Publication of the “Child and Adolescence Mental Health and Educational Outcomes” report

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Thursday 14 December 2017

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The Department of Education and Training engaged Dr David Lawrence, through the University of Western Australia (UWA) to conduct an analysis of the educational outcomes of children and adolescents with mental disorders using data from the Young Minds Matter survey, NAPLAN and parental information. The final report, “Child and Adolescence Mental Health and Educational Outcomes” can be viewed here. The report found that students with mental disorders (such as ADHD, depression and anxiety) have poorer NAPLAN results in all domains and year levels as well as higher rates of absence from school. In addition, the effect of mental disorders on academic performance compounds with socio-economic disadvantage.