Young people bring major health issues to the scientific stage
“HAPYUS has increased the importance of youth advocacy in scientific research and discussion by enabling the inclusion of diverse voices through collaboration among youth across the state.
“This is a critical step in developing a holistic perspective that has important implications for chronic disease prevention efforts,” said co-chair Radhika Valanju, who is in grade 12.
HAPYUS writes that one way to create real impact on chronic disease prevention is through programs integrated into the school curriculum that are as engaging and compelling as the sheer volume of promotional content on social media.
“I’m incredibly proud of what they’ve accomplished,” said Dr Partridge.
“Being with them from the start and listening to their discussions, it’s clear that these concerns are constantly on their minds.
“Their passion and commitment to improving the health and well-being of young people is inspiring,” says Ms. Mariam Mandoh, who mentored the group with Dr. Partridge.
Ms. Mandoh is doing a PhD on how to increase youth engagement in research.
A true feature of the pandemic, HAPYUS members have yet to meet in person, which they hope to one day do on the University of Sydney campus.
“Regardless of working virtually together or in person, we want to continue our work and become an example of how student health collaborations can make a real difference not only in research, but potentially impact the lives of young people in this area. about reducing the prevalence of chronic diseases,” says HAPYUS Co-Chair Dominik Mautner.