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



An exciting line up of well-respected speakers shall be presenting at the AAAH 2013 Conference. Details of speakers will be announced as soon as arrangements are confirmed.


Deborah ChristieDr. Deborah Christie

Friday 15th November, 9:00 - Mind the Gap! Can policy ever be put into practice?

Dr. Deborah Christie is a consultant clinical psychologist and honorary reader in paediatric and adolescent psychology. She is the clinical lead for paediatric and adolescent psychology at the University College London Hospital’s NHS Foundation Trust.

Dr Christie has worked at UCLH since 1998 where she developed a passion for working with young people who are searching for ways to live with chronic illness including diabetes, obesity, arthritis, chronic fatigue, and chronic pain syndromes. Dr Christie developed the Healthy Eating Lifestyle Programme (HELP) as part of the University College Hospital Weight Management Clinic. HELP was awarded the Association for the Study of Obesity Best Practice award in 2001. Dr Christie was the first Recipient of the SAM/Carlotta Simons Award in Adolescent Health in 2001 and received the award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement in Clinical Health Psychology in 2004. Awarded the Adele Hoffman visiting professorship in adolescent health and medicine April 2013.

Dr Christie has published over 90 peer reviewed papers and chapters and is co-editor of a recently published book Psychosocial aspects of diabetes in children, adolescents and families. Research interests currently include neuropsychological outcomes in children and adolescent survivors of meningitis, quality of life measures in chronic illness, and the development of effective multidisciplinary interventions for diabetes and obesity in children.

Dr Christie is an international presenter and trainer in motivational and solution focused therapies. She particularly enjoys working with multidisciplinary teams to help them engage and communicate effectively with children, young people and families living with chronic illness and managing complexity.


George PattonProfessor George Patton

Thursday 14th November, 9:00 – Adolescent health service systems for the future

George Patton is the Professor of Adolescent Health Research with the University of Melbourne. He is a Senior Principal Research Fellow with the National Health and Medical Research Council and has a clinical background in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. His group has undertaken studies ranging from the sociological to biological with a prime focus on the adolescent and young adult years.  They include the Gatehouse Project, a trial of promoting social inclusion in Victorian schools, the development of large scale surveys to document patterns of child and youth development to guide policy decisions and leading long-term cohort studies of adolescent health and development.    The topics covered include global patterns of health in young people, eating disorders, tobacco and substance use, obesity, common adolescent mental disorders, early psychosis, the effects of puberty on health and development,  and adolescent antecedents of non-communicable diseases in later life.

He has had advisory and consultancy roles with the UN, World Health Organization, USAID, the World Bank and UNICEF around adolescent health and development.  He played a leading role in both the first and second Lancet Series in Adolescent Health. In Australia he has chaired advisory groups producing ‘A Picture of Australia’s Children’ and ‘Australia’s Young People: their health and well-being’ over the course of the past decade.   He has also had advisory roles to the Commonwealth Government around mental health policy, suicide prevention, alcohol and illicit substance abuse and men’s health.


Jonathan CarapetisProfessor Jonathan Carapetis

Thursday 14th November, 9:45 – Youth health research – a wise investment?

Professor Carapetis is the Director of The Telethon Institute for Child Health Research.  His previous positions include terms as Director of the Centre for International Child Health at the University of Melbourne, Theme Director at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute in Melbourne and Clinical Fellow in Paediatric Infectious Diseases at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada. He is recognised as a leading mind in the Australian health field, with particular expertise in Indigenous child health.

From 2006-2012, Professor Carapetis was Director of the Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin where he forged new directions in research and training to tackle the big problems in Indigenous health. He also holds separate qualifications as a medical practitioner (MBBS), specialist paediatrician (FRACP Paediatrics), specialist infectious diseases physician (FRACP Infect Dis), and specialist public health physician (FAFPHM), as well as a PhD.

Amongst his many accolades, Professor Carapetis was named as Northern Territory Australian of the Year for 2008. He has been named as one of Australia's top 100 brains in Cosmos magazine, selected in the top ten in Medicine and Health in the Bulletin Magazine's "Smart 100" list, and attended the Prime Minister's 20:20 summit in Canberra in 2008.

