"The Foundation of a Healthy Society"
The role of Healthy Development Adelaide (HDA) is to promote, facilitate and undertake research that
will advance multidisciplinary understanding of healthy development by combining cognate research strengths
to address high priority research issues to ensure the physical, psychological and social health of Australian
infants, children and adolescents.
HDA was established in 2004 as an initiative of the University of Adelaide and
is led by Professor Robert Norman, Professor Michael Sawyer and Professor Claire Roberts.
HDA won the Excellence in Research Collaboration at the SA Science Excellence Awards in 2009.
research in over 24 disciplines and has a state wide focus to developing
a portfolio for South Australia in developmental health research. Over 180 members are involved that include government, health service personnel, and researchers from the University of Adelaide,
University of South Australia, Flinders University, Women's and Children's Health Network and
Our partners include the University of South Australia, Women’s and Children’s Health Research Institute (WCHRI), Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation, Department for Education and Child Development, Fertility SA, Flinders University, Flinders Fertility and Repromed.
We would like to thank past Convenor, Professor Caroline McMillen for her valued committment and contributions to HDA (2004-2011).
The vision of Healthy Development Adelaide (HDA) is to be the major hub for research and innovation in South Australia that will advance an understanding of healthy development and ensure the physical, psychological, mental and social health of infants, children and adolescents.
The following objectives are seen as pivotal in increasing the knowledge base to facilitate the development
of Australia's infants, children and adolescence:
- To develop effective communication and multidisciplinary interactions to inform and define research
directions in developmental health research among all relevant institutions and individuals in South
- To facilitate a multidisciplinary research training program in Healthy Development across the state
- To establish HDA as a focus for interactions with major international research networks and funding
- To build a positive image and profile of Healthy Development Adelaide to attract community, government
and corporate support to achieving financial independency
Community engagement with research
Ethical research and engagement with a range of external stakeholders including industry, government
agencies and the community
Mutual respect across disciplines
Strong partnerships among research and service institutions
Multidisciplinary research which focuses on health, social, educational, mental and economic outcomes
Want to become a HDA Research Member?
Criteria for Research Membership
Any individual who is recognised by Healthy Development Adelaide as either:
Having made a contribution to the advancement of community wellbeing and/or advancement
of health research, health service delivery and health policy related to healthy development,
Having the authority to represent a particular interest area of their organisation, related to health
and wellbeing in infants, children and adolescence.
Members are asked to
Endorse Healthy Development Adelaide's vision, objectives and good reputation
Engage in a free exchange of information and work on the basis of trust and goodwill
Behave ethically, as an individual member and within partnerships, maintaining professional conduct
Maintain confidentiality of information related to Healthy Development Adelaide where appropriate
Be willing to partake in the activities of Healthy Development Adelaide in an appropriate capacity
Research Member Benefits
Based upon past contributions or involvement with HDA (such as: presented at a HDA event, attending HDA events on a regular basis, member of a HDA committee, participation in the HDA School Education Program), members can receive the following benefits:
- HDA Travel Grants
- HDA top-up PhD Scholarships
- HDA Awards
Want to become a HDA Associate (non-research) Member?
Criteria for Associate Membership
Do you work or are interested in areas relating to the health and wellbeing of infants, children and/or adolescence in a non-research capacity and/or attend HDA events out of work/personal interest. Sectors may include (but not inclusive) to health, education, government, private company, and the community.
Associate Member Benefits
Be a valued part of our network and foster linkages between people working in areas relevant to the health and development of young children and adolescence. Your membership support will assist us to increase our public profile within the community and strenghten our partnerships.
There is NO COST to you. If you would like to join HDA, please complete the attached proforma and return to HDA staff via email.
Note: Your name and contact details will be kept confidential. However, having this information will make it easier for us to contact you and help ensure that our activities are relevant to our broad membership. Associate members are currently not eligible for research travel grants, awards or scholarships.
Further details on our associate members can be found on the Our People page.