S5E1: Mental Health in Primary Schools

In this episode of Talking Teaching, Professor Jim Watterston, Dean of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE), explores the Mental Health in Primary Schools program (MHiPS) with Professor Frank Oberklaid OAM and Dr Georgia Dawson.

The Murdoch Children's Research Institute's Centre for Community Child Health, as well as partners from the MGSE and the Victorian Department of Education are supporting this new program, which aims to address mental health problems in children before they enter adolescence. Providing support, education, and social and emotional learning skills in primary school may reduce the prevalence of mental health problems in high school and beyond.

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Presenter: Genevieve Costigan

Producers: Zane Kingi and Genevieve Costigan

Guest speakers:

  • Professor Jim Watterston, Dean, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne
  • Professor Frank Oberklaid OAM, co-leader of policy, equity and translation at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) and an Honorary Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Melbourne
  • Dr Georgia Dawson, Research Fellow, Melbourne Graduate School of Education and MHiPS educational lead

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