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Child Protection in South Australia and the Early Childhood Data Project

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Time: 2.00pm - 3.30pm
Venue: Frank Lampl Building, Room FL 2006, Kingston Hill campus, Kingston Hill, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT2 7LB
Price: free
Speaker(s): Professor John Lynch, University of Adelaide

Child Protection in South Australia and the Early Childhood Data Project

'Child Protection in South Australia and the Early Childhood Data Project'

An event part of the Department of Social Work and Social Care seminar series.John Lynch is Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Adelaide, South Australia. He is a Visiting Professor of Epidemiology in Population Health Sciences at the University of Bristol Medical School in the UK. He spent 20 years working in North America and before returning to Australia in 2009 he held professorial positions at the University of Michigan in the USA, and at McGill University in Canada.
He is an internationally recognized scholar in epidemiology and public health. In 2005 he was awarded a Canada Research Chair in Population Health. In 2007 his work in public health was recognized with an Honorary Doctoral Degree in Medical Science from the University of Copenhagen. In 2009 he was awarded a prestigious NHMRC Australia Fellowship. In 2015 he was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.
He has over 350 academic publications with a Google H-index of 99. Every year since 2014 he has received the Clarivate "Highly Cited Researcher" status that places him in the top 1% of cited scientists internationally in his field.
He leads an NHMRC funded Centre for Research Excellence called "EMPOWER: Health systems, disadvantage and child well-being." He has built a world leading whole-of-population linked data platform that includes 500,000 children and their carers. His data analytics team works closely with several government and non-government agencies to enhance data driven insights for improving child well-being. He serves on several international, national and local scientific advisory groups.

His research interests include
o child well-being
o social and health inequality
o pragmatic RCTs and natural experiments of early life interventions
o large scale linked data systems to enhance evidence-based public health
o research that makes a difference in improving policy, practice and service delivery
Abstract
'The Epidemiology of Contact with the Child Protection System in a South Australia: A Whole-of-Population Linked Data Study of 500,000 children and their families."'

This seminar will describe a whole-of-population linked administrative data platform that includes 500,000 children and their carers born from 1991 onwards and spans perinatal, hospital, emergency department, education, housing, welfare, child protection, and youth justice information.
The seminar will provide examples of how this platform has been used epidemiologically to inform on-going reforms in child protection. Child protection data has traditionally been closely held by governments in Australia but the sheer scope and scale of the child protection problem demands different approaches. Our work provides an exemplar of how researchers, government and non-government agencies can create genuine partnerships to drive much needed change in an environment where child protection is seen as "everyone's business".

 

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