Children’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy

On 22 January a group of clinicians and OTA staff met with the National Mental Health Commission to discuss the development of the Children’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy.

The development of this strategy was announced by Minister Greg Hunt late 2019.

OTA put out an EOI for interested clinicians to participate in this meeting and we received a strong response, clinicians from 5 states and territories participating in the meeting.

The meeting was requested by the commission to seek Occupational Therapists advice and opinion with regard to 4 key questions:

  1. What is the perspective of OTA and their members on children’s mental health and wellbeing in Australia?
  2. What are the current issues and gaps across and within systems supporting children’s mental health and wellbeing?
  3. What are the top three issues that the strategy needs to address?
  4. What current successes and opportunities could the strategy build on?

The meeting was hosted by OTA and chaired by Professor Frank Oberklaid. The conversation was robust and varied with the commission acknowledging OTA’s professional view and issues raised.

An interim report is due out mid-year with the final strategy due to be released in December 2020.

For further information about this work and other areas of focus for the national mental health commission please go to:

https://www.mentalhealthcommission.gov.au/Mental-health-Reform/Childrens-Mental-Health-and-Wellbeing-Strategy

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