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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.

Budget must chart a fairer path back to surplus: ACOSS

The Australian Council of Social Service today urged the Federal Government to focus on restoring revenue by addressing inefficient tax arrangements, rather than through spending cuts, and chart a fairer path back to surplus in its second Budget. In its Budget submission released today, the peak community sector body has identified more than $13 billion of potential savings in the next financial year, rising to over $18 billion in 2016-17, through measures which it says restore the integrity of Australia's progressive tax system. bit.ly/1ByZYkS

29 Jan 2015

Can’t throw, can’t catch: Australian kids are losing that sporting edge

Australians like to think themselves as sporting and fit – a concept reinforced by the success of the country’s elite athletes. But evidence is emerging that Australian kids are falling behind their international peers and are performing worse in skills such as kicking, throwing, catching and jumping than they were 30 years ago.  bit.ly/1yOOpGr

29 Jan 2015

The likely cause of addiction is not what you think

The experiment... the rat is put in the cage all alone. It has nothing to do but take the drugs offered. But professor of Psychology Bruce Alexander wondered 'what would happen if we tried this differently?' ..... bit.ly/1Br25EH

29 Jan 2015

State, federal subsidy cuts spur drop in new apprentices

VICTORIA has flagged an emerging crisis over the falling number of people entering apprenticeships and traineeships. New figures reveal a collapse in the number of starts in the wake of cuts to state and federal training subsidies since 2012. Since, costs have further shifted on to employers as award wages for apprentices have risen and government programs to help cover the costs of tools and travel have also been cut.   bit.ly/1wC1bTc

29 Jan 2015

AIHW Summary of Child Protection Reporting

This paper, published by Australian Institute of Health and Welfare [AIHW] presents and discusses a snapshot of data describing child protection activity in Australia. The data presented is a summary of the data provided in the Child Protections Australia 2012-2013 Report.  For the first time, 2012-13 data is able to include unique child counts across the three areas of notification, investigation and substantiation; care and protection orders; and out-of-home care. The collection of unit record-level data substantially improves the quality of information available on child protection, and will benefit national reporting and research. It provides a more comprehensive and accurate picture of children within the Australian statutory child protection system than has been previously available   bit.ly/1EnOhB9

29 Jan 2015

Link between student debt and depression

A study at the University of South Carolina in the US has found that, perhaps unsurprisingly, high levels of student debt are a major cause of stress for young adults.

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2015-01-student-loans-emotional-toll-young.html

28 Jan 2015

Help for young people in distress

Child Family Community Australia has released an updated list of helplines and telephone counselling services for children, young people and parents.

https://www3.aifs.gov.au/cfca/publications/helplines-and-telephone-counselling-services-children-y

28 Jan 2015

Deaf advocate Drisana Levitzke-Gray named Young Australian of the Year

Being born deaf has never stopped Drisana Levitzke-Gray from being heard. The 21-year-old, from Perth, has pushed for the rights of deaf children around the world to learn Auslan, the sign language used by the Australian deaf community. On Sunday, she received a national honour for her efforts in promoting diversity and acceptance of deaf people by being named Young Australian of the Year for 2015. She joins three other women in a sweep of the Australian of the Year awards.  bit.ly/15Ee4pj

27 Jan 2015

FYA wants youth ideas

THE Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) has launched a massive national campaign aimed at engaging young people across the country to reveal their best ideas for building a better Australia. FYA CEO Jan Owen said Innovation Nation - 1000 ideas for a Better Australia was a national ideas challenge for young people, starting the first youth-led conversation about innovation.  FYA in collaboration with a number of not-for-profit, corporate and philanthropic partners, wants to uncover young people's innovative ideas for tackling major challenges across the nation. Those with the best ideas will have the opportunity to secure $10,000 in seed funding to turn their dream into a reality.   innovationnation.fya.org.au/

27 Jan 2015

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child and Family Portal

The Knwoledge Circle, a resource that provides support to a range of professionals working across a variety of interrelated sectors. Providing information for service providers, researchers and policy-makers, who are encouraged to explore this site and to share their stories about "what works" to keep their children safe and happy.   bit.ly/1L4FXba

23 Jan 2015

Uni summer program targeting disadvantaged youth

A two week university program at UTS is targeting young people from low socio-economic backgrounds with the hopes of getting more young people into university education. bit.ly/15DajBF 

23 Jan 2015

Out of home care strategies 2015-2020 Community Services

Out of home care services in the ACT and around Australia are currently facing many challenges including how to respond to rising demand for out of home care places and difficulties in attracting and retaining foster carers. In addition, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people are significantly over represented among care populations and life outcomes for many care leavers continue to be poor.    bit.ly/15cAnCq

23 Jan 2015

National Training Complaints Hotline

Protecting students and making it easier to report complaints:

Students, apprentices and employers now have access to the National Training Complaints Hotline. A joint Commonwealth, state and territory government initiative which helps apprentices and students to lodge complaints and serves employers concerned about any aspect of the training system and directs the complaints to relevant authorities. bit.ly/1yPQ50Z


