Sally Brinkman

Dr Sally Brinkman

Adjunct Associate Professor

School of Public Health

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

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


Sally is a social epidemiologist with the majority of her research focusing on societies’ impact on child development. Sally is the Co-Director of the Fraser Mustard Centre, an innovative new initiative between the Telethon Kids Institute and the South Australia Department of Education and Child Development aimed to improve research translation.

Sally is well known for spearheading the use of the Early Development Instrument (EDI) in Australia, being the first to pilot the instrument outside of Canada. Sally continues to work across the country to help facilitate the use of the Australian EDI (AEDI) working with communities, service providers and governments. Locally Sally consults to the Department of Children’s Services Policy Directorate primarily around data-linkage, the Children’s Centres Operational Group around evaluation, and the SA AEDI Team around community advocacy and research translation.

Internationally, Sally works with Governments and donor organisations such as the World Bank, UNICEF, AusAID and the Bernard Van Leer Foundation working with various measures of child development for monitoring and evaluation purposes.

Sally has over 60 publications including books, chapters, monographs and journal articles covering topics such as infant mouthing behaviours, child physical activity and nutrition levels, the measurement of alcohol related violence, the evaluation of teenage pregnancy prevention programs, how child development varies across communities and the impact of socio economics and service integration on child development.

As such Sally brings locally, nationally and internationally recognised epidemiological skills particularly in relation to population monitoring of child development and education. She has a commitment to practical, pragmatic and translatable research.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2015 - 2018 Associate Professor University of Western Australia
    2013 Adjunct Associate Professor University of Adelaide
    2012 Associate Professor and Chief Epidemiologist Telethon Kids Institute
    2012 Co-Director Telethon Kids Institute
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    University of Western Australia Australia Doctor of Philosophy
    University of Adelaide Australia Masters in Public Health
    Flinders University Australia Bachelor of Arts
  • Research Interests

PERSONAL COMPETITIVE AWARDS

2014, Brinkman S.  Early Career Fellowship (2015-2018).  Early Human Capability – Measurement, Intervention Results.  National Health and Medical Research Foundation. APP1090146. $309,436.

2015, Brinkman S, Women and Leadership Australia. (2015-2016).  Scholarship for the Advanced Executive Leadership Program. $12,000.

SUCCESSFUL PEER REVIEWED GRANT APPLICATIONS (CATEGORY 1):

2015, Pradhan M, Hasan A, Maika, A., Jung H, Kinnell A, Brinkman S. “Evaluating the longer-term impact and sustainability of community based ECD centers in rural Indonesia”.  Strategic Impact Evaluation Fund (SIEF). $494,000 USD.

2015, Pradhan M, Hasan A, Maika, A., Jung H, Kinnell A, Brinkman S. “Evaluating the longer-term impact and sustainability of community based ECD centers in rural Indonesia”.  Seed funding from the Strategic Impact Evaluation Fund (SIEF). $25,000 USD.

2015, Hasan A, Jung H, Pradhan M, Kinnell A, Brinkman S. (2015). Indonesian Early Childhood Education and Development Project. Impact Evaluation to Development Impact Fund (i2i). UK Department for International Development. P148270.  £50,000.

2014, Grant J., Parry Y., Colmer K., Brinkman S., Miller K., Sumison J.,  Walsh K., Gibson C., Javanovic J.,  Kruske S., 'Developing a national interdisciplinary educational framework for professionals working with children in the early years'. DIISRTE Learning and Technology Grant: ID14-3938 (2014-2016) $223,000.

2013, Laurens, K, Green M, Brinkman S, Dix K, Dean K, Lenroot R, Carr V. Identifying new targets for primary school mental health interventions using population data. NHMRC Project Grant: APP1058652. (2014-2016). $772,647.

2013, Brinkman, S; Silburn, S; Gregory, T; Pearson, G; Schonert-Reichl, K.; Guhn, M; Gadermann, A; Engelhardt, D; Cahill, R. Assessing the development, well-being, and community connectedness of children in the middle years: The Middle Development Instrument for Australia.  ARC LP130100535 (2013-2015).  Partner Organisations: The University of British Columbia; SA Department for Education and Child Development; WA Department of Education. $223,000.

2013, Goldfeld, SR; Woolcock, GW; Tanton, R; Katz, IB; Findlay, T; Brinkman, SA; Giles-Corti, B; Ford, L; Hampshire, AC; Ayres, R; West, S; Robinson, J; Nolan, CM; Strachan, T; Perrett, C; Gould, P; Donovan, JA.  The Kids in Communities Study: national investigation of community level effects on children's developmental outcomes. ARC LP130100411 (2013-2016). Partner Organisations: The University of British Columbia; SA Department for Education and Child Development; DEEWR, Vic Department of Education, QLD Dept of Education, ACT Dept of Education, The Smith Family. $568,815.

