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.

Speaker: Associate Professor Peter Newcombe (University of Queensland)
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. Peter’s primary research interest concerns quality of life issues in children and young people with chronic medical and physical conditions. This funded research has employed an online psychosocial intervention that seeks to engage and reconnect these young people who are often isolated because of their condition. His quality of life research with children with chronic cough has been published widely, translated into 4 languages, commercialized, and has led to invitations to expert panels. This research is now being extended, with funding, to general health quality of life for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations living in urban areas. Peter has co-authored 10 chapters in edited books and published over 60 journal articles as well as over 80 presentations at domestic and international conferences.

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When: 25th May 2017

Time: 7 – 9.30pm

Where: JCU Singapore (149 Sims Drive S387380)


  • May 26, 2017
    3:00 am - 5:30 am



Venue:   JCU Singapore

JCU Singapore, 149 Sims Drive, 387380, Singapore