Our purpose

Improving the mental health of Australian infants, children, adolescents and their families.

The mental health of infants, children and adolescents has a significant impact on their future health and wellbeing. Emerging Minds is dedicated to advocating for the development and implementation of appropriate prevention, promotion and early mental health programs and services for children and their families.

We are committed to:

  • acting as an advocate for infants, children, adolescents and their families
  • representing a 'united voice' on all issues relating to infant, child and adolescent mental health.
  • developing relevant and practical resources in response to the needs of children, their families and professionals
  • raising national awareness of the needs of infants and children
  • improving access to support for children and families across all ages and stages
  • disseminating research and best practice approaches through collaboration, events, conferences, workshops and newsletters.
  • formulating principles of best practice based upon scientific knowledge and the lived experience of children and families in accordance with relevant national standards
  • being proactive in advising the government and non-government bodies on the mental health needs and priorities of infants, children, adolescents and their families, for policy making, planning, decision making and funding purposes
  • collaborating with other organisations that represent the mental health interests of infants, children, adolescents and their families
  • lobbying for increased funding for practice and research in the area of infant, child, adolescent and family mental health.

Our guiding principles:

  • Emerging Minds strives to be a leader in the field of advancing and promoting the mental health of infants, children, adolescents and their families.
  • Working with infants, children, adolescents and their families requires a fundamentally different response from adult mental health.
  • Mental health issues affecting infants, children, adolescents and their families are considered from individual development, family life cycle, cultural and community perspectives, and in the context of the social determinants of health.
  • Strengthening the mental health and wellbeing of infants, children, adolescents and their families through collaborative partnerships with family members, national and international organisations.
  • Child and adolescent mental health is pursued within a context of human rights principles (the International Convention on the Rights of the Child).
  • Encouraging evidence-based practice through the development, dissemination and implementation of high quality research.
  • Active partnerships in co-production are inclusive and developmentally appropriate, to ensure the participation of children, adolescents and families.