As data shows youth unemployment in Australia hitting crisis point, a new campaign for youth employment, My Chance, Our Future, is being launched today.
New ABS data analysed by welfare group Brotherhood of St Laurence shows the unemployment rate for those aged 15 to 24 at an alarming 12.2 per cent across Australia in the . . . → Read More: Youth unemployment hits 21 per cent in key Australian hotspots – Brotherhood of St Laurence
The purpose of this report is to make recommendations about the services that young people need to achieve successful transitions from education to employment. The paper is intended to complement Jobs Australia’s policy positions in relation to employment and related services – and most particularly our recent proposal for the future of employment services . . . → Read More: Jobs Australia Policy on Youth Transitions January 2014
8 March 2014
8 March is International Women’s Day (IWD) – an occasion to celebrate women in all their diversity, including age. But despite increasing evidence on how discrimination affects women in old age and the challenges they face, older women are almost entirely absent from the picture.
his blind spot includes the debate . . . → Read More: International Women’s Day: Older women count – HelpAge International
A group of eight national health organisations have today reiterated their support for continued investment in improved dental health, particularly for children and those who rely on public dental health services.
Information from this week’s Senate Estimates confirmed that both the National Partnership Agreement (NPA) agreed in August 2013 and the Child Dental Benefits Schedule . . . → Read More: Improved dental care must remain a top priority – Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association
This study investigates the relative roles of home and school variables in accounting for achievement gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students in Australia and New Zealand. Using data from the Programme for International Student Assessment [PISA] 2009, our findings show that achievement gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students are associated with both home and . . . → Read More: Explaining the achievement gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students – Educational Research and Evaluation
In late 2012, the Lowitja Institute embarked on a project using ‘futures thinking’ to consider how research might best contribute to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing in the year 2030. The project was motivated by a desire to ‘get ahead of the game’: to anticipate and prepare for the potential research demands . . . → Read More: The Shape of Things to Come: Visions for the future of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research – Lowitja Institute
The latest issue of Social Agenda highlights the need for a new approach to employment, social and inclusion policy to promote youth employment: a combination of urgent, highly targeted measures supporting young people directly and of longer term structural reforms.
SOURCE: “Social Agenda No. 36 – Youth Employment”, CEDEFOP – European Centre for the Development . . . → Read More: Social Agenda: Youth Employment – CEDEFOP (European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training)
The Federal Government has announced a review into the Renewable Energy Target that aims for 20 per cent of power drawn from renewables – like wind and solar – by 2020. One task given to the review is to determine whether the RET is pushing up the price of electricity.
The scheme provides a . . . → Read More: Fact file: How does the Renewable Energy Target affect your power bill? – ABC.net
Australia, National – 9 April 2014
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Youth Homelessness Matters Day, on Wednesday 9 April 2014, is the annual national awareness day for youth homelessness in Australia. It’s a day of celebration, learning and understanding. We need your help to end youth homelessness!
Like. Give us a thumbs up on Facebook and have . . . → Read More: Event – Youth Homelessness Matters Day
Summary – Extract
What we know
• Housing is a key social determinant of health.
• The relationship between housing outcomes and health outcomes is bi-directional: housing affects health outcomes, and health affects housing outcomes.
• There are clear links between the quality and location of housing and health outcomes.
• The impacts of housing . . . → Read More: Housing Strategies that Improve Indigenous Health Outcomes – Closing the Gap Clearinghouse
Extract from an article by Veronica Sheen
The Conversation is running a series, Class in Australia, to identify, illuminate and debate its many manifestations. Here, Veronica Sheen discusses how insecure jobs can cause women in midlife to tumble out of the middle class.
Treasurer Joe Hockey wants a new debate about pushing the pension . . . → Read More: Eviction from the middle class: how tenuous jobs penalise women – The Conversation
Extract from an article by Tony Dreise
Results from the latest Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) show that the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students has remained the same for the last decade. PISA 2012: How Australia measures up shows that Indigenous 15-year-olds remain about two-and-a-half years behind their non-Indigenous peers in schooling. These . . . → Read More: Indigenous education results show need for needs-based funding – The Conversation
There were 288,052 children aged 4 or 5 years old enrolled in a preschool program in 2013 according to a report released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
ABS Director of the National Centre for Education and Training, Mr Patrick Corr, said that of the children in a preschool program, 55 per cent . . . → Read More: Over 280,000 children in a preschool program – Australian Bureau of Statistics
This study looks at lessons from a scheme that helped residents of a York village to make their community more environmentally sustainable and adaptable to change. The Good Life Initiative in New Earswick tried different ways of engaging residents and this research considers which were the most effective.
Tapping into the existing interests of community . . . → Read More: What’s the best way to make a community more resilient in the face of climate change? Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Twelve pairs of adolescent students were linked to an older adult in aged care in this pilot study on intergenerational interaction. Triads met weekly for eight weeks with the aim of writing a Life Review Book for the older adult. At the conclusion of the study, participants were interviewed to gain an understanding of . . . → Read More: My Life Story programme designed to foster positive mental health and well-being in adolescents and older adults – International Journal of Adolescence and Youth
Extract from an article by Nicholas Biddle
The Conversation is running a series, Class in Australia, to identify, illuminate and debate its many manifestations. Here, Nicholas Biddle outlines how students’ low aspirations can lead to poor outcomes.
Where do you expect your life to be in a year’s time? Will you still be in the . . . → Read More: Students’ own low expectations can reinforce their disadvantage – The Conversation