Preventing and responding to child abuse and neglect

Associate Professor Melissa O’Donnell

Associate Professor Melissa O’Donnell, Deputy Director Research, Australian Centre for Child Protection, University of South Australia

HDA Women's Excellence in Research presentation: Preventing and responding to child abuse and neglect: evidence for targeted support 

Associate Professor Melissa O’Donnell is internationally recognised for her leading research in the area of child maltreatment and vulnerable children and families, bringing new approaches for applying population-based linked administrative data to contribute new knowledge and evidence. Her partnered research on children and young people involved in child protection and out-of-home care has been instrumental in improving outcomes for children, young people and their families.

Melissa O’Donnell will discuss her research on children who have experienced abuse and neglect and their families, many of whom have multiple and complex needs. Melissa will discuss how a public health approach to child abuse and neglect has enabled the utilisation of data to identify areas of prevention and targeted support for families and children. Melissa will explain how her research is directly informing perinatal processes for mothers and supporting young people transitioning from care. 

Professor Carol Maher (HDA Co-Convenor), Professor of Population and Digital Health, Medical Research Future Fund Investigator / Deputy Director of the Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity (ARENA), University of South Australia.

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