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Social September encourages us to press pause – disconnect from our digital lives and reconnect with each other and ourselves. The aim is to create spaces for face-to-face social connection, promoting positive mental health and wellbeing.


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Together we can stop the heartache


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This September big-hearted Australians are again invited to help save lives and make research possible by supporting the Heart Foundation Big Heart Appeal.


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Get blue


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Early diagnosis and research are the two ways to beat cancer. Blue September is raising funds for awareness of cancers affecting men and cancer research.


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Blog of the Day

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What happened to our retirement?


posted by Nicole Orr, Sep 24, 2014

Australians born after 1965 will have to work until they are 70 years old. Nicole Orr says we need a greater understanding of the secondary effects this will have on the individual, the economy and the communities of Australia.

With a new budget comes much angst and media repertoire; middle class welfare recipients are up in arms and the permanently unemployed are horrified. There are many new initiatives that are gaining negative press. Very little however seems to be discussed about the increasing of Australia’s retirement age to 70 years old, officially the highest in the world.


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Featured Forum

Education


Education is a subject close to all of our hearts. Whether it is finding the best school for our children or choosing the right university, it is about shaping the future of the next generation.

Educational research is hard to read, and there is an abundance of opposing opinions and emotional debate around the subject. Independent or public? Mixed or single-sex? Does paying a lot of money for education actually get you a better result?

In our featured forum on Education we want to explore an array of issues, including the current state of the Australian education system, the future of higher education, new models of funding, education in the context of a deregulatory government, Australia’s position on the global stage regarding academic research, the quality of teaching and collaboration between business and academia.

The featured forum will be leading up to the Global Access Partners Annual Growth Summit on Education in Sydney on the 18th and 19th of September 2014 at NSW Parliament House with speakers and participants featured in this area.

If you would like to contribute a blog to join the debate, please contact Svetlana at sstankovic@openforum.com.au.


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