Elevating the voice of young people through research
Health Consumers NSW talked to Dr Stephanie Partridge – a Senior Research Fellow at the School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of Sydney, and one of the high school researchers involved in her project, Alexi Cross.
Alexi is part of HAPYUS (‘pronounced Happy Us’). The researchers designed HAPYUS as a leadership program for young people to get an insider’s look into how research is conducted, and as a Youth Advisory Group for Stephanie’s own research project – developing a digital health intervention for young people to support nutrition and physical activity.
Sixteen NSW high school students joined HAPYUS and went on to publish a research essay in Lancet Child and Adolescent Health. Their essay discusses the most serious health challenges young people are facing today which could contribute to future chronic disease