Whenever we can, we try to communicate information about some of the educational events and professional initiatives, many of them free or very low cost, being hosted around the country.  Here are a few coming up soon.

  • NARI 4th Annual Seminar
  • PEPA & PICAC travelling roadshow in NSW on culturally appropriate palliative care
  • Scholarships for the Sydney Leadership program

Use it or lose it

The National Ageing Research Institute, better known as NARI, is hosting its 4th Annual Seminar titled Use it or Lose it, focusing on the importance of people using their brain and body to avoid losing function in both areas.  Featuring a ‘who’s who’ of ageing science in Australia, including NARI chief, Professor David Ames, Director of the Dementia Collaborative Research Centre, Professor Henry Brodaty, University of WA’s Associate Professor Kay Cox and incoming president of the Australian Association of Gerontology, Clinical Associate Professor Briony Dow, the one day event promises to tackle some of the hottest issues facing older people in Australia.  This is all about exercise for the brain and the body – to avoid falls, dementia, depression and disease. 

The audience for this event? The seminar is aimed at researchers, policy makers, aged care providers and others who have an interest in cutting edge presentations on research and policy in ageing.

Date:        Friday, 11th October, 2013
Venue:     Russell Kennedy Pty Ltd, Level 12, 469 La Trobe Street, Melbourne
E:              info@nari.unimelb.edu.au
T:              03 8387 2305 

Cost: $120 (inc GST) per person (includes morning & afternoon tea, lunch and refreshments)

Click on this link to the seminar on the NARI website for the registration form and full details.


Home delivered training in culturally appropriate palliative care

The Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA) and Partners in Culturally Appropriate Care (PICAC NSW and ACT) have teamed up  to deliver a travelling road show-style series of education sessions across NSW focusing on culture and how it influences the palliative approach at the end of life. 

The education sessions, kicking off on 1 October 2013, will cover the Hunter, Central West, Riverina/Murray, Southern Highlands, North Coast and South Coast aged care planning regions.

Taking the form of a one day training workshop, they will cover issues such as understanding a palliative approach to the end of life, the importance of culture & how it influences the palliative approach, different beliefs and values of older people from culturally and  linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds surrounding death and  dying and appropriate communication

The road show features a collaborative team of presenters from PEPA and PICAC NSW. ACT, together with regional palliative care clinicians and others from services specialising in cultural expertise under the Aged Care Service Improvement Healthy Ageing Grant (ACSIHAG) CALD Focus Network.

For further information on the road shows’ travel itinerary, contact either:   

Phone: (02) 9515 6424                    
Email: pepansw@sswahs.nsw.gov.au
Web: www.sswahs.nsw.gov.au/sswahs/pepansw 

Phone: (02) 4227 4222 (42 PICAC)    
Email: admin@picacnsw.org.au
Web: www.picacnsw.org.au

Scholarships open for the Sydney Leadership program
Leaders in the community and not-for-profit sector are invited to apply for a scholarship to participate in one of Australia’s most highly regarded leadership development programs in 2014. 
Since 1999, The Benevolent Society’s centre for leadership development, Social Leadership Australia, has offered scholarships for its annual eight month Sydney Leadership program.  According to the Benevolent Society, the program brings together a group of 30 leaders and emerging leaders from across the business, government and not-for-profit sectors to develop their skills to lead change with positive social impact and has a reputation for providing a powerful learning experience with both immediate and long lasting impacts.
Selection for the program – and for the scholarships – is competitive, but anyone with a real interest is encouraged to apply. 
In addition to the general category of scholarships for not-for-profit and community sector leaders, scholarships are also on offer to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders; leaders in medicine; in ageing, disability and home care; and education. 
Director of Social Leadership Australia, Geoff Aigner, says this is an invitation for people with both the desire and the potential to make a real difference in their work. 
“Sydney Leadership will help you align with your deepest sense of purpose. It will challenge you, inspire you and change you. But most of all, it will help you develop the skills you need to lead meaning change on the complex issues you care most about, using an approach which is both powerful and proven,” he said.
According to Mr Aigner, Sydney Leadership uses the Harvard Adaptive Leadership model but it takes the learning to a new level by teaching in challenging, ‘real-world’ settings. 
Find out more about the Sydney Leadership program, including the scholarships for not-for-profit and community leaders at www.benevolent.org.au/leadership or contact the program manager, Julie Ahern on 02 8262 3585 or email julie.ahern@benevolent.org.au

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