About the WH&Y webinar series
About the series
WH&Y webinars bring together a network of researchers, clinicians, policymakers and young people to champion the Teenage Decade, and change the way we research and practise adolescent health in this country. All webinars are held on the fourth Tuesday of the month, at 1pm (AEDT).
Wellbeing Health & Youth (WH&Y) is the NHMRC-funded Centre of Research Excellence in Adolescent Health. Find out more about us and the work we’re doing at why.org.au.
A/Prof Peter Azzopardi - Using data to bring greater visibility to the needs of young people
May 25 @1pm (AEST)
The world is home to 1.8 billion young people, but for too long we have not measured or reported their health needs creating a substantial barrier to policy investment and action. This talk will explore efforts to bring greater visibility to the needs of adolescents globally, regionally, nationally and sub-nationally, and discuss the ongoing efforts to strengthen primary data collection and reporting around the world.
Dr Jennifer Marino - Changing our approach to risk-taking in adolescence
June 22 @1pm (AEST)
Adolescence is a unique life stage. It is marked by significant neurocognitive and physical development, and influenced by social context. Risk-taking is a normal part of adolescent development and the natural drive to explore and have new experiences can lead to positive, healthful growth - but it can also result in illness, injury and even death. How can we better conceptualise risk-taking, recognising its positive aspects, and moving away from a deficit model?
Professor Leon Straker - The importance of physical activity during adolescence
July 27 @1pm (AEST)
Sufficient regular physical activity is one of the most powerful influences on lifelong physical, mental, and social health and well-being. Habits developed in adolescence tend to persist into later life, and have a direct impact on the very physical structure of teenagers as they grow. In Australia, more and more young people are disengaging from physical activity in adolescence. In this talk, Professor Straker will present findings from the Raine Study exploring physical activity and sedentary behaviours across adolescence, and their links to physical and mental wellbeing.