School of Public Health and Community Medicine

Child & Adolescent Health About Us

Child and Adolescent Health is a growing research theme at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine and spans a broad range of research areas aiming to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people.

Children and young people are at the centre of our research. We work in partnership, led by communities and young people to address the structural, environmental and social determinants of health through strengths-based approaches. Our work is global and we have research partnerships in Indonesia, Fiji, Myanmar and the Asia-Pacific more broadly to strengthen health systems and address social and structural inequities.

We are leading research that is focused on the growing burden of non-communicable diseases among children and young people particularly around nutrition, alcohol and other drugs, mental health, injury, violence and self-harm, as well as sexual health and infectious disease.

Our researchers are collaborative and represent a true cross-section of disciplinary backgrounds, from psychology, epidemiology, health promotion, health systems, data science, social science, implementation science and health economics.

Importantly, our research translates to change on the ground.  Our research informs policy, is used in health economic modelling, has led to the development of models of care, innovative social enterprises and practical online toolkits to improve access to care. We work closely with health services, NGOs, clinicians and policy makers to ensure that our research achieves translation and improves the lives of children and young people.