Dr Sally Brinkman is a social epidemiologist, with the majority of her research focusing on societies’ impact on child development. She is the Co-Director of the Fraser Mustard Centre, a new initiative of the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research and the South Australian Department of Education and Child Development, which works to improve research translation. Sally is well known for spearheading the use of the Early Development Instrument (EDI) in Australia, being the first to pilot the instrument outside of Canada. Sally continues to work across the country to help facilitate the use of the AEDI, working with communities, service providers and governments. Internationally, Sally works with Governments and donor organisations such as the World Bank, UNICEF, AusAID and the Bernard Van Leer Foundation, working with various measures of child development for monitoring and evaluation purposes.
This webinar was held on 24 September 2013.
The Australian Early Development Index (AEDI) is now completed across the country once every three years, in what could be called a “developmental census”. The 2009 AEDI data collection created the first national benchmark to which future AEDI data collections will be compared.
Earlier this year the 2012 AEDI data was released. In this webinar, Sally Brinkman discussed the change in results seen over the past three years.
In addition, Sally presented some recent research findings that explore the longitudinal relationship between the AEDI and later year 3, 5 and 7 NAPLAN scores, taking advantage of the original use of the AEDI collected in the northern suburbs of Perth in 2003. Ways in which service providers can interpret and use AEDI data in service planning was also discussed.
Sally also spoke about the Fraser Mustard Centre, a new partnership between the South Australian Department of Education and Child Development and the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research. The Centre aims to improve research translation to policy and practice.