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Innovations in learning

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Global Mindset is hosting a conference as part of their Integrating Australia with Asia series on Wednesday, 13 August 2014 in Sydney. The event will revolve around innovations in learning.

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Opportunities for SMEs

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Australian and international thought leaders discussed the role SMEs can play in meeting the G20’s target of 2% growth above trend at the invitation of the Honourable Bruce Billson MP, Australian Minister for Small Business, and the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI).

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Give up alcohol as part of a team or as an individual for Dry July and raise funds for adults living with cancer and their families to improve their quality of life.

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Effective childcare programs for children with ASD - yes we can!

posted by Giacomo Vivanti, Jul 30, 2014

Standard community services often don’t have the resources to support intensive home programs for pre-schoolers with autism. Dr Giacomo Vivanti shares research on how an effective intervention model can be delivered successfully in a childcare setting.

There is increasing evidence that intensive implementation of educational programs can be efficacious in improving outcomes in young children with autism. One of the most promising early intervention programs is the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM), a play-based intervention specifically targeting the educational needs of pre-schoolers with autism. Research conducted in the US indicates that the program is efficacious in the context of intensive individual home treatment.

However, as standard community services often lack the resources needed to support intensive, individual home programs, very few families currently have access to this therapy.

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Sport in Australia

Sport plays a fundamental role in Australian culture. It is an integral part of our social fabric. Australians love sport, both as spectators and as participants.

According to surveys, more than 11 million Australians aged 15 or over participate at least once a week in physical activity for exercise, recreation and sport— that’s almost 70 per cent. Australia has more than 120 national sporting organisations and thousands of state and local bodies.

Leading up to the World Cup in Brazil and beyond we explore this fascination with sport. It brings people together from different careers, cultures and age groups. It exposes the best and worst of us and strips back the layers of social standing. Sport levels the playing field of life.

Does professional sport mirror our society? If yes, what does this say about us, if we consider incidents of sexism, corruption, performance-enhancing drugs and racism? But we also want to highlight the essentially Australian notion of giving a ‘fair go’, of mateship, bringing communities together and the tolerance towards cultural and racial differences displayed in sport.

Sport reflects our changing society. It can be argued that it reveals the Australian character. Cultural values are expressed – sometimes magnified – through the lens of sport. Please share your thoughts with the online community and contact Svetlana at sstankovic@openforum.com.au to discuss your blog idea for this forum.





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