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Child Health Promotion Research Centre

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

  • 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.

The Centre aims to promote the health of children and young people through engagement and partnerships with families, schools and communities through innovative high-quality research, industry collaboration and engagement, and embedding research findings into sustainable policy and practice.

The Centre achieves its goals through multiple significant and strategic alliances with research groups internationally. It conducts evidence-based research to develop and test practical interventions aimed at promoting child health. Since 2004, researchers at the Centre have secured $4.5 million for bullying and aggression prevention research, $1.5 million for drug use control research, $915,000 for obesity prevention research, $1 million for injury control research and $65,000 for other child health promotion research.

Recent projects include:

Friendly Schools and Families:

this project provides individual, group, family and school community-level actions to address and prevent bullying in its social context. The program helps users design, develop, implement, disseminate and evaluate a social skill-building and comprehensive ant-bullying strategy Solid Kids, Solid Schools, Solid Families: this three-year project is designed to assist Yamaji communities in the Mid West, Murchison Region of Western Australia to find out about childhood bullying experiences.

An empirical trial to reduce cyber-bullying in adolescents:

this three-year randomised control trial of a cyber-bullying prevention program aims to reduce by at least 4 per cent over two years the proportion of students who report they have been cyber-bullied during the school term. Secondary outcomes include a reduction in the incidence of face-to-face bullying and an increase in the proportion of students reporting positive perceptions of social support.

Key ECU Staff

Professor Donna Cross, Associate Professor Marg Hall, Dr Lydia Hearn.

Engagement Partners

Healthway, Western Australian Health Promotion Foundation, Australian Council for Educational Research, Catholic Education Office WA, Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia (Inc.), Curriculum Council of WA, Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation, Canning District Education Office, Swan District Education Office, Parents & Friends Federation of WA, WA Police, Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth, WA Health Department, National Heart Foundation (Smarter than Smoking), Cancer Council WA, Australian Health Promotion Professionals Association, Drug and Alcohol Office of WA, University of Western Australia, Australian Council on Smoking and Health, Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute, Western Australian Commissioner for Children and Young People, Injury Control Council of Western Australia, Kidsafe WA.

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