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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]


Youth Homelessness Matters Day

Youth Homelessness Matters Day, on 15 April, aims to bring youth homelessness into the public arena. Want to be involved in the 2015 campaign? Check out our Campaign Kit which is full of ideas and information on what you can do. See here

05 Mar 2015

A New Start?: Implications of Work for the Dole on Mental Health of Unemployed Young Australians

This paper, by the QUT Children and Youth Research Centre, summarises literature on unemployment, mental health and Work for the Dole programs. Australian and international evidence suggests that unemployed young people are more likely to experience mental health problems than employed people (e.g. greater anxiety and depression, higher suicide rates).  Drawing on research undertaken in Australia and overseas we identify a link between mental health and unemployment. However, there is a lack of firm evidence with respect to the impact of Work for the Dole programs on the mental health of unemployed young Australians. See more

05 Mar 2015

First-year university students happier than ever

FIRST-YEAR university students are happier than ever. They like their teachers, reckon they get plenty of helpful feedback, and are less likely to drop out than any time in the past 20 years. They are clear about why they go to university, have a sense of purpose when they get there and enjoy the intellectual stimulation, according to a new study of the first year experience due to be released next week.

But the overall positive findings of the study, which has been published every five years since 1994, are marred by two clear and disconcerting findings. Students with low ATARs are not sharing the positive experience of the rest of their cohort. And only a minority of all first-year students are enjoying the ­collegial aspect of university. See more

05 Mar 2015

Vocational education research messages 2014

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) have released a report recapping the research published in 2014 across a range of issues associated with supporting students, apprentices, trainees and education providers. Original article

04 Mar 2015

Report - Lessons from a flexible learning program

A new report on the Brotherhood of St Laurence ‘Community VCAL’ (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning) program describes the evolution of an integrated approach to assisting young people through teaching, wellbeing and pathways support. Original article

04 Mar 2015

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