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May 26, 2017

HOW RESILIENCE CAN BREAK THE LINK BETWEEN A BAD CHILDHOOD AND THE YOUTH JUSTICE SYSTEM

The Conversation has published an article titled "How resilience can break the link between a bad childhood and the youth justice system."  The article looks at data from Victoria showing young people involved in the youth justice system tend to have significant problems within their family backgrounds, including high rates of child protection involvement and histories of abuse and neglect.  The article goes on to describe how a range of dynamic factors can offset these risks but developing resilience that can assist in overcoming adversity.

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February 17, 2017

NATIONAL YOUTH WEEK 2017: 31ST OF MARCH TO 9TH OF APRIL

National Youth Week 2017 is coming up, and it's time to think of events for your region. The theme of this year's National Youth Week is "Be bold, Be brave, Be you."  You can register your event online at the Queensland Youth Week website, which also includes everything you need to run a Youth Week event, including invites, certificates, promotional posters and social media materials. Coinciding with National Youth Week is the launch of the YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament, which is currently calling for nominations.

Find out more about National Youth Week here

Find out more about the YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament here

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September 23, 2016

UNIVERSAL HARM REDUCTION ADVICE (VIDEO)

Harm reduction is a key underlying principle of working with young people who use alcohol and other drugs. While there are a range of substance specific harm reduction practices, there are also a number of standard pieces of harm reduction advice that is relevant for any young person, regardless of the substance they might be using. The Dovetail team have created a new short video called "Universal Harm Reduction." In this short 5 minute video, Dovetail's Cameron Francis goes through some of the key principles of providing good harm reduction advice, and then provides some examples of harm reduction advice in practice.

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September 9, 2016

WHAT'S UP WITH GEN Y?

The Youth Research Centre at the University of Melbourne has published a research report titled "Life Patterns, 10 Years Following Gen Y". Life Patterns is a 25-year and ongoing longitudinal study and follows two generations of Australians, 'Generation X' and 'Generation Y', so comparisons can be made across different points in their lives and explores the pathways of life taken by young people including their experiences in education, work, family and personal relationships and health and wellbeing. This paper focusses on the generation that left secondary school in 2006, providing a summary of the last 10 years shows meaningful relationships, financial security and providing for family have remained a high priority for Gen Y.  The report describes Gen Y as valuing full time work, but the increasing casualisation of the labor market is making this more and more difficult to achieve.

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June 16, 2016

THE 2016 YOUTH AOD CONFERENCE MELBOURNE 25-26 AUGUST

The Australian Youth AOD Conference is in it's second year and more than ever seeks to engage with participants around practice, and demonstrate how their skills and compassion is valued by offering a range of topics, the chance to meet their colleagues, and celebrate the unique work done in this field. This year's conference will focus on both the personal and structural conditions that impact on young people. Day One will present a range of perspectives on these conditions and their influence on the lives of young people. Day Two will focus on countering these conditions by giving participants the chance to learn new skills and knowledge to take back to the field, and enrich their role in facilitating positive developmental experiences. Early bird closes 1st July 2016.

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March 31, 2016

YOUTH DETENTION POPULATION IN AUSTRALIA

This bulletin from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare examines the numbers and rates of young people aged 10 and over who were in youth detention in Australia due to their involvement or alleged involvement in crime. It focuses on trends over the 4-year period from the June quarter 2011 to the June quarter 2015.

To read this report click here

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December 4, 2015

MISSION AUSTRALIA YOUTH SURVEY 2015

The annual Mission Australia Youth Survey has been published.  The annual survey seeks the views of young people aged 15 - 19, about issues of concern, and about where they turn to for support. The issue of most concern in this year's survey is stress, with 38.4% of young people stating that they are "highly concerned" about this issue.  It was followed by concerns about school at 33.6% of respondents, followed by body image, with 26.5% of respondents indicating that they were highly concerned about this issue.  When the young people were asked about the most important issue facing Australia today, 27% of respondents indicated that alcohol and drugs was the most important issue.

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November 12, 2015

STEP-BY-STEP TOOLKIT

The Step-by-Step Toolkit is intended for harm reduction service providers with limited experience of working with children and young people who inject drugs. This tool is the result of a partnership between Harm Reduction International (HRI), Youth Rise, International HIV/AIDS Alliance and Save the Children and was developed in response to HRI research on injecting drug use among under 18s globally that highlighted gaps in the response for this group.

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October 21, 2015

OUT OF HOME CARE TOOLBOX

The Centre for Youth AOD Practice Development, with support from the Sidney Myer Fund,  has created a resource for Resi Care workers and Foster Carers. The OoHC Toolbox contains information and guidance on responding to common issues faced by young people in out of home care.

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August 28, 2015

QUEENSLAND ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUG ACTION PLAN

The Queensland Mental Health Commission are currently in the process of developing a whole of government Queensland Alcohol and Other Drug Action Plan 2015 - 2017.  QNADA, the peak body for non-government alcohol and other drug organisations, is undertaking consultation on behalf of the Mental Health Commission.  This will include consultation events in the regions, but also online consultation.  QNADA has developed two online surveys: one for individual clients / people who use drugs, and another for families / carers and support people.  It's important that a wide range of views are included in the consultation, particularly young people.  If you work with young people who use alcohol and other drugs, or parents / carers please consider sharing this online survey. The survey only takes 5 - 10 minutes to complete and it's open until Friday 12th of September.  If you've got any questions about the survey, contact QNADA on (07) 3023 5050

For individual clients of treatment services / people who use drugs click here.

For family / carers / support people click here.

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