To date the Foundation has allocated>
in excess of $19m to 237 projects.

The projects are focussed on promoting
the health and welfare of children in Australia.

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New grants for the year table

Year New grants for the year Total grants Amount granted Accumulated amount granted
8
245
$1,093,348
$20,381,649
8
237
$1,010,554
$19,288,301
8
229
$1,085,063
$18,277,747
8
221
$1,004,618
$17,192,684
8
213
$1,031,162
$16,188,066
8
205
$1,121,060
$15,156,904
7
197
$1,008,410
$14,035,844
9
190
$1,088,475
$13,027,434
15
181
$1,294,661
$11,938,959
10
166
$792,485
$10,644,298
8
156
$655,507
$9,851,813
9
148
$646,400
$9,196,306
8
139
$679,000
$8,549,906
11
131
$862,000
$7,870,906
7
120
$571,948
$7,008,906
9
113
$707,000
$6,436,958
8
104
$845,000
$5,729,958
96
$4,884,958

Projects

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2008

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Project name   Grant recipient Grant amount Term
Microbial pathogenesis of Otitis Media   Griffith University, Gold Coast Campus, QLD
$60,000
1 Year
Application No: 2008-216Chief Investigator: Professor Allan W Cripps
Project Title:
Microbial Pathogenesis of Otitis Media

Otitis media is the most prevalent paediatric disease presenting to general practitioners and often requires repeated antibiotic treatment. This project unifies clinical expertise in the treatment of otitis media, molecular virology and microbiology with immunology research expertise and equipment. Using state of the art detection methods, examination of bacterial and viral carriage and immune response within children with otitis media will address fundamental gaps in knowledge that will facilitate development of more effective treatment regimes and prevention strategies.

Tuning in to Kids - A community treatment effectiveness trial of an early intervention parenting program for preventing emotional and behavioural difficulties in preschool children   The University of Melbourne, Mindful: Centre for Training and Research in Developmental Health
$125,039
2 Years
Application No: 2008-197Chief Investigator: Dr Sophie Havighurst – VIC
Project Title:
Tuning in to Kids – A community treatment effectiveness trial of an early intervention parenting programme for preventing emotional and behavioural difficulties in preschool children.

Preschool children who fail to understand and regulate their emotions are at risk for mental health and antisocial behaviour problems throughout their lives. Parents play a central role in helping children develop these abilities. The Tuning in to Kids programme teaches parents' skills that help children learn about and regulate their emotions. The program has already been shown effective when delivered by a research team – the proposed study will evaluate whether Tuning in to Kids is effective in a real-world setting when delivered by staff from community agencies rather than the program developers.

Investigation of passive immunity to Streptococcus pneumoniae in indigenous Australian newborns   Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Royal Children's Hospital, Allergy & Immunology Department
$37,200
1 Year
Application No: 2008-179Chief Investigator: Assoc. Professor Mimi Tang � VIC
Project Title:
Investigation of passive immunity to Streptococcus pneumoniae in indigenous Australian Newborns.

Protection from infection during early life is based on placental transfer of IgG (passive immunity). It is reported that many Australian indigenous infants succumb to ear infections caused by S. Pneumoniae in the first 6 weeks of life. Why does maternal transfer of IgG not protect these infants?

We aim to investigate passive immunity in this group and an indigenous group with similar socio-economic conditions but with no associated problems of ear infection.

Investigating the responsiveness of The Melbourne Assessment of Unilateral Upper Limb Function for children with neurological impairment   The Royal Children's Hospital Foundation Limited, Occupational Therapy Department
$47,112
1 Year
Application No: 2008-176Chief Investigator: Ms Melinda Randall - VIC
Project Title:
Investigating the responsiveness of the Melbourne Assessment of Unilateral Upper Limb Function for children with neurological impairment.

Thirty children aged 2.5 - 15 years with upper limb impairment from cerebral palsy or an acquired brain injury will be administered the Melbourne Assessment on three occasions. Twenty of these children will be receiving intervention to their upper limb and ten children will be in the first six months of recovering from an acquired brain injury. Analysis of assessment scores across the three time points will determine if the scale is sensitive to detecting changes in upper limb abilities.

An investigation of Early Life Determinants of Type 1 Diabetes   Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Royal Children's Hospital
$75,210
1 Year
Application No: 2008-171Chief Investigator: Professor Anne-Louise Ponsonby - VIC
Project Title:
An Investigation of Early Life Determinants of Type 1 Diabetes.

