The role of Healthy Development Adelaide (HDA) is in linking research, service delivery and policy development to promote, facilitate and enable multidisciplinary research that advances understanding of healthy development and ensures the physical, psychological and social health of infants, children and adolescents.
HDA was established in 2004 as an initiative of the University of Adelaide and
is led by Professor Claire Roberts, A/Professor Pammi Raghavendra and A/Professor Carol Maher.
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. HDA has over 700 members (senior researchers, early career researchers, PhD students, government and health service personnel and the general community). Our membership base is drawn from the University of Adelaide, University of South Australia, Flinders University, relevant institutions (local, national and international), government, and the general community.
Our partners include the Robinson Research Institute at the University of Adelaide, University of South Australia, Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation, Department for Education, Women's and Children's Health Network, Flinders University, Novita and Healthy Mothers, Babies and Children (SAHMRI).
We would like to thank our past Convenors, Professor Michael Sawyer (2006-2018), Professor Robert Norman (2004-2013) and Professor Caroline McMillen (2004-2011) for their valued committment and contributions to HDA.
To achieve the full developmental potential of South Australia’s children and adolescents
Healthy Development Adelaide (HDA) aims to improve the health and wellbeing of South Australian infants, children, adolescents and families by:
(i) Maximising the extent to which research enhances policy and service delivery in South Australia
(ii) Maximising the extent to which policy and service delivery improve and strengthen the quality of research in South Australia
(iii) Maximising knowledge in the South Australian community about available evidence- based policy and service delivery
(iv) Providing a key point of contact for relevant information necessary for informed policy and service delivery in South Australia
Community and service engagement with research
Ethical research and engagement with a range of external stakeholders including industry, government
agencies and the community
Mutual respect across disciplines
Multidisciplinary research which improves health, social, educational, mental and economic outcomes for young people
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.