40 years of achievement

A pioneering role in adolescent healthcare for 40 years is worth celebrating! Back when The Children's Hospital at Westmead was at Camperdown, Prof David Bennett was key in opening the first hospital based adolescent medical unit in 1977. The Youth Arts Program was introduced in 1984, with visual artists working with young people in hospital.

Since then, there have been many milestones.in developing a comprehensive, integrated and creative model of care, linking inpatient, outpatient and community based services for young people. "We have taken a holistic, family centred approach," said Prof. Bennett. . Today, there are many services for young people, often in partnerships with other departments and organisations.

Senior staff in the unit have been influential in young people's health, both nationally and globally, in research, policy and advocacy.

Prof.Kate Steinbeck was appointed as the inaugural Chair of Adolescent Medicine in 2010, ,and this year recived NHMRC funding to establish a Centre of Excellence in Adolescent Health Research focusing on making health services work for adolescents in the digital age.