Podcast: Adolescent Health Report Launch

The Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, Sir Peter Gluckman, today released a comprehensive report on the health and social issues faced by New Zealand’s teenagers.

The Prime Minister last year asked his Sir Peter Gluckman to explore the factors underlying adolescent behaviour and to indicate where there may be evidence-based opportunities for changes to policy and practices that might help to mitigate these negative outcomes.

Today in Wellington, Sir Peter Gluckman launched the resulting report of the Taskforce, ‘Improving the Transition: Reducing Social and Psychological Morbidity during Adolescence’, which drew on the expertise of dozens of scientists and health experts to create an evidence base on which future policy can be built.

The full report is available here.

The Science Media Centre recorded Sir Peter’s presentation of the report, an overview of it design by Prof David Fergusson (one of the co-authors of the report) and a following Q & A session with the audience.

The podcast of the briefing is available below: (download the audio here)


To talk to an expert on any aspect of the report or it implications as a whole, contact the Science Media Centre (smc@sciencemediacentre.co.nz; +64 04 499 5476)