Jon Jureidini

Professor Jon Jureidini

Research Leader - Robinson Research Institute

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.

Dr Jon Jureidini is a child psychiatrist whose main clinical interests are child protection and immigration detention. He heads the University of Adelaide's: Critical and Ethical Mental Health (CEMH) research group within the Robinson Research Institute, and the Paediatric Mental Health Training Unit.

He heads the University of Adelaide's:

  • Critical and Ethical Mental Health research group (CEMH, within the Robinson Research Institute, carrying out critical appraisal, meta-research, teaching, and advocacy in order to promote safer, more effective and more ethical research and practice in mental health
  • Paediatric Mental Health Training Unit (PMHTU,, providing training and support to GPs, allied health professionals, teachers and counsellors in non-pathologising approaches to primary care mental health.


Project: The Maternal Looking Guide: Evaluating the rollout of the Maternal Looking Guide (MLG) across Child and Family Health Services, South Australia.

Project description:

The Maternal Looking Guide (MLG) aims to identify and address a real-world problem – that mothers and babies can miss one another when they first meet in that precious time post birth. A mounting body of evidence (Moore et al. 2017) shows that experiences in the first 1000 days, from conception until the end of the second year, impact all aspects of development and functioning over the life course – physical health and wellbeing, mental health, social functioning and cognitive development. The relational environment of the baby is a critical factor.

The MLG is a clinical tool with demonstrated reliability (O’Rourke 2021) that can be used for early assessment and decision-making about the mother-infant relationship. By identifying those dyads who will benefit from immediate increased support,  The MLG assists midwives and other perinatal professionals to sensitively respond at this critical developmental juncture for baby and mother.

The MLG and training package has been evaluated in three international sites, and will be rolled out across the Child and Family Health Service, South Australia from August 2022. The intention for this project is to design and implement an evaluation with special attention to take-up, adherence and fidelity, and understanding the barriers to and enablers of the rollout in order to identify markers for improvement.

Identification of possible relational difficulties in the perinatal period increases the likelihood of early support being provided to the mother-infant relationship. It also assists organisations to allocate scarce resources to those who most need them. The MLG translates the well-established knowledge of the importance of gaze in early relationship into evidence-based behaviours, validates what to date has been clinical intuition, and enables appropriate intervention.

There is no scholarship attached to the project.

Projects available for: HDR / Masters / Mphil

Location: Child and Family Services

Research project start:Semester 1 and 2

Special requirements: Police Clearance

Date Project Title Investigators Funding Body Amount









Enhancing Assessment of Social Determinants of Health (SDH) during the perinatal period


Psychiatric medication use in Australian children and adolescents: Patterns, predictors and outcomes


TADSRIAT: Reanalysis of the most influential study of antidepressants in adolescents.

Philosophical Perspectives on Psychedelic Psychiatry

Driving health care efficiencies and patient care outcomes by improving communication in acute to primary transitions of care

J Jureidini, J Walsh, M Boyd, N Aboustate


Klau J, Jureidini J, Gonzalez-Chica D, Raven M.


Jureidini J, Raven M, Timimi S, Abi-Jaoude E, Tufanaru C


Gerrans P, Bortolotti L, Jureidini J, Metzinger T

Della P, Slade D, Dhaliwal S, Dunston R, Walsh J, Jureidini J, et al.

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Strategic Research Support Scheme

Channel 7 Children's Research Foundation


RIAT Support Center Grant, University of Maryland

ARC Linkage Grant

Australian Research Council Discovery Project












Antipsychotic prescribing and use among Australian children and adolescents

Jureidini J, Raven M, Tonkin A Financial Markets Foundation for Children $92,323.04


Evaluation of a group program for siblings Roberts R, Strohm K, Jureidini J, Giallo R,  Robb J Channel 7 Children's Research Foundation Grant 70,000
2011-2014 Effective clinical handover communication: improving patient safety, experiences and outcomes Slade D, Manias E, Battersby M, Scheeres H, Della P, Jureidini J et al. ARC Linkage grant 718,000


SSRI use in pregnancy Mintzes B, Jureidini J Canadian Women's Health Network $CA12,000


Narrative and Psychopathology: the role played by narrative in understanding patterns of development and breakdown in psycho–social functioning Jureidini J ARC Large Grant 80,000

2005–                   HeadStart (Child & Adolescent Mental Health Training for GPs)

2008–                  Making Meaning (Child & Adolescent Mental Health Training for teachers/counsellors)

Also see Paediatric Mental Health Training Unit (PMHTU,

  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 Principal Supervisor Patterns, Predictors and Outcomes of Prescribed Psychotropic Drug Use in Australian Children and Adolescents Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Julie Marie Klau
    2018 Principal Supervisor Towards a New Paradigm for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mrs Sheelah Margaret Mills
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2010 - 2017 Principal Supervisor The Development of the Maternal Looking Guide, a Clinical Tool for Midwives to Assess Mothers' Interactions with their Newborns Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Patricia Mary O'Rourke
    2000 - 2004 Co-Supervisor Decentring Research: Reflecting On Reflecting Teams Master of Clinical Science Master Part Time Mr Andrew Tootell
  • Board Memberships

    Date Role Board name Institution name Country
    2003 - ongoing Board Member Siblings Australia - Australia
  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2013 - ongoing Member International Centre for Health Communication - -
    2012 - ongoing Member SA Formulary Committee - -
    2011 - ongoing Member SA Child Health Clinical Network Steering Committee - -
    2010 - ongoing Chair Australian-Palestinian Partnership for Education and Health - -
    2009 - ongoing Member Guidelines Working Party, Ethics Expert Advisory Committee, RACP - Australia
  • Position: Research Leader - Robinson Research Institute
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  • Fax: 81618480
  • Campus: Womens & Childrens Hospital
  • Building: WCH - Norwich Centre, floor 2
  • Org Unit: Women's and Children's Health

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