University research changes lives: MultiLit in new video series from Universities Australia 

MultiLit was recently chosen to feature in an award-winning video series created by Universities Australia. The #UniResearchChangesLives campaign was initiated in 2018 to highlight some of the tens of thousands of university researchers working on life-changing research. The latest series of videos was launched at Parliament House in Canberra on 23 July 2019 by Education Minister Dan Tehan.

Click here to view the video of Dr Robyn Wheldall, MultiLit Founding Director, Deputy Director of the MultiLit Research Unit, and Honorary Research Fellow of Macquarie University, together with Alice and Matilda, a parent and student from our Literacy Centre, who kindly agreed to share their MultiLit experience.

On the launch, Universities Australia CEO Catriona Jackson said these stories showed how profoundly the work of university researchers improves the lives of everyday Australians.

“From IVF to a cervical cancer vaccine and countless other life-saving advances, Australian researchers have led extraordinary developments that have changed the world.  

“Over three decades, Australian university researchers have also tested, refined, and continued to enhance a world-leading program to help young children who have fallen behind on literacy. One of the stars of this new series of videos is young Matilda – who used to struggle with literacy but thanks to this program is now an avid reader and reads to her younger brother. It’s amazing what Matilda and her Mum Alice have achieved, with the tools developed by the MultiLit Program founded at Macquarie University by Professor Kevin [Wheldall] and [Dr] Robyn Wheldall.”

“This research has transformed the lives of tens of thousands of Australian children who would otherwise have fallen years behind their classmates.”