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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.

Education not fines for underage drinkers

Young people caught by police for underage drinking in the Lake Illawarra region of NSW attend a two-hour face-to-face education seminar with their parent or guardian. Sessions are run by expert drug and alcohol workers and police. Original article

19 Dec 2014

Education First Youth Foyers evaluation

Preliminary findings from an evaluation of Victoria's Education First Youth Foyers show that there is considerable variation in young people’s social connectedness. Original article

19 Dec 2014

Fears held for vulnerable youth

Youth workers are concerned that hundreds of vulnerable teenagers will be at risk of falling through the cracks when Youth Connections, a national youth support program, closes at the end of the month. Original article

19 Dec 2014

Young people urged to be flexible

The head of PricewaterhouseCoopers Australia, Luke Sayers, says being flexible is critical for young graduates. He also suggests they try new things, take risks, start their own business, and know who they are and what they value. Original article

18 Dec 2014

Gillard to become a director of beyondblue

Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard is to join the board of the national mental-health not-for-profit beyondblue, which was founded by former Victorian  Premier Jeff Kennett. Original article

18 Dec 2014

NSW Advocate for Children and Young People appointed

Acting Secretary General of the ChildFund Alliance Andrew Johnson has been appointed as NSW’s first Advocate for Children and Young People. He will represent the interests of all young people under the age of 25, giving them a strong voice on government policies, programs and decisions that impact on their lives. Original article

18 Dec 2014

Happy 25th birthday Infoxchange!

From a modest start in 1989 in a garage in suburban Melbourne, today Infoxchange is leading the way in providing technology to the not-for-profit sector and building a more digitally inclusive society with over 100 staff and volunteers delivering technology for social justice across Australia and New Zealand. Original article

18 Dec 2014

New LSAY publications

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) has released the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth annual report 2013 and Youth transitions in Australia: A moving picture, which highlights the key elements from the annual report. Original article

17 Dec 2014

Seclusion rates highest in adolescents

Information from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows that seclusion rates in mental health facilities have fallen but are still highest for adolescents, although their period of seclusion is the shortest. Original article

17 Dec 2014

How to deal with exam results

ReachOut.com has a fact sheet online to help young people deal with exam results. Original article

17 Dec 2014

Heywire 2014 winners announced

Each year young people share their experiences of growing up in regional communities by submitting stories to the ABC in text, pictures, film or audio. Winners have their stories featured on the ABC and travel to Canberra for the Heywire Regional Youth Summit. Original article

17 Dec 2014

Apps by young people for young people

Adappt, a social-purpose app development program designed to encourage young Australians to use technology as a tool for creating positive social change, has announced its five 2014 winners in early December. One of the winning teams is Kangka Merri Nurndine (or “talk, hear, forever”) an app created by three Indigenous Mornington Island teenagers who want to preserve their culture. Original article

17 Dec 2014

Sunbeds to be banned in four states

Cancer Council Australia's public health committee chairman Craig Sinclair has welcomed the ban on commercial solariums in South Australia, Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales from 31 December. He noted that one in every six melanomas in young people is caused by sunbed use. Original article

16 Dec 2014

Australia tops list for graduate jobs

According to two new reports, Australia is the best country in the world for new graduates to find a job. Orignal ariticle

16 Dec 2014

Senate inquiry into young people in aged care

The announcement of a new Senate inquiry into the adequacy of residential care for young people with disability, including young people living in aged care facilities, has been welcomed by the Young People In Nursing Homes National Alliance (YPINH). Original article

16 Dec 2014

Employment Dialogue tackles youth job crisis

Employment experts and Not for Profits have issued a communiqué that identifies that six principles necessary to create a specialist approach to solving unemployment for young people with complex needs. Original article

16 Dec 2014

Social enterprise trains and gives back

The Risdon Vale Bike Collective provides young people with a hands-on learning approach in which they restore and then sell donated bikes. Original article

15 Dec 2014

Tas teen sets new paralympic world record

Tasmanian teenager Deon Kenzie is being touted as a possible future Paralympic gold medallist after breaking the 1500m world record for his category in Hobart on Saturday 13 December. Original article

