Both the Coalition and Labor pledge to throw millions more at youth mental health service Headspace, but former clients, social workers and mental health policy experts say the model only helps young people in the "Goldilocks zone".
According to the experts, screen time has only a tiny sway on the mental health of adolescents. We'd be much better off changing our approach to their technology use and focusing on the things we know have a bigger impact on wellbeing, like getting adequate sleep and a healthy diet.
This year's Grow Your Own music festival in the NSW sister towns of Forster-Tuncurry shows off the best of regional Australia, fusing music, food, art, and film into one 'beast' of an event for young festival-goers.
As the misuse of nitrous oxide — or "nangs" — by young people increases, youth advocates are calling for improved regulations to limit the sale of the drug, which can cause unconsciousness, and brain damage, and sudden death.
There is no requirement for Australian medical practitioners to disclose the benefits they receive from private interests such as medical device manufacturers, but Daniel Fleming — who has been a paid consultant for a breast implant manufacturer — argues that has to change.