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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.
Please join us for our next Catalysing Connections networking event: Everyone’s business: schools, mental health and learning
Dr Lisa Mundy joins the 'Be You - In Focus webinar' providing practical tips and strategies to support the whole school community through the primary to secondary school transition phase.
Does the mental health of mothers before pregnancy predict emotional sensitivity in their children?
Children can’t sign up to Facebook until age 13 but in Australia they can be prosecuted for a criminal offence at age ten, and that needs to change!
Wednesday 3rd April saw the Centre host the inaugural Catalysing Connections for Adolescent Health and Wellbeing networking event.