Podcast: Growing up in the shadow of the pandemic


In this episode of Political Forum Module, Child Psychiatrist Karen Gaunson and Child Protection Specialist Tim Moore join us to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on children, now and in the future.

The COVID-19 pandemic is casting many shadows – for many individuals and families, the livelihoods have been wrenched away. One of the issues that received very little initial attention is the impact on children’s psychological well-being. So what obstacles did children face before the pandemic, and how can policymakers ensure that the past 18 months do not leave lasting scars? In this episode of Political Forum Module, Dr Karen Gaunson and Associate Professor Tim Moore join Professor Sharon Bessell and Dr Arnagretta Hunter to discuss how society can give children a sense of hope in such difficult times. Listen here: https://bit.ly/3tV14c1

Tim moore is Deputy Director (Practice Solutions) at the Australian Child Welfare Center at the University of South Australia.

Karen gausson is a parent-infant, child, adult and family psychiatrist who works in a variety of settings including clinical practice and juvenile court. His research interests include reducing rates of child neglect and abuse.

Sharon bessell is Professor of Public Policy and Director of Gender Equity and Diversity at the Crawford School of Public Policy at ANU.

Arnagretta Hunter is a cardiologist, physician and senior clinical lecturer at the ANU Faculty of Medicine.

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