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ECU launches study into Pandemic Impact on Children’s Wellbeing

Friday, 23 October 2020

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ECU academics are seeking expressions of interest for a new research project designed to support the health and wellbeing of children during, and after, the COVID-19 pandemic.

The School of Education’s MindSPAN (Mindfulness, Sleep, Physical Activity and Nutrition) Project is a new school-based initiative which aims to improve the health and wellbeing of young people.

The program will seek to strengthen children’s anxiety management and resilience skills, as well as their ability to make healthy decisions regarding physical activity, nutrition and sleep.

Lead investigator Dr Joseph Scott said the project is timely and critically needed, given the detrimental impact COVID-19 has had on mental and physical health at a population level.

“Recent research indicates that since the COVID-19 pandemic, generalized anxiety and depression symptoms are now twice as prevalent among Australians,” he said.

“Children are a particularly vulnerable population group, and schools, teachers and parents/caregivers need support to empower them to maintain their mental health and wellbeing during, and after this pandemic.”

The MindSPAN Project will be conducted in a school-based environment, with 20 WA government primary schools sought for inclusion in the program.

Dr Scott said schools were the ideal setting for the study to take place.

“School have been recognised globally as a strategic vehicle to promote health and an important setting for the development of healthy behaviours,” he said.

“This project will develop and provide free online teaching resources and activities to support schools, school leaders and teachers throughout, and beyond, the pandemic.

“This research will make an important difference to the health and wellbeing of many groups, including primary school-aged children and their families, teachers and school leaders.”

Register your interest

Any WA government primary school in the Perth, Peel or South West region can now register their interest to be involved in the MindSPAN Project via the Expression of Interest link.

More information

For more information, please contact:

Lead Investigator
Email: Dr Joseph Scott.

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