Child Death Review Team

Under Part 5A of the Community Services (Complaints, Reviews and Monitoring) Act 1993, the NSW Ombudsman convenes and supports the NSW Child Death Review Team (CDRT).

The CDRT includes experts in healthcare, child development, child protection and research, as well as representatives of key government agencies.

We maintain a register of all child deaths in NSW. The CDRT analyses this register to identify trends and to find ways to reduce the risk of preventable deaths of children in the future.

As well as convening the CDRT, we also review and report on reviewable deaths in NSW.

Read the CDRT’s Strategic Priorities Plan 2022-25.

Role of the CDRT

  • maintains a register of child deaths in NSW
  • classifies deaths in the register according to cause, demographic criteria and other factors
  • analyses the register to identify patterns and trends
  • undertakes research to prevent or reduce the likelihood of child deaths
  • makes recommendations to government and community organisations about legislation, policies, practices and services
  • reports to the NSW Parliament on its work and activities.

Working with other jurisdictions

The CDRT is part of the Australian and New Zealand Child Death Review and Prevention Group (ANZCDR&PG), a collaboration of child death review teams from across Australia and New Zealand. Every year, the ANZCDR&PG comes together to share information and insights to better understand and prevent child deaths.

The other ANZCDR&PG members are:

CDRT members

The NSW Ombudsman convenes the CDRT. Staff from the Ombudsman’s office support the CDRT.

The CDRT is required to prepare an annual report. Members must follow the CDRT Charter and Code of Conduct.

Statutory members as April 2022

Paul Miller
Convenor
NSW Ombudsman

Monica Wolf
Community Services Commissioner / Chief Deputy Ombudsman

Zoe Robinson
NSW Advocate for Children and Young People

Agency representatives

Alison Sweep
Director Engagement and Family Support

Department of Communities and Justice

Anne Reddie
Director, Child Wellbeing and Mental Health Services
Student Support and Specialist Programs
Department of Education

Danny Doherty APM, Detective Superintendent
Commander, Homicide Squad
State Crime Command
NSW Police Force

Eloise Sheldrick
Coordinator and Assistant Coroner
Coronial Information and Support Program
Office of the NSW State Coroner

Matthew Karpin
Director, Criminal Law Specialist
Policy and Reform Branch
Department of Communities and Justice

Matthew O’Meara, Dr
Chief Paediatrician
NSW Ministry of Health
Staff Specialist Paediatric Emergency Medicine
Sydney Children’s Hospital

Sarah Bramwell
Director, Practice Learning
Office of the Senior Practitioner
Department of Communities and Justice

Independent experts

Bronwyn Gould AM, Dr
General Practitioner

Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Medical Faculty University of Notre Dame

Catherine Lourey
Commissioner
Mental Health Commission of NSW

Heather Jeffery AO, Professor
Neonatologist
Honorary Professor of International Maternal and Child Health

University of Sydney

Isabel Brouwer, Dr
Statewide Clinical Director
Department of Forensic Medicine

Ilan Katz, Professor
Professor Social Policy Research Centre
University of NSW

Kathleen Clapham, Professor
Professor Indigenous Health
Australian Health Services Research Institute
University of Wollongong

Luciano Dalla-Pozza, Dr
Head of Department (Cancer Centre for Children)
Senior Staff Specialist (Paediatric Oncology)
The Children’s Hospital at Westmead

Ngiare Brown, Professor
Director and Program Manager, Ngaoara Aboriginal child and adolescent wellbeing service
Executive Manager Research and Senior Public Health Medical Officer, National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation
Chair, National Mental Health Commission Advisory Board

Professor of Indigenous Health and Education, University of Wollongong

Philip Hazell, Professor
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Sydney Local Health District
Conjoint Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
The University of Sydney School of Medicine

Susan Adams, Dr
Senior Staff Specialist
General Paediatric Surgeon and Head of Vascular Birthmarks Service
Sydney Children’s Hospital

Susan Arbuckle, Dr
Paediatric/Perinatal pathologist
The Children's Hospital at Westmead