Measuring the wellbeing of children in the 'middle years': international perspectives on adolescent health and development

Event Date: 1 December 14

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Time: 10.00am-12.30pm (arrival at 9.45am)

Venue: Department of Education Theatre, 50 Marcus Clarke Street, Canberra

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Cost: To attend the event in Canberra, $40 ARACY members or $65 for non-members (includes a light lunch following the presentation from 12.30pm)

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The Health Behaviour in School-Aged Children (HBSC) is the leading global survey of health and wellbeing for older children and adolescents. It was first conducted in 1983/1984 in five countries and most recently in 2009/2010 in 43 countries and regions across Europe and North America. Our world renowned speaker, Professor Candace Currie OBE, is the International Coordinator and Principal Investigator with HSBC.

ARACY CEO Dr Dianne Jackson says "This seminar is a chance to hear from one of the world's foremost experts on middle years, and on social determinants of adolescent health. HBSC provides robust data which helps us to understand young people's health, and the social factors which impact on it. Australia is one of only a few OECD countries not participating in the HBSC, to our detriment."

At this seminar Professor Currie will share insights on the importance of sound research and statistical analysis in health and health-related behaviour of adolescents. Professor George Patton (Centre for Adolescent Health, University of Melbourne) will also speak on Australian and Global trends in health and development. They will be joined by Associate Professor Gerry Redmond (Flinders University), who will speak on the Australian Child Wellbeing Project, a new survey of Australian young people in their middle years which includes several questions from the HBSC questionnaire.

"Behaviours established [between 11 and 15] can continue into adulthood, affecting issues such as mental health, the development of health complaints, tobacco use, diet, physical activity level and alcohol use. HBSC's findings show how young people's health changes as they move from childhood through adolescence and into adulthood. They can be used to monitor young people's health and determine effective health improvement interventions." (Currie et al, Health behaviour in school-aged children, International report from the 2009/2010 survey, HBSC, p. 2).

This seminar will be particularity relevant for anyone with an interest in:

  • Children and young people' health behaviours, wellbeing, and their social context;
  • Social and emotional wellbeing of children and young people;
  • International comparison of child and youth wellbeing and health behaviours;
  • Understanding the social determinants of health and wellbeing;
  • Staff from DoE, DoHA, DSS, ABS, AIHW, DHS, PM&C and other departments interested in measuring and benchmarking child and youth health and wellbeing;
  • The scope for implementing preventive public policy in children and adolescents

About Professor Candace Currie

Professor Candace Currie OBE, Professor of Child and Adolescent Health, International coordinator and Principal Investigator: Health Behaviour in School-Aged Children (HSBC), University of St Andrews, Scotland.

Since 1988, Candace has been Principal Investigator for Scotland of the Health Behaviour in School-Aged Children: WHO Collaborative Cross-National Study (HBSC). Candace has been the elected International Coordinator of the HSBC Study since 1995; there are 43 member countries in the study across Europe and North America. HSBC is the leading global survey of health and wellbeing for older children and adolescents and is the core element of the UNICEF and OECD reports on child wellbeing.

Since establishing the Child and Adolescent Health Research Unit (CAHRU) at St Andrews, Candace has been awarded over £5.5m in research funding for the unit's work. While her research activities as Director of CAHRU are wide-ranging, she is particularly interested in social inequalities, puberty and health, and in developing cross-national and interdisciplinary perspectives of adolescent health.

About Professor George Patton

George Patton is a Senior Principal Research Fellow with the National Health and Medical Research Council. His group has undertaken epidemiological studies across ranging from clinical and community intervention trials to longitudinal studies of the effects of adolescent health and adjustment on subsequent life chances. This more recently includes investigation of adolescent preconception predictors of a healthy start to life for the next generation. He played a leading role around two series on adolescent health for the Lancet and published a number of sentinel papers on adolescent health including the first global overviews of mortality and burden of disease in young people. He has had advisory roles with the UN, World Health Organization, the World Bank and UNICEF. He is chair of the new Lancet Commission on Adolescent Health and Well-being.

About Associate Professor Gerry Redmond

Gerry Redmond has been at the School of Social and Policy Studies, Flinders University, since 2012. Prior to that he worked at the Social Policy Research Centre, the University of NSW, and at the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre in Florence, Italy. His research focuses on measurement of child poverty, indicators of child wellbeing, and inequalities between children, and on how children's and young people's own voices can be used to inform policy. He has provided advice to ARACY and Australian Government agencies on child wellbeing, and continues to work with UNICEF in a consultative role. He is currently leading the Australian Child Wellbeing Project, which has used child-centred approaches to develop and conduct a national survey to measure children's wellbeing in their middle years.

Cancellation and refund policy

Cancellations must be submitted in writing to ARACY. Cancellations made on or after 25 November 2014 will not receive a refund of fees paid.

Register to attend in Canberra

Event Location: Department of Education Theatre, 50 Marcus Clarke Street, Canberra

Registrations Close: 25 November 14

Price: AU $ 65 (Inc. GST)

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