Australian Research Partners

Australian Research Partners

We partner with universities to undertake a range of research projects.

Deakin University



Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing Research
We are a partner in the Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) study which is focusing on the risk factors of overweight and obesity among adolescents in out-of-home care. The Centre is also assisting us in relation to our outdoor experiential intervention work, undertaking a literature review and an evaluation of our 2011 Berry Big Adventure.



Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing Research



La Trobe University Faculty of Health Sciences



Department of Social Work & Social Policy
As well as being a partner in Berry Street’s Take Two program, La Trobe University is integrally involved in our Small Talk research and has agreed to undertake the Rhythm Project evaluation.

Department of Social Work and Social Policy



The Bouverie Centre
Berry Street partners with the Bouverie Centre in relation to the Family Therapy Training and Consultation for Aboriginal Child and Family Workers in Community.

The Bouverie Centre



Melbourne University



Department of Social Work - Sector Research Partnership
This is a collaboration between the University of Melbourne, the Centre for Excellence in Child & Family Welfare and a consortium of 14 community sector organisations, including Berry Street. The partnership supports research lead by Professor Cathy Humphreys to improve the wellbeing of children, young people and families.

Department of Social Work - Sector Research Partnership



McCaughey Centre: The Jack Brockhoff Child Health & Wellbeing Program
The McCaughey Centre is undertaking a Scoping Study aimed at building a case for the establishment of a long term community strengthening project focusing on improving the wellbeing of children in the Latrobe Valley.

Melbourne Graduate School of Education - Youth Research Centre
The Youth Research Centre partnered with Berry Street on the development of our Model of Education.

Melbourne Graduate School of Education Youth Research Centre

Young Children Learning in Care (YCLIC)
Research has consistently demonstrated wide gaps in the academic achievement of children in care compared to children not in care. While there have been a number responses to this for school-aged children, there is little in place to support children in the years before school.

This is concerning because:

  • Children at risk of poor developmental and educational outcomes benefit from attending high-quality education and care programs in the years before school
  • The patterns that appear in early learning and development tend to be very persistent and have lifelong consequences and
  • The proportion of children in care aged less than five years is high, ranging between 22.2% in New South Wales to 30.2% in the Northern Territory.

The Young Children Learning in Care (YCLIC) project will survey foster and kinship carers of children who have not commenced primary education across Australia to investigate:
  • Participation in education and care programs including barriers to access
  • Support for early learning offered in kinship care and foster care homes and
  • Gaps in the early learning and development of children in care compared to children not in care.
The YCLIC project is the first of its kind in Australia. It will lead to new early childhood and out-of-home care policies, programs and practices that will improve the life chances of a highly vulnerable group of children in Australia.

For more information on the project please contact
swise@berrystreet.org.au.



Monash University Department of Social Work



Berry Street is currently partnering with the Social Inclusion and Social Policy Research Unit lead by Dr Philip Mendes on three projects relating to young people leaving state care, including a research project on the link to Youth Justice and another on Disability, and the evaluation of Berry Street’s Stand By Me pilot project.



Social Inclusion and Social Policy Research



Murdoch Children’s Research Institute



The Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) - Community Child Health Research Group is currently undertaking two important evaluations for Berry Street involving the following programs: the ELF program and Connect for Kids. The MCRI campus partners include the Royal Children’s Hospital and the University of Melbourne.



Murdoch Children’s Research Institute



The Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre



The Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre is an Australian-based, international research centre that unites young people with researchers, practitioners, innovators and policy-makers from over 70 partner organisations. Together, we explore the role of technology in young people’s lives, and how it can be used to improve the mental health and wellbeing of young people aged 12 to 25.



The Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre



Berry Street was first established on the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respect to their Elders, past and present, and to all the traditional custodians of land throughout Australia.