Youth Affairs Council Victoria (YACVic) is bringing youth workers from across rural and regional Victoria together in Ballarat this week to attend ‘Connecting the Dots’ Conference. The conference explores the latest research, trends and best practice in the areas of youth health, wellbeing and safety. 

The conference offers an opportunity for the rural youth sector to strengthen networks, develop new connections, hear from a range of passionate presenters and attend thought-provoking workshops.

YACVic is pleased to announce that the Hon Gabrielle Williams, Minister for Youth, will address conference attendees on day two of the conference. “Rural youth workers help make our community stronger and more resilient.” said Minister Williams.“Our government understands that young people in regional Victoria face a different set of challenges to those in Melbourne.”

Connecting the Dots will feature keynote speaker, Dr Ani Wierenga, one of Australia’s leading youth researchers. Other guest speakers are from the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare and the Commission for Children and Young People. 

The Centre for Excellence in Rural Sexual Health will also facilitate a series of workshops focussed on improving sexual health and services for young people, which from will highlight the changing and complex sexual and reproductive health needs in rural areas. 

In a YACVic first, scholarships were made available to rural workers that cover both conference registration, accommodation and travel expenses to allow for rural travel. 

“We recognise that many youth sector professionals work in a part time capacity and travel great distances to attend training opportunities” said YACVic Caretaker CEO Paul Turner. “Connecting the Dots aims to support rural and regional youth workers in accessing high quality training without the high price tag”.

The Connecting the Dots conference will be held across multiple venues in Ballarat’s CBD on 12 to 13 February 2019.  

For further information on Connecting the Dots, contact Rhiannon Jennings, YACVic Rural Development Coordinator for the Southern Mallee on 0474 506 000. 

Tickets are available on our website