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May YFX conference round-up



May 2023

Positive Schools: Mental Health and Wellbeing Conference

21 May–12 June 2023, Several venues
Brisbane, Fremantle, Melbourne, Sydney

Visit the Positive Schools website


JUNE 2023

Law and Justice for Multicultural Young People

1 June 2023, Sydney
A forum to discuss issues that young refugees and migrants face when dealing with police and the justice system.
For more visit the website

NSW Youth Health 2023 Showcase

4 June 2023, Redfern, Sydney
A forum to examine the success of the NSW Youth Health Policy 2011–2023. Young people are encouraged to attend.
For more visit the website

3rd International Conference of the International Childhood and Youth Research Network (ICYRNet)

10–12 June 2023, Nicosia, Cyprus
The theme is ‘Theory and method in child and youth research’.
For more visit the website

Suicide and Self-harm Prevention Conference 2023

24–26 June 2023, Cairns, Queensland
One of the conference themes is: ‘New concepts, research and practices in suicide prevention – Youth’.
For more visit the website

No 2 Bullying Conference

29–30 June 2023, Gold Coast

This well-organised conference has keynote speakers locked in.
Visit the No 2 Bullying website

Regional Youth Development Officers Network (RYDON) Youth Conference

29–30 June 2023, Newcastle

The theme is ‘Stuff That REALLY Works’. The conference will explore programs, strategies and ideas for working with young people.
Visit the RYDON website

Australian Youth Mentoring Conference 2023

29–30 June 2023, Canberra

This year’s theme will be ‘Home. School. Work.’
Visit the Australian Youth Mentoring Conference


July 2023

24th National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference, ‘No Frills’

6–8 July 2023, Sydney

The themes for this year’s conference will be ‘Youth, Pathways, and Skills’. Registrations are now open. 
Visit the National Vocational Education and Training Resource Conference website

Hear Our Voice! Young People Changing the Out-of-Home Care System

8 July 2023, Sydney
This event is organised by CREATE and will feature young people in a panel discussion about changes they would like implemented.
For more visit the website

19th Conference of the Australasian Human Development Association

8–11 July 2023, Wellington, New Zealand

The theme will be ‘Growing healthy children, young people and families’.
Visit the Conference of the Australiasian Human Development Association website

International Youth Media Summit

27 July–7 August 2023, Belgrade, Serbia
This summit promotes the part young people can play in developing sustainable living into the future.
For more visit the website


August 2023

Tasmanian Youth Conference

6–7 August 2023, Launceston
This conference will provide an opportunity for the broader youth sector to come together with young people.
To submit an expression of interest, visit the Tasmanian Youth Conference website. Registrations will open in May.

Australian YouthAOD Conference

13–14 August 2023, Melbourne
This conference is for workers who are interested in the best possible care for young people experiencing drug and alcohol problems.
For more visit the Australian YouthAOD Conference website


September 2023

Young people and the law: International approaches to care, corrections, and intervention

21–23 September 2023, Prato, Italy
This conference is being organised by the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science at Swinburne University, but will be held in Italy at the Monash University Centre, Prato, Tuscany
For more visit the website

Australian Social Policy Conference: Rights and entitlements in times of austerity

28–30 September 2023, Sydney

The call for papers for this conference closed on 20 April.
Visit the Australian Social Policy Conference website


October 2023

Youth for Change Conference

2–4 October 2023, Brisbane
This is the Create Foundation’s conference, which is open to all children and young people in out-of-home care as well as carers, government employees and anyone else working in the sector.
For more information visit the website. Grant applications for young people to attend the conference close on 1 July.

Third International Youth Mental Health Conference

8–10 October 2023, Montreal, Canada

Visit the IAYMH website


November 2023

Australian Long-Term Unemployment Conference

9–10 November 2023, Melbourne
Youth unemployment will feature prominently in this event, which is an initiative of the Australia and New Zealand Mental Health Association.
For more information visit the website. Abstracts close on 30 July.

Youth Health Conference 2023

11–13 November 2023, Melbourne
Abstracts for this conference are now open and must be submitted online by 30 June.
For more information visit the website.