The Australian Youth and Health Foundation is a public company, created in 1985, as the new form of the Youth Welfare Association of Australia (YWAA). In 2012 the Australian Youth and Health Foundation was based in Surry Hills, Sydney.
The YWAA was originally founded by Leslie Owen Bailey, a lingerie manufacturer and natural health enthusiast who devised the Hopewood Experiment to raise 86 babies in a controlled environment at Hopewood House in Bowral. The Australian Youth and Health Foundation continued Bailey's work of promoting 'natural living' and providing care for children. Early board members included businessmen, who later moved into property development.
The Australian Youth Foundation appears to have provided education and leadership for young people. In 1999 it formed a partnership with the Queen's Trust to provide leadership, education and mentoring to young people, under the name of the Foundation for Young Australians
The Australian Youth and Health Foundation is still operating. It has no website or public contact details.
1942 - 1985 Youth Welfare Association of Australia
1985 - Australian Youth and Health Foundation
Sources used to compile this entry: ; Financial statements, Australian Youth and Health Foundation, 1986-; High Priority, The Sydney Morning Herald, 14 November 1996, http://web.archive.org/web/20130719081603/http://www.minitrucks.com.au/mini-trucks-articles/1996/11/14/high-priority/; Stephens, Tony, 'Bold with the bras, and then real estate: Michael Hershon, 1931-2007 [obituary]', The Sydney Morning Herald, 21 December 2007, http://www.smh.com.au/news/obituaries/bold-with-the-bras-and-then-real-estate/2007/09/16/1189881337696.html; Thinee, Kristy and Bradford, Tracy, Connecting Kin: Guide to Records, A guide to help people separated from their families search for their records [completed in 1998], New South Wales Department of Community Services, Sydney, New South Wales, 1998, http://nma.gov.au/blogs/inside/files/2011/02/connectkin_guide1.pdf.
Prepared by: Naomi Parry
Created: 21 March 2011, Last modified: 29 September 2014