Youth Participation and Entertainment






Important Dates

Call for Papers Open:
February 2013

Online Registration Opens:
June 2013

Paper submission deadline extended:
7 August 2013

Authors Acceptance Notification:
1 September 2013

Early Bird Registration Deadline:
15 September 2013

Registration Deadline Date for Authors:
30 September 2013



It is with great pleasure that we welcome and thank all of the young people who have so generously given their time to The National Youth Health Conference, 2013. Young people across the country have contributed to the Conference Program and Social Activities in many ways. These include being guest speakers, co-chairing most sessions, sharing their stories and views on videos and live, performing individually and in groups, photographing the event, organising behind the scenes tasks such as Twitter and Chill Out Zone, directing people, being actively involved in sessions, and much more. Young people will certainly be one of the many highlights of this year’s Conference, so a huge thanks goes to each and every one of you.


DarrenDarren Guthrie

Wednesday 5.00pm – 7.00pm

After an inspiring tour across the Nullarbor to Melbourne with Welsh producer Christopher Nicholas, a successful WA tour supporting The Vans as part of their Northern Lights 50 show tour across 5 countries, and a series of local supports, Shoalwater loop artist Darren Guthrie is excited to announce the release of his Debut EP titled Guthrie.
Guthrie consists of four blues influenced folk & reggae tracks; Drawing Apart, Memories, Breathe (It In) & Trouble Bound. Recorded over a period of seven days with Welsh producer Christopher Nicholas, Guthrie tells the story of composer Darren Guthrie’s recent struggles in life and his journey to overcome them.



Ingrid Cumming – Welcome to Country

Thursday 8.15am – 8.30am

Ingrid Cumming is a custodian and traditional owner of Whadjuk Nyungar country. Ingrid has worked in many areas including national and local Indigenous Australian media (including film, radio and print), marketing and communications, state health, the arts, anthropological research, higher education and is now CEO and Principal Consultant of Kart Koort Wiern.


Emma Crane (UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador)

Thursday 8.45am – 9.00am

EmmaEmma is one of 14 young people chosen to be advocates for child rights with UNICEF Australia. Emma has a strong sense of social justice, and is particularly passionate about youth participation, fair trade and ending human trafficking. Aside from her involvement with UNICEF Australia, Emma has been an Ambassador with the Oaktree Roadtrip to End Poverty in March 2013, initiated and led a Vision Generation social justice group in her school, successfully lobbied to have St Hilda’s Anglican Girls School become Fair Trade accredited, and was awarded Mosman Park Young Citizen of the Year in 2012. Emma is currently in the last few months of a gap year, and plans to commence university in early 2014.


BonieBonnie Davis – Famous SHARRON

Famous SHARRON has hosted events all around town including - Beaufort Street Festival, Hyper Festival, Leederville Carnival and Sugar Blue.
Sharron will be interviewing delegates throughout the conference on her inflatable pink couch and showing a video summary during the closing ceremony.
She recently won ‘Best Local Comedy’ at FRINGE WORLD 2012 and was nominated Bootfor ‘Best of the Fest’ in the Wild West Festival 2011.
Further information on Famous SHARRON can be found at



RachealRachael Barrett – Photographer

achael Barrett is a young photographer who is making her mark in the Perth photography community.
Her work is featured prominently in the X-Press weekly street magazine. Word-of-mouth within the Perth punk scene of her quality band portraits and live music photos keeps her busy and in demand.
Covering a range of events from popular regional music festival Groovin’ The Moo to charity fundraising event Project Kate to being personally invited by Perth photographer and videographer Jarrad Seng to document his latest exhibition, Rachael is well on her way to greater achievements.
She is currently studying Mass Communications at Curtin University, with the aim of creating interaction between arts and music within the community.


RileyRiley Pearce

Thursday 4.45pm – 5.15pm

Last year Riley decided he would try his luck on the Perth stage after years of playing his indie-roots tunes on the streets. So far 2013 has seen him release his debut EP, travel interstate for shows and have 3 of his 4 tracks played on triple j national radio.

Maliriko, Torekana & Pidavara Bule-Turner

Friday 8.15am – 8.25am

Bule-TurnerThis amazing Bule-Turner make a difference for young people by inspiring them through the performing arts and by giving them a ‘real’ voice.
Pidavara Bule-Turner
I am the key spokesperson for “The Hood” and believe young people should have a voice and have got something to say about health. We have spoken with the following in the past 6 months:

  • Executive Directors from WA Dept. of Premier & Cabinet
  • Executive Directors from WA Dept. of Treasury & Finance
  • Pilbara Alliance of Non-Government Organisations (PANGO)
  • National Mental Health Commissioners (Full Board)

We have spoken about:

  • Importance of getting qualified youth workers
  • More funding for after-hours activities which inspire teens
  • Addressing the issue that drinking alcohol has become normal for children.
  • Depression and self-harm (cutting) is common in teens.

Torekana Bule-Turner
I am the leader and principal artist of a teen group called The Hood. The Hood uses hip hop dance and music to inspire, influence, and positively impact children and teens.
Earlier this year The Hood did an East Pilbara Hip Hop tour teaching breakdance and choreography in Newman, Marble Bar, and Hedland. As ”The Hood” visited each town we taught children and teens from 5yr-18yrs. Some of the key issues were the following.

