Currently, the steering group comprises:
Professor Harriet Hiscock
Harriet Hiscock is a paediatrician, Associate Director of Research, Director of Health Services Research and NHMRC postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre of Community Child Health, Royal Children's Hospital (RCH) and Murdoch Children's Research Institute. Her research focuses on prevention of infant colic and infant and child sleep, behaviour and mental health problem. She leads the Australian Paediatric Research Network. She is co-Director of the Unsettled Babies Clinic and RCH and sees infants and children with sleep, behaviour and developmental concerns in her private practice.
Dr Daryl Efron
Daryl Efron is a general paediatrician with clinical and research interests in development, behaviour and neurodisability. His main research focuses on understanding developmental trajectories in children with ADHD and associated comorbidities. Other interests include psychopharmacology, autism spectrum disorders, and models of service delivery for children with developmental disorders.
Associate Professor Gehan Roberts
A/Prof Gehan Roberts is the Associate Director of Clinical Services and a Developmental-Behavioural paediatrician at the Centre for Community Child Health at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne, and a NHMRC Principal Research Fellow at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute. His research interests include the long term outcomes of preterm birth, intervention trials for children at risk of learning and developmental difficulties and health services research in the secondary care sector. Gehan is the current President of the Neurodevelopmental and Behavioural Paediatric Society of Australasia.
Professor Melissa Wake
Consultant paediatrician Melissa Wake is the Associate Director of the Centre for Community Child Health and co-leader of the Murdoch Children's Research Institute's Community Health Services Research group; she co-founded the APRN with Prof Harriet Hiscock in 2007. Her research focus is on 'population paediatric' - how can universal, primary and secondary care providers make a difference to children's health and development, and what systems are needed to achieve this? Her numerous intervention trials are informed by her epidemiological studies. In focus areas of language and literacy, hearing loss, overweight and obesity, and early mental health. In 2013-2017 is leading Growing Up in Australia's Child Health CheckPoint, a cutting-edge physical biomarkers modules for the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children.
Dr Margie Danchin
Dr Margie Danchin is a general paediatrician and senior research fellow at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute with research interests in vaccine clinical trials and vaccine safety and is a member of the Vaccine and Immunisation Research Group (VIRGo) and the Rotavirus Vaccine Research Group, MCRI. In the last four years her primary research focus has shifted to vaccine social science and to developing new interventions to address vaccine hesitancy to inform evidenced-based vaccine policy. She also has a keen interest in International Child Health and Health Services Research and is a member of the steering group for the Australian Paediatric Research Network, is co-convenor of the Victorian Clinician Researcher Network (VCRN) and a member of the Paediatric Research Committee (PRC) of the RACP.
Dr Valerie Sung
Dr Valerie Sung is a general paediatrician at The Royal Children's Hospital and postdoctoral research fellow at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute. She has particular research and clinical interests in childhood hearing loss, infant crying, childhood obesity and sleep problems. She is Director of the Caring for Hearing Impaired Children (CHIC) clinic, consults in the Unsettled Babies Clinic and sees infants and children with settling, sleep, behaviour and developmental concerns in her private practice.
Associate Professor Penelope Bryant
A/Prof Penelope Bryant is a Paediatric Infectious Diseases physician and General Paediatrician at the Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne. She is a Clinician-Scientist Fellow at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute and Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne. Her research focuses on antibiotic use and misuse in children and the effects on antimicrobial resistance and the human microbiome. She is Medical Lead of Hospital-in-the-Home and is passionate about getting children out of hospital. She is current Chair of the Australian and New Zealand Paediatric Infectious Diseases group.