, Dinah Reddihough, Fiona Mensah, Angela Morgan
Journal article | 2020 | Child: Care, Health and Development
BACKGROUND: There is a lack of population-based studies exploring the communicative behaviours of minimally verbal children with c..
Use of health services by preschool-aged children who are developmentally vulnerable and socioeconomically disadvantaged: testing the inverse care law.
Sue Woolfenden, Claire Galea, Hannah Badland, Hayley Smithers Sheedy, Katrina Williams, Anne M Kavanagh, Dinah Reddihough, Sharon Goldfeld, Raghu Lingam, Nadia Badawi, Meredith O'Connor
Journal article | 2020 | Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health
AIM: The inverse care law suggests that those with the greatest need for services are least likely to receive them. Our aim of thi..
Reliability of the Quality of Life Inventory-Disability Measure in Children with Intellectual Disability.
Peter Jacoby, Amy Epstein, Rachel Kim, Nada Murphy, Helen Leonard, Katrina Williams, Dinah Reddihough, Andrew Whitehouse, Jenny Downs
Journal article | 2020 | Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics
OBJECTIVE: To assess responsiveness and reproducibility using the estimates of test-retest reliability for the Quality of Life Inv..
Drooling in children with neurodisability: A survey of Australian speech-language pathologists' practice
Michelle Mcinerney, Dinah S Reddihough, Paul N Carding, Christine Imms
Journal article | 2020 | International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology
Purpose: In the absence of evidence-based guidelines, this study sought to understand current speech-language pathologists' (SLPs)..
Efficacy of a knowledge translation approach in changing allied health practitioner use of evidence-based practices with children with cerebral palsy: a before and after longitudinal study
Christine Imms, Claire Kerr, Steven J Bowe, Petra Karlsson, Iona Novak, Nora Shields, Dinah Reddihough
Journal article | 2020 | Disability and Rehabilitation
Purpose: To investigate the effect of a knowledge translation intervention on knowledge and frequency of routine evidence-based as..
Single group multisite safety trial of sibling cord blood cell infusion to children with cerebral palsy: study protocol and rationale
Kylie Crompton, Iona Novak, Michael Fahey, Nadia Badawi, Euan Wallace, Katherine Lee, Francoise Mechinaud-Heloury, Paul B Colditz, Ngaire Elwood, Priya Edwards, Dinah Reddihough
Journal article | 2020 | BMJ Open
INTRODUCTION: Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common physical disability of childhood but has no cure. Stem cells have the potenti..
Health-related quality of life and upper-limb impairment in children with cerebral palsy: developing a mapping algorithm
Utsana Tonmukayakul, Christine Imms, Cathrine Mihalopoulos, Dinah Reddihough, Rob Carter, Brendan Mulhern, Gang Chen
Journal article | 2020 | Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology
AIM: To: (1) investigate the relationship between upper-limb impairment and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) for children wi..
More than an X-ray: Experiences and perspectives of parents of children with cerebral palsy when engaging in hip surveillance
Rachel Toovey, Kate L Willoughby, Jan M Hodgson, H Kerr Graham, Dinah S Reddihough
Journal article | 2020 | Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
AIM: We explored the experiences of parents of children with cerebral palsy (CP) when engaging in hip surveillance for their child..
Effect of Fluoxetine on Obsessive-Compulsive Behaviors in Children and Adolescents With Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Randomized Clinical Trial
Dinah S Reddihough, Catherine Marraffa, Anissa Mouti, Molly O'Sullivan, Katherine J Lee, Francesca Orsini, Philip Hazell, Joanna Granich, Andrew JO Whitehouse, John Wray, David Dossetor, Paramala Santosh, Natalie Silove, Michael Kohn
Journal article | 2019 | JAMA
Importance: Selective serotonin receptor inhibitors are prescribed to reduce the severity of core behaviors of autism spectrum dis..
