Integrating care to improve child mental health in families experiencing adversity - The Sector

Integrating care to improve child mental health in families experiencing adversity

December 7, 2021 - December 7, 2021

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This webinar explores how Child and Family Hubs are integrating health and social care to improve mental health in families experiencing adversity. It will cover the co-design, implementation, and evaluation of Hubs from a research, practice and policy perspective.


Childhood adversities are stressful and potentially traumatic events during childhood. In the absence of support, they can have lasting negative effects on health and wellbeing and can contribute to mental health problems. Much can be done to reduce and prevent the impact of adversities, yet, many families face barriers to accessing support and services in a timely and effective manner.


Integrated approaches to child and family-focused health and social care are promising strategies for engaging and supporting families experiencing adversity. These approaches focus on equity, early intervention, child and family needs, and linking and strengthening existing services.


What the webinar will cover:


  • an overview of the evidence of integrated primary health and social care approaches on child mental health outcomes
  • a discussion of integration – what does this mean and how do we integrate primary health and social care?
  • insights into how community health services are developing and implementing Child and Family Hubs for children 0-8 years and the challenges encountered
  • an overview of state government initiatives related to integrated primary care Hubs.


Participants will have the opportunity to engage in a Q&A with the panel.




  • Jayne Nelson – CEO, IPC Health
  • Alison Boylan – Director of State-wide Policy and Programs, Department of Health and Human Services
  • Dr Suzy Honisett – Postdoctoral Fellow, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
  • Prof Sharon Goldfeld (Host) – Director, Centre for Community Child Health.



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