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News archive

These are the news items from the ACYS newsfeed for the past 3 months.

‘Let’s get sexting’: risk, power, sex and criminalisation in the moral domain

This article from the International Journal of Crime and Justice explores the criminalisation and governance of sexting among young people. Original article

07 May 2013

WA youth justice in crisis

The decision to house 150 young offenders in a maximum security adult prison has lead to youth workers in the state threatening to quit.  More information

06 May 2013

Theme for National Youth Week 2014

The Office for Youth is seeking input from young people on what they would like to see as the theme for next year's National Youth Week.  A survey is open until 17 May 2013.  Original article

06 May 2013

SBS Insight: Violent Femmes

A recent episode of the SBS Insight program discusses violent behaviour among young women, both from the point of view of the perpetrator and the victim. Original article

06 May 2013

Parramatta's youth debate Australia's "Anglo" nature

The visiting high commissioner, Paul Madden, was the guest speaker at a forum on multicultural affairs at Old Government House, which included a discussion with young people on how ‘‘Anglo’’ Australia is. Original article

06 May 2013

Jobs crisis hits youth hardest

Tasmania's youth unemployment rate is the highest in Australia and the chances of a 15 to 19-year-old landing a job after leaving school are worse in the state's regions. Original article

06 May 2013

Adolescent prolonged fatigue tied to depressive and anxiety disorders

Prolonged fatigue in adolescents may reflect more severe mood and anxiety disorders, according to recent study results published in American Journal of Psychiatry. Original article

03 May 2013

National Crime Prevention Fund - Applications now open

The National Crime Prevention Fund is part of the Gillard Government's package of measures to target street crime and gang violence across Australia. Original article

03 May 2013

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander wellbeing: A focus on children and youth

This publication from the Australian Bureau of Statistics provides information about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people from data collected in the 2008 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey. Original article

03 May 2013

Me, Myself and I:Identity and meaning in the lives of vulnerable young people

A research report from the Australian Catholic University look as the role that identity plays in the lives of vulnerable young people, and what this means for providing effective support.  Original article

03 May 2013

Investment in diversion programs needs to be increased

An issues paper Youth Justice released by the West Australian Commissioner of Children and Young People, Michelle Scott, recommends a rapid increase in services and programs, including mental health, employment, drug and alcohol, and education, to address the underlying causes of young people’s offending behaviour. Original article

03 May 2013

International Thank a Youth Worker Day

Community partners, youth work organisations, youth and child care workers and individuals have joined together to declare an international day of celebrating youth workers on 2 May each year. Original article

02 May 2013

Heywire proposals and partnership announced

A report and website outlining the seven ideas developed at the 2013 ABC Heywire Regional Youth Summit was released today. And in an exciting new initiative aimed at further involving young regional Australians in the national conversation, the ABC has also launched the FRRR Heywire Youth Innovation Grants program. All the information about these new initiatives can be found at http://www.abc.net.au/heywire/. Heywire is supported by the Australian Government, including the Office for Youth.

02 May 2013

Living on the streets can be far safer than living at home, new report reveals

Living on the streets can leave children and young people with lifelong mental and physical scars but for a growing number it is a far safer option than staying at home, according to a new Wesley Mission study. Original article

02 May 2013

Genes aren’t destiny but teaching isn’t everything either

To follow the public debate on why some children prosper in school and others falter, you’d think it was all down to teachers. Original article

02 May 2013

Young people the new face of the Archies

The inaugural Young Archie competition is being run to coincide with the Archibald Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Original article

02 May 2013

Call to unlock savings to help young farmers

The savings of older farmers should be unlocked so some of the money could be lent out to young farmers trying to get a start in agriculture but who are struggling to raise the funds to buy farmland, livestock and other assets. Original article

02 May 2013

If only cuts to youth services were fantasy

A snapshot of the current funding situation for youth services in the UK highlights how budget cuts will impact on young people and their communities.  Original article

01 May 2013

Centre for Multicultural Youth newsletter - April 2013

CMY's latest newsletter on issues affecting CALD youth is available now.  Original article

01 May 2013

Prevention in Action, April 2013

DrugInfo has compiled a collection of articles on new and emerging drugs around how clinicians, allied health and youth workers, researchers and policy makers can respond to new and emerging drugs. Original article

01 May 2013

FoMO: Modern day pressure to not miss out

Research has found that young people were more affected than others from the 'fear of missing out' (FoMO). This group saw social media as an important tool for them and they were more dependent on social media as part of their social development. Original article

01 May 2013

Are we there yet? Overview of the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth

This overview opened the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY) research forum entitled Are We There Yet? Youth Transitions in Australia, held on 11 April 2013. Original article

01 May 2013

New report reviews young people in detention

The report, Youth justice in Australia 2011–12: an overview, provides information on young people aged 10 and older under youth justice supervision in Australia due to their involvement or alleged involvement in crime. Original article

30 Apr 2013

Young people “falling through the service gaps” - Report

A new report from the Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS) and the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria (YACVic) warns that critical service gaps are placing young people at significant risk of facing mental health issues, family violence, disengagement from education, abuse and neglect, drug and alcohol issues, homelessness, and involvement in the youth justice system. Original article

30 Apr 2013

Young people's voices must be heard in family law

National Children’s Commissioner Megan Mitchell is calling on government and the judiciary to ensure children and young people’s voices are heard in family law cases. Original article

30 Apr 2013

Leading academic endorses calls for early childhood intervention funding

Professor Peter Little, deputy vice chancellor of Queensland University of Technology, speaks on his own struggles as an adolescent growing up in hardship and points to ways in which young people can be helped early to overcome the barriers of disadvantage. Original article

30 Apr 2013

Call for greater rental assistance

Anglicare is leading a call for state, territory and federal governments to increase rental assistance after report findings indicate that there are no affordable rental properties in many urban precincts.  More information

30 Apr 2013

April 2013 News Bulletin for the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program now available

News bulletins are released every month to share updates on the NSCSWP, topics of interest and good news stories. Original article

29 Apr 2013

Australian Film takes us on a journey through the minefield of adolescence

Teenage Kicks, a feature film adapted from the multi award winning short film Drowning, tells the story Miklos Varga as he navigates his way through guilt, sexuality and struggles to mature from boy to man. Original article

29 Apr 2013

Generation consigned to the scrapheap

They are the "lost generation" - thousands of young Australians unable to find a job after leaving school and at risk of becoming marginalised from mainstream society. Original article

29 Apr 2013

Repairing stretched ear lobes as youth wear the cost

It might be fashionable now, but ear lobe stretching can become an expensive and involved process to repair. Original article

29 Apr 2013

Wiping the slate clean on youth jail

The Australian Youth Affairs Coalition (AYAC) has issued report that calls for action as concern grows at escalating rates of juvenile incarceration. Original article

29 Apr 2013

The impact of schools on young people's transition to university

In this interview, Steve Davis talks with co-author Tom Karmel about this report which uses data from the 2006 cohort of the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY) to investigate how schools influence tertiary entrance rank and university enrolment over and above young people's individual background characteristics. Original article

26 Apr 2013

National Youth Sexual Health Council

YEAH (Youth Empowerment Against HIV/AIDS) is reinforcing the importance of putting young people (15-29) in positions of leadership at every level of decision making by forming the National Youth Sexual Health Council. Original article

26 Apr 2013

Addressing workforce challenges for youth mental health reform

Orygen Youth Health Research Centre in partnership with the Australian Health Workforce Institute at the University of Melbourne and headspace have completed a report exploring future workforce challenges for the youth mental health sector. Original article

26 Apr 2013

Youth engagement approaches: Guide released

New energy, ideas and perspectives – How young people are creating change across the Commonwealth guide was launched at the 8th Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting in Papua New Guinea. Written by the Australian Youth Affairs Coalition, the Guide provides examples of youth engagement approaches from across the Commonwealth on how young people engage with other young people to develop and progress campaigns, activities or causes in the communities and countries in with they live. Original article

