This seminar will provide a brief overview of the ‘Seeding Success’ study, which is a cross-sectoral data linkage study that investigates child population health, development and wellbeing, with a focus on disadvantaged populations, including Aboriginal children in NSW. Health, community services and education datasets were linked from birth to school age to follow two statewide cohorts of children in their first year of school in NSW in 2009 or 2012. Data for the 166,278 children in the data resource include perinatal health records and birth registrations, hospitalisations, emergency department visits, mental health data, child protection records, Public School enrolment records and data for the Australian Early Development Census (AEDC). These data offer the opportunity to better understand the health and social circumstances of children early in life, and how these relate to their health and developmental outcomes during early childhood. Examples of how these data have been used to generate real-world evidence to inform policy and practice in NSW will be provided, including a study on developmental outcomes among children involved with the child protection system in NSW.
About Dr Kathleen Falster
Dr Kathleen Falster is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Big Data Research in Health at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, and a Visiting Fellow with the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health and the Centre for Social Research Methods at the Australian National University. Her current research uses cross-sectoral data linkage and cohort study data to investigate child population health, development and wellbeing, with a focus on disadvantaged and vulnerable populations, including Aboriginal children and children who enter the child protection system. Dr Falster works closely with policy-makers in health, community services and education to translate complex research findings into policy and practice, including ways that linked population data can inform the current child protection reforms in NSW.