Invited Symposium 3

Adolescent Health Research Group – Youth2000

This symposium will look at the mental health and wellbeing of young people in New Zealand using data from the Youth2000 National Youth Health Surveys led by the Adolescent Health Research Group at the University of Auckland. The AHRG is a long-standing interdisciplinary group of researchers from diverse disciplines across the University including Medicine, Nursing, Psychology, Pharmacy, Education, Epidemiology, Maori Health and Pacific Health. The group has a strong track record of collaboration and disseminates high quality and contemporary research on young people in New Zealand. This symposium will look at the trends in youth mental health since the first survey in 2001, the consequences of poor mental health in terms of self-harming behaviours, the social determinants of youth mental health including poverty and socio-economic inequality, and the future directions and issues for researchers.

Dr Terryann ClarkDr Terryann Clark (Ngapuhi) is a registered comprehensive nurse with extensive clinical and research experience in youth health, community health, sexual health, health promotion, youth mental health and Māori health. She is a founding member of the Adolescent Health Research Group (AHRG) and is currently the principal investigator of the Youth'12 National Youth Health and Wellbeing Survey.
Dr Terry FlemingDr Terry (Theresa) Fleming is a youth health social worker and a senior lecturer in youth mental health for the Department of Paediatrics: Child and Youth Health the Department of Psychological Medicine the University of Auckland. She has worked in the development and delivery of youth health services, mainly in South Auckland. Terry is involved in research relating to SPARX computerised CBT program for teenagers with depression and is an investigator with the adolescent health research group.
Dr Sarah Fortune Dr Sarah Fortune is a clinical psychologist and academic, with a strong interest in suicide prevention. Her research interests include the epidemiology of self-harm and suicide and treatment interventions with young people and their families/whanau. Sarah works in the Paediatric Consult Liaison Team at Kidz First hospital in South Auckland. She has also worked abroad as a Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at the University of Leeds and a Post Doctoral Fellow at the University of Oxford. She completed her PhD in Psychology at the University of Auckland and her clinical training at University College Dublin.

Chair: Associate Professor Simon Denny




Associate Professor Simon Denny is a paediatrician who specialises in the clinical care of young people. He has expertise in adolescent development, epidemiology and multi-level modelling and has previously led the 2007 National Youth Health Survey. He is the current chairperson of the Adolescent Health Research Group and the Society of Youth Health Professionals Aotearoa.