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Head, Adolescent Health and Wellbeing

PhD, FRACP, MEpi, MBBS, GDipBiostats, BMedSci

Professor Pete Azzopardi leads an international program of research focusing on adolescent health and well-being. His research is informed by experience working as a paediatrician in Australia (including in youth justice, the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health sector, tertiary referral services, youth homeless services) and across health services in the Asia Pacific region.

Pete’s program of research is approached in partnership with young people. He has expertise in using data to describe adolescent health needs, and expertise in the codesign and implementation of responsive programs for adolescent and wellbeing. At Telethon Kids Institute, his work is in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia. He also leads a research group at Murdoch Children’s Research Institute where his work focuses on global adolescent health. Ensuring health equity is a cross cutting theme.

Pete is a Commissioner on the current Lancet Commission for Adolescent Health and Wellbeing. He co-chairs WHO’s Global Action for Measurement of Adolescent health expert group, and co-chairs the adolescent wellbeing work stream at the Partnership for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescent’s health (PMNCH). Pete has also recently joined WHO’s Strategic Technical Advisory Group of Experts (STAGE). These engagements provide an opportunity to contribute to - and learn- from best practice globally.