Restacking the Odds aims to drive more equitable outcomes in the early years by ensuring that children and families can and do access a combination of high-quality, evidence-informed services where and when they need them.

Participation in quality early childhood services helps to ensure children are on the right path to fulfil their potential. But when services are underused, unavailable or vary in quality, they can’t fully meet the needs of children or families.


Restacking the Odds focuses on how to work differently within the existing service infrastructure to improve outcomes for children, families and communities. It uses a framework of evidence-based lead indicators to support communities, service providers and policymakers to improve service quality, quantity and participation.

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Our team

  • Olivia Hilton, General Manager
  • Rose Hodson, Advocacy Lead
  • Clare Shann, Practice and Partnerships Lead
  • Sherena Zanus, National Implementation Manager
  • Ruth Beaston, Senior Research Officer
  • Caitlin Macmillan, Research Associate
  • Gemma Davy, Senior Project Coordinator

For the complete list of team members, visit the Restacking the Odds website.

Partners and funders

Restacking the Odds is a collaboration between the Centre for Community Child Health at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Bain & Company and Social Ventures Australia. We acknowledge the support of project partners, the Paul Ramsay Foundation and Seer Data.

Our implementation partners include:

  • Gowrie Victoria
  • Maryborough District Health Service
  • Bourke & District Children’s Services
  • Logan Together
  • Gladstone Region engaging in action Together



Below are some of the key resources from the RSTO project. Explore the full library of RSTO resources on our website.

  1. The RSTO Indicator Guide provides a collection of evidence-based lead indicators for five key early childhood services: antenatal care, nurse home visiting, early childhood education and care, parenting programs and the early years of school (P-3).

  2. Read our RSTO Overview

  3. Watch our 2023 webinar Towards equitable early years services and systems: Restacking the Odds

Contact us

For more information about the RSTO program, visit the RSTO website.

To get in touch, head to our contact page.