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For youth researchers or youth workers:

YARN (Youth Affairs Research Network)
Description: YARN is an electronic network focusing on youth-related research.
Maintained by Roger Holdsworth, Senior Researcher, Australian Youth Research Centre, University of Melbourne.
Web site:

Description: Initiated by the Australian Government in 2001, this list has news and information on Australian Government youth initiatives in Australia. Maintained by Anne Hugo on behalf of the Youth Bureau, Department of Family and Community Services. More information.

YFO (Youth Issues Forum)
Description: Initiated by the Dusseldorp Skills Forum, and later maintained by a youth peak organisation, this online community for researchers, practitioners, policy makers and young people interested in the learning and work circumstances of young Australians is not active at present. Archival informaiton is at

Lists focusing on particular subjects:

Young people in care and protection; child abuse issues:

This list provides a venue for the discussion of child abuse prevention and child protection research, policy and practice issues. It aims to promote the exchange of information and ideas between Australasian and other professionals working in the field of child abuse prevention and child protection, including child protection workers, other health and welfare service providers, people working in the criminal justice system, in education and training, or in policy and service planning, researchers and information providers.

Drug and alcohol issues

UPDATE: This list is managed by Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia (ADCA), the peak, national, non-government organisation representing the interests of the Australian alcohol and drug field. See web site.

Education news

Education news from the EdNA service is streamed to this site in our topical resources section.

For news alerts on issues and developments in Australia's education sector, see the Australian Government Department of Education, Science and Training web site and select from the lists you require.


AIFS (Australian Institute of Family Studies)
The AIFS lists are described on their web site. They include: aifs-alert, an email announcements list of what's new at the Institute; childprotect, for professionals involved in child abuse prevention, managed by the National Child Protection Clearinghouse at the AIFS; MARE, for discussion of marriage and relationship education

is an email discussion list operated by the WA Department for Community Development, Family and Childrens Policy.

Mental health

AICAFMHA Discussion List
This list of the Australian Infant, Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health Association Ltd provides the opportunity for discussions about infant, child, adolescent and family mental health.

The MindMatters discussion group is an electronic communication network for teachers and health and mental health professionals. Joining the discussion group will ensure ongoing access to information and resources. More information


The Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission provides numerous email discussion lists concerning children and youth, indigenous people, and concerning issues such as disability, discrimination, and racial discrimination. More information


The (US) National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition aims to help first-year college students and all students in transition. The site also hosts four email discussion lists on transitions. More information


The Dusseldorp Skills Forum web site has a section called Transport for young people in rural and regional Australia. It gives information about transport projects aimed at young people both in Australia and overseas and links to other relevant transport sites, including the 'youth transport' email list. To join that list, contact its list manager via email: [email protected] or ph: (07) 5561 0112.

Last modified: 26 July, 2004

For young people


ygals-online list is a private list managed by YWCA of Australia. See web site.

YouthGAS is an Australian email discussion group for young people and the youth sector, supplementing the YouthGAS web site, both managed by Richard Lenn, a young person in Sydney.

youthaustralia is an eGroup for young Australians for advertising opportunities of youth advocacy and participation at conferences etc. Maintained by: Louisa Kirby, email: [email protected] How to subscribe: See Web site

United Nations: see Youth at the United Nations

Overseas lists relevant to youth studies in Australia:

HCHY Listserv: Mainaged by the USA-based Search Institute, this discussion list is for those interested in the "Healthy Communities - Healthy Youth" project to exchange information and for those who wish to apply Search Institute's developmental assets framework in their community. To subscribe, see the Search Institute web site.

CYC-NET - the International Child and Youth Care Network - is a discussion group on child and youth care, with subscribers from around the globe, and also the name of a web site and online magazine. CYC-Net is managed by Brian Gannon of the National Association of Child Care Workers in South Africa, editor of the journal, Child and Youth Care. CYC-net is sponsored and maintained by the National Association of Child Care Workers, South Africa. See web site.

E-Youth Opinion is the email newsletter of the European Youth Forum. To subscribe, contact Jorge Camara, email: [email protected]

UN Youth Flash, a new service of the UN Programme on Youth 'keeping you up to date on the youth agenda of the UN and partnering youth organizations around the world'. Join or leave UN Youth Flash by sending an email to [email protected] with either subscribe or unsubscribe in the subject line as need be.

Resilience; Youth development: See the Search Institute web site for two email discussion groups on resilience/developmental assets.

European Sociologist E-mail List: For a description of this list which forms part of the activities of the Research Network 'Youth and Generation' of the European Sociological Association, see: the web site.

RC34: International Sociological Association (ISA)
Research Committee on Sociology of Youth is for members only; see their web site for details.


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