Queensland Family Cohort Study

The Queensland Family Cohort Study is a landmark research project that will look at the health of 10 000 families across Queensland. Founded at Mater Mothers' Hospitals, the project is currently in its pilot phase. The pilot study will involve 200 families and will help to refine the protocol before the larger study roles out in 2020.

The study will assess the health of mothers, partners and babies antenatally, following birth and into young adulthood. It will be the nation's first major cohort study to investigate causes of disease and long term outcomes by using biological data and health information to establish risk factors and health outcomes.

The Queensland Family Cohort Study will underpin research that aims to:

  • Understand how parental health impacts on babies; and 
  • To determine how a baby’s health and exposures in early life influences disease development later on.

What's involved for the Pilot Study?

For the pilot study, families birthing at Mater will be recruited in early pregnancy. All different types of families will be invited to participate.

Families will visit the Queensland Family Cohort research team during pregnancy to provide biological samples, complete questionnaires and have an ultrasound. The team will also follow you at birth and shortly after birth and hope to collect a few biological samples at this point as well. Then, at six weeks after the birth of your baby, the team will catch up with you again for similar biological samples and questionnaires.

What's involved for the Full Study in 2020?

The larger Queensland Family Cohort Study will follow the same structure as the pilot study, however, it will have a longer follow up period. Unlike the pilot study, families will be followed up for a few years and then well into the future to investigate the long term health outcomes. Families from across Queensland will be invited to participate.

Want to know more?

Please contact the Queensland Family Cohort team on:

Email: qldfamilycohort@mater.uq.edu.au or

Phone: 07 3163 2571

Team members:

  • Professor Vicki Clifton - Principle investigator
  • Professor Sailesh Kumar Surendran - Co-investigator
  • Danielle Borg - Project coordinator


Partnerships and collaborations are an essential part of the Queensland Family Cohort Study.

Research partners

Australian Catholic University

Centre for Children's Health Research

Griffith University

James Cook University

Queensland University of Technology

The University of Queensland

Partner hospitals

Gold Coast University Hospital

Lady Cilento Children's Hospital

Mater Mothers' Hospitals

Princess Alexandra Hospital

Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital

Townsville Hospital

Industry partners





Please contact us at qldfamilycohort@mater.uq.edu.au to discuss how we can work together to achieve outcomes for the Queensland population.


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