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Join our lunchtime webinar series as we bring together diverse early childhood perspectives, share evidence and resources, and explore equity and innovation in community child health.
All children deserve the environments, experiences and opportunities they need to thrive.
We know that a fair and healthy start in life supports lifelong health and opportunity for children, and allows families, communities, society and the economy to prosper. In a time that presents unprecedented challenges, emerging from this pandemic with a greater focus on fairness, the early years, and innovation is critical for tackling inequity and optimising wellbeing.
The Thriving Children, Thriving Communities series unites clinicians, researchers, practitioners, community members and policymakers to explore issues of significance to community child health.
Panellists: Dr Ana Gamarra Rondinel, Prof Sharon Goldfeld, Juanita Pope and Melissa Stone.
During Anti-Poverty Week, the Centre for Community Child Health and the Victorian Council of Social Services are partnering on a webinar to explore prevention and early intervention solutions to reduce the impacts of financial hardship and poverty on children and families.
Panellists: Vicki Horrigan, Dr Niroshini Kennedy, Susie Kieliszek, Dr Karen McLean, Dr Trupti Prasad, Deb Tsorbaris.
During National Child Protection week our September Thriving Children, Thriving Communities webinar focused on the health and wellbeing of young people living in out-of-home care. The panel brings expertise in research, clinical care and service provision to examine the challenges and needs of children in out-of-home care and what is being done – and should be done – to ensure they thrive.
Panellists: Dr Nat Kendall-Taylor and Prof Frank Oberklaid
Date: Monday 5 June 2023
Prof Frank Oberklaid and
Frameworks Institute CEO Dr Nat Kendall-Taylor discussed the need for a focus on prevention and how the science of framing can be used in communications to build support for preventative solutions.
Panellists: Susan Anderson, Olivia Hilton, Prof Sharon Goldfeld, Michelle Lucas and John Bush.
This webinar provides an overview of Restacking the Odds, the evidence behind the approach, and explores how lead indicators are enabling services to better meet the needs of children and families—particularly those experiencing disadvantage.
Panellists: Annette Fuller, Cathryn Thoday, Claire Jennings, Lauren Heery, Dr Paul Prichard and Dr Rebecca Goodhue.
Date: Thursday 27 April 2023
This webinar explored what a community of practice is and how it can be used to build connections and improve practice. View the recording to hear from community of practice participants about challenges and opportunities.
Panellists: Dr Daniel Peyton, Professor Harriet Hiscock, Dr Jenny Maxwell and Derek McCormack.
Date: Tuesday 11 October 2022
Positive mental health supports children’s learning, development and social relationships. This webinar explored resources and strategies developed to help young people and families access the support they need including COMPASS (COnnecting Mental-health PAediatric Specialists and community Services), the Raising Healthy Minds App and the FindWays website.
Panellists: Dr Valerie Sung, Dr Hayley Smithers-Sheedy, Emma Webb and Kate Daly.
Date: Tuesday 30 August 2022
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a common virus that rarely causes problems in healthy people. However, if women develop CMV infection during their pregnancy, they can pass the virus onto their baby – this is congenital cytomegalovirus. While uncommon, congenital CMV can cause developmental difficulties and accounts for around 15-20% of childhood hearing loss that affects both ears. This webinar explores congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV): what it is, how it affects children's healthy development, and the efforts dedicated to identifying and reducing congenital CMV.
Panellists: Dr Tim Moore, Catherine Thompson, Kerry Laming, Tara Day-Williams and Vikki Leone (Host).
Ensuring that every child in every community has what they need to thrive has proved elusive in Australia. Despite our efforts, many children, families and communities remain overburdened and under-resourced. Traditional ways of working are failing to address inequity, disadvantage and vulnerability. This webinar explored the role of community listening in effecting change for children and families, and showcased the collaborative work of Hands Up Mallee, and the Stronger Places Stronger People initiative.
Panellists: Anne Hollonds, Pasi Sahlberg, Kavita Bali and Sharon Goldfeld (Host).
We welcomed back recent panel members to further explore the themes and questions posed by participants at webinar, Shifting the focus: the pandemic and children – two years on. This online Q&A explored the issues and potential actions for building back differently to ensure every child thrives. Panel members discussed the role of schools and partnering with families in enhancing children's wellbeing and the importance of ensuring children's voices are both heard and actioned.
Panellists: Anne Hollonds, Pasi Sahlberg, Leanne Rodriquez and Sharon Goldfeld (Host).
Over the two years of the pandemic we have seen school and workplace closures, social distancing and changes to everyday life disrupt the lives of children and families. However, the disruptions associated with the public health responses have also included free childcare, income support and accommodation for those experiencing homelessness. This webinar bought together expertise in research, policy, education, and practice to reflect on the emerging effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on children and families, and share promising or innovative ideas for strategies to reduce inequity and optimise opportunities.
Panellists: Professor Frank Oberklaid, Dr Jon Quach, Dr Georgia Dawson and Gita Peterson.
Schools are an ideal platform to address children’s mental health issues. This webinar described a new model of school mental health support – the Mental Health in Primary Schools (MHiPS) project – which places a trained Mental Health and Wellbeing Coordinator as an additional resource in primary schools.
Panellists: Dr Suzy Honisett, Jayne Nelson, Prof Frank Oberklaid, Prof Sharon Goldfeld (Host).
Childhood adversities are stressful and potentially traumatic events during childhood. In the absence of support, they can have lasting negative effects on health and wellbeing and can contribute to mental health problems. This webinar explored how Child and Family Hubs are integrating health and social care to improve mental health in families experiencing adversity. It covers the co-design, implementation, and evaluation of Hubs from a research, practice and policy perspective.
Panellists: Dr Tim Moore, Dr Paul Prichard, Kitrina Edwards.
This webinar explored the importance of partnering with parents to optimise children’s wellbeing, using Empowering Parents, Empowering Communities (EPEC) as a case study. EPEC is a community-based program training local parents to run parenting groups (developed in the UK and led in Australia by CCCH).
Panellists: Lauren Heery, Rachel Mullin, Leah Taylor. Hosted by
Professor Sharon Goldfeld.
Quality improvement offers a practical, step-wise approach to understanding problems and designing and testing possible responses. It can empower those who work with children and families to solve the issues they face. This webinar explored how quality improvement is being used to build understanding of communities, share learnings and create partnerships for change.
Panellists: Dr Billy Garvey,
Professor Sharon Goldfeld,
Professor Harriet Hiscock, Karen Inkster and Melanie Wade.
This webinar was the first of the series. It explores research, clinical, community and parenting perspectives on an innovative model of care that embeds paediatric specialists in primary care, and uses telehealth to improve access to care for children in remote and regional areas.
Panellists: Kushi Ashraf,
Bec Fry, Joanna Harper and Paul Prichard.
This webinar provides an overview of the Platforms approach to place-based change developed by the
Centre for Community Child Health. It offers insights from the perspective of a community member and service provider involved in Platforms projects in Victoria and Western Australia.
The Centre for Community Child Health has published a range of resources to help communities plan, implement and evaluate place-based change:
The Centre for Community Child Health is a department of The Royal Children’s Hospital and a research group of Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.