SPECIAL REPORTS

  • Special Report Wellbeing Barometer

    SPECIAL REPORT: The Wellbeing Barometer - 2024

    “Whilst last year’s results put a spotlight on areas of significant concern, there were also highlights that demonstrated the resilience and adaptability of many students and emphasised the necessity of early intervention and prevention strategies."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • Gambling & Young People

    SPECIAL REPORT: Gambling & Young People

    "The current generation of children and adolescents are growing up in an unprecedented time when it comes to gambling. A new grey area is emerging with gambling-like elements in video games and social media blurring the boundaries and creating headaches, both for parents and regulators."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • Discussing War & Conflict

    SPECIAL REPORT: Discussing War & Conflict

    "When children encounter traumatic events, their brain processes these emotions, storing them as powerful memories. It's natural for them to be curious, concerned, or even scared. Their world view is still forming, and these events can be overwhelming and difficult for them to process."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • R U OK Day

    SPECIAL REPORT: R U OK?Day

    "This day contributes to suicide prevention efforts by encouraging all people to invest more time in their personal relationships and building their informal support networks. By having conversations and being alert to those around us, we can help identify signs of distress."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • Social Media Influencers

    SPECIAL REPORT: Social Media Influencers

    "Social media influencers often present a highly curated and filtered version of their lives, showcasing only the positive aspects. This can create unrealistic beauty standards, success and happiness for children. Constant exposure to this may lead to feelings of inadequacy, low self-worth and dissatisfaction."

    Dr Emma Woodward

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  • Mobile Phone Separation Anxiety

    SPECIAL REPORT: Mobile Phone Separation Anxiety

    "Critics argue that there is no evidence that a mobile phone ban is effective. However, this is a mischaracterisation of evidence. Peer reviewed literature shows that there would be a number of positive impacts for students relating to such bans at school."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • Celebrating Harmony Week

    SPECIAL REPORT: Celebrating Harmony Week

    "Harmony Week is all about celebrating the fact that Australia is one of the most multicultural countries in the world. Our diversity is a great strength and helps us do things in different ways, reduce discrimination and accept difference."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • Safe partying

    SPECIAL REPORT: A Guide To Safe Partying

    "Teenage gatherings provide important opportunities for young people to mix and gain experiences in social situations. However, it is possible for the best young person to get carried away by their peers and the euphoria of the moment."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • Sextortion

    SPECIAL REPORT: Sextortion

    "You may not have heard the term before, but you must understand what it is. There has been a 400% increase in this type of crime being reported to police now involving adolescent males at a terribly high rate."

    Susan McLean

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  • NAIDOC Week

    SPECIAL REPORT: Celebrating NAIDOC Week

    "NAIDOC week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It is celebrated by all Australians and is a great opportunity to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities."

    Dyonne Anderson

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  • Conflict in Ukraine

    SPECIAL REPORT: The Conflict in Ukraine

    “The evidence show us that having a supportive discussion about a stressful event can actually decrease a young person’s distress. Answering their questions honestly will help them process any difficult emotions that may arise."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • Flood Support

    SPECIAL REPORT: Flood Support & Recovery

    “The recent floods have touched the lives of many. If your child or teenager is exposed to a natural disaster, either directly through lived experience or indirectly through the media, then your support is vital."

    Dr Emma Woodward

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  • Respectful Language

    SPECIAL REPORT: Respectful Language

    “If you swear at someone, or about someone, you are actually committing an act of verbal violence. You transgress the usual rules of social interaction, impinging upon someone's self-image and their sense of dignity."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • Managing Overwhelm

    SPECIAL REPORT: Managing Overwhelm

    “As human beings, our brains haven’t evolved fast enough to adapt to the digital world that we now live in. This means that the overload of messages that we receive through ever-present media platforms often results in stress, anxiety, and overwhelm."

    Dr Emma Woodward

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Instilling Hope In Uncertain Times

    “Parents can help instil hope by encouraging their kids to see life as it is. Human beings, particularly young ones, hate uncertainty and often their natural response is to exhibit varying degrees of fear and anxiety."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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