Deaths attributable to preventable causes are rising among Australian adolescents and young adults. Mortality research has neglected deaths during this missing middle developmental period between childhood and mid-life (years 10-39). The TIME Consortium will draw together nine cohort studies from Australia and New Zealand, capturing >1000 deaths during this period, to explore risk factors for early death. This work will inform the development of strategies to prevent premature death in Australians.


Consortium name The International Mortality in Early adulthood Consortium
Abbreviation TIME Consortium
Current principal investigator/s

Dr Jessica Kerr, Dr Meredith O’Connor, Prof Craig Olsson

Project Members

Prof Stuart Kinner, Prof Peter Azzopardi, Prof Joseph Boden, Dr Marnie Downes, Assoc Prof Rebecca Glauert, Dr Sandhya Ramrakha, Dr Holger Moeller, Prof John Toumbourou, Dr Nur Sabrina Idrose, Assoc Prof Rohan Borschmann, Dr Ghazaleh Dashti, Assoc Prof Jessica Heerde, Assoc Prof Margarita Moreno-Betancur, Dr Chris Greenwood, Prof James Scott, Prof Rebecca Ivers, Prof Romola Bucks, Dr Liz Spry, Prof Sharon Goldfeld.

Project Contact Dr Jessica Kerr
Postal address

Dept. Psychological Medicine, Terrace House, 4 Oxford Terrace, Christchurch, NZ

Primary Institution Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
Collaborating Institution/s

University of Otago, Curtin University, University of Western Australia, University of New South Wales, Deakin University, University of Melbourne, University of Queensland

Major funding sources TBC
Study website NA
Protocol paper NA
Year commenced 2022
Australian cohorts

Victorian Adolescent Health Cohort Study

Australian Temperament Project (Gen 1 and Gen 2)

Tasmanian Longitudinal Health Study

International Youth Development Study

Young Driver Cohort Study

Mater Hospital and University of Queensland Study of Pregnancy (Gen 1 and Gen 2)

The Raine Study (Gen 1 and Gen 2)

International cohorts

Christchurch Health and Development Study

Dunedin Health and Development Study

Ethics approvals or requirements? TBC