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Welcome Messages

On behalf of the Australian Association for Adolescent Health (AAAH) Ltd it is my pleasure to invite you to attend the 2017 Youth Health Conference in Sydney. We look forward to welcoming young people, students and professionals from around the globe to explore, share and be inspired by innovative programs and services, research, advocacy and personal stories.

The Youth Health Conference 2017 will be held at the University of Technology Sydney. I therefore particularly encourage students – our future health and educational professionals – to join us at an exciting, central venue in close proximity to several universities.

Our conference theme is ‘Youth Health, Research, Policy, Practice: Tying it All Together’. We will explore how all our efforts can be brought together to effect real change. The conference will focus particularly but not exclusively on inequality, marginalized groups of young people, innovation in clinical care and programs, how research translates into practice and policy and how different sectors work together. The conference will include plenary sessions, symposia/ workshops, proffered paper presentations and posters.

As with our previous conferences we underscore the importance of youth participation and interdisciplinary collaboration when promoting youth health and wellbeing.

Please save the dates for what will be a major event in Youth Health in 2017.

Melissa Kang, 
President, AAAH Ltd

Welcome Message from the Convenor

After working with the AAAH for nearly four years now, first as a youth volunteer and now a Board Member, I am thrilled to be convening the 2017 Youth Health Conference and on behalf of the Organising Committee, and look forward to welcoming you to Sydney in July.

This two day event will feature plenary sessions, presentations, panel discussions, performances, social events and inspirational keynote speeches, including the National Children’s Commissioner, Megan Mitchell and Consultant Paediatrician and Adolescent Health Specialist Dr Bronwyn Milne. Also keynoting the conference will be Keely Johnson, a truly inspirational young person dedicated to improving the lives of children with cancer (while also blitzing the Australia Country Music charts!) and Young Australian of the Year nominee and Artist, Tim Sharp.

As usual, youth participation is critical therefore it is exciting that young people will chair the conference presentations. I had the privilege of being one of these young people at the Fremantle conference in 2013 and know first hand how important it is to have young people fully integrated in everything that we do. More importantly, if you are a young person who would be interested in volunteering at the conference and chairing a session, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us!

The concept behind the conference theme is to shine a light on all of the exciting work being done around the country and the world that brings together the many facets of youth health. Too often, we work towards a common goal, yet in our own silos of research, or policy, or direct service provision. In Sydney this July, we aim to bring together the many dimensions of youth health with the aim of “Tying It All Together” to improve health outcomes for all young people around the country (and the world).

We look forward to seeing you all in Sydney in July for what promises to be a memorable event!

 Marc Zen Conference Convenor
Marc Zen, 
2017 Conference Convenor

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