“Every child has the right to thrive and reach their potential”
Dr Helen Skouteris
Helen has pioneered 4 ground breaking programs of research that have been supported by nationally competitive funding.
‘Helen established and leads the Health and Social Care Improvement and Implementation Science team at MCHRI. Her team includes 10 postdoctoral research fellows, 4 research assistants, and 11 PhD students.’
Helen’s Health and Social Care Improvement and Implementation Science team work on health, social service and educational sector improvement that translates to better health, social and developmental outcomes for children, young people, adults and families and is crucial to transforming policy across these sectors. Research projects with industry partners include:
|Collaborating Partners||Project Names||Project Overviews|
|Bestchance, Child Family Care,The Cheshire School||The Cheshire Social-Emotional Engagement and Development Educational Program
|A co-designed online learning tool to strengthen educator’s expertise in fostering children’s socialemotional skills.
|MacKillop Family Services and the Victorian Aboriginal and Childcare Agency||Cradle to Kindergarten (SEED)||Long term family support program for vulnerable mothers at risk of child (0– 4 years) removal.
|Baptcare||MyCare Youth (SEED)||A community mental health program for young people providing outreach and psychosocial support.
|The Alannah and Madeline Foundation (AMF)||MyCare Ageing (SEED)||A co-designed program of training for volunteers 18-65 years of elderly patients (particularly those with dementia and/or delirium)
|MacKillop Family Services||The Early Years Trauma Consultancy Service (TraCS) (SEED)||A Victorian government program delivered through MacKillop Family Services that aims to support parents to provide a safe and nurturing home environment to ensure children are safe and thriving.
|Good Shepherd||Family Preservation and Reunification (SEED)||A refuge program for women and children escaping family violence providing accommodation and bespoke services.
|The Tasmania Department of Health and Human Services||Refuge to Recovery (SEED)||Understanding the drivers and impacts of family services churn to provide recommendations for positive change to address systemic issue.
|MacKillop Family Services||Churn Within Australian Family Services (SEED)||A whole of organisational approach designed to shift organisational culture to foster healing of individuals who have been impacted by a traumatic event.
And Family Tribute
Helen is the daughter of migrant parents who came to Australia from Greece in 1963. She and her sister were first in the family to go to University – her mother was educated to Grade 3 and her father to middle high school. Yet, their resilience as migrants and their dedication to family and unconditional work ethic has resulted in a successful marriage and a life removed from poverty.