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Christchurch City Council Media Release Friday 3 September 1999

Christchurch Youth Health Forum – making a difference

"Making a difference" is an apt title for the 4th Christchurch Youth Health Forum, says City Council Youth Advocate, Robin Moore.

The Forum, to be held on the 8th and 9th of September at the Riccarton Park Function Centre, will provide a great training opportunity for professionals working with young people, she says.

It will give participants an opportunity to expand networks and meet others committed to improving the mental health of young people.

One highlight will be the keynote address by Barry Taylor, a health professional who has worked extensively in New Zealand and Australia over the past ten years. He is particularly experienced in the areas of youth suicide prevention, risk assessment and postvention.

Phil Nunn is also a keynote speaker. A psychologist with nine years’ experience, he is the Manager of Creative Youth initiatives through the Sydney City Mission.


A Youth Day Forum will also be held at Riccarton Park Function centre on Tuesday, September 7. The views expressed would be recorded and relayed to the main Forum, said Ms Moore.

"Young people haven’t had the opportunity to talk about such issues. The talking has usually been about them rather than with them. We hope that by giving youth the chance to express their opinions in a peer group context will give them the confidence to speak their minds," said Ms Moore.

An itinerary is appended. Workshops will be labelled either Media welcome or Media excluded.


 For further information

Robyn Moore 372-2406

Youth Advocate




Session One (select one)


Session Three (select one)
10.35am – 12 noon 2.40pm – 4.00pm


Body Image




Representatives of Youth Specialty Service



Dealing with Parents

Leonie Young, Presbyterian Support



Amy Wilkinson, Family Planning Association



Cultural Awareness in Schools – Is it Lacking?

Ana Su’a Hawkins, Youth and Cultural Development Inc


Law and Order

Jane Roseveare, Community Law Centre





Christchurch Youth Council and Resources – How to Access Them

Matt Glanville, Carla Potter and David Dobbie, Christchurch Youth Council






Young Parents

Heidi Dowall, CCC/Police Youth Worker

Freedom Preston-Clark, Cross Over Trust

Angela Watkin, Youth and Cultural Development Inc



Session Two (select one)

See Back of Brochure for


1.05pm – 2.20pm


Alcohol and Drugs

Cate Kearney and Sue Bagshaw, 198 Youth Health Centre


The Youth Day is supported by the

Christchurch City Council


Women’s Issues and Prostitution

Raelene Gibson, NZPC



Learning Styles

Waverney Warth, Youth Worker



Men’s Issues

Roy Grainger, Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse


8 September
8.00am – 9.00am Registrations


9.00am Powhiri


9.30am Keynote Speakers

The Hosts – Youth Mental Health Forum Organising Group

How to Make a Forum


10.15am Morning Tea


10.45am – 12.25pm Keynote Workshop

Barry Taylor

Evidence, Idealogy and Good Intentions in Youth Suicide Prevention: Making a difference or a mess?


12.30pm – 1.15pm Lunch and entertainment


1.15pm – 2.00pm Keynote Speaker

Phil Nunn

Creativity: A universal language for talking with young people


2.10pm – 3.00pm Session 1

Youth Day Feedback: panel and discussion


3.00pm – 3.30pm Afternoon Tea


3.30pm – 4.30pm Session 2 (select one)

(1) Schools Making a Difference

(2) Youth Insearch

(3) You Say Taro and I Say Potato

(4) Youth Justice: Young people re-offending – what works?

(5) Residential Services – Their Place in the Treatment Continuum



5.00pm – 7.00pm Cocktails


9 September
9.00am – 9.30am Housekeeping


9.30am Keynote Speaker

Adrian Te Patu

To Be or Not to Be: What Was the Question?

Exploring Maori youth through "what" and "why"


10.15am Morning Tea


10.45am – 12.25pm Session 3 (select one)

(1) Recent Developments in Youth Suicide

Prevention in Canterbury/Westland

(2) She Was Really Cool, She Used My Name

(3) Anxiety and Adolescents

(4) Enhancing the Psychological and Social Development of Adolescents Through Lifeskills Training

(5) Maori Mental Health Workers – to be advised


12.30pm – 1.15pm Lunch

Entertainment: Peer Education Programme, Family Planning Association


1.20pm – 2.30pm Session 4 (select one)

(1) Group Work With Adolescents

(2) Sticky Labels

(3) Why Make Your Dreams Weight?

(4) Needs Assessment: Making a difference

(5) Making a Difference South of the Border


2.30pm – 3.00pm Afternoon Tea


3.00pm – 4.00pm Session 5 (select one)

(1) Peer Education: Making a difference

(2) Young Males Speaking Out

(3) Victims or Villains?: Young people who trade in sex

(4) Alcohol and Drug Use in High Schools – Can We Make a Difference?

(5) Stress and Burnout



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