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The news items below are from the past fortnight. News from the past 3 months can be found in the Archive section. News items are also included under each of the Topics headings.

Parliamentary committee finds six-month wait for welfare benefits would breach human rights

A bipartisan parliamentary report has found the Federal Government will breach its international obligations if it goes ahead with its budget proposal to force young jobseekers to wait six months for unemployment benefits. ABC News report  ACOSS and AYAC joint statement

30 Sep 2014

Reports on youth unemployment

The latest unemployment figures show that youth unemployment has hit a 12-year high of close to 15 percent. More information

30 Sep 2014

The National Survey of Professional Stakeholders: headspace Evaluation

The headspace program is currently being evaluated by researchers at the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) at the University of New South Wales on the extent and impact of collaboration between headspace and local services. Original article

30 Sep 2014

E-homework is widening the gap for disadvantaged students

More and more teachers are turning to technology when assigning homework. But while e-homework can make out-of-class learning more fun and interactive, research suggests that it might further disadvantage students from low socio-economic families. Original article

30 Sep 2014

Game for anything

This article from The Age looks at MMOGs (Massively Multiplayer Online Games) and their addictive nature and their effect young people's mental health. Original article

30 Sep 2014

A new approach to national child protection data: implementation of the Child Protection National Minimum Data Set

This working paper from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare describes the development and implementation of the CP NMDS and highlights key new analyses able to be reported for the first time at the national level. It also outlines the need for ongoing development work. Original article

29 Sep 2014

A knight’s strength helped Sim’s journey to gender change

This article from The Age looks at the issues faced by many transgender young people in Australia, including Sim Kennedy, a young 23-year-old man who speaks about his experiences growing up. Original article

29 Sep 2014

My-Peer Toolkit

This toolkit developed by Western Australian Centre for Health Promotion Research is a resource aimed at supporting agencies to implement and evaluate peer-based programs for young people using good practice guidelines. Original article

29 Sep 2014

Council, CQUni combine to help young engineers

A scholarship partnership between Bundaberg Regional Council and CQUniversity Bundaberg is aimed at addressing a chronic shortage of engineers in rural and regional Queensland. Original article

29 Sep 2014

Teen prevented from flying overseas 'for arranged marriage'

The Australian Federal Police have prevented a 14-year-old girl from leaving Australia amid suspicions she was being taken overseas for an arranged marriage. Original article

29 Sep 2014

Mandi youth honoured for building better communities in Australia

A youth from the Mandi district in India, Abhishek Awasthi, who is working at La Trobe University Student Engagement and Transition, recently received national recognition for his work in helping shape the next generation of leaders in Australia. Original article

26 Sep 2014

Report reveals dangerous gap in understanding of hepatitis C transmission

The Annual Report of Trends in Behaviour (ARTB 2014) produced by UNSW’s Centre for Social Research in Health shows hepatitis C knowledge in young people and gay men is dangerously low. Original article

26 Sep 2014

Applications open for the BETTERMAN Awards

The BETTERMAN Foundation aims to empower and support young men, regardless of circumstance, to make positive choices with a focus on violence and suicide prevention. The BETTERMAN Awards celebrate individuals and organisations who positively contribute to others and the greater community, demonstrating a commitment to the BETTERMAN core values of community, empathy, leadership, mateship, respect, and resilience. Applications close 31 December 2014. Original article

26 Sep 2014

Kirby Institute: Annual Surveillance Report 2014

The latest report from the Kirby Institute for Infection and Immunity in Society shows that rates of some STIs are increasing among young people. In particular, 20-24 year olds have recorded the highest levels of chlamydia, followed by 15-19 year olds. Original article

26 Sep 2014

University a worthwhile investment for individuals and society: OECD

The OECD’s annual Education: at a glance report found tertiary graduates earned more and had lower unemployment rates. However the benefits weren’t only for the individual, the public received a positive return on investment through taxes and social contributions, according to the report. Original article

26 Sep 2014

New events target youth suicide

Same-sex attracted young people in rural areas often face significantly increased suicide rates. For the first time in Australia, students of the University of Melbourne’s Rural Health Club (Outlook) and Queer Health Club (MDQueer) have started to run joint events which highlight the high rates of self-harm in gay and lesbian young people in regional, rural and remote areas. Original article

25 Sep 2014

Children’s Rights in the Digital Age: A download from children around the world

A new report from Young and Well CRC, Children’s Rights in the Digital Age: A download from children around the world, explores the question: 'How can we give children and young people voice in the debate that explores the impact of digital access and use and their rights?' Original article

25 Sep 2014

Telling kids homophobia is wrong won’t stop bullying in schools

This article in The Conversation looks at different attempts at addressing bullying related to gender and sexual identity in schools. But as students don't all think about these issues in the same way, a one-size-fits all approach in education programs provides limited success. Original article

25 Sep 2014

Children on the frontline of climate change says UNICEF research

The Challenges of Climate Change: Children on the front line, a new publication produced by the UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti – seeks to broaden and deepen understanding of child rights dimensions in the climate change discourse. Original article

