Key Note Speakers from 2016 Conference

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The 2016 RYDON Conference was held at the Magnificent Merewether Surhouse, Newcastle. This venue offers spectacular views of Merewether Beach with conferencing facilities second to none in the Newcastle region.

Merewethr Surfhouse


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Accommodation when visiting Newcastle

For further accommodation in the Newcastle Region go to VisitNewcastle or Compare hotels in Newcastle with Hotels Combined

*Booking of Accommodation is the responsibility of the conference participant.

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2017 RYSA Awards

Stay tuned for when you can start to nominate

Categories are:

Youth Friendly Business of the Year

Youth Event of the Year

Youth Sector Worker of the Year

Young Person of the Year

The Regional Youth Services Awards recognises the work undertaken by Youth Services, Youth Workers, Local Businesses and Young People in providing opportunity for and supporting young people across the Hunter and Central Coast regions covered by the Regional Youth Development Officers Network

Past Conferences

Each year the RYDON Conference carries a different theme based on feedback received and current needs of the youth sector. Below is a list of past conference themes.

2016 – Connections: Culture, Self, Family, Brain, Body Community, Work, Education, Relationships

2015 – Stuff That Really Works:  Inspiring, practical & inventive approaches to working with & engaging young people

2014 – Responding to Bullying & Cybersafety: Best Practice and Inspiration

2013 – ‘The Good, The Bad and the Ugly’ – Young People Violence & Alcohol

2012– ‘From little things…’ – The journey of partnerships and tools for the road

2011 Day1 + 2011 Day-2 – ‘Not Drowning, waving’ – Supporting the Mental Health & Legal concerns of young people

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