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Young Queenslanders with disabilities to benefit from housing scheme

Construction has commenced on a new disability housing complex in Queensland, providing more tailored accommodation for those in need in the state. The latest Youngcare project - which is also working to provide more "age-appropriate" housing for disabled youth in other states and cities - is based on a government-funded site in Wooloowin, Brisbane. A second Brisbane…

2 Jun 2014, by Informa Australia

Social Policy

Close-Up: Kerryn Boland

Ms. Kerryn Boland is the NSW Children’s Guardian and A/NSW Commissioner for Children and Young People. The Children’s Guardian is an independent statutory authority.  Its regulatory functions relate to out‑of‑home care, voluntary out-of-home care and adoption services. It also regulates the employment of children under 15 years of age in the areas of entertainment, exhibition,…

5 May 2014, by Informa Australia

Education & Skilling | Social Policy

Give Australia’s out-of-home care young people a better education

Young people in disadvantaged circumstances often have poorer education outcomes than the general population.  Every year, at least 100,000 children and young Australians access homelessness services (AIHW, 2012).  Indisputably, this would have an impact on their education and their future. Brian Smyth King, Executive Director of Learning and Engagement from NSW Department of Education and…

2 May 2014, by Informa Australia

Social Policy

Realising the potential of restorative justice – Billy’s story

Throughout its decade-long working history in Victoria’s Youth Justice Group Conferencing space, Jesuit Social Services has facilitated hundreds of improved outcomes for young offenders and their victims. For Glen McClure, the organisation’s Youth Justice Group Conferencing Coordinator, few stories have resonated as deeply as that of Billy (not his real name). By the age of…

22 Apr 2014, by Informa Australia

Defence & Security | Social Policy

University attitude: the key to creating a secure campus environment

Kathleen Baty is the CEO of SafetyChick Enterprises, whose mission is to change the way Personal Safety is marketed to women.  Kathleen has been a featured speaker at a number of global events, including the National Association of Threat Assessment Professionals Conference (ATAP), in addition to being a regular contributor on The Today Show. She…

17 Apr 2014, by Informa Australia

Social Policy

Close-Up: John Rogerson

John Rogerson was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Drug Foundation (ADF) in 2008.  He has been with the ADF since October 1994 as General Manager (Operations), and was appointed Deputy Chief Executive and Director of the Foundation’s Good Sports program in 2000. During this time, the Good Sports program expanded from a research…

1 Apr 2014, by Informa Australia

Social Policy

Educating and empowering young people in the justice system

Last week, key state government representatives and youth justice organisations came together at the 5th Annual National Juvenile Justice Summit, and joined in discussions on emerging developments in juvenile justice, including intervention, diversion and rehabilitation programs, risk assessment and risk management training for staff working in the youth justice and community workforce, Indigenous youth programs, education…

31 Mar 2014, by Informa Australia

Health & Healthcare | Social Policy

Making mental health a crucial part of student welfare

University students are perhaps one of the most stressed demographics in any country. The constant pressure of assignments and exams, an ever-increasing loan debt and the notion that their entire future is on the line can really stack up. If the proper care and attention is not provided for these often vulnerable individuals, they can…

31 Mar 2014, by Informa Australia

Social Policy

Creating a sustainable carer pool for Australia’s out-of-home care children

The future of Australia’s out-of-home care children is looking more promising following the Victorian government’s initiative on pumping $128 million into the out-of-home care services.  To create a sustainable carer pool remains a challenge for those working towards a better living environment for these children. Katie Hooper, CEO of Foster Care Association of Victoria shares…

28 Mar 2014, by Informa Australia

Health & Healthcare | Social Policy

Focus on Indigenous healthcare needs to build momentum

National Close the Gap Day - an initiative to promote the healthcare needs of Australia's Indigenous communities - has come and gone for this year. However, industry groups around the country are urging the government to "make every day a Close the Gap Day".  The overarching purpose of the annual event is to highlight the…

24 Mar 2014, by Informa Australia
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