HDA is a platform for cross-disciplinary research teams to exchange ideas, establish and foster collaborative relationships and work together to benefit Australian society.
HDA was formed around three pillars of research to highlight specific research interactions and major research questions spanning preconception to adolescence.
Each pillar has three themes traversing basic science, clinical science, health service and delivery, social, cultural, economic and environmental determinants of health.
Pillar 1 - A good start to life: preconception to birth
- Healthy reproduction
- Early growth and birth
- Pregnancy and families
Pillar 2 - The first steps: birth to five years
- Healthy babies
- Growth and child health
- Healthy parenting
Pillar 3 - Learning to climb: childhood and adolescence
- Adolescent development
- Health risk behaviours
- Gender and sexuality
Our membership base is drawn from the University of Adelaide, University of South Australia, Flinders University, Women's and Children's Health Network, relevant organisations/institutions and government departments.
HDA fosters research collaboration spanning the following research discipline areas: