Not available in 2020
(5 full days, 9:00am-5:00pm)
The University of Melbourne, Parkville campus
Adolescence is a period of growth and opportunity, and can also be a time of social risk and developmental vulnerability. This course focuses on four key health issues of global significance for young people: sexual and reproductive health; mental health - including suicide prevention; alcohol and substance use; and violence. The course explores the extent, impact, causes and responses to these issues across different cultures and in societies characterised by varied levels of economic development. In examining these key health concerns, the subject engages with cross-cutting issues shaping adolescent health and wellbeing globally such as: inequity; disability and inclusion; displacement; and gender identities and relations. The course takes a strengths-based approach that identifies the exceptional opportunities that adolescence represents for the adoption of positive behaviours and lifestyles that can lead to life-long health benefits, whilst also interrogating the key health challenges faced by young people and their communities. This course is delivered in a highly interactive format, with a combined focus on knowledge acquisition, critical thinking and skills development. The course is coordinated and delivered by a team of internationally recognised experts in adolescent health, who draw on contemporary case studies and research to ground the course content and skills development in real world contexts.