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Topic: youth health

Don’t believe the hype, teens are drinking less than they used to

Michael Livingston and Amy Pennay write: Ask your friends and colleagues about young Australians and alcohol and I bet they’ll say something about a generation out of control or a binge-drinking epidemic. The media regularly brings the worst outcomes of young people’s drinking to our attention and points to a problematic drinking culture supposedly unique to […]

Sizing up your friends – the stigma of obesity

This month’s Journal Watch reminds us of one of the perils of the teenage years, social exclusion, and discusses the impact of weight on developing friendships. Dr Melissa Stoneham writes: Being a teenager, or screenager as we now call them, can be tough. I reflect positively on most of my teenage years and fondly remember […]

Will there be a Royal Commission into premature deaths caused by the Federal Budget?

Professor Peter Brooks, School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne writes: Imagine the future: HEADLINE STORY FROM THE NEW AGE NEWSPAPER MARCH 10TH 2025 Please enter your email address Sign up ‘ABBOTT AND HOCKEY APPEAR BEFORE ROYAL COMMISSION INTO PREMATURE DEATHS CAUSED BY THE FALLOUT OF THE 2014 BUDGET’ “Ex PM Tony Abbott […]

A timely symposium will explore impacts of racism upon children and youth

The impacts of racism upon the health and wellbeing of children and youth will be explored at a symposium in Melbourne later this month. Marie McInerney, who will cover the symposium for the Croakey Conference Reporting Service, reports below that the event is timely given the recent news of Federal Government support for the National Aboriginal […]

The alcohol industry and public health: How the battle lines were drawn

Yesterday Crikey published an article by Bernard Keene in which he cites an anonymous senior public health figure as suggesting that public health experts are unwilling to work with the alcohol industry and therefore are “undermining campaigns to reduce drinking among at-risk groups”. Professor Mike Daube AO, Professor of Health Policy, Curtin University was quoted […]

Some critical insights into how to improve Indigenous health and wellbeing: a new report

For research and programs to make a positive difference for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing, they must be based on “Indigenous ways of learning, knowing and being”. That was a central theme of the University of NSW’s fifth annual symposium on Indigenous health research, Dreaming up the future of Aboriginal and Torres Strait […]

Energy drinks: an unaddressed health hazard

What are we doing to protect children from the influx of energy drinks? Not enough suggests Dr Melissa Stoneham. In the latest edition of Journal Watch she examines the risks posed by energy drinks and why new strategies aimed at protecting young people need to be considered. Dr  Stoneham writes: Are energy drinks a health hazard? […]

Involving young people in shaping research, practice and policy in youth mental health

Many thanks to Associate Professor Jane Burns, CEO, Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre for the following reminder as to why it is essential to engage young people in planning services for youth mental health. Associate Professor Burns writes: I am one of those people from a generation to know a world without computers, to make […]

Keep it Tame: making cyberspace safer for teenagers

The Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre recently launched an interactive online campaign for teenagers tackling cyber-bullying and other poor behaviour online. It is expected the campaign will reach up to 80 per cent of Australians aged between 12 and 18. It uses a digital tracking methodology, which – in conjunction with a cohort study that […]

Complexity and consent: the ethics of researching youth

Kitty Te Riele, Principal Research Fellow at Victoria University writes: Ethics by their very nature are tricky – if the morally right thing to do was clear-cut, we wouldn’t need to have ethical deliberations. Perhaps one of the most enduring ethical dilemmas is around questions of how researchers work with teenagers and children. Working with […]