Who is Emerging Minds?
For over 20 years Emerging Minds has been dedicated to advancing the mental health and emotional wellbeing of Australian infants, children, adolescents and their families. The organisation now leads the National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health, delivered in partnership with the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS), the Australian National University (ANU), the Parenting Research Centre (PRC) and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).
Emerging Minds develops mental health policy, services, interventions, training, programs and resources in response to the needs of professionals, children and their families. We partner with family members, national and international organisations to implement evidence-based practice into the Australian context. Our resources are freely available at this web hub.
What is the National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health?
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.
The National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health, led by Emerging Minds, is one of two initiatives under the National Support for Child and Youth Mental Health Program. The other initiative is Be You, led by Beyond Blue, which focuses on schools and educators. Be You offers evidence-based online professional learning, tools and resources for educators in early learning services and schools. Together, these two initiatives aim to improve mental health outcomes for children and young people, commencing with the early years and going through to adolescence.