Research Excellence in Aboriginal Child and Adolescent Health



A centre for research excellence leading the evidence to improve Aboriginal child and adolescent health.


Our purpose

CRE REACH is leading the research and evidence to improve Aboriginal child and adolescent health. Our research will generate the knowledge to inform policies and programs to improve health outcomes while building the Aboriginal Research Workforce.

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Our Priorities

Our work is conducted through four research nodes focusing on the priority areas of smoking, infant nutrition and development, youth mental and physical health, and injury prevention. Projects span systematic reviews, observational studies, data linkage studies and interventions. Each node supports places for a post-doctoral researcher, PhD students and Aboriginal research traineeships.



Tobacco use is the largest modifiable risk factor contributing to the gap in disease burden for Aboriginal people. It is unclear what strategies are effective in reducing smoking among Aboriginal people. This node focuses on smoking in pregnancy, passive smoke exposure in childhood and adolescent smoking.

youth mental + physical health

Adolescents are a population group too long ignored in Aboriginal health with young Aboriginal people over represented in a range of risk factors and determinants of health. This node focuses on the drivers of adolescent health and opportunities for change.

infant nutrition + Development

Aboriginal infant and child mortality and hospital admissions are too high. This node focuses on the 0-5 years addressing malnutrition and food insecurity and improving access to health services and early childhood education in this critical developmental period.

injury prevention

Aboriginal children are hospitalised for burns twice as often as other children. Road injuries are a leading cause of death among young Aboriginal people. This node focuses on injury prevention for burns and road safety in children and adolescents.


Our Impact

CRE REACH is leading the research to demonstrate how best to improve Aboriginal child and adolescent health, providing the evidence for timely regional and national policy making. We're having an impact through knowledge generation, research translation and workforce capacity building.



knowledge for improved health

Generating new knowledge in the Aboriginal Community priorities of smoking, nutrition, youth health and injuries using a range of research methodologies alongside health economics and biostatistics.



Transfer into policy + practive

Rapid transfer into policy and practice through adoption ready research, rigorous methods and dissemination of findings to the research and wider community.



Aboriginal research workforce

Growing the Aboriginal research workforce through post-docs, PhDs, traineeships, professional development and Community partnerships. Strengthening collaborations and bringing fresh perspectives.


Study and work with us

CRE REACH is developing the health and medical research workforce by providing opportunities for advanced training for new researchers preparing them for independent projects and future leadership roles. We're creating pathways for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal research fellows and PhD students, Aboriginal higher degree research students, mentorships and traineeships.



We're offering post-doctoral positions across the four research nodes. If you're post-PhD and interested in work in tobacco, infant nutrition and development, youth health or injury prevention get in touch with the team.



We have multiple standard and industry PhD positions across the four research nodes. We're also offering traineeships, short course and professional development. If you're ready to take your study further we want to hear from you.

partner with us

Supporting our next generation of Aboriginal researchers are our Community partners offering mentoring and site visits. If your Community would like to be involved and help build this future workforce let us know.

Professor Sandra Eades, University of Melbourne

Our team

Meet our Chief Investigator team of nine leading public health researchers from institutions from across Australia.