On November 24, 2015, KidsMatter held a webinar focussed on supporting primary school aged children with anxiety.  It was facilitated by KidsMatter National Project Manager, Dr Lyn O'Grady, who is also a community psychologist with experience in schools and communities.

An interdisciplinary panel discussed a fictional case study, involving twins James and Charlie who are in Grade 3 and are new to their school. James is outgoing, competitive and places high expectations on himself.  Charlie struggles to separate from his mother, is shy and withdrawn in class, and has recently been complaining of stomach pains. Read the case study here.

The panel explored the signs of anxiety in primary school aged children, the causes of anxiety and its potential impact on children's mental health and wellbeing and suggested ways to respond, as a professional and in collaboration, to the needs of primary school aged children with anxiety.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this webinar, participants will:

  • be better equipped to recognise the signs of anxiety in primary school aged children
  • have a better understanding of the causes of anxiety and its potential impact on primary school children’s mental health and wellbeing
  • be better equipped to support and respond to the needs of primary school aged children with anxiety, including working collaboratively with primary schools, health and community professionals

You can watch the webinar recording below, or download it to watch offline later.

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Dr. Michaela Baulderstone
General Practitioner

Dr. Michaela Baulderstone is a general practitioner with a special interest in child health, parental support and counselling.  Michaela runs a primary care children’s clinic in Adelaide's North East, supporting children with behavioural, developmental and learning issues.  She provides a ‘primary care bridging service’ between general practitioners and specialist medical care by identifying any developmental issues, such as autism or ADHD, and exploring emotional and family issues prior to referral for definitive diagnosis and therapy

Dr. Marilyn Campbell
Professor at QUT, Registered Teacher and Psychologist

Dr. Marilyn Campbell is a professor at the Queensland University of Technology. She is a registered teacher and a registered psychologist. Previous to this, Marilyn supervised school counsellors and has worked in infants, primary and secondary schools as a teacher, teacher-librarian and school counsellor. Her main clinical and research interests are the prevention and intervention of anxiety disorders in young people and the effects of bullying, especially cyberbullying in schools. She is the author of the Worrybusters series of books for anxious children.

Facilitator: Dr. Lyn O'Grady
National Project Manager, KidsMatter

Lyn O’Grady is an experienced Community Psychologist with a particular interest in the mental health and wellbeing of children, young people and families.

Lyn’s work history has included roles within the education, health and community sectors.  She has worked with parents in parenting programs, individually at the community level and in schools for over 20 years. Lyn also worked as a school psychologist in the Western Metropolitan Region of Melbourne.

At a more systemic level, she currently works as the National Project Manager for KidsMatter at the Australian Psychological Society and has focussed in previous years on the mental health and wellbeing of primary school children.


Anxiety Webinar Slideshow [887KB] 

Anxiety Webinar Additional Resources [408KB] 

Anxiety webinar case study [216KB] 

Anxiety Webinar Panellists Bios [302KB] 

Anxiety Webinar Participant Guide [512KB] 

Anxiety Webinar Self Directed Learning Record [373KB]