Project Updates (June 2019)

The Wellbeing, Health and Youth Centre of Excellence (WH&Y)

WH&Y has participated in a series of conferences and research initiatives - thanks to those in the Intergener8 network who contributed. In February, MLC student, Diya Mehta and Philippa Collin were invited speakers at the NSW Advocate for Children and Young People's Youth Participation Conference. Diya and Pip talked about how embedding an ethics of engagement can help achieve participatory approaches in health research.  Members of the WH&Y team presented a keynote panel at the Public Involvement in Health Research Symposium (University of Sydney) on the evolution of public involvement in adolescent research. In March, Dr Teresa Swist attended the Ethics of Data Science Conference at University of Sydney. She presented a talk about The Contested Futures of Health Archives and Algorithms where she highlighted the need to involve young people in evolving health data ecosystems, plus the value of a shared and intergenerational approach. In April, researchers and young people involved in WH&Y presented a workshop at the Ministry of Health Youth Showcase. Participants discussed Local Health District priorities and issues relating to health research and program evaluation. 

To find out more details about our work to date, check out two recent blogs on the WH&Y website: 6 things we can all learn about youth engagement; and Thinking, working, collaborating and innovating together with the WH&Y Engagement Framework.

Lithgow Transition Hub

The Lithgow Transition Hub proposal is bringing together staff from across the University with external stakeholders to develop a framework and process to re-activate the University’s Lithgow site as a Just Transition hub. A two-day workshop over May 23 and 24 brought together over 50 attendees from local and state government, school, TAFE, various industries, community groups, and individuals to brainstorm visions of a thriving future for Lithgow and activities that could help bring that future into being. The workshop generated six streams, each with an affiliated working group of University and external partners. The streams are:

  1. Gateway to Wiradjuri

  2. Education for Life

  3. Lithgow Sprint

  4. Incubator and activator space

  5. Health and wellbeing space

  6. Central coordination
     

From here the streams will inform the development of a strategy for site occupation and activation. Proposed activities include residencies, workshops, hacks, pop-up spaces, screenings and film nights, public lectures, performances, study groups, writing classes, and more.

Individuals and organisations interested in being part of the discussion and development are welcome to get in contact with Dr Louise Crabtree via l.crabtree@westernsydney.edu.au or 0420 946 186. There are substantial areas and approaches that intersect with the focus and methods of Intergener8, especially with regards to developing opportunities for young people to create and enact positive stories and places.

Infinite possibilities at the Lithgow Transition Hub. Brainstorming activities at the stakeholder workshops May 23 and 24, 2019.

Centre for Resilient and Inclusive Societies (CRIS)

The Young and Resilient Research Centre is co-leading a research stream for a new collaborative think-tank – the Centre for Resilient and Inclusive Societies (CRIS). Intended to forge solutions to problems caused by social polarisation and racism as well as youth-related issues in the digital age, the Youth, Diversity and Wellbeing in a Digital Age research stream will draw upon the expertise of Associate Professor Amanda Third, Associate Professor Philippa Collin, Dr Liam Magee and others. The research will focus on developing a technology-based youth consultation platform for social wellbeing, the co-design of strategies to address violence through school and community-based education, and encouraging youth participation in decision-making for policy and practice in the field. Read more about the partnership here

State of the World's Children 2019 Report

Building on our work in 2017, we're partnering with UNICEF to run a series of consultations in 18 countries around the world to gather insights about adolescents' and mothers' experiences of food and nutrition to form the basis of UNICEF’s State of the World's Children 2019 Report on nutrition. Consultations are now underway, and we’re looking for young people aged between 14 and 18 to take part in a 5-hour workshop in Parramatta that will involve a series of activities exploring daily food and nutrition, and opportunities and challenges associated with issues like access to food and healthy eating. Workshops will be held in Parramatta City on a weekday at the end of June or early July (dates and times to be confirmed). If you know someone who might be interested in participating, please ask them to contact Girish at g.lala@westernsydney.edu.au

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