Working collaboratively to support students experiencing exam anxiety

Date produced 25 May 2016

Join our panel as we discuss how to collaboratively support high school students who may be experiencing anxiety while they undergo their year 12 studies.

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Watch this facilitated panel discussion of Jessica's story to be better equipped to:

  • describe how to engage with young people to assess their anxiety
  • implement key principles of providing an integrated approach in the early identification of youth who are at risk of suicide and/or self-harm due to stress and anxiety from end of school studies
  • identify challenges, tips and strategies in providing a collaborative response to assisting youth who are experiencing stress and anxiety when completing their end of school studies.

Review our interdisciplinary panel of experts' bios:

  • Ms Jodi Nilsson (Psychologist, Queensland)
  • Associate Professor Craig Hassed (General Practitioner, Victoria)
  • Mr Paul Jameson (School Social Worker, Victoria)
  • Professor Valsamma Eapen (Pychiatrist, New South Wales)


  • Dr Mary Emeleus (General Practitioner and Psychotherapist, Queensland)

Access a range of resources to enrich your learning experience:

Jessica's story, the case upon which the discussion is based

Download a copy of the presentation slides

View a list of supporting resources recommended by the panel

Survey respondents identified the following key take home messages about the webinar:

  • It is important for teenagers studying to maintain a good diet,get enough sleep and regularly exercise.
  • Keep communication channels open to identify anxiety when it occurs and help support adolescents.
  • There is a need for collaboration across all disciplines.
  • Supporting adolescents with anxiety starts by alleviating the immediate stress and anxiety.  Only then can you focus on more targeted psychological interventions.
  • It is important to involve the family and provide reassurance that anxiety is normal.

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