The first Open space webinar on wellbeing, a collaboration between ACYS, the Australian Youth Affairs Coalition and the University of Melbourne's Youth Research Centre, held on 6 June was a big success, with lots of positive feedback on the event and suggestions for future webinars. The webinar recording and other materials are available. More information
This paper, by the QUT Children and Youth Research Centre, summarises literature on unemployment, mental health and Work for the Dole programs. Australian and international evidence suggests that unemployed young people are more likely to experience mental health problems than employed people (e.g. greater anxiety and depression, higher suicide rates). Drawing on research undertaken in Australia and overseas we identify a link between mental health and unemployment. However, there is a lack of firm evidence with respect to the impact of Work for the Dole programs on the mental health of unemployed young Australians. See more
FIRST-YEAR university students are happier than ever. They like their teachers, reckon they get plenty of helpful feedback, and are less likely to drop out than any time in the past 20 years. They are clear about why they go to university, have a sense of purpose when they get there and enjoy the intellectual stimulation, according to a new study of the first year experience due to be released next week.
But the overall positive findings of the study, which has been published every five years since 1994, are marred by two clear and disconcerting findings. Students with low ATARs are not sharing the positive experience of the rest of their cohort. And only a minority of all first-year students are enjoying the collegial aspect of university. See more
A new report on the Brotherhood of St Laurence ‘Community VCAL’ (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning) program describes the evolution of an integrated approach to assisting young people through teaching, wellbeing and pathways support. Original article