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A new way of thinking about work injuries – report released

Recovery at work strategic roundtableThe health benefits of work, early intervention and how to improve the recovery rates for injured employees were the focus of a recent strategic stakeholder roundtable at NSW Parliament House. The final GAP report has now been released.

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Have a night in, get the word out

White Ribbon Australia logoFriday 29 July 2016 is White Ribbon Night. The event raises funds to help stop violence against women. Communities across Australia are asked to have a night in to get the word out.

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Improve youth employment

United NationsThe UN is observing World Youth Skills Day on 15 July 2016 with a special event on the theme of “Skills Development to Improve Youth Employment.”



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Millennial philanthropists stepping up to the plate for the arts

posted by Clare Ainsworth Herschell, Jul 22, 2016

How can we inspire a young generation of philanthropists to secure the future of Australian arts? Clare Ainsworth Herschell shares ten things she’s learnt as Next Generation Development Manager for the Art Gallery of NSW.

It’s hard to imagine a world without the arts. But the current climate of austerity around arts funding poses a very real threat to the Australian cultural landscape of the future.

Our future.

I graduated from high school in the year 2000, and it was our class that defined the beginning of the ‘Millennial’ generation (otherwise known as Gen Y).

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Australian Youth

For the next two months, we will talk with youth workers, researchers, young industry professionals and various youth organisations. Why do we want to talk about youth? Because the topics that concern them affect all of us, young and old.

According to a recent survey, young people identified alcohol and drugs, equity and discrimination, and the economy and financial matters as some of the most important issues in Australia today.

This year, nearly 350,000 young people are not enrolled to vote in Australia. What can we do to get everyone involved in the political process?

Many young people report that they face barriers when it comes to their post-school study/work goals. What factors are affecting the job market and youth employment rates, and what can we do to address the number and quality of job opportunities?

Lots of youngsters also question their confidence when it comes to achieving their ambitions after school. How are current educational programs preparing students for their careers? What changes can we expect to see in education, and how will they affect youth now and in the future?

Please contact Svetlana at sstankovic@openforum.com.au and share your ideas, your hopes and concerns with our online community.

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