Child and Adolescent Development and Health

Early influences last a lifetime


Early influences on child and adolescent health significantly impact health and development throughout life.

The first years of a child’s life influence their behaviour and physical activity patterns later on.

Lifestyle factors such as excessive screen use, not enough play and limited exercise can have harmful effects, not simply to a child’s physical health but to their mental wellbeing.

Our Child and Adolescent Development and Health Discipline looks at the years of a child’s life – from early childhood through to teens – to uncover the best environments for young people and how to implement programs to facilitate healthy lifestyles for lifelong health and wellbeing.

Our research engages stakeholders to form real-world policies and programs, while providing research training and experience for undergraduate and postgraduate students seeking careers in child and adolescent health and development.


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The impact of research around vulnerable population groups is elevated by close relationships with industry, philanthropic and community partners.

If you have an issue that requires specialised research and development expertise, or you would like to develop a joint research arrangement with UWA, the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences' research team can help.

Contact them at [email protected].

Contact Dr Hayley Christian