Sharing information and engaging with parents about child mental health

Sharing information and engaging with parents about child mental health

Angela Obradovic, Myfanwy McDonald and Mandy

This webinar explored how practitioners can support child mental health by sharing information and effectively engaging with parents.


This webinar was held on 12 February 2019.

A full recording of this webinar is available on our YouTube Channel.

The audio, transcript and presentation slides are available under Event Resources on this page. 

A list of resources related to this topic is available on our post-webinar forum.

Practitioners working with parents regularly share information with them about child health and development. Sharing information with parents about child mental health is important because the issue is widely misunderstood. 

This webinar explored how practitioners can share information about children’s mental health (0-12 years) and effectively engage parents to support prevention and early intervention for child mental health difficulties. 

Drawing upon practice wisdom, research findings and lived experience, Angela, Myfanwy and Mandy explored how practitioners can tailor information about child mental health to: 

  • meet families’ unique needs
  • reflect the circumstances that impact on family relationships, social relationships and relational capabilities. 

We also examined some of the factors that might get in the way of engaging parents during this process and how these barriers can be approached. 

Participants were encouraged to reflect on their own practice.

This webinar was the third in a series focusing on children's mental health. It has been co-produced by CFCA and Emerging Minds. They are working together as part of the National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health, which is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health under the National Support for Child and Youth Mental Health Program.

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About the presenters

Angela Obradovic

Angela Obradovic is a Workforce Development Officer with Emerging Minds. Prior to this role, she worked as an adult mental health social worker for over 25 years, following a career as a secondary school teacher in Victoria. Angela has a longstanding commitment to systemic change that acknowledges the impact of mental illness on relationships and the interdependent needs of all family members, in particular, parents and their dependent children. She has contributed to a number of publications and has presented extensively on relationally oriented mental-health practice.

Myfanwy McDonald

Myfanwy McDonald is a Workforce Development Officer with Emerging Minds and a Knowledge Translation Specialist at the Parenting Research Centre. She specialises in developing resources designed to enhance practitioners’ and policy-makers’ understanding of evidence, taking into account the reality of the practice and policy context, and with a focus on the health and wellbeing of children and families.


Mandy is a Child and Family Partner with Emerging Minds and lived experience consumer. She has worked as a primary school teacher in the public and independent education system since 1999. Mandy took a career break when she had young children to work as a university tutor and a practicum advisor for beginning teachers. Her first experience of mental illness was post-natal psychosis in 2010 and since that time has received mental health care via a psychiatrist and psychologist. She is currently teaching part-time as an English Additional Language or Dialect (EALD) teacher, which she enjoys thoroughly.

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