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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.

Support in tough times: Encouraging young people to seek help for their friends

A new report developed by the NSW Commission for Children and Young People (CCYP) and the NSW Mental Health Commission shows schools can improve the lives of students by recognising the important role of friends in seeking adult help for young people with mental health problems. Original article

24 Oct 2014

Researchers using social media for youth study

The Hunter Research Foundation will use social media as part of a study into why many young people find it difficult to transition from education to employment. Original article

24 Oct 2014

Equity in education

A number of recent reports and reviews look at ways to provide education equality in Australia. More information

24 Oct 2014

Radicalisation of youth: Current discussion

The concern for the involvement of young Australians in ISIS activities has been growing. Recent discussion has turned to looking at policy development as a way of addressing the issue. More information

24 Oct 2014

What sort of people do we want young Australians to be?

Andrew Peterson, Senior Lecturer in History and Civics Education at the University of South Australia, discusses the recommendations from the Review of the Australian Curriculum and the noted absence of moral and ethical development in past curricula. Original article

24 Oct 2014

Research project into wellbeing of young people with vision impairment

Researcher with Monash University would like to work with young people aged 12-25 years old with a vision impairment to learn more about how they feel their vision impairment affects their life and wellbeing, and what strategies they use to manage it. Original article

22 Oct 2014

State and territory finalists announced for Young Australian of the Year 2015

The overall winner will be chosen from these state and territory finalists and will be announced on the eve of Australia Day in January. Check out some amazing young people from across Australia on the Australian of the Year Awards website. Original story

22 Oct 2014

CanTeen launch a new website

The Australian youth cancer charity has set up an Online Support Platform, a tool that will help the 23,000 young Australians diagnosed with cancer each year. Original story

22 Oct 2014

What the Millenials are really thinking

The Millennials, or Generation Y youth, are a generation of socially responsible young people who have the power to change the way society operates and believe in corporate social responsibility (CSR). Original story

22 Oct 2014

How can we best help young jobseekers

An article from the UK Guardian looks at the attitude of politicians towards young jobseekers, and concludes that the political classes need to show more empathy. Original story

22 Oct 2014

Young and Well CRC: Putting Technology into Practice

Collating the best available evidence, researchers conducted a comprehensive literature review exploring how technology has been used to engage young people in face-to-face clinical services, as an adjunct to face-to-face treatment and the interventions employed to promote the uptake of technologies by professionals in practice. Original article

21 Oct 2014

SBS Insight: Violent Femmes

Although males are responsible for most violent assaults in Australia, there has been an increase in violent offences committed by females, many of them aged 14-25. Victims and perpetrators discuss why.  Original article

21 Oct 2014

Young Carers Bursary program

The Young Carer Bursary Programme provided by Carers Australia assists young carers to continue or return to study. By relieving the financial pressure to undertake part-time work, the programme will help those in greatest need to combine education with caring responsibilities. Original article

21 Oct 2014

'Ice' destroying rural youth

ABC News reports on how crystal meth has affected the rural town of Smithton in Tasmania's north west, particularly young people and the limited services supporting them in the region. Original article

21 Oct 2014

The impacts of gambling on families and young people

A recording is now available online from the recent Child Family Community Australia webinar on the impact of problem gambling on families and current research into gambling and young people. Original article

21 Oct 2014

Fears of social problems as youth struggle to find entry-level jobs in Canberra

In a study conducted by Anglicare, researchers found that recent job listings included very few entry-level positions suitable for young people, and that 6 our of 10 positions listed were highly casualised and did not offer stable, ongoing employment. Original article

17 Oct 2014

Indigenous elders fight for youth

Elders from a remote Aboriginal community in the Northern Territory have embraced multimedia as a way to fight substance abuse amongst their young people. Original article

17 Oct 2014

Teen pirates pay for movies more often than non-pirates

A new study carried out in Australia conducted by the IP Awareness Foundation has found that most 12-17 year-old teens are not online pirates, with around 74% abstaining from the habit. However, those that do consume illegally tend to buy, rent and visit the movies more often than their non-pirating counterparts. Original article

17 Oct 2014

Troye Sivan makes Time Magazine's list of most influential teenagers

Troye, born in South Africa but now based in Perth, is an established actor and a budding musician. His outstanding efforts have earned him a place in Time magazine's list of the 25 most influential teenagers of 2014. Original article

