Optimising early childhood development among vulnerable populations in Asia

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Though the global community has made huge strides in improving child survival, there is still limited research looking at ways of supporting children to reach their full potential in terms of growth and development (Black et al, 2016). The concept of “survive and thrive” is essential to optimize health across the life course, break intergenerational poverty and increase personal and national productivity (Britto et al, 2016). This project will assess ways of optimising early child development and growth leading to large scale interventional studies and will build on similar work within our group in South and South East Asia.

Ideal candidate will have a proven record of recent work in multi-disciplinary projects in Early Childhood Development(ECD) and/or Public Health Nutrition/Public Health/ Psychology. She/he should have a first class honors bachelor’s degree and/or high achievement at a relevant Master’s program from a prestigious University, preferably the top 400 Globally . UNSW PhD candidate English requirements must be met. High level writing skills are required which includes publications in peer reviewed international journals. Applicant’s with field experience in research in Sri Lanka and Indonesia will be considered highly.

Supervisory team
Rohan
Jayasuriya

Medicine
Public Health & Community Medicine
Patrick
Rawstorne

Medicine
Public Health & Community Medicine
Susan
Woolfenden

Sydney Children's Hospital Network
Department of Community Child Health/Integrated Care
r.jayasuriya@unsw.edu.au