KidsMatter for students with a disability: evaluation report
Dix, Katherine Louise
Slee, Phillip T
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The KidsMatter Primary Mental Health Initiative is a whole of school framework that focuses on mental health care, the prevention of mental health problems and responding appropriately to mental health issue as they arise. The Australian initiative was originally designed for primary school children but has since been extended to early childhood as a separate initiative called KidsMatter Early Childhood.Upon completion of the Australia wide KidsMatter Evaluation, the data was examined to utilise information relating to students with a disability from South Australian primary schools. The analysis confirmed the previous findings of the Ministerial Advisory Committee that students with a disability are at significantly greater risk of developing mental health problems than students without a disability. The findings also suggest that KidsMatter Primary has had a positive effect on students with a disability by strengthening their wellbeing and reducing mental health difficulties.