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    The world now has the largest group of young people there will ever be on the planet. How they grow during the adolescent years will affect not only their own health later in life but the contribution they will make to their societies in the future.

    The world in which adolescents are growing is changing rapidly due to globalisation, urbanisation, digital media, and more accessible education. This creates many opportunities for the health and wellbeing but also some risks. Our studies describe these changing patterns of health and growth as countries undergo major transitions economically, nutritionally, demographically and epidemiologically.


    Australia-Indonesia Centre (AIC) Health Cluster

    The AIC was established by the Australian Government in late 2013 to facilitate research-driven innovation and build stronger relationships between Australia and Indonesia. It encompasses five research themes and clusters: Infrastructure, Urban Water, Health, Energy and Food and Agriculture.

    The aim of the Health Cluster is to reduce the burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) through innovative approaches which address primary prevention of NCD risks in children and adolescents.

    Mortality After Release from Incarceration Consortium (MARIC) study

    The MARIC study is a consortium of 28 longitudinal studies from around the world, each of which has examined mortality in people after they have been released from incarceration (which includes both prison and jail in the USA).

    Prevalence of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use among young people in the Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTS)

    This study will estimate the prevalence of alcohol, tobacco and other drug (AOD) use among young people in Pacific Island Countries and Territories. The project seeks to address findings of the Lancet Commission on Adolescent Health and Wellbeing which highlighted an increase in the prevalence of AOD use among young people, particularly in non-communicable disease-predominant countries.

    The health of vulnerable children and adolescent (Children deprived of liberty)

    Globally, many millions of children and adolescents are deprived of liberty in diverse settings including youth detention, adult prisons, asylum seeker detention, and notionally therapeutic settings such as inpatient psychiatric wards and drug treatment facilities. The UN Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty will generate much-needed global evidence and help establish the health of these vulnerable young people as a global development priority.

    The health of young people in the youth justice system

    The health burden in adolescents is concentrated in vulnerable subgroups, including those who come into contact with the youth justice system. This project takes the form of a series of 3 papers on the health of adolescents who come into contact with the youth justice system globally.

    The Lancet Commission on Adolescent Health and Wellbeing

    The Lancet Commission on Adolescent Health and Wellbeing was established in 2013. The Commission was a partnership of 30 of the world’s leading experts (those working in academic and technical institutions, and those at the policy/ implementation coalface) from 14 countries and two youth health advocates. Auspiced by The Lancet and led by four academic institutions: The University of Melbourne (UoM); University College London; The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Columbia University.

    Our future: a Lancet Commission on adolescent health and wellbeing was published in May 2016, and described the current understandings of adolescent health and wellbeing, the evidence base for action, and made recommendations for further action.

    The Lancet Standing Commission on Adolescent Health and Wellbeing

    The Lancet Standing Commission on Adolescent Health and Wellbeing is currently in a planning phase. Areas of active planning include improving the quality of data systems and the evidence base for practice, the best models for youth engagement and leadership, tackling inequitable systems and promoting effective working relationships between health services and education systems.