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Professor George Patton
Professor George Patton is a medically qualified epidemiologist with a clinical background in child & adolescent psychiatry. He is a National Health and Medical Research Council Senior Principal Research Fellow. His research is based at the Centre for Adolescent Health and the Murdoch Children's Research Institute.
He has been extensively involved in both child and adolescent mental health research and global adolescent health work. He has been a consultant around research to WHO, UN Population Division, UNICEF, UNFPA and the World Bank. He has previously coordinated two special series on adolescent health for the Lancet and is currently Chair of a 'Lancet Commission on Adolescent Health and Well-being'.
The Commission brings together some of the world's leading universities including the University of Melbourne, Columbia University, University College London, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the University Washington.
- Professor/Director of Adolescent Health Research, University of Melbourne
- Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne
- Health Services Achievement Awards 199:. The Mental Health Services Conference of Australian and New Zealand (The PACE clinic)
- Innovation in Public Health Research 2000, Department of Human Services, Division of Public Health, Victorian Government (The Gatehouse Project)
- Excellence in Health Promotion Reseach 2001, Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (The Gatehouse Project)
- NH&MRC Ten of the Best 2006 for the 9th wave follow-up of the Victorian Adolescent Health Cohort Study
- Society for Adolescent Medicine 2007 Visiting Professor in Adolescent Health Research. The Society for Adolescent Medicine is the dominant US and International Organisation in the field of Adolescent Health (First non-American to be awarded this honour)
- Society for Adolescent Medicine 2009 International Chapter Achievement Award
- Schering Plough Organon 2009 Senior Research Award, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry
- Discovery Award: Senior research achievement award of the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
- BUPA Oration 2013 : senior research prize of the Australian Society for Mental Health Research
Professor Patton's research group has undertaken studies that include:
- Long-term longitudinal studies such as 'The Victorian Adolescent Health Cohort Study' a major international study addressing broad aspects of adolescent health and development. This has included genetic association studies in early onset behavioural and mental disorders. It now includes an intergenerational cohort of over 1000 offspring from cohort participants.
- Trials of community-based interventions including the Gatehouse Project, a cluster randomised trial of health and educational benefits of promoting social inclusion in schools.
- Working with colleagues in primary care to develop cluster randomised trials of the effectiveness of promoting youth friendly primary health care for young Australians.
- Large community surveys of adolescent health status and the social determinants of health in adolescents including the extent to which these vary across the State of Victoria
- The first global studies of mortality, disease burden and health risks for the adolescent and young adult years
- The Childhood to Adolescent Transition Study (CATS Study)
- Victorian Adolescent Health Cohort Study (VAHCS)
- Victorian Intergenerational Cohort Study (VIHCS)
- International Youth Development Study (IYDS)
- Outdoor Youth Programs Research Alliance (OYPRA)
- Evidence-based for adolescent friendly health care
Patton GC, Coffey C, Mathers CD, Sawyer SM, Viner R et al (2009) Global Patterns of Mortality in Young People Lancet, 374, 881-92
Viner R, Coffey C, Mather C, Bloem P, Costello A, Santelli J, Patton G. (2011) 50–year mortality trends in children and young people: a study of 50 low, middle and high income countries. Lancet, 377, 1162-74.
Moran P, Coffey C, Romaniuk H, Olsson C, Borschmann R, Carlin JB, and Patton GC. The natural history of self-harm from adolescence to young adulthood: a population-based cohort study. The Lancet, 379 (9812):236-243, 2012
Patton GC, Coffey C, Cappa C, Currie D, Riley L, Gore F, Degenhardt L, Richardson D, Astone N, Sangowawa AO, Mokdad A, and Ferguson J. Health of the world's adolescents: a synthesis of internationally comparable data. Lancet 379:1665-1675, 2012.
Sawyer SM, Afifi RA, Bearinger LH, Blakemore SH, Dick B, Ezeh AC, and Patton GC. Adolescence: a foundation for future health. Lancet 379:1630-1640, 2012.
Degenhardt L, Coffey C, Romaniuk H, Swift W, Carlin JB, Hall WD, Patton GC. (2013) The persistence of the association between adolescent cannabis use and common mental disorders into young adulthood. Addiction, 108, 124-133.
Viner RM, Hargreaves D, Coffey C. Patton GC, Wolfe I. (2014) Deaths among young people 0-24 year in the UK compared with other rich countries: trends over four decades. Lancet, Epub ahead of print June 11 th 2014.
Silins E, Horwood J, Patton GC, et al Young adult sequelae of adolescent cannabis use: An integrative analysis across three Australasian Cohorts. The Lancet Psychiatry Accepted for publication July 2014.
Patton GC, Coffey C, Romaniuk H, Carlin JB, Degenhardt L, Olsson C, Moran P (2014) The prognosis of common mental disorders in adolescents: a 14-year prospective cohort study. Lancet, 383, 1404-11