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Welcome to the Australasian Human Development Association

The Australasian Human Development Association (AHDA) is a multidisciplinary, non-profit association formed in the early 1980s. The goals of the Association are to foster and promote research on human development at all stages of the lifespan, including prenatal development, infancy and childhood, adolescence and adulthood. The association promotes the application of research findings to inform professional practice in various disciplines, as well as to inform social policy concerned with individual development, families and communities.

Current News

The Roy McKenzie Centre for the Study of Families at Victoria University of Wellington has the privilege of hosting the 19th Biennial conference of the  Australasian Human Development Association (AHDA) to be held in Wellington, New Zealand, from July 8th to July 11th, 2015.

We are very excited to be offering a programme based on the theme “Growing Healthy Young People, Children and Families”. This theme will focus on research that examines:

  • The development of resilience for young people and families
  • Identifying risk and protective factors in development and learning
  • Policies that enhance the well-being and educational achievement of young people and families
  • Contextual factors that promote/influence positive development and learning (e.g., schools, government, communities)
  • Advances in theoretical perspectives or models of all areas of human development
  • The assessment and evaluation of language, learning and behaviour


The day before the main conference begins we will be offering a one-day workshop entitled Bullying: Identifying effective prevention and intervention strategies. This one-day event will bring together researchers, policy makers, as well as groups and individuals who work in this area as we seek to reduce the incidence of this behaviour across the life-span and across different contexts.

Please see the website for more details www.confer.co.nz/ahda2015