Professor Sven Silburn

Qualifications:

Master of Science (Clinical Psychology), University of Natal, 1975; Bachelor of Science (Hons), University of Natal, 1973; Bachelor of Science (Psychology), University of Natal, 1972.

Approved level of HDR supervision at Charles Darwin University:

Principal Supervisor for PhD

Location:

Darwin – Charles Darwin University, Casuarina campus

Biography:

Professor Silburn is a national leader in clinical, epidemiological and evaluative research in child development and education, youth mental health and suicide prevention. Over the past 10 years he has been a chief investigator on research grants totalling over $35m and an author of 75 scientific publications and reports.

He was a chief investigator on the Western Australian Aboriginal Child Health Survey of over 5600 children, young people and their families. This reported the first independently validated data on the extent of the inter-generational effects of forced separation on the health and wellbeing of the current generation of Aboriginal children and their families.

Professor Silburn was responsible for the validation studies for the establishment of the Australian Early Development Index (AEDI) and its adaptation for use with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. He is currently leading an evaluation of the Northern Territory Department of Education and Training’s Strong Start-Bright Futures Indigenous education reforms now being implemented in eight communities across the NT.

He has served on several national, state and territory advisory boards and been active in policy advocacy in the areas of the developmental health of Indigenous and non-Indigenous children and suicide prevention.

 
  • Early developmental pathways linking health, disability, education, welfare and justice (NHMRC program grant, 2010-2015)
  • Transforming Indigenous education: research partnership (NT Department of Education and Training tendered contract, 2009-2013)
  • How early life conditions affect the development and learning outcomes of Indigenous and non-Indigenous children in the Northern Territory: a whole of population data-linkage study (2011-2014)
  • Science of learning research centre: ARC special research initiative, Prof Silburn is one of a consortium of 22 chief investigators on this national collaborative research initiative
  • Psychometric validation and calibration of the NT assessment of student competencies (ASQ; NT Department of Education and Training, 2012-2014)
  • Review and consultations for the development of a national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicide prevention strategy (Department of Health and Ageing tendered contract, 2012-2013)
  • Evaluation of the congress preschool preparation program, contract research, Central Australian Aboriginal congress (2012-2013)
  • NT child protection social marketing campaign: literature review and baseline focus group research (NT Office of Children and Families, 2012-2013).

 

  1. Silburn, S.R., Zubrick, S.R., DeMaio, J.A., Shepherd, C., Griffin, J.A., Mitrou, F.G., et al. (2006). The Western Australian Aboriginal Child Health Survey: Strengthening the Capacity of Aboriginal Children, Families and Communities. Perth: Curtin University of Technology and Telethon Institute for Child Health Research.
  2. Brinkman, S.A., Gialamas, A., Rahman, A., Mittinty, M.N., Gregory, T.A., Silburn, S., et al. (2012). Jurisdictional, socioeconomic and gender inequalities in child health and development: analysis of a national census of 5-year-olds in Australia. BMJ Open, 2(5), e001075
  3. Brinkman, S., Silburn, S., Lawrence, D., Goldfeld, S., Sayers, M., Oberklaid, F. (2007). Investigating the validity of the Australian Early Development Index. Early Education and Development, 18(3), 427-451.
  4. Silburn, S.R., Nutton, G., McKenzie, J.W. and Landrigan, M. (2011). Early Years English Language Acquisition and instructional approaches for Aboriginal students with home languages other than English. Darwin: Menzies School of Health Research.
  5. Silburn, S., Glaskin, B., Drew, N., Henry, D. (2010). Preventing suicide among Indigenous Australians. In N. Purdie, P. Dudgeon & R. Walker (Eds.), Working Together – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Wellbeing Principles and Practice. Australian Council for Educational Research, Melbourne (pp. 91-104). Canberra: Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.
  6. Silburn, S.R., Zubrick, S.R., Lawrence, D.M., Mitrou, F.G., De Maio, J.A., Blair, E., et al. (2006). The intergenerational effects of forced separation on the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal children and young people. Family Matters, 75, 10-17.
  7. Silburn, S.R., Blair, E., Griffin, J.A., Zubrick, S.R., Lawrence, D.M., Mitrou, F.G., et al. (2007). Developmental and environmental factors supporting the health and well-being of Aboriginal adolescents. International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health, 19(3), 345-354.
  8. Zubrick, S.R., Silburn, S.R., Prior, M. (2005). Resources and contexts for child development: Implications for children and society. In S. Richardson & M. Prior (Eds.), No time to lose: The well-being of Australia’s children (pp. 161-200). Carlton: Melbourne University Press.
  9. Zubrick, S.R., Silburn, S.R., DeMaio, J.A., Shepherd, C., Griffin, J.A., Dalby, R.B., et al. (2006). The Western Australian Aboriginal Child Health Survey: Improving the Educational Experiences of Aboriginal Children and Young People. Perth: Curtin University of Technology and Telethon Institute for Child Health Research.
  10. Zubrick, S., Ward, K.A., Silburn, S.R., Lawrence, D., Williams, A.A., Blair, E., et al. (2005). Prevention of child behaviour problems through universal implementation of a group behavioural family intervention. Prevention Science, 6(4), 287-304.
  1. Menzies supports release of new National Indigenous Suicide Strategy

    Menzies supports release of new National Indigenous Suicide Strategy

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    Suicide strategy.pdf

    Indigenous suicide prevention experts from the Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies) have welcomed the Australian Government’s new National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Strategy released today.

  2. New Centre links child health and education

    New Centre links child health and education

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    CCDE.pdf

    A new research centre dedicated to improving the lives of children in the NT will be launched by the Chief Minister Paul Henderson in Darwin today.

  3. Early language support for Aboriginal school learning success

    Early language support for Aboriginal school learning success

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    Early language support.pdf

    Almost three quarters of the 1,300 Aboriginal children who enter Northern Territory schools each year are from families where languages other than English are spoken in the home.

  4. Menzies supports report card on Indigenous childhood development

    Menzies supports report card on Indigenous childhood development

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    Menzies has today enthusiastically endorsed an Australian Medical Association report on the development of Indigenous children.

  5. Early years crucial for Indigenous education

    Early years crucial for Indigenous education

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    Professor Sven Silburn, director of Menzies' Centre for Child Development and Education comments on the Australian Medical Association Report Card on Indigenous Health in the Canberra Times.

  6. Child abuse reports in NT double after intervention

    Child abuse reports in NT double after intervention

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    The abuse of Indigenous children in the Northern Territory - the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children.

  7. Professor Sven Silburn contributes to NT's Royal Commission into Youth Detention and Child Protection

    Professor Sven Silburn contributes to NT's Royal Commission into Youth Detention and Child Protection

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    Royal Commission into Youth Detention and Child Protection in the Northern Territory - Professor Sven Silburn contributes to the hearings.