Youth (Un)Employment

The latest youth unemployment articles from the ABC and The Sydney Morning Herald. Click the links for the full stories.


Jobs for young people already exist, so forget the ‘future of work’

While there is little consensus about the “future of work”, one thing is certain — young people are at the coalface. Young workers experience insufficient opportunities for work experience, a mismatch between work and education, a lack of career management skills and scant entry-level jobs, according to a report from the Foundation for Young Australians.


Young and out: Australia’s hidden scourge of youth unemployment

The political calculus of an ageing population means that the national debate is increasingly dominated by issues that concern older Australians, like retirement and superannuation policies.

Meanwhile, younger Australians are derided as avocado-gobbling whingers, too lazy or entitled to get a proper job and save hard.

But a new Reserve Bank paper has lifted the lid on what it’s like for young people entering the workforce today.

Innovation in Health Promotion for Young People in Cessnock

A partnership has been established between the University of Newcastle’s School of Nursing and Midwifery along with the Cessnock Youth Interagency and Cessnock High School to innovate health promotion in education. Nursing students are working with high school students to identify and articulate gaps in health knowledge.

The information gained through this consultation process will inform the nursing students who will then create innovative and engaging methods of teaching the entire year group.

The Cessnock Youth Interagency have a focus on health promotion through school programming and have welcomed the enthusiasm of the University of Newcastle to assist.

The University of Newcastle’s Professor Ally Hutton says; “This partnership is a really good opportunity for nursing students to work with young people out in the community,  be aware of support services available and learn about health from each other”

Wanaruah NAIDOC Community Events

Visit the Wanaruah NAIDOC Community Events Facebook page for  all the NAIDOC events happening in the Upper Hunter.


Bullying Policy Review, Mount View High School

As part of Mount View High School’s continuing commitment to student wellbeing, they have partnered with a number of community organisations including the Cessnock Community and Youth Development Project.

The working group consists of individuals and organisations with expertise in the youth sector and mental health, the student leadership team and the P&C, to open up a whole school conversation to inform the school’s review of the anti-bullying policy and practices.

The working group will undertake significant community consultation with Students, teachers, parents and the wider community to inform the school and make recommendations about their revised Bullying Policy.

Mount View High School are committed to opening up the conversation to their wider school community to seek all stakeholders’ views on bullying.

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Pornography, young people and sexuality

Over the past decade or so, pornography has become both more mainstream and more hardcore. For young people growing up in this era of ever-new and accessible technology it is almost impossible to avoid exposure to pornography. Consumption, particularly for young men, has become normalised.

The ways young people understand and experience gender and sex are being influenced by what they or their partners or peers observe in porn, with serious implications for their capacity to negotiate free and full consent, for mutual respect, for sexual health, and for gender equality.

RYDON provided training, facilitated by Maree Crabbe of Reality & Risk. The training was held at TOCAL on 21 June and was attended by approximately 60 sector workers. A parent’s evening was held in Maitland on 20 June.

This training has assisted our community to develop their understanding of pornography and its influence, as well as provide frameworks and confidence to address the issues with young people.

Wellbeing Talks for Newcastle Rugby League Clubs

A partnership with RYDON Members, The Reach Foundation and Hunter Valley CAMHS are delivering Mental Health and Wellbeing workshops to local under 19 Rugby League Clubs across the region.

With mental health being the most significant issue for young people and suicide the leading cause of death in men aged under 44, it is an important topic to address with our local young men.

Newcastle Rugby League has a great commitment to their players and the workshops are a great way to engage this audience on topic not spoken about often enough.

Workshops began in Cessnock for the Goannas and have also been delivered to the Maitland Pickers. The remainder of the clubs will be rolled-out over the next couple of months.

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