26 Apr 2013

Alcohol fuelled aggression linked to abusive father-son relationships

A Deakin University study suggests that alcohol fuelled aggression amongst young men is linked to abusive fathers. Original article

26 Apr 2013

Breakout won't stop more youth boot camp trials

The Queensland Government says a trial boot camp for youth offenders will continue on the Fraser Coast in the south-east, despite security concerns at a camp in far north of the state. Original article

24 Apr 2013

Brain biology tied to social reorientation during entry to adolescence

A specific region of the brain is in play when children consider their identity and social status as they transition into adolescence—that often-turbulent time of reaching puberty and entering middle school, according to a study published in the Journal of NeuroscienceOriginal article

24 Apr 2013

Australian Crime and Prevention Awards 2013

Nominations are now open for any government agency, not-for-profit organisation or individual person making a significant contribution to a project in Australia. Award categories include youth and other areas. Original article

24 Apr 2013

Mentoring Worx: Mentoring resources for WA

The WA Youth Mentoring Reform Group and the Department for Communities have collaborated on a set of new resources to help agencies deliver quality training for mentors and professional development for staff. Original article

24 Apr 2013

Two studies about drug and alcohol consumption

The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) is currently undertaking two research projects looking at drug and alcohol consumption by young Australians. More information

24 Apr 2013

Leading youth organisations urge COAG leaders to move on Gonski reforms

Australia’s youth affairs peak bodies sent letters today to all State and Territory Premiers and Chief Ministers, urging them to support the Gonski education reforms at Friday's COAG meeting. Original article

23 Apr 2013

Addressing the rise in STIs - Youth forum on sexual health

On Wednesday 3rd April 2013, a youth forum on sexual health took place in Parliament House in Sydney, set up and run by young people from the NSW Youth Advisory Council, Young People’s Advisory Committee and health workers from a range of government and non-government organisations. Original article

23 Apr 2013

Who am I? A new resource to guide record-keeping for children in out-of-home care

Records are a key source of information for adults who grew up in out-of-home care. Care leavers have spoken eloquently about how records have helped them understand their childhoods and develop a positive sense of self. Original article

23 Apr 2013

Why teenagers really do need an extra hour in bed

The concept of arranging school hours around the sleeping patters of teenagers is gaining acceptance. Original article

23 Apr 2013

Youth transitions: The journey from school to work

A panel of education experts discuss what is needed to make a successful transition to work and adulthood for Australian youth. Recorded at the National Centre for Vocational Education Research forum. Original article

23 Apr 2013

Demonstration projects for improving sexual health in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth: evaluation report

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare have evaluated six demonstration projects funded by the Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health aimed at improving the sexual health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people. Original article

22 Apr 2013

Teens' brains are more sensitive to rewarding feedback from peers

In a new report, researchers in the US argue that some teens' risky behavior reflects the unique effect of peer influence on the still-developing teenage brain. Original article

22 Apr 2013

Surfing Australia signs up to help tackle youth binge drinking

Surfing Australia has become the latest national sporting organisation to join the Be the Influence - Tackling Binge Drinking initiative. Original article

22 Apr 2013

2011 Census shows increasing educational attainment of young Australians

The latest in a series of analytical articles based on 2011 Census data, 'Year 12 Achievement and Continuing Education', shows in 2011, 85 per cent of 20-24 year olds had attained this level of qualification – up from 76 per cent in 2001. Original article

22 Apr 2013

Genital wart rate in young women plummets thanks to HPV vaccine

The proportion of young women diagnosed with genital warts in Australia has seen a significant decline thanks to the HPV vaccine, suggests a paper published in the British Medical Journal. Original article

22 Apr 2013

Youth engagement approaches guide released

Written by the Australian Youth Affairs Coalition, the Guide provides examples of youth engagement approaches from across the Commonwealth on how young people engage with other young people to develop and progress campaigns, activities or causes in the communities and countries in with they live. Original article

19 Apr 2013

Aboriginal elders share stories with Wellington youth

There is hope stories from the Wellington Aboriginal community, not shared for generations, will soon be told to a new audience. Original article

19 Apr 2013

Is that Child Mean or is He a Bully?

What are the differences between being rude, mean and bullying? Original article

19 Apr 2013

Graffiti teaches Jakarta's street children

A group of creative Jakarta volunteers have been using graffiti to help teach children living on the city's streets who are missing out on regular school. Original article

19 Apr 2013

Modelling scouts target anorexia patients in Sweden

A Stockholm treatment centre for eating disorders says talent scouts from modelling agencies have approached their patients outside the clinic, hoping to recruit them. Original article

19 Apr 2013

Young People Talk about Transitioning from Youth Detention to the Community

Young people who transition from youth detention to the community may encounter difficulties related to their family relationships, mental and physical wellbeing, education, and employment. More information

18 Apr 2013

Smartphone app to tackle mental health

A free smartphone application that allows teenagers, to discuss "taboo" mental health issues like depression, suicide and self-harm is saving lives worldwide, its Adelaide developers say. For more information

18 Apr 2013

Addressing Workforce Challenges for Youth Mental Health Reform

Orygen Youth Health Research Centre in partnership with the Australian Health Workforce Institute at the University of Melbourne and headspace have completed a report exploring future workforce challenges for the youth mental health sector. More information

18 Apr 2013

Young Australians drink to get drunk

Australians are increasingly drinking alcohol to get drunk but just one in five believe they drink too much, new research by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education shows. More information 

18 Apr 2013

Identity and Meaning for Vulnerable Young People Project

This qualitative study from the Institute of Child Protection Studies at the Australian Catholic University aims to explore the role and potency that concepts such as identity, and a search for meaning, have in the lives of vulnerable young people. Original article

17 Apr 2013

Mean toddlers make antisocial teens

Recent studies in the US show that it is possible to predict the tendencies for some children to develop antisocial behaviours in adolescence. Original article

17 Apr 2013

Consulting effectively with young poeple

The YouthWork Toolbox discusses the importance of planning how to engage and consult with young people to get the information needed to ensure services and programs meet the needs of young people.  Original article

17 Apr 2013

Anti-smoking campaigns failing Indigenous youth

The effectiveness of anti-smoking initiatives aimed at Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth is questioned in recent program evaluations.  Original article

17 Apr 2013

Outrage over treatment of teens held in men's jail

The detention of more than 140 teenagers in a men's prison in Perth has raised concerns of breaches of law and human rights conventions. Original article

17 Apr 2013

Young people waging a fight for their lives face special challenges for hope and a future

Young people diagnosed with cancer face unique challenges to not only overcome the disease, but ensure it doesn't negatively shape their future, support groups say. Original article

16 Apr 2013

Mindfulness at school lowers depressive symptoms in teens

A recent study in Belgium found that adolescents who participated in a mindfulness program at school reported reduced symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress up to six months later. Original article

16 Apr 2013

2012 Australian Youth Forum Steering Committee Final Report

This report covers the range of activities and events, conferences, panels, and forums that Steering Committee members have undertaken in 2012 on behalf of the Australian Youth Forum. Original article

16 Apr 2013

Young Australians urged to make friends in PNG

World Vision CEO Tim Costello is calling for more young Australians to visit Papua New Guinea to improve relations between the two countries. Original article

16 Apr 2013

$5 million for Police Citizens Youth Clubs

The Gillard Government will provide $5 million to Police Citizens Youth Clubs and Blue Light organisations across Australia as part of the $40 million National Crime Prevention Fund announced today. Original article

16 Apr 2013

Youth face housing affordability struggle

The Alice Springs Youth Accommodation Service says access to long-term, safe accommodation for young people is at a critical level in central Australia. Original article

