The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-12-09T23:33:46Z A healthy environment is a fundamental human right: Human Rights Day 2019-12-09T23:33:46Z a-healthy-environment-is-a-fundamental-human-right-human-rights-day On Human Rights Day, the AASW calls on all governments to commit to immediate action on climate change and celebrates the advocacy of young people in striving for a more just and sustainable world. Having access to a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment is a fundamental human right and something that governments worldwide are failing to achieve. The theme this year is 'Youth standing up for human rights’ and it also marks 30 years since the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which is incredibly pertinent given it is young people and children who are showing real leadership in the fight for climate justice. Article 24 of the Convention states that appropriate measures must be taken against the dangers and risks of environmental pollution for the wellbeing of a child. Australian social workers strongly support young people’s collective action to claim their right to a sustainable future, as they have shown in the Fridays for Future which sees young people across Australia and internationally rally for action on climate change. AASW National President Christine Craik said, “Young people are actually fighting for their own and for everyone else’s human rights, because global leadership is failing to act on climate change. “We reject suggestions from our country’s leaders that it is climate activists who are making young people anxious, or that young people should not protest and rally on the issue of climate change. “Article 15 of the Convention upholds their right to do so, stating that we must ‘recognise the rights of the child to freedom of association and to freedom of peaceful assembly’. “If young people are anxious, it is because they can see the consequences of climate inaction from our political decision-makers. We know as social workers, that having a voice and working towards some control of your own future actually combats anxiety and mental health issues. Like everyone else, they are seeing the lungs of the world disappearing in catastrophic weather events both here in Australia and overseas. “We commend young people for exercising their right under the Convention to advance what we are seeing and experiencing is a national and global emergency.” Today reminds us that young people are the ones who will live with the long-term consequences decisions taken today. Like all of us, young people want to see our decision makers focus on our long-term needs and the right of all young people to a clean and healthy planet. Decision-makers must resist the temptation to put convenience and short term interests ahead of long-term protection of rights. The climate activism of young people shows that they understand this also. Ms Craik said, “The right to a clean, life-sustaining natural environment is key for the vision of the future for many children and young people. They believe that the generation who are currently making decisions do not appreciate the long-term consequences of their climate inaction for future generations. “In this context it is important to recognise today’s young people in their collective action and to recognise how important this action is in setting up a sustainable, healthy and just world.” "I'm Done, Get Me Out Of Here" 2019-12-06T06:17:14Z i-m-done-get-me-out-of-here   The Age & Business Insider reported that January is “Divorce Month” and the first Monday back to work sees a stampede of Divorce Enquiries.   According to Cheryl Duffy, founder of “The Divorce Centre” and author of bestseller "The Divorce Tango", “there are 5 Top Tips if your partner's New Year’s resolution is "I'm Done, Get Me Out Of Here”   Know your current financial position - Identify ALL Assets, debts and income Get legal advice - Have initial consultation on what your entitlements are before agreeing to anything with your ex Suggest Marriage Counselling - Try to make it work, but know it takes two to want it to Don’t move out of the house - Don’t incur increased financial burden by renting elsewhere - await legal advice on entitlements Negotiate for a fair outcome - To work to an agreeable outcome is far better than dragging it out seeking more than you are entitled to or trying to get revenge which only increases legal costs in your divorce and impacts future financial security   CHERYL DUFFY is the founder of “The Divorce Centre”, a Certified Divorce Recovery Coach, and author of the bestseller "The Divorce Tango". Having moved on after 8 years of a hellish divorce recovery, she now helps others through and beyond divorce so they can move on and create a happy life. TO INTERVIEW CHERYL, Please contact / 0459513862 CLOSING THE INDIGENOUS LITERACY GAP KEY TO EDUCATING FUTURE GENERATIONS 2019-12-02T22:21:50Z closing-the-indigenous-literacy-gap-key-to-educating-future-generations Campion Education, Australia’s largest supplier of education resources to secondary schools, partnered with The Indigenous Literacy Foundation in 2018, upon hearing about the vital programs they provide, as well as a shared vision and focus on providing education for all children across Australia. The Indigenous Literacy Foundation are a national book industry charity, which