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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P R S T V W Y [Other]

National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN)



NAPCAN, a non-government, not-for-profit volunteer-based organisation, is represented in most Australian states and territories. They undertake research, as well as run information campaigns and advocate for changes in legislation and policy to improve the rights of children. 

Website: www.napcan.org.au


National Centre for Childhood Grief

Mental health

Service delivery

The National Centre for Childhood Grief provides loving support in a safe place where children grieving a death can share their experience as they learn to live with its impact on their lives. The centre also provides education and training for individuals, schools and other organizations handling the grief of children and young people. 

Website: www.childhoodgrief.org.au


National Centre for Vocational Education Research

Education and training

Non-government organisation

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) is a professional and independent body responsible for collecting, managing, analysing, evaluating and communicating research and statistics about vocational education and training (VET) nationally. 

Website: www.ncver.edu.au


National Child Protection Clearinghouse



The National Child Protection Clearinghouse (NCPC) collects, produces and distributes information and resources, conducts research, and offers specialist advice on the latest developments in child abuse prevention, child protection and associated violence. 

Website: www.aifs.gov.au/nch/ 

Contact information: www.aifs.gov.au/nch/contact.php 


National Children's and Youth Law Centre (NCYLC)

Rights and legal issues

Service delivery

NCYLC is a Community Legal Centre dedicated to addressing human rights issues for children and young people in Australia through legal change – the only community legal centre of its kind in Australia.

Website: www.ncylc.org.au


National Church Life Surveys

Religion and spirituality


NCLS Research is a cooperative research venture designed to resource congregations for mission. Involving millions of participants over a number of years in different countries, surveys have explored aspects of both church and community life. 

Website: www.ncls.org.au


National Disability Services (NDS)


Peak body

NDS is the Australian peak body for non-government disability services. Through the provision of information, representation and policy advice, NDS promotes and advances services which support people with all forms of disability to participate in all domains of life.

Website: www.nds.org.au/


National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC)

Alcohol and other drugs

Research organisation

The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) is a premier research institution in Australia and is recognised internationally as a Research Centre of Excellence. The Centre is multidisciplinary and collaborates with medicine, psychology, social science and other schools of the University of NSW, as well as with a range of other institutions and individuals in Australia and overseas. 

Website: ndarc.med.unsw.edu.au


National Drug Research Institute (NDRI)

Alcohol and other drugs

Research organisation

NDRI, located within Curtin University, is one of two Centres of Excellence in drug research established by the National Drug Strategy. NDRI contributes to the overall aim of the National Drug Strategy, which is to minimise the harm associated with drug use. It does so by undertaking research designed to establish the preventive potential of a number of interventions: legislative, fiscal, regulatory and educational.

Website: ndri.curtin.edu.au


National Drug Strategy

Alcohol and other drugs


The National Drug Strategy, a cooperative venture between Australian, state and territory governments and the non-government sector, is aimed at improving health, social and economic outcomes for Australians by preventing the uptake of harmful drug use and reducing the harmful effects of licit and illicit drugs in our society.

Website: www.nationaldrugstrategy.gov.au 

The current phase of the strategy has been completed.  Consultation is open for the next phase: www.nationaldrugstrategy.gov.au/internet/drugstrategy/publishing.nsf/Content/consult


National Drugs Campaign (NDC)

Alcohol and other drugs


The National Drugs Campaign (NDC) is part of the National Drug Strategy 2004-2009 and specifically aims to reduce young Australians’ motivation to use illicit drugs by increasing their knowledge about the potential negative consequences of drug use. 

Website: www.drugs.health.gov.au


National Eating Disorder Collaboration

Health and wellbeing

A collaboration of people and organisations with an expertise and / or interest in the mental illness of eating disorders. The Collaboration forms a nationally consistent evidence based ‘voice’ on eating disorders.It is an initiative of the Department of Health and Ageing. 



National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Health and wellbeing

The NHMRC onsolidates within a single national organisation the often independent functions of research funding and development of advice. It aims to bring together and draw upon the resources of all components of the health system.



National Indigenous Youth Movement of Australia

Indigenous youth

Non-government organisation

The National Indigenous Youth Movement of Australia (NIYMA) is a not-for-profit organisation founded and run by Indigenous young people that envisages healthy, strong and free Indigenous communities. 

Website: www.niyma.org/ 


National Preventative Health Taskforce

Health and wellbeing

The Preventative Health Taskforce provides evidence-based advice to government and health providers – both public and private – on preventative health programs and strategies, and support the development of a National Preventative Health Strategy. The Taskforce includes members from all areas of health, and cover all aspects of health-related issues, including those that affect young people.



National Safe Schools Framework



The National Safe Schools Framework (NSSF) was endorsed by the Ministerial Council for Education, Early Childhood and Youth Affairs (MCEECDYA) in July 2003.

Website: www.deewr.gov.au/Schooling/NationalSafeSchools/Pages/nationalsafeschoolsframework.aspx


National Tertiary Education Union

Education and training


The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU), Australia's specialist national union solely representing tertiary academic, general/professional and research staff, ELICOS/TESOL teachers and staff of research institutes, Student Unions and university companies.

Website: www.nteu.org.au


National Union of Students

Education and training

Peak body

The National Union of Students (NUS) is the peak body for higher education students in Australia. NUS is the national voice on all student related issues. It is made up of almost all campus student organisations in Australia, and representations over 600,000 students.

Website: www.unistudent.com.au


National Welfare Rights Network

Economic and financial issues


The National Welfare Rights Network (NWRN) provides free and independent information, advice and representation about Social Security law and its administration. NWRN member organisations operate in all states and territories of Australia and consist of specialist community legal centres and services and individual advocates. They are independent of Centrelink and all government departments.

Website: www.welfarerights.org.au


National Youth Agency (UK)

International perspectives


The NYA are an independent charity in the UK and the partner of choice for government, local authorities, businesses and the third sector, delivering with them, and advising and supporting them in the development of programmes and policies for young people.

Website: www.nya.org.uk


New South Wales Centre for the Advancement of Adolescent Health (NSW CAAH)

Health and wellbeing

Non-government organisation

In partnership with NSW Health and other sectoral stakeholders the Centre seeks to improve the health and well-being of young people aged 12-24 in NSW.

Website: www.caah.chw.edu.au


New Zealand Aotearoa Adolescent Health and Development (NZAAHD)

Health, wellbeing and development


NZAAHD is a national network organisation for people who work with young people (those aged 12 to 25). NZAAHD was founded in 1989 specifically to promote youth health and development. 

Website: www.nzaahd.org.nz


NSW Association for Youth Health (NAYH)

Health and wellbeing

NAYH is the peak body in NSW committed to working on behalf of the youth health sector to promote and advocate for the health and well being needs of marginalised young people aged 12 to 25 years.

NAYH aims to assist the youth health sector to strengthen and maintain its ability to provide relevant and evidence based health services to young people aged 12 to 25 years in NSW. NAYH's core business is to provide the youth health sector with support and training, government liaison and lobbying, policy and resource development, and community sector networking. 



Nutrition Australia

Health and wellbeing

The mission of Nutrition Australia is to promote optimal health for all Australians by encouraging food variety and physical activity. 



NZ Drug Foundation

Alcohol and other drugs

Non-government organisation

The Drug Foundation supports alcohol and drug workers and New Zealand communities, and provides a range of public and member services, including txt and web information, training workshops, health promotion and drug education resources.

Website: www.nzdf.org.nz


A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P R S T V W Y [Other]


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.


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.


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

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