Can you spare 45 minutes?

The request……

Emerging Minds is interested in any observations you have about mental wellbeing in children (0-12years) with developmental delay or intellectual disability.  We would also like to learn more about your learning and skill building needs related to supporting mental wellbeing for your clients. If you can spare about 45 minutes to talk to our interviewer, Laura Hayes, then please contact her on 03 8660 3500 or email to find out more.

What is Emerging Minds?

This is a great opportunity to influence how Emerging Minds develops resources and ensure their relevance to the Australian workforce and the needs of Australian children living with developmental delays. Whatever your approach or experiences in considering mental wellbeing in your practice, we would like to hear from you.

Emerging Minds is a national initiative enhancing the mental health of young people 0-12 in Australia. The goal of Emerging Minds is to build workforce capacity in practitioners who support children, adults and families, in order to better promote child mental wellbeing.  You can read about the work we do at  The site has many resources for practitioners, including practice papers and e-learning modules that are available for free to all practitioners.


Who will be interviewing me?

Dr. Laura Hayes, a Research Specialist at Parenting Research Centre (PRC)( ), one of the organisations in the consortium behind Emerging Minds is conducting the practitioner interviews.  Other agencies that are involved in Emerging Minds are the Australian Infant, Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health Association (AICAFMHA), along with, Australian National University (ANU), Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP). Together we are developing the National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health currently funded to 2021 by the Federal Department of Health.


Some example questions…..

  • What is your general thinking or approach in relation to the mental wellbeing of children with developmental delay or intellectual disability?
  • Do you notice mental wellbeing or mental health concerns in your clientele?
  • When there are behavioural concerns with a child, can you tell me how you go about supporting that child?
  • Are there barriers and enablers in providing the right supports for children with developmental delay and mental wellbeing concerns?

More info

This interview project has full ethics approval, for more information, please see invitation below.

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