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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.

Australian (illicit) drug policy timeline updated

The Australian (illicit) drug policy timeline now provides a list of key events, policy and legislative changes that have occurred in Australia between 1985 and March 31st 2014. Original article

17 Apr 2014

Number and rate of young people under youth justice supervision drops

A report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) shows the number and rate of young people under youth justice supervision in Australia has dropped in recent years, but Indigenous young people continue to be over-represented. Original article

17 Apr 2014

Government welcomes business commitment to help young job seekers

The Australian Government has endorsed the commitment by major Australian businesses to help address youth unemployment. Original article

17 Apr 2014

Skate parks get a good behaviour tick

Researchers at The University of Western Australia have found that skate parks are actually more likely to promote good behaviour - yet skate parks are often under threat from community opposition because of fears that young people who congregate at them will engage in anti-social behaviour. Original article

15 Apr 2014

Study finds videogames do not negatively impact adolescent performance

Flinders University researchers analysed data from more than 192,000 students from 22 countries and found that contrary to a popular view that increased videogame play can affect academic performance and concentration among teenagers, it in fact had little impact on exam results. Original article

15 Apr 2014

Culture is key to tackling suicide epidemic, elders say

Recently released, The Elders’ Report into Preventing Indigenous Self-harm & Youth Suicide, recommends that Indigenous elders should be put in charge of arresting an epidemic of youth suicide in Aboriginal communities. Original article

15 Apr 2014

Online communities: utilising emerging technologies to improve crime prevention knowledge, practice and dissemination

This paper explores the considerations associated with establishing online communities for crime prevention practitioners, drawing on research from across the community of practice, online community and knowledge management sectors. Original article

15 Apr 2014

Bitter rift on youth mental health provider headspace

A major rift within national youth mental health service headspace has erupted, with one of its founding board members publicly raising questions about how the organisation is run and whether it is reaching the vulnerable young people it was set up to help. Original article

14 Apr 2014

Youth leadership in the news

A wide range of youth leadership programs and opportunities have been announced recently. Here are a few of them

14 Apr 2014

South Australia pushes for national sexting laws

SA Attorney-General John Rau raised the issue of sexting at a national meeting of Attorneys-General in Melbourne and called for new federal legislative approach to young people who participate in sexting. Original article

14 Apr 2014

Be Deadly Online: Cybersmart

This online cybersafety resource produced by the Australian Communications and Media Authority is for Indigenous communities. Original article

14 Apr 2014

Long-term youth unemployment triples in six years: study

More than 50,000 young people have been unemployed for more than a year, with the average length of unemployment almost doubling – from 16 to 29 weeks – over the last six years. Original article

14 Apr 2014

Teen binge drinking influenced by adults

While recent reports show that young people aren't drinking as often as they used to, binge drinking is still an issue. A new report investigated the triggers and influences that affect young people's decisions to binge drink. Original article

11 Apr 2014

Aussie homeless touch Pink’s heart: she has filmed a commercial for Youth Off The Streets

The acclaimed performer recently shot a commercial for Father Chris Riley’s organisation and has lent her song, The Great Escape, to a new campaign after being meeting with troubled youths during successive tours. Original article

11 Apr 2014

Indigenous students skipping school to avoid bullying and racism

Recent survey results show that a significant number of young Indigenous students are bullied at school, causing many to skip school.  Original article

11 Apr 2014

Including the voices of children in research

Research that includes the voices of children has the potential to help us understand their perspectives and inform social policy and practices that are in the best interests of children. Original article

11 Apr 2014

Smoking linked to higher risk of heart disease in teen girls

Teenage girls who smoke or take the oral contraceptive pill are at greater risk of heart disease than boys who smoke, according to researchers at The University of Western Australia. Original article

10 Apr 2014

Funding fails to keep up with Australian youth homelessness rate

Australian charities estimate that more than 26,000 young people are homeless each night around the country. Original article

10 Apr 2014

Half of Australian teenagers avoiding alcohol: study

A rising number of Australian teenagers are choosing not to drink alcohol, new research from the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre shows. Original article

10 Apr 2014

Child friendly report on the human rights of Australia’s children

The National Children’s Commissioner, Megan Mitchell, has released her child friendly report on the human rights of Australia’s children, titled What does the Children’s Rights Report 2013 say? Original article

10 Apr 2014

Report: Mapping of children and youth indicator reporting frameworks

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has released a report which maps child and youth related frameworks. The report provides an overview of the purpose, scope and reporting status of 6 national frameworks, 4 National Agreements and 5 National Partnership Agreements that are relevant to children and/or youth. Original article

09 Apr 2014

New data reveals the extent of distress amoung young people in Australia

New figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) that show suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians aged 15 to 24 also paint a worrying picture of youth mental health in Australia. The data comes as beyondblue prepares to release a range of new resources about depression and anxiety for young people. Original article

09 Apr 2014

Jackaroo school gives troubled youth a new start

A long-time North Queensland cattleman has realised his life's dream of launching a rural training camp for troubled youth. Original article

09 Apr 2014

Youth Homelessness Matters Day

Today is Youth Homelessness Matters Day.  Check out what's going on around the country and find out the facts about youth homelessness from the YHM website. Original article

