Improving the participation of young people with chronic illness in triadic medical discussions about their health

Prof. Johanna Wyn

Project Details

Developments in medical technologies mean that more and more children/adolescents now grow up with serious chronic illnesses requiring lifelong participation in health care. Inclusive and open doctor-parent-child medical communication is crucial, yet current doctor-parent dominated communication often excludes young people. This longitudinal, qualitative project using youth-oriented research methodologies seeks to generate new knowledge about promoting youth participation in triadic medical discussions about their health to support young people and parents in the self-management of the young person’s illness and health care practitioners to improve clinical practice.


Tamara Borovica and Michelle Walter


Johanna Wyn, Helen Cahill, Vicki Anderson, Jenny Hynson, Maria McCarthy and Rory Duncan


Australian Research Council (Discovery)