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The news items below are from the past fortnight. News from the past 3 months can be found in the Archive section. News items are also included under each of the Topics headings.

Brotherhood of St Laurence reveals new approach to youth unemployment

With more than 580,000 young Australians either underemployed or unemployed, the BSL is holding a seminar on 4 September in Melbourne on Future Foyers and how they can provide support to unemployed young people. Original article

01 Sep 2014

What’s it like being a young Dad?

As Fathers' Day rapidly approaches, ReachOut.com interviews a young father who talks about the challenges and joys of fatherhood. Original article

01 Sep 2014

Experts call for more rural mental health services

Mental health experts have called for more mental health nurses, more effective telehealth services and more ‘home grown’ mental health workers to deal with the higher rates of mental health issues, including higher rates of suicide among young men, in rural communities. Original article

01 Sep 2014

Unleashed awards celebrate Australia’s young leaders

AUSTRALIA’s most dynamic and inspiring young leaders have been honoured at the Unleashed Festival, which  celebrated the massive, powerful movement of young people creating social change.

The Unleashed awards recognise 13 to 28 year-olds who are shaping positive social change in innovative ways.  Original article

01 Sep 2014

Research grants aimed at preventing Indigenous youth suicide

As part of a scheme that enables the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) to target urgent health priorities, four new grants will allow research aimed at stopping escalating rates of Indigenous youth suicide. Original article

01 Sep 2014

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

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

29 Aug 2014

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

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

29 Aug 2014

States and territories invited to role out new school chaplaincy program

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

29 Aug 2014

New initiative to engage disadvantaged job seekers

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

29 Aug 2014

The truth about trades: Apprenticeships versus university degrees

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

27 Aug 2014

Drinking habits study: Partygoers quizzed, breathalysed as part of 'pre-loading' research

Thousands of late-night revellers in Brisbane will be breathalysed and surveyed on their drinking habits as part of a groundbreaking study that could change how authorities deal with binge drinkers. Original article

27 Aug 2014

Job forum aims to keep young people in the state despite nation-high youth unemployment

Participants in yesterday's Tasmanian Youth Forum spoke out about the challenges in finding work and deciding whether to stay in the state or move to the mainland. Original article

27 Aug 2014

Commonwealth Youth Worker Awards 2014

Nominations are now open for the Commonwealth Youth Worker Awards 2014, which recognise the excellence of youth workers and their enduring positive impact on young people and local communities. Entries close 30 August, 2014. Original article

27 Aug 2014

Transitions to Employment of Australian Young People with Disability and the Ticket to Work Initiative

The report provides youth disability data, explores what factors and elements comprise ‘good transition’ for this cohort and examines the benefits of ‘transition oriented’ networked partnerships, and outlines methods and approaches available through the Ticket to Work program. Original article

27 Aug 2014

Mentors: The secret sauce in a successful social enterprise

Kylie Wyatt Program Manager at Social Traders start-up incubation program “The Crunch” explains why a mentor should be part of any social enterprise start-up success strategy. Original article

22 Aug 2014

Federal budget 2014-15 fact sheet 2: work for the dole

The Tasmanian Council of Social Services has released a fact sheet that provides a rundown of changes that will occur as a result of the expanded work for the dole program being implemented. Original article 

22 Aug 2014

FUSE: Multicutural youth summit

FUSE is a three day summit in Sydney hosted by the Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network (MYAN), 22 - 24 October 2014. It will bring together the brightest young multicultural leaders from across Australia to build a national network of change-makers. Original article

22 Aug 2014

Australia's first sexting laws to be introduced

The new laws, which will be affect Victorians, will ensure that young people who receive or send raunchy but non-exploitative sexts are spared from child pornography offences and being placed on the sex offenders register. Original article

22 Aug 2014

Young philanthropists key for future

Young philanthropists are a 'greatest natural resource' and according to young social entrepreneur, Hunter Johnson, who spoke at the 2014 Youth in Philanthropy Graduation Ceremony in Melbourne, it is vital that Australia doesn’t leave them behind. Original article

22 Aug 2014

Do schools influence student engagement in the high school years?

The report from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research looks at whether school characteristics can influence the emotional and cognitive engagement of 15-year-olds with school, and finds that students' engagement with school has been well established and that school characteristics have little impact. Original article

20 Aug 2014

Young online activists more politically engaged than many older Australians, research shows

Young Australians are more politically engaged than many older Australians and are just as likely to stand for public office, according to new research done for the Museum of Australian Democracy. Original article

20 Aug 2014

Most teenagers think internet pornography is damaging, poll finds

Eight out of 10 British 18-year-olds surveyed by the thinktank IPPR felt it was too easy to accidentally view explicit images while surfing the internet, while 72% said pornography led to unrealistic views about sex. Original article

20 Aug 2014

Sizing up your friends – the stigma of obesity

Crikey's Journal Watch covers the issue of social exclusion during teenage years, and discusses the impact of weight on developing friendships. Original article

20 Aug 2014

TAFE in crisis? No, but the future is changing for vocational education

Since their inception in 1974, Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutions have been the major providers of Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Australia. This may not be the case in the future. Original article

20 Aug 2014

What prospects do Burnie’s young unemployed really have?

This article from The Weekend Australian looks in-depth at the effects of multi-generational disadvantage in Tasmania's northwest. Original article

19 Aug 2014

Smith Family seeks national crackdown on truancy

The Smith Family has told the McClure welfare review that Australia takes a very slack approach to the issue of school attendance, which it says is key to ending welfare dependence. Original article

19 Aug 2014

Aboriginal health research is not black and white: Aboriginal research for beginners – lessons from the field

This report presents lessons from the field from an Aboriginal cultural consultant and a non-Aboriginal researcher, where working together has been a two-way learning experience. As a consultant, there has been greater insight into the research arena and as a non-Aboriginal researcher, valuable cultural lessons into the values, beliefs and protocols of an Aboriginal community. Original article

19 Aug 2014

In the news: Young Australian Muslims

Much has been reported recently about young Australian Muslims going overseas to engage in military activity, or the radicalisation of those young Muslims staying in or returning to Australia. Here are reports from several sources that present different views. More information

19 Aug 2014

Queensland 'worst' for youth unemployment

According to new figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Queensland lays claim to having the highest youth unemployment rates of all states and territories. Original article

19 Aug 2014

Brotherhood of St Laurence reveals new approach to youth unemployment

With more than 580,000 young Australians either underemployed or unemployed, the BSL is holding a seminar on 4 September in Melbourne on Future Foyers and how they can provide support to unemployed young people. Original article

01 Sep 2014

What’s it like being a young Dad?

As Fathers' Day rapidly approaches, ReachOut.com interviews a young father who talks about the challenges and joys of fatherhood. Original article

01 Sep 2014

Experts call for more rural mental health services

Mental health experts have called for more mental health nurses, more effective telehealth services and more ‘home grown’ mental health workers to deal with the higher rates of mental health issues, including higher rates of suicide among young men, in rural communities. Original article

01 Sep 2014

Unleashed awards celebrate Australia’s young leaders

AUSTRALIA’s most dynamic and inspiring young leaders have been honoured at the Unleashed Festival, which  celebrated the massive, powerful movement of young people creating social change.

The Unleashed awards recognise 13 to 28 year-olds who are shaping positive social change in innovative ways.  Original article

01 Sep 2014

Research grants aimed at preventing Indigenous youth suicide

As part of a scheme that enables the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) to target urgent health priorities, four new grants will allow research aimed at stopping escalating rates of Indigenous youth suicide. Original article

01 Sep 2014

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