KidsMatter Primary commenced in 2006 as a collaboration between the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, beyondblue, the Australian Psychological Society, and the Principals Australia Institute.
The initiative was piloted in 100 Australian primary schools between 2007 and 2008, and independently evaluated by Flinders University. The evaluation found KidsMatter Primary had a significant improvement upon children’s mental health and wellbeing.
On 5 October 2009, the Hon Mark Butler MP, announced funding of $12.2 million (GST inclusive) over 3 years to allow the expansion of the successful KidsMatter Primary pilot program.
The Australian Government committed an additional $18.4 million over 4 years from 2010 to 2011 as part of the Taking Action to Tackle Suicide package. This will enable KidsMatter Primary to be expanded to 2000 primary schools by June 2014.
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