National Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Wellbeing study

The Australian Government has allocated funding for a study looking at the mental health and wellbeing of Australian children and adolescents.

What the Study is 

The study will provide updated prevalence rates of common mental health disorders for Australian children and adolescents. 

Why it is important 

The National Children’s Mental Health and Wellbeing strategy, released in 2021 found the need for more national data about children’s mental health and wellbeing.  

Evidence about child and adolescent mental health is an important part of understanding the health and wellbeing of young people in Australia. 

Governments and mental health service providers will be able to use information from the new study to:

  • plan mental health services for children and adolescents
  • find out whether existing services are appropriate to meet needs
  • decide whether extra services are needed, and 
  • benchmark progress in achieving national and jurisdictional goals in promoting the mental health and wellbeing of children and adolescents.

Goals of the project 

Advice from experts in child and adolescent mental health will be used to decide the final aims and scope of the study. 

Summary of stakeholder feedback from meetings in 2023.

Who we work with 

We are running a competitive tender process to commission a provider, or consortium led by a single provider, to design and run the study. We advertised an Approach to Market on AusTender from 14 March 2024 which closes on 26 April 2024. 

Refer to AusTender Listing: Health/E23-231083 for further details.

Note: Interested parties must be registered on AusTender. All prospective tenderers should direct questions to the contact officer specified in the Approach to Market.

The successful tenderer will design the study with input from a range of child and youth mental health experts and people with lived experience. Study design is expected to begin in 2024.

Related information 

The last national study of mental disorder rates in children was in 2013-14. See the report from the second Australian Child and Adolescent Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing, Young Minds Matter (published in 2015).

Contact us if you have any questions about the Study. ChildMHSurvey@health.gov.au

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