What really matters to young people

Researchers have found a way to get inside the minds of young people. What they have discovered is invaluable in influencing policy and action for better outcomes.

Professor Terryann Clark and colleagues.
Professor Terryann Clark (centre) and colleagues from the Youth2000 research programme.

How do we get inside the minds of young people to influence policy and action? A team of researchers have been doing exactly that.

The Adolescent Health Research Group has surveyed the health and wellbeing of more than 36,000 young people over the last twenty years. The Youth2000 survey has led to the establishment of free health services for all alternative education students; increased delivery of free school-based health services to students in lower decile schools; free period products in secondary schools; primary mental health funding for adolescents; introduction of legislation to prevent adolescent vaping; and increased support for LGBTQI+ young people and other groups in schools, health services, and communities.

Aotearoa New Zealand continues to benefit from ripples of positive impact through the use of  research, advocacy, and influence.

Media contact: Gilbert Wong, 021917942, gilbert.wong@auckland.ac.nz

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