Our research

There are currently over 450 active research projects happening across the Child and Adolescent Health Service (CAHS), with about 80 new research projects approved each year.

We have more than 250 staff who are actively involved in research and nearly 90,000 research participants who contribute to the vital research being undertaken across our health service at any given time.

Explore the full range of clinical research happening across CAHS departments.

Research updates

ACORN project set for big growth

Consumers are being given a unique opportunity to shape future research priorities in anaesthetics and pain management thanks to the new Anaesthetic Consumer Research Network (ACORN) project. 

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Current project highlights

  • Participate Project: encouraging increased participation in research by families 
  • Escalation Project: statewide standardisation of recognising and responding to clinical deterioration and escalation of care 
  • Screening for Familial Hypercholesterolemia: screens children for the most common and serious form of inherited high cholesterol
  • Antibiotic Allergy Research - Special Kids Study: a randomised controlled trial currently recruiting children with unverified antibiotic allergy labels
  • Serious Head Injuries Researchrecreational sports vs team sports: international research examining childhood head injuries from Emergency Department presentations