Mental Health in Primary Schools (MHiPS): A state-wide initiative to increase the capacity of schools to support children's health and wellbeing

Monday, October 23, 2023 - 12:00 PM

The Grand Rounds Seminar Series is jointly sponsored by The University of Melbourne Department of PaediatricsMurdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI) and The Royal Children's Hospital. It is the flagship educational meeting of The Royal Children's Hospital campus, and takes place each week at lunchtime on Wednesdays.

As part of the MCRI Population Health Showcase, the Mental Health in Primary Schools (MHiPS) team presented at the June 2023 Grand Rounds. The team outlined the development and evolution of MHiPS over the past 3 years, from a trial in 10 schools to the current state-wide rollout in Victoria. Findings from the evaluation of the 100-school MHiPS pilot were also presented.

Watch the seminar.


  • Professor Sharon Goldfeld – Director of the Centre for Community Child Health and Theme Director, Population Health, MCRI
  • Professor Frank Oberklaid – Paediatrician and Co-Group Leader, Policy & Equity, MCRI
  • Dr Simone Darling – Senior Research Fellow and Program Manager, MCRI
  • Ms Rachel Smith – Research Manager, MCRI
  • Dr Georgia Dawson – Research Fellow and Training Lead, University of Melbourne
  • A/Prof Jon Quach – Learning Intervention, University of Melbourne

Proudly in partnership with

MHiPS would like to acknowledge the Ian Potter Foundation, the Victorian Department of Education and Training, the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust, SALT Catalyst, Bupa, the RE Ross Trust and the R.M. Ansett Trust for their support in establishing the initiative.