Our research

Research in the AUT Centre for Child and Youth Health Research focuses on creating supportive environments for child and youth health. Our research is trans-disciplinary, involving the fields of nursing, public health, sport science, psychology and nutrition.

Youth’s participation in decision making

Understanding children and youth participation in decision making in healthcare organisations.

Combatting HIV online in Bali

Exploring potential in online HIV prevention in Bali, where HIV is a major public health problem.

Vanuatu: oral health

Investigating how Vanuatu seasonal workers deliver oral health promotion to children, focusing on tooth brushing.

Project Energize

Supporting schools and communities to increase children's nutrition and wellbeing.

Fiji youth project

Working with Pacific entrepreneurs to promote eating more vegetables and fruit.

Raising a child with Cerebral Palsy

Exploring the experiences of primary caregivers raising a school aged child with Cerebral Palsy.

Young people with bronchiectasis

Understanding how bronchiectasis affects young people and how to improve health outcomes.

Oral mucositis treatment and management

Assessing the prevention and management of oral mucositis in children receiving chemotherapy in Australasia.

Health literacy amongst children with a long-term condition

Investigating children’s (6-10 years) understanding of their long-term condition and its daily management.

Experiences of healthy siblings

Exploring the experiences and perceptions of healthy siblings of children with a long-term condition.

Factors of self-harm and suicidality in adolescents

Reviewing literature on adolescent self-harm and suicidality, as well as their risk and protective factors.

Systemic lupus erythematosus

Exploring how childhood onset systemic lupus erythematosus impacts young people and their families.

Aotearoa New Zealand childhood obesity policy

Understanding how children’s voices have informed childhood obesity policy in Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Pacific Health journal

Pacific Health is a peer-reviewed journal with a focus on health, communities and the environment around the Pacific Rim, often covering topics related to child and youth health.

Pacific Health journal