16 Apr 2013

Homelessness and young people

Homelessness Australia has released a fact sheet on the current state of youth homelessness in Australia. Original article

15 Apr 2013

The changing picture of young adults in Australia

The latest issue of 'Social Trends' issued by the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows a number of interesting changes in the characteristics of young people (aged 18-24 years) from census data gathered between 1976 and 2011. Original article

15 Apr 2013

New program supports young athletes

Swimming Australia has launched “Off the Blocks”, a program for young members of its elite program to help develop resilience and encourage integrity in the sport. Original article

15 Apr 2013

Poor diet seriously affects teens’ liver health

New research from Perth's Telethon Institute for Child Health Research shows that a Western diet is associated with an increased risk of liver disease in teenagers. Original article

15 Apr 2013

Keeping regional youth regional

How to keep, train and attract young people in regional areas was discussed at the recent Building Regional Australia Summit. Original article

15 Apr 2013

Young people and sexting in Australia: ethics, representation and the law

This report from ARC Centre of Excellence in Creative Industries and Innovation at the University of New South Wales, Australia presents the #ndings of a qualitative study of young people’s understandings of, and responses to, current Australian laws, media and educational resources that address sexting.  Original article

12 Apr 2013

Child well-being in rich countries: A comparative overview

UNICEF has prepared a report comparing wellbeing indicators for 29 advanced countries. Australia was not included due to a lack of data on some of the indicators.  Original article

12 Apr 2013

Hold grog industry to account for youth crime, charities say

Anglicare's chief executive, Paul MacDonald, stated a recent forum on youth crime that alcohol industry should be more accountable for their aggressive marketing to young people.  Original article

12 Apr 2013

Young, broke and with nowhere to live

Illawarra-based Southern Youth and Family Services (SYFS) organised a panel of seven young people who had all experienced homelessness. Original article

12 Apr 2013

The state of youth policy in 2013

As of January 2013, of 198 countries, 99 (50%) have a current youth policy. A further 56 (28%) are revising their existing or, in a few cases, developing their first national youth policy. A total of 43 states (22%) has no youth policy at this time. Original article

12 Apr 2013

New laws to better protect young people

Young people will now be better protected from the predatory sexual advances of people in authority under new laws passed by the ACT Legislative Assembly. Original article

11 Apr 2013

The GirlsGottaKnow mobile website

Women's Legal Services of Tasmania has developed a mobile website to provide information on legal issues important to young women.  Original article

11 Apr 2013

ATO and information for young people

In support of National Youth Week, the Australian Taxation Office has compiled information for young people on tax file numbers, superannuation and small business support.  Original article

11 Apr 2013

Fair working conditions for young people

Australia's retail union launches a campaign to increase the pay for workers under 21 years old and calls on the Government to support its claim at the Fair Work Commission. Original article

11 Apr 2013

Youth disability: Two online surveys

The Youth Disability Advocacy Service (YDAS) and the Tasmanian Disability Education Reform Lobby are conducting surveys to canvas the views of young people with disability and their families on the issues they find most important. More information

11 Apr 2013

Youth Homelessness Matters Day 2013

Today, April 10, is Youth Homelessness Matters Day. Find out what's happening in your area and across the country.  Original article

10 Apr 2013

Do first jobs encourage underage drinking?

Research on alcohol in the workplace is summarised in an evidence review compiled by the National Drug Research Institute at Curtin University and published by VicHealth. Original article

10 Apr 2013

“!ti od em edam nataS” … does rock ‘n’ roll really make kids kill themselves?

Media reports, selective data and conflicting research have resulted in a great deal of parental angst about the effect that rock music, and in particular heavy metal music, has on the minds of the young people. Original article

10 Apr 2013

Young carers in receipt of Carer Payment and Carer Allowance 2001 to 2006: characteristics, experiences and post-care outcomes

This report produced by the Social Policy Evaluation, Analysis and Research Centre, Australian National University focuses on the 20,363 young people who were aged under 25 years at some point between September 2001 and June 2006 and received Carer Payment or Carer Allowance. Original article

10 Apr 2013

Don’t demonise doctors for treating gender identity disorder

Myfanwy McDonald, Senior Project Officer, Community Child Health, Population, Health, Genes and Environment at Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, discusses the complex role of doctors in helping young patients with gender dysphoria. Original article

10 Apr 2013

Effective healing strategies for Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander youth needed

While the concept of healing trauma experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander young people has gained impetus, and the need to address intergenerational trauma is increasingly being acknowledged, the task of improving the wellbeing of those affected is complex and challenging. Original article

09 Apr 2013

AMA calls for national youth health policy

The Australian Medical Association is calling for a National Health Policy for Young People that considers the overall health and wellbeing of young Australians. The proposed policy is one of the key recommendations of the AMA Position Statement on the Health of Young People, released today in conjunction with National Youth Week. Original article

09 Apr 2013

Digitally aged photos encourage young smokers to quit

Showing young people computer-generated images illustrating the effects of smoking on their appearance later in life may encourage them to quit, a new study has found. Original article

09 Apr 2013

Youth champion new age of sustainability

Erin Schrode is a 21-year-old New York-based activist who was recently in Australia to give a keynote speech as International Ambassador for School Broadcasting Network (SBN), a global media forum for young people. Original article

09 Apr 2013

New National Youth Awards announced

On 5 April 2013 Minister for Youth Peter Garrett announced a new Australian Government initiative, the ‘National Youth Awards’. The Awards will be held annually in National Youth Week to celebrate, acknowledge and recognise Australia’s youth. The National Youth Awards will celebrate young people and promote the important contribution they make to the nation and will be ‘for young people by young people’. If you are aged 12-25 and would like to have your say on the details of the Awards, please complete the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NYA This survey will be open until the end of NYW . For more information see the link at http://www.youthweek.com/national-youth-awards

08 Apr 2013

Help for mentally ill young offenders

The hundreds of juvenile offenders with mental health problems who face Perth Children's Court each year will now have access to tailored support through a landmark program. Original article

08 Apr 2013

First youth crime commissioner appointed (UK)

A 17-year-old girl has been appointed as the first youth police and crime commissioner in England and Wales. Original article

08 Apr 2013

Sleep disorders linked to depression in young women

Young women with regular sleep problems have a four to fivefold increased risk of depression, a landmark study of nearly 10,000 Australians has found. Original article

08 Apr 2013

Voting age debate hits Australia

While Austria has lowered its voting age to 16, and Scotland may follow suit for an upcoming referendum, debate continues in Australia about the benefits of involving young people in the voting process.  Original article

08 Apr 2013

Kokoda Track offers young people the ultimate challenge

ClubsNSW is offering two young achievers an all-expenses paid trip to walk along the Kokoda Track scheduled for September 24 to October 5 this year. Original article

08 Apr 2013

Teens and technology 2013

The Pew Research Center in the US has conducted a survey that explored technology use among 802 youth ages 12-17 and their parents. Original article

05 Apr 2013

WA kids brutalised in adult jail: lawyer

George Newhouse from Shine Lawyers travelled to Perth to lodge a motion in the WA Supreme Court alleging the government decision to house more than 100 young offenders at the maximum security Hakea prison was illegal. Original article

05 Apr 2013

Calls on WA government to take action on youth suicide

Perth's Dumbatung Aboriginal Corporation is calling on Premier Colin Barnett and WA Health Minister Kim Hames to take action on youth suicide. Original article

05 Apr 2013

Legal troubles: alcohol abuse and young women

Research from the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre revealed that women are drinking earlier and more are developing symptoms of alcohol abuse. The study found that the number of Australian women aged 20 to 29 with symptoms of alcohol abuse has increased by 27,000 in 10 years. Original article

05 Apr 2013

Conversations that matter: Religion

Research consistently shows that young people are turning away from organised religion. Vibewire video journalists hit the streets to find out what young people really think.  Original article

