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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.

Warning that military action against IS may mean more young people join IS

Australian National Imams Council spokesman Sheikh Mohamadu Saleem has said that there is a risk that Australia's military involvement in Iraq to fight Islamic State (IS) militants could result in more young people joining the Islamic State to fight. Original article

17 Sep 2014

Karenni refugee students on Heywire

A group of young Karenni refugees in Mt Gambier have entered the ABC Heywire competition to share their stories with Australia. Original article 

17 Sep 2014

Survey finds many Australians have shocking attitudes to rape and violence

A national survey of 17,500 people conducted by VicHealth has found most Australians believe violence is caused by men being unable to control their anger and their need for sex. Original article

17 Sep 2014

headspace expands coverage for Indigenous young people

headspace will expand by 10 more sites by 2017–2018, and is spearheading a new campaign to encourage young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to seek help when they are having difficulties. Original article

16 Sep 2014

Muslim spiritual leader warns young people of potential harm of social media

The spiritual leader of Muslims in Australia, Ibrahim Abu Mohammad, has warned young people not to trust ‘Sheik Google and Sheik YouTube’, saying they are ‘very dangerous and they have no moral or religious authority’. Original article

16 Sep 2014

Still time for nominations for The Young People’s Human Rights Medal

Nominations for the 2014 Australian Human Rights Awards, which include The Young People’s Human Rights Medal, have been extended for an extra two weeks. The closing date for nominations is now Friday 26 September. Original article

16 Sep 2014

Young people who have missed out will have a ball

Mission Australia will hold its second Youth Ball in Perth on Friday 10 October, during 2014 Mental Health Week. This event is for young people who may have never had a chance to attend a school ball due to factors such as alcohol and other drug misuse, homelessness, non-engagement with school and employment, and backgrounds of family and domestic conflict and violence. Original article

16 Sep 2014

Welfare sector calls for youth employment strategy

The Australian Council of Social Service has called on the Australian Government to bring together key experts to develop a comprehensive youth employment strategy to tackle Australia’s high youth employment levels. Original article

12 Sep 2014

Sweeping changes to VET regulation

Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane has announced that 'high performing' VET providers won’t need permission from the Australian Skills Standards Agency to change courses or introduce new ones. Also, from 1 July 2015, the government will move from a contract with 12 Industry Skills Councils to a more contestable model for the development and maintenance of training packages, with development put out to tender. Original article

12 Sep 2014

Study finds teen cannabis use harmful

Research by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) has found that teenagers who regularly use cannabis before they turn 17 are much more likely to drop out of high school or university, or attempt suicide, than those who never smoked. Original article

12 Sep 2014

Parliamentary inquiry hears that cultural change necessary to end violence

The Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade, as part of its inquiry into human rights issues confronting women and girls in the Indian Ocean and Asia-Pacific region, has heard evidence from representatives of World Vision and Action Aid that cultural change is paramount to ending violence, such as female genital mutilation. Original article

12 Sep 2014

Early teens introduced to alcohol by parents more likely to drink when 16

A study of 2000 teenagers by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre found that one in six teenagers were given alcohol by their parents. The study also found that parental supply of alcohol in Years 7 to 9 was the single biggest predictor of drinking in Year 10. Original article

12 Sep 2014

Findings of Goanna Survey now available

A report is now available of the first national survey of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in relation to sexually transmissible infections (STIs) and blood borne viruses (BBVs) undertaken in Australia. Original article

10 Sep 2014

Reach.Out honoured with award

ReachOut.com’s commitment to continuous innovation has been recognised with the A&NZ Mental Health Services Gold Achievement Award, which emphasised ReachOut.com’s leadership in online mental health promotion. Original article

10 Sep 2014

World Suicide Prevention Day 10 September

Suicide Prevention Australia is coordinating the National Coalition for Suicide Prevention (NCSP), which draws on a collective impact framework and already involves 25 not-for-profits. It aims to halve the rate of suicide over the next decade. Original article.

10 Sep 2014

Drop of 61% in female genital warts due to vaccination program for young women

Doctors in Australia are treating 61% fewer cases of genital warts in young women since the launch of the national human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination program in 2007. It is free service to women between the ages of 15 and 27 years. Original article

09 Sep 2014

Flexible Learning Options can help disadvantaged young people finish school

Australian research has shown that alternative or flexible learning programs that cater specifically for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds can play a vital role in helping to raise the proportion of young people completing Year 12 (or equivalent). Original article

09 Sep 2014

Research finds many young people think education didn’t prepare them for work

Research based on a survey of 1000 young Australian workers was released this week. It found nearly 40% of participants thought their education hasn’t given them the skills required for their current job. Original article

09 Sep 2014

Spark Engineering Camp workers required

Spark Engineering Camps run in Brisbane and Melbourne and provide an opportunity for high school students to experience university life and see what engineering has to offer. They're looking for people to help organise and plan the camps. More info, see: Original article

09 Sep 2014

Indigenous Advancement Strategy funding round now open

A grant round for funding under the IAS opened on Monday 8 September 2014 and will close at 2pm EDST on Friday 17 October.  The round provides funding for activities that commence from January 2015 (for calendar year funding) or from July 2015 (for financial year funding) and focus on the delivery of outcomes to Indigenous people. Original article

