Indigenous Communities

May 12, 2013

Cape York Students Doing Well With American ‘Direct Instruction’ Program

It’s heartening, no it’s fantastic to read about Indigenous school kids at Aurukun, Coen, Mossman Gorge and Hope Vale schools on Cape York – all part of the Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy – learning and keen to learn, with […]
April 21, 2013

The Trusting ‘Finnish Way’ Or Prescriptive, Centralised Education?

As a former teacher I’m wondering what conscientious teachers and well-intentioned parents do in the face of what looks like misguided policy. Or, is this Julia’s way of kick-starting a community discussion on education? Health, Well-Being, Trust.. Our education system, […]
April 3, 2013

‘Block Lingo’ Helping Redfern Kids Re-Engage With Education

Redfern’s Indigenous kids are re-engaging with education through the inaugural ‘Lingo from the Block’ project – run by NFP Augustinian Volunteers Australia (AVA) and made possible by $8,760 funding from the ‘Yes’ Optus Community Grants program. About ‘Lingo From The […]
February 27, 2013

What Matters: How Kids Learn And Genuine Collaboration

The HATs (highly accomplished teachers) program is a NSW education success story. Pity no-one talks about it says Maxine McKew, though it has been good to hear Radio National interview innovative teacher Greg Whitby about his book, ‘Educating Gen Wi-Fi: […]
January 30, 2013

A Travel And House-Sitting Companion?

Michael French, email, has written to us saying: Hello, I’m 45, on a Disability pension and have been housitting and caretaking on and off for many years. I would like to have a female companion to travel and housit […]
January 25, 2013

Nicole, ACE, And A Bus Driving Career

In Casino, northern NSW, Nicole Caldwell will soon be the town’s first Aboriginal bus driver. At 33 she is training with the Casino Bus Company and hopes to be employed driving school runs. Her training is part of the ‘Getting […]
December 21, 2012

Bess Price’s Award (?) Can It Start A Non-Political Discussion?

Walpiri woman Bess Nungarrayi Price – and her white husband David Price – speak out about conditions for rural Indigenous people in Central Australia – ‘Welcome To My World’ on Radio National. Bess has copped plenty of flack for speaking […]
November 21, 2012

Youth Suicide Help Cut…Incredibly Poor Communication

On the cusp of all that might be wonderful, just how devastating is the loss of a young life – whether through murder as with Jill Meagher and Sarah Cafferkey, or though suicide? Youth Suicide Increasing.. Tragically we are told […]
October 26, 2012

Research That Matters – Can You Support The Australia Institute?

The Australia Institute (TAI) is an independent Think Tank. It aims to push public debate beyond the simplistic question of whether markets or governments have all the answers to more important questions: When does government need to intervene in the […]
August 17, 2012

Bra Distribution – Volunteer Goodwill Being Burned

For women in the third world a bra is often unobtainable or unaffordable. Project Uplift! collects new and second hand bras and sends them wherever we have requests. Indigenous women in isolated communities have no access to bras and when […]
July 4, 2012

Community Engagement Declining? Rebuild Local Communities..

A few days ago I heard MP Andrew Leigh, author of a book called ‘Disconnected‘, talking on the radio about community engagement here declining. The discussion tweaked my interest. Some Key Points After crunching data from membership records and surveys, […]
June 11, 2012

Progress Is More Than Economic Growth – Look To Communities

The Fairfax Herald/Age Wellbeing Index indicates that despite ‘temporary stumbles and confusing contradictory trends’ there is solid evidence for optimism about our future as there has been 2% ‘good growth’ in the value of Australia’s human capital. The Index Findings […]