aims to reduce the disadvantage experienced by children in remote Indigenous communities across Australia, by lifting literacy levels and instilling a lifelong love of reading. They do this through 3 core programs; Book Supply, Book Buzz and Community Literacy Projects. Campion Education supports this great cause through donations from parents and students at its 14 Retail Service Centres across Australia, as well as fundraising events including the Great Book Swap, held every year on Indigenous Literacy Day in September. Mark Rubbo, Indigenous Literacy Foundation Board Member met with Campion Education’s Managing Director, James Cathro to accept Campion Education’s latest donation of more than $1,700, on behalf of the Foundation. “Campion Education’s vision is to deliver innovative education resources to children across Australia. We care about the education of all children, and we support a number of causes that assist children to achieve their education goals” says James Cathro, “reading is so important for children to assist in brain development, helping to develop vocabulary, critical thinking and memory skills. The Indigenous Literacy Foundation is a crucial organisation in raising literacy in remote areas of Australia, and we believe it is such an important cause.” Only 36% of Indigenous Year 5 students in very remote areas are at or above the national minimum reading standards. “We are working tirelessly to improve Indigenous literacy, but there is still a long way to go,” says Indigenous Literacy Foundation Executive Director, Karen Williams “Our Foundation relies on the generosity of individuals, organisations and communities, and we are so thankful to partners like Campion Education who provide valuable and ongoing support for our programs.” Campion Education also supports other charitable organisations including Skyline Education Foundation Australia, to assist in the education of all children across Australia. If you or your workplace are interested in supporting the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, please visit their website here: Campion Education An Australian family-owned business, Campion Education is the largest supplier of education resources to secondary schools in Australia.  We continuously seek to provide innovative educational resources, solutions and services which enable schools to focus on providing the best learning outcomes for their students. Drawing on 23 years of experience, Campion Education supplies nearly 3,000 schools with printed and digital resources from Australia’s widest range of publishers, as well as all forms of stationery and art supplies. We have to talk about poverty and inequality: Royal Commission into Mental Health Interim Report 2019-11-29T05:02:45Z we-have-to-talk-about-poverty-and-inequality-royal-commission-into-mental-health-interim-report The AASW welcomes the Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System Interim Report and sees the recommendations as a good start but calls on all Australian governments to address the root causes, including poverty, discrimination and inequality. AASW National President Christine Craik said the Commission needs to make sure they consider how social disadvantage plays a significant factor in understanding mental health outcomes, as was highlighted in our and numerous other submissions. The Commission has identified what is fundamentally a broken system in need of urgent reform. The recommendations provide an important start so people have access to the supports they need but this has to be matched with a comprehensive strategy that looks at how larger social, cultural and economic factors contribute to a person’s mental health. Ms Craik said, “As a society, we don’t do enough to acknowledge and address the role that poverty, family violence, lack of affordable housing, and a lack of resourcing in education, that enables the conditions for mental health issues to arise in the first place. “The evidence is clear that disadvantaged people disproportionately experience poor mental health outcomes. For social workers, this is our daily reality.” The interim report acknowledges this to some degree, but it needs to be matched with a far greater call for action and a sector wide response. Ms Craik said, “The recent senate inquiry into Centrelink’s practices highlights how much mental health and poverty intersect, revealing the level of trauma that this is causing people. Then there are the significant mental health impacts that 25 years of low Newstart rates have had on the lives of so many. “It is clear that to understand mental health, we need to look at how age, gender and sexual identity, socioeconomic status, ability, culture, ethnicity and a whole range of other factors interact. Otherwise, we will continue down a highly individualistic path of service provision that will not address the causes. “These factors greatly influence a person’s sense of belonging and stability and are known as the ‘social determinants of health’. People need to be confident that their basic needs for nutrition, shelter, safety and security are met before they can attain the state of overall wellbeing, as outlined by the World Health Organization in its definition of health. “In our rush to treat the symptoms, we often forget the causes. Paying attention to and dealing with the enablers, is the great strength