What is the National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health?

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The National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health has been established to assist professionals and organisations who work with children and/or parents/families to have the skills to identify, assess and support children at risk of mental health conditions.

The Centre incorporates three key components

  • an online workforce gateway (this website!) where you can access free training, practice guides, webinars, tools, information and news.
  • a national network of regionally-based Child Mental Health Workforce Consultants to support workforce development, systems change, information exchange and collaboration
  • and a communication and knowledge translation strategy to support the diffusion of evidence into practice.

Infant and Child Mental Health in Australia

Over 13% of 4-11 year olds in Australia experienced a diagnosable mental health condition in the past 12 months1.

30% of 7-18 year olds report lack of sleep, high levels of stress and depressive symptoms2.

International studies indicate that 16-18% of children aged 0-5 years suffer from a mental health condition3.

Mental health is an integral part of overall health for children, just as it is for adults. These brief statistics highlight that children can and do experience mental health difficulties. Prevention and intervention are vital elements in improving infant and child emotional and social wellbeing and helping to prevent the development of mental illness as they journey into adolescence and adulthood.

You can help make a difference

Whether you work with children (0-12 years), with adults who are parents/carers, or with families; you have a crucial role to play in strengthening infant and child emotional and social wellbeing, and recognising when a child may be at risk of developing mental health difficulties.

Check out our information, training and resources today.

1. Lawrence D, Johnson S, Hafekost J, Boterhoven De Haan K, Sawyer M, Ainley J, Zubrick SR (2015) The Mental Health of Children and Adolescents. Report on the second Australian Child and Adolescent Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing. Department of Health, Canberra.
2. Fuller J. F., Swabey, A., Pullen K., Waldrop D., Wicking B. G., Wicking A (2015). Resiliency among Australian school students: A report on 43,799 primary and secondary school students, AARE Conference Proceedings, 29 Nov – 3 Dec 2015, University of Notre Dame, pp. 1-14. ISSN 1324-9320.
3. von Klitzing, K., Dohnert, M., Kroll, M., Grube, M. (2015). Mental disorders in early childhood. Deutsches Arzteblatt International, 112, 375-386.

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