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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.
View helpful COVID-19 resources.
We're delighted to announce a once-off opportunity, mid-year enrolments are NOW OPEN for postgraduate studies in Adolescent Health and Wellbeing.
Celebrating the launch of the ‘Joining the Dots Transition Guide for Schools.’ A practical, digital resource for all school educators (transition coordinators) and wellbeing staff.
A guide for parents of adolescents. Professor George Patton and Dr Lisa Mundy - provide tips on positive change, creating new routines and dealing with disruption in school.
Congratulations again to Professor Sawyer AM and to all Australians honoured in the 2020 Queen's Birthday Honours.
Are you parenting secondary school-aged children during COVID-19? Professor Susan Sawyer and Dr Rohan Borschmann provide useful tips on anxiety, boundary pushing and talking to teenagers.