2013, Lynch J, Chittleborough C, Smithers L, Sawyer M, Brinkman S, Mittinty M, Sawyer A, Bowering K. (then AI’s Strachan T, McEntee P, Berry J, Graham C., Baghust P, Gregory T, Banham D.).  NMHRC Better Heath Partnership Project Grant. (2013-2016). Child Health and Development: A South Australian Data Linkage Study $450,000.

2012, Brinkman S.  Indonesian early childhood education and development program (ECED) (R11-111). Australian Leadership Awards, AusAID. $102,850

2010, Carr, V., Laurens, K., Holbrook,A.,  Lenroot, R.,  Brinkman,S.,  Bore, M.,  Maloney, E., Smith, M.,  Matthews, R.  The NSW Child Development Study,  $1,890,000 provided by partners with ARC Linkage Projects 2011 Round 1 providing $429,099 (2011-2014).

2008, Brinkman S, Pradhan M, Beatty A. Cluster Randomised Controlled Trial evaluating a Community Based Early Childhood Program in Indonesia – Capacity Building Local Academics. 2009-2012. AusAid Australian Development Research Award $750,000.

2007, Oddy, W., Hart,B.,  Henly, N.,  Hauk, Y., Brinkman, S.,  Ellies P., and Jackiewicz T.  Promoting Optimal Infant Nutrition: The Perth Breastfeeding Scoping Project. Healthway Grant $200,000

2002, Silburn, S., Brinkman, S., Hart, B., Cochrane, K., Mcauley, D., and Codde, J.  The Preconception Intervention Program – A Randomised Controlled Trial.  Healthway Grant $300,000.

SUCCESSFUL PEER REVIEWED GRANT APPLICATIONS (CATEGORY 2):

2013, Kinnell A, Lynch J, Silburn S, Arney F, Chong A, Brinkman S. Learning from success: Child development improvements in Northern Territory and South Australian Aboriginal communities. Application no. 14844.  Channel 7 Children's Research Foundation. Early Career Grant. $37,000.

2013, Brinkman S, Zubrick S, Silburn S, Lynch J., Carr V. Proof of Concept 3: the national data linkage of perinatal through to AEDI through to early education records.  Population Health Research Network. $269,173.

2006, Goldfeld, S., Brinkman, S., Gleeson, B.,  Kershaw, P., Katz, I., Munth, P., Randolf, B.,  Tanton, R.,  Wiseman, J. Understanding Community level Factors that influence children’s outcomes in disadvantaged areas across Australia. 2006-2007. $40,000. ARACY Funding.

2003, Hands, B., Parker, H., Brinkman, S., Read, H., Glasson,C. Western Australian Child Physical Activity and Nutrition Survey; 2003 – 2006. WA Govt. $300,000 p.a.

1994, Gun R., and Brinkman, S.  Occupational Acute Chemical Injury – Funding obtained from Worksafe Australia $180,000.

SUCCESSFUL GRANT APPLICATIONS (CATEGORY 2) and CONTRACT RESEARCH:

2014, Brinkman S., Harman-Smith Y, Gregory T. Sincovich A. Evaluation of Playgroups in Australia.  (2014-2015). Playgroups Australia. Playgroups Australia. $170,000

2014, Brinkman S., Harman-Smith Y, Gregory T. Sincovich A.  Research Translation and Implementation Support to the State and Territory Coordinators for the 2015 Australian Early Development Census 2014-2017. Department of Education.   $3,400,000

2014, Brinkman S.  Retainer to provide strategic support to the Department of Education, 2014-2017. $70,000.

2014, Gregory T., Brinkman S. Capacity building support for the analyses of Middle Development Index data. 2014. $25,000.

2014, Brinkman S., Critical analyses of assessment and screening tools being used in practice in Australia for children aged 0-8years. Department of Education and Child Development, South Australia. 2013-2016. $70,000.

2013, Brinkman S. Evaluation of Child Protection Practice and Policy. Department of Education and Child Development, South Australia. 2013-2016. $300,000.

2013, Brinkman S. Evaluation of the Strong Start Program. Department of Education and Child Development. 2013-2014. $50,000.

2013, Brinkman S, Smyth V, Taylor C. Testing the feasibility and utility of LENA – an objective measure of spoken language – application to early childhood.  $90,000.

2013, Brinkman S.  Analyses of the AEDI for South Australia Population Planning. $30,000.

2012, Brinkman S. Thriving in Adversity: To examine the characteristics of individuals, schools and communities that thrive in adversity. Department of Education and Child Development, South Australia. 2012-2013. $80,000.

