The need for a roadmap to guide actions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adolescent health: youth governance as an essential foundation

Seth Westhead, Quinton Appleby, Brittney Andrews, Tina Brodie, Alex Brown, Karla Canuto, Josh Cooke, Mahlia Garay, Thomas Harrington, Djai Hunter, Corey Kennedy, Jaeda Lenoy, Olivia Lester, Hannah McCleary, Odette Pearson, Lorraine Randall, Rachel Reilly, Hamish Rose, Daniel Rosendale, Jakirah TelferPeter Azzopardi

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Abstract

"The current lack of a national strategy for Indigenous adolescent health in Australia is a glaring gap"

Adolescence (10–24 years of age) is now recognised as a key developmental window for the health of individuals, their communities and the next generation. One-third of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Indigenous) population in Australia are adolescents, and our earlier work has shown that Indigenous adolescents have distinct health needs largely unmet by existing policies and services. Fundamentally, adolescence is a dynamic developmental phase characterised by transitions in the social and cultural determinants of health –— key targets for addressing health inequities experienced by Indigenous Australians. For these reasons, adolescent health is a core focus for health policy and action, not only for Indigenous peoples but all populations.
While there has been work to establish a policy framework for Australia’s young people, there is no national strategy for Indigenous adolescent health...
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-15
Number of pages3
JournalMedical Journal of Australia
Volume217
Issue number1
Early online date4 Jun 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Adolescence
  • Health policy
  • Population health
  • Population policy
  • Public policy

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