Paediatric emergency department presentations due to feeding tube complications in children with cerebral palsy
Ai-Lynn Wong, Elaine Meehan, Franz E Babl, Susan M Reid, Anthony Catto-Smith, Katrina Williams, Dinah S Reddihough
Journal article | 2019 | Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
AIM: To describe the characteristics of emergency department (ED) presentations due to complications from gastrostomy or gastrojej..
Content validation of the Quality of Life Inventory-Disability
Amy Epstein, Katrina Williams, Dinah Reddihough, Nada Murphy, Helen Leonard, Andrew Whitehouse, Peter Jacoby, Jenny Downs
Journal article | 2019 | Child: Care, Health and Development
BACKGROUND: Focus is shifting to better understand the lived experiences of children with intellectual disability in relation to t..
A Capacity Building Program to Improve the Self-Efficacy of Key Workers to Support the Well-Being of Parents of a Child With a Disability Accessing an Early Childhood Intervention Service: Protocol for a Stepped-Wedge Design Trial
Elise Davis, Dana Young, Kim-Michelle Gilson, John Reynolds, Rob Carter, Utsana Tonmukayakul, Katrina Williams, Lisa Gibbs, Rachael McDonald, Dinah Reddihough, Jane Tracy, Jennifer Morgan, Paul Ireland, Cassie Kenyon, Rod Carracher
Journal article | 2019 | JMIR Research Protocols
Supporting the mental health of mothers of children with a disability: Health professional perceptions of need, role, and challenges
Kim-Michelle Gilson, Shae Johnson, Elise Davis, Susan Brunton, Elena Swift, Dinah Reddihough, Katrina Williams
Journal article | 2018 | Child: Care, Health and Development
Twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome neurodevelopmental follow-up study (neurodevelopmental outcomes for children whose twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome was treated with placental laser photocoagulation)
Christie Bolch, Michael Fahey, Dinah Reddihough, Katrina Williams, Susan Reid, Angela Guzys, Stephen Cole, Andrew Edwards, Alison Fung, Ryan Hodges, Ricardo Palma-Dias, Mark Teoh, Susan Walker
Journal article | 2018 | BMC Pediatrics
Epigenome-wide analysis in newborn blood spots from monozygotic twins discordant for cerebral palsy reveals consistent regional differences in DNA methylation
Namitha Mohandas, Sebastian Bass-Stringer, Jovana Maksimovic, Kylie Crompton, Yuk J Loke, Janet Walstab, Susan M Reid, David J Amor, Dinah Reddihough, Jeffrey M Craig
Journal article | 2018 | Clinical Epigenetics
Enhancing support for the mental wellbeing of parents of children with a disability: Developing a resource based on the perspectives of parents and professionals
Kim-Michelle Gilson, Elise Davis, Lara Corr, Shawn Stevenson, Katrina Williams, Dinah Reddihough, Helen Herrman, Jane Fisher, Elizabeth Waters
Journal article | 2018 | Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability
Comparing emergency department presentations among children with cerebral palsy with general childhood presentations: a data linkage study
Elaine Meehan, Katrina Williams, Susan M Reid, Gary L Freed, Franz E Babl, Jillian R Sewell, Suzanna Vidmar, Susan Donath, Dinah S Reddihough
Journal article | 2017 | DEVELOPMENTAL MEDICINE AND CHILD NEUROLOGY
Minimising impairment: Protocol for a multicentre randomised controlled trial of upper limb orthoses for children with cerebral palsy
Christine Imms, Margaret Wallen, Catherine Elliott, Brian Hoare, Melinda Randall, Susan Greaves, Brooke Adair, Elizabeth Bradshaw, Rob Carter, Francesca Orsini, Sophy TF Shih, Dinah Reddihough
Journal article | 2016 | BMC Pediatrics
Improving allied health professionals' research implementation behaviours for children with cerebral palsy: protocol for a before-after study
Christine Imms, Iona Novak, Claire Kerr, Nora Shields, Melinda Randall, Adrienne Harvey, H Kerr Graham, Dinah Reddihough
Journal article | 2015 | IMPLEMENTATION SCIENCE
The cerebral palsy transition clinic: administrative chore, clinical responsibility, or opportunity for audit and clinical research?
