RYDON Inc [Regional Youth Development Officers Network] is a network of Youth Development Officers from the Cessnock, Dungog, Gloucester, Gosford, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Newcastle, Port Stephens, Upper Hunter and Wyong Local Government Areas.
RYDON’s primary purpose is to focus on community development activities that will assist young people to access community resources and opportunities.


    This is done through:
  • Promoting coordination, cooperation and networking between providers of services to young people;
  • Lobbying government and other relevant bodies on behalf of young people and providers of services to young people;
  • Supporting, organising and providing training for those working with young people;
  • Representing the interest of young people and those working with young people




Upcoming Events

Canteen Bandanna Day

National Bandanna Day, created by youth cancer charity CanTeen, is now in its 24th year and continues to build on the already strong support from communities around Australia.

Canteen CEO, Peter Orchard, said the goal this year is to sell 270,000 bandannas to help fund CanTeen’s life-changing services for young people trying to cope with a close family member’s cancer or their own.

“Dealing with cancer often leaves young people feeling isolated and alone, which is why we’re urging all Australians to show their support this National Bandanna Day, Friday 26 October 2018


Welcome to Compass-Meet and Greet Session

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Dr. Janis Whitlock Workshop

Allambi Care & TACT Training are excited to be hosting Dr. Janis Whitlock from New York’s Cornell University. Dr Whitlock will be presenting a workshop specifically tailored for those working in the sector with children and young people that engage in non-suicidal self-injurious behaviour.
This workshop is designed to help participants understand what self-injury is, why people do it, when and how it stops, and how someone can meaningfully support the recovery process. It also covers the basis of therapy, communication skills, managing common issues, such as power struggles, and how to foster a healthy environment for everyone during this time.

About Dr Janis Whitlock
Dr. Janis Whitlock is The Associate Director for Teaching & Training in the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research. She is also the Director of the Cornell Research Program on Self-Injury and Recovery. Janis is the author of publications on non-suicidal self-injury in adolescence and young adulthood, social media and mental health, and in youth connectedness to schools and communities.
Dr Whitlock’s current primary research focus includes development of early detection and intervention in mental health and wellbeing using social media and other technological affordances, particularly in the areas of self-injury and suicide. Janis is dedicated to translating research into practice and policy through broad dissemination of user friendly materials and through development of web-based training and education programs for parents and professionals.

Click here for a copy of the flyer.

Youth Health Forum

Video conference – John Hunter Hospital


JHH Large Lecture Theatre Room 6065 John Hunter Hospital

(Please note this is a different venue to past forums)

For registration
contact  Karen:

M: 0407291680

E: Karen.johnson-dewit@hnehealth.nsw.gov.au

Use JHH main entrance and ask for directions at the enquiries counter. Parking is available in the visitor’s car park at a cost. Please allow enough time for parking.

Morning tea

Not provided. Please bring your own or utilise the cafes on site.



By Friday 23 November 2018 (or when full capacity has been reached)

Please register via email: Karen.johnson-dewit@hnehealth.nsw.gov.au

The Forum Organising Committee includes representatives from Academic Department of Adolescent Medicine; Agency for Clinical Innovation; CAPTOS, Department of Psychological Medicine, CHW Children’s Hospital School, CHW; Department of Adolescent Medicine, CHW; Department of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, Westmead Hospital; High Street Youth Health Service; Area School Link Coordinator, Northern Sydney Local Health District; Maternity, Child, Youth and Paediatrics, NSW Health and  Transcultural Mental Health Centre

Rural and regional video conference sites

Video conferences are now available in more than 25 sites across NSW. For your local video conference sites and local rsvp details; goto the NSW Health website and search for ‘Youth Health Forum Video Conference sites’ (Please note that video conference facilities are reserved for rural and regional sites only).

Flyer here.