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Next Conference

The 6th Australia and New Zealand Youth Health Conference will be held 24th-26th September 2007 in Christchurch New Zealand. The theme will be "Research into Practice, Evidence into Policy"

For inquiries and information from 20 February 2007 contact

Dr Sue Bagshaw
Collaborative for Research and Training in Youth Health Development
PO Box 13639 Armagh Street Christchurch New Zealand
Tel +64 3 3777553
Fax +64 3 3777541
Mobile +64 21 355 730

About the 2006 Conference

This conference will focus on the themes:

  • risk and protective factors
  • neurobiology of the adolescent brain
  • family, community & cultural influences
  • impact of media and technology on young people
  • research, policy and practice responses

A conference for...

  • Paediatricians and GP's
  • Nursing and allied health staff
  • Hospital, rural and community based health workers
  • Youth workers and youth health workers
  • Mental health workers
  • Education and other sector professionals
  • Researchers, academics and policy makers

We expect to attract around 500 health and related workers from throughout Australasia and the Asia Pacific Region.

Conference highlights include...

  • Public forum - Young people, media and technology: What do we know? What can we do?
  • Accredited skills training workshops
  • A one day national forum on youth health and well-being by Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY)
  • Conference dinner
  • Participation of young people and parents
  • Interactive poster session and marketplace

Hosted by...

The Department of Adolescent Medicine and the NSW Centre for the Advancement of Adolescent Health, The Children's Hospital at Westmead with the support of other centres and organisations in Australia and New Zealand who work towards adolescent well-being.

Supported by...

Invited Keynote Speakers include...

Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC Governor of NSW - Conference Patron

Professor Victor Strasburger - Chief, Division of Adolescent Medicine at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Albuquerque. He is a world authority on impact of media on young people and the 2006 Society for Adolescent Medicine Visiting Professor in Adolescent Medicine and Health, undertaking his site visit in Australia.

Professor Fiona Stanley AC - Professor of Paediatrics and Head of Child Health Research at the University of Western Australia. She is the Executive Director of the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth a national organisation with an agenda to improve the health and well-being of young Australians. Professor Stanley founded the Institute for Child Health Research in Perth and was Australian of the Year in 2003.

Richard Eckersley is a fellow at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at the Australian National University, Canberra. His work explores issues to do with progress and wellbeing, including the social and cultural determinants of health and happiness; visions of the future; and young people and their world.

Wing-Sie Cheng has held various positions for UNICEF in Asia for 19 years, and has taken on special assignments with UNICEF New York and UNAIDS Asia-Pacific. She was transferred to the UNICEF East Asia and Pacific office 2 years ago as Regional Adviser, HIV and AIDS.

Professor Susan Rosenthal is Professor of the Department of Pediatrics and Director of the Division of Adolescent and Behavioral Health at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in Texas. She has been a Senior Scientist at the Sealy Center for Vaccine Development at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston since 2001, and she is also a member of the Society for Adolescent Medicine. Dr Rosenthal’s area of research mainly concentrates on the acceptability of vaccines by preadolescents, adolescents, and their parents, and the prevention, management, and sequalae of sexually transmitted infections in adolescents including HSV-2 and HPV. She has published over 100 articles, book chapters, newsletters and web articles.

Professor John Landsverk is Professor of Social Work San Diego State University & Director Child & Adolescent Services Research Centre Children's Hospital of San Diego. The Research Centre focuses on mental health care issues for vulnerable children and young people. He has a doctorate in sociology and has extensive and internationally known research experience in the areas of child maltreatment, children's mental health, and the implementation and evaluation of innovative early interventions for families at Dr. Landsverk is also a member of the MacArthur Foundation Youth Mental Health Network. He is involved in the CCCW/NSCAW studies network (Caring for Children in Child Welfare study and the linked National Study of Child and Adolescent Wellbeing), and is Co-Principal Researcher for the LONGSCAN (Longitudinal Studies of Child Abuse and Neglect) five site studies.


Contact NSW Centre for the Advancement of Adolescent Health

Tel: +61 2 9845 3338
Fax: +61 2 9845 0663