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Grandparent Research Group

The research

Recent research by the Grandparent Research Team located within the School of Medical and Health Sciences has identified critical issues around the physical health and mental well-being of grandparents, parents and children who are impacted by trauma (eg addiction, domestic violence, child maltreatment and social isolation). The research team has demonstrated that the longer term impact of such experiences on children can lead to poor scholastic performance, acts of anti-sociality, substance abuse and criminality.

The aims of this research is:

  • To support grandparents, grandchildren and their parents affected by trauma in successful reunification.
  • To make evidence based recommendations to government and non-government key stakeholders and advocate for the implementation of viable intervention strategies and legislative changes.
  • To evaluate the cost effectiveness and continuous improvement derived from recommended interventions and report findings to government and industry.

Current Projects


If you would like to support us or for more information, please contact

Dr David Coall
Telephone: (61 8) 6304 5171


  • Professor Ruth Marquis
  • Dr Myra Taylor
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