Current projects in the Children and Young People’s Health Research Group

Associate Professor Lena Sanci, leading colleagues from the Department of Paediatrics, Royal Children’s Hospital, the Centre for Youth Mental Health, and Melbourne Graduate School of Education, has been awarded the tender to deliver the remainder of the training to General Practitioners and Practice Nurses involved in the Victorian Government Doctors in Secondary Schools Program. Partnering with a leading a group of experts in the field of young people’s health (headspace, Family Planning Victoria (FPV), Foundation House, and the Youth Support and Advocacy Service), the training program comprises a consolidated suite of components, including face-to-face and online training with a learning management system enabling a Community of Practice for sharing of resources and exchange of expertise and support. The initial training conducted in 2017 has facilitated the introduction of primary care services into twenty Victorian schools, where mental health has been the most common presenting issue.

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Professor Meredith Temple-Smith has been successfully awarded seed funding from Melbourne Networked Society Institute (MNSI) for the #misCOURAGE Down Under project. About 1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage each year, a distressing event which may cause significant depression and anxiety. This initiative will draw on the collaboration which was forged by Meredith’s recent visit to Tommy’s Miscarriage Research Centre in the UK in 2017, and will establish a prototype Australian website for information and support.