Young People's Health

Head: Associate Professor Megan Lim

Overview

Young people (aged 10-29 years) are a key population for several of our target health conditions and behaviours.

Young people in Australia and internationally are the group with the highest incidence of HIV and other STIs and experience high rates of alcohol and other drug use. In addition, adolescence and young adulthood is a period of great physical, physiological, psychological, behavioural and social change.

The group has a particular focus and expertise in health promotion research, particularly investigating the use of new social media and mobile technologies as health promotion tools.

The Young People’s Health research group conducts epidemiological research, health promotion, outreach and education with young people. Our work aims to create a strong evidence base for tackling STIs in Australia, and the Asia and Pacific regions.

Objectives

  • To conduct quality research to provide data on the epidemiology and consequences of risk behaviours among young people.
  • To develop and evaluate novel methods of health promotion particularly utilising new media such as mobile phones and social networking sites.

Highlights

  • Sex Drugs and Rock’n’Roll: Since 2005 we have conducted a series of surveys at the Big Day Out music festival, including over 15,000 young people. These have investigated sexual risk behaviours, how these have changed over time, and their relationship with other risk factors including alcohol and other drug use, mental health, and use of new media.

  • Investigating alcohol and social media: A series of projects funded by the Australian Department of Health and Ageing will look into how mobile phones and social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook can be used to reduce the harmful impact of alcohol consumption among young people.

  • ACCESS: The Australian Collaboration for Chlamydia Enhanced Sentinel Surveillance collects data on young people testing for chlamydia from laboratories, general practice clinics and sexual health centres.

Staff Members

  • Alexander  Thomas

    Alexander Thomas
    Health Economic Modeller

  • Ana Orozco

    Ana Orozco
    Research Assistant

  • Doctor Angela  Davis

    Doctor Angela Davis
    Research Fellow

  • Caitlin Douglass

    Caitlin Douglass
    PhD student and Research Assistant

  • Callan Rowe

    Callan Rowe
    Design Researcher

  • Jasper Liang

    Jasper Liang
    Honours Student

  • Lauren Pfeiffer

    Lauren Pfeiffer
    Masters Student

  • Professor Margaret Hellard AM

    Professor Margaret Hellard AM
    Deputy Director (Programs); Adjunct Professor, Monash University, DEPM.

  • Associate Professor Megan SC Lim

    Associate Professor Megan SC Lim
    Deputy Program Director, Behaviours and Health Risks; Head, Young People’s Health

  • Sarah Eddy

    Sarah Eddy
    Research Assistant

  • Doctor Sue Dyson

    Doctor Sue Dyson
    Research Officer