In Australia, as in the global context, the educational underachievement and inequitable health outcomes of children living in poor and difficult contexts is an issue of significance. As a country, Australia has significant work to undertake in order to meet the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as they relate to child health and learning.
Our approach to addressing disadvantage and inequity is to bring together the rigour of research with the wisdom of practice and community knowledge. We work to support the establishment of creative and solution focused teams, and to trial initiatives that have been co-designed with those for whom they are intended to benefit. We are leaders in co-design and implementation science, and committed to participatory methods that honour the rights and dignity of community members. Examples of our approach are provided below: