Dr Daniel McAullay gives this lecture entitled 'Policy failures in health care for the important early years' on 25 February 2011. This lecture was organised by the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute and the Indigenous Health Interest Group at The Australian National University.Dr McAullay was recently awarded his PhD, which investigated the contribution made by primary health care to the maternal, infant and child health of selected communities in Western Australia. He will present the results of his research, which indicate that there is a striking lack of consistency in maternal, infant and child primary health care across WA. The primary health care contribution to maternal, infant and child health is ad hoc and lacking in consistent policy, planning and programming. However, there are examples where the contribution of primary health care exhibits appropriate policy, planning and program linkage.The study findings highlight that there is a need to ensure that when planning for policy and program implementation of maternal, infant and child primary health care, existing models should be examined. The study also indicated the importance of incorporating factors outside of health into policy and program planning.Dr McAullay is a member of the Nyoongar community of the South West of Western Australia. He has a Bachelor of Science (Nursing), a Master of Applied Epidemiology and a PhD. He is currently a Senior Research Fellow at Kurongkurl Katitjin, Edith Cowan University's Centre for Indigenous Australian Education and Research and is working with the University on a number of projects including developing the Indigenous health service model for the new Wanneroo GP Super Clinic.