 

 

 


23 Jan 2015

Meet our Future Chasers

Australia Day provides an opportunity to let people of all nations learn more about the positive contribution young Australians, and an Australian education, makes to the global community. Culminating on 26 January 2015, Australia Day, the Future Chasers: Australian Experiences, Global Impact campaign profiles 19 young decision-makers helping to define the next generation’s success and influence. The campaign will tell the stories of 15 young Australians and four international alumni. bit.ly/15cAnCq


22 Jan 2015

Let unis raise fees, Xenophon tells Pyne in call for full review

Independent Senator Nick Xenophon yesterday wrote to Education Minister Christopher Pyne, proposing the government commit to a full review of higher education, with universities ­allowed to increase fees up to a capped level as an interim ­measure.    bit.ly/1xBdu3r

22 Jan 2015

Welcome to the digital [r]evolution.

Join a team of young Australians designing apps that make a difference. Adappt, co-created by Samsung and the Foundation for Young Australians, want to grow a movement of young Australians designing apps that make a difference. Because we believe that our mobile devices are about more than making human life comfier. We believe that they can make human life better.   www.adappt.com.au/

22 Jan 2015

First batch of students graduate from the National Indigenous Culinary Institute

A ceremony for the first seven graduates is being held on Monday at Fratelli Fresh in Bridge Street in the city. It will be attended by several high-profile industry figures and federal politicians.  Two students will be awarded merit certificates at Monday's ceremony and be given opportunity to fly to London in April to work in the Michelin-starred kitchens of The Ledbury (helmed by Australia's Brett Graham) and Dinner by Heston Blumenthal.

All seven graduates have been offered full-time positions in the kitchens they're currently stationed in.   bit.ly/1E3RXYp

22 Jan 2015

Sydney community meets to discuss ways forward with radicalisation of youth

A forum organised by young Iraqi people and attended by more than 150 community members has sought to find ways to counter the ways in which extremist groups are using propaganda to draw in young people.  http://ab.co/1Eoaz2G

21 Jan 2015

Australian judges want changes to sexting laws to help protect young people

Judges in South Australia have said that the laws around sexting are unclear and need to be updated so that young people in consensual relationships do not end up on the child sex offenders list.  http://yhoo.it/15sMRWT

21 Jan 2015

Tackling obesity: Aussies want change

New research has revealed that 79% of Australians polled believe if we don’t do more to lower the intake of fatty sugary and salty foods/drinks, our children will live shorter lives than their parents. 85% of people polled said unhealthy eating habits are now a major problem for Australian children.     bit.ly/1yG0i1q

20 Jan 2015

Young people with asthma at higher risk of preventable mental illness

The Young and Well national survey of 533 young people with asthma aged 12 to 25 years found more than half the participants were likely to have a mental health issue, compared to one in four in the general population. Results indicate that the majority of young people rely on symptom relief as opposed to engaging in preventative measures, and uncontrolled asthma reduced participation in school and social events bit.ly/1ujvrlT

The national survey of 533 young people with asthma aged 12 to 25 years found more than half the participants were likely to have a mental health issue, compared to one in four in the general population. Results indicate that the majority of young people rely on symptom relief as opposed to engaging in preventative measures, and uncontrolled asthma reduced participation in school and social events. - See more at: http://www.youngandwellcrc.org.au/young-people-asthma-higher-risk-preventable-mental-illness/#sthash.YmYjVthr.dpuf
The national survey of 533 young people with asthma aged 12 to 25 years found more than half the participants were likely to have a mental health issue, compared to one in four in the general population. Results indicate that the majority of young people rely on symptom relief as opposed to engaging in preventative measures, and uncontrolled asthma reduced participation in school and social events. - See more at: http://www.youngandwellcrc.org.au/young-people-asthma-higher-risk-preventable-mental-illness/#sthash.YmYjVthr.dpuf

20 Jan 2015

Young Asians at greater skin cancer risk in Australia

New research from the University of Adelaide shows that young Asian Australians could be placing themselves at greater risk of developing skin cancer by engaging in ‘dangerous’ sun behaviour. http://www.adelaide.edu.au/news/news75742.html

19 Jan 2015

Happy birthday, triple j!

Today marks forty years since the first broadcast of 2 Double J, the radio station that became triple j, the ABC’s youth radio network. Over its lifetime, triple j has been and remains an important conduit for Australian youth culture, particularly when it extended its broadcasts into regional areas.
 
The ABC is marking the day across all its platforms with special broadcasts, including a documentary to be screened on ABC TV this evening.
 
