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Children's Week Forum 2010

To mark Children’s Week 2010, the Commissioner for Children and Young People hosted a forum which focused on child and adolescent mental health.

Held in partnership with the University of Western Australia, the Forum was attended by over 100 industry leaders, government and community agencies working with and for children and young people.

Australian of the Year Professor Patrick McGorry AO provided an insightful keynote address which discussed the urgent need for services to be reconfigured and strengthened to address current and future youth mental health issues and conditions.

He also spoke of the great importance that family, friends and the community play in supporting young people as they progress through treatment and recovery.    

Professor McGorry’s presentation was then responded to by Eddie Bartnik, WA Mental Health Commissioner; Professor Helen Milroy, Director of the Centre for Aboriginal Medical and Dental Health at UWA and Dr Caroline Goossens, Chair of the WA Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

The speakers took many questions from the audience and a discussion then developed about what is currently being done, and what remains to be done, to build brighter futures for the mental health and well being forWestern Australia’s 500,000 children and young people.


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