of social work in the mental health arena.” The Royal Commission is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform how we understand mental health in Australia, and this must begin by broadening our appreciation of the larger contributing factors. Without this, we will continue to prop up a system that does not address many of the causes of mental health. The AASW sees this report as an important first step and looks forward to continuing to work with the Commission towards improving the health and wellbeing of all Australians. KONCHECK: Made Australian Police Check Trouble-Free 2019-11-26T05:48:27Z koncheck-made-australian-police-check-trouble-free When do I need a National Police Certificate? Australia National Police check now Possible. Another feather has been added to the cap of KONZE Enterprise Pty Ltd as it launched its latest project KONCHECK.  KONCHECK is an online portal to lodge a Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check (NCCHC). Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) accredits KONCHECK. Australian Government strongly recommends National Police check for employers. Police check is a consent-based background and reference check of an applicant. Organizations use it to check if an employee is suitable for paid work, unpaid work, or volunteering with vulnerable groups such as children or adults with disabilities. Crime check is essential for community services, Government, Defense, Immigration, finance and Banking. Not long ago, when conducting an applicant’s background check was quite a hazard. KONCHECK promises to eliminate the hassle of a manual background check as well as the possibility of errors. The website’s automated screening system is more useful than ever. KONCHECK introduces a modern technology by which one can verify their documents, check records in few simple steps. KONCHECK also saves time as dependencies of time-consuming paper forms and snail-mails are over. KONCHECK is focusing more to avoid cyber-crime issues and hassle-free hiring. The director of KONZE has added, “We want to free up the process and dismiss any risk of safety for Organizations. So, the chances of economic fraud, money laundering, office violence, cybercrime issues can be minimized.” In KONCHECK, National Crime Check Applications are processed within 1-2 business days in 70% of the cases. Rests may take 10-15 days or more time if the case of complicated. Last but not least, KONCHECK has the capability to be a revolution in the Police checking Process by streamlining it, effortlessly. International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women: AASW stands with Generation Equality against rape 2019-11-25T00:41:59Z international-day-for-the-elimination-of-violence-against-women-aasw-stands-with-generation-equality-against-rape On this International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, 25 November, the AASW supports this year’s theme and stands with Generation Equality against rape. Violence against women is our national shame, made worse by the disproportional rates of violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in this country. AASW National President Christine Craik said, “While the legends, folklore and contemporary Australian culture continue to celebrate and be dominated by the overwhelming importance and attention of all things masculine, such as mateship, and male sporting legends - little attention is paid to the consequences of this entitlement, namely violence against women and girls in the form of rape, sexual assault and family violence.” Social movements such as #MeToo are building on decades of feminist work, assisting new generations to become galvanised, aware, and to join older activists in addressing this toxic culture and the silencing of women’s voices that allows rape culture to continue. We know sexual violence is an epidemic in Australia and we know the majority of women do not feel safe or supported to report these crimes to anyone, let alone the police. Ms Craik said, “Australia is a country built on white patriarchal structures which continue to enable and deliver unequal power to men over women, and despite some advancements in gender equality, women in this country bear the brunt of this on a daily basis. This gendered inequality plays out in all facets of social life, including the fact that we have one of the most gender-divided workforces in the world with ‘women’s work’ being valued less on every measurement. “In social work, we know this only too well. Our profession of social work is female-dominated, with many social workers having their own lived experiences of violence against women. We are equally or more skilled and educated than most male-dominated professions and we often face elements of risk in practice, including exposure to further violence.” Yet social work, like so many other female-dominated professions, continues to be paid less than most male dominated professions. The continuing message this sends to society is that women and their work are not as valued as men. Ms Craik said, “This pernicious message informs the attitude of the wider culture and enables the continuation of male entitlement, the result of which makes women vulnerable to violence. “As social workers, we know that violence against women is a complex social problem with white patriarchal structures at its