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Visitors & Collaborators


We have active research collaborations with the following organisations:


  • MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit, School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol
  • Institute of Child Health, University College London
  • Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health, McGill University
  • Program in Epidemiology, Federal University of Pelotas
  • Department of Public Health, University of Otago


  • VicBiostats, jointly supported by the University of Melbourne and Monash University
  • Mothers and Babies, Indigenous Health at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute
  • Indigenous Oral Health Unit, Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health
  • Research and Evaluation Unit, Women's and Children's Health Network
  • Centre for Big Data Research in Health, University of New South Wales
  • Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin
  • Telethon Kids Institute, Western Australia

Government & Non-Government Agencies

  • Heart Foundation, Australia
  • SA Health
  • SA Child and Family Health Services
  • SA Women's and Children's Health Network
  • SA Department of Education (formerly also Child Development)
  • SA Department for Child Protection (formerly Families SA)
  • SA Department of Premier and Cabinet
  • Australian Department of Social Services (DSS)

Visiting Researchers and Collaborators

Professor Aluisio Barros
Visiting Professor

Aluisio (ah-loo-EAZ-yoo) trained as an MD in Brazil, and later became an epidemiologist, doing an MSc in Statistics and a PhD in the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Maternal & Child Epi Unit, which he finished in 1996. Aluísio then joined the Department of Social Medicine, Universidade Federal de Pelotas (UFPel), Brazil, where he currently holds the post of Full Professor. He has a strong interest in methods, teaching the statistics courses for postgraduate students. He works mainly with lifecycle epidemiology, within the Pelotas birth cohorts and with health equity. In 2009, Prof. Cesar Victora and Aluísio started the International Center for Equity in Health (ICEH) with the objective of monitoring health inequalities in low and middle-income countries. The Center works in close partnership with the Countdown to 2030, the WHO Global Health Observatory and Unicef. Aluísio has authored more than 200 peer-reviewed papers, which received more nearly 7,000 citations as counted by Scopus (H-index=40)

Dr Helena Schuch
Postdoctoral Researcher

Helena joined BetterStart in February 2017. She has a Bachelor degree and a Masters in Dentistry from the Federal University of Pelotas, Brazil, and completed a PhD in 2018 with the Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health (ARCPOH), The University of Adelaide. Her PhD focused on investigating the effect of socioeconomic position during the life course on periodontal disease in adulthood. Helena worked on the South Australian Early Childhood Data Project within the BetterStart group and in March 2019, returned to Brazil to work at the Federal University of Pelotas.

Dr Elizabeth Hoon
Research Fellow

Elizabeth is an experienced qualitative researcher who has worked with disadvantaged communities across South Australia. She is interested in bringing sociological understandings and methods to understand complex public health issues and to improve the implementation of health services interventions. Working within the School of Public Health and the Discipline of General Practice, Elizabeth collaborates with BetterStart on projects about smoking cessation in pregnancy and, through the current Centre for Research Excellence led by Prof John Lynch, the role of general practice in delivery of preventative services to disadvantaged families.

Dr Anna Pearce
Visiting Research Fellow

Anna is normally based at the UCL Institute of Child Health in London, UK, where she has been carrying out health inequalities research since 2004. As part of a UK Medical Research Council Population Health Scientist fellowship, she is examining the use of Australia-UK comparisons to understand why children from disadvantaged backgrounds have worse health than their more advantaged peers. To achieve this, Anna is spending twelve months with the BetterStart team, carrying out cross-cohort comparisons of the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children and the UK Millennium Cohort Study, learning causal methods, and getting to grips with the Australian policy context.

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