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Note: this is a past research project that is now complete.
The Healthy Neighbourhoods Project is a large study looking at
the health and wellbeing of children and teenagers across Victoria,
Queensland and Western Australia. Thirty different
communities from across these states have been selected to take
part in the project. The project aims to assess the diversity of
adolescent health and behaviour problems across communities with
different socio-economic and political characteristics.
During 2006, over 8000 young people in years 6 and 8 were
surveyed. The survey involved two parts: (1) an on-line
questionnaire designed to provide information on health and social
problems experienced by young people, and (2) a basic physical
health assessment, including height, weight and blood pressure.
The project also involves a survey of key informants in each of
the chosen communities, designed to determine the level of each
community's prevention planning efforts toward supporting the
healthy development of young people. Key informants are
identified from across a wide range of sectors including education,
law enforcement, community agencies, mental health, and others.
The information obtained from the Healthy Neighbourhoods Project
will provide an understanding of the issues relevant to young
people today and will help identify ways to make communities better
places for young people to grow up.
National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
Dr Joanne WilliamsPhone: (03) 9345 5088