Social Inclusion Week

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24 – 29 November is Social Inclusion Week! Social Inclusion Week aims to help ensure all Australians feel included and valued, giving everyone the opportunity to participate fully in society. It’s about connecting local communities, workmates, family and friends in order to build and strengthen relationships and networks, addressing isolation and exclusion by supporting people who may be unable to help themselves. If you’re interested in knowing more about social inclusion and exclusion for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the university sector, contact

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Emerging Face of Midwifery

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Charles Darwin University will showcase unique learning opportunities towards learning, research and clinical practice, not only in the NT but also internationally with its Emerging Face of Midwifery Conference today. The conference provides an opportunity to explore current research and perinatal trends in the Northern Territory. Some of the topics include birthing in Papua New Guinea, delayed cord clamping, diabetes in pregnancy, a student’s insight into a cadaver experience, the effect of skin to skin contact and breastfeeding on PPH, and Flu Mom and preterm kidney research studies. Hope to see you there!   To learn about safe sleeping of babies, check out our report or contact Queensland Health or SIDS and Kids Queensland!

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International Day for Tolerance

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The International Day for Tolerance promotes respect, dialogue, cooperation and tolerance of all cultures. UNESCO explains: Tolerance is respect, acceptance and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world’s cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human. It is fostered by knowledge, openness, communication, and freedom of thought, conscience and belief. Tolerance is harmony in difference. It is not only a moral duty, it is also a political and legal requirement. Tolerance, the virtue that makes peace possible, contributes to the replacement of the culture of war by a culture of peace. Tolerance is not concession, condescension or indulgence. Tolerance is, above all, an active attitude prompted by recognition of the universal human rights and fundamental freedoms of others. In no circumstance can it be used to justify infringements of these fundamental values. Tolerance is to be exercised by individuals, groups and States. Tolerance is the responsibility that upholds human rights, pluralism (including cultural pluralism), democracy and the rule of law. It involves the rejection of dogmatism and absolutism and affirms the standards set out in international human rights instruments. Consistent with respect for human rights, the practice of tolerance does not mean toleration of social injustice or …

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Effective Supervisory Practices

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Just completed Effective Supervisory Practices – QUTs (Queensland University of Technology) 5 week research training course, which is designed to guide Research Supervisors through the maze of issues associated with supervising PhD students in today’s research environment. Research supervisors have a huge responsibility for supporting students through to successful completion of their postgraduate studies. As a QUT Research Supervisor, it was great to have the opportunity to participate in such an interesting course, and good to share experiences and understandings with colleagues who are all working to support their students. The PhD is the summit of formal educational achievement all around the world, and working with so many supervisors and hearing all about the research that they are supervising was so interesting. Thanks to everyone for: sharing their interest in research and their appreciation of good practice and understanding of what constitutes a productive research environment. It was great to learn all about the repertoire of strategies that research supervisors are using; and I particularly enjoyed all of the late night advice, stories and well-wishes. It was great!  

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National Others Week

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Held from the first Sunday in November, National Others Week (also known as NOW) encourages people to find a way to help someone, whether it’s a random act of kindness or a planned activity. Let us know what you did to help someone or something..  For  more information, check out

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