05 Apr 2013

Impact investment study highlights local case studies

A recent report from IMPACT Australia looks at the outcomes achieved through impact investments through case studies, including STREAT, a social enterprise providing homeless youth with a supported pathway into long-term careers in the hospitality industry. Original article

04 Apr 2013

Australian Youth Affairs Coalition - Executive Director

Applications are open for the position of Executive Director with the Australian Youth Affairs Coalition (AYAC), the national peak body representing young people and the youth sector.  Original article

04 Apr 2013

Vocational education, Indigenous students and the choice of pathways

This report from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research looks at the pathways Indigenous students in the Northern Territory take between VET and higher education. Original article

04 Apr 2013

The impact of schools on young people's transition to university

This report from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research uses Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY) data to look at the impact of schools on a student’s tertiary entrance rank (TER) and the probability of them going to university (controlling for TER). Original article

04 Apr 2013

Home sweet home: the challenges of housing young people from refugee backgrounds

Youth housing services and settlement services report increased cases of young people from refugee backgrounds being homeless or without secure housing. These same services are often unsure about the clients’ entitlements and their backgrounds before arriving in Australia. Original article

04 Apr 2013

Stability and change in risky driving from the late teens to the late twenties

This paper from the Australian Institute of Family Studies examines patterns of risky driving from the late teens to the late twenties and identifies factors associated with persistence and change in risky driving tendencies. Original article

03 Apr 2013

Kids Come First Update: Selected outcomes for children and young people in Tasmania

Eight outcomes from Tasmania's Kids Come First Outcomes Framework are highlighted in this update. They have been selected because new data or more detailed local profiles are available, or because there have been significant changes since the Kids Come First Report 2009. Original article

03 Apr 2013

Growing up too fast: early puberty and mental illness

A study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health found children who go through puberty early showed signs of poorer mental health in early childhood. Original article

03 Apr 2013

New app to deter young people from smoking

A new smartphone app that shows smokers how cigarettes will destroy their looks has been developed to encourage people to quit smoking while they're young. Original article

03 Apr 2013

Campaign reduces Indigenous binge drinking

A community-initiated binge drinking awareness campaign in Indigenous communities is working, according to new results released this week by researchers at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC). Original article

03 Apr 2013

Want to reduce aggression in adolescents? Work on their beliefs

A US study has found that young people can change their attitudes about bullies and victims when shown that it is possible to change behaviours and beliefs. Original article

28 Mar 2013

The drug habits of highly effective people

This article from the Sydney Morning Herald looks at how some young people are able to use drugs recreationally without addictive behaviours.  Original article

28 Mar 2013

Updated resource: Mental Health Services in Australia

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has updated the Mental Health Services in Australia website with new information, including details of specialised mental health facilities. Original articles

28 Mar 2013

Not Waving But Drowning: Social technologies haven’t killed teenagers’ ability to communicate

Has technology affected the ability of young people communicate effectively? Or is it simply an evolution of expression?  Original article

28 Mar 2013

Young Adults’ Stories About Gambling

Researchers at the University of Tasmania are conducting a Tasmanian study of young adults’ stories - positive and negative - about gambling. More information

28 Mar 2013

Queenslanders to have their say on youth justice

The Government is introducing a broad review of the youth justice system through 2013-14 which will culminate in the delivery of a Blueprint for the Future of Youth Justice in Queensland. A survey is available for input from the public. Original article

27 Mar 2013

What is an Evidence-Based Practice?

The Promising Practices Network provides information for those providing services to children, young people and families on how the field of child and family services defines "best available research evidence." Original article

27 Mar 2013

Youth on Track fact sheet

This fact sheet from Lawlink NSW outlines the Australian early-intervention initiative that identifies and responds to young people who may be involved in the criminal justice system, or be at risk of criminal behavior. Original article

27 Mar 2013

Liquorland ads found to breach code of practice

Liquorland has been found in breach of a voluntary code of practice in its TV advertising, with the chain's ads accused of encouraging binge drinking, underage drinking and portraying an improper link between alcohol and sport. Original article

27 Mar 2013

South Australian P-platers face night driving curfews, ban on carrying more than one young passenger

First year P-plate drivers in South Australia will be banned from driving between midnight and 5am and prohibited from carrying more than one passenger aged 16-20. Original article

27 Mar 2013

Australian schools 'facing psychological health crisis'

With one school psychologist for every 3,000 students in some states and territories, psychologists say students are not getting the mental health support they need. Original article

26 Mar 2013

App to report sexual violence launched in Australia

The South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault (SECASA) has launched a mobile app allowing women to report rape and other sexual attacks anonymously. Original article

26 Mar 2013

Emerson, Farrell and Bird to share higher education portfolio

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has named Craig Emerson as her new Tertiary Education minister, saying that junior ministers Don Farrell and Sharon Bird will assist him in the role. Original article

26 Mar 2013

HIV Australia: Youth issue

This edition of HIV Australia examines HIV and other sexually transmissible infections (STIs) among young people in Australia. Original article

26 Mar 2013

New legislation: National Disability Insurance Scheme Bill

The Bill establishes the National Disability Insurance Scheme and the NDIS Launch Transition Agency (the Agency) to deliver the launch of the scheme. Original article

26 Mar 2013

High price of independence for young Australians

New research from the Melbourne Institute has found that 10 per cent of young people who've left the family home are going without food and 25 per cent are borrowing money from friends to get by. Original article

26 Mar 2013

Report on Indigenous youth smoking

A study released by the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand has found that Indigenous youth are twice as likely to smoke as other young people, and tobacco experimentation is reported to be on the rise. Original article

25 Mar 2013

HIV and youth in Australia

The Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations has just released a report into HIV and other STIs among young people in Australia. Original article

25 Mar 2013

Teen Expo is on again this year

The Australian Teenage Expo is into its third year and will be held at the Melbourne Showgrounds in August. Original article

25 Mar 2013

How alcohol affects the teen brain

An animated video about how alcohol affects the teen brain is now available from the Australian Drug Foundation. Original article

25 Mar 2013

Australian Youth Forum: Views on health and physical education curriculum

The Australian Youth Forum (AYF) is seeking input into the Health and Physical Education draft curriculum for all Australian students from Foundation (first year at school) to the end of Year 10. Original article

22 Mar 2013

Patron Offending and Intoxication in Night-Time Entertainment Districts (POINTED)

National Drug Law Enforcement Research Fund has released a report looking at a number of issues linked with late-night drug and alcohol consumption, including increased risk of harm and the use of stimulant drugs. Original article

22 Mar 2013

Work-Related injuries experienced by young workers in Australia 2009-10

This report from Safe Work Australia compares patterns within the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Work-Related Injuries Australia, 2009–10 survey (WRIS) data with compensation data gathered by each jurisdiction and assesses how well Australian workers’ compensation data represents the work-related injury experience of young Australian workers. Original article

22 Mar 2013

Patchwork to pilot more connected family and youth services

A new pilot project will work with a consortium of councils to transform the way governments interact with vulnerable families in maternal and child health, and youth services in Victoria. Original article

22 Mar 2013

Union calls for pay rise for young workers

The Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association will ask the the Fair Work Commission to scrap the junior rates of pay for retail workers aged 18-20 and call for a pay increase. Original article

22 Mar 2013

Code of Best Practice for Engagement with the Not-for-Profit Sector

The Government has released the draft Code of Best Practice for Engagement with the not-for-profit sector (Engagement Code) for public consultation. Interested parties are invited to comment on the Engagement Code. Original article

21 Mar 2013

Alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia 2010-11: state and territory findings

This report from the Australian Institute of Health and Wellbeing provides details of the publicly funded alcohol and other drug treatment services for people seeking treatment and assistance. Original article

