Welcome from the Conference Convenor

It is my great pleasure to invite and welcome you to attend the Australian Association for Adolescent Health’s 2018 Youth Health Conference at the beautiful Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa on Queensland’s Gold Coast from November 7th – 9th . This year’s conference theme – “Owning Future Change” – invites young people, clinicians, researchers, educators and policy makers to act now to identify the challenges and implement solutions to effect real change in the lives and health of young Australians.  The main conference will be held on 8th – 9th, with workshops and a youth forum to be held on Wednesday 7th November.

Understanding the needs of young people is essential to the planning and development of initiatives that are aimed at improving their health and wellbeing. The 2018 Youth Health Conference is the platform where the latest research findings and recommendations will be presented, best practices and models of care will be showcased, and policy will be guided. Young people are engaged as active participants in influencing, creating and evaluating change that will impact on their future. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Youth Health and Sexuality Education and Sexual Health are major themes in this year’s conference. We are excited to hear our invited keynote speakers, young people, academics, and colleagues from a range of organisations present the latest research, current issues, and innovative programs that have been developed to address young people’s needs.

The 2018 Youth Health Conference will provide delegates the opportunity to network and collaborate with a diverse range of young people, clinicians, academics, government representatives, educators, support workers and community agencies. Be enthused, energised and motivated to listen, learn, work together and put evidence into practice.

Queensland’s Gold Coast is an exciting and beautiful destination for the conference. November weather is typically warm and sunny, and the ocean is cool and inviting. We are confident that visitors from interstate and overseas will not want to leave.  You may want to schedule an extra few days.

I look forward to seeing you in November,


Geraldine Dyer, Conference Convenor, AAAH Vice President
Clinical Nurse, State Schools Nursing Service – Central Qld Region, Department of Education Queensland Government