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Where can I go for further information?

Raising Children Network
Raising Children Network, funded under the Australian Government’s Stronger Families and Communities Strategy, is a national website aimed at helping families care for their children. Articles on a range of issues relevant to children’s development are available on the website.

Articles on a range of issues relevant to friendships and empathy are available on this website. Website address details are provided below or click on the ‘grown-ups’ tab to access the articles:

Australian Psychological Society
The Australian Psychological Society is the largest professional association for psychologists in Australia. It spreads the message that psychologists make a difference to peoples’ lives, through improving their health and wellbeing and increasing scientific knowledge. Tip sheets on a range of topics related to children’s mental health are available at on the website – See ‘Tip Sheets’ in the ‘Publications and Products’ tab (top right-hand side of the home page) for details.

Centre for Community Child Health
The Centre for Community Child Health supports and empowers communities to improve children’s health and wellbeing. It operates clinical services, research and programs. A range of resources and publications are available on the website – See ‘Childcare and Children’s Health’ in the ‘Resources and Publications’ tab on the toolbar on the left-hand side of the page.

Early Childhood Australia
Early Childhood Australia is the peak national, non-profit, non-government organisation that acts in the interests of young children. They provide a range of options and outcomes to support growth and development of young children. Articles on issues relevant to child development and mental health are available on the website.

Kidscount, developed by the Australian Childhood Foundation, is a website for parents and carers that provides useful information about supporting children’s development. It is available in a range of languages on the website.