My research aims at improving children's health and nutritional status by improving health communication and supporting parents in the mammoth task of raising healthy children. My PhD project investigated the influence of the marketing of toddler milks on attitudes and beliefs about infant feeding in Australia using a Social Marketing framework and drawing on my background in Applied Philosophy (Ethics). Since 2014, I have been applying my knowledge and skills in research, counselling, communication and professional education to a broad set of child health challenges.
I have recently completed a project that developed a suite of tools and resources to help health professionals and parents communicate more effectively about childhood vaccinations. The SKAI website for parents is at www.talkingaboutimmunisation.org.au. Information for health professionals can be accessed via the SKAI eLearning module a thttps://learn.nps.org.au/mod/page/view.php?id=11018. I am also working with the South Asian Infant Feeding Research Network to identify and test effective interventions to improve maternal and child nutrition in the region. Both of these undertakings recognise the work of mothers in protecting their children's health.