Toward the health promoting university: enhancing the student experience and academic outcomes project

Project Details

There has been recent focus on the mental health problems of young people in university and the impact on the student experience and academic outcomes. To date, relatively little work has occurred in Australia, with only a few recent studies investigating the pressures on international students studying in a new country and general psychosocial stressors for university students. No significant work has particularly examined the health and wellbeing and academic performance of Australian university students. We have conducted a systematic examination of the biopsychosocial determinants of health in our university population and their relationship with mental health outcomes and academic performance. This study will establish optimal points for future health promoting interventions and add to the evidence base worldwide for the issues faced by young people during this period of life. For all analyses we have compared local to international student populations. Domains explored include:

  • prevalence of health and mental health issues
  • incidence of risk-taking behaviours
  • academic and life stressors
  • exposure of students to fear, violence and abuse
  • awareness of and access to care

Researchers

Professor Lena Sanci - Head of Department

Dr Ann-Maree Duncan - Research Administrative Support Officer

Dr Divya Peter - Research Fellow in Young People’s Health

Dr Ian Williams - Research Fellow In Adolescent Health

Dr Patty Chondros - Biostatitician In Primary Care

Dr Laura Tarzia - Senior Research Fellow in Domestic Violence Research

Madeleine Lim - PhD Candidate

Collaborators

A/Prof Harry Minas - Melbourne School of Population and Global Health Global and Cultural Mental Health Unit

Dr Melissa Russell - Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, Centre of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Research Group

Children and Young People’s Health



Faculty Research Themes

Child Health

School Research Themes

Child Health in Medicine



Key Contact

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