Lovebites Facilitator Training

When: 11th and 12th October 2018 (two day course)
Times: 9:00am to 4pm each day
Venue: Kurri Kurri Community Centre
251 Lang St, Kurri Kurri
Trainers: Natasha Anderson and Michael Winchester

Cost: $100.00 per person
– Payable directly to NAPCAN
– Includes USB of resources
– Lunch is included (please advise Will Doran of any dietary requirements)

How to Register: follow this link to the NAPCAN Website and register online.

Flyer here

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Youth Mental Health First Aid is a great training course for people working with young people. The course teaches adults how to assist adolescents who are developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. Course participants learn about adolescent development, the signs and symptoms of the common and disabling mental health problems in young people, where and how to get help when a young person is developing a mental illness, what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective, and how to provide first aid in a crisis situation.

Mental Health is the number one health concern for young people. Suicide is the biggest killer of young Australians and accounts for the deaths of more young people than car accidents. Youth suicide in Australia is the highest it has been in ten years and we would very much like to equip the sector to work more effectively with young people who are experience mental health issues so that they can get help sooner.

If you would like to attend this training, please refer to flyer and registration form here. Email registration forms back to Will Doran Cessnock YDO at

The New Work Reality Report

The Foundation for Young Australians’ latest report highlights major issues within the youth employment space, but also highlights some ways forward.

See the report here.

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”

The Office of Sport are Seeking Feedback

The Office of Sport have just released Nine Regional Plans and are now seeking feedback from Stakeholders, organisations and community, particularly Aboriginal communities across all plans.

These plans focus on six identified outcomes that incorporate a number of strategies that could support sports from grass roots level right through to an Elite level.

If you would like to view the plans or your particular Region, please visit the Office of Sport Website. Please note, feedback on the plans close 5pm, 19th July 2018.

Upcoming Events

Effective Group Leadership

This 2-day workshop develops the necessary skills for group leaders to facilitate creative group work. The training covers the principals of using creative group work techniques and tools. Read more

Wakagetti Indigenous Corporation Corroboree 2018

Get your tickets early for the biggest display of traditional Aboriginal Culture in The Hunter for 2018. Through culture we connect.

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Past Meeting Minutes

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Cessnock Youth Interagency Meetings

2017 meeting dates: cessnock-youth-interagency-2017-dates

Cessnock Youth Interagency (CYI) is a network open to all Youth Services and Youth related organisations across the Cessnock Local Government and the Hunter Region. The network also welcomes young people!


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