Awareness at an early age may help later on

The Healthy Kids Check for preschoolers was greeted by a storm of controversy when it was announced by the Rudd government in 2011.

One of the most contentious issues was the inclusion of an ‘emotional wellbeing’ question.

Some experts argued it had the potential to overmedicalise young children but others said there was benefit in catching mental health problems early.

A recently published study shows existing screening protocols to assess the mental health of very young children are poorly predictive