Event – Women’s Network for Change: Fiona Sharkie: Women Leaders I’ve admired

Melbourne, 9 September 2014

The Brotherhood of St Laurence is delighted to present a special lunchtime event with guest speaker Fiona Sharkie, as part of our Women’s Network for Change.

After a successful career in marketing Fiona Sharkie made the transition from the commercial world into the public and not-for-profit sector 10 years ago. In . . . → Read More: Event – Women’s Network for Change: Fiona Sharkie: Women Leaders I’ve admired

‘Going through the doors of pain’ – Kotuitui (NZ)

ABSTRACT

A qualitative study by ChangeMakers Refugee Forum and the National Refugee Network of the experiences of 18 Convention refugees has highlighted that the standards of safety and protection that Aotearoa New Zealand is obliged to extend to Convention refugees are inadequately met; most notably that there is a significant disparity between United Nations High . . . → Read More: ‘Going through the doors of pain’ – Kotuitui (NZ)

Step by step, conservative forces move to silence NGOs’ voices – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Joan Staples

The federal Liberal Party, government ministers, Coalition MPs, the Minerals Council of Australia and the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) are targeting the advocacy role of Australia’s environmental NGOs. In particular, they are trying to silence debate on climate change. The attacks are significant, they appear to be . . . → Read More: Step by step, conservative forces move to silence NGOs’ voices – The Conversation

Cultural Case Workers in Child Disability Services – K?tuitui (NZ)

ABSTRACT

The medical/disabled category for quota refugees selected for resettlement in New Zealand allows entry to those who have either a medical condition that can be treated or helped in New Zealand or a disability that requires support. Children from refugee and other culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds with impairments comprise an increasing proportion of . . . → Read More: Cultural Case Workers in Child Disability Services – K?tuitui (NZ)

Mindfulness training helps Alzheimer’s patients and caregivers – CBS NEWS (US)

Author: Agata Blaszczak-Boxe

Extract

Alzheimer’s disease takes a psychological and physical toll not only on the affected patients, but also on their caregivers. Now, a new study has shown that training inmindfulness – learning how to focus on the present moment — may help improve the emotional well-being of . . . → Read More: Mindfulness training helps Alzheimer’s patients and caregivers – CBS NEWS (US)

ACOSS calls on Government to tackle sacred cow of super tax breaks

Media Release

The Australian Council of Social Service today said the Federal Government cannot afford to keep giving the top 20% of income earners half of all superannuation tax concessions if it wants the superannuation system to be effective in helping the majority of people to have a decent standard of living in later life, . . . → Read More: ACOSS calls on Government to tackle sacred cow of super tax breaks

Activity Engagement: Perspectives from Nursing Home Residents with Dementia – Educational Gerontology

ABSTRACT

Engagement in social and leisure activities is an indicator of quality of life and well-being in nursing homes. There are few studies in which nursing home residents with dementia self-reported their experiences in activity engagement. This qualitative study describes types of current activity involvement and barriers to activities as perceived . . . → Read More: Activity Engagement: Perspectives from Nursing Home Residents with Dementia – Educational Gerontology

Resilience in Families Caring for a Family Member Diagnosed with Dementia – Educational Gerontology

ABSTRACT

The aim of this study was to identify and explore factors associated with family resilience in families caring for a demented family member. A mixed-methods approach was utilized to collect data from a convenience sample of spouses acting as primary caregivers of patients and living in the Cape Metropolitan area of the Western Cape, . . . → Read More: Resilience in Families Caring for a Family Member Diagnosed with Dementia – Educational Gerontology

Therapeutic use of dolls for people living with dementia: A critical review of the literature – Dementia

ABSTRACT

Background There are a number of therapies currently available to assist healthcare professionals and carers with non-pharmacological treatment for people living with dementia. One such therapy that has been growing in clinical practice is doll therapy. Providing dolls to some people living with dementia has the potential to enhance . . . → Read More: Therapeutic use of dolls for people living with dementia: A critical review of the literature – Dementia

Melbourne outpaces Sydney, Darwin has a youthful glow and NSW’s aged are coasting to retirement – ABS

Extract

The latest regional population numbers from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) show just how much variety and contrast there is across our nation.“Our latest figures for the age and sex of people all around Australia make for some interesting reading,” said Denise Carlton from the ABS.“The median age of areas in Australia ranges . . . → Read More: Melbourne outpaces Sydney, Darwin has a youthful glow and NSW’s aged are coasting to retirement – ABS

The Construction of Borders: Discursive Representations of Asylum Seekers in Australian Press – LUB

ABSTRACT

In Australia a succession of politicised and well-publicized incidents has highlighted the ‘dilemma’ of refugees and seekers of asylum. A number of desperate human tragedies and very questionable practices and decisions by the Australian government have caused the upset. However, instead of focusing on the humanitarian aspects of the arrival of asylum seekers by . . . → Read More: The Construction of Borders: Discursive Representations of Asylum Seekers in Australian Press – LUB

Making solar PV accessible to low-income families (USA) – Renew Economy

Extract from an article by Laurie Guevara-Stone

Here at RMI we love seeing electricity generated by the sun. And while it’s great to see large homes owned by the likes of Woody Harrelson and Will Ferrell being solar-powered, rooftop solar should be accessible to people across the socio-economic spectrum of the U.S., not just the . . . → Read More: Making solar PV accessible to low-income families (USA) – Renew Economy

Govt stance softens on job application target – Sky News

Employment Minister Eric Abetz is softening his stance on forcing the jobless to apply for 40 positions a month.

The government’s proposal to double the number of jobs sought by the unemployed in order to receive benefits has been met with strong criticism.

Senator Abetz told Macquarie Radio there had been a ‘degree of community . . . → Read More: Govt stance softens on job application target – Sky News

RET changes to cause bankruptcies, kill industry for decade – Renew Economy

Extract from an article by Giles Parkinson

Leading analysts Bloomberg New Energy Finance predict that the market for large scale renewable energy in Australia will be effectively destroyed by any scaling back of the renewable energy target, leading to bankruptcies in the sector.

BNEF warns that the impact could be broad. “A whole host of . . . → Read More: RET changes to cause bankruptcies, kill industry for decade – Renew Economy

The Renewable Energy Target: a quick guide – Parliamentary Library

Extract from a document by Alexander St John

This quick guide provides a brief background to the Commonwealth’s renewable energy target (RET)–what it is, what it costs, how it operates, and whether it is achieving its aims.

What is the Renewable Energy Target? The Renewable Energy Target is a Commonwealth Government scheme to increase the . . . → Read More: The Renewable Energy Target: a quick guide – Parliamentary Library

Social Inequality: is the elephant in the room strangling us all? The Conversation

Extract from an article by Alessandro R Demaio

Social, economic inequality is on the rise – and represents a threat to our nation’s fabric.

The notion of a fair go and the concept of social mobility are both central to the Australian psyche and culture. Growing up in the 80s as the grandson of illiterate . . . → Read More: Social Inequality: is the elephant in the room strangling us all? The Conversation

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