More mental health support for those studying Bachelor of Early Childhood

More mental health support for those studying Bachelor of Early Childhood

by Freya Lucas

December 14, 2020

The Federal Government has announced its intention to improve mental health support for those studying at Universities around the country, including those who are studying early childhood education and care (ECEC) through the Bachelor of Early Childhood qualification.


Expert guidance will be given to Universities to ensure that they support and build students’ mental health, through the new national University Mental Health Framework.


The framework was launched by Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan, who says the framework puts the student’s experience at the heart of mental health support.


“The framework provides practical guidance to promote mental wellbeing, supports students experiencing mental illness, and improves collaboration with the mental health sector,” Mr Tehan said.


“We want students to be supported to meet their mental health needs so they can succeed in life and education. I encourage all universities to follow this new framework.”


The Australian University Mental Health Framework was developed by the youth mental health experts at Orygen, with $660,000 provided by the Government for its creation. 


“2020 has been an incredibly difficult year for university students,” Federal Minister for Health Greg Hunt said. 


“It’s important we continue to develop strong connections between universities and community mental health services, so students who experience mental ill-health can access the right care and treatment they need.


“Through the tremendous work of Orygen, we will continue to support university students so they can reach their full potential.”

For more information about the framework, please see here