  • Self-harm (cutting) & Suicide
  • Alcohol & Drugs (Sniffing)
  • Peer Pressure & Teen Sexual Relationships

Maliriko Bule-Turner
Maliriko is the pocket rocket of the Bule-Turner family winning the 2012 National Taekwondo Championships. She is a leader in her own right establishing street credibility as an emerging junior hip hop choreographer and bgirl. Mali is less than 12months away from her black belt and volunteers her time teaching the Korean martial art and hip hop every week in the hot and dusty town of Port Hedland.


Timothy Gordon

Tim GordonTim Gordon began writing as an outlet to express himself in a way that he always found difficult to replicate in conversation. With his honest perception of human interaction conveyed by lullaby melodies and juxtaposed by heartfelt wails and brash guitar tones, Tim captivates his audience and draws them into his world. His early influences in Beck and Jeff Buckley, blended with the sounds of Kurt Vile and Bon Iver, direct both the mood and the delivery of Tim’s songs into beautiful narratives.


ElosieEloise Ashton

Eloise Ashton is often described as having a ‘natural’ approach to playing, within the observations made throughout her songwriting, something which she looks forward to sharing with the recording of her first release in November. Although her study of Jazz remains one of her strongest influences, a little folk, soul and country tends to creep into her simple yet captivating songwriting pouring out via her love of Nina Simone and Paul Kelly. Eloise has a sweet voice that is hard to misplace.


Helen Pepper

Friday 4.05pm-4.15pm

Helen Pepper is a 23 year old recent graduate of Curtin University, with a Bachelor of Social Work. Helen is a passionate and enthusiastic social worker, with a keen interest in mental health, particularly among young Helenpeople. Upon graduation in February 2013 she was chosen to receive the esteemed School of Occupational Therapy & Social Work Head of School Award, for her unrelenting commitment and contributions to the youth mental health sector in various capacities. She has since begun her professional career as a Youth Counsellor with a leading West Australian youth mental health agency, Youth Focus.

Helen currently sits on the Fremantle headspace Youth Reference Group, is a Youth Ambassador for the Inspire Foundation and has been consulted as a youth mental health consumer advocate on various projects, including the recently established service Youth Axis, in Perth Western Australia.


WeslieWesley Boys

Friday 4.15pm – 4.30pm

The Moorditj Mob is Wesley College’s Indigenous Program,it is an important part of the culture at the College, it’s something the Wesley community has great pride in. The program currently supports 41 students from across Western Australia. Moorditj is the Nyoongar word meaning great or excellent and fits well with what the College strives to achieve. The program offers cultural education and develops pride and understanding in identity that complements a mainstream education. Nyoongar students celebrate this pride Danielin dancing and enjoy performing and teaching primary school students about culture. Last Danielyear they performed over 30 dances to different groups. They recently met and performed for Sir Bob Geldof, danced in the National NAIDOC Week Opening Ceremony and at the Western Australian WesleyYouth Awards ceremony at Crown Casino. The boys have also been invited to perform next year at the World Indigenous Peoples Conference in Education in Hawaii.


Ryan MurphyRyan Murphy

Friday 11.30am – 11.45am

Ryan is 16 years of age and lives with a medical condition/rare disease called Bladder Exstrophy. Ryan is a Year 11 student at St Marks Anglican Community School in Hillarys, and enjoys watching and playing sport. Ryan currently plays Volleyball and was lucky enough to travel to Singapore this year with the school to participate in some tournaments. Ryan will be presenting at this conference and will share his personal journey through paediatrics care and his current transition to an adult hospital.


Kinetica Circus Arts

Kinetica Circus Arts is a Perth-based circus school and performing arts company that aims to provide high-quality circus training to a diverse range of community members; catering for both youth and adults, and from absolute beginners to semi-professional circus performers. Through our regular circus training programs and community workshops we aim to develop participants in multiple ways: physically as athletes, creatively as performers and socially as community members.


Platinum Dance Tours

Platinum Dance Tours is a WA based entertainment and events company that has been in operation for 4 years. DanceWith over 500 performers state wide on the casting books, we can provide dancers, singers, musicians, models, actors and circus acts for all events. Platinum’s shows range from children’s variety acts, to corporate dinners, galas and balls, private events, concerts, tv work, and more. Platinum is a forum for WA performers to not only perform, but to learn. Hosting many huge seminars, workshops and courses in WA as well as interstate and group international tours in which performers can further their learning and hone their skills from top guest artists from around the world. Platinum aims to build the performing arts community in WA, entertaining the public whilst providing as many opportunities to all kinds of performers.


Dr. Wazz

DR WazzJoshua Wasley, more commonly known as Dr. Wazz, has been around the DJ scene since early 2008. Gaining vast experience across different genres and events, he was fast to establish himself in Perth. Now working for Metropolis Fremantle every weekend in both their main club room and 80’s/90’s room, “The Doctor” as staff often refer to him, has found his calling in getting dance floors moving! Be it the Spice Girls, S Club 7, Bee Gees, Bruce Springsteen or todays biggest hits, rest assured you’re likely to hear them among a set! See you on the dance floor!