We do not understand why childhood diabetes is increasing rapidly among Australian children. The increase is likely to be due to environment. This project aims to investigate the role of the modern child's early life environment so that possible adverse risk factors for T1DM (e.g. sun avoidance, adequate exposure to minor infections, diet and child obesity) can be identified and then better advice can be provided to new parents on the optimal child environment required to reduce the risk of type 1 diabetes.

Can sleep intervention improve child sleep, behaviour, quality of life and school attendance in children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: a pilot study   Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Centre for Community Child Health
$45,450
1 Year
Application No: 2008-142Chief Investigator: Dr Harriet Hiscock - VIC
Project Title:
Can a sleep intervention improve child sleep, behaviour, quality of life, and school attendance in children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - a pilot study.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects up to 7.5% of Australian children. Between 50 and 70% of parents also report that their ADHD child has a sleep problem. Sleep problems are associated with poorer child behaviour, concentration, and school attendance. We want to know if managing sleep problems in ADHD children can improve these outcomes. This pilot will determine the best way to manage sleep problems in ADHD children and results will inform a larger effectiveness trial of this approach.

Outcome and head injuries in children injured in the first three years of life: Cognitive, behavioural & social implications   Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Royal Children's Hospital
$69,540
2 Years
Application No: 2008-092Chief Investigator: Professor Vicki Anderson - VIC
Project Title:
Outcome of head injuries in children injured in the first three years of life; Cognitive, behavioural and social implications.

Children of preschool age and older show severe problems in many areas after a head injury. What effect a head injury has on young children (before 3 years) is currently unknown but is thought that these children have more problems than older children do. This study will look at how young children recover after a head injury and the findings will be used to form programs to help these children before they develop long-lasting social, behavioural and learning difficulties.

Pre-clinical Development of Ex-Vivo Expanded Haematopoietic Stem Cells Derived from Umbilical Cord Blood for Use in Allogeneic Transplantation   University of NSW for the Sydney Children's Hospital, Cord and Marrow Transplant Facility
$137,000
2 Years
Application No: 2008-043Chief Investigator: Dr Alla Dolnikov � NSW
Project Title:
Pre-Clinical Development of Ex-Vivo Expanded Haematopoietic Stem Cells Derived From Umbilical Cord Blood For Use in Allogeneic Transplantation.

Use of UCB for transplantation is limited in older children, adolescents and adults because of the low engraftable stem cell dose and can result in high rejection rates, slow recovery of blood cells following transplantation potentially leading to increased rates of life threatening infections or bleeding. A potential solution to this is to develop a strategy to expand engraftable UCB cells prior to transplantation allowing for greater use of UCB for all kids in need of a life saving transplant.

ARDAC Second Phase Study - Antecedents of Renal Disease in Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal Children and Young Adults (a 12 year follow-up study)   University of Sydney, School of Public Health
$134,684
2 Years
Application No: 2008-009Chief Investigator: Professor Jonathan Craig - NSW
Project Title:
ARDAC Second Phase Study - Antecedents of Renal Disease in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Children and Young Adults (a 12 year follow-up study).

Aboriginal Australians have 2 to 10 times the rate of chronic kidney disease and premature death from cardiovascular disease compared with non-Aboriginal Australians. Our 6 year follow-up of Aboriginal children from diverse NSW areas has shown no increase in risk for these diseases when compared with non-Aboriginal children. The Aboriginal Health Worker for whom funding is requested will work with the ARDAC Second Phase Study and follow the participants for another 6 years to determine whether these health disparities start to manifest in young Aboriginal adults.

Loozit: A community-based healthy, active living program for overweight and obese young people aged 13-16 years   The University of Sydney, Discipline of Paediatrics & Child Health
$61,250
1 Year
Application No: 2008-003Chief Investigator: Professor Louise Baur - NSW
Project Title:
Loozit: A community-based healthy, active living program for overweight and obese young people aged 13-16 years.

The aim of the Loozit study is to determine the effect of extended contact with a group leader over a 2 year period in overweight and obese adolescents attending a community-based weight management group program. We propose that extended contact with a group leader, by phone coaching and a combination of SMS text messages and/or email, will help obese adolescents to achieve and maintain the goals they set and will improve the outcomes of a high quality group weight management program.

Total 2008    
$792,485