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The Australian Early Development Index (AEDI): Population monitoring of early child development outcomes



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16 November 2009

Abstract: This presentation will outline the development and validation of the AEDI, a teacher-administered measure of five areas of early child development known to be of direct relevance to children's success at school.  Earlier this year, around 98% of all 5 year old Australian children were assessed with the AEDI. The national and community level results are due to be launched by the Hon Julia Gillard (Deputy Prime Minister) on 10th December. Menzies researchers Bonnie Moss, Anne Hanning and Sven Silburn have been involved in adaptation of the AEDI school assessment process to be more cultural inclusive for Indigenous children. This has also  involved developing and piloting communication tools and community feedback processes to assist Indigenous communities in using their findings to a) improve parental understanding of the critical importance of early child development, and b) as a means of informing  local planning and action to improve early child development and children's successful transition into school.


Prof Sven Silburn

Bonnie Moss

Anne Hanning

Menzies School of Health Research