Tackling youth health matters nationally

WSLHD PERU project officer Natalie Jakstas, director Associate Professor Smita Shah with project officer Tammie Jakstas.

The Gold Coast was not only the population destination for upcoming school leavers – it was also the location where health and education professionals and youth health workers came together at the annual Australian Association for Adolescent Health’s (AAAH) Conference on empowerment of adolescents in “Owning Future Change“. 

Western Sydney Local Health District’s (WSLHD) Primary Health Care Education and Research Unit (PERU) team stood out at the conference.

WSLHD PERU director Associate Professor Smita Shah was a finalist for the AAAH’s Outstanding Contribution to Youth Health, 2018.

WSLHD PERU director Associate Professor Smita Shah was delighted initiatives and projects accumulated and driven in Western Sydney is being recognised nationally.

We enjoyed the opportunity to be surrounded by highly motivated colleagues and health professionals that tapped into innovative programs and practical solutions to concerning youth health issues,” Associate Professor Shah said.

One of the highlights was the team’s presentation of the poster ‘Walking into Good Health’ project, to address smoking prevention and cessation, through a community intervention guided by Aboriginal education officers and students from Chifley College.

The research data looking at healthy behaviors around eating and physical activity in adolescents in their homes, was showcased by PERU project officer Tammie Jakstas.

For further information, visit: http://sydney.edu.au/medicine/public-health/salsa-triple-a/triple-a/index.php