Bulundidi Gudaga News


Through the Bulundidi Gudaga project we are also developing and trialling an Indigenous early childhood home visiting program, based on the MECSH model.

 25 March 2011

Bulundidi Gudaga Program Launch

The Bulundidi Gudaga (healthy pregnancy, healthy baby) Sustained Home Visiting program was launched as part of the “Closing the Gap” day celebrations.

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MECSH Newsroom

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The MECSH program has led to improved maternal and child health and development outcomes for vulnerable families in south western Sydney. It is now being rolled out across Australia and is informing the development of health visiting policy and practice in England.

12 May 2011

MECSH child and family outcomes

Child and family outcomes from the Maternal Early Childhood Sustained Nurse Home-visiting (MECSH) trial have been published in Archives of Disease in Childhood.

Originally titled the Miller Early Childhood Sustained Home-visiting program, MECSH was a targeted program of intervention and research conducted in a socioeconomically disadvantaged area in south western Sydney. It was the first Australian randomised trial to determine the impact of a comprehensive sustained nurse home visiting program, embedded within a universal child health system, on young children and their families.

Read the abstract on the Archives of Disease and Childhood website HERE. More detail about the MECSH program is provided HERE: About MECSH.

 13 Apr 2011

Uniken on the MECSH Study

UNSW’s flagship magazine, Uniken, profiles the Maternal Early Childhood Sustained Home-visiting program. See pages 8-10 of the issue to read the story HERE.


Gudaga Newsroom

Read at a glance important developments in the Gudaga Research Project. The Gudaga study is an eight year, longitudinal birth cohort study of the health, development and service use of Aboriginal children in Campbelltown, conducted in partnership with the local Tharawal Aboriginal community and commencing 8 years ago. We have partnered with leading education researchers to study the children’s transitions to the early years of school, and will be auditing local child and family services to understand the relationships between child outcomes and the service context, and examine culturally appropriate practice and models of service delivery.

9 October 2012

Smoking ceremony and van handover

Marcarthur Automotive has very generously loaned a Mercedes Benz Sprinter Van to be used by the Gudaga Research Team. A Smoking Ceremony, led by local Aboriginal Elder Uncle Ivan Wellington, was held on Tuesday, 9 October 2012 at Macarthur Mercedez-Benz to commemorate the handover of the van. The van will enable researchers to be able to drive to families homes and provide a quality testing area in the van with minimal distraction for the child.





1 Nov 2011

Gudaga goes to school research receives ARC funding

The Gudaga goes to school research has received an Australian Research Council Discovery grant ($357,535 for 3 years). Reducing the gap in educational outcomes between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians is critical. Information is lacking on the early educational experiences of urban Aboriginal children. This research will explore urban Aboriginal children’s early school experiences and provide information on the early life factors that support positive outcomes.

Project title: An Ecological study of school transition and the early years of school for Aboriginal children in an urban environment

Lead Investigator: A/Professor Lynn Kemp, UNSW Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity

Research team: A/Professor Lynn Kemp, Professor Susan Dockett, Dr Rebekah Grace, Professor Robert Perry, A/Professor Elizabeth Comino, Professor Lisa Jackson Pulver, A/Prof Melissa Haswell-Elkins

17 Oct 2011

Gudaga goes to school research receives NHMRC funding 

The Gudaga study has been awarded further National Health and Medical Research Council funding to support its research program. The Gudaga Study is a unique study of Aboriginal children in an urban environment on the eastern seaboard of Australia. The aim of this new research is to describe the health, early learning and service context of these urban Aboriginal children from age 5 to 9 years.  Detailed longitudinal data on Aboriginal children's early life experiences have not previously been collected in an urban setting.

Project title: The Gudaga Study: Describing the health, development, early education, family environment and service context of Aboriginal children aged five to nine years in an urban location

Lead investigator: A/Professor Elizabeth Comino, UNSW Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity

Research team: A/Professor Elizabeth Comino, Dr Rebekah Grace, Professor Lisa Jackson Pulver, Dr Catherine A McMahon, A/Professor Lynn Kemp, A/Professor Kelvin Kong, Professor Bin Jalaludin, Dr Elizabeth Denney-Wilson, Ms Alison Derrett, Dr Ajesh George, Professor Mark Harris, Dr Jenny Mcdonald, Mr Darryl Wright

Funding: $1,525,060.00 over a period of 5 years (2012-2016)

 16 Oct 2011

Growing Up Gudaga aired on Living Black

Growing Up Gudaga aired on Living Black, an important Indigenous current affairs program on SBS TV, on 16 October 2011. Video journalist Josh Ridgeway discusses the findings of the Gudga study and interviews a mum, whose daughter is included in the Gudaga Study. SBS have uploaded the segment on to YouTube.

 10 May 2011

Gudaga Study Booklet

An Aboriginal Child Health Symposium was held on 10-11 May. Findings from the Gudaga Study were presented and a booklet providing a snapshot of the results was officially launched.

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News and Events

Upcoming events and news stories.

1 August 2012

CHETRE relocates to the Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research, Level 3, 1 Campbell Street, Liverpool NSW 2170.

The Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research is a health and medical research entity based at Liverpool Hospital campus and covering research undertaken in South Western Sydney. It represents a co-operative research endeavour between South Western Sydney Local Health District, the University of New South Wales and the University of Western Sydney. More information about the Ingham Institute is available at www.inghaminstitute.org.au.