What is HeadCheck?

What is HeadCheck?

The Team Behind the App

The Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI)

MCRI is one of the world’s most impactful child health research institutes and sits within a purpose-built facility with its key partners – The Royal Children’s Hospital and the Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne. MCRI is home to more than 1500 researchers working across 150 common and rare diseases and conditions affecting infants, children, and adolescents.

Concussion and brain injury is a cohesive and holistic paediatric research program at MCRI that aims to improve treatments and outcomes for children, the adults they will become, and their families.

The MCRI Concussion team has expertise in:

  • Generating knowledge about concussion
  • Community education
  • Development of tools to diagnose and monitor concussion and its recovery
  • Multidisciplinary treatments

Our senior leadership team have also developed local evidence-based child concussion guidelines and contributed to international child concussion guidelines and diagnostic tools – Child Sports Concussion Assessment Tool (SCAT) and Concussion Recognition Tool (CRT) – that have been published and widely disseminated by peak international bodies in the field including the Concussion in Sports Group.


Prof Vicki Anderson

Head of Psychology, Royal Children’s Hospital; Theme Director, Clinical Sciences Research, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute; Professorial Fellow, Psychological Sciences & Paediatrics, University of Melbourne

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Prof Franz Babl

Paediatric Emergency Physician, Royal Children’s Hospital; Head, Emergency Research, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute


Dr Gavin Davis

Adjunct Professor, University of Notre Dame Australia; member of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia (NSA); member of the AFL Concussion Working Group


Dr Audrey McKinlay

Psychologist, Research Fellow and Lecuturer, Clinical Psychology, University of Melbourne; Adjunct Research Fellow, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Vanessa Rausa

Vanessa Rausa

Clinical Neuropsychologist, Brain and Mind, Clinical Sciences Research, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute


Dr Michael Takagi

Research Officer, Clinical Neuropsychologist, Clinical Sciences Research, Murdoch Children’s Research Insitute


Katie Davies

Principal Physiotherapist, Neurological Rehabilitation Group

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Dr Simone Darling

Business Development Officer, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

Curve Tomorrow

Founded in 2009, Curve Tomorrow is a technology company that is passionate about changing the direction of health. Curve Tomorrow started in Melbourne, Australia and in 2014 expanded to Silicon Valley, California and more recently to Perth, India, Sri Lanka and France. Curve Tomorrow are embedded within a world leading hospital working side by side with health professionals, researchers and patients.

The Australian Football League (AFL)

In partnership with the AFL, HeadCheck was launched in Australia in May 2018.