The emphasis of First 1000 Days Australia programs is on generating evidence that has immediate use by sites in improving service delivery, capacity building in families and family outcomes. This requires an approach with an operational and implementation focus that adheres to Indigenous methodologies and knowledge generation, and a recognition of the centrality of culture that both reinforces and strengthens families and uses a holistic view of health and wellbeing.

Completed projects

Peer researchers' journeys

This is a retrospective study of the recruitment and training experiences of Indigenous peer researchers involved in a baseline survey of 600 households in Queensland’s Townsville and Moreton Bay regions, as part of the First 1000 Days Australia initiative. The design of this process includes a number of innovative features, and the recruitment and retention of peer researchers was much higher than expected by the project team.

More than a Landlord

More than a Landlord was a pilot project for a household-level survey developed in partnership with Aboriginal Housing Victoria for clients living in Aboriginal housing in an urban community in Victoria.

First 1000 Days Australia Multigenerational Family Environment Study

This Indigenous-led prospective study explored specific exposures in the family environment, early years and service provision, and the outcomes for families and their children over time. The initial emphasis of the study was to generate evidence that has immediate use for First 1000 Days Australia sites in improving service delivery, capacity building in families, and family outcomes incorporating Indigenous cultural knowledge, worldviews and lifeways. 

A systematic review of birth and pre-birth cohort studies 

The aim of this research project was to conduct a systematic review of Australian and international pre-birth/birth cohort protocol methods of implementation, initiation and recruitment to inform the First 1000 Days Australia Multigenerational Family Environment Study.

Building the evidence base of First 1000 Days Australia: An evaluation of implementation outcomes

This project evaluated the implementation of a coordinated, community-based approach to service engagement, conceived of and led by Indigenous people. It was designed to foster resilience, leadership and innovation in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families by focusing service systems on the early period of child development, from pre-conception to the age of two. Although understanding how this new approach translates to improved outcomes for families and children is of vital importance, the primary interest of this project was on implementation outcomes – the effective diffusion of this innovation into practice.

Family empowerment and non-communicable disease prevention

The goal of this project was to explore strategies in which an Indonesian Model of the First 1000 Days could prevent non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the tribal and Indigenous communities of Australia and Indonesia. The collaboration was supported by the Australia–Indonesia Centre and included researchers from Universitas Indonesia, PrimaInstitut Pertanian Bogor, the University of Melbourne, Monash University and the University of Sydney.

Arctic Model of the First 1000 Days

This project explored engagement strategies in which an Arctic Model of the First 1000 Days could be adapted for Sami communities in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. This collaboration was supported by researchers from the University of Tromsø, Norway and the University of Melbourne.