core, leading to continued gender inequality. The skills of social workers in identifying and working with systemic discrimination such as this, leaves the profession is in a unique position to address the structural causes of violence against women while also assisting victim-survivors at an individual level. “We obviously have a long way to go in dismantling the foundations that result in violence against women and we call on the Australian government to examine the ways in which so many of our cultural and social structures contribute to this, especially those practices that are not safe for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. These is a desperate need to do this, alongside an increase in funding for primary prevention, early intervention, crisis work and recovery. We need real action, right now.” AASW will attend the Annual Walk Against Family Violence in Melbourne, Victoria today at 12.00pm in Federation Square. Give A Safe Night's Sleep This Christmas 2019-11-20T00:29:10Z give-a-safe-night-s-sleep-this-christmas Give A Safe Night’s Sleep This Christmas At StreetSmart we believe everyone should have somewhere to call home and have a safe night’s sleep. You can never underestimate the simple benefits of having clean bed linen, a towel, a shower and a bed to sleep in for the night. It’s the foundation we all need to build a meaningful life, yet homelessness is increasing and effecting more people each year in Australia.  That’s why StreetSmart Australia, and iconic Australian homewares brand Sheridan, have collaborated to launch SleepSafe, with the aim to provide local homeless shelters, refuges and accommodation services with much needed material and financial support. With every $15 raised in store at Sheridan outlets, or online, a sleep kit including a towel and a sheet set, is sent to a local homeless shelter where it’s needed most. Sheridan are subsidising the cost of the sheets and towels, partnering with suppliers to manufacture products using excess fabric.   “Everyone loves the feeling of a freshly made bed, and the people using our crisis service are no different. It’s these small comforts in life that make all the difference. Being able to give a person experiencing homelessness a brand new sleep kit is huge. Often, the people in our service have their belongings in a single bag, and these kits help us show that we care about them.” Grace Rullis, The Haymarket Foundation (who received the first donated Sleep Kit) This Christmas you can gift someone a Sleep Kit and help provide a safe night’s sleep. Donations can be made on line at Or at your closest Sheridan store. For more information, stories, photos and interviews please contact Geoff Hills at StreetSmart on 0428 909 097. John Jarratt Announced as MC for Explosive Rodeo 4 Life Charity Event 2019-11-19T00:25:03Z john-jarratt-announced-as-mc-for-explosive-rodeo-4-life-charity-event John Jarratt Announced as MC for Explosive Rodeo 4 Life Charity Event Today, Rodeo 4 Life producers announced that John Jarratt, Australian screen legend will officiate as Master of Ceremonies in the explosive rodeo and country music charity event at WIN Entertainment Centre in his home town of Wollongong on Saturday 30 November, to help fund world-first research at the RPA Transplant Institute. Best known for his portrayal of Mick Taylor in the iconic Wolf Creek films and television series on Stan, Jarratt has long been committed to lending his name and his support to many worthwhile causes. “I believe we each have a duty to support important causes that make a real difference. Helping give people a second chance at life through promoting organ donation and funding transplantation research is up there for me as one of the most important things we can all do to help save lives,” said Jarratt. “I grew up in Wongawilli in the Illawarra so I’m really excited about heading back to my home town to be part of such an important cause when Rodeo 4 Life rocks The Gong!” he said. Rodeo 4 Life’s producer Doug Vickers OAM said, “We’re very grateful to John and all those getting behind Rodeo 4 Life so together we’ll be contributing to saving the lives of many with 100% of profits supporting the vital work of the RPA Transplant Institute to help increase the number of life-saving liver and kidney transplants each year. “The audience should be prepared for an ‘edge of their seat’ experience when Rodeo 4 Life explodes with a thrilling, action-packed night of electrifying live rodeo and country music entertainment,” Mr Vickers said. Rodeo 4 Life’s star-studded line-up includes John Jarratt as MC and seven-time Golden Guitar winner and back-to-back CMC Male Artist of the Year, Travis Collins performing a full length concert with some of Australia’s toughest bull riding superstars fighting the odds to stay mounted on the legendary JP Gill and Sons’ mightiest rodeo bulls as they compete for the championship title and a whopping $30,000 in prize money! Rodeo 4 Life will also star Australia’s legendary rodeo clown, Big Al Wilson, rodeo protection clowns Gene McDonald and Rodney-Ray (Rude) Mancell - both risk takers who’ll put their lives on the line to distract the bulls away from the grounded riders, rodeo announcer Glen Morgan whose name is synonymous with Australian rodeo sports; and, the spectacular mighty rodeo bulls bred by John “Happy” Gill and Sons Rodeo Contractors