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National Science Week 2016It is National Science Week from 13 to 21 August 2016, an annual celebration of science and technology in Australia. School children, university students and science enthusiasts of all ages are invited to take part in events happening around the country.


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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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Youth and feminist activism: questions and challenges


posted by Akane Kanai, Jul 28, 2016

Feminism is back, re-embraced in particular by young women, and is increasingly moving into mainstream popular culture. Akane Kanai says this opens some difficult but fascinating questions that contemporary feminist activists must address.

In a recent address to the Australian Women’s and Gender Studies Association, Professor Clare Hemmings of the London School of Economics and Political Science noted that only twenty years ago, feminism was held to be anachronistic; irrelevant; extreme; a movement on the margins. Yet now it seems that feminism is back on the public agenda. Sometimes touted as ‘fourth wave’, feminism is being re-embraced and publicly driven by young people, particularly girls and young women.


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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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