Forums broadcast regionally aim to give youth violence the boot

Youth aggression was the focus of a University of Sydney School of Rural Health forum held on Wednesday. 

Open to a wide cross-section of the community, the forum included lectures on family violence, juvenile justice and reduce risk factors in adolescents. 

The sessions were at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead and broadcast to Orange and Dubbo. 

University of Sydney School of Rural Health deputy head of school Catherine Hawke said the sessions were good for networking and a chance to meet people from different services. 

“We get to be able to use their input into our research and it makes out research more relevant to the local community, and we can know the people and know their needs and what they see out in the community and so we can do relevant research,” she said.

“It gives us a chance to make sure we aren’t forgotten as a lot of public policy is made in Sydney and can be metropolitan-centic.”

Headspace’s Emily Smith, who also works as a counsellor, said this was one of the few local professional development and networking opportunities locally.

“The format works really well, we can text in and ask questions,” she said. 

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