Speaker: Associate Professor Peter Newcombe, University of Queensland
Managing chronic illness in young people: A psychosocial approach.
Having a chronic illness (e.g., asthma, Type 1 Diabetes) can have a debilitating effect on a young person and their family. Quite often, but not always, it is not the physical pain but the emotional pain that has greater consequences for a young person’s health-related quality of life (HR-QoL). This talk will focus on HR-QoL as an important patient-reported outcome that is identified by physical, social, and mental well-being. Our research has investigated HR-QoL in children and adolescents with chronic physical and health conditions and their parents. It has explored the influence that specifically targeted interventions can have on the physical, psychological, and social well-being in children and adolescents with a chronic condition and with their parents. Our interventions led to improvements in psychosocial well-being with a consequential improvement in HR-QoL. The findings offer insight into interventions that can assist children and adolescents to cope with, and manage, their chronic conditions.
About the Speaker
Following a career in teaching, Peter Newcombe gained his PhD in 1997 and is now an associate professor in psychology at the University of Queensland, Australia. He has lectured there, mainly in introductory and developmental psychology, since 1999. During that time, he has also lectured at universities in Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, and Thailand. In recognition of his teaching, Peter has received Excellence in Teaching Awards at faculty and university level as well as awards at faculty, university, and national levels for contributions to teaching psychology internationally. He currently supervises postgraduate students at honours, masters, and PhD level and their research projects have covered a range of areas including quality of life, grief and loss, corporal punishment, suggestibility, and the lived experiences of young people.
In collaboration with Singapore Psychological Society