E-news Issue 8
Tuesday, 05 October 2021
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Youth Health Summit Project co-ordinator Josie Povey said the goal was a safer and healthier future for all Territorians.
Youth Health Summit Project co-ordinator Josie Povey said the goal was a safer and healthier future for all Territorians.

Young voices provide powerful ideas

Charles Darwin University (CDU) was a proud sponsor of this year’s Youth Health Summit, organised through Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies). The Summit engaged young people in conversations about what was important for youth health in the Northern Territory.

The Summit was originally slated for August 2021 but Covid saw activities moved online, allowing NT Youth and service providers to continue connecting and sharing ideas.

Priorities identified in the first Youth Health Summit in 2019 endured, with mental health being of most concern, to the extent that the issue permeated all major topics.

Other priority issues included sexual health, access to health services and the health of the environment.

The importance of young people being supported, informed, and engaged with skilled health workers, teachers, support staff, parents and carers emerged as a prominent theme.

Menzies Project Co-ordinator Josie Povey said the Summit was an important way for young people to have their voices heard on matters that are important to them.

“We thank all the young Territorians who got involved, and joined in the conversation, because the Youth Health Summit offered a great opportunity to have your say, so that together we can help shape a better, safer, and healthier future for all Territorians,” Josie said.

A podcast series ‘Youth Choices! Youth Voices!’ was also developed to help young adults access information important to their health and wellbeing.

The podcasts can be found on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/3JhrvfBe569vHAkkRqqdC4.

They are also on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG8IKjMAH2OqGaRYvtc_Vig

The Youth Health Summit was sponsored by CDU, and hosted by Menzies School of Health Research, HOT NORTH, the NT Primary Health Network, Bridging the Gap Foundation, Ironbark Aboriginal Corporation, ChartAir and the NT Government.