21 Mar 2013

Facebook joins teen drink war

Seriously Smashed is a campaign developed by Glenorchy City Council in Tasmania and is aimed at youths aged 11 to 16 showing real-time consequences resulting from excessive alcohol consumption. Original article

21 Mar 2013

National Close the Gap Day - 21 March

Since 2006, the Close the Gap campaign has achieved an enormous amount. This has only happened with community support. In 2012 alone, more than 130,000 Australians joined National Close the Gap Day to show their support, to talk about, to spread the word, and to take action to improve, Indigenous health. Original article

21 Mar 2013

zero2hero

Ashlee Harrison, a recent graduate of Curtin University, founded zero2hero – an initiative intended to raise awareness about mental health in the Australian community. Original article

21 Mar 2013

Persons Not in the Labour Force, Australia, September 2012

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released statistics from the Persons Not in the Labour Force Survey, conducted throughout Australia in September 2012. Information collected in the survey includes details about whether people, 15 years old and over, not in the labour force wanted to work; reasons why they were not actively looking for work, or were not available for work; and their main activity while not in the labour force. Original article

20 Mar 2013

Social training programs work best when backed up with 'booster' sessions

Research shows that social skills training programs for children and young people with emotional or behavioral problems often have short-lived and only moderate benefits. However, a group-based program in the Netherlands is designed to remedy weaknesses in earlier programs and shows promise, especially when “booster” reinforcement sessions are included. Original article

20 Mar 2013

Youth is no excuse for malevolence

Recent media coverage of an out-of-control party in Queensland has highlighted the disparate views held by young people about themselves. Original article

20 Mar 2013

Sleep study reveals how the adolescent brain makes the transition to mature thinking

A US study conducted by monitoring the brain waves of sleeping adolescents has found that remarkable changes occur in the brain as it prunes away neuronal connections and makes the major transition from childhood to adulthood. Original article

20 Mar 2013

Young people and Facebook study

The Youth Affairs Council of South Australia (YACSA) is conducting research with young people about their use of and attitudes towards Facebook through a statewide (SA) online survey with young people (age 13-24). Original article

20 Mar 2013

Safe Schools Hub launched

A new website providing information for schools, parents and students to promote safe, supportive and respectful school communities. Original article

19 Mar 2013

Kids drink 'alarming' levels of soft drink

The study by the University of Sydney, published in the current issue of Preventive Medicine, found that 24 per cent of the 8058 kids surveyed were drinking an "alarming" five or more cups of soft drink a week. Original article

19 Mar 2013

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Promising Practice Profiles

Developed by Child Family Community Australia (CFCA), the Profiles highlight some of the approaches used by specialist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community organisations to better understand what works to help families and communities to protect their children. This extends to non-Indigenous agencies that deliver culturally appropriate programs in collaboration with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations. Original article

19 Mar 2013

Unemployed miss out on super-sized pay increase

Pensioners will get a super-sized pay rise, while Australians living on Newstart get a comparative pittance. Original article

19 Mar 2013

Siblings, young people and disability study

This study happening at the Social Policy Research Centre (UNSW) asks both young people with disabilities and their siblings without disabilities about their experiences of disability during young adulthood and what these mean for their sibling relationship. Original article

19 Mar 2013

Forty percent of American youth disengaged with school

A series of reports released by the Center on Education Policy (CEP) at the George Washington University looks at the factors leading to disengagement, as well as highlighting examples of programs that have been successful at re-engaging students. Original article

18 Mar 2013

Report card: The wellbeing of young Australians

The Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth has released a point-in-time snapshot of child and youth wellbeing in Australia, including how Aboriginal (Indigenous or Torres Strait Islander) young people are faring. Original article

18 Mar 2013

Youth don't see addiction as a danger with illegal drugs

In Buzzed, Broke but not Busted, a study about youth attitudes to illegal drugs published in the journal Youth Studies Australia this month, young people were found to be far more concerned with the expense of drugs than getting into trouble with the police for using them. Original article

18 Mar 2013

ReachOut Pro Professional development: Ethics and boundaries

ReachOut Pro have developed a 4-part education module, Connecting our worlds, to help those using technology to help support young people.  The fourth part addresses how to maintain a professional and ethical practice when using technology.  Original article

18 Mar 2013

Safe risks 'prevent adolescent drug use'

Risk-taking is part of adolescence so safer risk-taking options such as sports can help prevent teenagers from abusing drugs and alcohol, according to Professor Dan Lubman, director of the Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre. Original article

18 Mar 2013

The 10 young female entrepreneurs representing Australia in Moscow

A group of 22 young Australian entrepreneurs will fly to Moscow this June for the G20 Young Entrepreneurs Alliance Summit, including 10 women representing businesses ranging from finance to consulting, marketing and thermo-solar hot water technology. Original article

15 Mar 2013

Webinar: Better practices for using technologies safely and effectively with young people

The Young and Well CRC will be conducting a webinar on 28 March, during which they will launch their Better Practice Guide, which has been developed to help professionals use technologies in supporting young people’s mental health and wellbeing. Original article

15 Mar 2013

Mixed report card on the wellbeing of young Australians

ARACY's 2013 Report Card: The wellbeing of young Australians was launched today. ABC Radio's AM program interviews CEO Lance Emerson on the report's findings. Original article

15 Mar 2013

Child and Adolescent Mental Health online catalog

This online catalog is filled with the latest books on Child and Adolescent Mental Health from Routledge, Guilford Press and Psychology Press. Original article

15 Mar 2013

National Day Of Action Against Bullying And Violence

This annual day provides a focus for schools who want to say 'Bullying. No Way!' and to strengthen their everyday messages that bullying and violence at school are not okay at any time. Original article

15 Mar 2013

Register now for the Australian Youth Affairs Coalition 2013 Conference

Registrations are now open for you to take part in AYAC 2013 National Youth Affairs Conference! Register now and save $90 on the conference registration fee. Original article

15 Mar 2013

Cutting funds to our U-Turn youth justice program disappointing and short-sighted

Mission Australia has described Tasmania Police’s decision to totally cut funding for U-Turn – one of the state’s most successful and high-profile youth justice programs – as disappointing and short-sighted. Original article

14 Mar 2013

Advertising’s role in how young people interact with alcohol

This article from The Conversation looks at the contradictions between alcohol consumption guidelines for young people proposed by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), and the messages conveyed in alcohol advertising aimed at young people. Original article

14 Mar 2013

Unlimited Potential: A commitment to young Australians

The Foundation for Young Australians has released recommendations and proposals for how key institutions, communities and governments can equip young people for the future. Original article

14 Mar 2013

Struggling to be heard: why foster care must change

A survey of young people under government protection - the largest of its kind ever undertaken in Australia - shows most are still struggling to make their wishes heard. Original article

14 Mar 2013

Inquiry investigates sterlisations of disabled youth

ABC Radio's The World Today looks at the reasons why parents of young people with severe disabilities seek to have their children sterilised.  Original article

14 Mar 2013

Not an either-or: Newstart must be lifted to ease worsening poverty in Australia

Peak community welfare groups and charities issued a joint statement calling for a $50 increase in Allowance payments such as Newstart in this year’s Federal Budget as a fundamental requirement to help lift hundreds and thousands of people out of worsening poverty in Australia. Original article

13 Mar 2013

What is 'secondary supply'?

DrugInfo has prepared information about the laws and regulations covering the supply of alcohol to young people, in particular, about the provision of alcohol in private residences and the differences in how this is viewed in each state. Original article

13 Mar 2013

Zero alcohol limit for young drivers hard to swallow

In NSW, recent recommendations to put in place zero alcohol limits for young drivers up to the age of 25 are being debated.  Original article

13 Mar 2013

Young offenders need a verbal toolkit to unlock literacy

The link between good communication skills and wellbeing is well documented. So it may not be surprising to find that half of young males offenders are identified as having clinically significant language deficit. Original article

13 Mar 2013

Youth's addiction recovery predicted with AA-related helping tool

In a US study of nearly 200 young addicts, those who became active in AA-related helping (AAH) during treatment were less likely to test positive for alcohol and drugs during treatment and had greater psychosocial improvement. Original article

13 Mar 2013

Creating young leaders in country Victoria

Through a partnership with the Foundation for Young Australians, the government is extending the organisation’s Change It Up program into rural and regional Victoria. Original article

12 Mar 2013

It's Your Choice! Have A Voice! Rights, Respect and Responsibility 2013

This campaign from the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW uses music and dance to empower young Aboriginal people to make informed choices about sexual and reproductive health and related drug an alcohol issues. Original article

12 Mar 2013

News Bulletins - National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program

Monthly bulletins are released from the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations and include news and resources for school chaplains and principals to help support students.  Original article

12 Mar 2013

Are youth courts cutting crime – or increasing it?

In a Canadian study, teens who went through the youth courts were twice as likely to become convicted adult criminals as similar adolescents who were arrested but not sent to court. Original article

12 Mar 2013

Sex, drugs and illness: why teens need medical confidentiality

Without confidentiality, adolescents are less likely to seek health care, less likely to disclose sensitive information about their lives and less likely to return for future appointments. Original article

12 Mar 2013

NSW scheme to improve handling of young offenders

The scheme introduces significant changes in NSW in the way the justice system manages young offenders.Original article

08 Mar 2013

AYAC supports call for rise in Newstart Allowance

Peak community welfare groups and charities have restated their call for a $50 increase in Allowance payments such as Newstart in this year’s Federal Budget. Original article

08 Mar 2013

Latest Census figures confirm high youth homelessness numbers

ABS figures show that the those people reporting homelessness in the past 10 years were generally younger than those who had never been homeless. Original article

08 Mar 2013

Website to help parents goes mobile

The Raising Children’s Network website has just been optimised for mobiles, so that parents can access it while they are out and about.Original article

08 Mar 2013

Are public institutions failing Australian youth?

According to Adam Smith from the Wheeler Centre, Australian public libraries and health services appear to be showering an embarrassment of riches on pre-schoolers, but flounder in the delivery of programs of substance that target teenagers and young adults. Original article

07 Mar 2013

Half of juvenile offenders have language deficit

A decade of research into the oral language skills of young people in the youth justice system reveals that half of Australia’s young male offenders have a clinically significant, previously unidentified language deficit. Original article

07 Mar 2013

Internet addiction may affect teens' brains

New research from Australia and South Korea suggests that teenagers addicted to the internet have signs of changes in the brain similar to those of drug addicts. Original article 

07 Mar 2013

Jury told to put aside views on alcohol-fuelled violence

A judge in the Supreme Court in Launceston has urged a jury not to let society's focus on alcohol-fuelled violence cloud its judgement about an alleged assault on a 21-year-old man outside a Launceston pub. Original article

07 Mar 2013

The Salvos need you!

Applications are now open for the new Salvos Ambassador Movement, which aims to inspire and empower young people to be in the forefront of social justice issues. Original article

06 Mar 2013

Social media helps to spread the no to violence against women message for youth

Minister for the Status of Women Julie Collins has spoken in New York at a UN gathering about the importance of social media and the Australian Government’s ‘The Line’ initiative in raising awareness about violence against women and girls. Original article

06 Mar 2013

NTYAN finds a saviour

The NT Youth Affairs Network’s funding from the NT Office of Children and Families ceased on 4 March; the Human Services Training Advisory Council has taken over the role of administering NTYAN enabling it to carry on its important role in NT youth affairs. Original article

06 Mar 2013

Dates for AYAC conference now confirmed

The Australian Youth Affairs Coalition national conference will be held in Adelaide on 5–7 August at the National Wine Centre. For updates as they are available. Original article

06 Mar 2013

Publicans in WA claim early closing of venues will not stem youth alcohol-related violence

Despite previous research to the contrary, a Perth owner says that closing premises earlier will not help the problem of youth and alcohol, while Fiona Stanley is lobbying for legislation to reduce alcohol exposure for youth. Original article

05 Mar 2013

headspace calls in the army to help youth!

The Fifth Army, a campaign that uses a mobile app to engage young people in mental health issues, will be launched tomorrow (6 March) in Melbourne.  Original story

05 Mar 2013

Nano-particles still causing concern

There is fresh concern that nano-particles found in some Australian sunscreens and cosmetics may be potentially harmful to humans. New tests obtained by the ABC show a number of sunscreen and cosmetic products still contain nano-particles, including a children's sunblock. Original article 

05 Mar 2013

Stories that scars tell

A photographic project called Scar Stories is raising awareness of adolescent and young adult cancer, raising funds for CanTeen, and helping young survivors see their scars and experiences as empowering and beautiful. Original article

05 Mar 2013

Mental health worries for teen asylum seekers

Tasmania's Children's Commissioner says some teenage asylum seekers at the Pontville Detention Centre near Hobart are worried about their mental health and do not know why they are there. Original article

04 Mar 2013

Youth mental health service, eheadspace, goes mobile

Young people can now use smartphones and tablet devices to access Australia's only youth-specific online mental health service, eheadspace, which is staffed exclusively by qualified clinicians. Original article

04 Mar 2013

New report on out-of-home care

CREATE Foundation has launched the latest national report on out-of-home care in Australia, which is based on surveys of over 1000 children and young people with a care experience across Australia. Original article

04 Mar 2013

Do 'warning' ads encourage children to drink?

The Director of the McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth, Mike Daube, says warning messages about alcohol should be developed by health departments not alcohol companies. Original article

04 Mar 2013

Child and adult obesity looms as major public health crisis

A study recently released by the OECD states that it is not an exaggeration to label child and adult obesity as an epidemic for OECD countries. Original article

04 Mar 2013

Study urges youth crime changes

A study by Jesuit Social Services in Victoria has recommended that the age of criminal responsibilty be raised from 10 to 12. Original article

04 Mar 2013

What Matters? writing competition

What Matters? is an annual writing competition run by the Whitlam Institute. Inspired by Gough Whitlam's commitment to involving young people in the shaping of Australia's future, the competition is open to NSW and ACT school students in years 5 to 12. Original article

01 Mar 2013

Bulimia Nervosa - How does it begin?

Dr Sylvia Gearing describes what Bulimia is and how sufferers tend to start the cycle of Bulimia in late adolescence or early adulthood. Original article

01 Mar 2013

Millennials say they'd give up their cars before their computers or cell phones

In the Zipcar annual Millenial survey, Millennials have stated that they'd more happily part with their cars than their computers or cell phones. Original article

01 Mar 2013

Social media, suicide prevention and young people: Time for collaborative action

A five-hour roundtable hosted by the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre and the Mindframe National Media Initiative will focus on the risks, challenges and opportunities provided by social media in the area of suicide prevention and young people. Original article

01 Mar 2013

New program to keep at-risk NSW youth on track

The Youth on Track program will offer intensive support to children and young people, linking families with services that can respond to causes of crime such as drug and alcohol abuse, educational disengagement, literacy and numeracy problems and family dysfunction. Original article

01 Mar 2013

Applications for Left Right Think Tank Policy Fellowship are now open

Left Right is looking to recruit a new sponsorship officers in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth. Officers will be responsible for sourcing financial support and managing sponsor relationships. Original article

28 Feb 2013

Review finds no case for measuring BP in teens

A systematic review of 34 studies conducted by the US Preventive Services Task Force found that screening for elevated BP had only modest and inconsistent sensitivity and specificity for the later presence of adult hypertension. Original article

28 Feb 2013

Central Victoria's rural youth up against it, report shows

The latest State of Victoria’s Children report shows rural young people are at greater risk of hardship then those in the city. Original article

