The ARCHER 2 study will continue to follow a number of our adolescents for a further 3 years. This involves the same questionnaires, some pathology collection and collection of some new information on nutrition and brain development during this important stage of life. As the new year gets under way, we will be contacting these families to organize study visits during the school holidays.

For those who would still like to be involved with our research to some degree, we are introducing the ARCHER SHORT study.


We want to continue to follow our ARCHER young people to better understand how early adolescence affects growing up and health and wellbeing in later teen years. This is really important because we believe that health and wellbeing in adolescence influence health and wellbeing through out life. ARCHER is the most detailed study of its kind in Australia and the world, and we are asking your help to keep it going to better understand the crucial second decade of life and how we can improve health outcomes for adolescents in this complex and rapidly changing life stage. We need to make it easy for young people to be involved as their lives get busy. Some may have left school and joined the workforce, some may already be at university. The changes in their lives outside of school add to the wide variety of valuable data we collect. It’s important for every ARCHER young person to be able to tell their story through the young person questionnaire.

The annual questionnaire can be done online from anywhere. We simply need an updated email address or mobile number to send the survey link to. To update your details please use the "Update your contact details" on the menu bar.

The ARCHER Study - 2011 to 2015

The ARCHER study commenced in 2011 and recruited 342 adolescents and parents. It was a longitudinal study to explore the physical and mental health and wellbeing of children as they progress from childhood through adolescence in rural areas. Adolescents, particularly those in rural areas, are at risk of accidental injuries, substance abuse, obesity and may go onto develop diabetes and heart disease in later life. Untreated mental illness may go on to long term disability. Little is known about the role of the hormones of puberty and how they interact with other influences to affect adolescent and future health. The ARCHER study aims to explore these factors so that we can better understand how to protect adolescent health and well being.

The ARCHER team would like to thank:

Country Women's Association of New South Wales

NHMRC Project grant funding 2011-2014

Australian Rotary Health

Medical School Medical Foundation