17 Oct 2014

Young jobless to be taught life skills

Long-term unemployed youths in regional jobless hot spots around the country will be given life-skills training in computer literacy, budgeting and teamwork as part of radical new plans to get them into work. Original article

17 Oct 2014

Thousands of young Australians go hungry each month

The Foodbank Hunger Report 2014 shows that Foodbank provides food relief for 180,000 Australian children each month, while 24,000 children are turned away empty handed due to lack of food and resources. Original article

16 Oct 2014

Pilot programs for unemployed youth in rural areas

The Australian Government has announced pilot programs to assist business to access training for new starters and to assist disengaged young people. Original article

16 Oct 2014

Google Australia grants help young people

Recipients of 10 Google Impact challenge grants totaling $3.5 million include AIME for an online game to inspire young Indigenous students to learn maths and science, and Infoxchange for an app to connect homeless people with social services. Original article

16 Oct 2014

Social media discourages young women from playing sport

Research from Flinders University, based on interviews with 75 girls aged 13–17, has shown that social media-fuelled body image anxiety is putting an increasing number of teenage girls off the idea of sports participation. Original article

16 Oct 2014

Survey on cannabis diversion programs still open

The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre is seeking input into this survey from anyone aged 17 years or older, who lives in Australia, and has been stopped by police for a cannabis use or possession offence in the past 3–9 months. Original article

15 Oct 2014

It’s not drugs, it’s alcohol

A new article from Drink Tank provides the stats and the reasons why alcohol is Victoria’s most harmful drug. Original article

15 Oct 2014

‘Arts and health’ for young people in remote communities

On Thursday 16 October, in a live webcast from Tennant Creek, the National Rural Health Alliance and Barkly Regional Arts (BRA) will showcase some of the benefits of 'arts and health' for young people in a remote community. Original article

15 Oct 2014

Victorian Electoral Commission campaign aimed at young people and migrants

In an effort to spark interest in politics ahead of next month's state election, the VEC’s ‘Driving Votes’ campaign will visit key Melbourne areas connected with low voter turnout rates to provide on-the-spot enrolment checks in a bright purple inflatable tent. Original article

15 Oct 2014

Using maths to deter teenagers from gambling

The Maths Association of Victoria is seeking six city secondary schools to participate in an innovative Year 9 program that will investigate the role maths teaching and associated classes in English and health can play in deterring teenagers from developing gambling problems. Original article

14 Oct 2014

Indigenous siblings receive Pride of Australia medals

Sissy and Will Austin, Gunditjmara siblings from Ballarat, Victoria, are recent joint recipients of Herald Sun's Pride of Australia medals under the 'Young Leader' category. Original article

14 Oct 2014

Schoolies average 0.05 blood alcohol

Recent research from the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research at Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre reveals that almost 20% of teenagers who attended schoolies celebrations in Torquay and Lorne in Victoria last year had blood alcohol readings of 0.08, while the average was 0.05. Original article

14 Oct 2014

Diversion for AOD-related crimes doubles in 10 years

A report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) shows that the number of treatment episodes provided to people diverted from the criminal justice system into alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment programs more than doubled in the 10 years to 2012-2013. Original article

14 Oct 2014

Australian phone app to improve young people's mental health

Researchers at the Queensland University of Technology working with the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre have developed a mobile phone app, called Music eScape, which uses customised music playlists to help young people cope with anxiety, depression and other mental health issues. Original article

14 Oct 2014

Support in tough times: Encouraging young people to seek help for their friends

A new report developed by the NSW Commission for Children and Young People (CCYP) and the NSW Mental Health Commission shows schools can improve the lives of students by recognising the important role of friends in seeking adult help for young people with mental health problems. Original article

24 Oct 2014

Researchers using social media for youth study

The Hunter Research Foundation will use social media as part of a study into why many young people find it difficult to transition from education to employment. Original article

24 Oct 2014

Equity in education

A number of recent reports and reviews look at ways to provide education equality in Australia. More information

24 Oct 2014

Radicalisation of youth: Current discussion

The concern for the involvement of young Australians in ISIS activities has been growing. Recent discussion has turned to looking at policy development as a way of addressing the issue. More information

24 Oct 2014

What sort of people do we want young Australians to be?

Andrew Peterson, Senior Lecturer in History and Civics Education at the University of South Australia, discusses the recommendations from the Review of the Australian Curriculum and the noted absence of moral and ethical development in past curricula. Original article

24 Oct 2014

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