who’ll be doing their darnedest to send Rodeo 4 Life’s bull riding superstars flying! For tickets to the Rodeo 4 Life arena spectacular visit Ticketmaster or -ENDS- INTERVIEW REQUESTS Insight Communications on: 02 9518 4744   Access images from the Media Centre:    Rodeo 4 Life will be conducted in accordance with policies, rules and industry standards of Rodeo Services Australia (RSA), and the NSW Code of Practice for animals used in rodeo events. Whilst the event is raising funds to go toward Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Transplant Service; the hospital or Sydney Local Health District is not involved in the conduct or organisation of this event. NSW and ACT Guiding Community merges with NT to create A Place To Grow Together 2019-11-18T03:48:23Z nsw-and-act-guiding-community-merges-with-nt-to-create-a-place-to-grow-together The NSW & ACT Girl Guides community will merge with Girl Guides NT to form Girl Guides NSW, ACT and NT from January 2020 creating a 7,800 strong member organisation. The merger offers a chance to expand learnings and foster collaboration between the state and territories. Girl Guides in NT will have access to greater resources and opportunities through this partnership, with all the administrative and operational benefits of a larger Association. More opportunities will be available to assist with the geographical challenges faced in the NT. The partnership will also allow Guides in the NT to participate in creative initiatives run by Girl Guides NSW & ACT such as GirlMade which supports girls to express themselves creatively. The NT community hope to share their unique experiences and perspectives with the NSW & ACT members, to further support the growth and empowerment of the next generation of Australian women. Letitia Baldwin, NT Regional Manager, Girl Guides NT, is looking forward to this new step in NT Guiding history, believing it will bring great benefit to the girls and Leaders. “I have a brilliant team of Leaders and we will work well with the NSW and ACT teams. It is important to have fresh ideas and the chance to network, especially for our adult members so they can share that with the girls. I want to make this community as big and beautiful as it can be. “I think the opportunities are going to be endless; NSW & ACT have an exciting range of things for girls to do and now we will be able to leverage this and get the girls involved in so many more activities. “It is great to know we’re not alone; we are a part of a large network. I am looking forward to NT standing proud and showing off what we can do,” said Ms Baldwin. Eboney Prentice, Leader Darwin District, Girl Guides NT, has been a member of the Guiding community for 30 years; having had many unique experiences with Guiding including travelling the world, she is now sharing the Guiding experience with her daughter. “Guiding focuses on the community, it encourages girls to think about more than just themselves, to learn from others and give back to the world around them. The joining of our communities will support this Guiding mission and enhance the girls experience,” said Ms Prentice. Sarah Neill, State Commissioner, Girl Guides NSW & ACT, travelled to NT earlier this year and met the Guiding community; she is thrilled to be partnering with them. “I am looking forward to working closely with Letitia and her team who have such a deep passion for Guiding. The girls as always are at the centre of what we do and we know this partnership will enhance their Guiding experience with increased support,” said Mrs Neill. -ENDS- Notes to editor: Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT are devoted to the growth and development of girls. They provide a place where girls can learn, build their skills and connect with like-minded peers. The benefits also extend to the Leaders and volunteers who play a vital role in supporting the girls. Guides work to serve their community and help those in need offering help where they can. They participate in many local activities and initiatives aimed at giving back to the community. Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT offers girls A Place To Grow. For media enquiries please contact: Simone Gur | ZADRO Agency | | 0417 778 511 Oakley Grioli I ZADRO Agency I | 02 9212 7867 IMAGES Images are available for use. For high-resolution images, please contact: Image: Letitia Baldwin, NT Region manager, Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT. Image: Eboney Prentice, Unit Leader Darwin District, Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT. Image: Sarah Neill, State Commissioner, Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT. Image: Girl Guides NT. Image: Girl Guides NSW & ACT. Schools need social workers: AASW welcomes call for improved wellbeing in schools 2019-11-06T08:54:34Z schools-need-social-workers-aasw-welcomes-call-for-improved-wellbeing-in-schools The AASW welcomes the interim report on mental health by the Productivity Commission, and its emphasis on schools as places where young people’s mental health concerns can be addressed early and effectively. AASW National President Christine Craik said the call by the Commission to have ‘wellbeing teams’ in schools aligns with the Association’s long-term advocacy for social workers in all schools. “Social workers in schools is a well-established specialist area of