Party Planner Extraordinaire

March 28th, 2012

    Test passed, footie team won, cats birthday? Whatever the reason you may be considering hosting a party at your place – good idea – bad idea? We take a look at the pro’s and con’s. A night to remember Hold a night to remember and you will be the hostess with the mostess [...]

Dressing up my mood

March 26th, 2012

  OK,  so this blog comes from me, who no one could describe as a fashion queen, not even a princess, not sure I even get in the castle. I don’t really enjoy shopping, I just wish my wardrobe would re populate itself, you know my favourite top smooches with my second favourite top and [...]

TINO:YH 2012

March 21st, 2012

From little things big things grow – early last year we were just seeing TINO launch nationally and a trickle visitors starting to visit – yet in the last 12 months this trickle has built to over 100,000 visits to the website. We hope that many of these visitors have found information to help them [...]

The Key to Really Great Sex

February 13th, 2012

Author: Xin *flashing warning lights*. This blog post talks sex, not just what it is – but how to do it. If you are uncomfortable with words like masturbation or anus, this article may not be for you. You have been warned! Sex. It’s everywhere, and with good reason. Human beings are inherently sexual, from [...]

KISS – Keep is Safe, Sugar!

February 13th, 2012

It’s Sexual Health Awareness Week! To help us find our way through this maze of sex and relationships we have the YEP Crew bringing us a series of blogs this week on the theme of Safety, Pleasure and Respect in young people’s sexual and romantic lives! Before we delve into the nitty gritty, here’s the [...]

Putting the U in Pleasure.

February 13th, 2012

author – Yep Crew Yes, putting the U in pleasure, or even the pleasure in U – It feels good to say! And just a little bit naughty. I think it’s funny how words can have such a different meaning, depending on the context they’re expressed in.  For example, saying to someone, “It was a [...]

How to win at relationships

February 13th, 2012

Author: Xin Relationships. They are what bind societies, and in many cases what allows the survival and continuation of the human race. Love has cost trillions of dollars, sent millions to their death in wars and literally changed the face of the earth. It’s no understatement to say that good relationships are a pivotal dimension [...]


February 12th, 2012

Find out what it means to me!     Here’s a bit of Aretha to get us in the mood: Welcome to the final blog in the YEP Crew series ‘Safety, Pleasure and Respect’ for Sexual Health Awareness Week 2012 (13 – 17th February). We’ve written already about safety and pleasure, but central to all [...]

Managing Depression: Pt 6

January 31st, 2012

Welcome the final in our series about Managing Depression written by 21 year old Bethwyn. Bethwyn has taken us from signs and symptoms, to treatment and how to help a friend who may be suffering from depression. We want to say a big thank to Bethwyn for sharing her story as one of our Youth [...]

Managing Depression Pt 5

January 24th, 2012

Hi and welcome to the fifth installment on depression!! This post is directed towards those people that may not be suffering from depression themselves, but may know someone who IS suffering. Sometimes it can be bewildering to know that someone in your life is dealing with this and not knowing much about it at all. [...]

Harassment In The Workplace

January 19th, 2012

The workplace should be a safe environment.  A place where you come to do your job and a place that you should feel comfortable around your co-workers, managers/superiors and customers. The workplace is a place where you should be free of harassment and a place that you should feel confident in at all times. That [...]

Managing Depression Pt 4

January 11th, 2012

I’ve had a bit of a break for the holidays, but welcome back to this blog series on Depression! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. It is important to remember that, while these times are often full of joy and togetherness, they can also be an especially hard time for anyone experiencing mental [...]

Sibling Wars

January 4th, 2012

I am 16 years old and I already have 3 brothers and 2 sisters. If anyone has a sibling they will know what it feels like to compete with your brothers and sisters on a daily basis. Whether it be silly things like who gets to have a shower first, or who gets to sit [...]

Rethinking your New Year’s resolutions

December 29th, 2011

As soon as 1 January ticks over, we commit to exercising more, quitting smoking and getting better grades. It seems positive, so why do most people abandon their New Year’s resolutions before the month is out? Here are a few tips for making sure that your resolutions last past February.

