Dr KerrieBuhagiar

Out of School Hours Care programs play a crucial role in promoting the well-being of children by providing a secure environment that promotes a sense of belonging, nurtures positive relationships with peers and adult role models, promotes healthy habits, and equips children with the necessary skills to cope with life’s obstacles.


Our Kids Count:

Supporting Mental Wellbeing to Help our Children Thrive

During this session, Dr Kerrie Buhagiar – Chief Programs Officer at Smiling Mind, will explore key issues and topical discussions relating to children’s mental health and wellbeing. Smiling Mind’s approach to children’s mental fitness skill development will be shared, as well as the importance of focusing on our own mental fitness, as key caregivers in children’s lives.


Dr Kerrie Buhagiar

Chief Programs Officer at Smiling Mind

Dr Buhagiar brings over two decades of experience in health program design and delivery in Australia and the UK. She is passionate about designing health systems and programs that not only put people at the centre, but are exceptional at responding to the needs of those that use them. For the past 15 years, Kerrie has led a range of initiatives that strive to improve mental health and wellbeing in homes, schools, workplaces, as well as across a range of digital settings. She is an advocate for child and youth mental health and is passionate about transforming the way we all view our mental health – as an asset, rather than a problem – and something we can proactively look after, just like our physical health.


Did you Know?

Recent research highlights an increase in children nationwide facing various emotional challenges such as anxiety, depression, anger, fear, loneliness, stress, hostility, and aggression.  Statistics show that 1 out of every 7 primary school students faces a mental illness, and 75% of all mental health conditions begin before the age of 24.

It is crucial for each one of us to contribute towards supporting children and making a positive impact on their well-being.

What steps can OOSH Educators take to improve their understanding in order to provide better support for children?