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Channel 10 News: Screentime and academic performance

Dr Lisa Mundy discusses how screen time in childhood impacts academic performance in later years.

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Podcast: Exploring the link between hormones and mental health

Dr Lisa Mundy discusses how hormones can play a role in predicting mental health problems in children.

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Podcast: Understanding the Middle Years

Professor George Patton from CATS discusses the importance of the middle years for health and emotional development

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ABC Life Matters: Are a child’s ‘middle years’ more important than we thought?

Lisa talks to ABC Radio National's Life Matters program about the importance of the middle years

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Screen time: how much is too much?

Dr Lisa Mundy and other experts discuss the benefits and downsides of screen time with Woolworths

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SBS News: Bullying Rife in Australian Primary Schools

A report compiled by CATS shows that bullying is affecting the learning outcomes and emotional health of primary school students.

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Medical Xpress: Bullying impacts on primary students’ learning ability

Primary school students who are being bullied and/or experiencing emotional difficulties are falling behind at school.

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Channel 9 News: Children as young as eight affected by poor body image

Channel 9 reports on the latest CATS research, highlighting that children as young as eight years old are unsatisfied with their bodies.

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Channel 7 News: Children as young as 8 are battling poor body image

Hear Dr Libby Hughes and some CATS participants talk about poor perceptions of body image in young children.


To celebrate 150 years of The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Murdoch Children's Research Institute has partnered with the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation to bring colour and creativity to the streets of Melbourne and Geelong with a spectacular public art trail.

Commencing on Wednesday 20 January 2021, 100 UooUoo (pronounced you-you) sculptures, painted by local artists, will be dotted throughout laneways, streets, parks, beaches and public spaces across Melbourne and Geelong.

We are so excited to announce our UooUoo will be located at Queen Victoria Market and revealed on Wednesday 20 January. 

Click here for more info:

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New findings from CATS 👇** TRIGGER WARNING ** (This article contains information about self-harm in children)

New research reveals that some primary school-aged children have self-harmed, prompting calls for intervention efforts to start earlier.

The study, led by Murdoch Children's Research Institute and The University of Melbourne, found three per cent of students reported self-harm in Grade 6.

Participants who reported having few friends and those who had experienced bullying victimisation, were seven and 24 times more likely to have self-harmed at age 11-12 years, respectively.

Those who self-harmed were also more than seven times more likely to report depressive symptoms and five times more likely to report anxiety than their peers who had not self-harmed.

Senior author Professor George Patton said the study highlighted the importance of early intervention strategies being introduced in primary school.

If you or someone you know needs additional support, please don't hesitate to reach out:

Kids Helpline Official

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Join us next Thursday at The Wyndham learning festival! Dr Lisa Mundy will discuss the importance of supporting children's emotional wellbeing during the middle years (8-14 years), drawing on findings from our new policy brief.
Find out what theory, research and practice can tell us about supporting children's emotional well-being during covid-19. Register to virtually attend this free event: ➡️
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Join us tomorrow! Our very own Dr Lisa Mundy will be one of the experts discussing The Missing Middle: The Importance of the Middle Years.
Thursday 15th at 3:30pm AEDT.
Register here:

Come and find out:
- What makes these middle years so important?
- What can schools do to maintain engagement and support wellbeing through the middle years and the transition to secondary school?
- What is the impact of COVID-19 likely to be?

Photo by Pragyan Bezbaruah from Pexels.
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