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Consultation on the draft NHMRC Report on the Evidence: Parenting/caregiving practices and behaviours to promote the social and emotional development and wellbeing of infants

Closed on Sunday, 4 September 2016, 11:59pm (AEDT). Submissions are no longer being accepted.

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has evaluated evidence that focuses on the effectiveness of interventions and some parenting practices that may promote an infant’s social and emotional development and wellbeing. 

NHMRC is seeking your views on its draft report titled NHMRC Report on the Evidence: Parenting/caregiving practices and behaviours to promote the social and emotional development and wellbeing of infants (draft Report on the Evidence). 

The draft Report on the Evidence summarises the findings of a systematic review commissioned by NHMRC and an assessment and interpretation of the evidence in the Australian context by NHMRC’s Mental Health and Parenting Working Committee.  Whilst the draft Report on the Evidence may be of interest to clinicians, it is designed for policy makers, researchers and service providers who work with parents of infants, to promote infant and children’s mental health and wellbeing. It is envisaged that this report may be useful in underpinning relevant service or policy development.

The underpinning systematic review reports, prepared for NHMRC by the Australian Research Centre for the Health of Women and Babies, The University of Adelaide, are being released for background information to assist interested parties in preparing their submission. These reports are not subject to consultation.

Further information on NHMRC’s work on parenting and child social and emotional wellbeing and the Mental Health and Parenting Working Committee can be found on the NHMRC website at http://www.nhmrc.gov.au/health-topics/parenting-and-child-wellbeing.

Scope of the consultation

The purpose of targeted consultation is to:

  • ensure that the relevant evidence has been identified and appropriately considered
  • seek feedback about whether the report is presented in a manner that can be understood and utilised by the target audience (policy makers, researchers and service providers who work with parents of infants) and
  • seek ideas on how to promote and disseminate the final Report on the Evidence.

NHMRC will only give consideration to submissions that address the prescribed consultation questions. 

All submissions must be made through this online public consultation portal.  If this is not possible, please contact the NHMRC Project Officer to make alternative arrangements.

Comments on the draft Report on the Evidence close at 11:59pm, Sunday 4 September 2016.

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Consultation date

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Closing date: 
Sunday, 4 September 2016 - 11:59pm
Extension: 
Please note that for some NHMRC consultations no extensions will be given. Where extensions are available you will need to contact the project officer using the contact details at the bottom of this page. However, in order for NHMRC to extend the date of a submission you will need to have created an account and started a submission.
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