Dr. Janis Whitlock Workshop

Allambi Care & TACT Training are excited to be hosting Dr. Janis Whitlock from New York’s Cornell University. Dr Whitlock will be presenting a workshop specifically tailored for those working in the sector with children and young people that engage in non-suicidal self-injurious behaviour.
This workshop is designed to help participants understand what self-injury is, why people do it, when and how it stops, and how someone can meaningfully support the recovery process. It also covers the basis of therapy, communication skills, managing common issues, such as power struggles, and how to foster a healthy environment for everyone during this time.

About Dr Janis Whitlock
Dr. Janis Whitlock is The Associate Director for Teaching & Training in the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research. She is also the Director of the Cornell Research Program on Self-Injury and Recovery. Janis is the author of publications on non-suicidal self-injury in adolescence and young adulthood, social media and mental health, and in youth connectedness to schools and communities.
Dr Whitlock’s current primary research focus includes development of early detection and intervention in mental health and wellbeing using social media and other technological affordances, particularly in the areas of self-injury and suicide. Janis is dedicated to translating research into practice and policy through broad dissemination of user friendly materials and through development of web-based training and education programs for parents and professionals.

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Youth Health Forum

Video conference – John Hunter Hospital


JHH Large Lecture Theatre Room 6065 John Hunter Hospital

(Please note this is a different venue to past forums)

For registration
contact  Karen:

M: 0407291680

E: Karen.johnson-dewit@hnehealth.nsw.gov.au

Use JHH main entrance and ask for directions at the enquiries counter. Parking is available in the visitor’s car park at a cost. Please allow enough time for parking.

Morning tea

Not provided. Please bring your own or utilise the cafes on site.



By Friday 23 November 2018 (or when full capacity has been reached)

Please register via email: Karen.johnson-dewit@hnehealth.nsw.gov.au

The Forum Organising Committee includes representatives from Academic Department of Adolescent Medicine; Agency for Clinical Innovation; CAPTOS, Department of Psychological Medicine, CHW Children’s Hospital School, CHW; Department of Adolescent Medicine, CHW; Department of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, Westmead Hospital; High Street Youth Health Service; Area School Link Coordinator, Northern Sydney Local Health District; Maternity, Child, Youth and Paediatrics, NSW Health and  Transcultural Mental Health Centre

Rural and regional video conference sites

Video conferences are now available in more than 25 sites across NSW. For your local video conference sites and local rsvp details; goto the NSW Health website and search for ‘Youth Health Forum Video Conference sites’ (Please note that video conference facilities are reserved for rural and regional sites only).

Flyer here.

Circle of Security Program at Samaritans Gateshead

The Circle of Security Parenting Program helps parents understand the emotional needs of their children and creates opportunities for parents to strengthen the relationship with their children.

Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Where: Samaritans Building – 4a Pacific Highway, Gateshead 2290
Childcare: Can be provided, please let us know if required ☺
Cost: Free, refreshments provided.

“Parenting can be tricky for everyone at one point or another. The Circle of Security program helps caregivers focus on the relationship we have with our children, to give them the emotional security they need to feel safe in our care.”
Contact Samaritans – Gateshead on: 4942 1621 to book a place!

Flyer can be found here!

Some Great Mental Health Websites For Young People


The Cessnock Youth Entertainment Committee present an evening of acoustic music for local young people. Supported by an Indent Grant, CYEC are presenting a show-case of young musos performing acoustic music at the Cessnock Youth Centre (CYCOS) on 16 November 2018. This event is Drug and Alcohol free. Entry is by gold-coin donation.

Newcastle Reclaim the night


The Newcastle Domestic Violence Committee is holding this year’s Reclaim the Night March on Friday October 26th along the Honeysuckle Foreshore. for more information, log onto https://www.facebook.com/reclaimthenightnewcastle/

Upcoming Events

Canteen Bandanna Day

National Bandanna Day, created by youth cancer charity CanTeen, is now in its 24th year and continues to build on the already strong support from communities around Australia.

Canteen CEO, Peter Orchard, said the goal this year is to sell 270,000 bandannas to help fund CanTeen’s life-changing services for young people trying to cope with a close family member’s cancer or their own.

“Dealing with cancer often leaves young people feeling isolated and alone, which is why we’re urging all Australians to show their support this National Bandanna Day, Friday 26 October 2018


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