Australian Association for Adolescent Health

2018 Youth Health Conference

“Owning Future Change” is the premiere Australian interdisciplinary conference for young people, researchers, clinicians, health workers and educators who work to improve, promote and advocate for  the health and wellbeing of young people in Australia and beyond.

This year’s conference will explore Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people’s health, diversity and health, and sexuality education and sexual health as its major themes. Technology, mental health, and young people with chronic illness and disability will be just some of our other streams.

Each of these areas bring challenges that require understanding the evidence, having respectful conversations and building a strong advocacy platform in order to bring about equity and improved health and wellbeing for many of our young people today. Youth participation in planning, programming and delivery is  integral.

This Conference will motivate, educate and showcase  research, innovative programs and practical resources via an extensive and comprehensive program including keynotes, proffered paper and poster  sessions, workshops and networking.

This year the Australian Association for Adolescent Health has partnered with the Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Association to deliver the 2018 Youth Health Conference.

#OwningFutureChange will focus on the responsibility we all have to finding solutions to health inequities affecting different groups of young people, and between the youth population and younger and older populations. Whether at local, state or national levels or globally, we can all play a role to bring about change, now and in the future.

Youth Health Conference 2018 Organising Committee

  • Geraldine Dyer, Conference Convenor, AAAH Vice President. Clinical Nurse, State Schools Nursing Service – Central Qld Region, Department of Education Queensland Government
  • Dr Melissa Kang, AAAH PresidentAssociate Professor, Faculty of Health, Australian Centre for Public and Population Health Research, University of Technology Sydney
  • Dr Sharon Medlow, Senior Research Officer, Academic Department of Adolescent Medicine, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. Discipline of Child and Adolescent Health, The University of Sydney
  • Dr Rohan Borschmann, NHMRC Early Career Fellow & Psychologist, Centre for Adolescent Health, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
  • David Perez, Chief Executive Officer, The Link
  • Marc Zen, Secretary, Australian Association for Adolescent Health
  • Helen McCullagh, Clinical Nurse Consultant for Central, North and Far North Qld Regions State Schools Nursing Service, Department of Education, Queensland Government
  • Jonathan Kirkham, National Manager – Creative Collaborations, Starlight Children’s Foundation
  • Ainslie Thompson, Teacher, Department of Education and Training
  • Kate Thompson, Foster and Kinship Care Worker, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service
  • Andrew Badcock, Senior Youth Health Worker, The Link
  • Sam Stewart, CEO, Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association

Don Stein AO and Family

Accommodation and Venue

Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa
158 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise, Queensland  4217  Australia
Tel: +61-7-5592 9800

Highlighting our 2018 Keynote Speakers

Peter Azzopardi – Co-Head of Adolescent Health, Burnet Institute. Research Fellow, Wardliparingga Aboriginal Research Unit, SAHMRI

Dr Tara Purcell, Public Health Registrar, Burnet Institute Medical Research

Preston Campbell – Preston Campbell Foundation

Benjamin Law  –  journalist, columnist, TV screenwriter, ABC radio presenter and author of The Family Law (2010)…

Joanna Williams – Strategy Director, Bits and Bods

Susan Sawyer – President, International Association for Adolescent Health

A/Prof James Ward – Head, Aboriginal Infectious Diseases at SAHMRI

A/Prof Lena Sanci – GP/Head of Department, Family Planning Victoria/ University of Melbourne

Impressions from the AAAH Conference 2017