Launch of Adolescent Health Papers attract media attention

Hear Professor Susan Sawyer speak at the launch of The Lancet Series on Adolescent Health held in New York on April 24 2012. This link to The Lancet website also has The Series papers available for download.

Professor Susan Sawyer and Professor George Patton talk to Radio National’s Norman Swan about a Series of major papers on adolescent health just published in The Lancet.

ABC Radio AM program talks to professors Susan Sawyer and George Patton about risk factors for adolescents.

Read an article from The Economist online – Comparing death rates for young people in the rich world - from data collected by Professor George Patton.

Read UNICEF report on adolescents:
Millions of adolescents falling behind, especially in Africa – UNICEF report

Access the presentations and programs of  the academic symposium, “Adolescents: From the Margins to the Mainstream of Global Health.” more than 100 participants representing more than 50 organizations globally attended the sessions hosted jointly by The Lancet, the Centre for Adolescent Health, Melbourne, Australia and the Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University.

Centre Directors presenting at UNICEF and United Nations Headquarters

Professor Susan Sawyer, Director of the Centre for Adolescent Health and Professor George Patton, Director of Research at the Centre are presenting papers at the launch of the new Lancet Series on Adolescent Health at UNICEF headquarters on Tuesday 24th April 2012.  

Professor Sawyer and Professor Patton are two of the lead authors in the Series. This new Series will build on the momentum of the first Lancet series on adolescent health published in 2007, which is considered quite influential in the field.

The launch of the Lancet Series also coincides with the 45th session of the United Nations Commission on Population and Development being held from 23-27th April 2012 at the United Nations headquarters.

Professor George Patton is one of only 4 external speakers to the Commission and will speak on the theme of Opportunities in Adolescent Health.

The Centre for Adolescent Health is immensely proud of their work and we wish Professor Sawyer and Professor Patton well on the international stage.


Youth Homelessness Matters Day April 18 2012

On any given night in Australia 105,000 people are homeless and nearly half of these are under the age of 25.

Youth Homelessness Matters Day aims to raise public awareness about youth homelessness and celebrate the resilience of young people who are at risk of or experiencing homelessness in Australia.

The majority of homeless young people generally experience secondary homelessness. This means that homeless young people are more likely to be:

a young person in school who is sleeping on friends’ couches and moving from friend to friend

a young person in a youth shelter who is on income support; or

a young person who is in an apprenticeship or traineeship who is living in a tent

a young person or child who is accompanying a parent who is escaping domestic violence

any young person who is living OUT OF HOME WITHOUT CARE.

… young people do not choose homelessness



Reality, many young people become homeless due to family breakdown, family violence and child abuse.

The Royal Children’s Hospital has since 1991 facilitated a clinic for young homeless and marginalised people called the Young People’s Health Service. For more information visit Centre for Adolescent Health : Young People’s Health Service


Homelessness Matters Day is part of National Youth Week

Invergowrie Foundation guest speaker

Dr Rony Duncan was guest speaker at the recent 20th Anniversary of the Invergowrie Foundation.

Rony is the current recipient of a post-doctoral Fellowship from the Invergowie Foundation.

This is a significant contribution to the continuation of Rony’s research into young people and medical confidentiality with the Centre for Adolescent Health at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.

“Not only have they been providing fellowships to women at the Centre for 6 years now, but they also fund a spectacular Adolescent-Health Rural-Linkage Program, which has been running since 2006, and has trained 50 women from all over Victoria in adolescent health.”  

Read Rony Duncan’s speech.

Professor Susan Sawyer (Director, Centre for Adolescent Health, Dr Rony Duncan, Ms Alison Smith (Executive Director and Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Invergowie Foundation), Mrs Carolyn Anderson