This is a free seminar that is open to the public, especially parents and care givers. Seats are limited. You must register and have a ticket to gain entry.

Where: St Mary’s College, Mary Street, Woodend, Ipswich QLD
When: Sunday 22 May 2011

Phone The Base Youth Agency on 07 3818 3118
or Download a registration form from Generation Next
and Fax the registration form to 1300 797 792
or Mail the registration form to PO Box 500, Burwood NSW 1805
or go Online and register at Generation Next 

A public conference aimed at understanding the unique health and wellbeing challenges facing generations Y & Z — and how these challenges can be met.

Topics include:
Sexualisation of Children in the Media
Alcohol & Binge Drinking
Depression in Young People
Helping Young People After Natural Disasters
Cybersafety & Online Predators

Paul Dillon – Drug and Alcohol Research and Training Australia
Binge drinking is a major issue affecting the health and wellbeing of our young people. This presentation will give accurate, up-to-date information on what we know about alcohol consumption patterns and trends in Australia. It will empower parents with basic information, help them have meaningful conversations and enable them to develop strategies to minimise the harm and risks associated with its consumption.

Jo Lamble – Clinical Psychologist, Relationship Expert Channel 7
Many young people suffer from depression and anxiety in silence, unaware that their distress is not normal or that it can in most cases be treated successfully. This presentation outlines why this is happening and what you should know about early warning signs, referral and treatment.

Melinda Tankard Reist – Author & Activist
Melinda Tankard Reist is a Canberra author, speaker, commentator and advocate with a special interest in issues affecting women and girls. Melinda’s third book is Getting Real: Challenging the Sexualisation of Girls (Spinifex Press, 2009). Melinda’s commentary has been published and broadcast in Australia and overseas. Melinda is a founder of Women’s Forum Australia, an independent women’s think tank and editor of WFA’s magazine-style research paper Faking It: The Female Image in Young Women’s Magazines.

Vikki Ryall – Headspace Clinical Director
The floods throughout Australia are likely to have a significant impact on the mental health and wellbeing of young Australians as well as their family and significant others now and into the future. Some young people will need additional support to get through these times. This presentation will provide ways to help young people recover from traumatic experiences.

Susan McLean – Cybersafety Expert
Our children have access to communication technologies whose power far exceeds their ability to handle them. Cyberbullying and the exchange of inappropriate images are emerging as the number one issue confronting the safety and wellbeing of young people. This presentation will help you cross the techno gap and develop strategies to reduce the risks of the Internet, social networks, mobile phones and texting.

Stuart Butler – Detective Sergeant
Child Sex Offenders are masters of their chosen profession, they know the websites that children go to, they have perfected the art of conversing with children and most of all they know how to lure children away from their protective surroundings. In this session, you will be confronted with the facts of what children are doing on the internet, what websites they are using and how you can protect them.

A not for profit event brought to you by Healthed and The Base Youth Agency.

The Base Youth Agency supports parents as they journey through their children’s school years through building mutual support among parents, advocacy and parenting education.

This conference is supported by funding from the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing under the Mental Health Conference Funding Program, which is managed by the Mental Health Council of Australia.

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