The Teenage Decade is a stage of life characterised by dramatic social, biological, psychological and neuro-cognitive change. Because of that, the diverse and emerging healthcare needs of teenagers are quite distinct from those experienced by children and adults.
WH&Y researchers are investigating how existing health policies impact on the experience of teenagers, and how they fare within a binary healthcare system focussed on the needs of children and adults. We are also examining the drivers of teenage disenfranchisement, and the barriers that currently prevent us from providing better, more responsive and more welcoming healthcare for teenagers.
Our aim is to work alongside health providers, administrators and policy-makers to establish evidence-based foundations for a transformation in adolescent healthcare.