09 Apr 2014

Mission Australia Annual Youth Survey open

Mission Australia has conducted an annual survey of young people on their thoughts, issues and experiences since 2002.  This year's survey is now open for young people between 15-19 to provide their input. Original article

09 Apr 2014

Legal expert says anti-bullying penalties in Tasmania must fit age of the offender

The recent deaths of young people related to bullying have sparked debate over classifying bullying as a crime. Original article

08 Apr 2014

Youth employment program on the chopping block

The national peak body for Not for Profits that assist unemployed people into work, Jobs Australia, has  warned that the Federal Coalition Government may end funding for a specialised youth service that helps address the youth unemployment crisis in Australia. Original article

08 Apr 2014

Youth unemployment high on the agenda for G20 events in Europe

Delegates from the G20 Task Force on Employment will spend two days focusing on youth unemployment issues as they gather in Europe ahead of their second meeting for 2014. Original article

07 Apr 2014

Do boys dislike school? Or just what they’re learning?

Despite the large amount of research available on boys and schooling, little work has been done on how boys engage with learning outside of the formal curriculum. Original article

07 Apr 2014

This journalist has a great story to tell

Former ABC foreign correspondent and 60 Minutes journalist Jeff McMullen, who launch the Aboriginal Youth Engagement Strategy on Sunday, believes the Shoalhaven has a lesson the rest of Australia should take notice of. Original article

07 Apr 2014

Give us a chance to shine, say young Tasmanians eager to work

The Sunday Tasmanian and the Mercury have launched a campaign: Our kids, our future, which follows a group of young jobseekers for the next 12 months, looking beyond the figures to discover the human stories of youth unemployment in Tasmania. Original article

07 Apr 2014

Young people the target for indigenous recognition crusader

Charlee-Sue Frail, a young Ngemba woman, is one of the coordinators of Recognise This, an offshoot of the broader Recognise campaign, which sets out to raise awareness and support for the recognition push among young Australians. Original article

07 Apr 2014

Youth peak faces funding crisis

National Youth Affairs peak body, the Australian Youth Affairs Council, is preparing for the possible wind down of its national office including laying off staff due to Federal funding uncertainty. Original article

04 Apr 2014

Trust us, the problem might be you; a message from Australian youth

Young people describe how they see the world and the adults in it, ahead of Youth Week. Original article

04 Apr 2014

Australia tops the Global Youth Wellbeing Index

The report details the performance and provides comparative analysis of 30 countries in terms of overall youth wellbeing and within six domains. Original article

04 Apr 2014

Skin cancer rates among young Australians falling, researchers say

Researchers from the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Brisbane say there has been a 10 per cent drop in non-melanoma skin cancers over that period among Australians under the age of 45. Original article

04 Apr 2014

Young Australians launch new digital radio station

SYN Nation is the latest addition to the community digital radio spectrum, and offers a diverse range of programming that’s produced and presented by a union of young staff dotted at community broadcasters across Australia. Original article

04 Apr 2014

National Youth Week 2014 starts tomorow!

Find out what activities and events are planned for your are through the National Youth Week website: http://www.youthweek.com/

03 Apr 2014

School lessons in empathy lead to lower levels of aggression

Research suggests that a socio-emotional learning (SEL) program can help to reduce aggression among youth by increasing their levels of empathy. Original article

03 Apr 2014

Youth wage rise harms job prospects: ACCI

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) says unions are harming young people's chances of being competitive in the job market by seeking increases in apprentice and junior wages. Original article

03 Apr 2014

An investigation of same-gender versus cross-gender matching for boys in formal school-based mentoring programs

Although assigned mentoring relationships have typically involved same-gender matches, a growing number of programs, particularly those in schools, have begun pairing female mentors with male mentees. Original article

03 Apr 2014

The factors affecting the educational and occupational aspirations of young Australians

This paper from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research examines factors that influence young people's plans to complete Year 12, their aspirations to commence university study in the first year after leaving school and their expected occupation at age 30. Original article

03 Apr 2014

Australian (illicit) drug policy timeline updated

The Australian (illicit) drug policy timeline now provides a list of key events, policy and legislative changes that have occurred in Australia between 1985 and March 31st 2014. Original article

17 Apr 2014

Number and rate of young people under youth justice supervision drops

A report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) shows the number and rate of young people under youth justice supervision in Australia has dropped in recent years, but Indigenous young people continue to be over-represented. Original article

17 Apr 2014

Government welcomes business commitment to help young job seekers

The Australian Government has endorsed the commitment by major Australian businesses to help address youth unemployment. Original article

17 Apr 2014

Skate parks get a good behaviour tick

Researchers at The University of Western Australia have found that skate parks are actually more likely to promote good behaviour - yet skate parks are often under threat from community opposition because of fears that young people who congregate at them will engage in anti-social behaviour. Original article

15 Apr 2014

Study finds videogames do not negatively impact adolescent performance

Flinders University researchers analysed data from more than 192,000 students from 22 countries and found that contrary to a popular view that increased videogame play can affect academic performance and concentration among teenagers, it in fact had little impact on exam results. Original article

15 Apr 2014

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