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  Street address:
Level 11, KGV Building
Missenden Road
Postal address:
Post Office Box M30
Missenden Road NSW 2050

Phone: (02) 9515-6111
Fax: (02) 9515-9610

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Community Paediatrics

Our Research

Community Paediatrics undertakes research in relation to: infants, children, young people (up to age 25 years) and their families, homes, schools and communities.

Our research also includes the important period before conception. The current research program is focused on:

  • Environmental, social and intergenerational factors that contribute to child youth and family health and wellbeing
  • Vulnerable child youth and family populations 
  • Social Media and Parenting Communication Strategies 
  • Delivery of preventative health services 
  • Prevention, early intervention and community management of child and youth development, behaviour and mental health problems
  • Integration of government and non-government services
  • Protection from trauma, injury and violence 
  • Measurement of outcomes 
  • Methodology

The Service is also actively involved in leading a Sydney-based Early Years Research Group (EYRG) of researchers. This is a collaboration of researchers from: University of Melbourne, University of Technology Sydney, Griffith University, UNSW, Sydney University, University of Western Sydney, Macquarie University, Karitane, SLHD, SWSLHD, and Sydney Children's Hospital Network.

Higher Degree Students:


  • Dr Sunil Adusumilli
  • Dr Pankaj Garg

Publications and Presentations

Publication Details:
  1. Eastwood, JG. Jalaludin, B. Kemp, L. Being Alone and Expectations Lost: A Critical Realist Study of Maternal Depression in South Western Sydney. SpringerPlus.2015, 4:700. DOI: 10.1186/s40064-015-1492-7.
  2. Garg, P., Lillystone, D., Dossetor, D., Wilkinson, H., Kefford, C,. Eastwood, JG., Liaw, ST. A Framework for Developing a Curriculum Regarding Autism Spectrum Disorders for Primary Care Providers. Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research. 2015 Oct, Vol-9(10): SC01-SC06.
  3. Uebel, H., Wright, IM., Burns, L., Hilder,L., Bajuk,B., Breen, C., Abdel-Latif, ME., John M. Feller, J., Falconer, F., Clews, S., Eastwood, J., Oei, J. Reasons for rehospitalization in children who had neonatal abstinence syndrome. Pediatrics 2015. 136(4): e811-820. DOI: 10.1542/peds.2014-2767.
  4. Yoong T, McKenzie A, Grace R., Is the Australian Developmental Screening Test (ADST) a useful step following the completion of the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) on the pathway to diagnostic assessment for young children? Australian Journal of Child and Family Health Nursing, volume 12, Issue 1 June 2015 p4-8.
  5. Alexander J, Shanti Raman S, Terence Yoong T, Mahwhinney B, Improving Pathways to Assessment and Care for Infants of Substance Abusing Mothers: Are We Getting It Right? Social Sciences 2015, 4, 192-204.

Contact details for department

Head of Department: Associate Professor John Eastwood

Department/Unit: Community Paediatrics
24 Liverpool Road
Croydon NSW 2132
Telephone: (02) 9378 1100
Facsimile: (02) 9378 1332
Web: http://www.slhd.nsw.gov.au/research/
Email: anne.dudley@sswahs.nsw.gov.au