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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.

International approaches to child protection: What can Australia learn?

The provision of child protection services varies considerably across the world. This paper from the Australian Institute of Family Studies offers a broad overview of some of the main approaches to child protection used internationally. Original article

29 Jul 2014

Australia loses international students at its own peril

Since the 2009 peak, numbers have been steadily dropping, dipping to a low of 515,813 international students enrolled in Australian institutions in 2012. Original article

29 Jul 2014

New job seeking requirements in the media

Media reports on the new requirements for job seekers have focused on the potential difficulties faced by job seekers and employers. More information

29 Jul 2014

Educational outcomes, experimental estimates, Tasmania, 2006-2013

This release from the Australian Bureau of Statistics presents information on the socioeconomic context of school achievement in Tasmania and the outcomes for Tasmanian Year 12 graduates and early school leavers, such as further study and participation in the labour market. Original article

29 Jul 2014

Research: Linkages between family structures and reslience in Aboriginal youth

This research investigates whether the profile of factors protecting psychosocial functioning of high risk exposed Australian Aboriginal youth are the same as those promoting psychosocial functioning in low risk exposed youth. Original article

29 Jul 2014

More students in higher ed, but it’s no more representative

While access to higher education has broadened, those students classified as disadvantaged are not necessarily participating at equitable or representative rates. Original article

28 Jul 2014

Synthetic drugs continue to evolve in Australia as governments try bans, regulation

As new synthetic drugs are developed and made available, the debate over whether to ban or regulate their availability continues. Original article

28 Jul 2014

Indigenous HIV groups place future in hands of young and Elders

A new initiative called ANTHYM, the Aboriginal Nations Torres Strait Islander HIV Youth Mob, was recently launched at the International Indigenous Pre-Conference on HIV and AIDS, held prior to this year's International AIDS Conference. Original article

28 Jul 2014

Pasifika youth in Melbourne 'at risk'

Many young people from Pacific Islander families living in Australia are living in a precarious economic situation and are considered 'at risk' as a result. Original article

28 Jul 2014

Ballarat program helps parents dealing with teen domestic violence

ABC's The World Today features a  new outreach program in Victoria is being trialled to help parents and siblings who feel under threat from violent adolescents. Original article

28 Jul 2014

Fact sheet: Building reslience in young people

The Australian Youth Mentoring Network (AYMN) has released a new fact sheet for mentors to help develop resilience in the young people they're mentoring. Original article

25 Jul 2014

Hang on, youths already earn and learn

Greg Jericho comments in the ABC's The Drum that the fact that most young Australians are already either earning or learning - at rates that have increased over the years - is often overlooked. Original article

25 Jul 2014

Disadvantaged places in urban Australia: analysing socio-economic diversity and housing market performance

This report from the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute includes information about affordability and access to housing for young people. Original article

25 Jul 2014

Building Blocks: Best practice programs that improve the wellbeing of children and young people, Edition two

This report from the Commissioner for Children and Young People Western Australia presents best practice and promising programs that have been shown to – or have strong potential to – improve the wellbeing of Western Australian children and young people. Original article

25 Jul 2014

Explainer: why does the teenage brain need more sleep?

This article from The Conversation presents information about brain development during adolescence and references current studies investigating changing sleep patterns in young people. Original article

25 Jul 2014

Report: Children who bully

This report from the Australian Institute of Family Studies examines children who bully at school, and specifically on the ways in which parenting and family functioning underpin a child's bullying behaviour. Original article

24 Jul 2014

Young Australians don't understand how food gets to them from farms

Research commissioned by agricultural banking specialist Rabobank shows 77% of those surveyed know little about farming and food production. Original article

24 Jul 2014

Young Australians dominate at 2014 International Olympiad in Informatics

Australia sent four students to Taipei in Taiwan for the computer programming competition with Ishraq Huda, 16, from Sydney's James Ruse Agricultural High School sharing first place with students from China and the United States. Original article

24 Jul 2014

AIDS2014 - Hearing from young people

Hear all about the International AIDS Conference from members of the World YWCA delegation in their first special podcast. Original article

24 Jul 2014

Young people with autism prone to obesity

In a review of medical records, researchers found that more than 23 percent of children with autism and 25 percent of those with Asperger’s syndrome were obese. Meanwhile, another 15 percent of kids with autism and 11 percent with Asperger’s were overweight. Original article

24 Jul 2014

Measuring VET participation by socioeconomic status: an examination of the robustness of ABS SEIFA measures over time

This report from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research reviews the methodologies used in ABS and NCVER statistical reports which measure the variation of VET participation rates against socio-economic indexes for areas. Original article

23 Jul 2014

Towards a performance measurement framework for equity in higher education

This report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare provides an overview of the development of a potential performance measurement framework for equity in higher education (MFE) to measure progress and gaps in access to and participation in higher education for under-represented groups (Indigenous Australians, those from low socioeconomic status areas, people who live in regional and remote areas, and people with disability). Original article

23 Jul 2014

Mayors share their views at youth leadership seminar

Albury and Wodonga’s mayors shared their insights on how to become strong and effective leaders with 30 Border Bhutanese teenagers at a youth leadership seminar in Wodonga. Original article

23 Jul 2014

Data shows young readers prefer paper books to e-books

According to figures from Australia’s largest bookseller Dymocks, 95 per cent of Australians under 30 said they preferred the hard copy book format over the digital versions. Original article

23 Jul 2014

Australian Child & Adolescent Trauma, Loss & Grief Network: Malaysia flight 17 disaster

Australian Child & Adolescent Trauma, Loss & Grief Network provides information to help children and young people, and their families, cope with traumatic events. Original article