Professor Carapetis has made an international contribution and commitment to the reduction of rheumatic heart disease. While rare in most developed countries, Australia has one of the highest rates of the disease in the world due to its prevalence within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, particularly in Northern Australia.


Simon DennyDr Simon Denny

Friday 15th November, 9:45 - 10 years of youth health & well being surveys in New Zealand – what have we learnt?

Simon Denny is a Paediatrician working at the Centre for Youth Health in South Auckland and University of Auckland. He completed his adolescent training in the USA where he was a 2000-01 Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy. He was the Principal Investigator of Youth’07 which is New Zealand’s second National Youth Health and Wellbeing survey. He has published extensively on youth health issues in New Zealand and is currently leading a project looking at school health services and health outcomes among secondary school students.


Aram HosieAram Hosie

Aram Hosie is a queer transman from Perth, Western Australia. Founding President of the WA Gender Project, he has been involved in trans related advocacy since commencing his own transition in 2006.

Aram's work to date has included contributing to the lobbying effort that saw the Australian Human Rights Commission conduct its 'Sex Files Inquiry', working with the Federal Attorney-General's Department to implement recommendations from the 'Sex Files' Report, working with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to develop a new passport policy for trans and intersex applicants, and being the slightly reluctant star of various visibility raising media articles.

Aram was the first (and to date only) trans Patron of Perth Pride, and currently serves on the National LGBTI Health Alliance's Intersex, Trans and Gender Diversity Working Group, and the MSM Global Forum's Trans Reference Group.


Michelle ScottMichelle Scott

Michelle Scott was appointed Western Australia’s first Commissioner for Children and Young People in December 2007.

Michelle has extensive experience in social welfare and advocacy including positions as a member of the Mental Health Review Board and as Senior Member of the both the Immigration Review Tribunal and the Social Security Appeals Tribunal. Most recently she was Western Australia’s Public Advocate.

As Commissioner, Michelle reports directly to Parliament and has a legislated responsibility to monitor, promote and enhance the wellbeing of all Western Australian children and young people.
Michelle has travelled extensively across the State to listen and learn from people living in our diverse communities, including children and young people. She has established many productive partnerships and ongoing relationships with government and non-government agencies, community associations and the private sector to promote the best interests of children and young people and give them a voice at the highest levels of decision making.

Her achievements include conducting the first ever comprehensive Inquiry into the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people in WA; commissioning research which allowed almost 1000 five to 18 year-olds across the State to have a say about what affects their wellbeing; establishing Australia’s first child-focussed Thinker in Residence program; and publishing three ‘guidelines’ documents which aim to help agencies better meet the needs of children and young people in the areas of legislation, participation and complaints.
She has also established the Wellbeing Monitoring Framework which provides much-needed data and resources to enable agencies to plan and deliver more effective services and programs that strengthen children and young people’s wellbeing.


Donald PayneA/Prof Donald Payne

Donald Payne is a Consultant Paediatrician and Adolescent Physician at Princess Margaret Hospital in Perth, Western Australia and Associate Professor in Adolescent Medicine at the University of Western Australia. He received his medical degree in the UK from Cambridge University and trained in London as a specialist in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine, before moving to Australia to gain further training in Adolescent Medicine. He now works as a General Paediatrician in Perth, with Adolescent Medicine as his main clinical and research interest.

Donald has been a member of the Joint Adolescent Health Committee of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) since 2008 and chaired the working group responsible for writing the RACP curriculum for trainees wishing to specialise in Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine. Recently he has been instrumental in relaunching the Australian Association for Adolescent Health (AAAH) and was elected President of the AAAH in November 2011.


Andrew KennedyDr Andrew Kennedy

Andrew is a general paediatrician and adolescent physician at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children in Perth Western Australia. He joined the Department of Paediatric and Adolescent Medicine (DPAM) in 2009 and  plays a lead role in the Adolescent Health Team, a multidisciplinary team within DPAM. On top of the clinical workload he has contributed to research and audit whilst part of this team resulting in several publications.

He was the fellow in Adolescent Medicine at Westmead Hospital, Sydney for 2 years from 2002. In 2004 he worked in Justice Health as the first adolescent physician overseeing health care provision to incarcerated juveniles in New South Wales. From 2005 he was the clinical leader at the Centre for Adolescent Health at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, a position he held for 4 years.

