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Early Childhood Education – report released

Building blocksA recently released report from the GAP Taskforce on Early Childhood Education calls for systemic changes, a stronger evidence base, pilot trials of holistic schemes, alternative procurement strategies, improved governance, better connection between services and the pursuit of stronger parental engagement.

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Flying Blind

CMCRC logoThe Capital Markets Cooperative Research Centre (CMCRC) has released a report titled Flying Blind – Australian consumers and digital health, analysing the collection and use of health data across the Australian health system.

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National Breast Cancer Foundation logoThis October, the National Breast Cancer Foundation encourages you to come together with friends, family or colleagues for a Pink Ribbon Breakfast to raise funds for breast cancer research.

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Bringing inclusive and impactful entrepreneurship to Australia

posted by Michelle Blum, Oct 27, 2016

This week, the AICC NSW is hosting a trade mission of Israeli assistive technology companies, led by innovation organisation PresenTense. Following Australia’s adoption of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), the trade mission showcases the latest Israeli technologies in this space that can be brought to Australia. AICC NSW CEO, Michelle Blum, explains.

The NDIS will see over 460,000 Australians with disability receive the support they need to live a regular life. It’s at this time that progressive and innovative assistive technologies are gaining attention, and many of the best are coming out of Israel.  

During this week’s trade mission, PresenTense and the start-up delegation will meet with government officials, investors, and potential business partners to explore Australia’s range of opportunities in the sector.

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Early Childhood Education

The youngest minds of Australia will one day be its leaders. Researchers believe that preschool is a critical period to expand the educational equity and opportunity of children by giving them a strong start. When is the right time to get kids “school ready”?

For the next two months we will consider this question and others as we delve into the world of early childhood education.

We know that high-quality early childhood education can provide the foundation for achieving academic, health, and social goals. However, there is something to be said about letting kids be kids. Can “playing” and learning how to get along with other children be as important as getting a head start on reading and math? And how can we ensure that this same high-quality early education is available and affordable to children in disadvantaged communities?

We will talk with educators, researchers and parents, and we warmly encourage you to join this discussion.

Please contact Svetlana at sstankovic@openforum.com.au to share your thoughts and concerns with our online community.

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