23 Jul 2014

State school kids do better at uni

Australian research has found that, on average, graduates of state schools received the same marks at the end of first-year university as graduates of private schools who had tertiary entrance scores around three to six points higher. Original article

22 Jul 2014

HIV diagnoses rise among young men as overall cases drop in the US

The findings, being released today to coincide with the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne are the first to use data from all 50 US states to examine long-term trends in diagnosis, and demonstrate prevention and screening efforts aren’t adequately reaching a younger group. Original article

22 Jul 2014

Applications for the 2014 Australia-China Youth Dialogue (ACYD) are now open

The ACYD is a youth-driven bilateral conference held over four days, from 21 to 24 November in Beijing, China.  ACYD aims to promote sophisticated cross-cultural understanding between emerging Australian and Chinese leaders. Original article

22 Jul 2014

Plain packs help deter young smokers as uptake drops to new low

Evidence is mounting that plain cigarette packaging is helping prevent young people from becoming addicted, life-long customers of big tobacco. Original article

22 Jul 2014

For Gaza's young and ambitious, the conflict is just another one of life's many challenges

While there have been attempts to negotiate an end to the conflict, the violence has only gotten worse. But it's Gaza's young and ambitious who stand to lose the most. Original article

22 Jul 2014

Calls for more support for young asylum seeker students

A group of principals in South Australia want new protocols in place for young asylum seekers attending school while in community detention. Original article

18 Jul 2014

Racism and Child and Youth Health: Symposium Statement

A summary and recommendations were developed as part of a one-day symposium on Racism and Child and Youth Health funded by the Lowitja Institute and hosted by the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne and the Centre of Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University.  Original article

18 Jul 2014

New information encourages help-seeking in young people

Thew resources form part of the Children of Parents with a Mental Illness (COPMI) national initiative, which recognises the importance of encouraging young people with a parent who experiences mental illness to seek help when they need it. Original article

18 Jul 2014

Healthy start: closing the gap on Indigenous childhood obesity

While the gap between the health and wellbeing of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians is closing in some areas, there are still concerns about the rates of obesity in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults, resulting in a review of health programs for young Indigenous Australians. Original article

18 Jul 2014

Less young people drinking but more drug prevention work to be done

Key findings from the National Drug Strategy Household Survey show that the age at which 14-24 year olds are having their first drink is being delayed, rising from 14.4 years to 15.7 years of age over the last decade and a half. However, community awareness of drug prevention still needs to be raised. Original article

18 Jul 2014

'Art apology' aims to keep young Aboriginal people out of prison

An Australian-first program on the New South Wales north coast is trying a different way of breaking the cycle of crime among Indigenous youth. Original article

16 Jul 2014

Young heart transplant survivor calls on Australians to donate organs

Mohammad Farran is one of three transplant recipients who speak out about the importance of organ donation in a campaign designed to raise donor awareness in Arab and Chinese communities. Original article

16 Jul 2014

‘I want to work’: youth unemployment on the rise

Australia’s youth unemployment has hit 13.5% and is still rising. Is the minimum wage holding Australia’s young people back — or is it the one thing they have to fall back on? Original article

16 Jul 2014

The myth of young people

This article in The Economist looks at the myths that young people are violent, alienated and unhappy. Original article

16 Jul 2014

Development of a National Child and Youth Strategic Framework for Health

The opportunity to provide feedback on the Discussion Paper and development of a National Child and Youth Strategic Framework for Health is available until the 27 July 2014. Original article

16 Jul 2014

Grit the key to job success

Young people with a disability are creating their own employment opportunities. Original article

15 Jul 2014

Bootcamp for health advocacy change makers

NCDFREE, an initiative started in 2013 by young people, seeks to provide young people with the skills they need to help spread the word globally that non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are treatable. Original article

15 Jul 2014

Addressing the cyber safety challenge: from risk to resilience

This report from the from the Institute for Culture and Society at the University of Western Sydney and published by Telstra looks at cyber safety issues emerging from a range of technology trends, how different populations are using technologies and the risks they face, and how to  respond effectively to each group’s unique cyber safety needs. Original article

15 Jul 2014

Y20 Summit: Update

The Youth 20 Summit is underway in Sydney. Top on the list of issues is youth unemployment. More information

15 Jul 2014

Dreams to get young people out of aged care

Samantha Kennerley is featured as Pro Bono Australia's Changemaker of the week.  Inspired by her son, who suffered a traumatic brain injury, she plunged herself into the Not for Profit sector, and now leads a Not for Profit that helps to get young people out of aged care. Original article

15 Jul 2014

International approaches to child protection: What can Australia learn?

The provision of child protection services varies considerably across the world. This paper from the Australian Institute of Family Studies offers a broad overview of some of the main approaches to child protection used internationally. Original article

29 Jul 2014

Australia loses international students at its own peril

Since the 2009 peak, numbers have been steadily dropping, dipping to a low of 515,813 international students enrolled in Australian institutions in 2012. Original article

29 Jul 2014

New job seeking requirements in the media

Media reports on the new requirements for job seekers have focused on the potential difficulties faced by job seekers and employers. More information

29 Jul 2014

Educational outcomes, experimental estimates, Tasmania, 2006-2013

This release from the Australian Bureau of Statistics presents information on the socioeconomic context of school achievement in Tasmania and the outcomes for Tasmanian Year 12 graduates and early school leavers, such as further study and participation in the labour market. Original article

29 Jul 2014

Research: Linkages between family structures and reslience in Aboriginal youth

This research investigates whether the profile of factors protecting psychosocial functioning of high risk exposed Australian Aboriginal youth are the same as those promoting psychosocial functioning in low risk exposed youth. Original article

29 Jul 2014

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