social work practice and an example of the unique contribution that social work can make to the mental wellbeing of young people. We agree with the Productivity Commission’s conclusion that schools are an ideal place to provide services for young people because they can be as general or as specialised as the students require. “Social workers specialise in mental health as it is a core part of their professional training. “For example, they provide early intervention measures which identify and deal with risk factors and deliver early support and treatment. And they also provide specialist, targeted counselling and support for students with ongoing mental health issues.” Ms Craik said that services located in schools are sufficiently unobtrusive to enable young people to approach them with confidence. She said, “Many young people are reluctant to use services within a mainstream service, or may not have the independence necessary to access these. Alongside issues facing young people in their homes and communities, school social workers can focus on the school’s culture and environment to remove barriers or inequities, and to develop safe and inclusive school communities. Ms Craik said, “We recommend a minimum of one school social worker per 500 students.” Speaking about the other points made in AASW’s submission to the Productivity Commission, Ms Craik said, “One of the reasons that stigma persists for people living with mental health issues is that we, as a society, don’t do enough to acknowledge and address the role that poverty, family violence, lack of affordable housing, and a lack of resourcing in education, that enables the conditions for mental health issues to arise in the first place. “These factors greatly influence a person’s sense of belonging and stability and are known as the ‘social determinants of health’. People need to be confident that their basic needs for nutrition, shelter, safety and security are met before they can attain the state of overall wellbeing, as outlined by the World Health Organization in its definition of health. In our rush to treat the symptoms, we often forget the causes. Paying attention to and dealing with the enablers, is the great strength of social work in the mental health arena.” The AASW looks forward to working in and with all sections of the service system to implement the improvements recommended by this inquiry and thanks the Productivity Commission for this opportunity. Challenging Inequality: Working together for a just society: AASW Conference 2019 comes to Adelaide 2019-11-06T08:24:30Z challenging-inequality-working-together-for-a-just-society-aasw-conference-2019-comes-to-adelaide The theme of Australian Association of Social Work Conference 2019 is Challenging Inequality: Working together for a just society. It will be held in Adelaide for two days from tomorrow afternoon. AASW CEO Cindy Smith said, “The conference is an incredible opportunity to highlight and recognise the work of multiple sectors and the profession of social work in challenging inequality.” The conference will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre, between 7-9 November 2019 at the Adelaide Convention Centre. It will be opened by the Hon Rachel Sanderson MP, Minister for Child Protection. Ms Smith said, “With more than 450 delegates, including from across Australia and internationally, this is the largest conference we have ever had. This is a significant opportunity to highlight the knowledge and skills we possess with about 140 papers being presented, including in practice, research, education and policy. “The conference will also focus on the very pertinent issue of child protection and the registration of social work as a profession. An expert panel will discuss the future of social work registration and in particular, the local developments.” To name a few of the subjects to be covered, these will include mental health, family violence and trauma, disability, human rights and many more. Ms Smith said, “Our pre-eminent Keynote Speakers will be Natasha Stott Despoja AO, Professor Tom Calma AO and Debbie Kilroy will be our Dinner Speaker. They will each be giving us a unique perspective on how we can work together for a just society. “Now is the time to be Challenging Inequality. The professional development event of the year is happening this weekend in Adelaide.” Cindy Smith is available for interview. If you are a member of the media and would like to cover this event, please contact Angela Yin on 0413 532 954. Colin Abbott photos capture iconic Australia in new book ’Waiting Under Southern Skies’ 2019-11-06T05:11:44Z colin-abbott-photos-capture-iconic-australia-in-new-book-waiting-under-southern-skies Readings Bookstore Carlton is the latest retailer to feature the recently released book by Colin Abbott ‘Waiting Under Southern Skies’.   'Waiting Under Southern Skies’ is a selection of evocative, and previously unpublished photographs, from Colin Abbott’s personal archive of over 45+ years documenting Australian life, as it presented to him.   Curated and published by Gianni Frinzi of T & G Publishing, ‘Waiting Under Southern Skies’ is an intimate narrative of people and places captured in photos during a period of immense social change in Australia from the now almost mythical 1970’s to the present day.    