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Sharon Goldfeld

1999-2000 Harkness Fellow National Health and Medical Research Council Research Fellow University of Melbourne

Harkness Project Title:  

Examining the Factors that Contribute to Variation in Pediatric Health Service Utilization: The Impact of Maternal Health on Child Health Status and Health Service Utilization

Mentors: Barry Zuckerman, M.D., and Bernard Guyer, M.D.

Placement: Boston University Department of Medicine

Biography at time of Harkness Fellowship: Sharon R. Goldfeld, M.B.B.S., a 1999–2000 Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy, is an NHMRC research fellow (funded through the Public Health Research and Development Committee) at the University of Melbourne.  Her current research examines the factors, particularly psychosocial factors, which influence the use of health services in the first 12 months of life. She has participated in the development of research and programs for the Centre for Community Child Health, and teaches at the University of Melbourne. She became a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and a consultant pediatrician in 1997, specializing in developmental and behavioral pediatrics. She completed fellowships in community child health and adolescent health, and received her Graduate Diploma of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in 1998. Goldfeld is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Melbourne.

Project: Goldfeld sought to examine the impact of maternal health on the health status and health service utilization of children, as part of a broader investigation into the drivers of variations in pediatric health service utilization.  She used data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, which allows data from mothers and their children to be linked.  Explanatory variables included health status, demographics, and insurance status, and outcomes included mothers’ and children’s health service utilization.

Career Activity Since Fellowship

  • Inaugural Aileen Plant Award, for contribution to Australian public health leadership and research, 2008
  • Senior Child Health Policy Advisor, Office for Children and Principal Medical Advisor, Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, 2007
  • Exam Medal, Best Performance, Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine, 2007
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, NHMRC Capacity Building Grant – Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, 2007
  • National Director, Australian Early Development Index National Collection, Centre for Community Child Health
  • Senior Fellow, University of Melbourne, 2005
  • Pediatrician and Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Community Child Health, Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, 2001

Current Positions (updated 1/2014) :

  • Associate Professor and Paediatrician, Centre for Community Child Health, Royal Children’s Hospital
  • Research Fellow, Murdoch Children's Research Institute
  • Principal Fellow, Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne
  • Research Director, Australian Early Development Index, Centre for Community Child Health

E-Mail: [email protected]

Selected Publications

Wake M, Tobin S, Levickis P, Gold L, Ukoumunne OC, Zens N, Goldfeld S, Le H, Law J, Reilly S. Randomized trial of a population-based, home-delivered intervention for preschool language delay. Pediatrics. 2013 Oct;132(4):e895-904.

Woolfenden S, Goldfeld S, Raman S, Eapen V, Kemp L, Williams K. Inequity in child health: the importance of early childhood development. J Paediatr Child Health. 2013 Sep;49(9):E365-9.

Brinkman SA, Gialamas A, Rahman A, Mittinty MN, Gregory TA, Silburn S,Goldfeld S, Zubrick SR, Carr V, Janus M, Hertzman C, Lynch JW. Jurisdictional, socioeconomic and gender inequalities in child health and development: analysis of a national census of 5-year-olds in Australia. BMJ Open. 2012 Sep 4;2(5).

Goldfeld S, Quach J, Nicholls R, Reilly S, Ukoumunne OC, Wake M. Four-year-old outcomes of a universal infant-toddler shared reading intervention: the let's read trial. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2012 Nov;166(11):1045-52.

Wake M, Levickis P, Tobin S, Zens N, Law J, Gold L, Ukoumunne OC, Goldfeld S,  Le HN, Skeat J, Reilly S. Improving outcomes of preschool language delay in the community: protocol for the Language for Learning randomised controlled trial. BMC Pediatr. 2012 Jul 9;12:96.

Goldfeld SR, Hayes L. Factors influencing child mental health: A state-wide survey of Victorian children. J Paediatr Child Health. 2012 Dec;48(12):1065-70.

Goldfeld S, O'Connor M, Sayers M, Moore T, Oberklaid F. Prevalence and correlates of special health care needs in a population cohort of Australian children at school entry. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2012 May;33(4):319-27.

Wake M, Tobin S, Girolametto L, Ukoumunne OC, Gold L, Levickis P, Sheehan J, Goldfeld S, Reilly S. Outcomes of population based language promotion for slow to talk toddlers at ages 2 and 3 years: Let's Learn Language cluster randomized controlled trial. BMJ. 2011 Aug 18;343:d4741.

Nichols MS, Silva-Sanigorski Ad, Cleary JE, Goldfeld SR, Colahan A, Swinburn BA. Decreasing trends in overweight and obesity among an Australian population of preschool children. Int J Obes (Lond). 2011 Jul;35(7):916-24.

Goldfeld S, Napiza N, Quach J, Reilly S, Ukoumunne OC, Wake M. Outcomes of a universal shared reading intervention by 2 years of age: the Let's Read trial. Pediatrics. 2011 Mar;127(3):445-53.

Hill MK, Pawsey M, Cutler A, Holt JL, Goldfeld SR. Consensus standards for the care of children and adolescents in Australian health services. Med J Aust. 2011 Jan 17;194(2):78-82.

Allen K, Riley M, Goldfeld S, Halliday J. Estimating the prevalence of fetal  alcohol syndrome in Victoria using routinely collected administrative data. Aust N Z J Public Health. 2007 Feb;31(1):62-6.

Goldfeld S, Kilpatrick N. Oral health: an important determinant of the health of children. J Paediatr Child Health. 2007 Mar;43(3):99-100. Erratum in: J Paediatr Child Health. 2007 Jun;43(6):507.

Goldfeld S. Community paediatrics and children's health: an idea whose time has come. J Paediatr Child Health. 2006 May;42(5):309-10.

Goldfeld SR, Oberklaid F. Maintaining an agenda for children: the role of data in linking policy, politics and outcomes. Med J Aust. 2005 Aug 15;183(4):209-11. Review.

Davis E, Waters E, Wake M, Goldfeld S, Williams J, Mehmet-Radji O, Oberklaid F. Population health and wellbeing: identifying priority areas for Victorian children. Aust New Zealand Health Policy. 2005 Jul 20;2:16.

Patton GC, Goldfeld SR, Pieris-Caldwell I, Bryant M, Vimpani GV. A picture of Australia's children. Med J Aust. 2005 May 2;182(9):437-8.

Pirkis J, Goldfeld S, Peacock S, Dodson S, Haas M, Cumming J, Hall J, Boulton A. Assessing the capacity of the health services research community in Australia and New Zealand. Aust New Zealand Health Policy. 2005 Mar 8;2(1):4.

Goldfeld S. Health of refugee children: broader lessons to be learned. J Paediatr Child Health. 2004 Sep-Oct;40(9-10):508-9.

Goldfeld SR, Wright M, Oberklaid F. Parents, infants and health care: utilization of health services in the first 12 months of life. J Paediatr Child Health. 2003 May-Jun;39(4):249-53.

Goldfeld S, Wright M, Oberklaid F. "Parents, infants and healthcare: Utilisation of health services in the first 12 months of life." Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 2003;39(4): 249–253.

Goldfeld S, Wise P, Zuckerman B. "The Impact of Maternal Health on Child Health Status and Health Service Utilisation." Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health 2002;38 (5):A8.

Goldfeld SR, Wright MC, Oberklaid F. "Determinants of Primary Health Care Use in the First 12 Months of Life." Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health 2001;37 (6):A8.