In The Conversation


More than just risk: LGBTQIA+ young people use social media to sustain and make sense of family relationships

Authors: Benjamin Hanckel, Shiva Chandra

Much of World Pride has been about the visibility of LGBTQIA+ people. Social media offers new opportunities to be visible, and many people have shared their celebrations of Pride during this time. However, not everyone. Our new research shows that LGBTQIA+ young people are deciding what to post on social media sites with their families in mind, to foster and maintain ties with them.

You’ve got a friend: young people help each other with their mental health for 3.5 hours every week

Authors: Benjamin Hanckel, Amelia Henry, Erin Dolan, and Jasbeer Musthafa Mamalipurath

Young people experience mental health difficulties at a higher rate than any other age group. While there’s ongoing discussion about the formal supports they need, young people say they’re most likely to speak with peers and friends – particularly when mental health care is difficult to access...Read more.

Census data shows we're more culturally diverse than ever. Our institutions must reflect this

Author: Sukhmani Khorana

Initial data from the 2021 census released this week shows Australia continues to become more culturally diverse. Almost half of us have at least one parent born overseas...Read more

How young LGBTQIA+ people used social media to thrive during COVID lockdowns

Authors: Benjamin Hanckel,  Shiva Chandra

We spoke to a number of young LGBTIQA+ people from all over Australia and from a variety of cultural backgrounds about their experiences during the pandemic.....Read more

From veggie gardening to op-shopping, migrants are the quiet environmentalists

Authors: Sukhmani Khorana

Environmentalism is, for the most part, the domain of the white middle class. We must recognise the contributions migrants already make, and how their power can be further harnessed....Read more

No, Education Minister, we don’t have enough evidence to support banning mobile phones in schools

Authors: Marilyn Campbell, Amanda Third

Recently South Australia announced a mobile phone ban in primary schools. Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan endorsed the ban, saying: Data shows a correlation between the uptake of mobile phones by young people and a downturn in student performance. Despite the claims, we actually don't have sufficient data to back the policy...Read more

COVID-19 cases are highest in young adults. We need to partner with them for the health of the whole community

Authors: Philippa Collin, Melissa Kang, Rachel Skinner

Australian data confirms coronavirus is more common in younger adults. People aged 20-29 have continually had the highest rates of COVID-19 cases. To reduce these rates and support young people to play their part in stemming community transmission, we need to understand their experiences during the pandemic...Read more

Young people are anxious about coronavirus. Political leaders need to talk with them, not at them

Authors: Melissa Kang, Angus Dawson, Kate Steinbeck, Lena Sanci, Philippa Collin, Rachel Skinner, Sharon Medlow, Teresa Swist.

Young people in Australia are among the fastest-growing group to contract COVID19. According to the Department of Health, there are now more cases in Australia among people aged 20 – 29 years than any other age group. Our research has found that, contrary to popular belief, many young people in Australia are seriously concerned about the virus. YouthInsight, the research arm of Student Edge, conducted an online survey of 520 young people aged 14 – 25 around Australia in March 2020. Ninety-three percent of respondents were studying...Read more