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.
Wellcome 'active ingredients' for mental health interventions
Since 2020, Wellcome has
commissioned research teams from around the world to review “active
ingredients” of effective interventions for youth anxiety and depression. In
2021, the Centre for Adolescent Health was proud to have had two recipient
Monika Raniti, Prof Susan Sawyer and Prof George Patton were commissioned to
synthesise the evidence for the role of school connectedness in the
prevention of youth (14-24 years) anxiety and depression, in partnership
with a youth advisory committee with lived experience of mental health
promotions and the schooling system. Read more about the project.
Shilpa Aggarwal, Prof George Patton and Prof Nicola Reavley were commissioned
to review and synthesise evidence on the role of religious and spiritual
beliefs in prevention, treatment and coping with difficulties in anxiety and
depression in young people. The review focused on the evidence from low-
and middle-income countries and was guided by lived experience consultants
participating as co-researchers in the project. Read more about the project.
An Australian Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) for “Driving Global Investment in Adolescent Health” has been funded by Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council from March 2020 through to March 2025. Its purpose is to generate research to drive investment in neglected areas of adolescent health including groups experiencing significant discrimination or disadvantage specifically, Indigenous young people and young people in contact with the justice system. Neglected areas include mental health, non-communicable disease risk, injury and violence and substance abuse.
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 HPS.
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
maintain momentum globally and at the country level for comprehensive and
integrated approaches to adolescent health and take forward the recommendations
from the 2016 report and provide mechanisms for addressing the barriers to
progress, the Lancet proposed a Lancet Standing Commission on Adolescent Health and Wellbeing. Current
initiatives include Lancet series on growth and nutrition expected to appear in
early 2021, analyses of future NCD risks (2021), analyses of injury disease
burden and investment cases (2021) and a series on adolescent indigenous health
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.
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; 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.