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Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
The AIHW is Australia's national agency for health and welfare statistics and information and is an authoritative source of information on patterns of health and illness, determinants of health, the supply and use of health services, and health services expenditure. As an independent agency, it works with many government and non-government bodies across the nation to generate reliable, regular and current facts and figures on the health and welfare of Australians. It publishes many reports and discussion papers, drawing on a wide range of data collections, examples being:
- Australia's Health
- Australia's Welfare. See details.
- Australia's Young People: Their health and wellbeing 2003 ( http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/index.cfm?type=detail&id=9569 ); and
- Key national indicators of children's health, development and wellbeing (http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/index.cfm/title/10070)
Other government sources of information:
- Association for the Welfare of Child Health
- Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet
- FPA Health (formerly Family Planning NSW)
- Telethon Institute for Child Health
- Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY)
- Australasian Cochrane Centre
- Doctors Reform Society of Australia
? The Centre's website is accessed through the larger Community Oriented Paediatric and Adolescent Services, Royal Children's Hospital website. The Centre for Adolescent Health aims to improve the health and well-being of young people in Victoria from 10 - 24 years of age through the provision of: clinical services; community peer and parent support programs; education and training; health promotional programs in settings relevant for young people; and research into health risk behaviours and factors which protect young people from harm.
ORYGEN is a unique organisation made up of a specialist youth mental health service, a research centre and a range of education, advocacy and health promotion activities. The overall goal of ORYGEN is to integrate knowledge gained from clinical practice and research activities to implement, and advocate for, high quality mental health services for young people. Their clinical program is part of Victoria?s public mental health system and provides mental health assessment and treatment to young people aged 15 to 24 years who live in the western and northwestern areas of Melbourne.
New Zealand Association for Adolescent Health Development
NZAAHD is a national network organisation for people working with young people (those aged 12 to 25) in health, education, social work and other sectors to promote adolescent health and development.
International Association for Adolescent Health
IAAH is a multidisciplinary, non-government organisation with a broad focus on youth health and aims to improve the understanding of the importance of youth health in each region of the world.
Search Institute: Practical research benefiting children and youth
This North American organisation is independent, nonprofit, and nonsectarian and aims to advance the well-being of adolescents and children by generating knowledge and promoting its application. 'At the heart of the institute's work is the framework of 40 Developmental Assets which are positive experiences and personal qualities that young people need to grow up healthy, caring, and responsible.' Healthy Communities - Healthy Youth (HCHY) is an annual event of the Search Institute.
CyberIsle: Teen health website
The TeenNet project is based at the University of Toronto. The website was developed by teens, for teens, and addresses teen health and social issues in an anonymous, nonjudgmental environment. Developed in a harm reduction framework, CyberIsle gives youth access to current, reliable information about health issues, teen chat groups, self assessment and guided change, and health-related games.