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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.

Publications and Presentations

Publication Details:
  1. Eastwood, JG. Jalaludin, B. Kemp, L. “Each is in different circumstances anyway”: A realist multilevel situational analysis of maternal depression in South Western Sydney, Australia. SageOpen, 2016: 1–14. 
  2. Eastwood, JG. Jalaludin, B. Kemp, L. Realist theory construction for a mixed method multilevel study of neighbourhood context and postnatal depression. SpringerPlus (2016) 5:1081. 
  3. Agho, KE., Ogeleka, P., Ogbo, FA.,  Ezeh, OK., Eastwood, JG., Page, A. Trends and Predictors of Prelacteal Feeding Practices in Nigeria (2003–2013). Nutrients 2016, 8, 462;
  4. Garg, P., Lillystone, D., Dossetor, D., Eastwood, JG., Liaw, S. A Pilot Study for Understanding the Perceptions of Australian General Practitioners Regarding Psychopharmacology for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Journal of Primary Care and Community Health 2016. 1-7.  DOI: 10.1177/2150131916644030
  5. Woolfenden, S., Eapen, V., Williams, K., Jalaludin, B., Dissanayake, C., Axelsson, E., Murphy, E., Eastwood, J., Descallar, J., Beasley, D., ?rn?ec, R., Short, K., Silove, N., Einfeld, S., Prior, M. Who is in our cohort?  Recruitment, Representativeness, Baseline Risk in the “Watch Me Grow” study. BMC Pediatrics 2016 16:46. DOI 10.1186/s12887-016-0582-1
  6. Uebel, H., M Wright, I., Burns, L., Hilder, L., Bajuk, B., ·Breen, B., Abdel-Latif, ME., · Ward, M., ·Eastwood, J., Feller, MJ., ·Falconer, J., Clews, S.,  Oei, J.  Epidemiological Evidence for a Decreasing Incidence of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, 2000-11. Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology 2016 30(3)
  7. Chandra, M., Jalaludin, B., Woolfenden, S., Descallar, J., Nicholls, L., Dissanayake, C., Williams, K., Murphy, E., Walter, A., Eastwood, J. and Eapen, V. Screen time of infants in Sydney, Australia: a birth cohort study. BMJ Open, 6(10), p.e012342.
  8. Woolfenden, S., Eapen, V., Jalaludin, B., Hayen, A., Kemp, L., Dissanyake, C., Hendry, A., Axelsson, E., Overs, B., Eastwood, J. and ?rn?ec, R., Prevalence and factors associated with parental concerns about development detected by the Parents’ Evaluation of Developmental Status (PEDS) at 6-month, 12-month and 18-month well-child checks in a birth cohort.BMJ open, 6(9), p.e012144.

  1. Jacqueline Small. Improving Health for people with disability: Mainstreaming specialised care. 26 October 2016 Professional Association of Nurses in Developmental Disability Annual Conference (invited Presentation).
  2. Jacqueline Small. Mainstream Health System Supports in NSW. Improving access to the health system for people with ID.  16 August 2016 International Association of Scientific Study of Intellectual Disability World Congress.
  3. Jacqueline Small. Say Less show More. 16 August 2016 International Association of Scientific Study of Intellectual Disability World Congress.

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: www.slhd.nsw.gov.au/research/
Email: john.eastwood@health.nsw.gov.au