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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.

State school kids do better at uni

Australian research has found that, on average, graduates of state schools received the same marks at the end of first-year university as graduates of private schools who had tertiary entrance scores around three to six points higher. Original article

22 Jul 2014

HIV diagnoses rise among young men as overall cases drop in the US

The findings, being released today to coincide with the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne are the first to use data from all 50 US states to examine long-term trends in diagnosis, and demonstrate prevention and screening efforts aren’t adequately reaching a younger group. Original article

22 Jul 2014

Applications for the 2014 Australia-China Youth Dialogue (ACYD) are now open

The ACYD is a youth-driven bilateral conference held over four days, from 21 to 24 November in Beijing, China.  ACYD aims to promote sophisticated cross-cultural understanding between emerging Australian and Chinese leaders. Original article

22 Jul 2014

Plain packs help deter young smokers as uptake drops to new low

Evidence is mounting that plain cigarette packaging is helping prevent young people from becoming addicted, life-long customers of big tobacco. Original article

22 Jul 2014

For Gaza's young and ambitious, the conflict is just another one of life's many challenges

While there have been attempts to negotiate an end to the conflict, the violence has only gotten worse. But it's Gaza's young and ambitious who stand to lose the most. Original article

22 Jul 2014

Calls for more support for young asylum seeker students

A group of principals in South Australia want new protocols in place for young asylum seekers attending school while in community detention. Original article

18 Jul 2014

Racism and Child and Youth Health: Symposium Statement

A summary and recommendations were developed as part of a one-day symposium on Racism and Child and Youth Health funded by the Lowitja Institute and hosted by the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne and the Centre of Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University.  Original article

18 Jul 2014

New information encourages help-seeking in young people

Thew resources form part of the Children of Parents with a Mental Illness (COPMI) national initiative, which recognises the importance of encouraging young people with a parent who experiences mental illness to seek help when they need it. Original article

18 Jul 2014

Healthy start: closing the gap on Indigenous childhood obesity

While the gap between the health and wellbeing of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians is closing in some areas, there are still concerns about the rates of obesity in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults, resulting in a review of health programs for young Indigenous Australians. Original article

18 Jul 2014

Less young people drinking but more drug prevention work to be done

Key findings from the National Drug Strategy Household Survey show that the age at which 14-24 year olds are having their first drink is being delayed, rising from 14.4 years to 15.7 years of age over the last decade and a half. However, community awareness of drug prevention still needs to be raised. Original article

18 Jul 2014

'Art apology' aims to keep young Aboriginal people out of prison

An Australian-first program on the New South Wales north coast is trying a different way of breaking the cycle of crime among Indigenous youth. Original article

16 Jul 2014

Young heart transplant survivor calls on Australians to donate organs

Mohammad Farran is one of three transplant recipients who speak out about the importance of organ donation in a campaign designed to raise donor awareness in Arab and Chinese communities. Original article

16 Jul 2014

‘I want to work’: youth unemployment on the rise

Australia’s youth unemployment has hit 13.5% and is still rising. Is the minimum wage holding Australia’s young people back — or is it the one thing they have to fall back on? Original article

16 Jul 2014

The myth of young people

This article in The Economist looks at the myths that young people are violent, alienated and unhappy. Original article

16 Jul 2014

Development of a National Child and Youth Strategic Framework for Health

The opportunity to provide feedback on the Discussion Paper and development of a National Child and Youth Strategic Framework for Health is available until the 27 July 2014. Original article

16 Jul 2014

Grit the key to job success

Young people with a disability are creating their own employment opportunities. Original article

15 Jul 2014

Bootcamp for health advocacy change makers

NCDFREE, an initiative started in 2013 by young people, seeks to provide young people with the skills they need to help spread the word globally that non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are treatable. Original article

15 Jul 2014

Addressing the cyber safety challenge: from risk to resilience

This report from the from the Institute for Culture and Society at the University of Western Sydney and published by Telstra looks at cyber safety issues emerging from a range of technology trends, how different populations are using technologies and the risks they face, and how to  respond effectively to each group’s unique cyber safety needs. Original article

15 Jul 2014

Y20 Summit: Update

The Youth 20 Summit is underway in Sydney. Top on the list of issues is youth unemployment. More information

15 Jul 2014

Dreams to get young people out of aged care

Samantha Kennerley is featured as Pro Bono Australia's Changemaker of the week.  Inspired by her son, who suffered a traumatic brain injury, she plunged herself into the Not for Profit sector, and now leads a Not for Profit that helps to get young people out of aged care. Original article

15 Jul 2014

What does it mean to be a young Vietnamese Australian?

