Mid-career research opportunity: child mental health prevention

Are you interested in innovative approaches to mental health prevention? Join our team and lead an exciting three-year project focused on community-led responses to enhance children’s mental health 

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The challenge 

Children’s mental health is critical for their overall health, development and wellbeing and supporting children’s positive mental health delivers immediate and long-term individual, social and economic benefits.

Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has had significant impacts on children’s mental health and wellbeing. The lockdowns, loss of opportunities to play and build relationships with peers and parental job losses has had an immediate impact. Significant longer-term impacts are becoming apparent such as social and emotional delays that will be felt in the years to come.

The opportunity: optimising children’s mental health with local responses 

We’re seeking a part-time (0.4 FTE) mid-career researcher to lead and develop a three-year project as part of a post-doctoral research program.

This three-year fellowship project will take a community-engaged systems approach to understanding the impact of COVID-19 on children’s mental health to optimise children’s overall health and wellbeing. The project will quantify and understand the impact that COVID-19 has had on child mental health and wellbeing, with a focus on two Local Government Areas, and will consider how communities might respond.

You will have:

  • a relevant PhD/Doctoral qualification
  • at least 3 years postdoctoral experience (relative to opportunity) and appropriate level of expertise gained from a combination of experience, training or professional accreditation
  • experience in developing and facilitating partnerships to build relationships, to achieve joint outcomes
  • expertise and/or keen interest in children’s mental health and wellbeing.

Access the key selection criteria and apply

This incredible opportunity has been made possible with the generous support of the LEW Carty fund.


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