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Making it law for parents to be informed of teenage girls having abortions would put some girls - and their partners - at risk of serious harm and could lead to girls trying to terminate pregnancies themselves, says a Rotorua doctor.
Rotovegas Youth Health clinical leader Dr Tania Pinfold said she believed a petition for a law change to make sure parents of under-16 year olds were informed their daughter was having a termination would have negative consequences in some cases.
She said there were few school-aged girls having terminations in the Rotorua area and the number had reduced by 25 per cent in the past four years.
"Almost always, a family member is involved in supporting a young person who is considering termination of pregnancy," Dr Pinfold said. "Doctors and nurses work very hard to have this happen, with the consent and participation of the pregnant girl."
She said legislation "demanding" that parents be informed could lead to the risk of serious harm, from the family in some cases.
"If parents had to be informed, girls could avoid telling anyone of the pregnancy for as long as possible, or could undertake risky actions to try and terminate the pregnancy themselves."
Dr Pinfold said there was no perfect answer for all cases.
The petition for a law change was launched by Taranaki mother Hillary Kieft, whose teenage daughter was taken to another town for an abortion without her knowledge several years ago.
Tu Toa Whangarei (translates to Stand Tall Whangarei) is the community based action initiative focusing on Bullying Behaviour awareness and Prevention, funded by Te Punganga Haumaru from Ministry of Social Development and operated out of the Whangarei Youth Space (WYS). Led by a stunning young man, Ryan Donaldson, we are in the middle of the second all day filming on Sunday at the WYS. The goals and objectives of the project is to raise awareness and understanding of bullying behaviour through the following methods.
• Formation of young leaders group (Group of youth guiding the project)
• Formation of four community groups (groups identified by project to produce short films)
• Development of four short films, all based on bullying behaviour and prevention stories produced from the identified four groups.
• Development of musical piece or song, based on bullying behaviour.
• Running of festival/event where short films and music are displayed and community is invited.
Excitement is growing as the festival/event is going to be a Red Carpet event at our local Cinema Theatre. All the films, video clips and the journey of the making of these clips, films and the music piece will be showcased.
For any further updates or information go to our facebook page - Tu Toa Whangarei; www.youthspace.co.nz
This is a group full of enthusiastic youth who are standing up to cyber bullies and their hurtful words. This positive example of young leadership is making an an impression nationwide. Check out the facebook page and the youtube presentation where this team of young people were awarded runner up in the National Trust power awards at Te Papa.
A new website has been launched aimed at dispelling myths and providing
simple up to date information on sexually transmitted diseases and other
related issues. Research indicates that Maori and Pasific Island youth under
25 years are most at risk of STIs within the NZ population
Lifehack was launched in 2013, and is part of the Prime Minister’s Youth Mental Project, which aims to improve the mental health and wellbeing of young people. Specifically Lifehack was seed funded by the Social Media Innovation Fund.
Check out 10 Things You Need To Know About Lifehack in 2015!
This report looked at how to deliver youth-centred health services mainly in community and primary care settings. It is one of a number of forecasts commissioned by Health Workforce New Zealand (HWNZ) to build a picture of the future health and disability workforce.
Research from the Government's Social Policy Evaluation and Research Unit shows that fewer teenagers are giving birth, and teenage births have declined in all regions except Northland.
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Youth participation key to good decision making. Youth development organisation Youthline says it is a priority for communities to facilitate meaningful youth participation.
This was one of the driving forces behind a meeting of Youthline’s National Youth Advisory Group, recently renamed the National Youth Collective, (NYC) last month.
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Smoking among New Zealand 14- and 15-year-olds has dipped below 3 per cent for the first time, as health officials push for new legislation to help teens kick the habit.
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