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Grandparents Raising Grandchildren with Disabilities

This review synthesized the literature from 1990 to 2013 regarding the subject of grandparents raising grandchildren, particularly grandchildren with disabilities. It also examines sources of support and family quality of life of grandparents raising grandchildren. Implications for those working with families in schools as well as suggestions for future research are presented.


Kids Helpline Insights

The Kids Helpline report provides insights into the key issues affecting young people, outlining why more than 200,000 children and young people contact Australia's only 24/7 youth specialist counselling service each year, including how they contact the helpline, counselling trends and how Kids Helpline works with others to address national issues like youth self -harm, suicide, mental health and online safety.


School-based education programmes for the prevention of child sexual abuse

This Cochrane review found evidence that school-based sexual abuse prevention programmes were effective in increasing participants' skills in protective behaviours and knowledge of sexual abuse prevention concepts. Studies have not yet adequately measured the long-term benefits of programmes in terms of reducing the incidence or prevalence (or both) of child sexual abuse in programme participants.


Children may not face added stress from joint custody

The moving back and forth between two homes may not harm the mental health of kids in joint-custody arrangements as much as some experts feared, according to a new study. Researchers in Sweden found that while children whose parents don't live together have more psychosomatic health problems than kids in nuclear families, the kids in joint custody arrangements had fewer issues than those living with a single parent.


Working with culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) adolescents 

CFCA (Child Family Community Australia) has released a collection of resources that provide information and highlight good practice for professionals working with CALD adolescents.


Eating Disorders: A Professional Resource for General Practitioners

The NEDC have developed a professional resource for GPs to support their role in the treatment of eating disorders which can encompass prevention, identification, medical management and referral. This resource is divided into three sections covering screening and assessment, referral to appropriate services and ongoing treatment and management. The resource encourages General Practitioners to act as an approachable ‘first base’ for those seeking help.

Trauma-informed care

Understanding the pervasiveness of trauma and the harm it causes presents new opportunities for those who work with and care for youth and young adults. Focal Point 2015 is dedicated to Trauma-Informed Care – from neurobiology to public policy.



Technology and mental health

Digital Dog is a research group within the Black Dog Institute working to use technology to solve mental health problems. It has 5 main areas: interventions to lower depression, lower suicide risk and promote wellbeing; social media as an indicator of mental health risk; mobile phones as pervasive devices to measure mental health; harnessing technology to prevent mental health problems in school and public documents to promote the usefulness and cost effectiveness of e-health technologies for Australia. 

Screening for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System

Many young people in the juvenile justice system are challenged with co-occurring behavioral health needs. To aid system of care practitioners, Reclaiming Futures recently published guidelines for dual diagnosis screening and assessment of these youths. This free resource contains links to other sources of information as well as lists of screening and assessment instruments.