Young Adulthood

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2013 - 2015 Young Adulthood

Young adulthood is a time of change. It is a time when people leave school and often move out of the family home. It is also an age where concerns about health, particularly mental health, are high but people do not engage with health services and health information remains sparse. Participants of both the TEC and ABC study underwent a comprehensive health assessment when they were aged 22-27 years.


Dr Gurmeet Singh, Belinda Davison, Jennifer Goodall, Sarah Whalan, Joseph Fitz, Katie Montgomery-Quinn and Methinee Intarapanya made up the core research team.

Data collected

The same core data including body size, shape and composition, cardiovascular measures and renal function, emotional status and lifestyle factors were once again assessed. These were expanded upon in this wave to include additional inflammatory markers, respiratory function and additional lifestyle markers such as major life events and stress biomarkers. 

Following the mandatory fortification of iodized salt in bread in 2009, repeat urine iodine was assessed to ascertain the impact of this national intervention on the iodine status of young people in the Top End. 


117 of the original cohort was seen at mean age 25 years.

Majority of people were in the healthy weight range.

The low prevalence of chronic disease markers in young adulthood suggests that there is still a window of opportunity beyond childhood to target interventions aimed at reducing the high burden of chronic disease in this high risk population. 


People involved in this study

Associate Professor Gurmeet Singh
Senior Research Fellow and Director of Life Course Program
Jennifer Goodall
Project Officer
Joseph Fitz
Project Officer
Kathleen Montgomery-Quin
Research Assistant

Related publications

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Aboriginal Birth Cohort

Cunningham TE, Sayers SM, Singh GR. Lipoprotein(a) identifies cardiovascular risk in childhood: The Australian Aboriginal Birth Cohort Study. J Paediatr Child Health. 2011 Jan 18.

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Aboriginal Birth Cohort

Cheah, B.C., Davies, J., Singh, G.R., Wood, N., Jackson, K., Littlejohn, M., Davison, B., McIntyre, P., Locarnini, S., Davis, J.S. and Tong, S.Y.C., 2018. Sub-optimal protection against past hepatitis B virus infection where subtype mismatch exists between vaccine and circulating viral genotype in northern Australia. Vaccine, 36(24), pp.3533-3540.

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Aboriginal Birth Cohort

Sayers S, Mackerras D, Halpin S, Singh G. Growth outcomes for Australian Aboriginal children aged 11 years who were born with intrauterine growth retardation at term gestation. Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol. Sep 2007;21(5):411-417.

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