Adolescent Health Report Sparks National Discussion

A comprehensive government report on adolescent health has highlighted the extent of difficulties faced by New Zealand youth, drawing national media attention.

On Wednesday the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, Sir Peter Gluckman, launched the report, Improving the Transition: Reducing Social and Psychological Morbidity during Adolescence‘. The document draws on the expertise of dozens of scientists and health experts to create an evidence base on which future policy can be built. A podcast of  Sir Peter and other experts speaking at the launch of the report is available here.

Following Sir Peter’s announcment in Wellington, news media have been reporting widely on the variety of issues presented in the report.

The nationwide coverage includes:

New Zealand Herald: ‘Woefully deficient’ youth services

Otago Daily Times: Early help call for at-risk children

The Press: NZ teens at “unprecedented risk” – report

Dominion Post: It will take a generation to help Kiwi teens

Gisborne Herald: We have been letting our young people down for far too long

National Business Review (via NZPA): Govt adviser wants massive re-jig of child policies to reduce crime, abortion, suicide Major youth report has scarce glbt content

TV 3 NewsKiwi teens ‘take too many risks’ – report NZ teens at ‘unprecedented risk’ – report (additional video)

Radio New Zealand: Call for overhaul of Government youth programmes

TVNZ News: Many Kiwi teens have depression – report

TVNZ Breakfast: Sir Peter Gluckman talks about dangerous teens