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Australian Childhood Trauma Group’s (the ACT Group) partnership with ACU (Psychology Department) is their newest collaboration, beginning in 2011. Alongside providing placement opportunities for undergraduate and postgraduate students, they also partner on the following research initiatives:

  • The association between childhood maltreatment and internalising and externalising behaviour problems
  • Effects of childhood maltreatment on basal cortisol levels
  • Effects of childhood maltreatment on working memory compared to other cognitive abilities


The ACT Group are committed to mentoring, coaching and supporting students who have an interest in working with vulnerable infants, children, young people and families.  

They are excited by the prospect of ongoing research initiatives which will enhance the practice of workers and carers in the field, and improve the outcomes for infants, children and young people in care through evidenced based interventions.

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