Christmas Craze

December 20th, 2011

For me Christmas is the most wonderful time of year. It is a time that inspires people to be ‘merry’ and joyful towards everybody in the workplace, in their social network and sometimes even to complete strangers. The excitement of Christmas can be seen on children’s faces and even on parent’s faces as they buy [...]

Managing Depression Pt3

December 14th, 2011

Welcome back to this series of blogs on depression (and, to a lesser extent, anxiety!). This time I’ll be talking about getting diagnosed and who to reach out to for help. Now, as I mentioned in my last post, reaching out for help can be the most difficult part of having depression. Sure, the ‘having’ [...]

The best things in life are worth waiting for

December 13th, 2011

Only one month and 17 days left till I can hug and kiss my hunnie back home in Tassie. At the moment, I am visiting my family at my home-home where I grew up in America, New Jersey to be exact. I am really enjoying catching up with friends and getting to hang out and [...]

LGBTI young people of Australia, It Gets Better!

December 12th, 2011

As a LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, intersexed)[i] young person, have you ever had such a hard day, or week, or year that you thought things couldn’t possibly look up? Ever been in a hole and rather than wanting to climb out, you wanted someone to shovel the dirt in? The ‘It Gets Better’ Project [...]

*remember who YOU are

December 7th, 2011

  I was four years old when I was first asked what I wanted to be when I grew up. I said a Princess. At the young age of seven, my primary school teacher asked the class to think hard about what we wanted be when we became adults; I told my class I was [...]

Dream Job: Tick

December 5th, 2011

Hi, my name is Emma. I am going to start my dream, full time job on today (5th of December) and I thought I’d share with you all how I got it, so that maybe you can apply yourself to what you want to do, and do the same! All my life I have wanted [...]

Managing my Depression Pt2

December 2nd, 2011

Hello again! Welcome to the second installment on depression and anxiety. During this post I will talk about signs and symptoms, and what they can mean if you’re experiencing them. I’ll also be mentioning a couple of sites that I have found to be quite useful before, so I hope that they help you. Shall [...]

World AIDS Day: Why should I care?

November 30th, 2011

  Because HIV is still here and it could affect any of us. It is not restricted to the images we may be think of with from the news relating it activities such as injecting drug users or images of poverty-stricken people in Africa. In the 30 years since the first confirmed case, HIV/AIDS has [...]

Managing my Depression Pt 1

November 23rd, 2011

Hi and welcome to a new series of blogs on depression and anxiety. My name is Bethwyn – you may recognise that name from another series of blogs that I worked on all about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. This new series will follow a similar style – I will be talking about my own experiences with [...]

My Story: Living with Chronic Illness Pt6

November 9th, 2011

Hello and welcome to the final installment of my blogs on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome! Through this series of blogs, I have talked about what CFS is, the stigma attached to chronic illness, diagnosis, treatments, and maintenance. Last time I even spoke about my own visit to a naturopath (check out the links at the end [...]

Risk or Recklessness?

November 3rd, 2011

In today’s blog our Youth Blogger Jess gives us an opinion piece about taking risks where alcohol and other drugs are concerned. Have a read and let us know what you think by leaving a comment and joining the conversation. It’s one thing to take chances. But when does risk end, and recklessness begin? Teenage [...]

Find Your Falling Star

November 1st, 2011

Catch a falling star and put it in your pocket, never let it fade away. Catch a falling star and put it in your pocket, save it for a rainy day. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to catch a falling star and be granted a wish on a dull day? Wouldn’t [...]

My Story: Living with Chronic Illness Pt5

October 25th, 2011

Hello there everyone! Welcome to the fifth blog on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). This time I’m going to be talking about something a little different – my own visit to a Naturopath. Naturopaths can become a vital link in your medical team, and I love the fact that they use natural remedies to counter (and [...]

A story of amazing courage

October 13th, 2011

Today’s blog is an amazing tale of survival. Alanah shares with us her tale of growing up in very hard circumstances, ones that no one should have to cope with. Her stories tells of the hard times and the things that ultimately enabled her to get help and start a new life.

