For more than a decade, research and evaluation have been major areas of development within Ngala. Since 2007, Ngala has actively promoted a research culture, developing a research framework in collaboration with our university partners to guide future planning.

Ngala’s Research Framework 2017 emphasises the importance of knowledge seeking and sharing amongst practitioners, implementing continuous action learning cycles, and building stronger and more coherent connections between current research and service delivery.

Ngala’s research policy is to support an agenda for work in parenting and child development that is responsive to the needs of the community and supports the provision of evidence-based and evidence-informed services.

Our research priorities

  1. Perinatal anxiety and depression
  2. Child development
  3. Parent-child relationship
  4. Parent skill development
  5. Families in community context
  6. Workforce development
  7. Historical perspectives of Ngala’s work
  8. Culturally sensitive parenting

Research partnerships

Ngala develops and builds relationships with key universities and agencies related to research. We work together with the following key university partners who support us in our research activities:

  • Ailsa Munns – School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine (Curtin University)
  • Dr Alison McCluskey, School of Health Professions (Murdoch University)
  • Dr Dawson Cooke – School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine (Curtin University)
  • Dr Lisa Gibson – Telethon Kids Institute & UWA
  • Dr Lucy Hopkins – School of Arts and Humanities (Edith Cowan University)
  • Assoc. Prof.Lynn Priddis – School of Psychology & Social Science (Edith Cowan University)
  • Prof. Rhonda Marriott- School of Psychology and Exercise Science (Murdoch University)
  • Assoc. Prof. Richard Fletcher – Fathers and Families Research Program (University of Newcastle)
  • Dr Vicki Banham – School of Psychology & Social Science (Edith Cowan University)
  • Prof. Yvonne Hauck – School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine (Curtin University)

Research opportunities

Ngala encourages collaborative research opportunities and welcomes submissions from relevant stakeholders with interests that align with our research priorities.

Student research opportunities are also supported. This may include support with promotion of their study, recruitment, resources, or a more formal partnership. Final year and postgraduate students are invited to consider and apply for Ngala’s Student Research Opportunities.

Volunteer research assistants are always welcome.

If you would like further information or are interested in research partnerships with Ngala, please complete the Research Collaboration EOI and email to

Completed research

Ngala’s published research and journal articles 2003- 2017.

For queries about the research listed or other information, contact

Research documents

Ngala works with others on select research projects, including: