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
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)
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)
Author: Agata Blaszczak-Boxe
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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