Give kids’ health the green light.

Thursday 3 March 2022
5.30pm to 7.00pm

Hosted by broadcaster and author Jacinta Parsons

Virtual Giving Event

Thank you for pledging your support to give the green light to three research-led innovation projects that will give kids across Australia the best chance to live their healthiest lives. You can use the form on the right-hand side to make your tax-deductible donation


Registrations for the event have closed but you can still join the event tonight using this link

We’ll be starting at 5.30pm AEDT and our virtual ‘doors’ will be open from 5.15pm

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Meet our presenters

Dr Chris Elliot holds dual qualifications as a specialist in General Paediatrics and Community Child Health and has a special interest in child feeding, development and behaviour.

Chris was the Chief Investigator for the SUCCEED research study, which aimed to improve the care of children with complex feeding problems, and he is co-founder of the SUCCEED Child Feeding Alliance.


Lauren Hamill is a Senior Speech Pathologist at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick and has worked in Aboriginal health for 15 years. She helped to set up a speech pathology clinic at the La Perouse Aboriginal community health centre where she spends part of each week. She is passionate about providing flexible accessible culturally responsive services and moving her work outside the walls of the hospital clinic and into the community where families live. 


Dr Michelle Wong

Dr Michelle Wong PhD DCP is a Senior Clinical Psychologist at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and specialises in developmental psychiatry: the assessment and treatment of mental health problems in people with developmental disabilities. She is the founder of the Westmead Feelings Program, which teaches emotion-based learning for children with autism, and believes every autistic child has a right to access evidence-based mental health treatments.


An introduction to our three projects

Project #1: Bringing the joy back to mealtimes for kids who are tube fed with the SUCCEED model of home-based health care

When it's four o'clock in the morning, feeding clinics are closed, your GP isn’t available and you have a tube-fed child who is in distress, your only option is to go to Emergency. That’s where SUCCEED is changing things! Led by Dr Chris Elliot, this dedicated team of parents, medical specialists and researchers wants to create a world where children with feeding difficulties can thrive.

Project #2: Give Voice! How speech pathologists are giving vulnerable children better life chances.  

It’s difficult to focus on your child’s health if you’re struggling just to survive, so Lauren Hamill has designed a new screening tool to help families at Aboriginal Health Clinics in South east Sydney access vital early intervention care. Twenty per cent of Australian four-year-olds have communication impairments, but in disadvantaged communities this can increase to 50%.Lauren is determined to make sure they don’t miss out on vital care.  

Project #3: Taking the Westmead Feelings Program online to reach out to autistic kids in rural and regional Australia and beyond.

Led by Dr Michelle Wong, the award-winning Westmead Feelings Program is the world’s first evidence-based mental health program designed for autistic children with cognitive disability. At present it can only be delivered by trained facilitators in a clinical setting. The solution? Digitisation of the existing program to offer new training modules for parents to use at home with their children, translated into multiple languages.

Can't join us but still want to be involved?

If you want to pledge your support but you can’t be with us at our virtual event, you can still join our Movement of Many by visiting our donation page. Remember to include the name of the project/s you want to support.

Thank you for giving kids’ health the green light.