The 360-Kids Community network to support children with neurodevelopmental challenges

The University of Queensland

Research Team: Prof John Cairney, Prof Karen Thorpe, Prof Simon Smith, Dr Keane Wheeler, Prof Karen Healy, A/Prof Alina Morawska, Prof Matt Sanders, Dr Shannon Edmed, Dr Cassandra Pattinson, Dr Amy Mitchell, Dr April Hoang, A/Prof. Rhonda Faragher, Professor Christel Middeldorp, Dr Carys Chainey, Prof. David Evans, Dr. Nicole Warrington, Professor Craig Munns, Professor Karen Barlow, Dr Kalina Rossa, Associate Professor Leanne Johnston, Associate Professor Samudragupta Bora, Associate Professor Nerina Scarinci


Partners:  Children’s Health Queensland, Health and Wellbeing Queensland (HWQld), Thriving Kids Queensland Partnership, MICAH, Community Living Association, Social Ventures Australia

Funding Body: UQ Health Research Accelerator

Years: 2022-2027


One in four Australia children arrives at School with a delay in one or more of the core developmental domains required for learning, mental and physical health. With Health and Wellbeing Queensland & Children's Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service as partners, and through a major investment from UQ, the HERA 360 Kids Community Network will recruit world-leading researchers in child health to make sure all children are ready to learn and develop optimally to realise their full potential.

This five-year program is led by Prof John Cairney, and includes Dr Keane Wheeler from HMNS, amongst many other CIs from across UQ.


To learn more about the 360-Kids Community Network program and potentially getting involved, visit its website .

Project members

Professor John Cairney

Head of School
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences

Dr Kai Wheeler

School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences