About Us

BetterStart Health and Development Research group are an interdisciplinary public health team including epidemiologists, biostatisticians, psychologists, and social workers.

We have research interests in the wellbeing of children, young people, families and communities, child maltreatment, justice systems, social and economic inequalities, housing and homelessness, mental health, substance misuse, and early childhood education and care.

We have spent over a decade building BEBOLD - the Better Evidence Better Outcomes Linked Data platform of 31 birth cohorts comprising 1.2 million children, young people, and their parents. We use BEBOLD in close partnership with government and non-government agencies to inform policy and practice, and evaluate innovations in service delivery.    

Here is a 1 minute video presenting BetterStart and the work we do.