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In this study, we examined macrostructure and microstructure elements in the oral and written narrative texts of 24 adolescent students of a youth detention centre. The students, who were aged 14- to 17- years, were all speakers of Standard Australian English, and 11 (46%) students met criteria for language disorder (LD).

Date:
March 2021
Journal name:
Journal of Communication Disorders
Authors:
Kippin, N.R Leitao, S Finlay-Jones, A Baker, J Watkins, R
Page last updated 13 April 2021

The aim of this research was to determine the unmet workforce development needs of a regional workforce providing care and support to youth involved with the justice system. Interviews were conducted with 29 participants from 14 organisations to understand the support provided to youth, existence and uptake of referral pathways, and unmet needs.

Date:
February 2021
Journal name:
Health and Justice
Authors:
Rebecca Anne Pedruzzi; Olivia Hamilton; Helena H. A. Hodgson; Elizabeth Connor; Elvira Johnson; James Fitzpatrick
Page last updated 2 March 2021

The preconception period provides a significant opportunity to engage women in healthy behaviour change for improved maternal and child health outcomes. However, there is limited research exploring women's pregnancy planning in Australia. This study investigated associations between pregnancy planning, socio-demographics and preconception health behaviours in Australian women. A retrospective cross-sectional survey of pregnant women >=18-years-of-age recruited through a Victorian public maternity service and a national private health insurer.

Date:
March 2021
Journal name:
Women and Birth
Authors:
Lang A.Y.; Harrison C.L.; Barrett G.; Hall J.A.; Moran L.J.; Boyle J.A.
Page last updated 2 March 2021

The aim of this study was to explore associations between lifestyle/psychological factors and long-term pregnancy intentions in women who go on to become pregnant. Data from the cohort born 1973-1978 from the Australian Longitudinal Study of Women's Health were utilised. Women were included if they had a new pregnancy occurring between Waves 3 and 5, resulting in 2203 women for analysis.

Date:
February 2021
Journal name:
Journal of Clinical Medicine
Authors:
Hill B.; Awoke M.A.; Bergmeier H.; Moran L.J.; Mishra G.D.; Skouteris H.
Page last updated 2 March 2021

The objective of this study was to characterise early motor function in children later diagnosed with neurodevelopmental disorders relative to typically developing children or normative data.

Date:
February 2021
Journal name:
Paediatrics
Authors:
Lim, Y.H. Licari, M. Spittle, A. J. Watkins, R. E. Zwicker, J. G. Downs, J. Finlay-Jones, A.
Page last updated 2 March 2021

A multi-strategy clinical practice change initiative was developed to increase care for maternal alcohol consumption during pregnancy in antenatal services in the Hunter New England Local HealthDistrict (HNELHD) of NSW, Australia. To develop

Page last updated 11 February 2021

Data from the birth cohort of the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) was used. Mothers of 3447 children provided information on alcohol consumption during pregnancy, children's sleep problems from 2- to 9-years, and potential confounders associated with sleep problems. Children were classified into Prenatal Exposure (PAE) groups based on distinct patterns of maternal drinking during pregnancy: abstinent, occasional, low, moderate, and heavy. The effect of PAE on the number and persistence of sleep problems across childhood (2-9 years) was examined.

Date:
November 2020
Journal name:
Drug and Alcohol Dependence
Authors:
Chandler-Mather, N Occhipinti, S Donovan, C Shelton, D Dawe, S
Page last updated 11 February 2021

Eighty-seven participants attended a workshop to support community-based professional development and co-design of a novel assessment approach. Qualitative data collection included video recording of the workshop, and small group discussions, for which a narrative analysis was utilised. Quantitative data collection included self-report questionnaires to understand current community practices and three key constructs: practitioner knowledge, attitudes, and intentions for future practice.

Date:
December 2020
Journal name:
Research in Developmental Disabilities
Authors:
Reid N. Hawkins E Liu W Page M Webster H Katsikitis M Shelton D Wood A O'Callaghan F Morrissey S Shanley D
Page last updated 11 February 2021

This scan sought to identify the scope and gaps in publicly available FASD prevention and health promotion resources, and assess their cultural appropriateness for use among five key groups of Indigenous Australian people including: (i) pregnant

Date:
January 2017
Journal name:
Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Book name:
DOI: 10.1002/hpja.8
Authors:
Williams HM Percival NA Hewlett NC Cassady RBJ Silburn SR
Page last updated 2 March 2021

We used data from the Raine Study, a multi-generational birth cohort study, to examine the association between prenatal alcohol exposure and the risk of harmful alcohol use in offspring at the age of 17 years. This study was published in 2020.

Date:
December 2020
Journal name:
Drug and Alcohol Dependence
Authors:
Duko B Pereira G Betts K Tait RJ Newnham J Alati R
Page last updated 11 February 2021