Stay informed with the latest updates on coronavirus (COVID-19). Find out more >>


  • 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.    

    WHO Collaborating Centre for Adolescent Health

    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 Adolescent Health.

    Provision of technical advice on adolescent health to WHO, including headquarters, regions and countries.

    • Provide technical assistance in support of technical advocacy materials related to the health sector role on adolescent health
    • Provide technical assistance on the establishment of a WHO short list of health indicators on adolescent health and development of new indicators
    • Contribute to the strengthening of systems that support global data collection and analysis (at global and national levels)
    • Contribute to the development by the Department of MCA of WHO guidelines on improving health services for adolescents
    • Contribute to the development by the Department of MCA of an adolescent health research agenda

    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.

    A Centre for Research Excellence: Driving Global Investment in Adolescent Health

    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.

    Department of Adolescent Medicine, The Royal Children’s Hospital

    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.

    Department of Paediatrics, The University of Melbourne

    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:

    • Master of Adolescent Health and Wellbeing
    • Graduate Diploma in Adolescent Health and Wellbeing
    • Graduate Certificate in Adolescent Health and Wellbeing - Health Promotion stream
    • Graduate Certificate in Adolescent Health and Wellbeing - Oncology stream

    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.

    • Global Adolescent Health
    • Cancer Care for Adolescents and Young Adults
    • Community Access Program (CAP)