Authors: Sarah Joy, NSW
Event: 2006 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Children & Youth
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: The National Youth Roundtable is the peak youth consultation mechanism of the Commonwealth Government and is managed by the Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FACSIA). It brings together young people, aged 15 to 24 years, to discuss issues that have an impact on youth. A project that the National Youth Roundtable will be supporting in 2005/06 is one from the Health, Connections and Well-Being Team that tackles the issue of mental health and substance abuse for young people across Australia. The first aspect of this project that will be discussed in this presentation is the advocacy for improved service delivery to state and federal governments that has occurred in the past 12 months. The second aspect of the project, which will be the main focus of the presentation, is a collection of narratives that will be produced, enabling young people to more effectively have their voice heard by local, state and federal governments. This presentation will utilize narrative evidence to highlight the importance of the project’s four thematic areas: connection to family, connection to community, barriers to accessing services and successes in accessing services. The presentation will discuss how recommendations, placed at the end of thematic section, will enable youth to more effectively engage with, and have their voice heard by, government and their local communities. This presentation will conclude by highlighting that in gaining access to this knowledge and skills, young people across Australia will be better equipped to participate, connect and act as youth leaders, in their local communities and with state and federal governments in regard to mental health and substance abuse issues.