08 Sep 2014

Women may be more susceptible to effects of THC in cannabis

A US study suggests that the female hormone estrogen causes women to be at higher risk of negative side effects of cannabis use, including anxiety, confusion and panic attacks. Original article

08 Sep 2014

Bleak outlook for 'Make poverty history' campaign in Australia

Although the MPH campaign was relaunched in Australia last year with 1000 trained young people representing every electorate, Australia’s international aid contribution is on track to fall to 0.29 by 2017–2018. Original article

08 Sep 2014

Call for governments to rein in ‘viral’ marketing of alcohol

Research shows that alcohol brands are irresponsibly skirting advertising restrictions by prompting users to post comments and images that the companies cannot include themselves. Original article

08 Sep 2014

New report on enhancing parents’ knowledge and practice of online safety

A report is available detailing research conducted by the Young and Well CRC, with the University of Western Sydney, into understanding how parents think about online safety, and the impact of training by young people. Original article

08 Sep 2014

Young people leaving the nest not much later than their parents did

A recent survey of nearly 1300 Australians found that young people were leaving home and becoming financially independent at an average age of 23, while their parents left home at an average age of 21. This finding coincided with parents’ expectations that their children should leave home and become financially independent at about that age. Original article

05 Sep 2014

Nominate your 2014 Mentor of the Year

The Australian Youth Mentoring Network has opened nominations for the 2014 Mentor of the Year Awards, which acknowledge the commitment made by dedicated volunteers who mentor young people. Nominations close 5 pm 30 September. See: http://youthmentoring.org.au/whats-new-details.php?wid=307 for more information. Original article

05 Sep 2014

Ice campaign in Victoria to target 18- to 29-year-olds

An ad campaign to be run on television, radio, online and social media will target 18 to 29-year-olds and show a rapid descent from casual ice user to full-blown addict. It is based on consultations with young Victorians. Original article

05 Sep 2014

Local friends improve the wellbeing of international students

A recent report on the satisfaction levels of international students in Australia, the United States and Britain has found that students who make local friends experience less culture shock, feel less homesick and generally adjust better than those who have few or no local friends. Original article

04 Sep 2014

‘Tear it up’ this Fresh Faced Friday

Friday 5 September is Fresh Faced Friday – a day to celebrate and raise awareness about positive body image. This national campaign was developed by a group of young people from across Australia as part of the ABC Heywire program. Original article

04 Sep 2014

Research shows program improves improves students’ mental health literacy

The Black Dog Institute comparted data from New South Wales students who took part in its mental health literacy program HeadStrong with students who participated in the standard secondary school PDHPE (Personal Development, Health and Physical Education) curriculum. The researchers found those undertaking the HeadStrong program scored higher on a mental health literacy test than their peers. Original article

04 Sep 2014

Country Education Partnerships initiative provides more choice for students

A collaborative partnership forged between four rural Victorian schools has provided more VCE subjects and expanded the availability of VET subjects thereby enhancing the educational opportunities for all students in the area. Original article

04 Sep 2014

Young asylum seeker declared brain dead after delay in treatment for wound

A 24-year-old asylum seeker who developed septicaemia after cutting his foot at the Manus Island offshore processing centre has been declared brain dead in a Brisbane hospital, a refugee advocacy group says. A spokeswoman for the Immigration Minister said, ‘The individual has not died. In respect to the family of the individual further details are not able to be provided’. Original article

03 Sep 2014

Ice use on the increase in Victoria

A report by a Victorian parliamentary committee has found that there has been a significant rise in the use of crystal methamphetamine, the more potent and dangerous form of ice, particularly among people in their 20s. The committee recommended additional resources to tackle online drug markets. Original article

03 Sep 2014

Rise in number of young people presenting with gender dysmorphia

There has been a significant increase in referrals in the past few years to Australia’s only clinic that specialises in young people with gender dysmorphia, and the waiting list for adolescents to receive treatment at the clinic is seven to eight months. Original article

03 Sep 2014

Mining magnate suggests universities target small to medium financial donors

At a conference on philanthropy, Andrew Forrest suggested universities need to get better at dealing with small and medium financial donors, rather than focusing all their time on the biggest givers. He noted: ‘Dealing with the Government is going to be a little bit shaky and we are going to need to rely on the community’. Original article

03 Sep 2014

Warning that military action against IS may mean more young people join IS

Australian National Imams Council spokesman Sheikh Mohamadu Saleem has said that there is a risk that Australia's military involvement in Iraq to fight Islamic State (IS) militants could result in more young people joining the Islamic State to fight. Original article

17 Sep 2014

Karenni refugee students on Heywire

A group of young Karenni refugees in Mt Gambier have entered the ABC Heywire competition to share their stories with Australia. Original article 

17 Sep 2014

Survey finds many Australians have shocking attitudes to rape and violence

A national survey of 17,500 people conducted by VicHealth has found most Australians believe violence is caused by men being unable to control their anger and their need for sex. Original article

17 Sep 2014

headspace expands coverage for Indigenous young people

headspace will expand by 10 more sites by 2017–2018, and is spearheading a new campaign to encourage young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to seek help when they are having difficulties. Original article

16 Sep 2014

Muslim spiritual leader warns young people of potential harm of social media

The spiritual leader of Muslims in Australia, Ibrahim Abu Mohammad, has warned young people not to trust ‘Sheik Google and Sheik YouTube’, saying they are ‘very dangerous and they have no moral or religious authority’. Original article

16 Sep 2014

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