Supporting the workforce around child mental health
To improve mental health in children by giving professionals who work with families the tools and skills they need to intervene early.
Who we’re working with
We are a key delivery partner in Emerging Minds: the National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health. The Australian Government Department of Health has invested in the centre as a way to support both clinical and non-clinical professionals who work with children, parents and families.
We are working together on this project with other key partners:
- The Australian Institute of Family Studies
- The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
- The Australian National University
What we’re doing
Emerging Minds will build the capacity and strength of the workforce to enhance parenting skills and parent-child relationships, reduce trauma and harm and ultimately, improve mental health outcomes for children aged 12 and under. In order to do this, Emerging Minds will develop:
- a national online hub with real-time access to support, resources and training
- tools for engaging children and families in the design and delivery of services
- a network of child mental health consultants to support practices
- a communication and implementation strategy to put evidence into action.
Our role in this major national initiative is to provide content development expertise and leadership in the following areas:
- evaluating services
- synthesising and translating knowledge
- implementing programs and services
- quality improvement.
The results so far
The Emerging Minds web hub was launched in 2017 and now contains a wide range of resources. Funding for Emerging Minds has also been extended until 2021 – a move that will increase the National Workforce Centre’s capacity to deliver support to a broader range of professionals.
We’ve already completed a number of rapid evidence reviews summarising data, literature and policy relating to key topic areas for the initiative. The Emerging Minds consortium is now using these reviews in developing content for professionals. We have also played a lead role in developing content for a new online course on social and emotional wellbeing of children, which will be published on the web hub.
In addition, the internal evaluation framework we developed captures the core outcome areas for the National Workforce Centre. It will guide the development of new measures and tools to evaluate the Centre’s success.
Emerging Minds is currently completing the final wave of recruitment for ‘local to national’ consultants who will work in dedicated regions across Australia. Further online learning resources will also be available in 2018.