Wellbeing, Health and Youth: Centre for Research Excellence in Adolescent Health

The Wellbeing, Health and Youth (WH&Y) Centre for Research Excellence in Adolescent Health, funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council, is an Australia-wide network of researchers committed to championing good health and wellbeing in adolescence.


Young and Resilient is home to Research Stream 2: Ethics of Engagement. This stream works with diverse young people, families, professionals, policy-makers, service providers and other community members to investigate mechanisms, ethics and modalities of youth-engaged health research in the digital society. The stream aims to increase the capacity of researchers, communities and institutions to be receptive and responsive to the views and needs that young people express in order to enable more and better adolescent health research. To achieve this, the stream will advance understanding of the ethical issues arising from digital data, machine learning and automation and propose improved ethics frameworks and guidelines that enhance capacity to undertake health research with young people in the digital age.


Associate Professor Philippa Collin

Dr Teresa Swist

Professor Amanda Third


National Health and Medical Research Council (via University of Sydney)


Read and download the Youth Engagement in Health Research guidebook here.


January 2018 – December 2022

Project website: WH&Y



Research Outputs

2021 Youth health, research and policy priorities and concerns

Young people around Australia are calling for action on top health issues, research and policy priorities. Unlike most reports, this is written by young people in genuine partnership with our leading researchers and staff. It captures principles and strategies to address youth health concerns, and gives a voice to young people who want the double-disadvantage in health they can face, based on their age and other aspects of their identities, to be addressed.

Find out more about what young people have to say here

Wellbeing, Health and Youth Engagement Framework (2019)

This Wellbeing Health & Youth (WH&Y) Engagement Framework has been co-produced with young people and other experts in a growing community of practice. Rather than provide principles that direct how researchers, projects, organisations or governments should achieve engagement with young people, the WH&Y Engagement Framework presents a set of values and practical questions that to prompt responses and decision making that promote ethical practices of engagement with young people.

Read the full report here