My Story:Living with Chronic Illness Pt 3

October 3rd, 2011

  Hello and welcome to the third installment of a series on chronic fatigue syndrome!! Again, my name is Bethwyn and this time I’ll be talking about the possible causes and risk factors that can lead to a diagnosis of CFS. I was originally going to mention some of the treatments available in this blog [...]

Leader of the Pack

September 29th, 2011

In life we all have our strengths and weaknesses, or opportunities to excel and make a difference. But have you ever thought of yourself as a leader? Everyone has leadership qualities, whether it is honestly, loyalty, compassion, determination, independence or courage, but do you realise how much of an impact you have on others? Next [...]

Living with Chronic Illness Part 2

September 27th, 2011

Hi again! So this is the second installment on chronic illness (Read part one here) – specifically around Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I’m Bethwyn, your guide of sorts through this complex and often confusing issue. Last time, I talked about common symptoms relating to CFS, and gave you an idea of what my mornings are like. [...]

Work it Out!!

September 23rd, 2011

School and university holidays are quickly approaching and we all know what that means… We can do whatever we want (score)! Although with all this free time and Christmas just around the corner, here are some cheap alternatives for your much deserved break. How about a game of Ultimate Frisbee? It’s a combination of Frisbee, [...]

My Story: Living with Chronic Illness Pt 1

September 20th, 2011

I’ve just woken up. This is a difficult part of the day – it takes me at least an hour and a half to kick my body into gear, often longer. And force isn’t going to help. I slowly raise myself to a sitting position and stay there for a little while; assessing what hurts [...]

Tech Talk

September 14th, 2011

Technology is a part of the modern everyday lifestyle. From texting to tweeting, Facebook to phone calls, it follows us wherever we go. As young people, we long to be a part of the latest crazes, so when the latest phone or computer comes out on the market, it is always a must have. But [...]

Asking R U OK?

September 11th, 2011

Thursday 15 September, 2011 is R U OK?Day. A national day of action that aims to prevent suicide by encouraging Australians to connect with someone they care about and help stop little problems turning into big ones. R U OK? Day is about getting everyone from across the country, from all backgrounds and walks of [...]

Alcohol and Pregnancy

September 8th, 2011

9th September is International FASD Day, a day that aims to raise awareness of the risks for an unborn child from drinking alcohol during pregnancy. It is marked by 9 seconds of reflection on the 9th September at 9:09am. As the sun rises in the east, this special event begins in New Zealand, then Australia, [...]

Being A Girl-Story Of My Life

September 7th, 2011

Being a girl is not as easy as it looks. There’s the bad hair days, the ‘I just want to cry’ days, the WHERE’S MY CHOCOLATE DAYS, and the everything is perfect days. But there is much more to being a girl than meets the eye. Beauty- it is what on the inside that counts, [...]

Blog with us

August 29th, 2011

Here at Tune In Not Out we try to make sure the videos, blogs and stories come from young people. Central to this is our Youth Content Producers who comment and write blogs for the website. Just take a look at the green menu on the right for example of topics they have written about [...]

Sex + Text = Sexting

August 24th, 2011

The term sexting is becoming a common term to us now. It can involve the use of words and/or taking nude or explicit images/videos, and sending it to friends or a boy/girlfriend via a mobile phone or online communities like Facebook. Although at the time of sending the message it can seem to be fun [...]

Coping with the Curve Ball

August 11th, 2011

What happens when the bad stuff lands smack bang on your doorstep or life chucks you a curve ball? Sometimes I block out everything that makes the world not seem like the great, fantastic world I want it to be. I think I deliberately make myself busy during news time and never seem lose myself [...]

Music For Life

August 4th, 2011

New Room Open! Music is a huge part of producing films and TV shows, as it sparks emotion and often tells us how a character is feeling, with the Music Directors hoping to move that emotion from the characters to us. Similar, many of us use music to create our own soundtrack for our own [...]

