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The Top End Cohort (TEC) commenced recruitment in 2007 when non-Indigenous people born in Darwin between 1987-1991 were invited to be part of the Life Course Program.  Together with the age matched ABC study, it provides a unique resort to examine the health and wellbeing of young people in the Top End across their life span. 

As part of the Life Course Program at Menzies, the main aim of the study is to assess the effect of early life factors, birth and childhood, on later physical and mental health, and to examine which factors influence these across the life course. This study seeks to identify those who are most at risk of developing chronic conditions, such as diabetes, heart and kidney disease and mental health problems and assist in targeting interventions.