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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.
Professor Michel Boivin presenting findings from two birth-cohort studies from Quebec, focusing on early developmental trajectories, gene-environment interplay, and their significance for prevention.
Adolescence has changed significantly in the last century. Professor Susan Sawyer is working to improve our understanding of the contemporary complexities of this age group.
In an interview with Pursuit, Dr Lisa Mundy discusses the need to better understand a child’s middle years - between ages eight and 12 – and how transformative the changes are.
Special Seminar by Prof Nathan Hughes on "The health and developmental determinants of adolescent criminalisation."
Results from a new study show how drinking frequently during adolescence can predict alcohol misuse at age 19 years.