Have your say in the first ever multicultural youth census

Did you know multicultural young people make up at least one-quarter of all Australian youth? And yet very little is known about their needs. MYAN NSW, Melbourne University and our partners across the country are conducting the first ever multicultural youth census to give multicultural young people a voice. The census aims to find out more about Australia’s multicultural young people, what they value and their vision for the future. Click here for more information.

Are Smartphones The New Weapon Against Anxiety?

New research has revealed that apps installed on smartphones can be used to significantly reduce anxiety.

Published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, the study is the first ever meta-analysis of all published evidence on the effect of smartphone-based therapies on anxiety in 1,837 people. The research is a collaboration between The University of Manchester, Black Dog Institute, Harvard University and Western Sydney University.

It showed that overall, smartphone interventions reduced anxiety significantly more than control conditions suggesting new digital therapies could be useful for managing the condition.

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.

Read the full article here

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.

See full article here

How To Talk To Someone Close To You Who Is Gambling

Partners, family members and friends often ring the Gambling Helpline (1800 858 858) wanting advice about how to talk to their loved ones about their gambling. Many times they want to talk about how to begin the conversation.

Other times the family member or significant other admits gambling has been an ongoing discussion topic that, from the callers point of view, goes nowhere.

This article discusses different strategies in opening up discussion with someone about gambling. Click here to access the full article.

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.


To access the site go to https://pro.healthykids.nsw.gov.au/


Upcoming Events

International Mental Health Conference

The 2017 International Mental Health Conference has been confirmed for 21 – 23 August 2017, at the Conference Centre at Sea World Resort, Gold Coast, QLD. Mark your calendar today with these dates and be apart of this important event.

Drug and Alcohol First Aid

Lyndon with the support of Hunter New England and Central Coast PHN, will deliver free drug and alcohol training workshops in the Hunter, New England, and Central Coast regions from September to November 2017.

Drug and Alcohol First Aid is a tailored 1 day workshop that delivers up-to-date, essential, evidence based information about drug & alcohol misuse, effects and treatment options. The workshop is suitable for community organisations, service providers, and community members. Follow the link for locations and dates.

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Interagency Meetings

These meetings are open for any interested parties

2017 Maitland Youth Interagency Meetings

See the calendar here, and for information on this meeting click here

2017 Dungog Shire Youth Interagency Meetings

See the calendar here, and for more information on this meeting click here

2017 Maitland Networking Lunches

These Lunches are a partnership between the Maitland Youth Interagency & the Maitland General Interagency, and are open for any youth or community worker, group, volunteer, organisation or community member. See the calendar here.


Actions Planning & Partnerships

Maitland Youth Partnerships & Planning Session

The Maitland Annual Planning Session is a fun, interactive day held each year. This is a chance to have your say about local young people & youth services and discuss issues of relevance or concern. Partnerships are developed during this day and plans put in place to ensure that young people in Maitland are receiving the best service.

Please SAVE THE DATE: Maitland High School, Friday 3 March 2017, 09:30am-1:30pm

See the flyer here, register for free here

According to participants, last year’s event “Increased collaboration with other services in delivering groups, knowledge of referral pathways” and ” It will help to directly influence the planning for our team around how we work with and support local young people in Maitland”

Dungog Youth Partnerships & Planning Session

The Dungog Shire Annual Planning Session is a fun, interactive day held each year. This is a chance to have your say about local young people & youth services and discuss issues of relevance or concern. Partnerships are developed during this day and plans put in place to ensure that young people in Dungog are receiving the best service.

Please SAVE THE DATE: Paterson School of Arts, Wednesday 22 February 2017, 10:00am-1:30pm

See the flyer here, and register for free here.

According to participants, last year’s event provided “opportunities to collaborate and work together with other services to assist them in service delivery”

Online Youth Sector Survey

To enhance service delivery to young people in Maitland & Dungog, I am committed to regularly consulting with others about what they see in their roles.

I feel that you are in a well-placed position to share knowledge and advice about the local needs and priorities for young people & youth sector workers in Maitland/Dungog.

The results of the survey will be shared with you in a fun infographic, so you can gain an understanding of what’s going on for local young people and youth sector workers. Some of the information will be used to inform future training, meetings and opportunities for you in your role.

All questions are anonymous and optional, feel free to include as much or as little information as you would like.

The deadline for this survey is Friday 17 February 2017. Although this sounds like a little while off, why not just take some time now?

Do you cover the Maitland LGA? Complete the Maitland survey

Do you cover the Dungog Shire? Complete the Dungog survey


Maitland Service Directories

Maitland Community Directory: http://community.maitland.nsw.gov.au/BrowseProfile.aspx?mi=20

The Lifeline Service Finder: https://lifeline.serviceseeker.com.au/

Octapod: http://octapod.org/

Maitland City Library – What’s On: http://www.maitland.nsw.gov.au/library/events

Maitland Regional Art Gallery (MRAG) – What’s On: http://mrag.org.au/whats-on/

My Maitland – What’s On: http://www.mymaitland.com.au/whats-on/

Dont forget to also check out the RYDON/HSNet Service Directory on the homepage of this website.

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