2016 Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) University of New South Wales Sydney, School of Public Health and Community Medicine “Inequity in developmental vulnerability, its determinants and the role of access to early identification and intervention”. This was the School’s nomination for the Council of Academic Public Health Institutions Australia (CAPHIA) 2016 award for Ph.D. excellence in public health
2000 Fellow - Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Completed Specialist Advisory. Committee Requirements in Community Child Health.
1999 Master of Public Health (MPH) - University of New South Wales Sydney.
1994 Diploma in Child Health - University of New South Wales Sydney.
1993 Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H) – London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
1989 Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) - University of Western Australia.Please enter your qualifications.
Sue Woolfenden is a senior staff specialist in the Department of Community Child Health at Sydney Children’s Hospital Network. She is a NHMRC Senior Research Fellow with the University of New South Wales School of Women’s and Children’s Health. She has led research that investigates the impact of inequitable health service provision on child health outcomes in the early years of childhood. in Australia and globally. Her research has a strong translational components. Sue is the co-chair a Royal Australasian College of Physicians working group that developed the first Child Health Equity Policy Statement in Australia. From 2019 to 2022 she will hold and NHMRC Career Development Fellowship in " Overcoming health inequity by using integrated models of care for children with neurodevelopmental problems" in the Population Child Health Group at UNSW School of Women and Children's Health.
2019-2022 NHMRC Career Development Fellowship (CDF) APP1158954 $262,220.00 (0.6FTE) Overcoming health inequity by using integrated models of care for children with neurodevelopmental problems. Woolfenden S
2018 – Outstanding Staff Member of the Year – Annual Quality and Innovation Awards, Sydney Children’s Hospital Network
2018-2019- – Career Development Grant – Research Foundation of Cerebral Palsy Alliance - To what extent does the ‘inverse care law’ apply to paediatric health care in Australia? Investigating how disadvantage changes access to health care for children with CP and other disabilities at a population, service and family level $30 000
2017 – Michelle Beets Memorial Award – Humpty Dumpty Foundation $20 000
2017 – Career Development Grant – Research Foundation of Cerebral Palsy Alliance - Opportunities for prevention and early detection of Cerebral Palsy in Australia and globally through the examination of sociodemographic profiles $33, 000
2017 –“Research translation in urban aboriginal health: the search and heals model” RACP Gunasakera H, Purcell A, Woolfenden S, Craig J. Winner Rue Wright Memorial Award Congress Melbourne 2017
2017 - “Kids GPS Integrated Care – Leaving the Ivory Tower”. Woolfenden S, Altman L, Breen C, Ging J. Finalist best poster RACP Congress Melbourne 2017
2016 – UNSW Paediatrics ILP Awards Finalists 2016 – People’s Choice Award Winner.
2016 - UNSW School of Public Health and Community Medicine nomination for Council of Academic Public Health Institutions Australia (CAPHIA) 2016 award for PhD excellence in public health
2016 – “Kids GPS Integrated Care – Leaving the Ivory Tower”. Altman L, Woolfenden S, Breen C. Runner up best poster APAC Forum 2016
2012 “Iron Deficiency in Children with Global Developmental Delay and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD); Yoong T, Sidrak S, Woolfenden S” 2012 Best poster prize in Paediatrics and Child Health at the 2012 RACP Future Directions in Health Congress
2001 Mc Caughey Research Entry Scholarship, $25 000, Royal Australasian College of Physicians.
1999, 2000 2001Travelling Fellowship with the Paediatric Research Society of Australia $1100
1997 The John Hirshman International Health Prize, $200, University of NSW.
1988 PF Sobotka Undergraduate Scholarship $1800, University of WA.
1987 Clinical Association Prize in Medicine, $200, Royal Perth Hospital. Please list your current and past awards and prizes.
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She has over 70 peer-reviewed publications/book chapters of which half have been published since 2011. She also provide peer reviews for 10 paediatric and public health journals.
She is an investigator on over AU$10 M worth of successful grant submissions, of which over $ 8M has been awarded since 2011. She is a chief investigator on the NH&MRC and ANU CRE funded SEARCH (The Study of Environment on Aboriginal Resilience and Child Health) project; a CI on the NH&MRC funded “Watch me Grow” project (Universal Surveillance and Early Identification of Developmental Disorders) and a PI on the ARC funded “Exploring pathways to developmental inequities”. She is a co-convener of the Ingham Foundation Early Years Research Group and a co-convener of the Cochrane Prognosis Methods Group. She holds a Career Development Fellowship with the Research Foundation for Cerebral Palsy Alliance to investigate inequities in the prevalence, severity and detection of Cerebral Palsy. In 2019 She will hold an NHMRC Career Development Fellowship
She has a strong interest in developing and testing models of care that reach marginalised populations. She has had research funded by Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation and the NH&MRC Advanced Health Research and Translation Centre, SPHERE, Early Life Determinants of Health (ELDoH): Invest Early To Make a Difference stream to develop new models of child health care in developmental surveillance for children from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds. This project is a case study in the 2016 State of the Sector Public Service Commissioner’s report to Parliament as an excellent example of collaboration between NSW Health and NGOs, and collaboration outside the public sector to better serve the community.
Evidence based medicine in child health
Child health inequities