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Today, poverty and disadvantage can wear a new face in Australia – and it can be a hidden one

The Brotherhood of St Laurence has been working to end poverty for over 80 years, but today in Australia:

575,000 children – nearly 20% of all children – live below the poverty line Women are . . . → Read More: Brotherhood of St Laurence Christmas Appeal

BroCAP takes a break over the holiday period

Dear BroCAP friends

BroCAP is run by librarians Vivian and Michele here at the Brotherhood of St Laurence in Melbourne, Australia. We will be taking time off during the Christmas and New Year period, so you will notice the content will be significantly depleted during this time. We will stop the newsletters so you don’t . . . → Read More: BroCAP takes a break over the holiday period

Household energy and climate mitigation policies: Investigating energy practices in the housing sector- Energy Policy

ABSTRACT

One central aim of climate change mitigation in the European Union is to reduce energy consumption in the housing sector. In order to ensure effectiveness of policies targeting household energy conservation, it is important to investigate existing energy practices of different social groups. This article describes and explains energy practices in three leading states . . . → Read More: Household energy and climate mitigation policies: Investigating energy practices in the housing sector- Energy Policy

How to fill the gaps in Australia’s dental health system – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Lesley Russell

An Aussie smile is an instant indicator of socioeconomic status, employability and self-esteem. It’s also a predictor of physical health.

So it’s shocking that Australians’ dental health has not improved in recent years. The average number of children’s baby teeth affected by decay has . . . → Read More: How to fill the gaps in Australia’s dental health system – The Conversation

‘Work with us not for us’ to end the Indigenous policy chaos – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Eva Cox

Deep funding cuts and uncertainty about government plans have created one of the largest-scale upheavals in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs.

That is Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda’sassessment in a report tabled in the federal parliament’s final sitting days of . . . → Read More: ‘Work with us not for us’ to end the Indigenous policy chaos – The Conversation

Recognition for Indigenous Financial Literacy – ICAN

ICAN will provide outreach financial literacy training to remote communities across North Queensland and the Torres Strait in 2015 in a new program funded by Financial Literacy Australia. The Grants Program run by Financial Literacy Australia recognised ICAN’s extensive experience in delivering Indigenous financial literacy programs late last month by awarding the Yarnin’ . . . → Read More: Recognition for Indigenous Financial Literacy – ICAN

Soaring unemployment, yet no plan for jobs – ACTU

The Abbott Government has forecast unemployment of 6.5% over the next two years but has failed to deliver any plan for jobs in today’s Budget update.ACTU President Ged Kearney said unemployment is already at a 12-year-high of 6.3%.“The longer we go on with an unemployment rate with a ‘6’ in front of it, the worse . . . → Read More: Soaring unemployment, yet no plan for jobs – ACTU

Any job isn’t necessarily a good job for people out of work – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Stephen Bevan

There can be no doubt that the job market has been more resilient since the financial crisis than many imagined. Unemployment did not rise as far as was feared and the recovery in employment to pre-recession levels has been quicker than forecast by even the most . . . → Read More: Any job isn’t necessarily a good job for people out of work – The Conversation

New issue: Journal of Aging and Health – SAGE

Journal of Aging and Health (JAH) explores the complex and dynamic relationship between gerontology and health. Peer-reviewed and published 8 times per year, scholars present views and perspectives from a wide variety of disciplines, including Allied Health, Psychology, Public Health, Social Policy and Work, Epidemiology, Health Services Research, Sociology, and Nursing

Journal of Aging and . . . → Read More: New issue: Journal of Aging and Health – SAGE

Despite a sustained economic boom, long-term unemployment is a stubborn, persistent and growing problem in Australia – Social Ventures Australia

Extract

The onrushing wave of technological advance combined with changes to Australia’s economic and demographic make-up will have major implications for the workforce, especially for those experiencing long-term unemployment.

The SVA Employment Dialogue, in partnership with Mission Australia and the Brotherhood of St Laurence, sought the experience and insight of key . . . → Read More: Despite a sustained economic boom, long-term unemployment is a stubborn, persistent and growing problem in Australia – Social Ventures Australia

Improving literacy in remote schools – Ministry for Education

Schools in remote locations will receive extra support to teach foundation literacy skills with the announcement today that 34 remote schools will participate in the Flexible literacy for remote primary schools programme in 2015. The Minister for Education, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said the programme will provide extra support to schools in remote Australia . . . → Read More: Improving literacy in remote schools – Ministry for Education

Aging of Communities: Communities of Aging – Journal of Applied Gerontology

ABSTRACT

Due in part to disciplinary or analytic considerations, we often study complex processes in gerontology within narrow, prescribed lenses. For example, take the concept of “aging in place.” Perhaps the most commonly accepted definition relied upon by multiple organizations is the one provided by The Center for Disease Control: Aging in place is “the . . . → Read More: Aging of Communities: Communities of Aging – Journal of Applied Gerontology

New issue: Dementia – SAGE

Dementia, January, Volume 14, 2015 Table of Contents A narrative analysis of poetry written from the words of people given a diagnosis of dementia / Kitty Clark-McGhee and Maria Castro pp. 9-26

Creativity and dementia: Does artistic activity affect well-being beyond the art class? / Susan M. Gross, Deana Danilova, Michael A. Vandehey, . . . → Read More: New issue: Dementia – SAGE

Exploring the experiences of ageing – DPS News

A creative multimedia, evidence based resource produced by La Trobe University aims to change community perceptions of ageing and in doing so, inform a positive ageing agenda with a focus on person centred services.

Initiated by Healthdirect Australia and led by La Trobe’s Associate Professor Kath Ryan, the two year study involved researchers filming older . . . → Read More: Exploring the experiences of ageing – DPS News

Education and Work, Australia, May 2014 – ABS

Provides selected information on participation in education, highest educational attainment, transition from education to work and current labour force and demographic characteristics for the civilian population aged 15-74 years. Characteristics reported on include: type of educational institution attended or attending; level and main field of education of current study and highest level and main field . . . → Read More: Education and Work, Australia, May 2014 – ABS

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