The Centre for Policy Development's Early Childhood Development (ECD) Initiative is working with sector leaders, senior officials and experts to catalyse progress towards a better ECD system. This evidence pack has been adapted from materials prepared by the CPD team for the first two meetings...
This paper analyses and synthesises new research linking a mother’s prenatal mental health to the child’s brain development, and shows how this ties into the problem of intergenerational disadvantage in New Zealand.
This paper reports findings from analysis of Department of Communities and Justice (NSW) child protection data looking at the relationship between maternal age and child protection contact and discuss implications for policy and practice.
Antenatal care use and outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers and their babies: 2016-2017
This report explores the factors associated with antenatal care use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers, and how these may relate to baby outcomes—including how this varies spatially across the Indigenous Regions (IREGs) of Australia.
Breastfeeding is a normal biological process and protects the health and well-being of mothers and babies. Yet breastfeeding continues to be undervalued by society, and in Australia women face multiple barriers to breastfeeding in the home, community, health care system and workforce. The Baby Friendly...
Why validation is not enough: setting the scene for the implementation of the Kimberley Mum’s Mood Scale
This is an exploration of the Kimberley Mum’s Mood Scale (KMMS) to see if it can be clinically used as a culturally appropriate perinatal depression and anxiety screening tool for Aboriginal woman living in the Kimberley.
Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has assessed a proposal to consider a mandatory pregnancy warning label on packaged alcoholic beverages. Evidence demonstrates pregnancy warning labels on packaged alcoholic beverages can raise awareness of the risks of drinking alcohol during pregnancy and prompt discussion of...
This report outlines the perspectives of 14 women who have had recent experiences of pregnancy and homelessness. The research received approval from the Human Research Ethics Committees of RMIT University, La Trobe University and Launch Housing, and was overseen by a reference group with specialist...
‘Having a quiet word’: Yarning with Aboriginal women in the Pilbara region of Western Australia about mental health and mental health screening during the perinatal period
This study explores if it is appropriate to trial and validate the Kimberley Mum’s Mood Scale (KMMS) as a perinatal depression and anxiety screening tool with Aboriginal women in the Pilbara. Yarning as a methodology was used to guide interviews with 15 Aboriginal women in...
Globally, congenital heart disease affects around 9 in every 1,000 babies born. In Australia, a large number of children, young people and adults live with congenital heart disease. This report presents latest statistics and trends on the incidence of congenital heart disease, and on hospitalisation...