Think Before You Ink

July 26th, 2011

Tatts and piercings are really popular at the moment. They make a strong statement about who you are, can have some real meaning and significance to you, and we can’t lie – they can look awesome! But with this Thursday being World Hepatitis Day what sort of stuff do you need to consider before getting [...]

Consent is Sexy

July 26th, 2011

Any number of things can be given the label ‘sexy’. Any number of people, of acts, of objects, of ideas. I remember fondly one of my teachers exclaiming brightly, ‘Occupational Health and Safety is Sexy!’ and doing a little dance around the room because OHS keeps you alive, and people aren’t very sexy when they’re [...]

Porn – changing the landscape of sex?

July 21st, 2011

This is an opinion blog by one of fab youth bloggers. Please note this article contains sexual references and content that is suitable for mature audiences only (that was our disclaimer, so if you read on you have been warned, sex will be discussed!) – – –   I was 12 when I saw my [...]

Abusive relationships: More than just violence

July 18th, 2011

What do you imagine when you hear the words “abusive relationship”? Many people think of violent scenarios like a woman being beaten by her partner, or a friend coming to school with a black eye after a fight with her boyfriend. But victims of abusive relationships don’t always have obvious symptoms like bruises or black [...]

Choosing happiness – socks off style

July 13th, 2011

When was the last time you were content? Think back to that memory, and ask yourself if you were truly happy in that moment, or if you were perhaps thinking of something else at the time? Do you live in the moment? If not, why not? Young people are one of the easiest targets for [...]

Drugs 101

June 20th, 2011

It is Drug Action Week 2011 (19th – 25th June). There is no doubt that Alcohol and Other Drugs play some role in our lives, whether as a spectator or users and can range from energy drinks, Sambuca to illicit and prescription drugs. Drugs are used for many different reasons, the list is long and [...]

Eating Disorders – You Are Not Alone

June 13th, 2011

An eating disorder is a serious mental illness that involves preoccupation with control over one’s body weight, shape, eating and exercising. It can be a way of dealing with underlying unresolved emotional and psychological issues. An eating disorder is not a lifestyle choice. The incidence of eating disorders affects 2-3% of the Australian population, a [...]

The Rant…The Guilt

May 23rd, 2011

So I’m sitting there…alone…on a Friday night just watching TV. Having given up casual sex and drinking in order to regain a little self control,  I am constantly amazed at the plethora of other exciting activities available. So there are I am, home alone, just me and the TV. And then it hits me! I [...]

The Career (and awaiting the shoulder tap)

May 16th, 2011

“Yes. Sure I can do that. Stat” “What” “Nothing. Just a joke. I’ll have it done by lunchtime” “Ok. You do remember how to book a meeting? We need CD, ID and a representative from the IP department. While you’re at it prepare a brief for everyone” “Got it” Scramble for the notebook. Furiously begin [...]

Boundaries – Mine, Yours

May 16th, 2011

You know what really grinds my grill? When I’m out dancing with friends, and a guy comes up to me and grabs my butt. I immediately feel like telling the DJ to stop the music, telling the manager to turn the lights back on, and sitting said boy down for a chat I’m sure he’s [...]

Big Kids, Unite!

May 16th, 2011

(and make some noise!) I must have missed the memo growing into adolescence, because I cannot imagine anything I would rather do LESS with friends than go out drinking. I don’t drink myself (being afraid of drugs that alter my state of consciousness, legal, medical or not, but that’s another story) and I don’t really [...]

An Impaled Memory of a Night Out

May 11th, 2011

Everybody loves to have the occasional big night, for sure fun is the name of the game, but what about when you get to the point of wasted, find yourself drunk as ten men and feeling no pain. That is until you try to hop over a gate, slip and find yourself impaled on a [...]

“OK babe better run” Casual Sex

April 19th, 2011

Five , Four , Three , Two , One .. Here it comes.. “Ok babe, better run (insert any random name) is waiting for me.” I lay there, just lay there trying hard to look unperturbed, poised. I knew it was coming, so why do I feel so abandoned? Did I actually think tonight would [...]

