University of Melbourne team

Under the clinical lead of Dr Anita D'Aprano the work of the Unit for Indigenous Child Development Measures (the Unit) is conceptualised in two primary streams - research and development, and training and implementation. Each of these streams has a coordinator who provides oversight of day to day activities and engagement. In addition to the coordinators the work of the Unit is supported by research assistants, content specialists and administration officers who all make valuable contributions to progressing the research and training programs.

Research and Development Coordinator

Isabel Brookes is the Research and Development Coordinator of the Unit. She has worked in both research and professional roles on Aboriginal research projects, most recently on the cultural adaptation of ASQ-3 items for the development of the ASQ-STEPS. Before joining the Unit, Isabel's work was centred on the implementation of evidence-based approaches in early learning settings; building the professional capacity of early childhood practitioners working with Aboriginal children; and engaging families in early learning and development.

Isabel believes that the effective integration of health and education in early childhood environments is essential to achieving learning and development equity between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children; and that to achieve this authentic and respectful partnerships must be established and maintained with families, organisations and communities.

Training and Implementation Coordinator

Linda Browne is the Training and Implementation Coordinator of the Unit.  As a Registered Teacher and Early Childhood Intervention practitioner, she has worked extensively as a teacher, professional learning leader and program manager across the health, education and community sectors, most recently in capacity building in the medical and Aboriginal  health workforce.

Passionate about high quality education and health outcomes for individuals, families and communities, Linda's work predominantly focuses on the development and delivery of ASQ-TRAK training for Practitioners and Facilitators.