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Australia brings world’s first children’s mental health and wellbeing strategy

13 October 2021 | News

$54.2 M funding to create new Head to Health Kids mental health and wellbeing centres for children up to 12 years

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The Australian government has launched the world’s first National Children’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy.

The strategy provides a framework to guide the development of a comprehensive, integrated system of services to maintain and support the mental health and wellbeing of children aged 0-12 and their families.

Minister for Health and Aged Care, Greg Hunt, said the strategy was part of the Morrison Government’s long-term national health plan.

The strategy provides a roadmap through coordinated investment and program development to ensure that children aged 0-12 can have all the opportunities for growth and development possible.

Importantly, several key priorities identified in the strategy received funding in the 2021-22 Budget, which provided a record $2.3 billion for the National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan aimed at transforming Australia’s mental health system. 

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