About our CRE

An Australian Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in Driving Global Investment in Adolescent Health has been funded by Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council from March 2020 through to March 2025. The CRE led by the team at the Centre for Adolescent Health at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute brings together leading Australian research groups including the University of Melbourne, the Burnet Institute, University of New South Wales, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute and the University of Queensland. It brings together existing partnerships locally, nationally and globally, generated through the work of the Lancet Commission on Adolescent Health and Wellbeing and will extend partnerships with Peking University, China and Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia.


  • To generate research to drive investment in neglected areas of adolescent health (mental health, non-communicable diseases (NCD) and NCD risks, injury and violence and substance use) in groups experiencing significant discrimination or disadvantage, specifically
    • Indigenous young people
    • young people in contact with the justice system
  • To promote effective translation of research into health policy and practice
  • To grow early career researchers in adolescent health to develop their research skills and achieve high level outputs

This CRE will build the evidence needed to drive investment in these overlooked areas and priority groups. Including how we might:

  • measure adolescent health better
  • investigate what works for preventing and responding to adolescent health challenges
  • estimate the cost of these actions
  • Understand how such investments might be taken to scale

The CRE has a focus on secondary data analysis (data that has previously been gathered and can be accessed by researchers) and will include syntheses of existing evidence, data analyses of existing primary data and economic modelling to provide policy recommendations for investment.

What is a CRE?

The Centres of Research Excellence (CRE) scheme provides support for teams of researchers to pursue collaborative research and develop capacity in clinical research, health services research and public health research.

The objective of the CRE scheme is to improve health outcomes and promote or improve translation of research outcomes into policy and/or practice. The CRE scheme also supports researchers in capacity building activities, including in specific areas of need identified by NHMRC. Read more.

CREYATE (CRE Youth Advocates TEam)

The CRE is proud to have appointed a partnership group of young advocates. CREYATE is a group of young people with varying levels of experience in research and advocacy. CREYATE was formed to provide a youth perspective to the CRE, and to assist in ensuring the research is relevant to the lived experience of young people and aligns with existing (or hoped) advocacy efforts. Read more about CREYATE here.

More information

If you would like more information about the CRE, please contact the coordinator, Molly O’Sullivan at molly.osullivan@mcri.edu.au.

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