Early Language in Victoria Study (ELVS)

Project Lead

Professor Tricia Eadie

Project Details

This project is led by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in collaboration with the University of Melbourne, La Trobe University, and Deakin University. ELVS is a longitudinal epidemiological study of the emerging communication, language and literacy skills of approximately 1800 Victorian children born in 2002. ELVS is internationally unique in its coverage of the pre-school period and in its depth of data from multi-source informant questionnaires, direct assessment in language-related dimensions (speech, vocabulary, fluency literacy, cognition), psycho-social and educational domains (social, emotional and behavioural development, quality of life, educational achievement, health care utilisation), and linkage to nationally acquired academic achievement data. ELVS was designed to better understand language development, trajectories from infancy through to middle childhood, and factors that predict later outcomes.


National Health and Medical Research Council