Journal article

Driving Precision Policy Responses to Child Health and Developmental Inequities

Sharon Goldfeld, Sarah Gray, Francisco Azpitarte, Dan Cloney, Fiona Mensah, Gerry Redmond, Katrina Williams, Sue Woolfenden, Meredith O'Connor

Health Equity | Mary Ann Liebert | Published : 2019


The growing evidence base on the extent of and opportunities to reduce inequities in children's health and development still lacks the specificity to inform clear policy decisions. A new phase of research is needed that builds on contemporary directions in precision medicine to develop precision policy making; with the aim to redress child inequities. This would include identifying effective interventions and their ideal time point(s), duration, and intensity to maximize impact. Drawing on existing data sources and innovations in epidemiology and biostatistics would be key. The economic and social gains that could be achieved from reducing child inequities are immense.


Awarded by Australian Research Council

Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Awarded by NHMRC

Awarded by European Regional Development Fund

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by Australian Research Council Discovery Grant (grant number DP160101735) and was supported by the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program. Prof Goldfeld is supported by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Practitioner Fellowship (APP1155290), and Dr Mensah is supported by NHMRC Career Development Fellowship 1111160. The Changing Children's Chances investigator team oversees this program of work, and includes Prof Sharon Goldfeld, Prof Katrina Williams, A/Prof Gerry Redmond, Prof Frank Oberklaid, A/Prof Hannah Badland, Prof Gary Freed, Dr Fiona Mensah, A/Prof Sue Woolfenden, Dr Jenny Proimos, Dr Amanda Kvalsvig, and Dr Jianfei Gong. Dr Azpitarte also acknowledges financial support from the Spanish State Research Agency and the European Regional Development Fund (ECO2016-76506-C4-2-R).