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Type: Journal article
Title: 'Next Generation Youth Well-being Study:' understanding the health and social well-being trajectories of Australian Aboriginal adolescents aged 10-24 years: study protocol
Author: Gubhaju, L.
Banks, E.
Ward, J.
D'Este, C.
Ivers, R.
Roseby, R.
Azzopardi, P.
Williamson, A.
Chamberlain, C.
Liu, B.
Hotu, C.
Boyle, J.
McNamara, B.
Eades, S.J.
Citation: BMJ Open, 2019; 9(3):e028734-1-e028734-8
Publisher: BMJ Publishing
Issue Date: 2019
ISSN: 2044-6055
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Lina Gubhaju, Emily Banks, James Ward, Catherine D, Este, Rebecca Ivers ... Peter Azzopardi ... et al. (on behalf of the, Next Generation, investigator team)
Abstract: INTRODUCTION:Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander (hereafter referred to as 'Aboriginal') adolescents (10-24 years) experience multiple challenges to their health and well-being. However, limited evidence is available on factors influencing their health trajectories. Given the needs of this group, the young age profile of the Aboriginal population and the long-term implications of issues during adolescence, reliable longitudinal data are needed. METHODS AND ANALYSIS:The 'Next Generation: Youth Well-being Study' is a mixed-methods cohort study aiming to recruit 2250 Aboriginal adolescents aged 10-24 years from rural, remote and urban communities in Central Australia, Western Australia and New South Wales. The study assesses overall health and well-being and consists of two phases. During phase 1, we qualitatively explored the meaning of health and well-being for adolescents and accessibility of health services. During phase 2, participants are being recruited into a longitudinal cohort. Recruitment is occurring mainly through community networks and connections. At baseline, participants complete a comprehensive survey and undertake an extensive age relevant clinical assessment. Survey and clinical data will be linked to various databases including those relating to health services; medication; immunisation; hospitalisations and emergency department presentations; death registrations; education; child protection and corrective services. Participants will receive follow-up surveys approximately 2 years after their baseline visit. The 'Next Generation' study will fill important evidence gaps by providing longitudinal data on the health and social well-being of Aboriginal adolescents supplemented with narratives from participants to provide context. ETHICS AND DISSEMINATION:Ethics approvals have been sought and granted. Along with peer-reviewed publications and policy briefs, research findings will be disseminated via reports, booklets and other formats that will be most useful and informative to the participants and community organisations.
Keywords: ‘Next Generation’ investigator team
Health Care Surveys
Adolescent Behavior
Health Status
Oceanic Ancestry Group
Adolescent Health Services
Health Services, Indigenous
Young Adult
Social Determinants of Health
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DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-028734
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