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The impact of neonatal care on long-term healthcare needs and outcomes (CHERE)

Project Member(s): Viney, R., Sinclair, L., Yu, S., Scarf, V.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF - Preventive and Public Health Research Initiative)
Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF - Preventive and Public Health Research Initiative)

Start year: 2020

Summary: This project addresses the early childhood research priority area. Specifically it addresses the impact of specialist neonatal care for at-risk babies on long term outcomes, an area where there is a significant evidence gap. With international studies showing significant returns to early childhood investment, particularly for disadvantaged groups, the research will meet the urgent priority of generating an Australian evidence base in an area of both substantial resource use and technological advancement. The project brings together a team of methodological research experts and leading clinicians with proven links to policy makers and consumer groups. The outcomes of this project will be to inform decision-making faced by policymakers, administrators, clinicians and consumers, redress inequalities where they exist, and improve resource use.


Yu, S, Lui, K, Fiebig, DG, Travadi, J, Homer, CSE, Sinclair, L, Scarf, V & Viney, R 2023, 'Preterm Birth and Total Health Care Use and Costs in the First 5 Years of Life: A Population-based Study', The Journal of Pediatrics, vol. 258, pp. 113327-113327.
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Sinclair, L & Sinn, JKH, 'Higher versus lower humidity for the prevention of morbidity and mortality in preterm infants in incubators', Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, vol. 2021, no. 9.
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FOR Codes: Health economics , Health Economics, Evaluation of Health Outcomes