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Child Health Promotion Research Centre (CHPRC)

The Child Health Promotion Research Centre (CHPRC) is a multi-disciplinary research team that conducts high quality, applied research to improve the overall physical, emotional, and mental health and well-being of children and other young people and their families. Established at ECU in 2004, the Centre is regionally, nationally and internationally recognised for its school and community based research in the areas of:

  • bullying prevention and mental health promotion;
  • drug use control;
  • road safety and injury control; and
  • promotion of healthy weight for the prevention of overweight and obesity in children.

Strategic focus

The Centre aims to promote the health of children and young people through engagement and partnerships with families, schools and communities.

Strategic priorities

To achieve our goal, the Centre aims to:

  • conduct innovative, high quality applied research in areas of national priority for children and young people’s health;
  • foster collaborative engagement with industry, professions, government agencies and the community, by providing a supportive and stimulating learning environment to strengthen the capacity of parents, teachers, primary health care providers, community workers, and other key stakeholder groups, with the aim of embedding research findings into sustainable policy and practice; and
  • provide high quality mentorship and training by creating a supportive and stimulating learning culture for undergraduate, postgraduate and other team members, thereby building organisational sustainability, attracting and retaining staff, and strengthening leadership capacity.
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