WELLBEING HEALTH & YOUTH (WH&Y)
Centre of Research Excellence in Adolescent Health
The Centre of Research Excellence in Adolescent Health is a partnership made up of researchers from seven Australian universities, all committed to making health services work better for adolescents in the digital age.
Key to the initiative is the researchers’ intention to work collaboratively with policy makers, community workers and clinicians, as well as young people. The challenge for Friday was to develop branding and a digital presence that would engage four distinctly different audiences: academics, bureaucrats, advocates and teenagers.
Wellbeing Health & Youth (WH&Y) was launched in October 2018. Its flagship digital presence, why.org.au, went live a year later. The site is home to resources and updates to enrich the academic conversation, not just within WH&Y but with national and global peers. Just as importantly, it is a hub of accessible information that unpacks the stereotypes about teenagers and introduces non-experts to the developmental context of teenage health.
Friday continues to contribute to WH&Y’s print and digital resources, events and seminars, and ongoing funding submissions.
The Friday Collective helped us think about what we wanted from our Centre of Research Excellence in Adolescent Health, right from the beginning. They had many unique and wonderful ideas we would not have considered. We feel confident that our new virtual centre is something wonderful; we are proud of it and everyone is excited to a part of it.
Professor Rachel Skinner,
Discipline of Child and Adolescent Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health, The University of Sydney