Important Dates

Call for Papers Open:
February 2013

Online Registration Opens:
June 2013

Paper submission deadline extended:
7 August 2013

Authors Acceptance Notification:
1 September 2013

Early Bird Registration Deadline:
15 September 2013

Registration Deadline Date for Authors:
30 September 2013



Please click here for the preliminary conference program.


The National Youth Health Conference 2013 promises to deliver an exciting program, including expert speakers in a number of different areas. Dr Deborah Christie and Professor George Patton have been secured as keynote speakers and promise to bring relevant and evidence based information to inform youth health practices both nationally and internationally.

The conference will cover up-to-date advances in areas including:

  • Mental Health
  • Sexual Health/Sexuality
  • Policy/Advocacy
  • Service Delivery
  • Indigenous Youth Health
  • Physical Health/Chronic Disease
  • Substance Use
  • Working with at risk young people
  • Youth Participation
  • Education
  • Youth Justice

The conference will highlight new knowledge in a number of different ways:

Skills – Delegates will have the opportunity to learn new skills in relevant areas through engaging in workshops, panel discussions, debates and discussions, and sharing skills with other youth health workers and young people themselves.

Access – Delegates will be able to expand on their knowledge of ways to access young people, and ways young people can access health care. Workshops and papers will highlight new strategies to utilise technology for youth health care, and to ensure that services remain relevant and accessible. The use of technology to advocate, promote, and connect will be demonstrated during the Conference

Voice – The National Youth Health Conference is committed to ensuring young people are heard and have avenues to express themselves. The Conference will encourage young people to participate in workshops, panel discussions, and concurrent sessions to inform Conference delegates about what is relevant, current and needed. Young people will have the opportunity to speak with policy makers and discuss issues with influential people – for example the Western Australian Commissioner for Children and Young People, Michelle Scott.

Evidence – The National Youth Health Conference is committed to presenting the latest advances and evidence base in youth health. Keynote speakers will discuss the latest research in relevant areas and papers will demonstrate valid, reliable and relevant information.