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Prevention, early intervention, evidence and a commitment to the child at the centre of all policy underpin bold reforms detailed in Australia's first ever national plan for child and youth wellbeing, known as The Nest action agenda, which was launched at Parliament House in Canberra on Monday 18 November.
The Nest action agenda facilitated by ARACY and its 3000 members, in collaboration with Bupa Health Foundation (BHF) – is the culmination of almost three years' work by leading thinkers, service providers and advocates who were motivated by evidence showing our children and youth are lagging behind across key international health and wellbeing indicators.
The action agenda draws on our consultation with over 4000 Australian young people and families, outcomes from The Nest Summit (Phase 1) in November 2012, evidence from the ARACY Report Card: The wellbeing of young Australians (2013) and a review of effective interventions.
The Nest action agenda details key evidence-based, preventive-focused priorities to improve child and youth wellbeing across Australia, and includes six operational principles (page 7) and six priority directions (page 9) to mobilise collective efforts to achieve this.
You can join the collective effort by becoming a champion for progressing a national agenda that makes the wellbeing of young people a major priority by:
- adopting the Report Card as your framework for measuring and reporting outcomes;
- supporting 'best buy' and prevention-focused interventions to improve young people's wellbeing; and
- aligning your effort with others across Australia.
The Nest is initiated and facilitated by ARACY, and principal partner, Bupa Health Foundation.
Phone ARACY on 02 6248 2400 or email us.