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13 May 2014

Involved dads benefit children’s mental health and wellbeing

To coincide with National Families Week (15-21 May) KidsMatter is celebrating the important role of dads in supporting the development of good mental health and wellbeing in Australian children.


20 March 2014

Communication with kids key to the prevention of cyberbullying

To coincide with the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence on Friday, 21 March, KidsMatter is encouraging parents to regularly discuss online safety with their children to help prevent cyberbullying.


19 February 2014

KidsMatter eLearning course helps teachers and educators connect with families

Children’s mental health, learning and development are boosted when the adults caring for them work well together to understand their needs. To support these partnerships, KidsMatter has launched a free eLearning course that helps primary school teachers and early childhood educators engage with families.

20 January 2014

KidsMatter Starting School campaign helps families prepare children for the big day

More than 300,000 Australian children will start primary school in 2014 and this year parents can help their kids make a successful start with the KidsMatter Starting School resources.

8 November 2013

Children’s wellbeing conference a first for South Australia

More than 200 delegates from South Australian schools will gather at the first KidsMatter SA Conference on 11 November 2013. Guest speakers include popular psychologist and best-selling author Andrew Fuller, former senator and beyondblue deputy chair Natasha Stott Despoja, and other recognised experts in the field of children’s mental health. 

7 November 2013

Children’s wellbeing showcase in Townsville

Townsville schools and support agencies will gather to hear the latest news and research on children’s wellbeing at the Supporting Schools Showcase Day on 8 November 2013.

16 October 2013

KidsMatter ambassador Tracey Spicer launches Starting School campaign

Parents will be able to access more support for children starting school in 2014 with the launch of KidsMatter’s Starting School campaign during Children’s Week on 19 October 2013.


10 October 2013

Lauderdale Primary recognised for putting student wellbeing first

Through its commitment to improving children's mental health and wellbeing, Lauderdale Primary School in Tasmania will be one of the first schools in the country to be recognised as an official KidsMatter Primary school.

3 October 2013

Wagaman Primary School recognised for putting student wellbeing first

Darwin's Wagaman Primary School was the first Northern Territory school to receive KidsMatter Primary recognition for its strong commitment to improving student wellbeing. The school celebrated with a ‘Little Acts at the Wagaman Big Top’ event during Mental Health Week.

17 September 2013

Local kids benefit from childrens wellbeing initiative

KidsMatter Primary hit a significant milestone around Mental Health Week this year: Half a million kids, 40,000 teachers and 1400 schools are now engaged with KidsMatter Primary. To celebrate, we profiled a range of KidsMatter Primary schools from around Australia to their local news outlets.  

8 October 2012

New website offers families tips on children's mental health

A new website – kidsmatter.edu.au – has been launched to help families, primary schools, and early childhood education and care (ECEC) services support children’s mental health and wellbeing.

The website has been designed with a specific section for families.  It includes free parenting information sheets on more than 40 topics affecting children, including fears and worries, dealing with anger, making friends, starting school and more. The sheets have been developed by mental health experts and are evidence-based.


28 June 2012

Unique project a big winner for Australian children's health

A unique project credited with improving the wellbeing and learning of Australian primary school children will be the focus of a major conference in Melbourne TODAY (Tuesday 23rd April).

In Victoria alone the initiative, KidsMatter Primary, had a 300% increase in uptake last year (2011) – with around 180 schools prioritising student mental health and wellbeing.


4 July 2011

New evidence shows emotional wellbeing boosts children’s learning

A new study has revealed how a program designed to boost social and emotional wellbeing is linked to improved school results.

The independent research into KidsMatter Primary, a national initiative which aims to improve the mental health of students, has linked the successful implementation of the program with an improvement in school work equivalent to six months extra learning.

Backgrounder

What is KidsMatter?

KidsMatter is an Australian initiative that has been highly successful in improving children’s mental health, wellbeing and learning outcomes.

It was developed in collaboration with the Australian Government Department of Health, beyondblue, the Australian Psychological Society, the Principals Australia Institute, and Early Childhood Australia.


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