KidsMatter has been developed in collaboration with the Commonwealth Government Department of Health, beyondblue, the Australian Psychological Society, Principals Australia Institute and Early Childhood Australia

The Department of Health

The vision of the Department of Health is Better health and active ageing for all Australians. The department is responsible for achieving the Government’s priorities for population health, aged care and population ageing as well as medical services, primary care, rural health, hearing services and Indigenous health. The department administers programs to meet the Government’s objectives in health system capacity and quality, mental health, health workforce, acute care, biosecurity and emergency response, as well as sport performance and participation. The department supports the Australian community’s access to affordable private health services and is responsible for policy on Medicare and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.


beyondblue’s work is aimed at achieving an Australian community that understands depression and anxiety, empowering all Australians, at any life-stage, to seek help.  beyondblue raises awareness, reduces stigma and ensures people have access to the information they need to support recovery, management and resilience.  beyondblue is a national, independent, not-for-profit organisation and a bipartisan initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments.  beyondblue works in partnership with health services, schools, workplaces, universities, media and community organisations, as well as people living with depression, anxiety and related disorders and their carers, to bring together expertise and provide tools and resources.  beyondblue holds the head contract for KidsMatter Primary and KidsMatter Early Childhood.
Shaun Staunton
Program Leader - Diversity and Access
Phone: (03) 9818 9239

The Australian Psychological Society (APS)

The Australian Psychological Society is the largest professional association for psychologists in Australia, representing more than 20,000 members. The APS is committed to advancing psychology as a discipline and profession. It spreads the message that psychologists make a difference to peoples’ lives, through improving their health and wellbeing and improving scientific knowledge. The APS works on understanding important social issues facing Australian society and contributes to community wellbeing by promoting access to better health care and evidence-based treatments. To achieve these objectives, the APS is also involved in several projects that promote mental health and the benefits of early intervention for identified mental health difficulties across the lifespan, including KidsMatter.
Dr Lyn O'Grady
National Project Manager
Australian Psychological Society
Phone: (03) 8662 6623

Principals Australia Institute (PAI)

Principals Australia Institute is the national professional development body owned by the four Australian peak Principals’ Associations – the Australian Secondary Principals Association, Australia Primary Principals Association, Association of Principals of Catholic Secondary Schools of Australia and Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia. It is governed by a board representing these four associations, and managed by a secretariat based in Adelaide.
Principals Australia Institute supports principals, their associations and their schools, to build effective and sustainable leadership in Australia, so that the learning and wellbeing of students and staff are optimised. It provides access to professional development activities and resources on leadership development, leading learning and leading the promotion of social and emotional wellbeing. PAI also helps school leaders access professional learning communities and knowledge networks.
Kevin O'Callaghan
General Manager Operations & Support
Principals Australia Institute
Phone: (08) 8394 2100

Early Childhood Australia

Early Childhood Australia is a peak national, non-profit, non-government organisation that acts in the interests of young children aged from birth to eight years of age. They are a knowledge broker, linking quality-assured early childhood knowledge and information to those who need it. Early Childhood Australia is a leading early childhood publisher. They work with Government, Opposition parties and departments; early childhood professionals; parents, grandparents and other carers of young children; and various peak organisations and lobby groups to secure the best range of options and outcomes for young children as they grow and develop.
Judy Kynaston
National Project Manager: KidsMatter Early Childhood
Early Childhood Australia
Phone: (02) 6242 1802