His main areas of interest within adolescent health includes: teenagers with somatising disorders and chronic fatigue syndrome, eating disorders, behaviour problems and ADHD and more recently those with gender issues. He is also an advocate for health care for incarcerated adolescents having chaired a policy through the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) on this issue and he currently has a clinical and planning role with the Department of Corrective Services (DCS) in Perth’s main  juvenile detention centre, Banksia Hill.

Andrew is the Adolescent Health representative on the RACP Policy and Advocacy Committee and is also a member of the Joint Adolescent Health Committee. He is the current vice president of the Australian Association for Adolescent Health (AAAH). He has attended and presented at several Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) conferences in the U.S. as well as at previous Australian Adolescent Health conferences.


Chief Justice Wayne MartinThe Hon. Chief Justice Wayne Martin AC

The Honourable Wayne Martin AC was appointed as Western Australia’s 13th Chief Justice on 1 May 2006. He joined the Independent Bar in 1988 and was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1993.  From 2001 – 2003, he took on the role of counsel assisting the HIH Royal Commission in Sydney.

The Chief Justice was President of the WA Bar Association between 1996 and 1999, and Chairman of the Western Australian Law Reform Commission from 1996 to 2001, when the commission completed the Review of the Criminal and Civil Justice System in Western Australia.  The Chief Justice was also a member of the Council of the Law Society of Western Australia, and was President of the Society when appointed to his current office.

In 2007, the Chief Justice was awarded WA Citizen of the Year for the Professions.

In 2012, the Chief Justice was awarded a Companion (AC) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for eminent service to the judiciary and to the law, particularly as Chief Justice of Western Australia, to legal reform and education, and to the community.


Judge ReynoldsJudge Denis Reynolds

Judge Denis Reynolds was born and raised in Perth, WA.

He graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Jurisprudence and Bachelor of Law. After which he practised in the Legal Profession in Perth, was appointed as a Magistrate in WA in 1984 and appointed as a Commissioner of the District Court of WA in 1997. 

In 2004 he was appointed as a Judge of the District Court of WA as well as the President of the Children's Court of WA in 2004.

Judge Denis Reynolds has received the Western Australian Citizen of the Year Award 2012 – Community Category. He has also been appointed an Ambassador for Children and Young People – 25 October 2012 (Commissioner for Children and Young People).


Jacky HewittDr Jacqueline Hewitt

Jacky Hewitt is a paediatric endocrinologist at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. Her clinical and research interest is in the care of children and adolescents who have disorders of sex development or gender identity disorder.

She is presently completing a PhD in the molecular genetics of sex development, and her research is supported by the University of Melbourne, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, the Australasian Paediatric Endocrine Group, the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the National Health and Medical Research Council.

She is a lecturer at the University of Melbourne on disorders of sex development and the development of gender in children.

Jacky was involved with the establishment of Australia’s first clinic for child and adolescent gender dysphoria, where she provides endocrine treatment for transgender young people.


Peter OrhardPeter Orchard

Peter is Chief Executive Officer for CanTeen, having commenced in March 2012. He brings to this role a significant breadth and depth of experience across health and more specifically youth specific initiatives.

Most recently, Peter was a Director at Australian Healthcare Associates, where he led the following major projects for federal and jurisdictional governments:

  • Mid-Point Review of the National Organ and Tissue Donation Reform Package
  • Evaluation of the Psychosocial Response to the 2009 Victorian Bushfires
  • Evaluation of the Establishing Quality Health Standards Budget Measure across Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations
  • Evaluation of the Victorian Dual Diagnosis Initiative
  • Evaluation of the Queensland Community Mental Health Transition to Recovery Programs
  • Investigation of Comparative Demand Management Models for the National Blood Authority

Previously Peter helped establish and was then appointed Deputy CEO of headspace – National Youth Mental Health Foundation. This included the establishment of the national office and the first 30 headspace centres, which involved working very closely with federal, state and local stakeholders.

Peter’s earlier history included 10 years work with homeless young people in a range of roles, including as a family therapist and program manager.


