Adolescent injury burden and prevention – global to local perspectives

Synopsis: Injury is a significant, yet preventable, cause of death and morbidity among adolescents globally. This session examined the work of the injury stream of the CRE to quantify the global burden of injury and interpersonal violence experienced by adolescents, uncover the evidence to support investment in effective interventions, as well as the gaps. The seminar will closed with a deep dive into road injury, the leading cause of injury for adolescents, reviewing recent research findings and first-hand experiences of young people.

Speakers: Professor Rebecca Ivers, Dr Patricia Cullen, Dr Amy Peden, and Ms Amy Wang

Scientia Professor Rebecca Ivers AM is Head of School with the School of Population Health, UNSW Sydney, and Honorary Professorial Fellow at the George Institute for Global Health. Professor Ivers leads a global research program focusing on the prevention and management of injury with a strong focus on young people.

Dr Patricia Cullen is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Population Health. Patricia’s research spans public health, psychology and implementation science. Much of her research centers on implementation and evaluation of optimal care for women and young people, with a focus on integrating trauma and violence-informed care in health settings.

Dr Amy Peden is a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Population Health and holds an NHMRC Fellowship. Amy’s work focuses on unintentional injury risks facing young people and those living in regional and rural areas. Much of her work focuses on drowning prevention, for which she regularly appears in the media.

Ms Amy Wang is a research assistant in the School of Population Health. Amy is currently working on qualitative research with young people on road safety and has an interest in youth participation in health research.

Questions this event addressed:

  • What is the global burden of injury and interpersonal violence mortality and morbidity for adolescents aged 10-24 years?
  • What evidence exists to support investment in effective interventions to reduce injury-related harms for adolescents and where are the gaps?
  • For road injury, the leading cause of injury-related harm for adolescents, what do we know about risk factors, and perspectives of young people on how to manage risk?

Date: 6 June 2024

Time: 1:00 to 2:00 pm AEST

Event Recording

Advancing Adolescent Health in the Asia Pacific: A virtual community to share knowledge and support collaboration

Despite one in two of the world’s adolescents living in the Asia-Pacific region, adolescent health is a relatively new field of endeavour in Australia as well as the region. It is a field that spans policy makers from multiple sectors, researchers from different disciplines, and practitioners working in health services, schools and communities and encompasses a multitude of health topics and concerns. Despite this, there are few opportunities to come together to share, showcase and build capacity to improve adolescent health and wellbeing in the region.

This seminar series aims to provide opportunities for researchers, policy makers, practitioners, implementers, young advocates – indeed, anyone interested in the health and wellbeing of adolescents – to enhance their understanding of adolescent health and wellbeing, with a focus on research.

This series is supported by the Centre of Research Excellence for Driving Global Investment in Adolescent HealthLed by a team at the Centre for Adolescent Health, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, it brings together leading Australian research groups including the University of Melbourne, Burnet Institute, University of New South Wales, University of Queensland, University of South Australia, and the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute.

Read more about the series here

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