15 Dec 2014

Alcohol and emergency presentations

A poll conducted by the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) of 100 Australian and New Zealand emergency departments at 2am last Saturday revealed one in eight patients were there as a result of harmful alcohol consumption. In response to the poll, ACEM president Dr Anthony Cross said, 'Advertising and promotion of alcohol, particularly to young people, needs to be reviewed. Original article

11 Dec 2014

Young People's Human Rights Medal awarded

The Young People’s Human Rights Medal for 2014 has been awarded to Daniel Haile-Michael and Maki Issa, who were the lead applicants in a historic Federal Court case that successfully challenged racism and racial profiling within the Victorian police force. Original article

11 Dec 2014

WA's Foyer Oxford full and thriving

Foyer Oxford, the biggest youth accommodation service in Australia, has been gradually filling places to build a sense of community. Next week it will be full – with 98 at-risk young people who are provided with a secure home and help to improve their lives. Original article

10 Dec 2014

Report says younger poorer than their parents were

A new report from the Grattan Institute, titled The Wealth of Generations, states that the housing boom plus rapid increases in government payments on pensions and services for older people risks creating a generation of young Australians with a lower standard of living than that of their parents at a similar age. Original article

10 Dec 2014

ADF concerned about campaign targetting school leavers

The Australian Drug Foundation has questioned the corporate social responsibility of DrinkWise, and pointed to its latest campaign, which suggests school leavers should 'Drink properly'. Original article

10 Dec 2014

ReachOut.com resources for the holidays

ReachOut.com has compiled a printable list of its top resources for young people for the holiday period, including life after school, boredom, partying, friend/family conflict, and isolation and loneliness. Original article

10 Dec 2014

New report on rights of children and young people

National Children’s Commissioner Megan Mitchell yesterday launched her second national report on the rights of children and young people, and released public submissions from her investigation into child self-harm and suicide. Original article

09 Dec 2014

Indigenous leaders fear youth deaths if outstations close

Indigenous leaders of remote communities in WA have expressed concern that the WA Government's plans to close up to 150 outstations may result in deaths of young people. Original article

09 Dec 2014

Young Tasmanians make beds for Ebola victims

Three Tasmanian university students have launched ‘Beds 4 Ebola’ with the core mission to distribute relief aid to West African countries affected by the Ebola outbreak. They are seeking donations to pay for the coreflute beds with inflatable mattresses, which cost less than an average pillow. Original article

09 Dec 2014

Australia loses Stella Young, disability activist

Stella Young, disability activist, writer and comedian, has died at the age of 32. She campaigned with tireless determination on behalf of people with disability, including as editor of ABC's Ramp-Up and as a frequent contributor to ABC's The Drum. Original article

08 Dec 2014

Australian youth going backwards in maths

Two mathematics academics have reported that Australian university students are arriving at university ill-equipped to do even basic mathematics. Original article

08 Dec 2014

Backtrack on track for another two years

Backtrack, an Armidale-based organisation that helps reduce the incidence of youth crime with education and mentoring programs for at-risk young people, has received $500,000 funding from the NSW Government. Original article

08 Dec 2014

Young Tasmanians in employment Catch 22 situation

An extensive survey of young Tasmanians conducted by the Youth Network of Tasmania has found that Young Tasmanians looking for work know that gaining experience is important for them to start a career, but many do not know where to start. Original article

08 Dec 2014

Education not fines for underage drinkers

Young people caught by police for underage drinking in the Lake Illawarra region of NSW attend a two-hour face-to-face education seminar with their parent or guardian. Sessions are run by expert drug and alcohol workers and police. Original article

19 Dec 2014

Education First Youth Foyers evaluation

Preliminary findings from an evaluation of Victoria's Education First Youth Foyers show that there is considerable variation in young people’s social connectedness. Original article

19 Dec 2014

Fears held for vulnerable youth

Youth workers are concerned that hundreds of vulnerable teenagers will be at risk of falling through the cracks when Youth Connections, a national youth support program, closes at the end of the month. Original article

19 Dec 2014

Young people urged to be flexible

The head of PricewaterhouseCoopers Australia, Luke Sayers, says being flexible is critical for young graduates. He also suggests they try new things, take risks, start their own business, and know who they are and what they value. Original article

18 Dec 2014

Gillard to become a director of beyondblue

Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard is to join the board of the national mental-health not-for-profit beyondblue, which was founded by former Victorian  Premier Jeff Kennett. Original article

18 Dec 2014

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