Making A Difference To Student Wellbeing In Schools

Schools are not just places where students acquire academic skills, they also help students become more resilient in the face of adversity, feel more connected with the people around them, and aim higher in their aspirations for their future.

Not least, schools are the first place where children experience society in all its facets and their experiences can have a profound influence on their attitudes and behaviour in life.

PISA (the Programme for International Student Assessment) is best known for its data on learning outcomes, but it also studies students satisfaction with life, their relationships with peers, teachers and parents and how they spend their time outside of school.

The results show that students differ greatly, both between and within countries, in how satisfied they are with their lives, their motivation to achieve, how anxious they feel about their schoolwork, their expectations for the future, and their perceptions of being bullied at school or treated unfairly by their teachers.

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Childhood Bullying Linked To Health Risks In Adulthood

Childhood bullying may lead to long-lasting health consequences, impacting psychosocial risk factors for cardiovascular health well into adulthood, according to a study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The unique study tracked a diverse group of over 300 American men from first grade through their early thirties and the findings indicate that being a victim of bullying and being a bully were both linked to negative outcomes in adulthood.

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New Tools to Address Childhood Obesity

A new website in the fight to control Childhood Obesity has been launched. The Healthy Kids for Professionals website assists health professionals to assess, advise, assist and arrange for treatment and care of those at risk of or experiencing obesity and related concerns. Communication tools, videos, online learning modules and assessment tools are all components of the new site which provides a large array of information for health professionals.


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Lake Macquarie Youth Interagency – Video Seminar Series

Thanks to a new partnership with Generation Next, the Lake Macquarie Youth Interagency are now able to present the first of several Video Seminars utilising seminars from Australia’s leading professionals in Youth Health, recorded at recent Generation Next Conferences and Forums.

These Video Seminars will cover a range of topics including Mental Health, Self Harm, Youth Engagement, Eating Disorders, Racism, Internet & Cyberbullying, Sexual Abuse, Body Image plus others as they become available.

Please take 5 minutes to complete the following survey regarding your topics of interest. To take the survey CLICK HERE

Keep an eye out for emails from the Lake Macquarie YDO regarding upcoming Video Seminar Series.


Homelessness Week 2017

Homelessness Week is an annual week coordinated by Homelessness Australia (HA).  It is used to raise awareness of people experiencing homelessness and the issues these people face. It is held in the first full week of August each year.

Homelessness Week came about from various churches and missions running winter vigils to remember people who had died on the streets.  These vigils were normally held in August as it is the coldest time of the year and when most people were likely to be overcome by the elements.  Over the years, more churches became involved and in 2007 Homelessness Australia (then the Australian Federations of Housing Organisations AFHO) began coordinating it as a national awareness week.

Check out Homelessness Australia’s website for more information.

BURN: crime prevention film for young people

BURN is a gritty drama following the story of 16-year-old Tee whose life is destroyed when a late-night drive with older boys spirals out of control. Legal Aid NSW commissioned internationally acclaimed filmmaker David Vadiveloo and Community Prophets to create the short film.

Legal Aid NSW runs a major crime prevention program about young people and group offending. The aim of the program is to prevent young people from getting caught up in serious group assaults and robberies. The film and the BURN website have recently been reformatted so that it can now be viewed on all formats and devices and also has subtitles.

Young people can watch the film online, see interviews with the characters, examine their actions from other points of view and find out more information about their legal rights. A study guide with engaging activities and exploration of the themes and concepts is available.

To watch the film and download the study guide, follow this link.