Generation Victoria (GenV) Solving complex issues affecting children and adults – a whole-of-state cohort with whole-of-campus implications


GenV’s vision is to help solve complex issues affecting today’s children and adults through an entire Australian state becoming a single platform that enhances research speed, capacity and translation. Led from the Melbourne Children’s Campus, the GenV Cohort will be open to the families of all 170,000 Victorian newborns over 2021-2. At its foundation are consent; existing geospatial, clinical and administrative data; biosamples; GenV-specific data; and melding observational and intervention design. GenV’s solutions focus is shaping its core digital phenotyping and health economic measures to maximally support trials, registries, health services research, informatics, genomics, precision population health and public policy. Launched in December 2017 with philanthropic and state funding, we aim for lasting change in large scale research.

We seek input from across the Campus and beyond to maximise GenV’s value to all who care for and about children and their parents. Go to to help us understand your needs and priorities.  



Professor Melissa Wake is a paediatrician and Director of the Generation Victoria (GenV) initiative. She aims to speed up children’s research and test interventions that change children’s care.

A/Professor Joanne Said is an obstetrician and Head of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Joan Kirner Hospital. She is passionate about improving pregnancy outcomes for mothers and babies.

Dr Suzanne Mavoa, health geographer and Senior Research Fellow at the UoM School of Population & Global Health, captures and communicates the impacts of outdoor environments on health.

Professor Richard Saffery studies the molecular and cellular origins of complex diseases. As GenV’s Deputy Director-BioSciences, his team are establishing Australia’s largest biorepository on campus.

Professor Sharon Goldfeld is a paediatrician, public health physician, Director of the Centre for Community Child Health and Theme Director Population Health. She seeks policy-relevant solutions that eliminate inequities for all children

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