• GAP in 2017 – a year in review

    Catherine Fritz-Kalish     |      December 21, 2017

    2017 has been a year of celebration for Global Access Partners. Managing Director Catherine Fritz-Kalish reviews a GAP year filled with achievement.

  • The reality of Christmas for young people in care

    Jason Juretic     |      December 20, 2017

    The end-of-the-year celebration is a festive and happy period for most of us, however, for young people living in Out-of-Home-Care, Christmas may be an unhappy reminder of loss. Jason Juretic, CEO of Stepping Stone House, reveals how each of us can contribute to providing vulnerable young people with a positive Christmas experience.

  • Manus Island – a firsthand account of a humanitarian crisis

    Jana Favero     |      December 18, 2017

    A recent trip to Manus Island left Asylum Seeker Resource Centre’s Jana Favero deeply shocked and confirmed the humanitarian crisis that has developed from Australia’s asylum seeker policies. She shares her experience with Open Forum and calls for an end to partisan politics on this issue.

  • How to talk to your children about sexual assault

    Paul Dillon     |      December 13, 2017

    The #metoo campaign is encouraging more and more women to come forward and tell their stories about sexual assault and harassment. Drug education expert Paul Dillon writes that this is a perfect opportunity for parents to discuss the issue of sexual assault with their children.

  • Inter-country adoption – a decade of decline

    Nigel Holden     |      December 12, 2017

    Inter-country adoption has become an increasingly challenging pathway to parenthood for Australians. Fewer adoptions, longer waiting periods, and a greater percentage of children with complex and special needs are now the norm. Adoption advocate Nigel Holden shares his experience of becoming a father through inter-country adoption.

  • Use it or lose it – the ageing activist

    Alan Stevenson     |      December 8, 2017

    Engaging in community work after retirement, leads to great benefits for both the volunteer and society. After many years working in the computer industry, Alan Stevenson decided to share his knowledge. He explains both the challenges and the rewards he has faced, teaching an ageing population.

  • Your chance to support AccessAbility Day

    Open Forum     |      December 5, 2017

    Australian businesses can explore the benefits of employing more people with disabilities on an AccessAbility Day from December 4th to 8th.

  • A national day is an inclusive day – it must be positive for everybody

    Dominic O'Sullivan     |      December 1, 2017

    Triple J’s decision to move its annual Hottest 100 countdown from Australia Day has sparked early debate over the significance of our national day. Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan from Charles Sturt University considers the arguments for changing Australia’s national day.

  • Adoption – growing concerns

    Melissa Tinggee     |      November 27, 2017

    The number of children in Out of Home Care grows considerably each year yet the number of domestic adoptions taking place remains stagnant. Currently navigating the process to first-time parenthood is Melissa Tinggee, who shares her comments for Adoption Awareness Month.

  • Understanding the Global Navigation Satellite System

    Ben Southwell     |      November 22, 2017

    Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) is an umbrella term encompassing all global systems including GPS. There just so happens to be a GNSS hotspot over Australia. Ben Southwell from the Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research (ACSER) explains the term and how it relates to potential growth in our space capabilities.

  • Is it time to think about ‘organic indoor air’?

    Marco Amati     |      November 20, 2017

    Rising public concern towards exposure to toxins and pollutants have led researchers to consider our indoor environment. Environmental scientist Marco Amati explains the important role indoor plants can play in eliminating harmful toxins from these areas.

  • After postal vote, we will never think of western Sydney the same way again

    Andy Marks     |      November 17, 2017

    The emphatic “no” response from western Sydney shows that the epicentre of conservative values no longer lies in regional NSW. Assistant Vice-Chancellor of UWS Dr Andy Marks explores Sydney’s results.