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Adolescence is a time of unique growth and opportunity. Good health and wellbeing in adolescence brings benefits across the life-course and into the next generation. The Centre for Adolescent Health generates knowledge and provides training for practitioners and policymakers about the best investments for healthy development during the adolescent years.
The Centre for Adolescent Health is a world-leading technical and research group based in Melbourne, Australia.
We are part of
The Royal Children's Hospital campus in Melbourne, Australia. Our key partners for Research and Education are the
Murdoch Children's Research Institute, and the University of Melbourne,
Department of Paediatrics.
We work closely with The Royal Children’s Hospital’s
Department of Adolescent Medicine including its specialist services in eating disorders, gender identity and chronic illness.
Adolescence is the phase of life stretching between childhood and adulthood. During adolescence, an individual acquires the physical, cognitive, emotional and social capabilities, together with the economic resources that provide the foundation for later life health and wellbeing.
How we conceptualise and define adolescence influences the scope and focus of laws, policies, and programmes intended to protect and empower adolescents. For these reasons, the Centre for Adolescent Health believes in a definition of adolescence as 10 - 24 years of age, which aligns closely with patterns of adolescent growth and popular understandings of this life phase.
Dr Jess Heerde on reducing the impact of homelessness for young people through establishing a foundation for prevention, breaking down stereotypes, and giving young people a voice. Read the interview.
For young people experiencing homelessness, violence and its threat can become a daily issue of survival and protection. Read more about Dr Heerde and Dr Pallotta-Chiarolli's work.
Once considered a latent period, the transition from primary school to secondary school is now thought to be critical in the health and emotional development of students. Listen to the podcast and/or read the interview with Professor George Patton.
Throughout the month of August, PMNCH and partners are hosting a weekly webinar. Every webinar a different organisation shares their key learnings, best practises and will discuss opportunities to influence promises, policies and programs to support adolescent health and wellbeing.
Adolescent births in Australia have fallen to an all-time low. However, the lack of national data means that we cannot tell whether this decrease reflects lower rates of conception or higher rates of abortion.