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Exploring supports and interventions for children and families

Our studies investigate the support requirements of children and families in clinical settings and at home, so we can develop programs and interventions that better meet their needs.


Our ground-breaking research has led to improvements for children and families in inpatient and outpatient hospital settings, and better home and community support. 


We supported the Children's Hospital at Westmead to examine changes in seclusion rates after implementing interventions, and specific patient factors associated with seclusion rates before and after the interventions. We found that most patients with seclusion events had a neurodevelopmental disorder diagnosis and that interventions were effective for reducing seclusion in the long-term.

Boulton, K. A., Raghupathy, V., Guastella, A. J., & Bowden, M. R. (2022). Reducing seclusion use in an Australian child and adolescent psychiatric inpatient unit. Journal of Affective Disorders, 305, 1-7.

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