An avid documenter of everyday life on the street, Abbott has carved out an enviable career in longitudinal photography projects, alongside a successful business career.   Since taking up the camera in Sydney in the early 1970s, Abbott progressed his photography skills by moving to Melbourne, studying at the Prahran College of Advanced Education.   The photographs in this book were all taken in the South Eastern part of Australia, from Sydney and southern NSW to Melbourne and Victoria. This region in Australia is where   some 50%+ of Australians reside.   He has had several exhibitions since 2009 including ‘Enigma’ with Photonet Gallery, Melbourne, ‘Out There’ at Manning Clark House, Canberra, 2013 and was part of a photo exhibition celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Prahran Market, 2014.   More recently he has worked with Michael Silver at Magnet Galleries Melbourne Inc. for two exhibitions ‘70’s Melbourne’ and ‘80’s Melbourne’, 2017-2018.   Colin Abbott attributes the capability of ‘seeing and not-seeing’ as integral to Photography as ‘being and not-being’ are to Zen. The ability to produce transformative images is always the goal whether shooting on the street or taking in a beautiful landscape.   Well known Australian photographer Andrew Chapman spoke at the official launch of 'Waiting Under Southern Skies' that was held at Magnet Galleries Melbourne.   A copy of ‘Waiting Under Southern Skies’ was later presented as a gift and memento to Norwegian Ambassador HE Mr. Paul Gelleik Larsen to acknowledge a quote in the book by Norwegian author Lars Mytting.  Media Enquiries:    Mr. Joe Perri, Joe Perri & Associates Pty Ltd                               Mob:  +61 412 112 545     Email:   About Colin Abbott   Colin Abbott was born in Adelaide, South Australia in 1951. Lives and works Melbourne, Victoria.   Colin Abbott attributes seeing and not-seeing as integral to photography as being and not-being are to Zen.    An avid documenter of everyday life on the street, Abbott has carved out an enviable career in longitudinal photography projects, alongside a successful business career.   Since taking up the camera in the early 1970s, Abbott progressed his photography skills, studying at the Prahran College of Advanced Education.   He has had several exhibitions since 2009 including ‘Enigma’ with Photonet Gallery, Melbourne, ‘Out There’ at Manning Clark House, Canberra, 2013 and a photo exhibition celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Prahran Market, 2014.   More recently he has worked with Michael Silver at Magnet Galleries Melbourne Inc for two exhibitions ‘70’s Melbourne’ and ‘80’s Melbourne’, 2017-2018.   His book, ‘Waiting Under Southern Skies’ is a selection of evocative, and previously unpublished, images from Colin Abbott’s personal archive of over 45+ years documenting Australian life, as it presented to him.  It is an intimate narrative of people and places during a period of immense social change in Australia.   Life Legacy Love Book 2019-11-03T22:10:51Z life-legacy-love-book When Tania Howard began working in the funeral industry in her 20s, her healthy and vibrant mother suggested now was a good time for them to have a talk about life and death. There were many things her mum wanted to share about her life and arrangements for when one day in that very distant future that time came in her life. This conversation was the inspiration for a new book Tania has published to help other families prepare to meet their loved one’s final wishes. As they explored her life and legacy, gathering photos, sharing stories, experiences, wishes and ensuring all documents where in order and easy to find. Together they realised the power of having all this information in one place, removing any additional burdens when the time came. Little did Tania and her brother realise her end would be sooner rather than later, when just weeks after her 50th birthday, their healthy vibrant mum suddenly died. “It was out of the blue. One day I was talking to her and then the next she was gone. It was the worst feeling being told there was nothing that could be done, and we made the decision to turn off the machines,” Tania said. “But despite how horrible we felt, because mum and I had spent time talking about her wishes, I knew exactly what to do. I knew how to access her money to fund the beautiful memorial for her, what she wanted to be buried in, what stories to share at her funeral and little bits about her life that I would never had known about if we had not have those conversations.” Realising how hard it is for people to discuss death and the passing of a parent with their children, Tania and her mum, Ceridwen created Life, Legacy and Love – a record of my life and final wishes as  guide and tool to use to gather the important information such as personal details – tax file number, Medicare number, wedding date, occupation, assets list, where important documents are stored but also highlights from their life, bucket list items and the family tree. “So many think the moment you talk about death, you are being morbid or signing your life away, or all of a sudden if you make arrangements you will suddenly catch “death” but it is more about getting on with life and letting more people know about who you are. Not having these conversations leads to more stress at a time when it is not needed, legal disputes or family arguments over who is doing