The latest Policy Brief, ‘Children’s mental health’, is now available.
“In Australia, recent years have seen significantly increased awareness of mental illness and a major increase in available funding. However, mental health in early childhood – that is from birth to primary school age – remains a poor cousin to adult and youth mental health. The focus for attention and funding is primarily on 12-25 year olds and disadvantaged groups with only a tiny fraction of the available mental health funding in Australia devoted to 0-12 year olds. The next step is to focus on mental illness prevention and mental health promotion from very early childhood – where many of the mental health problems encountered in adolescence and adulthood have their origins…”
Read the full issue:
Policy Brief, Issue 24 (April 2012)
Past editions and references are available from the Policy Brief archives page.
The Centre for Community Child Health (CCCH) brought together a group of international and Australian experts to discuss place-based approaches for improving the lives of children and families in Australia at a roundtable discussion on 22 March.
The aim of the event was to develop a shared understanding of place-based approaches, the effectiveness of communities as a platform for change and to identify the challenges of developing place-based models and possible solutions.
CCCH has been supporting communities to plan, implement and evaluate local initiatives to improve the lives of children and families for over a decade. The evidence suggests that policies that support place-based initiatives are most likely to result in robust and sustainable programs that make a lasting difference to the lives of children and their families.
A report based on the roundtable will be released in late April 2012.
Presentations from the roundtable are available here.
Find out more about place-based approaches in the CCCH Policy Brief – Place-based approaches to supporting children and families (PDF 324 KB).