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“If we want to effectively deliver our programs to young people, then we need to hear their voices and listen to their experiences,” – Emily Deans, Research & Design Coordinator, Youth Solutions

Youth Solutions regularly engages with young people through qualitative research. The purpose of our research program is to ensure that young people are actively involved in the design of project content and it also provides a platform for young people to be advocating for their own support needs around alcohol and other drugs.

Youth Solutions’ research program is supported by a broader research advisory group made up of members from University of Wollongong and Western Sydney University. This collaborative working group was created in late 2018 to assist Youth Solutions in increasing it’s research capacity.

Investigators: A/Prof Jioji Ravulo, Dr Emily Deans, Dr Elizabeth Conroy, A/ Prof Ilse Blignault 

Research Assistant: Joseph Abdo

Projects

  • Understanding the needs of local youth to inform drug and alcohol prevention and harm reduction services: A qualitative study 

This project involved qualitative interviews and focus groups with 30 young people recruited from alcohol and other drug and mental health settings and the broader SWS community about the substances that are currently causing concern among young people and the psychosocial factors that shape young people’s involvement in alcohol and other drugs.

Funding Declaration: Western Sydney University, SWSLHD Drug Health Services

Publication: Deans E, Ravulo J, Blignault I, Conroy E. Understanding the needs of local youth to inform drug and alcohol prevention and harm reduction services: A qualitative study. Health Promot J Australia. 2020:00:1-9. https://doi.org/10.1002/hpja.393 

A further 15 participants have been recruited to support Youth Solutions ongoing commitment to understanding the needs of service users.

Funding Declaration: Camden Council

Publication: Report currently being prepared.

  • ‘We are already facing adversity’: LGBTIQA+ youth perspectives on the appropriateness of alcohol and other drug resources

This project involves qualitative interviews with 15 young people recruited from the LGBTIQA+ community about the appropriateness of alcohol and other drug prevention and harm reduction resources. The findings from this research study will be used to develop a video resource for use in our health education workshops.

Funding Declaration: The AURORA Group 

  • Youth Justice Project 

This project involves qualitative interviews with 30 young people currently transitioning through the NSW Youth Justice System about the substances that have caused them concern and the socio-cultural factors that has shaped their involvement in drug use.

Funding Declaration: SWSLHD Drug Health Services, University of Wollongong 

Get involved: Current opportunities

LGBTIQA+ Research Project

Our education projects are delivered to close to 2000 young people each year and it is our role to provide for and support young people from diverse backgrounds and who have different experiences.

This project invites young LGBTIQA+ young people to participate in research interviews to help us review existing alcohol and other drug education video resources and to help us create a new resource which is appropriate and which resonates with young people.

This project is kindly funded by The Aurora Group and has been supported by CMHDARN Research Ethics Consultation Committee.

All participants receive a $50 voucher for their time.

Am I eligible?
  • LGBTIQA+
  • Aged 16 – 24 years
  • Able to take part in a confidential, 30 minute phone interview
Sign me up!

To get involved, contact the project lead, Emily Deans: 02 4628 2319 | emily@youthsolutions.com.au.

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