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Professional development

  • 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

    With over 25% of the world’s population aged between 10 and 24 years, today’s generation of young people is the largest in human history. This intensive 8-week online course (6 weeks of active teaching) explores the health and wellbeing of young people across the different countries and regions of the world, and what individuals, communities and nations can do to improve their health and life chances.

    Prepared and presented by Professors Susan Sawyer and George Patton, the course is comprised of a series of 3 to 15-minute audio-visual lectures each week. Students work through the program at their own pace and in their own time, and can engage with other students online.

    Enrolment is simple, there are no prerequisites, and it costs nothing. 

    To enrol in the Global Adolescent Health course or for additional information visit: https://www.coursera.org/learn/youth-health

    2020 course start dates

    • 29 June 
    • 7 September (TBC)

    2021 course start dates

    • TBC 


    Cancer Care for Adolescents and Young Adults

    In collaboration with the University of Melbourne and ONTrac at Peter Mac Victorian Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Service, the Centre for Adolescent Health has developed a free online course for health professionals, and anyone with an interest in young people with cancer. 

    Using a method known as ‘spaced education’, multiple choice questions are delivered to the learner’s email inbox every second day. Responses are posted immediately, accompanied by related evidence-based information, and free resources.  

    Part I: Cancer Care for Adolescents and Young Adults explores adolescence as a developmental stage, before describing the common cancers that affect young people, and how cancer varies in this population group.

    Part II: Cancer Care for Adolescents and Young Adults examines the physical, emotional and psychosocial effects of cancer and its treatment on young patients, and effective communication and engagement strategies.

    Each module only takes about 5 minutes per day over 8 to 9 weeks.

    There are no set start dates, you can enrol at any time. Visit http://cah.qstream.com to enrol. 

    Community Access Program (CAP)

    Any of the subjects listed on the post graduate program pages of this website, can be undertaken as a single subject through the University of Melbourne’s Community Access Program (CAP). Students may choose whether to complete assessments or not, and receive a certificate accordingly. Fees vary depending on the subject. If assessments are satisfactorily completed, they can be credited towards a post graduate course undertaken at a later stage.

    Nurses Working with Adolescents and Young Adults  

    These modules, also based on ‘spaced education’ are in development and are due to be released at the end of 2018.

    Contact

    For further enquiries please contact: 

    Dr Ani Wierenga 

    Academic Coordinator, Adolescent Health and Wellbeing

    Centre for Adolescent Health 
    E wierenga@unimelb.edu.au


    Catalysing Connections for Adolescent Health and Wellbeing

    Melbourne has great diversity in its adolescent health and wellbeing work. It crosses sectors, disciplines, departments and universities but there are few opportunities to come together. The Catalysing Connections for Adolescent Health and Wellbeing events provide researchers, practitioners, policy makers and implementers this opportunity to discuss topics of mutual interest. 

    Paediatrics 2040: the future of child and adolescent health services

    On Wednesday 3rd April 2019, the Centre for Adolescent Health, hosted the inaugural Catalysing Connections for Adolescent Health and Wellbeing networking event at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, with guest presenter Professor Russell Viner from the UK. The session discussed challenges around the provision of quality adolescent health care including the fragmentation in health services. 

    Watch and read more about the event here: Paediatrics 2040: the future of child and adolescent health services

    Everyone’s business: schools, mental health and learnings

    On Thursday 1st August, 70 people attended the second Catalysing Connections event. The topic of the evening was, ‘Everyone’s business: schools, mental health and learning’. Professor Susan Sawyer hosted a panel discussion about the health and education interface, and the important role schools play in adolescent (and child) mental health.

    Watch and read more about the event here: Everyone’s business: schools, mental health and learnings 

    Adolescent health and criminal justice: How can they co-exist?

    On Wednesday 6th November, 70 people attended our final 2019 Catalysing Connections event where Professor Stuart Kinner hosted a Q&A style discussion (moderated by Elise Worthington from ABC TV) on criminal justice and adolescent health, addressing what it is that ‘we’ should do differently to:

    • Prevent young people ending up in detention
    • Meet the health-related needs of young people in detention
    • Achieve the best health-related outcomes for young people after release from detention.

    Watch and read more about the event here: Adolescent health and criminal justice: How can they co-exist?

    2020 events

    At this stage, we are still hoping to host two Catalysing Connections events in the latter half of 2020.

    The first event has been tentatively planned for September and convened by Dr Lisa Mundy and will focus on the primary to secondary school transition.

    The second event is planned for late October and convened by Dr Rohan Borschmann with a focus on self-harm.

    Details of these events will be confirmed closer to the date, dependant on the resolution of the COVID -19 outbreak.

    Contact

    For further enquiries please contact: 

    Molly O'Sullivan at cah.info@mcri.edu.au

    T +61 (0)3 8341 6229