27th & 28th June 2016

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Conference Program

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To Register for the 2016 RYDON Conference


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Key Note Speakers for 2016

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andrew fuller a

Andrew has recently been described as an ”interesting mixture of Billy Connolly, Tim Winton and Frasier Crane” and as someone who “puts the heart back into psychology”. As a clinical psychologist, Andrew Fuller works with many schools and communities in Australia and internationally, specialising in the wellbeing of young people and their families. He is a Fellow of the Department of Psychiatry and the Department of Learning and Educational Development at the University of Melbourne.

NOTES from 2016 Conference

Tricky Students and how to engage them




Andrew Johnson has more than 15 years of national and international experience working in leadership positions of NGOs, together with the United Nations and international governments. His work has specialised in the conception, execution and promotion of policies and campaigns that advocate for issues concerning and central to children and young people. His global work as a children’s campaigner has included senior roles with Unicef, Plan International, Save the Children, ChildFund Alliance and the Australia Council of Social Service (ACOSS).


Delta Therapy Dogs is a heartwarming program that brings the joys of animal companionship to those who need it most. Delta’s amazing and devoted volunteer Therapy Dog Teams brighten the lives of an estimated 20,000 Australians every week. Their world class program is the largest of its kind in Australia with over 1000+ volunteers and their special dogs making regular visits to health care facilities to offer the wonderful benefits of pet therapy, spend time with patients and offer a chat, a floppy ear to listen and a paw to shake.

Yes…. they will be bringing dogs to the conference!!!

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

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Getting to the Conference

Coming from Sydney catch the – Central Coast & Newcastle line train to Hamilton

Coming from Dungog or Scone catch the Hunter line to Hamilton

Train Time tables Click here:

From Hamilton, Catch a bus to Merewether from Hamilton – For Bus Timetable Click here

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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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RYSA Awards

2016 RYSA Finalist Booklet

Categories for nominations 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

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Frequently Asked Questions

For a list of FAQs relating to this years conference please click here

27th Annual RYDON Youth Work Conference FAQs

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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 – ‘Not Drowning, waving’ – Supporting the Mental Health & Legal concerns of young people

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