Exploring what it means to be a young Australian with Vietnamese heritage will on the agenda at Australia's first national Vietnamese youth conference, underway in Melbourne. Original article

14 Jul 2014

NAIDOC: From school dropout to youth mentor

ABC Brisbane reports on Naomi Moran, a Bundjalung Nation descendent, who left school early and later found a career in Indigenous media and communications. Original article

14 Jul 2014

Youth delegates descend on Sydney for junior G20

In the countdown to the G20 conference, 120 youth delegates have arrived in Sydney from countries around the globe to attend the Y20 conference. Original article

14 Jul 2014

Overqualified and underemployed: meet Australia's graduates

The Australian's Business Spectator reports on the increased numbers of young Australians who find themselves unemployed or under-employed despite being well-educated. Original article

14 Jul 2014

Muscle mania: young men aren’t alone with body image concerns

Julia Coffey from the University of Newcastle speaks about her recent research into body image issues and young men. Original article

14 Jul 2014

Launch of the Queen's Youth Leaders Programme

In announcing the programme, Prime Minister Tony Abbott stated, 'Recipients of the Award will be people aged 18-29 who have overcome adversity to show leadership and service in their community. Successful applicants will receive training and mentoring opportunities to further encourage and inspire them.' Original article

11 Jul 2014

Comment: Funding reforms will affect mental health of young Australians

Mental health funding reforms will impact the most vulnerable members of the community while losing years of hard earned innovation and wisdom within the Not for Profit sector, writes Jesuit Social Services CEO Julie Edwards. Original article

11 Jul 2014

School suspension 'human rights violation'

In advance of a national summit on student behaviour to be held in Adelaide next week, researchers have stated that children are being left humiliated and disengaged by school punishment that violates their rights. Original article

11 Jul 2014

Disadvantaged youth have poor financial literacy

In a report released by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) and conducted by the OECD Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), young Australians are in the ‘Top Five’ for financial literacy internationally, however close to 30 per cent had levels at the baseline rate or below it. Original article

11 Jul 2014

Piracy more prevalent amongst young

An international survey found that young people are much more likely to pirate content such as movies and music than adults. However, unlike the UK and US where the majority of young people have admitted pirating content, only 40% of young Australians have admitted doing so. Original article

11 Jul 2014

Should teenagers be taking over-the-counter sporting supplements?

Four per cent of student athletes, some as young as 12, are taking banned performance-enhancing drugs and one in three are taking legal supplements, which could be expensive, ineffective, and harmful for teenagers according to experts. Original article

10 Jul 2014

OECD report: Australian teenagers are among world's most financially savvy

The report released by the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) measured 15-year-olds' knowledge of personal finances and solving financial problems, and showed that young Australians ranked equal third. Original article

10 Jul 2014

Aussie teens online

The Australian Communications and Media Authority has prepared a research snapshot including statistics and infographics on the key trends of online technology use by young Australians. Original article

10 Jul 2014

Finding that first job is hard, and cultural hurdles make it extra hard

George Morgan, Senior Lecturer, Institute for Culture and Society at University of Western Sydney, discusses the difficulties faced by Aboriginal youth looking for work. Original article

10 Jul 2014

Poverty and disconnection to family contribute to suicidal behaviour in Aboriginal and Torre Strait Islander children

SNAICC has lodged a submission to the Australian Human Rights Commission National Children’s Commissioner’s examination of intentional self-harm and suicidal behaviour in children. Original article

10 Jul 2014

Psychotropic Medications: increased prescription and wider application

This study from the Black Dog Institute looked at trends in the dispensing of psychotropic medication for the period 2009-2012, analysing the number of prescriptions issued, age and gender of patients and prescriber speciality. Original article

09 Jul 2014

Referrals soar at Australia's clinic for transgender youth as support programs get fresh funding

New referrals at Australia's only clinic for transgender young people have risen from one per year in 2003 to 60 so far this year. Original article

09 Jul 2014

Young entrepreneurs show way on homelessness

Technology entrepreneurs Matt Barrie and Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin are involved in the G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance, a five-day event in Sydney that coincides with the G20 gathering, in which convince participants that entrepreneurship could combat poverty and homelessness. Original article

09 Jul 2014

Young arsonists often repeat offenders

A Bond University study of 274 people under 18 years old found one in five had committed 10 or more acts of arson, and 19 per cent of them said they would likely continue lighting more. Original article

09 Jul 2014

Croome: We can work with chaplains to support LGBTI youth

LGBTI equality advocate Rodney Croome comments on how to best work with school chaplains to help support young LGBTI people who may need support. Original article

09 Jul 2014

State school kids do better at uni

Australian research has found that, on average, graduates of state schools received the same marks at the end of first-year university as graduates of private schools who had tertiary entrance scores around three to six points higher. Original article

22 Jul 2014

HIV diagnoses rise among young men as overall cases drop in the US

The findings, being released today to coincide with the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne are the first to use data from all 50 US states to examine long-term trends in diagnosis, and demonstrate prevention and screening efforts aren’t adequately reaching a younger group. Original article

22 Jul 2014

Applications for the 2014 Australia-China Youth Dialogue (ACYD) are now open

The ACYD is a youth-driven bilateral conference held over four days, from 21 to 24 November in Beijing, China.  ACYD aims to promote sophisticated cross-cultural understanding between emerging Australian and Chinese leaders. Original article

22 Jul 2014

Plain packs help deter young smokers as uptake drops to new low

Evidence is mounting that plain cigarette packaging is helping prevent young people from becoming addicted, life-long customers of big tobacco. Original article

22 Jul 2014

For Gaza's young and ambitious, the conflict is just another one of life's many challenges

While there have been attempts to negotiate an end to the conflict, the violence has only gotten worse. But it's Gaza's young and ambitious who stand to lose the most. Original article

22 Jul 2014

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