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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.
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
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.
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).
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.
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 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
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 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