This ABC News online piece looks at the ways in which triple j has influenced Australian music, arts and youth culture in the last four decades: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-01-19/40-ways-triple-j-changed-the-australian-landscape/6021220

19 Jan 2015

Ride to help young people in crisis

If you're looking for your next cycling challenge that will test your fitness endurance, your determination and of course your legs, then come and ride in the 145Classic: Ride for Youth! Cycling 145km from the high rise buildings of Sydney to the serene Southern Highlands of NSW, this one-day ride is not for the faint hearted! bit.ly/1Al2KH6

16 Jan 2015

UN 2014 Youth Representative, Laura John, final report

Amazing 2014 Youth Representative to the UN, Laura John, has released her final report, 'Catching Dreams, Creating Change'  bit.ly/1DIZJqC

16 Jan 2015

Experts warn synthetic drugs epidemic will bring overdoses and deaths

Medical experts warn that an epidemic of synthetic drugs mean we can expect more deaths, overdoses and dangerous side effects, following the death of two users of synthetic cannabis in Queensland.  ab.co/1CcGcKQ

16 Jan 2015

Queensland young entrepreneur to represent Australia at the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards

20-year-old entrepreneur from Brisbane will represent Australia at the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards in Washington. The international competition will see Nkosana Mafico, a bachelor of business student at the University of Queensland, travel to the US in April to battle it out as the student entrepreneur with the best business idea.  bit.ly/1DIVGui

16 Jan 2015

Party animals hike up graduate debt

In news that is likely to be embraced by regional universities in Australia should deregulation pass Parliament, new research has found student debt in the US is more strongly correlated to the size of the town where the student studied than the size of their tuition fees. bit.ly/1IEuJYV

16 Jan 2015

2015 Can be ‘Year of Employment’

New Social Services Minister Scott Morrison has been urged by peak community welfare organisations to make 2015 a positive year for employment, with a particular focus on the disadvantaged. bit.ly/1BRmRRI

New Social Services Minister Scott Morrison has been urged by peak community welfare organisations to make 2015 a positive year for employment, with a particular focus on the disadvantaged. - See more at: http://www.probonoaustralia.com.au/news/2015/01/2015-can-be-%E2%80%98year-employment%E2%80%99#sthash.zJNuEwAq.dpuf

15 Jan 2015

Stresses on young Aussies leading to mental health fragility

HOONS, tarts, louts, 'waste of space', revheads, layaboutslayabouts, bogans - the list goes on. Ask any young person and they can name a number of terms used to describe them. And likewise these are the images which are used to portray them in the majority of media  coverage: slovenly, rude, unkempt, unemployable and uninterested. bit.ly/1AhNOtx


15 Jan 2015

Homestead visits key to mentall health in rural Queensland

Not everyone wants to see a doctor when they’re feeling down, let alone a psychologist. But, it seems one service in north Queensland is finding a way help to rural families struggling through drought.   bit.ly/14ZT9xM

15 Jan 2015

NSW teens smoking and drinking less

A report by the Australian Drug Foundations shows that smoking among NSW teenagers has reached an historic low in the past decade according to new figures published in October 2014.   bit.ly/14ZP4tp

15 Jan 2015

Budget must chart a fairer path back to surplus: ACOSS

The Australian Council of Social Service today urged the Federal Government to focus on restoring revenue by addressing inefficient tax arrangements, rather than through spending cuts, and chart a fairer path back to surplus in its second Budget. In its Budget submission released today, the peak community sector body has identified more than $13 billion of potential savings in the next financial year, rising to over $18 billion in 2016-17, through measures which it says restore the integrity of Australia's progressive tax system. bit.ly/1ByZYkS

29 Jan 2015

Can’t throw, can’t catch: Australian kids are losing that sporting edge

Australians like to think themselves as sporting and fit – a concept reinforced by the success of the country’s elite athletes. But evidence is emerging that Australian kids are falling behind their international peers and are performing worse in skills such as kicking, throwing, catching and jumping than they were 30 years ago.  bit.ly/1yOOpGr

29 Jan 2015

The likely cause of addiction is not what you think

The experiment... the rat is put in the cage all alone. It has nothing to do but take the drugs offered. But professor of Psychology Bruce Alexander wondered 'what would happen if we tried this differently?' ..... bit.ly/1Br25EH

29 Jan 2015

State, federal subsidy cuts spur drop in new apprentices

VICTORIA has flagged an emerging crisis over the falling number of people entering apprenticeships and traineeships. New figures reveal a collapse in the number of starts in the wake of cuts to state and federal training subsidies since 2012. Since, costs have further shifted on to employers as award wages for apprentices have risen and government programs to help cover the costs of tools and travel have also been cut.   bit.ly/1wC1bTc

29 Jan 2015

AIHW Summary of Child Protection Reporting

This paper, published by Australian Institute of Health and Welfare [AIHW] presents and discusses a snapshot of data describing child protection activity in Australia. The data presented is a summary of the data provided in the Child Protections Australia 2012-2013 Report.  For the first time, 2012-13 data is able to include unique child counts across the three areas of notification, investigation and substantiation; care and protection orders; and out-of-home care. The collection of unit record-level data substantially improves the quality of information available on child protection, and will benefit national reporting and research. It provides a more comprehensive and accurate picture of children within the Australian statutory child protection system than has been previously available   bit.ly/1EnOhB9

29 Jan 2015

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