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Environmental issues

Concerns about the environment regularly rate highly in surveys canvasing young people about the issues they find of greatest concern to their future. This topic covers young people's views on the environment, their involvement in environmental causes and concerns for the future of the environment. 

For issues about including young people's needs in civic planning and their use of public spaces, please see the topic Public space.

Anorexia-like problems in young people who aren’t underweight

In six years from 2005 to 2010, Australian researchers found a more than fivefold increase in the incidence of hospitalised adolescents who met all of the criteria for the diagnosis of anorexia nervosa but weren’t underweight. Original article

29 Aug 2014

Survey reveals fewer 12- to 17-year-olds drinking and smoking

The latest National Drug Strategy Household Survey reveals that more 12- to 17-year-olds are abstaining from drinking alcohol and fewer are binge drinking. The number who have never smoked has also risen. Original article

29 Aug 2014

States and territories invited to role out new school chaplaincy program

After the High Court of Australia ruled that the Commonwealth couldn’t fund the existing National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program, the Australian Government will ask states and territories to administer funding for a new National School Chaplaincy Programme, which excludes funding for non-religious welfare officers and qualified counsellors. Original article

29 Aug 2014

New initiative to engage disadvantaged job seekers

A group of not-for-profits have developed the Industry Employment Initiative (IEI), which is designed to be a ‘one-stop shop’ for large employers. Original article

29 Aug 2014

The truth about trades: Apprenticeships versus university degrees

Far more young Australians believe a university degree provides more career options but apprenticeships are becoming increasingly popular - and experts say that's a good thing. Original article

27 Aug 2014

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