Fiona Burns, Robbie Stewart, Dinah Reddihough, Adam Scheinberg, Kathleen Ooi, H Kerr Graham
Journal article | 2014 | Journal of Children's Orthopaedics
PURPOSE: The majority of children with orthopaedic conditions in childhood survive to adult life, and there is a need for many of ..
Children with cerebral palsy and periventricular white matter injury: Does gestational age affect functional outcome?
Adrienne R Harvey, Melinda Randall, Susan M Reid, Katherine J Lee, Christine Imms, Jillian Rodda, Beverley Eldridge, Francesca Orsini, Dinah Reddihough
Journal article | 2013 | Research in Developmental Disabilities
Description and psychometric properties of the CP QOL-Teen: A quality of life questionnaire for adolescents with cerebral palsy
Elise Davis, Andrew Mackinnon, Melanie Davern, Roslyn Boyd, India Bohanna, Elizabeth Waters, H Kerr Graham, Susan Reid, Dinah Reddihough
Journal article | 2013 | Research in Developmental Disabilities
A comparison of motor imagery performance in children with spastic hemiplegia and developmental coordination disorder
Jacqueline Williams, Vicki Anderson, Dinah S Reddihough, Susan M Reid, Nandita Vijayakumar, Peter H Wilson
Journal article | 2011 | Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology
One-year follow-up of the outcome of a randomized controlled trial of a home-based intervention programme for children with autism and developmental delay and their families
AL Rickards, JE Walstab, RA Wright-Rossi, J Simpson, DS Reddihough
Journal article | 2009 | Child: Care, Health and Development
Does botulinum toxin A combined with bracing prevent hip displacement in children with cerebral palsy and "Hips at Risk"?
H Kerr Graham, Roslyn Boyd, John B Carlin, Fiona Dobson, Kevin Lowe, Gary Nattrass, Pam Thomason, Rory Wolfe, Dinah Reddihough
Journal article | 2008 | Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery: American Volume
Psychometric properties of the quality of life questionnaire for children with CP
Elizabeth Waters, Elise Davis, Andrew Mackinnon, Roslyn Boyd, H Kerr Graham, Sing Kai Lo, Rory Wolfe, Richard Stevenson, Kristie Bjornson, Eve Blair, Peter Hoare, Ulrike Ravens-Sieberer, Dinah Reddihough
Journal article | 2007 | Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology
'Proposed new definition of cerebral palsy does not solve any of the problems of existing definitions'
N Badawi, I Novak, S McIntyre, K Edwards, S Raye, M deLacy, E Bevis, P Flett, P van Essen, H Scott, K Tungaraza, M Sealy, V McCann, D Reddihough, S Reid, A Lanigan, E Blair, J de Groot, L Watson
Journal article | 2006 | Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology
Qualitative Analysis of Parental Observations on Quality of Life in Australian Children with Down Syndrome.
Nada Murphy, Amy Epstein, Helen Leonard, Elise Davis, Dinah Reddihough, Andrew Whitehouse, Peter Jacoby, Jenny Bourke, Katrina Williams, Jenny Downs
Journal article | Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics
OBJECTIVE: There are many challenges to health, functioning, and participation for children with Down syndrome; yet, the quality-o..
Honours, Awards and Fellowships
Officer of the Order of Australia
Howard Williams Medal
The Vernon Collins Medal
Health Lifetime Achievement Award
Living Legend Award – Founding President and Chair of Board 2002-2007.
Distinguished Service Medal
FAFRM - Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine
FRACP - Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians
Paediatrics Royal Children'S Hospital
The Academy of Child and Adolescent Health
Neurodevelopmental and Behavioural Paediatric Society of Australasia
Australasian Academy of Cerebral Palsy & Developmental Medicine
American Academy of Cerebral Palsy & Developmental Medicine
Yooralla Society of Victoria
Doctor of Medicine
University of Melbourne
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
University of Otago
Bachelor of Science
University of Otago