Mindful aims to strengthen the mental health delivery system for children, young people and families by:
- Developing and delivering across Victoria, the best vocational training courses for health, education and welfare professionals
- Promoting effective community and clinical interventions by continuing education, professional support and advocacy
- Developing a research program to advance clinical and preventative understandings
- Advocating for children and their families regarding evidence based clinical interventions
- Developing links with others promoting children's health and happiness
Mindful is jointly auspiced by the Department of Psychiatry, The University of Melbourne and Monash University and is partly funded by a grant from the Victorian Department of Health. Mindful is the Victorian, state-wide teaching and training unit hosting postgraduate courses, professional development forums, workshops and short courses for professionals from a range of sectors [health, mental health, education, welfare] who are interested in further developing their knowledge and skills in child, adolescent and youth mental health.
Mindful has an excellent teaching and research facility located in Travancore, Victoria, with the ability to deliver courses via distant education and video conference to rural and interstate participants. Mindful has an active research program exploring emotionally tuned parenting, translated into very successful evidence based parenting intervention packages 'Tuning into Kids' 'Tuning into Teens' 'Dads Tuning into Kids' and "Tuning into Toddlers". This training has been delivered across Victoria, interstate and internationally.
Mindful is one of the consortium partners in Take 2 [a therapeutic service for Children in Care] together with Berry Street Victoria, Latrobe University and the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA). Take 2's trauma informed work has significantly influenced the broader system of care to better meet the needs of vulnerable children.
Associate Professor Alessandra Radovini
Associate Professor Alessandra Radovini is a consultant Psychiatrist with over 25 years clinical experience in Mental Health in the private and public sectors, metropolitan and rural settings and child, adolescent, youth and adult psychiatry. In 2007 A/Professor Radovini was appointed as Director of Mindful, Department of Psychiatry, The University of Melbourne. A/Professor Radovini holds an Adjunct position at Monash University and is the Victorian Director of Advanced Training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, part of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists [RANZCP] training program. Since 2011, A/Professor Radovini has also held the position of Clinical Director, Headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation.
Mindful seeks to promote the wellbeing of infants, children, adolescents and their families by improving the mental health literacy of a broad range of professionals working across health, education and welfare, and by translating sound evidence into best practice. Associate Professor Alessandra Radovini, Director of Mindful, Centre for Training and Research in Developmental Health