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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.
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Please join us for our first virtual Catalysing Connections for Adolescent Health and Wellbeing event, ‘The Missing Middle: The Importance of the Middle Years’ on Thursday 15th October, from 3.30 to 4.30 pm.
The Australian Youth Taskforce is calling on young Australians to contribute ideas to the National Youth Policy Framework.
The Centre of Adolescent Health is once again partnering with the University of Melbourne to deliver an online course centered on Global Adolescent Health. The program is taught by two leading academics and CAH co-directors, Professor George Patton and Professor Susan Sawyer. The 8-week program explores the dynamic factors affecting the health and wellbeing of young people across the different … Continued
Men and boys account for 75 per cent of deaths from suicide, making them a key group for interventions, but an expanded national effort to prevent suicide demands that we have evidence of what actually works.
In this first longitudinal study of electronic media use in primary school children, results find that children with heavy TV or computer use had reduced academic results 2 yrs later.