28 Feb 2013

University of New England researcher addressing support for youth

Clinical psychologist, Warren Bartik, is conducting a study looking at the impacts of youth suicide on friends and ways to offer support to young people who've lost a friend to suicide. Original article

28 Feb 2013

Youth program uses dog training to help get boys back on track

A program that helps wayward teenagers get back on track is using dogs to help discipline the boys and it's having extraordinary success. The students are getting jobs and building up their confidence. Original article

28 Feb 2013

Youth boot camp trial begins

The State Government is funding a two-year trial of boot camps, including a sentenced youths camp in Cairns in the far north and an early intervention camp in the Scenic Rim region in the south. Original article

27 Feb 2013

Thinking Outside: Alternatives to Remand for Children

Research released by Jesuit Social Services reveals how vulnerable and disadvantaged Victorian children are being unnecessarily remanded. Original article

27 Feb 2013

Where policy and science meet: the case of Europe’s largest local authority

The Brighter Futures project in Birmingham (UK) has placed scientific evidence and financial accountability at the heart of children and youth services work. Original article

27 Feb 2013

Sexualisation of the young is becoming society's cancer

In this opinion piece, author Steve Biddulph discusses the impact that exposure to sexualised images has on young people's perception of sex.  Original article

27 Feb 2013

Youth face snakes and ladders on the path to full-time employment

This article in The Conversation looks at recent survey statistics and census data to gain an understanding of the issues in youth employment.  Original article

27 Feb 2013

First National Children's Commissioner appointed

The Gillard Government today announced the appointment of Ms Megan Mitchell as Australia’s first National Children’s Commissioner. Original article

26 Feb 2013

Children and Young People in Tasmania (CAYPIT)

The Children and Young People in Tasmania (CAYPIT) resource is designed to facilitate statistics, qualitative research and other information to a cross section of audiences, including young people, policy makers, program planners and service providers at a state, regional and local level. Original article

26 Feb 2013

$21 million to support young people with mental illness

Funding for services providing intensive mental health support to children and young people has been announced.  Original article

26 Feb 2013

Why Queensland schools are failing gay students

Recent research has shown that Queensland students have reported receiving no sexuality education and that teachers in the state's education system do not have a clear understanding of how inclusive education policies relate to sexuality.  Original article

26 Feb 2013

$100 million boost for Indigenous youth

The Australian Government is investing $100 million over ten years as part of the Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory package in a major initiative that is helping thousands of young Aboriginal people become more engaged with school, work and community life. Original article

26 Feb 2013

Townsville not holding breath for youth boot camp

A north Queensland community group says it doubts a boot camp for juvenile offenders will be set up in Townsville in the near future. Original article

25 Feb 2013

2012 Australian Vocational Student Prize Nominations

The Australian Vocational Student Prize recognises students who have demonstrated outstanding skills while completing vocational training in senior secondary years. Original article

25 Feb 2013

A brief history of alcohol consumption in Australia

This article in The Conversation goes through the way Australians have viewed alcohol consumption through out Australia's history.  Original article

25 Feb 2013

Young people offer community service

A group of young, community-minded people from the New South Wales far south coast are launching a new service club. Original article

25 Feb 2013

Government is 'not your nanny', Carr tells young travellers

Foreign minister Bob Carr has told young Australians his government "can't be your nanny" when they travel overseas and warned them to take responsibility for their own behaviour. Original article

22 Feb 2013

Apprentices and trainees 2012 - early trend estimates, December quarter

This publication from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) presents early estimates of apprentice and trainee commencements on a seasonally adjusted basis for the December 2012 quarter. Original article

22 Feb 2013

More than peer pressure leading to binge drinking

A study from Flinders University has found that social and cultural norms are the foundation for risky drinking behaviour among young people. Original article

22 Feb 2013

AMA call for tighter controls on alcohol marketing

The AMA is calling on the Federal Government to launch an inquiry into the marketing of alcohol amid an unprecedented push by the industry to lure young people into early and potentially harmful drinking patterns. Original article

22 Feb 2013

YACWA Report and recommendations of the 2012 Youth Justice Think Tank

This report and its recommendations are a result of “Youth Justice Think Tank” workshops organised by the Youth Affairs Council of WA (YACWA), Youth Legal Service and WACOSS. Original article

22 Feb 2013

Teenage violence at home

ABC RadioNational's Life Matters reports on a new program aims to connect all the services dealing with family violence to reduce teenage domestic violence. Original article

21 Feb 2013

Update on adolescent mood disorders

Recent studies provide clinically useful information about treatment and screening for adolescent depression and the course of adolescent bipolar disorder. Original article

21 Feb 2013

Early intervention with young offenders key to reducing drug use and reoffending

The latest Australian Institute of Criminology Research into Practice Brief, Prevalence and issues relating to cannabis use among prison inmates: Key findings from Australian research since 2001, looks at the links between cannabis use among prison populations. Original article

21 Feb 2013

Both bullies and their victims are at greater risk of mental illness

Bullies and their victims are at a higher risk of young adult psychiatric disorders, a new US study has found, with the worst effects seen in those who are both victims and perpetrators. Original article

21 Feb 2013

Applications open for funded Global Voices youth delegations

Global Voices is now calling for applications to be part of its funded youth delegations to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation & Development, the Official G20 Youth Summit, as well as its Nairobi Study Tour on Sustainable Development, and an Australia Israeli Chamber of Commerce Trade Mission. More information

21 Feb 2013

State's anti-boozing site links children to online dating, peptides webpages

The NSW Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing said on Monday it would review the 'Out Tonight? Party Right' site, and remove links to some external websites afteafter being questioned about their content. Original article

20 Feb 2013

Development of a prototype Australian mental health intervention classification: a working paper

This report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare presents a brief history of the development of the Mental Health Intervention Classification (MHIC), which details the use of a standard classification scheme that enables nationally comparable and consistent reporting of trends, patterns and best practice in the provision of mental health services. Original article

20 Feb 2013

Unemployment in Australia

Jobs Australia has produced an infographic that provides information about current job and unemployment levels, as well as the suitability of pensions and allowances to meet the needs of unemployed people. Original article

20 Feb 2013

Preventing suicide among gender and sexual minorities

Delaney Skerrett, Research Fellow in Suicide Prevention at Griffith University, discusses the need for research into why Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, and intersex (LGBTI) are at greater risk of suicide than the rest of the population, as well as identifying what prevention programs are effective. Original article

20 Feb 2013

headspace body image information

headspace has released an infographic on the issue including warning signs and tips for a better body image. Original article

20 Feb 2013

$220,000 worth of scholarships for young Australians

The Trust Company as Trustee will announce the winners of the 2013 Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarships via its Facebook page with one category of winners to be announced each morning starting Monday 25 February until Thursday 28 February 2013. Original article 

20 Feb 2013

Be Kind to Your Mother: Adolescent Violence on the Rise

As Melbourne hosts the first-ever Australian conference on adolescent violence in the home this week, Anglicare Victoria’s General Manager of Policy, Research and Innovation Dr Sarah Wise discusses the increasing levels of adolescent violence against parents. Original article

19 Feb 2013

New Australian dietary guidelines: experts respond

Nutrition experts from The Conversation review the updated Australian Dietary Guidelines that advise Australians about the types and amounts of foods needed to maintain a healthy diet and reduce the risk of lifestyle-related disease. Original article

19 Feb 2013

“Take a Stand Together, Bullying NO WAY” – National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence

Schools across Australia are being asked to stand together and say NO WAY to bullying and violence on the 2013 National Day of Action on Friday, March 15. Original article

19 Feb 2013

Lower legal age linked with higher binge drinking

Researchers in the US studied long-term drinking behaviour of over 39,000 individuals and found that while those from states with lower drinking ages did not drink more overall or more frequently than those from states with higher drinking ages, they did consume more alcohol when they did drink. Original article

19 Feb 2013

'Talk to Frank': Do anti-drugs adverts work?

