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Child, Youth, Wellbeing and Research team head to Canberra for ACHPER Conference

This week, Dr Gavin Hazel and Liz Kemp from the Child, Youth, Wellbeing and Research team of the Hunter Institute of Mental Health will be attending 30th Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER) International Conference.

The conference will take place at Canberra University and is aligned with the Australian Curriculum for Health and Physical Education with the theme Participation in an Active and Healthy Life: Valuing the Participant Voice.

Supporting the social and emotional development and wellbeing of children and young people has been associated with better mental health outcomes, improved behaviour and higher academic achievement. For over 19 years, the Hunter Institute of Mental Health has been providing information and resources to teachers and educators for use in early childhood, primary, middle years and secondary teaching training.

Dr Hazel will present on Tuesday 17 January on the Start Well project, a current research project looking at helping the education profession understand the ways in which relationships in general and peer support in particular can positively influence early career teacher wellbeing and resilience.

The team will also be holding a exhibition display - providing information and free resources to conference delegates on the Response Ability and Connections programs which all aim to promote positive mental wellbeing and development in children.

If you are attending the ACHPER Conference this week, head to the Hunter Institute of Mental Health display to get your free copies of these valuable resources.

For more information about the ACHPER Conference, visit:

Published: 16 January 2017

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