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WH&Y puts young people at the centre of a community of researchers, health care providers and policy makers driving progress in the wellbeing and health of adolescents in Australia.
Funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), the Centre of Research Excellence in Adolescent Health is an Australia-wide network of researchers committed to driving progress in the wellbeing and health of young people.
Through Wellbeing Health & Youth (WH&Y) we are drawing together a collective of researchers, clinicians, policy makers, health administrators and youth advocates to collaborate with young people on the development of health services that really work.
ETHICS OF ENGAGEMENT
Adolescent participation in the research and design of services is uncommon and current practices often fail to involve a diverse range of young people. WH&Y research will engage a diverse range of adolescents, families, health consumers, researchers, clinicians, policy makers and other community members to investigate the mechanisms, ethics and modalities of youth-engaged health research for our digital society.
Take a look at the WH&Y Engagement Framework, produced in partnership with young people.
ADOLESCENT HEALTH PATHWAYS & COSTS
Declining health in adolescence presages poor adult health outcomes, and foreshadows ever-increasing demands on over-stretched health budgets. WH&Y research will examine
pathways of health risk in adolescence, such as problem behaviour, injury, overweight, physical inactivity, substance use and sexual risk; we will calculate the likelihood of adverse health and social outcomes in adulthood; and we will model the long-term costs of failing to address preventable health risks in adolescence.
POLICY & PRACTICE IN ADOLESCENT HEALTH
Adolescents have diverse and emerging healthcare needs, yet they are often disenfranchised and under-serviced within healthcare systems that have traditionally focussed on the needs of young children and older adults. WH&Y research will investigate the role of health policies in adolescent health and healthcare in Australia and in international comparison countries. We will work with providers, administrators and young people to create a new understanding of how adolescents can benefit from policy and practice initiatives.
CREATING NEW KNOWLEDGE THAT INSPIRES AND INFORMS THE FUTURE OF ADOLESCENT HEALTH
New directions in ethical engagement with young people as partners in research design, research implementation and translation of results.
Clear communication of the life-long costs of ignoring health in the adolescent decade.
We are an Australia-wide network of interdisciplinary experts on the opportunities, challenges and costs of working with young people and their families to promote health and wellbeing in adolescence.