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At the Telethon Kids Institute our researchers are searching for answers to improve the health and wellbeing of children and families affected by some of  the most devastating, complex and common diseases and issues.  At any one time we have more than 200 active research projects and 600 staff and students that include laboratory scientists, clinicians, epidemiologists, bioinformaticians, statisticians, public health professionals and social scientists.

Our research is structured into Research Focus Areas, programs of work and teams.  We are committed to collaboration and work together with other research organisations, clinicians, practitioners, policy makers, consumers and the community to understand  the complexity of factors that impact on a child's health and wellbeing and the translation of research findings into action. We actively reward research excellence and offer a range of schemes to support our researchers.

We are an independent medical research institute based in Perth, Western Australia and affiliated with the State's major universities. Our research is  primarily funded through national and international competitive grants and generously supported by donors and governments.

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March 2017

Rheumatic Heart Disease Severity, Progression and Outcomes: A Multi‐State Model

The prognosis of young Indigenous Australians diagnosed with severe RHD is bleak; interventions must focus on earlier detection and treatment

Published research Rheumatic Heart Disease Group A Streptococcal & Rheumatic Heart Disease
February 2017

Liquor landscapes: Does access to alcohol outlets influence alcohol consumption in young adults?

Longitudinal analyses showed that for each increase in liquor stores over time, alcohol consumption increased

Published research Health Promotion & Education
February 2017

Associations of parental food-choice control and use of food to soothe with adiposity in childhood and adolescence

Higher parental control over food choice was associated with lower adiposity, but use of food to soothe was not associated with adiposity at ages 7 and 15

Published research Child Health, Development & Education Nutrition
February 2017

Advancing Australia's role in climate change and health research

While Australia has established leadership roles in climate science and health research, it must now link these two strengths

Published research

Glenn Pearson

Head, Aboriginal Health Research Focus Area; Head, Aboriginal Research Development

BA (Education) PhD Candidate

Stephen Zubrick

Head, Brain and Behaviour RFA; Co-Head, Human Capability; Deputy Director, ARC Life Course Centre


Liz Davis

Head, Chronic & Severe Diseases Research Focus Area; Head, Diabetes and Obesity Research


Deborah Strickland

Head, Early Environment Research Focus Area; Head, Experimental Immunology