Centre for Child Health Research

The Centre for Child Health Research conducts research that will enhance supportive environments for children's health. This page contains all key information for the centre including contact and lead researchers.

Areas of expertise

The Centre for Child Health Research main specialist areas are:

  • Developmental origins of child health and disease
  • Giving Children Voice
  • Optimising Health

Research overview

The centre investigates the impact of illness and disability, home and family, health service delivery, nutrition, physical activity and exercise, on children from conception until when they leave school.  The focus of research is directed toward examining ways of enhancing and advocating for healthy outcomes and environments for children as they transition between life ages and stages, between health services and between hospital and home.

The centre is involved in research projects that contribute internationally to the evidence-base of biological, behavioral, and environmental determinants of children's health.  Emphasis is on cross-disciplinary research and involving researchers and practitioners from the fields of nursing, medicine, psychology, nutrition, physiotherapy, rehabilitation, public health, physiology, exercise science, and biostatistics.

Lead researchers:


Dr Tineke Water
Director Centre for Child Health Research
Phone: (09) 9219999 xtn 7335