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.
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
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
Year Citation 2016 Gregory, T., Harman-Smith, Y., Sincovich, A., Wilson, A., & Brinkman, S. A. (2016). It takes a village to raise a child: The influence and impact of playgroups across Australia. South Australia: Telethon Kids Institute. 2009 Goldfeld, S., Brinkman, S. A., Sayers, M., Oberklaid, F., Silburn, S., & Zubrick, S. (2009). A Snapshot of Early Childhood Development in Australia. Centre for COmmunity Child Health and Telethon Institute for Child Health Research. 2007 Brinkman, S. A., Janus, M., & Duku, E. (2007). The EDI Handbook. Ontario: Mc Master University Press. 2005 Brinkman, S. A. (2005). Australian Early Development Index Building Better Communities for Children, Community Results 2004-2005. Commonwealth of Australia. 2003 Brinkman, S. A., Hart, B., & Blackmore, S. (2003). How Well are we Raising our Children in the North Metropolitan Area? Early Development Index 2003. Perth, WA: North Metropolitan Health Service. 2001 Brinkman, S. A. (2001). The Service Population – a new denominator for alcohol related indicators of harm. National Drug Research Institute, Monograph Series. 2001 Brinkman, S. A., Simon, D. J., Thomas, R., & Maynard, E. J. (2001). Child blood lead levels, developmental stages and environmental exposure to lead- cohort results from the first trimester through to 3 years. Glenelg Press. 1999 Brinkman, S. A., Gialamas, A., Jones, L., Edwards, P., & Maynard, E. J. (1999). Child Activity Patterns for Environmental Exposure Assessment in the Home. Glenelg Press.
Year Citation 2014 Brinkman, S., & Stanley, F. (2014). Public health aspects of child well-being. In A. Ben-Arieh, F. Casas, I. Frones, & J. E. Korbin (Eds.), Handbook of Child Well-Being: Theories, Methods and Policies in Global Perspective (pp. 317-350). Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.
2013 Brinkman, S., Hyson, M., & Kinnell, A. (2013). Early childhood research and Indonesia's young children. In A. Hasan, M. Hyson, & M. C. Chang (Eds.), Early Childhood Education and Development in Poor Villages of Indonesia (1 ed., pp. 15-36). United States of America: The World Bank.
2013 Brinkman, S., Hasan, A., Hyson, M., & Kinnell, A. (2013). Young children in Indonesia's low-income rural communities: How are they doing and what do they need?. In A. Hasan, M. Hyson, & M. C. Chang (Eds.), Early Childhood Education and Development in Poor Villages of Indonesia (1 ed., pp. 37-96). United States of America: The World Bank.
2013 Alatas, H., Brinkman, S., Chang, M., Hadiyati, T., Hartono, D., Hasan, A., . . . Roesli, R. (2013). Early childhood education and development services in Indonesia. In D. Suryadarma, & G. W. Jones (Eds.), Education in Indonesia (pp. 82-108). Online: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS).
2013 Brinkman, S. A., & Stanley, F. (2013). Child Indicators in Public Health. In S. Ben-Arieh, F. Casas, I. Frones, & J. Korbin (Eds.), Handbook of Child Well-Being Theories, Methods and Policies in Global Perspective (pp. 317-350). Dordrecht: Springer.
2010 Janus, M., & Brinkman, S. (2010). Evaluating early childhood education and care programs. In International Encyclopedia of Education (pp. 25-31).
2001 Brinkman, S., Chikritzhs, T., Stockwell, T., & Mathewson, P. (2001). An indicator approach to the measurement of alcohol-related violence. In P. Williams (Ed.), Unknown Book (pp. 61-83). AUSTRALIAN INST CRIMINOLOGY.
1998 Gun, R., Brinkman, S., & Cox, R. (1998). Prevention of chemical injury: an unconventional view. In A. Feyer, & A. Williamson (Eds.), Unknown Book (pp. 219-229). TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD.
Year Citation 2014 Searle, A., Chittleborough, C., Smithers, L., Brinkman, S., & Lynch, J. (2014). Predicting emotional vulnerability in the first school year using population-level perinatal information: A data linkage study. Poster session presented at the meeting of Society for Mental Health Research Conference. Adelaide.
Report for External Bodies
Year Citation 2016 Gregory, T. A., Harman-Smith, Y., Sincovich, A., Wilson, A., & Brinkman, S. (2016). It takes a village to raise a child: The influence and impact of playgroups across Australia. 2016 Brinkman, S. A., Hasan, A., Jung, H., Kinnell, A., Nakajima, N., & Pradhan, M. (2016). The Role of Preschool Quality in Promoting Child Development: Evidence from Rural Indonesia (WPS7529). 2015 Harman-Smith, Y., Wilson, A., & Brinkman, S. A. (2015). Strong Start – Northern Pilot: Evaluation Report. 2015 Brinkman, S., Hasan, A., Jung, H., Kinnell, A., & Pradhan, M. (2015). The impact of expanding access to early childhood services in rural Indonesia: evidence from two cohorts of children (WPS7372). The World Bank Group. 2015 Gregory, T., Keech, B., Sincovich, A., & Brinkman, S. A. (2015). Thriving in Adversity: Identification of off-diagonal South Australian communicates using AEDC and NAPLAN data. Adelaide, SA. 2014 Harman-Smith, Y., Sincovich, A., & Brinkman, S. A. (2014). Strong Start Evaluation: Engaging pregnant mothers: A qualitative investigation of the barriers and facilitators to engagement. 2014 Sincovich, A., Harman-Smith, Y., & Brinkman, S. A. (2014). A Qualitative Evaluation of the Factors Impacting Participation in a Community Playgroup Program. 2014 Smyth, V., & Brinkman, S. A. (2014). Language Environment Analysis (LENA) Trial. Investigating the home language environment in the early years: A process evaluation. 2014 Gregory, T. A., & Brinkman, S. (2014). South Australian trial of the Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI): Recruitment, participation, sample characteristics and predictors of wellbeing in South Australian school children. 2014 Harman-Smith, Y., & Brinkman, S. A. (2014). Children’s Centres Evaluation: Interim Evaluation Report: Summary of Qualitative Evaluation Findings. Adelaide: Fraser Mustard Centre. 2013 Kinnell, A., Harman-Smith, Y., Engelhardt, D., Luddy, S., & Brinkman, S. A. (2013). Boys and girls in South Australia: a comparison of gender differences from the early years to adulthood. Adelaide: Fraser Mustard Centre. 2013 Gregory, T., & Brinkman, S. (2013). Methodological approach to exploring change in the Australia Early Development Instrument (AEDI): The estimation of a critical difference. Western Australia: Telethon Institute for Child Health Research. 2013 Brinkman, S. A., & Harman-Smith, Y. (2013). Children’s centre impact evaluation: Overall Three-Year Evaluation Plan. 2013 Harman-Smith, Y., & Brinkman, S. A. (2013). Children’s centre impact evaluation: Qualitative Evaluation Plan. 2013 Harman-Smith, Y., & Brinkman, S. A. (2013). Evaluation of the Infant Therapeutic Reunification Service: Stage 1 Report. 2011 Brinkman, S. A., & Gregory, T. (2011). The status of Aboriginal and Torres Strait child development across Australia.
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
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
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 —
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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