2012, Brinkman S, Roos N, Engelhardt D., Farthing G.  Knowledge Transfer – how best to influence policy - Partnering between Manitoba and South Australia. Department of Education and Child Development, South Australia. 2012-2013. $95,000.

2012, Brinkman S. Gender Differences – investigating the gender differentials in developmental and educational trajectories. Department of Education and Child Development, South Australia. 2012-2013. $80,000.

2012, Brinkman S. Evaluation of the South Australian Children’s Centres.  Department of Education and Child Development, South Australia. 2012 – 2015. $300,000.

2012, Brinkman S., Hertzman C., Guhn M., Engelhart D., Lezcowich A. Piloting the Middle Development Instrument in South Australia and Western Australia. 2012-2013. $65,000 to TICHR, $300,000 to the Department of Education and Child Development SA. COAG funding.

2011, Brinkman S., Zubrick S. Australian Early Development Index Research Works 2012-2015. Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. $1,700,000.

2011, Brinkman S, Zubrick S, Silburn S, Lynch J, Carr V. Proof of Concept for the national data linkage of the AEDI utilising the Public Health Research Network Nodes. Public Health Research Network $215,000 and COAG matched funds for $179,000.

2009, Goldfeld S, Brinkman S, Katz I, Wiseman J, Gleeson B. Kids in Communities Study; how does community influence child development? 2009-2010. ARACY $40,000, Dept of Early Childhood Victoria $100,000.

2008, Prof F. Oberklaid, Prof S Silburn, Dr S Goldfeld, Ms S Brinkman. A National Progress Measure. The Australian Early Development Instrument (AEDI) – a census of 5 year olds.  2009-2013. Australian Govt $23,000,000

2007, Prof S. Silburn, Ms S Brinkman, Dr B. Hart, Dr D. Lawrence and Dr J Codde.  Longitudinal evaluation of the Virtual Parenting Program – A Randomised Controlled Trial.  Department of Health $140,000.   

2007, Prof S. Silburn, Ms S Brinkman, Dr B. Hart, Dr D. Lawrence and Dr J Codde.  Longitudinal evaluation of the Virtual Parenting Program – A Randomised Controlled Trial.  Department of Education $35,000.

2006, Prof F. Oberklaid, Prof S Silburn, Dr S Goldfeld, Ms S Brinkman, Dr B Hart. Australian Early Development Instrument (AEDI): Building Better Communities for Children. 2007 – 2009. Australian Govt $1,200,000.

           

2006, Prof S Silburn, Ms S Brinkman, Ms R Parum. Australian Early Development Instrument (AEDI): Adaptation to and for Indigenous Communities across Australia. 2007-2009. Australian Govt $600,000 and Shell Australia $900,000.                                                                                                                        

2003, Prof F. Oberklaid, Prof S Silburn, Dr S Goldfeld, Ms S Brinkman, Dr B Hart. Australian Early Development Instrument (AEDI): Building Better Communities for Children. 2003 – 2006. Australian Govt $900,000 and Shell Australia $900,000.

2002, Prof S. Silburn, Ms S Brinkman, Dr B. Hart, Ms K Cochrane, Mr D McAuley and Dr J Codde.  The Preconception Intervention Program – A Randomised Controlled Trial.  WA Lotteries Commission Grant $94,000.

PROVIDE FORMAL REGULAR CAREER MENTORSHIP TO:

  • Dr Gareth Furber, Research Fellow, School of Population Health, University of South Australia
  • Ms Olivia Octamon, PhD Candidate, Australian Centre for Child Protection, University of South Australia
  • Dr Emma Glasson, Senior Lecturer, Telethon Kids Institute
  • Dr Kak-Ming Ling, Medical Scientist, Telethon Kids Institute
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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 Principal Supervisor Examining the Trajectories of Parent Talk during the Early Years and it's Influence on Child Development Outcomes Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Mary Elizabeth Brushe
    2017 Principal Supervisor Validating a Population Measure of Early Childhood Development in Low and Middle income Countries "The Early Human Capability Index" Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Alanna Sincovich
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2012 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Effects of Inequality, Family Investment and Early Childhood Interventions on Children Cognitive and Socio-Emotional Wellbeing in Indonesia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Amelia Maika
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  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2015 - ongoing Member Healthy Development Adelaide Australia
    2015 - ongoing Member Australian Research Association of Children and Youth Australia
    2014 - ongoing Member Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Global Working Group
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2015 - ongoing Editor Early Education and Development
    2015 - ongoing Consulting Editor Early Childhood Research Quarterly
    2015 - ongoing Consulting Editor Social science & medicine. Part A, Medical sociology

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