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Menzies research will shine light on Indigenous adolescent wellbeing

Date posted: 28 July 2012

Dr Kate Senior from the HealthInfoNet's partner organisation, Menzies School of Health Research, has been awarded a significant fellowship to examine the health and wellbeing of Indigenous adolescents.

Dr Senior will receive more than $500,000 for a Future Fellowship, announced this week by the Federal Minster for Tertiary Education, on behalf of the Australian Research Council. Dr Senior's project is titled Youth futures and will run for five years. The project will propose strategies to improve the health, social engagement and psychological flourishing of Indigenous Australian adolescents.

Dr Senior says researchers have long focused on infant and child development but, up until now, neglected a thorough investigation of adolescence.

'There is so little known about Indigenous adolescent lives, yet it's such an extraordinary stage of people's lives because there's incredibly rapid development. It's a period of high risk-taking, obviously, but also enormous creativity.

'As scientists we really haven't focused on what is happening during this period, and what affects short, and long-term, wellbeing. We're working from a dearth of evidence and knowledge, despite the fact that young people aged 12-24 make up 20% of the Territory's population,' Dr Senior says.

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet congratulates Dr Senior and the Menzies School of Health Research on this award.

Source: Menzies School of Health Research


Last updated: 30 July 2012
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