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Healthy Development Adelaide

Ground Floor, Norwich Centre
55 King William Road
North Adelaide SA 5006

Telephone: +61 8 8313 8222


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About Us

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.

HDA fosters 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.

Our Vision

To achieve the full developmental potential of South Australia’s children and adolescents

Our Mission

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

Our Values

  • 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?

  • Research Membership is open to PhD students, early career researchers, and senior researchers working in areas relevant to HDA's goals.
  • If you are interested in joining HDA, please click on the following link for our background document.
  • Then, please contact HDA staff via email or phone for further discussion or complete the membership application for consideration and email to

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?

  • Associate Membership is open to individuals finding value in HDA and interested in being part of this network in a non-research capacity.

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.