As a group, Indigenous Australians experience poorer health outcomes than other Australians, including in the area of sexual health. The Closing the Gap Clearinghouse looks at sexual health education programs as a way of promoting sexual health for Indigenous Australians. Original article
A poll measuring Australian school students’ levels of hope, wellbeing and engagement shows that students’ level of enthusiasm for school wanes as they progress into the higher grades, and only one-third of respondents believe that they will get a good job.
The Gallup Student Poll was conducted among 7,300 students in years five to 12 across Australia in September last year. See more
Some 1.1 billion teenagers and young adults are at risk of hearing loss due to the unsafe use of personal audio devices and exposure to damaging levels of sound at noisy entertainment venues, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Data from studies in middle- and high-income countries analysed by WHO indicate that nearly 50% of 12–35-year-olds are exposed to unsafe levels of sound from the use of personal audio devices and around 40% are exposed to potentially damaging levels of sound at entertainment venues such as nightclubs, bars and sporting events.
Ahead of International Ear Care Day on 3 March, the WHO has launched a Make Listening Safe initiative to draw attention to the dangers of unsafe listening and promote safer practices. See more
One in five unemployed Australians is a teenager, according to a report released by the Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) today.
The report The teenage dream unravels: Trends in youth unemployment examines the latest unemployment trend data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, which indicates that the national youth unemployment rate (for 15–24-year-olds) was at 14.2% in January. This is more than twice the overall national unemployment rate (6.3%). The BSL report shows that unemployment is continuing to rise in Australia more than six years after the Global Financial Crisis.
These figures have prompted BSL to call for a national Youth Transitions Service to provide career advice, vocational training and work experience to young people in ‘unemployment hotspots’ around Australia. See more
Australia’s peak bodies for young people and the sector that supports them – the Australian Youth Affairs Coalition (AYAC), the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria (YACVic), Youth Action NSW, Youth Coalition of the ACT, Youth Affairs Network Queensland (YANQ), Youth Network of Tasmania (YNOT), Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia (YACWA) and the Youth Affairs Council of South Australia (YACSA) – have raised joint concerns about the Final Report of the Reference Group on Welfare Reform to the Minister for Social Service (the McClure Report).
The youth peaks welcomed some of the report’s recommendations, such as a national Jobs Plan for people with disabilities and mental illness, and clearer financial information for people receiving income support. However, other aspects of the report were greeted with concern. See more
It may come as no surprise to many parents that half of Australians aged 18-24 are still living at home, with most young people saying money is a factor. Here's a snapshot of the latest stats from the ABS. Australians in the next age group, 25-34 years old, are more likely to have left, but an estimated 17 per cent still have not left the nest. See more