The Early Language in Victoria Study (ELVS) has been following the speech and language development of a large group of children (>1700) born in the surrounds of Melbourne, Victoria (Australia) since they were 8 months of age. ELVS continues to follow this same group of children as they transition from middle childhood – adolescence.There are a number of ELVS sub-studies investigating different areas of communication development including: stuttering; autism; and bilingual language development.

Year 2003-2004 2003-2004 2004-2005 2005-2006 2006-2007 2007-2008 2008-2009 2009-2010 2011-2012 2013-2014
Wave W1 W2 W3 W4 W5 W6 W7 W8 W9 W10
Age <8 mths 12 mths 24 mths 3 yrs 4 yrs 5 yrs 6 yrs 7 yrs 9 yrs 11 yrs
# 1910 1759 1741 1647 1623 1002 1047 1189 1166 871
Behavioural problems
Education and childcare
General health
Media engagement Media engagement
Medications and supplements
Mental health
Neurocognitive development
Parenting Parenting Parenting
Physical activity and lifestyle
Resilience and wellbeing
Sleep Sleep
Speech, language and literacy
Temperament and personality
Melbourne Children’s Consortium for Lifecourse Research Study Summary
Study name Early Language in Victoria Study
Study abbreviation ELVS
Primary Institution Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
Collaborating Institutions University of Melbourne
La Trobe University
University of Sydney
Macquarie University, NSW
Deakin University
The Royal Children’s Hospital
Major Funding Sources National Health and Medical Research Council
Date commenced September 2003
Estimated completion date 2016
Sampling frame Maternal and Child Health nurses recruited babies aged 8-10 months of age from around Melbourne.
Age Range 8 months- 13 years of age
Number of waves 9 (11 planned)
Wave 10 will be conducted in 2013-2014 at 11 years of age
Wave 11 will be conducted in 2015-2016 at 13 years of age
Ethics Approvals
Biosamples Yes
Imaging MRI study on sub-sample (2014-)
Linkage NAPLAN – grades 3, 5 and 7 (consent to link; linkage to follow)
Study Website

Research Coordinator

Dr Fallon Cook

Ph: +613 9345 5484