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Schoolies are built on huge demand – and high expectations. AAP/Dean Saffron

Schoolies, toolies and foolies – in the market for a rite of passage

It’s that time of year again: schoolies – that institution where school leavers (schoolies) disappear for a couple of weeks to a beachside resort to engage in all types of shenanigans, both legal and otherwise…

High rates of chlamydia in young girls

Girls aged as young as 12 are testing positive for chlamydia, new data shows. Up to 13% of tests with girls aged 12 to 15…
What does the future hold for young adults under a Coalition government? AAP/Julian Smith

Young people, employment and the Coalition’s regional challenge

The Coalition government has begun its term in office with some controversial policy proposals related to Australia’s international engagement. These include cuts to international aid, hardline responses…
Young people should be left alone with their doctor for at least part of each consultation. Image from shutterstock.com

Sex, drugs and illness: why teens need medical confidentiality

What qualities do you most want your doctor to have? Good medical knowledge? Honesty? Good listening skills? Empathy? You probably want your doctor to have all of these traits – and teenagers are no different…
There’s no evidence that bootcamps on their own help young offenders. Youth crime image from www.shutterstock.com

Ten-hut! Boot camps can’t replace youth programs

During Queensland’s recent election campaign, the then state opposition leader, Campbell Newman, promised to spend $2 million trialling the use of correctional boot camps to address the problem of young…
While young people in Australia might not have to deal with the extremes of the GFC, they are facing other challenges. Youth image from www.shutterstock.com

Generation next: where to for Australia’s young people?

A new report shows that one in four young Australians are not fully engaged in employment or training despite government targets aiming to get more young people qualified or into a job. But compared to…
Exposure to multiple forms of abuse dramatically drives up the risk of suicidal thoughts in young people, the study found. http://www.flickr.com/photos/lainamarie/

Youth suicide risk soars after manifold abuse

Young people exposed to multiple types of abuse are up to six times more likely to have suicidal thoughts than those who…
Despite calls for it to be legalised, a new study has found taking up cannabis in adolescence when the brain is undergoing critical development can cause long-term harm. AAP

Cannabis harms young brains, study finds

More effort should be directed towards preventing the uptake of cannabis by young people argue US researchers, after a study…
Students from the next generation are heading to university, how should we teach them? Flickr/iwouldstay

A lecture on the art of lecturing: A how-to guide to teaching young people

Narcissistic, lazy, and overly confident – this is the way some see the new generation of young people starting to go to our universities. According to teacher Lynn Van Der Wagan, who sparked an online…

Genetics testing in school a success

A study offering genetic screening of year 10 and 11 students has been able to identify students at risk of a hereditary…
How do you stop young Australians from participating in risky activities overseas? Flickr/vampirogordo

Fatal attraction: young Australians travelling on the edge

Australians love to travel the world. In 2011 more than 7.5 million Australians (or more than one third of all Australians) travelled outside the country. Of course, most Australian travellers abroad have…
“Hipsters” are mocked at the moment, but do we even know who they really are? Wikimedia Commons/Jack Newton

Looking beyond the parody to define the hipster

The term “hipster” has become increasingly prominent in Australia’s urban lexicon this year. Even the Sydney Morning Herald has caught on, writing about “Hipster Housing”, featuring a young bespectacled…

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