School of Public Health and Community Medicine

Child & Adolescent Health Our Projects

Positive life pathways for vulnerable adolescents

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Young people (13-18 years) referred to residential alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment services are often at risk in a range of other health and psychosocial domains, including psychosocial distress, injury, self harm, suicide, homelessness and poverty. The Youth Pathways Study - an Australian Research Council (LP140100429) and Ted Noffs funded project has used mixed methods (linked data, surveys and interviews) to understand the experiences and outcomes among young people referred to the Ted Noffs Foundation residential AOD treatment programs.

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Using sport to promote social change

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Sport is a powerful tool.  Participation can promote health education, empowerment, social inclusion, poverty reduction and even peace and conflict resolution. At UNSW’s School of Public Health and Community Medicine, our team is engaging in initiatives that use sport as a means to create social change.

Sport for social change (SFSC) initiatives have been growing steadily for the last three decades and are recognised by the establishment of a number of UN Resolutions, diverse international networks and the United Nations Office for Sport Development and Peace.

In a world first, our team leads a global study on social enterprise as a sustainable funding mechanism for SFSC organisations to thrive.

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Community-led solutions to prevent Aboriginal child injury

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Injury is the leading cause of death in Australian children. Our School is working together with Aboriginal community-controlled organisations in Walgett, NSW to see whether engaging young parents to deliver injury prevention messages can lead to better health outcomes.

Aboriginal children have higher rates of injury than non-Aboriginal children, particularly in remote areas. Serious childhood injury can have lifelong implications. Many of the risk factors that give rise to childhood injuries are the same as the risk factors for chronic disease.

Aboriginal Community-led interventions are likely to be the most effective means of preventing child injuries, but there has been little research or evaluation show what works best.

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