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I sometimes wonder about the term ‘role model’. Might be a bit too simple or something. But where I have no doubts at all is in thinking that young people need elders and youngers around who inspire, encourage, and uplift. And do so in major and minor ways, sometimes actively and sometimes simply by being who

Uncle Martin goes to camp

I sometimes wonder about the term ‘role model’. Might be a bit too simple or something. But where I have no doubts at all is in thinking that young people need elders and youngers around who inspire, encourage, and uplift. And do so in major and minor ways, sometimes actively and sometimes simply by being who

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On ABC’s ‘Life Matters’, Associate Professor Steve Allsop Director of Curtin University’s National Drug Research Institute talks about trends in drug use. And there is good and bad news. ‘Dabbling’ use seems to be going down. And Buck Reed (on the same show) a first aid provider with UniMed says that on the ‘party scene’

Drug use

On ABC’s ‘Life Matters’, Associate Professor Steve Allsop Director of Curtin University’s National Drug Research Institute talks about trends in drug use. And there is good and bad news. ‘Dabbling’ use seems to be going down. And Buck Reed (on the same show) a first aid provider with UniMed says that on the ‘party scene’

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Anthony Browne, dubbed ‘Britain’s children’s laureate’ says that drawing circles, squares and triangles is kind of restrictive. He likes the idea of wild imagination. He has something he calls ‘the shape game…one child (person?) draws something…anything! The next person adds to it by turning it into ‘something’…here he is explaining it. This is kinda lovely…simple,

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Anthony Browne, dubbed ‘Britain’s children’s laureate’ says that drawing circles, squares and triangles is kind of restrictive. He likes the idea of wild imagination. He has something he calls ‘the shape game…one child (person?) draws something…anything! The next person adds to it by turning it into ‘something’…here he is explaining it. This is kinda lovely…simple,

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Secondary Students and Sexual Health. 2008. 4th National Survey. This is a big report. So check it out One goodie… ‘Most students (88%) had sought information regarding sexual health. Students most commonly sought information from their mothers (56%), female friends (55%), the school sexual health program (49%) and pamphlets (44%). Despite not being used as

Sex

Secondary Students and Sexual Health. 2008. 4th National Survey. This is a big report. So check it out One goodie… ‘Most students (88%) had sought information regarding sexual health. Students most commonly sought information from their mothers (56%), female friends (55%), the school sexual health program (49%) and pamphlets (44%). Despite not being used as

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Gabor Mate, physician; works in tough circumstances in Vancouver with people who are dangerously, destructively…substance dependent. Not all young, not all old. In his book ‘In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts’ he has this (Page 340) to say: ‘No organism in nature is separate from the system in which it lives… the addiction process…is a

Addictions

Gabor Mate, physician; works in tough circumstances in Vancouver with people who are dangerously, destructively…substance dependent. Not all young, not all old. In his book ‘In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts’ he has this (Page 340) to say: ‘No organism in nature is separate from the system in which it lives… the addiction process…is a

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I have been meaning to put something up for some time about this.  Shortly I will put up an article based on a workshop I recently did for the Youth Action and Policy Association here in New South Wales.  In the meantime, I have tried to detail some of the ingredients I think make for

What does make a conversation useful?

I have been meaning to put something up for some time about this.  Shortly I will put up an article based on a workshop I recently did for the Youth Action and Policy Association here in New South Wales.  In the meantime, I have tried to detail some of the ingredients I think make for

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Dr Ramon Lewis of the University of Ballarat has some interesting things to say about the differences between boys and girls and how thy they cope with the difficult ‘stuff ‘ of life. He says that: Research with young people has shown that boys and girls use some coping strategies more than others. Preferred coping

Gender differences in how boys and girls cope

Dr Ramon Lewis of the University of Ballarat has some interesting things to say about the differences between boys and girls and how thy they cope with the difficult ‘stuff ‘ of life. He says that: Research with young people has shown that boys and girls use some coping strategies more than others. Preferred coping

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It would be a really really REALLY good thing if we could start to get a handle on what it is that might be that keeps our young indigenous people in the world and connected ratther than heading into Juvenile Justice.  The NSW’s  Commission for Children and Young People quote Attorney-General Robert McClelland. “Finding ways

Indigenous young people

It would be a really really REALLY good thing if we could start to get a handle on what it is that might be that keeps our young indigenous people in the world and connected ratther than heading into Juvenile Justice.  The NSW’s  Commission for Children and Young People quote Attorney-General Robert McClelland. “Finding ways

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Read the research. Over and over in different places and at different times, and in different language, we find that as humans, we need to fit, to belong, to be connected, to be part of something. And if research is not where you would normally look for inspiration, take a look at your neighbourhood. Is

What is – still – worthwhile

Read the research. Over and over in different places and at different times, and in different language, we find that as humans, we need to fit, to belong, to be connected, to be part of something. And if research is not where you would normally look for inspiration, take a look at your neighbourhood. Is

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