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Type: On-demand
Recorded: 30 Mar 2023


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Connecting with families: Common practice challenges in child mental health

On-demand recorded 30 Mar 2023

GPs are at the coalface of connecting and engaging with families where there are concerns about children’s mental health and wellbeing. Based on a case study, this webinar will explore some of the challenges and opportunities faced by GPs in the 'connect' phase of practice.

The webinar will draw on the National Child Mental Health and Wellbeing strategy as the foundation to explore the important role of all general practice staff – non-clinical staff, practice nurses, practice managers, and GPs in connecting with children and families.

Learning outcomes

  1. Identify challenges that arise when engaging with children and families in general practice setting
  2. Outline the benefits of a whole-of-practice approach in supporting families and children.

This event is part of Emerging Minds webinar series 2023. Events in this series are:


Dr James Best
Chair, RACGP Specific Interests Child and Young Person’s Health

Dr James Best has been a GP for over 20 years. His practice has a focus on child development, child behaviour, parenting, and children with disabilities. He has been widely published in medical and mainstream publications on these and other child health topics. Dr Best is Chair, RACGP Specific Interests Child and Young Person’s Health.


Dr Ewa Bodnar
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Dr Ewa Bodnar is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist working at the Queensland Centre for Perinatal and Infant Mental Health (QCPIMH) within the Zero to Four Child and Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS). Ewa’s role is a combination of direct clinical service delivery as the clinical lead of the infant mental health team, supporting state-wide development and training of the infant mental health workforce, and advocacy for the needs of infants.

Dr Cathy Andronis
Chair, RACGP Specific Interests Psychological Medicine

Dr Cathy Andronis works as a GP and psychotherapist in inner Melbourne and is a qualified family therapist. She is RACGP Specific Interests Psychological Medicine Chair, a member of the Victorian RACGP–RANZP liaison subcommittee, and is the RACGP representative for Mental Health Australia and the MHPN clinical education committee. Cathy is an experienced facilitator of case consultation groups for the RACGP and the Australian Society for Psychological Medicine (ASPM) and a provider of clinical supervision. She is the GP lead at Deakin University Eastern Health Clinical School.

Amanda Peters
Lived Experience

Amanda is a busy Mum to two children aged 11 and 14 years old. She has worked for over twenty years in various early childhood services and has a keen interest in supporting the mental health of children. From her personal and professional experience, Amanda has a good understanding of how health and social services can assist with supporting the social and emotional wellbeing of children, parents, families and communities. Amanda has contributed to a range of Emerging Minds projects as a child and family partner generously offering her lived experience perspectives to e-learning courses, webinars, consultations and review of resources.

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