Australian Capital Territory

Regional support in your area


A key part of our project is engaging with organisations across Australia to promote quality improvement strategies so that parenting practices can be enhanced, child mental health supported and the effects of trauma and harm reduced.

We have small teams of state-based Child Mental Health Workforce Consultants who would love to work with you and your team.

Child Mental Health Workforce Consultants can:

  • Engage with key state/regional based stakeholders and/or organisations delivering clinical and non-clinical services to infants, children aged 0 to 12 years and/or their parents/guardians.
  • Provide advice to major state/regional based stakeholders regarding quality workforce development in the field of promotion, prevention and early intervention as it relates to the mental health of infants and children including how parents/guardians can effectively care for their children.
  • Provide scaffolded learning and development though face to face training and support.
  • Identify and implement opportunities for integrated workforce development planning and delivery including organisational, systems change and continuous quality improvement.
  • Support the development of a sound implementation strategy that can promote organisations to keep the mental health of infants and children in mind, where early intervention and prevention strategies are strengthened using evidence-based interventions.

Key Contact

  • Helen Francis

    Manager, Partnerships and Implementation
    Helen is responsible for leading the National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health Partnership and Implementation strategy. She has vast knowledge of Human and Community Services that includes over 30 years executive management experience, identifying service gaps, developing community partnerships, and advocating for quality training and systems support to improve knowledge, skills and practice across service sectors. She has lead action research, community consultation, community development, co-design and workforce development capacity building initiatives. Helen’s recent roles have involved developing evidence-informed training products and delivery of these to national audiences along with supported systems and implementation strategies to inform practice change to key audiences such as the ACT government and Queensland and New South Wales Health. Before joining Emerging Minds Helen was the Project Manager of national workforce development initiative Protecting and Nurturing Children: Building Capacity Building Bridges (BCBB) at the Australian Centre for Child Protection, University of South Australia. This initiative was responsible for supporting organisations across Australia in adult-focused, and child and family focused services to enhance their knowledge, skills and collaborative relationships to support parents to meet the developmental and social and emotional needs of children in their care.

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