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Generation Next is a social enterprise providing education and information to protect and enhance the mental health of young people.

Nurturing nature in schools for enhanced learning

Ms Krystyna Gilowska, Professor Dianne Vella-Brodrick and Story Producer: Nerissa HanninkThe fast pace of modern urban living can be mentally and physically draining. Add the strains of a pandemic, and these challenges can multiply. Imagine being a school student and having to focus on learning and studying during this time. Being an attentive student can [...]

By |2022-06-07T10:23:09+10:00June 6th, 2022|Categories: Education, Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: |0 Comments

‘It’s almost like a second home’: why students want schools to do more about mental health

Christine Grové, Monash University and Alexandra Marinucci, Monash University Psychological distress is on the rise among young people in Australia. The implications of COVID-19 and the strain on the training and availability of psychologists are likely to add to the mental health challenges and hinder young people’s ability to get help. Social isolation, loneliness and [...]

By |2022-06-06T16:53:50+10:00June 6th, 2022|Categories: Education, Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: |1 Comment

Leveraging the digital era for fitter, healthier, happier children

PhD Candidate Diana Zhu, Senior Lecturer Zoe Davidson and Associate Professor Simone Gibson, Monash University Overweight and obesity is the second-largest contributor to Australia’s disease burden and health costs, including significantly driving Australia’s high-cost diseases (for example, musculoskeletal disorders, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancers). It’s estimated to cost the Australian economy $11.8 billion, and if obesity rates continue to [...]

By |2022-06-07T13:47:48+10:00June 6th, 2022|Categories: Education, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Obesity, Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Attending school every day counts – but kids in out-of-home care are missing out

Consistent school attendance is important in any child’s education but for many children in out-of-home care, going to school every day is no easy thing. There are three main types of out-of-home care in Australia: relative (or kinship) care, foster care, and residential care (small group homes). Children and young people who are unable to [...]

By |2022-05-24T16:31:19+10:00May 24th, 2022|Categories: Education, Learning, Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: |0 Comments

Uncovering the triggers of severe COVID-19 in kids

Conor McCafferty and Professor Vera Ignjatovic In most cases, children are largely protected from severe COVID-19. They have fewer symptoms, less severe disease and tend to recover more quickly than adults. Only 1.7 per cent of children will be hospitalised for COVID-19 – most will have mild or no symptoms. For previously unknown reasons, a [...]

By |2022-05-24T16:13:19+10:00May 24th, 2022|Categories: COVID, Science & Research, Wellbeing|Tags: |0 Comments

Overcoming resentment and using gratitude to build mental resilience

Join Andrew Fuller as he chats with guest Dr Kerry Howells on gratitude and resentment How letting go of everyday resentments and using gratitude tools can build positive work and education environments Gratitude builds on positive feelings and can help with depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, immune function, and optimism Gratitude is an action rather [...]

By |2022-05-31T16:37:36+10:00May 16th, 2022|Categories: Education, Podcast, Positive Psychology, Resilience|0 Comments

‘I just go to school with no food’ – why Australia must tackle child poverty to improve educational outcomes

Gerry Redmond, Flinders University About one in six children in Australia live in poverty. These children generally have poorer educational outcomes than more advantaged children. Our recently published research shows students who live in poverty also experience more social exclusion at school than their more advantaged peers. These findings suggests disadvantage at home carries over [...]

By |2022-04-04T17:20:07+10:00April 4th, 2022|Categories: Bullying, Diet & Nutrition, Education|Tags: |0 Comments

Belonging isn’t just a buzzword, it’s the key to our kids’ education

This week in every corner of Australia, schools, workplaces and communities will gather in various ways to celebrate Harmony Week, and whether it’s through shared food, music, songs or stories, this is a time for us to embrace inclusiveness, respect and importantly, a sense of belonging for everyone. According to the OECD’s latest report Trends [...]

By |2022-04-04T17:20:31+10:00April 4th, 2022|Categories: Education, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Wellbeing|Tags: |0 Comments

How can Australia support more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers?

Ren Perkins, The University of Queensland and Marnee Shay, The University of Queensland A major federal government review into how we train our teachers has just been released. This is part of the government’s push to improve Australia’s standing in the international education rankings. The first two recommendations focus on the important role of Indigenous [...]

By |2022-04-04T17:20:45+10:00April 4th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Teenagers, Music Listening and Wellbeing

Join Andrew Fuller as he chats with guest Prof Katrina Skewes McFerran on the importance of music therapy for the wellbeing of teenagers. How to promote the wellbeing of teenagers through positive music listening Music is not directly causative but has a powerful resonance in our lives - the dangers of teenagers using music [...]

By |2022-05-16T11:09:53+10:00March 21st, 2022|Categories: Education, Learning, Podcast|Tags: |0 Comments