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Engagement with our partners, supporters and the wider community is fundamental to the success of the Centre for Adolescent Health in achieving our key goal (and
vision) of making the difference to young people’s health and wellbeing by advancing knowledge, practice and policy.
To help enact our vision, the CAH run a series of networking events,
Catalysing Connections for Adolescent Health and Wellbeing
with interested stakeholders. These events provide researchers, practitioners, policy makers and implementers the opportunity to discuss topics of mutual interest. Please visit the page for further information and to watch past events.
The Centre for Adolescent Health, in collaboration between the University of Melbourne Department of Paediatrics, the Royal Children’s Hospital and the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, became the World Health Organization’s first non-European Collaborating Centre in
Provision of technical advice on adolescent health to WHO, including headquarters, regions and countries.
Chair of the 2013 WHO committee on global indicators for adolescent health
Member – Helping Adolescents Thrive (HAT) initiative
Member – Advisory group for the Accelerating Action for Adolescent Health, the Global AA-HA!
Our current suite of projects largely sit within a WHO and UNESCO new initiative of “Making every School a Health Promoting School”, a United Nations collaboration that includes UNICEF, UNFPA, UNAIDS and UNRWA. We have been engaged to review current policies and evidence, and to develop new global standards and an implementation guidance for
Health Promoting Schools, please visit our page for further information.
Commencing in 2020, and led by Professor George Patton from the Department of Paediatrics, Centre for Adolescent Health with collaborating partners (Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Burnet Institute, University of New South Wales, University of Queensland, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute) will be embarking on a new phase of research through a National Health and Medical Research Council Centre for Research Excellence. This centre will address the major technical roadblocks to investment in neglected aspects of adolescent health globally, including mental and substance use disorders, injury and violence and non-communicable diseases. It will provide a clearer understanding of health priorities for decision makers as well as identify what the most cost-efficient policy and programming investments will be.
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. Please visit the
Department of Adolescent Medicine website for more information.
The Centre for Adolescent Health, through the
Department of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne, offers online
postgraduate courses that integrate knowledge from a range of disciplines (including medicine, psychology, sociology, social work, youth work, public health and health promotion), and examines the different theoretical frameworks and professional approaches these disciplines bring to working with young people.
The courses are:
As well as university-accredited post graduate programs, the Centre for Adolescent Health has also developed a number of innovative online
professional development programs. These are free to any-one interested.