We aim to improve the mental health and wellbeing of all Australian Children



Identify targets for mental health programs that will build mental capacity during critical years of development, and promote better health and education outcomes that continue into adolescence and adulthood. 

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Provide summary feedback to participating schools and education sectors on the mental health and wellbeing of their students and provide evidence-based findings on ‘what works’ in mental health promotion programs for schools.


Map patterns of resilience and vulnerability in early and middle childhood to further understand how these patterns relate to health, wellbeing, education, and work outcomes.


Understand how a population develops in order to help improve government policies and influence community-based action that maximise resilience and good mental health outcomes.


Latest News and Presentations

Achieving Good Mental Health for Aussie Kids

Teacher and student

June 2015

Mental health is an important issue for people of all ages. Click here to read how the NSW Child Development Study is working in partnership with primary schools across NSW, to improve the mental health and wellbeing of Australian children. 

New Study Video Now Available

1 April 2015

NSW Teachers Federation has released a video interview with Professor Vaughan Carr explaining key aspects of the NSW Child Development Study. Watch.

 Making an Early Start to Good Mental Health

25 March 2015

Childhood social and emotional competencies are important for developing good mental health and academic achievement. Read this article.

Presentation:The NSW Child Development Study (NSW-CDS)

12th March, 2015

Catholic Education Commission K6 Workshop, Associate Professor Kimberly Dean & Dr Stacy Tzoumakis.

Students report finding pilot survey fun.

17 Febuary, 2015

Students involved in the Middle Childhood Survery Feasability Study didn't find the survery upsetting, and even enjoyed filling it out. Read more about the feasiblity study.