Improving the health and wellbeing of children
UWA’s Paediatrics department researches areas including developmental neuroscience, paediatric infectious diseases, genetic epidemiology, vaccine immunology and adolescent health. Located at the Perth Children’s Hospital in Nedlands, the department’s researchers provide clinical services at Telethon Kids Institute and King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women. This offers our students real-life exposure to patients, research facilities and collaborative opportunities. We take pride in teaching paediatrics to medical students and assisting with postgraduate training for paediatrics and related scientific fields.
Child and Adolescent Development and HealthMental health
This research focuses on early influences on child and adolescent health which significantly impact health and development throughout life.Read more
Microbiome and metabolome of pregnancy and early lifeTranslating discovery to health, Immunity
This research area uses microbiome techniques to identify microbial risk profiles as a predictive strategy. Some evidence suggests vaginal delivery is responsible for seeding the neonate with bacteria that colonise the infant’s gut and allow normal development of the gut microbiome, metabolome and immune system.Read more
Multi-Centre, Multi-Disciplinary Study Using a Systems Biology Approach to Investigate Immunomodulation in Children with Acute Wheeze
Through this project we are developing simple markers of respiratory and immune system gene-expression signatures to predict clinical course and response to treatment in children with acute severe wheezing.
Research in the department is conducted in collaboration with:
The PCH is a specialist paediatric hospital and trauma centre providing medical care to children and adolescents up to 16 years of age. Many of our researchers are based out of the hospital.
We work in partnership with researchers at Telethon Kids Institute, at the Perth Children’s Hospital, to discover new treatments for the diseases that target children and young people.
We collaborate with KEMH to advance research into maternal-foetal medicine, obstetrics, midwifery, perinatology, neonatology, perinatal mental health and gynaecology.
Working toward a cure for children with cancer
UWA Medical School graduate Professor Catherine Cole is a paediatric oncologist working with children and their families at Perth’s Princess Margaret Hospital for Children (PMH).Read more
New vaccine could protect against common cause of meningitis
UWA Researchers are an important step closer to finding a vaccine that protects against a wide range of strains of meningococcal B - the most common cause of meningococcal disease in Western Australia.Read more
Parents’ health around pregnancy linked to fatty liver in teens
A Perth study, led by researchers from The University of Western Australian, Edith Cowan University, Curtin University and the Western Australian Cohort (Raine) Study has discovered that a significant part of the risk for fatty liver in teenagers is linked to their parent’s health and lifestyle before and during their mother’s pregnancy.Read more
Related schools and departments
The Medical School brings together the brightest students, experienced clinicians and committed researchers to unlock the greatest health challenges of our day.
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
The UWA research discipline of Obstetrics and Gynaecology researches ways to improve the health of women and infants.
Our General Practice research discipline is advancing the role of general practice in holistic patient care.
Centre for Neonatal Research and Education
The Centre for Neonatal Research and Education works at improving outcomes for premature babies around the world.