what,” Tania said. “By taking the time to have these conversations, it can save a lot of pain and confusion. “When my mum died, I knew she didn’t want to be dressed in her best. We have talked about it and she wanted to be buried in her favourite tracksuit and Ugg boots. I would never have known that if we hadn’t talked about it.” Stage one of Life, Legacy and Love is in print but Tania has plans to publish the book digitally. “My children never got a chance to meet my mum, but they can look at the book and see photos of her and read about what she loved doing, things she liked and disliked,” Tania said. “I know we all think are parents are invincible, but we are all going to go one day. Being able to help people make informed decisions is in power and this free book is my way of giving back and sharing my mum’s legacy.”  Metallica Pop-Up Book Created by Perth Digital Agency Amid Cancelled Tour 2019-10-26T00:58:30Z metallica-pop-up-book-created-by-perth-digital-agency-amid-cancelled-tour More info: Hetfield, frontman to the world’s biggest heavy metal band ‘Metallica’, recently checked himself into rehab, cancelling the Australian and NZ legs of the band’s international WorldWired tour.Perth- based agency Lethal Digital has spent this year creating a children’s pop-up book, inspired by H.P. Lovecraft and Metallica’s song ironically titled ‘The Thing That Should Not Be’.Lee Rekman, Director of Lethal Digital had planned to meet with James, Lars, Kirk and Rob on Thursday 17th October, 2019 in Perth prior to their show at Optus Stadium to present the pop-up book idea, with the intention of collaborating with Metallica’s charitable foundation, ‘All Within My Hands’.“A pop-up book with shiny gates and a compelling graphic story is the ideal medium to introduce the world’s greatest metal band to future followers. It’s my passion project for fellow Metallica fans to share with their young ‘metalheads’. Reading, learning and interacting with the 3-D adventures of James, Lars, Kirk and Rob.”The Thing That Should Not Be:A small and deluxe, hardcover pop-up book featuring 3-D renderings of Metallica.The book references Metallica’s 1986 Master of Puppets song by the same name, co-written by James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich and Kirk Hammett. sought their lyrical inspiration via American writer, H.P. Lovecraft’s short story monster, Cthulhu a.k.a. ‘The Thing That Should Not Be’.Design features a book cover with robust magnetic closure, inviting readers to ‘open the doors’ of discovery spanning six illustrative pages.The Thing That Should Not Be is purely conceptual.Metallica has NOT commissioned the book.Although the original meeting didn't eventuate as planned, several copies of the pop-up book are on their way to one of the band members.For further info, including high-res images, contact Lee Rekman at Lethal+61 438 141 977  | Registration of social work profession to be a highlight at upcoming conference in Adelaide 2019-10-24T03:11:25Z registration-of-social-work-profession-to-be-a-highlight-at-upcoming-conference-in-adelaide The theme of Australian Association of Social Work Conference 2019 is Challenging Inequality: Working together for a just society. It will be held in Adelaide on 7-9 November.It is an opportunity showcase the vital work that is being done by social workers across Australia and in diverse and challenging areas, including family violence, child protection, mental health, climate change, aged care and welfare.The role of social workers and the professional challenges of the future will be a feature of the extensive program, and will include discussion panel on the Social Workers Registration Bill, which is before a joint committee in South Australia. The panel will feature Tammy Franks MLC, who introduced the private member’s bill to the South Australian Parliament, Nat Cook MP, Shadow Minister for Human Services and Lucy Sandford-Reed, the Chief Executive of Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers.AASW CEO Cindy Smith said, “Holding this conference in Adelaide this year is very timely with the South Australian Parliament currently considering the regulation of the social work profession. And South Australia has an important history in challenging inequality, as it was the first jurisdiction in the world where women were able to be elected to public office.“It is our pleasure to showcase Adelaide to the rest of the country and the world, with delegates from interstate and internationally attending the conference.“This conference is an opportunity for social workers and other professionals to network, learn about emerging trends, innovative practice and to celebrate our achievements across a range of sectors.”Ms Smith said that there has never been a more important time to challenge inequality.“Inequality is affecting us like never before. Whether it is climate change, gender inequality and family violence, or the effects of poverty and housing stress, it is essential to keep up-to-date with the current professional challenges,” she said.“Let’s work together and find solutions, hone our skills and knowledge as professionals and most importantly, take the time to reflect on and celebrate the life-changing work that we do and our contribution to society.”The conference will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre, between 7-9 November 2019.