Everyone’s business: schools, mental health and learning

Please join us for our Catalysing Connections networking event

On Thursday 1st August, 70 people braved the chilly weather and attended our second Catalysing Connections event. The intent of these events is to bring people together from different disciplines and sectors to discuss the interface between research and policy in adolescent health and wellbeing.

The topic of the evening was, ‘Everyone’s business: schools, mental health and learning’. In Australia, mental health continues to receive much media and political attention, with concerns about high rates of youth self-harm and suicide. More recent research broadens this agenda to the education sector. Early emotional problems profoundly affect learning and academic achievement. Equally it is clear that mental health promotion in school settings can yield great benefits in school engagement and prevent mental health problems. In the international context, achieving synergies between the health and education sectors will be central to policy initiatives in growing human capital. Locally, the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System provides an opportunity to reconsider the role of schools in promoting student mental health and wellbeing.

Using a Q & A format, six panellists will explore options for schools and teachers to address the mental health and wellbeing of students as well as the role of health professionals in working with the education sector.


Panel Q&A – What we currently know?

Panel Q&A – What has changed / How is it measured?

Audience Q&A – Gatehouse discussion

Audience Q&A – Primary education, early intervention and transition

Audience Q&A – Child protection services

Audience Q&A – Vulnerable kids and policy strategy

Canapes and drinks
5.00 pm – 5.30 pm

Panel Q&A 
5.30 pm – 6.30 pm

Professor Peter Goss, School Education Program Director, Grattan Institute
Dr Lisa Mundy, Research Fellow, Childhood to Adolescence Transition Study, MCRI
Professor George Patton, Professor of Adolescent Health Research, UoM
Helen Butler, National Education Advisor, headspace School Support
Cathie Nolan, Child Health advisor, Victorian Department of Education and Training
Student ambassador, Childhood to Adolescence Transition Study (CATS)

Audience Q&A
6.30 pm – 7.00 pm

Drinks and canapes
7.00 pm – 8.00 pm

Synapse café / Cox and Walford Rooms
Level 5, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
50 Flemington Road, Parkville, Victoria 3052

This event is supported by Geoff and Helen Handbury Family Trust



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