Magical Menstrual Products

March 23rd, 2011

The choices you never knew you had!   Most female-bodied people have a menstrual cycle – that is, they get their period. In a nutshell, for an average of 5 days a week (but anywhere from 1 day to 9 days) the uterus is busy expelling uterine lining and blood through the vagina. When young [...]

Deconstructing Your Monthly Mensies

March 17th, 2011

Confused about your period? Need a no-frills, easy-to-understand guide to Auntie Flo? Then prepare to get educated as one girl swan-dives into the magical world of menstruation!

Drink, Drink: Drunk

March 10th, 2011

Today I spent the entire day on the bathroom floor. Hovering between life and certain death I silently prayed my housemate would be be kind enough to wash the vomit from my hair before he called whoever it is you call when someone dies. “Why Why Why do I this to myself?” I wept into [...]

22 and homesick

March 8th, 2011

Living a 24-hour plan ride away from your parents may seem like the dream to some but for me it is quite the hardship. I came to Tasmania about a year ago on exchange and the plan was to just stay for the semester, which turned into a year, which has now turned into two [...]

25 Bloody Candles!

February 14th, 2011

In a few days it will be my Birthday. I will be…25. For most, if not all (I am sure I felt the same when I was three, just nobody took any notice) I have hated my birthday. I viewed each passing year as if in mourning. I would blow out the ever increasing candles [...]

STI Testing’s Bad Reputation

February 14th, 2011

STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection) tests are there to protect us and the people we care about, so why is no-one getting tested? It’s date night, and you’re about to head out to meet up with that special someone. Sex is something that’s definitely on the cards, and you want to make sure you’re prepared. So [...]

Love an Introvert x

February 1st, 2011

Our blogger Zoe gives us an insight into Introverts, Extroverts and Ambiverts People -  you’ve probably noticed some things about them. I’m not talking about how some people have really odd hair, or how some people need to shower more, or how that person over there has a fascinating accent. No, I mean like how [...]

HIV – I can’t find the cure, but what can I do?

November 30th, 2010

So, you’ve probably heard of HIV/AIDS before. Maybe you’ve seen red ribbons popping up every now and then the last few days. 1st December is World AIDS Day, the annual event that aims to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS across the globe. If you’ve never discussed HIV/AIDS with anyone before, or you’re just not sure about [...]

Exam time – the in’s and out’s of the actual exam

October 26th, 2010

  For many of you at school, college and uni you are faced with exams, exams and more exams. Our exams topic page and managing stress section has information on how to study effectively and how to cope with results but what about preparing for the actual exam? What do you need know? What do [...]

The impact of social media – good or bad?

October 14th, 2010

Social Media is part of everyday life for many young people, in fact Australians are one of the highest users spending an average 7 hours a month on Facebook and Twitter1. But is this new way of communicating helping or hindering us? Two recent studies look at it from 2 perspectives. One undertaken by the [...]

Website Survey

September 30th, 2010

A big thank you to all the young people, professionals and parents who completed the website survey. We had a great response.  We are now in the process of looking through all the results and seeing what you all thought, we hope to have a summary of these available via the blog early November, along [...]

Body Image in the Media

September 2nd, 2010

So how do we learn about body image? It is fair to say that the media plays a big part in this for many of us – fashion, magazines, TV, movies, internet all influence and create ideals of what a body should look like and often leads to us comparing ourselves to what we see [...]

+VE Corner

August 3rd, 2010

We have just launched our Positive Corner (+VE Corner), a place for videos you would like to see here because they make you smile, inspire you or because they have a positive spin on being a young Australian.

Tips for Managing Parent Conflict

July 26th, 2010

There can be many reasons why conflict can arise at home, and often there is more to it than the state of your dirt washing pile.

Draft National Standards of out of home care released

July 12th, 2010

The federal government have released the draft national standards for young people in state care. These will affect the provision of service young people in out of home care receive. You can check out the full details via the Draft National Standards of out of home care report, but to get you started here are [...]

Ecstasy. Face Facts. Short Film Competition Winner

July 8th, 2010

I know it got my vote, although it was a hard choice. Have you seen the finalist for the Ecstasy Short Film Competition – Stew for you? Great music and visuals to get us thinking about what the ingredient are in that little pill. I say stick to meat pies.

