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Head, Child Health Development and Education; Co-Director, Fraser Mustard Centre


Areas of research expertise: Social Epidemiologist; Societies' impact on child health, development and early education; Population monitoring (including the Australian Early Development Index and the Early Human Capability Index used internationally); Teenage pregnancy prevention; Pragmatic Randomised Control Trials; Data Linkage Studies.

Sally is an epidemiologist with the majority of her research focusing on societies' impact on child development in multiple countries. Sally is the Head of Child Health Development and Education at Telethon Kids and a Senior Research Fellow at The University of Western Australia. Sally is also the Director of the Fraser Mustard Centre, an innovative initiative between the Telethon Kids Institute and the South Australian Department for Education aimed to improve research translation.

Sally is well known for spearheading the use of the Early Development Instrument (EDI) in Australia, being the first to pilot the instrument outside of Canada. Sally continues to work across the country to help facilitate the use of the Australian version of the EDI (the AEDC) working with communities, service providers and governments. Internationally, Sally works with Governments and donor organisations such as the World Bank, UNICEF and DFAT working with various measures of child development for monitoring and evaluation purposes, with her primary focus in Pacific island countries and South East Asia.

Sally has over 120 publications including books, chapters, monographs and journal articles covering topics such as infant mouthing behaviours, child physical activity and nutrition levels, the measurement of alcohol related violence, the evaluation of teenage pregnancy prevention programs, how child development varies across communities and the impact of socio economics and service integration on child development.

Sally brings internationally recognised epidemiological skills particularly in relation to population monitoring of child development and education. Recent highlights include being awarded a Career Development Fellowship from the NHMRC and being appointed by the Minister to the South Australian Child Development Council recognising Sally’s commitment to practical, pragmatic and translatable research.