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Dr Harriet Hiscock

Professor Harriet Hiscock MBBS, FRACP, MD, Grad Dip Epidemiology


Clinical Interests:

Behavioural sleep problems, infant distress, developmental & behaviour problems.


Background and training:

Harriet completed her medical degree at Monash University (1st class honours) before going on to complete her paediatric training at The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne. During this time, she completed a doctorate at the University of Melbourne entitled: "Reducing infant sleep problems and postnatal depression; a randomised controlled trial" and a Graduate Diploma in Epidemiology and Biostatistics (hons).



Harriet is Director of the Health Services Research Unit at The Royal Children's Hospital and co-leader of the Community Health Services Research Group at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. She leads a team of around 15 researchers in a solutions-orientated research program, focusing on developing and testing interventions to reduce common child health problems including sleep, infant colic, ADHD and behaviour. More recently, she is developing and evaluating new models to shift care from the over burdened hospital system to the community and to reduce unnecessary imaging and blood testing in children. She has received over $16 million in research funding, authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications, and collaborates widely within Australia and internationally. She also directs the Australian Paediatric Research Network - a 500 member network of paediatricians from around Australia who contribute to research into child health problems such as autism, ADHD, learning difficulties, allergy, and genetic testing.


Hospital appointments:

Director, Health Services Research Unit

Director, Unsettled Babies Clinic

Both at the Royal Children’s Hospital

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