Kick a goal for men’s health..

June 10th, 2010

So as we all start to feel the excitement of the soccer world cup drawing closer we have the timely Men’s Health Week 2010 to spur on your health as well as your teams’ goal kicking ability.

Getting Cyber Safe

June 8th, 2010

This week is national cyber security week. So take a moment to check how how safe you are being. Check out this link below for Stay Smart Online which gives you some great tips – like when did you last change your password? and is it a strong password? Also check out our page on [...]

Supporting others to be smoke free?

May 27th, 2010

Wednesday 31st May is World Tobacco Free Day, but how can we support others to be smoke free? Our blog content this week has been supplied to us by our guest blogger Oxygen, the website providing young people with all they need to know about smoking and being smoke free.

Hep C – Why should you know about it? There are more reasons than you may realise…

May 18th, 2010

Our guest blogger this week is Carolyn from the Tasmanian AIDs and Hepatitis Council in Hobart, as the Hepatitis C Program Coordinator. Carolyn’s job involves educating people about hepatitis C, mostly about how to not get it. Carolyn believes it is a job she will probably have for a long time because not many people [...]

A dream achieved – now what about yours?

May 17th, 2010

On Saturday thousands of Australians watched Jessica Watson sail back into Sydney Harbour after 210 days out at sea, as she successfully became the youngest person to sail solo around the world.We were amazed at her achievement but also by the way she talked so humbly upon her arrival.

Schizophrena – Get Informed – Break the Stigma

May 16th, 2010

This week is Schizophrenia Awareness Week. Do you know exactly what Schizophrenia is? Did you know that it affects 1 in 100 Australians a year? So that probably means that you know someone living with schizophrenia – you may just not know it. Did you know that the common onset age is 15 – 34 [...]

Chlamydia – what is it?

May 10th, 2010

Welcome to our guest blogger of the week – Sue the CEO from Family Planning Tasmania answering a What Is It? on Chlamydia, because lets face it your not going to ask the person sat on the bus next to you….

We are officially go

May 4th, 2010

So on 1st May 2010 we went officially LIVE (woo hoo). Although some of you had already found our test site which is great news, we are so chuffed to have the site open and ready for you to explore. Visitor numbers and comments left already show that many of you are enjoying the site [...]

A holiday break with a difference

May 4th, 2010

Want to go overseas during the 2010/2011 holiday break?  Well here is a different way to look at doing it and getting to see and meet some of the real people and cultures of new countries, and whats more you get to help others at the same time.

Safer Social Networking

May 3rd, 2010

We have just added a great short snappy factsheet on safe social networking to our research section. A great read to find out about staying safe on the net.

Peace & Love

April 27th, 2010

Your Ideas on Reducing Youth Suicide

April 26th, 2010

Back in the mid to late 1990s, Youth suicide in Australia reached a peak and in response the Federal Government set up a national strategy to reduce the figures. Although the strategy did help to reduce these statistics, more recently the figures have leveled off. With one in four young people expected to experience a [...]

Design a condom tin and win $$$$$$

April 22nd, 2010

Are you feeling creative? Fed up of the round mark the condom can leave in your wallet? Well why not design a limited edition condom tin to carry them in and win dollars why you are at it?

Our First TINO Youth News

April 20th, 2010

Welcome to our first Youth News blog. We write this as Australia has just finished the largest celebration of Young people in Australia through National Youth Week- and what a great bunch you are.

How we travelin’

April 20th, 2010

The new site – You like it? Not so keen ? Got an idea? Join the blog to let us know.


April 20th, 2010

Welcome to our new look Tune In Not Out site (TINO). So back in 2008 we began life as a recording studio in a cardboard box. Hopefully it was a site many of you visited and enjoyed. But as TINO has developed alongside social media approaches and most importantly your feedback we decided it was [...]

Keep updated with research

April 19th, 2010

Welcome to our research blog. Join us here for information and updates on research related to the TINO area. So expect to find articles and reports on young people, health and wellbeing, technology and alcohol and other drugs.