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COVID-19 and child mental health

Speciality Classification
General Practice ( GP ) / Family Medicine

On-demand recorded 16 May 2020

With much of Australia facing a resurgence in COVID-19 cases, and with Victoria returning to home schooling, this webinar explores the ways that GPs can support children and their families in this daunting environment, which has brought change, anxiety and stress.

Presented in partnership with Emerging Minds, this webinar will explain the current environment for GPs, families and children during the COVID-19 pandemic and describe appropriate management options, including when to refer, for a child experiencing mental health concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The presenters explore ways to start conversations with your child and young patients on how they are feeling about the pandemic, and the impact of telehealth on the patient experience.

Learning outcomes

  • Explain the current environment for GPs, families and children and those in your referral networks during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Describe appropriate management options, including when to refer, for a child experiencing mental health concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic

This event attracts 2 CPD points


Dr James Best
FRACGP, Chair, RACGP Children & Young Persons Health SI Network

Dr James Best (facilitator and presenter) Chair, RACGP Specific Interests Child and Young Person’s Health Network, James has been a general practitioner for over twenty years, and his medical practice has a special 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 Penny Burns
General Practitioner

Penny Burns is a General Practitioner based in Sydney. She has worked for over 20 years in urban and rural general practice and is a member of the RACGP Expert Committee - Practice, Technology and Management. She has been interested in computer and technology use in general practice since the early 1990s. Penny is interested in the use of technology to improve outcomes in learning. Over the last year she has been involved in delivering education sessions as part of the My Health Record in general practice national education awareness campaign. She is currently part of the CSIRO Primary Care Data Quality Content Working Group, which examines the use of data in general practice and is Deputy Chair of the Disaster Management Special Interest Group at the RACGP.

Dr Nick Kowalenko
Child and adolescent psychiatrist and Emerging Minds NSW Director

Began his postgraduate training in the Family Medicine Program with RACGP before training in child psychiatry. Nick is Vice-President of the International Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professionals. In his roles as deputy chair of Emerging Minds, Chair of Tresillian Council in NSW as a consultant to a variety of state and national NGOs and government bodies, he champions the promotion of children’s mental health.

COVID-19 and child mental health
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Children and young peoples health, Infectious disease
Provider Type
Non Profit Organisation
CPD Points