Talk to Frank is the longest running anti-drugs campaign the UK has had. But has it stopped anyone taking drugs? Original article

18 Feb 2013

Justice Reinvestment - youth sector perspectives

The Australian Youth Affairs Coalition (AYAC) is seeking input from those working in the youth justice system on what works and what doesn't work.  Original article

18 Feb 2013

Reconnecting young people to break the cycle of homelessness

Minister for Housing and Homelessness Mark Butler has announced that $73 million will be invested over three years to support more than 100 Reconnect services across Australia until June 2016. Original article

18 Feb 2013

VIC Youth Parole Board and Youth Residential Board Annual Report

The Victorian Youth Parole and Residential Boards exercise jurisdiction over all young people sentenced by a court to a period of detention in a youth justice custodial centre and over young people transferred by the Adult Parole Board from imprisonment to a youth justice custodial centre. Original article

18 Feb 2013

MP says jail is good for young Aboriginal people

A Northern Territory Government politician says some Aboriginal people support imprisonment because jail gets the younger generations sober, fed and keeps them safe. Original article

18 Feb 2013

Youth suicide study to look at prevention

Researchers from the University of New England will travel to regional centres to interview people aged 12 to 24 about the trauma experienced after the death of friends. Original article

15 Feb 2013

Study finds more girls opting out of maths and science

Girls are losing ground in mathematics and science education in NSW, with the number of female students studying no maths for their HSC more than doubling in ten years, according to a new report from the University of Sydney. Original article

15 Feb 2013

Collaboration: getting beyond the magical thinking

Geoff Aigner, Director of Social Leadership Australia, talks about why cross-sector collaborations between government, NGOs and corporate partners frequently end up in failure. Original article

15 Feb 2013

Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies, Australia, 2011-2012

The Australian Bureau of Statistics provides results from the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) survey, which collected information on skills and competencies for people aged 15-74 years in the domains of literacy, numeracy, and problem solving in technology-rich environments. Original article

15 Feb 2013

Teaching girls to prioritise function over form for better body image

Bree Abbott, Researcher with the School of Psychology and Exercise Science at Murdoch University, talks about the need to shift the focus from body appearance to body function in order to deal with the issue of body image in girls and young women.  Original article

15 Feb 2013

Centre for Multicultural Youth newsletter - February 2013

The February 2013 issue of the CMY newsletter is available now. Original article

14 Feb 2013

Which former youth offenders are staying out of trouble?

Should juvenile delinquents be encouraged to work or study? New research from the US suggests that the youth who keep on the right side of the law are those who go to school regularly – regardless of how many hours they work. Original article

14 Feb 2013

The impact of the NSW Young Offenders Act (1997) on the likelihood of a custodial order

This report conducted by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research aims to find out whether the introduction of the Youth Offenders Act had any impact on the probability that a young offender will receive a custodial order and the time taken to receive a first custodial order. Original article

14 Feb 2013

Sports betting and children

Andrew Whitehouse, Associate Professor, Telethon Institute for Child Health Research at University of Western Australia, writes in The Conversation about the exposure of young people to betting in sporting activities. Original article

14 Feb 2013

You + Me = Us program to help SA teens build positive relationships

Mission Australia has launched a program in Southern Adelaide to reduce violence and assist the development of healthy and respectful relationships among young people aged 16 - 19. Original article

14 Feb 2013

Children's Participation in Cultural and Leisure Activities, Australia

While this report from the Australian Bureau of Statistics includes data on young children, there is information on activities for young adolescents.  Original article

13 Feb 2013

Response to workplace bullying report released

Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Bill Shorten tabled the Government’s response to the Standing Committee on Education and Employment’s report, Workplace Bullying “We just want it to stop”. The Government supports, or supports in principle, the majority of the committee’s recommendations. Original article

13 Feb 2013

NCVER Research messages 2012

This publication is a collection of summaries of research projects published by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research in 2012. The publication also has an overview essay that captures the themes and highlights from the research for the year. Original article

13 Feb 2013

Homeless find a place to call home, on Twitter

Social media provides much needed contact for homeless people with services and other networks. In Melbourne, a young man has used Twitter to help link homeless people with accommodation and other resources.  Original article

13 Feb 2013

A year in the life of a young Australian

Marita Cheng has completed a whirlwind year as Young Australian of the Year. She reflects on her experiences and what is coming up next. Original article

13 Feb 2013

Under-reporting of youth suicide in Queensland

This paper from the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian (QLD) examines the ongoing disparity between state and Commonwealth datasets, due largely to the current practice of the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) in relation to how it publicly reports on suicide for young people under the age of 15 years, and demonstrates the impact this has on the accurate reporting of youth suicide. Original article

12 Feb 2013

New light shed on cannabis, cigarette and alcohol use of young mentally ill

In a recent study, researchers from the University of Sydney collected information from more than 2000 young people who attended University-led headspace youth mental health clinics in Camperdown and Campbelltown, and identified that patterns of substance use becomes more common as teenagers grow into young adults, which is likely to contribute to increased risk of poor physical and mental health outcomes. Original article

12 Feb 2013

Identifying bipolar disorder in adolescents

Researchers from UNSW and Black Dog Institute have found that young people at genetic risk of bipolar disorder (but without signs of the condition as yet) have clear differences in brain activity when compared to the general population.  A trial associated with the research is still open. Original article

12 Feb 2013

Peer sexual assault

Child Family Community Australia has prepared information covering the issue of children and young people demonstrating problematic sexual behaviours. Original article

12 Feb 2013

Literature Review: Effective interventions for working with young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness

This literature review, commissioned by the Commonwealth Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) assesses the current state of evidence about what interventions are most effective in working with young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and how to improve relationships between the homeless person and their family. Original article

12 Feb 2013

Prevalence of and interventions for mental health and alcohol and other drug problems amongst the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community: A review of the literature

This report from the Drug Policy Modeling Program summarises a vast literature in relation to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) people and both mental health and alcohol and other drug problems. Original article

08 Feb 2013

COMPI message for young people

Children of Parents with a Mental Illness have produced a video for children and young people to help them understand that they are not alone. Original article

08 Feb 2013

Violent videogames aren’t the problem – it’s in our genes

This article in The Conversation discusses recent research into the link between violence and videogames, and comparing this to other triggers of aggressive behaviour. Original article

08 Feb 2013

The role of emerging communication technologies in experiences of sexual violence: A new legal frontier?

This research study from the Australian Institute of Family Studies investigates how communication technologies facilitate sexual violence against young people and what challenges this presents for the Victorian criminal justice system. Original article

08 Feb 2013

Heywire participants tackle mental health

Participants in the current Heywire forum in Canberra are hoping to find ways to remove the stigma around mental health issues. Original article

08 Feb 2013

‘Let’s get sexting’: risk, power, sex and criminalisation in the moral domain

This article from the International Journal of Crime and Justice explores the criminalisation and governance of sexting among young people. Original article

07 May 2013

WA youth justice in crisis

The decision to house 150 young offenders in a maximum security adult prison has lead to youth workers in the state threatening to quit.  More information

06 May 2013

Theme for National Youth Week 2014

The Office for Youth is seeking input from young people on what they would like to see as the theme for next year's National Youth Week.  A survey is open until 17 May 2013.  Original article

06 May 2013

SBS Insight: Violent Femmes

A recent episode of the SBS Insight program discusses violent behaviour among young women, both from the point of view of the perpetrator and the victim. Original article

06 May 2013

Parramatta's youth debate Australia's "Anglo" nature

The visiting high commissioner, Paul Madden, was the guest speaker at a forum on multicultural affairs at Old Government House, which included a discussion with young people on how ‘‘Anglo’’ Australia is. Original article

06 May 2013

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