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Medical Research Week takes place from 28 May to 5 June 2015. It celebrates Australia's contribution to health and medical research. This year's ASMR medallist is Dr Ashok Saluja.


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It’s time to change it up


National Reconciliation Week 2015

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is celebrated between 27 May and 3 June. It commemorates the anniversaries of the 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision. The theme for NRW 2015 is: It’s time to change it up.


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Light, music and ideas


Vivid Sydney 2015

This year’s Vivid festival will run from 22 May until 8 June 2015 in Sydney. For 18 days the city will be transformed with light, music and ideas.


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We need more female voices in creative arts


posted by Lissa Pascale, May 25, 2015

Working in animation and visual effects is exciting but not family-friendly. Lissa Pascale says the world of film making needs more women at the top to create strong female roles beyond the merchandising of dolls and princess costumes.

The thing that has always attracted me to working in animation and visual effects is that the result is usually targeted towards an audience of young adults and children. These are the stories that can impact on young people in really powerful ways.

Films like Bambi, E.T. and the Dark Crystal were important references about grief, belonging and courage for me as a child and they inspired me in so many different ways. Most people can name at least one film that affected them in their youth or have a treasured cinema memory during a significant turning point in their life.


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Today we are reaching out to every Australian as we embark on a major initiative to create a narrative and execute a vision for Australia. In 2015, we are developing a robust 'big-picture' vision and a roadmap for Australia's increasingly diverse society over the next decade and longer term.

At Global Access Partners (GAP) we have been running Taskforces and Consultative Committees for 14 years. The GAP alumni comprises of about 5,000 members. 500 of them are active in ongoing projects. We have a strong online community. And now we are bringing it all together to create a synthesis of your views on the future of Australia. For this we want your input – your voice will be heard.

We will collect your ideas and produce a report that will be presented at the GAP Annual Growth Summit in September. Please contact Svetlana at sstankovic@openforum.com.au with your blog idea and help us actively shape the future of Australia.


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