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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.

    Thriving Children, Thriving Communities 2022

    The Thriving Children, Thriving Communities series unites clinicians, researchers, practitioners, community members and policymakers to explore issues of significance to community child health.

    Community listening: What happens when we start with children and families?

    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.

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    Q&A: Shifting the focus

    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.

    Shifting the focus: the pandemic and children - two years on

    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.   

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    Past webinars: recordings and resources

    Children’s mental health: How primary schools are supporting positive mental health

    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.


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      Integrating care to improve child mental health in families experiencing adversity

      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.

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        Parents as partners and co-workers: A case study in peer-led parenting programs

        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).

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          Learning and changing: Using quality improvement to create more equitable services

          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.

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          • Best Start
            The Best Start program is a Victorian Department of Education and Training place-based prevention and early intervention initiative focused on strengthening early childhood services for Victorian children and families. Since 2016 CCCH has provided training and coaching to Best Start facilitators to help adopt a quality improvement approach. 
            1. Best Start Guide to improvement
            2. Best Start and CCCH quality improvement initiative 

          Pushing the boundaries: Using telehealth to improve access and care

          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.

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          Platforms: Supporting community led change

          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.

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          The Centre for Community Child Health has published a range of resources to help communities plan, implement and evaluate place-based change:


        Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

        The Centre for Community Child Health is a department of The Royal Children’s Hospital and a research group of Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.