Chris TantiChris Tanti

When it comes to young people, Chris Tanti has ‘got their back’ – and has had for many years; first as a social worker and more recently as the inaugural CEO of the National Youth Mental Health Foundation headspace.

Since being appointed to the Chief Executive position in 2006, Chris has built the organisation up to become Australia’s foremost youth mental health body, with 55 (soon to be 90) centres across the country and the national’s only fully professionally-staffed online and telephone support service eheadspace.

These resources, along with the recently-launched school-based suicide postvention program headspace School Support, are making a real difference to the lives of tens of thousands of young Australians aged

Chris’ passion for the welfare of young people has been a guiding force in the development of a world-first early intervention youth mental health service; a service that places making young people and their families feel safe at the heart of everything it does. 


Kat SteinbeckProfessor Kate Steinbeck

Kate Steinbeck is the Medical Foundation Chair in Adolescent Medicine at the University of Sydney, Australia and is an endocrinologist and adolescent physician. Her research interests include chronic illness with a particular emphasis on transition, self-management and the role of parents, puberty hormones, the long term endocrine effects of cancer, cystic fibrosis, diabetes and youth homelessness. She is the chief investigator on the ARCHER rural cohort study in country NSW on the true effects of puberty hormones on adolescent health and wellbeing. Kate Steinbeck is responsible for the teaching of Adolescent Medicine at the University of Sydney and supervises a number of postgraduate students. She is also Head of the Academic Department of Adolescent Medicine at the Sydney Children’s Hospital at Westmead, where she heads the clinical research program. Kate Steinbeck is a Member of the Research Committee of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, and an Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Adolescent Health. She is an Associate Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre in Physical Activity, Nutrition and Obesity, University of Sydney and chairs the Royal Australasian College of Physicians Specialist Advisory Committee for Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine.


Professor Susan SawyerProfessor Susan Sawyer

Professor Susan Sawyer holds the inaugural Chair of Adolescent Health at the University of Melbourne and is the Director of the Centre for Adolescent Health at the Royal Children's Hospital. A paediatrician by training, she has helped establish the field of Adolescent Health and Medicine. Professor Sawyer's research interests largely focus on models of 'adolescent friendly' health care; with over 250 peer review publications, reports and book chapters, she has significantly contributed to the evidence base for clinical practice. She chairs the Victorian Government's Advisory Committee on Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer. She is Chairman of the World Health Organisation's Technical Steering Committee on Maternal, Newborn Child and Adolescent Health, a vice-president of the International Association of Adolescent Health and a past president of the International Chapter of the US Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine. Her many contributions to the Victorian community were recognised by her recent induction into the Victorian Women's Honour Roll.


Narelda JacobsNarelda Jacobs

Narelda Jacobs has been a journalist at Network Ten for 13 years and is the presenter of Perth's Ten News at 5.

Narelda loves her home town of Perth, with the world's warmest people and best lifestyle. Her on air profile has given Narelda the opportunity to motivate young people to accept their social responsibilities. Narelda’s a patron of the Motor Neurone Disease Assoc WA. She’s an Ambassador for the David Wirrpanda Foundation, Breast Cancer Care WA & the Disability Services Commission. In 2011 she was 1 of 13 WA women who trekked Kokoda to raise money for Breast Cancer Care WA.


Jordan FogartyJordan Fogarty

Jordan Fogarty is a founder and director of B Done, an innovative marketing and business support company. He is passionate about entrepreneurship and is in his element when he is innovating new ways to solve challenges.

Jordan’s life was turned upside down in 2009 when he was a passenger in a car that collided with a tree in South West Australia. This accident left him in a coma for 5 days with 20 plus broken bones and doctors fearing the worst. Jordan was told he would be wheelchair bound for over a year and unlikely to return to his previous health. Against all odds Jordan fought these dire predictions, was out of hospital in 5 weeks and running on the beach in less than 4 months from the date of accident. He has become a medical case studied around the country and an example for the power of determination and self-belief. While his recovery has been extraordinary it has in no way been easy, and he is always open to share his experiences of how he overcame the vast challenges he has faced.

Jordan’s time is spent between working on exciting new ventures, community projects and he is really in his element in the water scuba diving, swimming or free diving.