Master Class (Day 2)

Main Stage (Day 1)

Day 1 Concurrent Sessions & Workshops


Professor David Bennett



9.30 – 10.00

Keynote Presentation


Nurturing Development, Resilience and Wellbeing In Young People


Adolescence is a unique and fascinating time of life when profound changes have the potential for huge impact on both current and future wellbeing. Notwithstanding their reputation as ‘the healthiest group in the population’, young people have to cope with ‘the perils of puberty’ and the challenges of emerging relationships and identity-seeking. Experimentation and risk-taking pose dangers to health and life. And overall, the prevalence of social and psychological problems has increased! Fortunately, adolescence is ‘a time of second chances’. New findings from neuroscience as well as research into parenting and school-based programs provide a ‘blueprint’ for helping young people develop resilient traits and coping strategies. This presentation will review the state of play in young people’s health, some of the challenges related to development and behaviour, and practical approaches to supporting young people’s psychological and emotional needs.


About David


Clinical Professor David Bennett AO from The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and the University of Sydney is an adolescent health physician working to improve the health and wellbeing of young people through responsive healthcare, collaborative research, professional and community education, networking and advocacy. David is Medical Clinical Director – Priority Populations, Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network and Senior Clinical Adviser and Director, Youth Health and Wellbeing, NSW Kids and Families. Previous roles include President of the Association for the Wellbeing of Children in Healthcare and of the International Association for Adolescent Health. David was honoured with an AO (Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia) in 1995 for ‘service to medicine, particularly in the field of adolescent health and medical care’, is a Paul Harris Fellow with Rotary International, and has received other awards for his service to community. He currently serves on a number of high-level State and Commonwealth government policy committees, is co-author of I just want you to be happy: Preventing and tackling teenage depression and the author of numerous other books, monographs, chapters and professional articles in the field of adolescent health. David is married to Anne with four grown-up children and three grandchildren.