25 Sep 2014

Youth Wellbeing Project - Workshop Intensives

The Youth Wellbeing Project assists both those who work with youth and young people themselves by providing young people with essential knowledge to make informed life decisions.The latest workshops available are listed online. Original article

25 Sep 2014

Body image of primary school children

According to new research from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC), children are expressing dissatisfaction with their body size as early as 8-9 years old, and the majority of 10-11 year olds are trying to control their weight. Original article

23 Sep 2014

Unique Australian Rules program for Indigenous students in Cairns makes closing the gap a reality

Former Australian Rules football player, Rick Hanlon, established AFL Cape York House (CYH), a 48-bed residence set around an oval in Cairns, where students from remote communities can live while finishing secondary school. Original article

23 Sep 2014

Young Pacific islanders are not climate change victims – they're fighting

A young performance artist from the Marshall Islands will tell this week’s UN climate summit that it’s time for action. Original article

23 Sep 2014

10 tips for working with children & young people in care

The NGO Learning Centre has compiled video clips with some tips to OOHC caseworkers and managers, and include the advice and experiences from a young person who has been in care and works with CREATE Foundation. Original article

23 Sep 2014

YHunger Cookbooks

The Yhunger cookbooks, available through the NSW Healthy Kids website, are designed to be flexible to the different accommodation services, with options to cook 2,4 or 6 serves. Original article

23 Sep 2014

Research finds friends count for Indigenous youth

Research from Telethon Kids Institute has found that having a supportive friend who is connected to family and greater community can be the critical factor in protecting and promoting resilience in vulnerable Indigenous youth. Original article 

19 Sep 2014

Youth workers and young people at risk in QLD youth detention centres

A Queensland Government draft consultation paper has warned that the state’s youth detention centres are operating permanently over accepted safe capacity levels. Original article

19 Sep 2014

New campaign to encourage Indigenous young people to connect

Yarn safe is a youth-led Indigenous mental health campaign, coordinated by Headspace Alice Springs, which aims to increase the number of young indigenous people connecting with the service. Original article

19 Sep 2014

Warning that military action against IS may mean more young people join IS

Australian National Imams Council spokesman Sheikh Mohamadu Saleem has said that there is a risk that Australia's military involvement in Iraq to fight Islamic State (IS) militants could result in more young people joining the Islamic State to fight. Original article

17 Sep 2014

Karenni refugee students on Heywire

A group of young Karenni refugees in Mt Gambier have entered the ABC Heywire competition to share their stories with Australia. Original article 

17 Sep 2014

Survey finds many Australians have shocking attitudes to rape and violence

A national survey of 17,500 people conducted by VicHealth has found most Australians believe violence is caused by men being unable to control their anger and their need for sex. Original article

17 Sep 2014

headspace expands coverage for Indigenous young people

headspace will expand by 10 more sites by 2017–2018, and is spearheading a new campaign to encourage young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to seek help when they are having difficulties. Original article

16 Sep 2014

Muslim spiritual leader warns young people of potential harm of social media

The spiritual leader of Muslims in Australia, Ibrahim Abu Mohammad, has warned young people not to trust ‘Sheik Google and Sheik YouTube’, saying they are ‘very dangerous and they have no moral or religious authority’. Original article

16 Sep 2014

Still time for nominations for The Young People’s Human Rights Medal

Nominations for the 2014 Australian Human Rights Awards, which include The Young People’s Human Rights Medal, have been extended for an extra two weeks. The closing date for nominations is now Friday 26 September. Original article

16 Sep 2014

Young people who have missed out will have a ball

Mission Australia will hold its second Youth Ball in Perth on Friday 10 October, during 2014 Mental Health Week. This event is for young people who may have never had a chance to attend a school ball due to factors such as alcohol and other drug misuse, homelessness, non-engagement with school and employment, and backgrounds of family and domestic conflict and violence. Original article

16 Sep 2014

Parliamentary committee finds six-month wait for welfare benefits would breach human rights

A bipartisan parliamentary report has found the Federal Government will breach its international obligations if it goes ahead with its budget proposal to force young jobseekers to wait six months for unemployment benefits. ABC News report  ACOSS and AYAC joint statement

30 Sep 2014

Reports on youth unemployment

The latest unemployment figures show that youth unemployment has hit a 12-year high of close to 15 percent. More information

30 Sep 2014

The National Survey of Professional Stakeholders: headspace Evaluation

The headspace program is currently being evaluated by researchers at the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) at the University of New South Wales on the extent and impact of collaboration between headspace and local services. Original article

30 Sep 2014

E-homework is widening the gap for disadvantaged students

More and more teachers are turning to technology when assigning homework. But while e-homework can make out-of-class learning more fun and interactive, research suggests that it might further disadvantage students from low socio-economic families. Original article

30 Sep 2014

Game for anything

This article from The Age looks at MMOGs (Massively Multiplayer Online Games) and their addictive nature and their effect young people's mental health. Original article

30 Sep 2014

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