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Mental health check for three year olds

Mental Health Minister Mark Butler is concerned about possible over-reaction to clinical experts’ advice after three-year-olds are screened under the new Healthy Kids Check program. The program, which starts on July 1, will be predominantly managed by GPs who will ...

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Mental health experts debate child screening

Concerns of false diagnosis and overmedicating young children have been raised ahead of a national rollout of a program to test three-year-olds for social and emotional issues. Mental Health Minister Mark Butler says safeguards are needed to ensure the government’s ...

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More guidance on ADHD needed

A lack of information, as well as stress and pressure from family and friends, may be preventing parents of children with ADHD from considering all their treatment options, a study has found. Research from the University of Western Sydney indicates ...

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Early testing of learning difficulties called for

Plans to introduce mental health checks for three-year-olds should be expanded to include a test for learning difficulties, a leading psychologist has said. Clinical psychologist Tim Hannan believes the move would stop many parents signing their children up for treatments ...

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Slow down childcare reforms: PC

Childcare providers have called on the federal government to slow the rollout of its planned reforms to the sector until it can afford to fund them entirely. A draft Productivity Commission report into Australia’s early childhood development workforce has found ...

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Calls for independence in child protection

The Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare told a child protection inquiry on Tuesday that oversight of the child protection system needs to be independent of the Department of Human Services to ensure accountability. There also needs to ...

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Children at risk, Victorian Auditor-General says

The Victorian department responsible for the health and wellbeing of kindergarten-age children is failing to ensure vulnerable families don’t slip through the cracks, an independent report has found. Auditor-General Des Pearson has recommended the Department of Education and Early Childhood ...

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Progress on early childhood reforms being made: Ellis

NSW and Victoria are ahead of the other states when it comes to implementing national early childhood education reforms, a new report has found. But federal child care minister Kate Ellis praised each state and territory on the steps they ...

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