Centre for International Child Health

Research Overview

Under the campus partnership, our research is embedded in MCRI. Full research profile may be found here:

The Centre for International Child Health (CICH) was established in 2001 within the University of Melbourne's Department of Paediatrics and the Royal Children's Hospital. CICH is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Research & Training in Child & Neonatal Health, and works closely with WHO, and child health institutions especially in Asia and the Pacific Region.

CICH is involved in basic, field and clinical research, epidemiology, child health policy, training and education. The fields of research encompass a wide range of conditions affecting children, including vaccine-preventable diseases, pneumonia, tuberculosis, group A streptococcus and related diseases such as scabies, impetigo and rheumatic heart disease. CICH works on strengthening health systems, improving the quality of care for children and newborns, health education, and improving equity. CICH has supported WHO in the development and implementation of Hospital Care for Children: a set of guidelines and a program of quality improvement designed for the health care of children at first- referral level health facilities, as well as other clinical and public health evidence-based guidelines.

CICH researchers provide advice, leadership, training and advocacy as members of various international and national health organisations, committees, and advisory bodies. CICH works closely with our affiliated institutions: the University of Melbourne, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the Royal Children’s Hospital.



  • World Health Organisation
  • Murdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI)
  • Kirby Institute
  • University of New South Wales (UNSW)
  • Papua New Guinea Paediatric Society
  • Port Moresby General Hospital
  • Fiji Ministry of Health
  • Faculty of Postgraduate Studies, University of Health Sciences, Lao PDR
  • EDW, University of Health Sciences, Lao PDR
  • Lao PDR Ministry of Health
  • Laos Oxford Mahosot Wellcome Trust Research Unit (LOMWTRU)
  • Gadja Mada University
  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)


Projects within the Centre for International Child Health are supported by a range of funding organisations, such as:

  • National Health and Medical Research Council
  • World Health Organisation
  • RE Ross Trust
  • Murdoch Children's Research Institute
  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • GAVI Alliance
  • PATH
  • Save the Children UK
  • Planet Wheeler Foundation
  • New Zealand Aid/Cure Kids,
  • Shepherd Foundation
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation