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No. 121, September 2006
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- The future of Australian history
- CBCA Book of the Year 2006 winners
- 'Middle schooling: Reaching new heights, building our future'
- Vocational education: 'Looking back at TRAC'
- Vocational plans of disadvantaged students
- Promoting physical activity and health in schools
- The success of failure Policy and funding
- Scholarships offered
- 'Through young black eyes: A handbook to protect Indigenous children from the impact of family violence and child abuse'
- Child abuse and neglect prevention: The Yingana project, Arnhem Land 'Good practice in Indigenous family violence prevention: Designing and evaluating successful programs'
- Sporting chance program for Indigenous students
- Australian Red Cross Youth International Project 2006-2007 How are the neighbours? The millennium development goals and our region 2006
- Mental health funding for better youth services
- Mental Health Week
- Students Supporting Students
- Mental illness and the media
- New information line
- 'InPsych' feature on youth mental health services Ethnic and CALD mental health issues and the Senate Select Inquiry on Mental Health
- New from NYARS: 'Community building through intergenerational exchange programs'
- Research and youth services: 'Spinning the web' research report calls for better connections between services working with young people
- Are we there yet? Past learning, current realties and future directions for youth affairs in Australia
- Applications for the National Youth Roundtable 2007
- Resilience: Build it: Youth Affairs Council of WA 2006 Conference?
Edited by ACYS director Prof. Rob White, 'Youth subcultures: Theory history and the Australian experience' is the classic text on Australian youth subcultures. Reprinted for the fourth time by the Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies, this book 'stands as testimony to the persistence of interest in youth subcultures, and of the complexities, ambiguities and continuities of street culture and youth group formation over time. Youth subcultures, in varying forms, do exist in Australia today. They share many of the attributes of similar phenomena in the past. Yet they incorporate in dynamic fashion the latest developments in technology, the influence of globalised communications, ever fluid ideas about identity and the self, and widely varying commitment, consciousness and purposes'. So writes Prof. Rob White, in his preface to the new edition.
The book includes case studies and historical sketches of a wide range of experiences of young people throughout Australia, from bodgies and widgies in the 1950s through to the goths and bogans of the 1990s. It also examines the factors underlying the formation of diverse youth subcultures, and reviews the theoretical debates on the interpretation of the cultural experiences of young people. Cost: $30.80 (including postage and GST); contact the Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies, University of Tasmania, Private Bag 64, Hobart, Tasmania 7001; ph: (03) 6226 2591; fax (03) 6226 2578; website: https://acys.info
The Australian College for Child and Family Protection Practitioners has launched this new journal to encourage thinking and reflection 'beyond current models of child protection, policy and practice'. The bi-annual's first edition includes articles on children and young people's participation in research, 'reflecting an explicit intention to keep children's experiences at the forefront'. Editor, Dr Gail Winkworth, can be contacted at: accfpp[AT]bigpond.net.au (Source: Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth's 'ARACY e-newsletter', August 2006.)
Learning about civics and citizenship
http://www.mceetya.edu.au/mceetya/default.asp?id=11893 or http://tinyurl.com/jf3zg
Generation Y and Crime: A longitudinal study of contact with NSW criminal courts before the age of 21
http://www.leishman-associates.com.au/pathways8/ (Source: 'Link magazine', v.15, n.3, 2006, p.36.)
The DrugInfo Clearinghouse will be running two free interactive seminars and forums in Melbourne in October and November, one on newly arrived refugees and drug prevention on Tuesday, 24 October 2006, and one on structural interventions, on Wednesday, 1 November 2006. For more information, or to book your place, ph: 1300 85 85 84 or send your name, organisation and contact phone number to email druginfo[AT]adf.org.au Both seminars will be held in Melbourne.
The DrugInfo Clearinghouse has also announced that the conference, Thinking Drinking II: From problems to solutions, will be held in Melbourne on 26-28 February 2007. Find out more at: http://www.adf.org.au/browse.asp?ContainerID=thinkingdrinking2 (or http://tinyurl.com/zqtq4)
https://acys.info/resources/book_reviews/education_vet (Source: Figgis, J., 2006, 'Looking back at TRAC', Dusseldorp Skills Forum, viewed 7 September 2006,
The Smith Family/Australian Council for Educational Research survey 'On Track? Students choosing a career', which examines the study and career plans of disadvantaged Year 11 and 12 students who are participants in the Smith Family's Learning for Life educational scholarship program was launched recently (as mentioned in the previous issue of Youth Field Xpress).
Reviewing the study in the August 2006 edition of 'Professional Educator', the Smith Family's principal researcher, Adrian Beavis, reviews the study's findings. He concludes that the young people in the 'On track?' study-- all of whom are from socioeconomic families-- were planning a future shaped by their interests, perceived ability and, it would seem, by their families. 'The early picture to emerge of these families, from these data, is one of supportiveness. The interests of young people were being encouraged and their plans set to accord with their ability. For most, this means that their plans, when realised, will involve upward social mobility. Despite this, there was little evidence of overly ambitious parents pushing their children in inappropriate directions.' (Source: 'Professional Educator', v.5, n.3, 2006, pp.21-23.)
In an article on how schools and teachers can help students to deal with failure, the Australian Council for Educational Research's CEO, Prof. Geoff Masters, writes that in a society that celebrates success and winners, 'the challenge for schools is not to attempt to protect students from the inevitability of mistakes, disappointments and failures, but to develop in students a healthy attitude towards these features of life.' Masters advocates a threefold approach for developing a healthy attitude to failure:
* helping students to see mistakes and failures within the context of their ongoing learning;
* helping students to understand the role that failure plays in progress; and
* helping students to see the need for absolute standards in society, while realising that many paths can be taken to achieve these standards.
He also advocates for the development of classroom cultures that 'tolerate and expect mistakes, and that support and encourage students to take risks'. Masters says that student success, particularly for lower-achieving students, might be best measured by noting an individual student's progress throughout the year, rather than measuring students by year-level standards. (Source: 'Professional Educator', v.5, n.3, 2006, pp.12-15.)
The online journal, 'New Matilda', is about to launch a series of articles on education policy, focused on the Australia's primary and secondary education systems and on education funding. The editors will be inviting teachers, academics, policy-makers, parents, advocates and other concerned individuals to contribute their ideas to the magazine, and suggest socially, economically and politically viable alternatives to the current system. See their call for contributions at: http://newmatilda.com/policyToolKit/policydetail.asp?PolicyID=500&CategoryID=9 or http://tinyurl.com/f85jo Contact: Miriam Lyons (Policy Coordinator) or Jessica Stead (Education intern) on (02) 9211 1635 or email: writeforpolicy[AT]newmatilda.com
http://www.dsf.org.au and http://www.grouptraining.com.au
* Demonstration project funding: Expressions of Interest for funding for projects starting in July 2007 close at 5 pm AEST on Friday 13 October 2006.
* Communication activity funding: Applications for this may be made at any time, subject to the availability of funding.
Successful applicants will be required to enter into a Funding Agreement with FaCSIA. See: http://www.facsia.gov.au/internet/facsinternet.nsf/aboutfacs/programs/house-nhs_2005-2009.htm (or http://tinyurl.com/py2ya)
http://www.glhv.org.au (Source: 'Transmissive', newsletter of the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, n.35, May 2006, p.2.)
The ARCSHS has published a report on a continuing case study of 11 gay men in Victoria recently diagnosed with HIV infection by Sean Slavin and Marian Pitts, titled 'The contemporary context of HIV infection in Victoria, Australia'. The report aims to improve our understanding of the changing culture of safe sex among gay men in Victoria and to contribute to public debate about action that government and community groups can take to combat the increasing number of new HIV infections in Victoria. The report can be downloaded from the ARCSHS website:
http://www.latrobe.edu.au/arcshs (Source: 'Transmissive', newsletter of the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, n.35, May 2006, p.3.)
Other health-related conferences coming up soon include Involve 06: a Youth Health and Youth Development Conference being held on 1-3 November in New Zealand (http://www.involve.org.nz) and YOUTH HEALTH 2006, the 5th Australian and New Zealand Adolescent Health Conference, taking place on 13-15 November 2006 in Sydney - see:
A new Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) research bulletin on youth homelessness shows young people in rural Australia have very different experiences to their urban contemporaries, due to limited employment and education options and inadequate formal support networks.
Two AHURI projects have examined the issues faced by young people at risk of, or experiencing, homelessness in Australia. The first project, led by Prof. Andrew Beer (of AHURI's Southern Centre), examined government policies, services and models of good practice in meeting the needs of homeless young people in rural areas of Australia. 'The project notes the potential of the "Foyer model" for application in rural Australia' -- the Foyer model being the focus of the second project led by Prof. Bill Randolph (AHURI UNSW/ UWS Research Centre).
1. Developing models of good practice in meeting the needs of homeless young people in rural areas'
Both a positioning paper and final report on 'Developing models of good practice in meeting the needs of homeless young people in rural areas' can be downloaded as a PDF document from: http://www.ahuri.edu.au/publications/projects/p40160 or http://tinyurl.com/ozq6t
2. Evaluating the Miller Foyer Pilot Project
This project is a longitudinal study of the pilot Miller Foyer which is being developed on the Miller Live 'N' Learn Campus near Liverpool. The project is being developed by the South West Sydney Region of the NSW Department of Housing -- it's the first attempt by any social housing agency in Australia to develop a Foyer in Australia and, as such represents a pilot for a type of accommodation for homeless and vulnerable youth that could be replicated widely across Australia.
The project will work with the Department's Foyer team to monitor the development of the Foyer from its early stages into management and into the first year of operation to assess the impact on the first tranche of residents, providing feedback to the Department and then to complete a final report and best practice document summarising the pilot study to wider dissemination.
The Foyer model helps young rural people to establish themselves without the need to relocate to cities far away from their support networks. 'Analysing the causes and effects of homelessness of vulnerable youth, the research finds that the Miller Campus offers a positive option for providing useful, holistic assistance that promises long-term, positive consequences, rather than a band-aid effect.'
Download the report, Evaluating the Miller Foyer Pilot Project, from : http://www.ahuri.edu.au/publications/projects/p70020 or http://tinyurl.com/ep38l (Source: Australian Policy Online; and Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) at: http://www.ahuri.edu.au/publications/projects/p70020 )
Scholarships and leadership opportunities for young Indigenous Australians in remote areas are offered through the Indigenous Youth Leadership Programme (IYLP). Besides scholarship, various opportunities will be offered to IYLP students to help them develop leadership skills. Schools and communities are urged to identify and assist eligible students to apply. The Foundation for Young Australians website has all the relevant forms and information at: http://www.youngaustralians.org or ph: (03) 9670 5436.
'Through young black eyes: A handbook to protect Indigenous children from the impact of family violence and child abuse'
'Good practice in Indigenous family violence prevention: Designing and evaluating successful programs' (Memmott, P., Chambers, C., Go-Sam, C. & Thomson, L., 2006, Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse Issues Paper 11, University of NSW, 36pp.)
The aim of the paper was 'to consider the current state of good practice with regard to projects or programs aimed at reducing family violence', to reflect on successful programs and analyse why they were successful, and to 'provide a set of ideas and strategies for good practice based on learning from both Australian and international Indigenous projects and programs'. The authors conclude that good practice in addressing Indigenous family violence 'is only emerging in Australia' and that while good practices are widespread, service providers might seldom be able or even motivated to document these practices. To sustain 'multiple projects with an integrated and holistic approach' in the long term will need planning across generations and the involvement of 'multiple partnerships between Indigenous communities, government and non-government sectors'. Download the report from the ADVC website: http://www.austdvclearinghouse.unsw.edu.au/Publications.htm
Note: A more detailed review of this resource is online on the ACYS website at: https://acys.info/resources/book_reviews/resources and navigate to Indigenous issues.
The deadline for applications for this initiative is looming. As announced in the 2006-07 Budget, the Australian Government is providing funding of $13.5 million for school-based sports academies to keep Indigenous students engaged in secondary education. The Department of Education, Science and Training has called for Expressions of Interest from suitable organisations for funding to establish 20 academies nationally from 2007 to 2009. The closing date for applications is Tuesday, 19 September 2006 at 5 p.m. See:
It is now almost six years since Australia and 190 other nations committed to a global plan to halve extreme poverty by 2015. This plan has eight goals known as the Millennium Development Goals, and 'How are the neighbours' looks at whether Australia's developing country neighbours are on track to achieve the goals and whether they are receiving sufficient support from the developed countries. See:
PDF document: http://www.worldvision.com.au/media/M_Files/How%20Neighbours.pdf or or http://tinyurl.com/ee47w (Source: Australain Policy Online.)
headspace, Australia's new National Youth Mental Health Foundation, aims to change the way that youth mental health services are delivered in Australia, and thereby reduce the burden of disease caused by mental health and related substance abuse in youth aged 12 to 25 years. The new organisation will do this through its four program areas:
* encouraging early help-seeking by young people and their families by implementing local and national community awareness activities;
* helping service providers to build their skills through evidence-based education and training resources and activities;
* supporting more accessible, effective and integrated services through the administration of a natinal Youth Services Development Fund;
* promoting the uptake of evidence-based practice in youth mental health, through a Centre of Excellence.
headspace is due to open its first funding round in the near future, through its Youth Services Development Fund. Keep an eye on the headspace website at: http://www.headspace.org.au/
Mental Health Week is being held from 8-14 October 2006, and coincides with World Mental Health Day on 10 October. The theme is 'Building awareness, reducing risks: Suicide and mental illness'. For further information on World Mental Health Day, see the World Federation for Mental Health website: http://www.wmhday.net
Multicultural Mental Health Australia is interested in receiving information from organisations that are planning Mental Health Week activities with a multicultural theme or audience. These activities will be promoted on the MMHA website. Please send details of any such events (including the state in which they are being held) to admin[AT]mmha.org.au; website: http://www.mmha.org.au (Source: 'Synergy', n.2, 2006, p.26.)
This student-driven peer support program has been developed at Narara Valley High School and Walcha Central School, both of which are located in NSW. The program trains students to be able to offer informed care and support to friends and peers who come to them with personal problems. Students from a broad cross-section of the school community are selected and trained by their peers in areas such as active listening, verbal and non-verbal communication, problem-solving and confidentiality, with the aim of building a 'whole-school ethos of caring and support'. The program is based on the following characteristics: trusting students to lead, training students to respond to peers' needs, building teacher-student relations and enabling students to feel trusted, supported and included in their school community and in decision-making.
Students are involved in all aspects of the program; delivering support to students, selecting and training fellow students to be supporters and organising program-related activities. Although they work in partnership with teaching staff, the students themselves are responsible for keeping the program running in their school. Students and teachers involved in the program have developed a number of resources to guide other schools through their implementation of the program: two DVDs featuring students and teachers describing the program and its practical implementation, and a 'journey board' featuring cards which explain the steps taken in the Students Supporting Students program. These cards are designed to facilitate student-teacher discussions about and planning for the program. Further information about Students Supporting Students is available from the Australian Guidance and Counselling Association website (please note, this site is currently being updated and some sections may be incomplete): http://mmplus.agca.com.au/studeng_studsup.php (Source: 'Connect', n.160, August 2006, pp.3-5.)
StigmaWatch, a SANE Australia initiative to monitor the media stigmatisation of people with a mental illness, has published ' 'SANE StigmaWatch 2006: Reporting of mental illness and stigma in the Australian media 2005-2006'. The focus of StigmaWatch is positive, promoting accurate and responsible reporting and representation of mental illness and suicide. SANE received 348 reports of stigma during the 2005-06 year -- an increase of 35 per cent over the previous 12 months; an increasing number of complaints concerned with inaccurate and trivialising use of psychiatric terminology in advertising. Action was also taken on a number of cases involving inappropriate reporting of suicide.
This year, SANE Australia has also published a revised edition of the 'SANE guide to reducing stigma' which includes a new section on the appropriate and responsible reporting of suicide. For further information on SANE StigmaWatch and its publications, contact SANE Australia: PO Box 226, South Melbourne VIC 3205; ph: (03) 9682 5933; fax: (03) 9682 5944; email: info[AT]sane.org; website: http://www.sane.org (Source: 'SANE StigmaWatch 2006, 'Reporting of mental illness and stigma in the Australian media 2005-2006', SANE Australia, South Melbourne.)
beyondblue, the national depression initiative, has launched a new public information line that people can call to get information on depression and anxiety. While the information line is open to all members of the public, it is initially being targeted at men in rural areas, who experience high risk factors for depression and suicide. Calls to the information line are charged at the cost of a local call. Ph: 1300 224 636. (Source: 'link magazine', v.15, n.3, 2006, p.20.)
The Australian Psychological Society's bulletin, 'InPsych', features youth mental health services in Australia in its August 2006 edition. It includes an item on the need for youth-specific mental health services (by Prof. Patrick McGorry, Alexandra Parker and Dr Rosemary Purcell), an item about encouraging young people to seek professional help for mental health problems, and one on innovative approaches to working with young offenders. There's also information about Wilderness Adventure Therapy, the Doing Anger Differently program for adolescent boys, and headspace, Australia's new Youth Mental Health Foundation. Contact details: Australian Psychological Society: ph: (03) 8662 3300; fax: (03) 9663 6177; email: contactus[AT]psychology.org.au; website: http://www.psychology.org.au (Source: 'InPsych', v.28, n.4, 2006, p.3, 5.)
http://www.newcastle.edu.au/centre/fac/efathers/includingfathers (Source: Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth's 'ARACY e-newsletter', August 2006.)
http://www.facs.gov.au/internet/facsinternet.nsf/aboutfacs/programs/youth-nyars.htm or http://tinyurl.com/fx965, and this report is at:
or http://tinyurl.com/o4xfw (Source: Email, received 30 August 2006.)
Research and youth services: 'Spinning the web' research report calls for better connections between services working with young people
The NSW Centre for the Advancement of Adolescent Health (NSW CAAH) at the Children's Hospital at Westmead has recently released an important research report by T. Chiang and M. Tyne titled, 'Spinning the Web: Better connections between services working with young people'.
The report should be compulsory reading for anyone involved in youth work training, youth service provision and information sharing in Australia. Although it focuses on youth health and wellbeing, the implications and lessons of this research are far-reaching and should, in time, bear good fruit for connecting the three points of the policy-research-practice triangle. A more detailed review of this resource will appear in a future edition of this newsletter. The report is not yet available for download, but will be on the NSW CAAH website (http://www.caah.chw.edu.au from 20 September 2006. Contact details: NSW Centre for the Advancement of Adolescent Health at the Children's Hospital at Westmead, Locked Bag 4001, Westmead NSW 2145, ph: (02) 9845 0631; fax: (02) 9845 2517).
The report draws on a wide range of academic research for its data, as well as sourcing data from organisations such as the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and the Australian Electoral Commission. It advocates 'further well-informed investment' in Australia's youth to help them through their transitions from school to work and from adolescence to adulthood. It shows that the proportion of young people engaged in voluntary work has risen, and youth suicide rates have fallen (from around 15 per 100,000 young people in 1995 to 9.6 per 100,000 young people in 2005). In addition, rates of smoking among 12 to 14-year-olds have almost halved. But the report reveals that about one in five 15 to 19-year-olds are living below the poverty line, and only 32 per cent of young people from poorer backgrounds have home access to a computer and the internet, compared with 58 per cent of young people overall. For a full review of this resource, see the ACYS website at: https://acys.info/resources/book_reviews/transitions
'The Brotherhood's Social Barometer: Challenges facing Australian youth' can be downloaded in full or in summary form from the Brotherhood of St Laurence website: http://www.bsl.org.au (Sources: Boese, M. and Scutella, R., 2006, The Brotherhood's Social Barometer: Challenges facing Australian youth, Brotherhood of St Laurence, Fitzroy, Victoria, viewed 23 August 2006, http://www.bsl.org.au/main.asp?PageId=132; Brotherhood of St Laurence 2006, Brotherhood Youth Barometer reveals ups and downs in longer journey to adulthood, media release, 18 August, viewed 23 August 2006, http://www.bsl.org.au/main.asp?PageId=4187; 'Brotherhood Comment', August 2006, pp.4-5)
'Are we there yet? Past learning, current realties and future directions for youth affairs in Australia' -- Call for abstracts opens 18 September 2006
The Australian Government Department of Families, Communities and Indigenous Affairs has issued the following announcement:
The National Youth Roundtable (NYR) is the centrepiece of the Australian Government's youth consultation mechanisms. It brings together young people from across Australia aged between 15 and 24 years to meet with the Australian Government to discuss issues that have an impact upon young people. The main purpose of NYR is to provide the Australian Government with a consultation mechanism through which it can access the views of young people on various issues that are of interest to the Australian Government and its policies. It also provides a unique opportunity for young Australians to meet with the Australian Government to explore issues that are important to them. NYR members generally serve a one-year term, attending two residential meetings plus two team-based meetings. Their project-based work gives members the opportunity to gain better understanding of specific issues and to provide their own views and recommendations on these issues to Government. Members work in collaboration with relevant Australian Government departments, Members of Parliament and in consultation with their communities.
Applications for NYR 2007 will open in early October 2006. Young people aged between 15 and 24 years with a range of experiences and from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. For more information on the National Youth Roundtable and the application process, see: http://www.thesource.gov.au or phone (free call): 1800 624 309; email: roundtable[AT]thesource.gov.au
Source: Email, Sarah.Braybon[AT]facsia.gov.au
* contributing and making a difference;
* achieving potential through informed life choices;
* having resources and making connections;
* managing healthy, active and diverse lives;
* being safe and promoting safe behaviours.
See the Office for Youth website, at:
A new online resource has been launched by Jesuit Social Services (JSS) to provide helpful information for those who work with youth with complex needs. Called Strong Bonds, the online resource has readily usable information to help support young people and families. The Strong Bonds project was developed in response to a need in the youth work field for a better understanding of the dynamics between a young person with complex needs and their family. The project also looks at ways that this knowledge can be better used in practice. See: http://www.strongbonds.jss.org.au Parents, families and workers can also request printed information sheets by calling (03) 9415 8700. The project was funded by the Australian Government of Health and Ageing and the William Buckland Foundation.
Models for youth participation
The August edition of 'Connect' also includes a model for youth participation developed by Harry Shier in 2001 (published in 'Children and Society', v.15, n.2, 2001, pp.107-17). Shier designed his five-level youth participation, three-stage level of organisational commitment youth participation model as an alternative to the linear 'ladder of participation' model of Roger Hart (as featured in 'Connect' n.157, February 2006, pp.15-20). Shier's model is designed to emphasise the varying levels of responsibility that organisations have to support youth participation. ('Connect', n.160, p.18).
Email discussion lists in the youth field
The Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies has its own email discussion list called AYIN, managed by Anne Hugo of ACYS. AYIN is often used by people and organisations in the youth field to announce new initiatives. If you would like to join the list (it is not inordinately busy) send an email to: [email protected] and reply to the auto-message that you will get asking you to confirm your wish to be subscribed to the list. Anne also manages a complete listing of all the email discussion lists relevant to youth issues in Australia (at: https://acys.info/links/networks/e-lists) and would like you to look at that list to see if your favourite email discussion list is mentioned there. If it isn't please let her know, at: [email protected]