Maternal and child health

From basic science through to clinical outcomes, our researchers are driven to improve the health and care of women, children and families, and recognise the close relationship between maternal and child health.

Our interdisciplinary teams of researchers and clinicians work together with policy makers and community leaders to deliver healthcare and treatment solutions that can have a direct impact on mothers and their children.

Our research areas include but are not limited to the following areas:

Maternal health

  • Reproductive biology
  • Reproductive medicine
  • Developmental biology
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Obstetrics and neonatology

Child health

  • Fetal medicine
  • Infant and childhood nutrition
  • Intellectual and developmental disability
  • Childhood health care delivery
  • Childhood cancer
  • Developmental disorders (including musculoskeletal diseases)
  • Respiratory disease and Infection
  • Burns and trauma

We have expertise in:

  • Life course epidemiology
  • Longitudinal women’s health studies

There is increasing evidence that the first 1000 days of life during pregnancy, infancy and early childhood, as well as pre conception parental health, is a uniquely important time that can determine long term health outcomes. A strength area for our Faculty, research into the first thousand days aims to understand more about the health of children in these early days with the aim to prevent disease and disability before it occurs.

First 1000 days

Further information about maternal and child health research in the Faculty of Medicine can be found below: