inbox and environment news: Issue 600
October 8 - 14, 2023: Issue 600
Please Look Out For Wildlife During This Spring Heat
Summer 2023 Snorkelling
Picnic For Nature
- Friday 10 November
- Friday 8 December
'Scotland Island, Newport, Pittwater, N.S.W.', photo by Henry King, Sydney, Australia, c. 1880-1886. and section from to show cottage on neck of peninsula at western end with no chimneys through roof. From Tyrell Collection, courtesy Powerhouse Museum
𝗞𝗶𝗺𝗯𝗿𝗶𝗸𝗶 𝗥𝗲𝘀𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗰𝗲 𝗥𝗲𝗰𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆 𝗖𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝗻𝘃𝗶𝘁𝗲𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝘁𝗼 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗢𝗽𝗲𝗻 𝗗𝗮𝘆 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟯 𝗮𝘁 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗛𝗨𝗕 - 𝗞𝗶𝗺𝗯𝗿𝗶𝗸𝗶.
Highlighting the four resident not-for-profit organisations: Peninsula Seniors Toy Recyclers, Bikes4Life, Boomerang Bags Northern Beaches - Kimbriki, Reverse Garbage and their dedicated volunteers.
Palmgrove Park Avalon: New Bushcare Group Begins
Sydney Wildlife Rescue: Next Rescue And Care Course Commences October 28
PNHA Guided Nature Walks 2023
Our walks are gentle strolls, enjoying and learning about the bush rather than aiming for destinations. Wear enclosed shoes. We welcome interested children over about 8 years old with carers. All Welcome.
So we know you’re coming please book by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org and include your phone number so we can contact you if weather is doubtful.
The whole PNHA 2023 Guided Nature Walks Program is available at: http://pnha.org.au/test-walks-and-talks/
Red-browed finch (Neochmia temporalis). Photo: J J Harrison
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Marine Wildlife Rescue Group On The Central Coast
A new wildlife group was launched on the Central Coast on Saturday, December 10, 2022.
Marine Wildlife Rescue Central Coast (MWRCC) had its official launch at The Entrance Boat Shed at 10am.
The group comprises current and former members of ASTR, ORRCA, Sea Shepherd, Greenpeace, WIRES and Wildlife ARC, as well as vets, academics, and people from all walks of life.
Well known marine wildlife advocate and activist Cathy Gilmore is spearheading the organisation.
“We believe that it is time the Central Coast looked after its own marine wildlife, and not be under the control or directed by groups that aren’t based locally,” Gilmore said.
“We have the local knowledge and are set up to respond and help injured animals more quickly.
“This also means that donations and money fundraised will go directly into helping our local marine creatures, and not get tied up elsewhere in the state.”
The organisation plans to have rehabilitation facilities and rescue kits placed in strategic locations around the region.
MWRCC will also be in touch with Indigenous groups to learn the traditional importance of the local marine environment and its inhabitants.
“We want to work with these groups and share knowledge between us,” Gilmore said.
“This is an opportunity to help save and protect our local marine wildlife, so if you have passion and commitment, then you are more than welcome to join us.”
Marine Wildlife Rescue Central Coast has a Facebook page where you may contact members. Visit: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100076317431064
Watch Out - Shorebirds About
Possums In Your Roof?: Do The Right Thing
Aviaries + Possum Release Sites Needed
Bushcare In Pittwater
Where we work Which day What time
Angophora Reserve 3rd Sunday 8:30 - 11:30am
Avalon Dunes 1st Sunday 8:30 - 11:30am
Avalon Golf Course 2nd Wednesday 3 - 5:30pm
Careel Creek 4th Saturday 8:30 - 11:30am
Toongari Reserve 3rd Saturday 9 - 12noon (8 - 11am in summer)
Bangalley Headland 2nd Sunday 9 to 12noon
Winnererremy Bay 4th Sunday 9 to 12noon
North Bilgola Beach 3rd Monday 9 - 12noon
Algona Reserve 1st Saturday 9 - 12noon
Plateau Park 1st Friday 8:30 - 11:30am
Browns Bay Reserve 1st Tuesday 9 - 12noon
McCarrs Creek Reserve Contact Bushcare Officer To be confirmed
Old Wharf Reserve 3rd Saturday 8 - 11am
Kundibah Reserve 4th Sunday 8:30 - 11:30am
Mona Vale Beach Basin 1st Saturday 8 - 11am
Mona Vale Dunes 2nd Saturday +3rd Thursday 8:30 - 11:30am
Bungan Beach 4th Sunday 9 - 12noon
Crescent Reserve 3rd Sunday 9 - 12noon
North Newport Beach 4th Saturday 8:30 - 11:30am
Porter Reserve 2nd Saturday 8 - 11am
Irrawong Reserve 2nd Saturday 2 - 5pm
North Palm Beach Dunes 3rd Saturday 9 - 12noon
Catherine Park 2nd Sunday 10 - 12:30pm
Elizabeth Park 1st Saturday 9 - 12noon
Pathilda Reserve 3rd Saturday 9 - 12noon
Warriewood Wetlands 1st Sunday 8:30 - 11:30am
Norma Park 1st Friday 9 - 12noon
Coopers Point, Elvina Bay 2nd Sunday 10 - 1pm
Rocky Point, Elvina Bay 1st Monday 9 - 12noon
Friends Of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment Activities
Gardens And Environment Groups And Organisations In Pittwater
Critically Endangered Swift Parrot Detection Near NSW Boggabri Coal Mine Sites
Ten Big Coal Mines Can Increase Emissions Under Safeguard Mechanism: New Analysis
Woodside’s Seismic Blasting Approval Thrown Out After Legal Challenge By Traditional Custodian Intent On Saving The Songlines
''Australia’s reputation among international investors centres on its ability to provide certainty and stability, both of which are important for our global competitiveness and valued long-term relationships with international customers and investors.Important energy projects which are following the rules, consulting in good faith and being granted approvals by the regulator are being impacted because unclear regulations and the application of them are effectively changing the goal posts. The time delays and costs incurred are substantial.More obstacles are being put in the way of critical energy developments, risking the new supply needed to deliver domestic energy security, emissions reductions and substantial economic returns for Australians.Comprehensive and effective consultation with Traditional Owners and landholders has been an important part of the work of Australia’s oil and gas industry going back decades.Regulations which provide clarity and certainty for industry while maintaining consultation obligations are desperately needed.Governments must make clear regulations for consultation that maintain high standards of consultation with stakeholders, including Traditional Owners, but also provide regulatory certainty when an approval is granted.Investors in Australia’s resources sector face increasing approvals uncertainty after today’s court decision, compounding the uncertainty stemming from last year’s decision against a regulatory approval for the Santos Barossa Project.''
Bass Strait Gas Explorer Aims To Seismic Blast Whale Breeding Grounds-National Parks
Federal Government Urged To Rein In Coal Mine Approvals On BHP’s Caval Ridge Horse Pit
- Mine 15 million tonnes of coal each year until 2055 - 20 years beyond the mine’s current lifespan.
- Leave a 545 hectare coal pit, meaning the majority of disturbed land will not be rehabilitated at all.
- Clear important native vegetation that supports threatened species like the ornamental snake, squatter pigeon, and king bluegrass.
National Industries And Governments Decide To Transition The Varroa Mite Program From Eradication To Management
SRC 2023 - Avalon Beach SLSC
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Word Of The Week: Student
1. a person who is studying at a university or other place of higher education. 2. a school pupil. 3. denoting someone who is studying in order to enter a particular profession. 4. any person who studies, investigates, or examines thoughtfully.
From: late Middle English: from Latin student- ‘applying oneself to’, from the verb studere, related to studium ‘painstaking application’.
The word 'student' comes from the Latin 'student-em', present participle of 'studēre', to be eager, zealous, or diligent, to study. Variants in modern European languages today are on the noun 'estudiant'.
International Students' Day (17 November) remembers the anniversary of the 1939 Nazi storming of the University of Prague after student demonstrations against the German occupation of Czechoslovakia. Germans closed all Czech universities and colleges, sent over 1200 students to Nazi concentration camps, and had nine student leaders executed (on 17 November).
In late 1939 the Nazi authorities in the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia suppressed a demonstration in Prague held by students of the Medical Faculty of Charles University. The demonstration was held on 28 October to commemorate the anniversary of the independence of the Czechoslovak Republic (1918). During this demonstration the student Jan Opletal was shot, and later died from his injuries on 11 November. On 15 November his body was supposed to be transported from Prague to his home in Moravia. His funeral procession consisted of thousands of students, who turned the event into an anti-Nazi demonstration. However, the Nazi authorities took drastic measures in response, closing all Czech higher education institutions, arresting more than 1,200 students, who were then sent to concentration camps, executing nine students and professors without trial on 17 November. Historians speculate that the Nazis granted permission for the funeral procession already expecting a violent outcome, in order to use that as a pretext for closing down universities and purging anti-fascist dissidents.
The nine students and professors executed on 17 November in Prague were:
- Josef Matoušek (historian and associate professor; participated in the organisation of Opletal's funeral)
- Jaroslav Klíma (student of law; Chairman of the National Association of Czech Students in Bohemia and Moravia, requested the release of students arrested by the Gestapo during Opletal's funeral)
- Jan Weinert (student of Bohemistics and Germanistics; requested the release of students arrested by the Gestapo during Opletal's funeral)
- Josef Adamec (student of law; secretary of the National Association of Czech Students in Bohemia and Moravia)
- Jan Černý (student of medicine; requested the release of students arrested by the Gestapo during Opletal's funeral)
- Marek Frauwirth (student of economics; as an employee of the Slovak embassy in Prague, he was issuing false passports to Jews trying to flee from the Nazis)
- Bedřich Koula (student of law; secretary of the Association of Czech students in Bohemia)
- Václav Šafránek (student of architecture; record-keeper of the National Association of Czech Students in Bohemia and Moravia)
- František Skorkovský (student of law; Director of a Committee of the Confédération Internationale des Étudiants, Chairman of the Foreign Department of the National Association of Czech Students in Bohemia and Moravia)
This had been preceded by the Nazi Book Burnings of the 1930's.
The Nazi book burnings were a campaign conducted by the German Student Union (German: Deutsche Studentenschaft, DSt) to ceremonially burn books in Nazi Germany and Austria in the 1930s. The books targeted for burning were those viewed as being subversive or as representing ideologies opposed to Nazism. These included books written by Jewish, half-Jewish, communist, socialist, anarchist, liberal, pacifist, and sexologist authors among others. The initial books burned were those of Karl Marx and Karl Kautsky, but came to include very many authors, including Albert Einstein, Helen Keller, writers in French and English, and effectively any book incompatible with Nazi ideology. In a campaign of cultural genocide, books were also burned en masse by the Nazis in occupied territories, such as in Poland.
In his speech – which was broadcast on the radio – Goebbels' referred to the authors whose books were being burned as "Intellectual filth" and "Jewish asphalt literati".
On 10 May 1933, the students publicly hauled the library to the Bebelplatz square at the State Opera, and burned them along with volumes from elsewhere. A total of over 25,000 volumes of "un-German" books were burned, thereby ushering in an era of uncompromising state censorship.
Not all book burnings took place on 10 May as the German Student Union had planned. Some were postponed a few days because of rain.
Among the Nazi crimes against the Polish nation was a campaign of cultural genocide that included the burning of millions of books, resulting in the destruction of an estimated 80% of all school libraries, and three-quarters of all scientific libraries in the country.
Book burning in Berlin, 10 May 1933. Photo: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Not only German-speaking authors were burned, but also French authors such as Henri Barbusse, André Gide, Victor Hugo and Romain Rolland; American writers such as John Dos Passos, Theodore Dreiser, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Helen Keller, Jack London, Upton Sinclair, and Margaret Sanger; as well as British authors Joseph Conrad, Radclyffe Hall, Aldous Huxley, D. H. Lawrence, Henry de Vere Stacpoole, H. G. Wells, Irish authors James Joyce and Oscar Wilde; and Russian authors including Isaac Babel, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Ilya Ehrenburg, Maxim Gorki, Vladimir Lenin, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Vladimir Nabokov, Leo Tolstoy, and Leon Trotsky.
The burning of the books represents a culmination of the persecution of those authors whose oral or written opinions were opposed to Nazi ideology. Many artists, writers and scientists were banned from working and publication. Their works could no longer be found in libraries or in the curricula of schools or universities. Some of them were driven to exile (such as Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, Magnus Hirschfeld, Walter Mehring, and Arnold Zweig); others were deprived of their citizenship (for example, Ernst Toller and Kurt Tucholsky) or forced into a self-imposed exile from society (e.g. Erich Kästner).
For other writers the Nazi persecutions ended in death. Some of them died in concentration camps, due to the consequences of the conditions of imprisonment, or were executed (like Carl von Ossietzky, Erich Mühsam, Gertrud Kolmar, Jakob van Hoddis, Paul Kornfeld, Arno Nadel, Georg Hermann, Theodor Wolff, Adam Kuckhoff, Friedrich Reck-Malleczewen, and Rudolf Hilferding).
Helen Keller published an "Open Letter to German Students", in which she wrote: "You may burn my books and the books of the best minds in Europe, but the ideas those books contain have passed through millions of channels and will go on."
On 10 May 1934, one year after the mass book burnings, the German Freedom Library founded by Alfred Kantorowicz was opened to assemble copies of the books that had been destroyed. Because of the shift in political power and the blatant control and censorship demonstrated by the Nazi Party, 1933 saw a “mass exodus of German writers, artists, and intellectuals". They went into exile in America, England, and France. On 10 May 1934, those writers in exile in France came together and established the Library of the Burned Books where all the works that had been banned, burned, censored, and destroyed were collected.
However, as history records, the worst for Germany, Europe, and those targeted by the Nazis was yet to come.
Alfred Kantorowicz, the author of the 1944 article 'Library of the Burned Books', was one of the key leaders instrumental in creating this library. In his article, he explains first-hand how the library came to be, and how it was finally destroyed. The library not only housed those books banned by the Nazis, the more important mission was to be the “center of intellectual anti-Nazi activities”. In addition, it had extensive archives “on the history of Nazism and the anti-Nazi fight in all its forms”. At the start of the war, the Nazis were virtually in control in France so the French government closed down the library and anyone associated was imprisoned or sent to concentration camps. Once the Nazis occupied Paris, the library and archives were turned over and that was the end of the Library.
In Kantorowicz's words, “the real significance of the Library was not confined to its material existence. When we inaugurated it, we wanted to make that day of shame a day of glory for literature and for freedom of thought which no tyrant could kill by fire. And furthermore, by this symbolic action, we wanted to awaken Europe to the dangers which threatened its spiritual as well as its material existence.”
The Empty Library at the Bebelplatz (former Opernplatz) in Berlin, designed by Micha Ullman. Photo courtesy Stefan Kemmerling
Charles University (Czech: Univerzita Karlova, UK; Latin: Universitas Carolina; German: Karls-Universität), also known as Charles University in Prague or historically as the University of Prague (Latin: Universitas Pragensis), is the oldest and largest university in the Czech Republic.
The establishment of a medieval university in Prague was inspired by Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV. He asked his friend and ally, Pope Clement VI, to do so. On 26 January 1347 the pope issued the bull establishing a university in Prague, modelled on the University of Paris, with the full (4) number of faculties, that is including a theological faculty. On 7 April 1348 Charles, the king of Bohemia, gave to the established university privileges and immunities from the secular power in a Golden Bull and on 14 January 1349 he repeated that as the King of the Romans. Most Czech sources since the 19th century—encyclopaedias, general histories, materials of the university itself—prefer to give 1348 as the year of the founding of the university, rather than 1347 or 1349. This was caused by an anticlerical shift in the 19th century, shared by both Czechs and Germans.
Faculty of Law, Charles University in Prague. Photo courtesy VitVit
Faculty of Arts (philosophy), Charles University in Prague. Photo courtesy VitVit
Of course, one of the earliest and most well-known 'students' was Plato. Plato (428/427 or 424/423 – 348 BC) was an ancient Greek philosopher born in Athens during the Classical period.
In Athens, Plato founded the Academy, a philosophical school where he taught the philosophical doctrines that would later become known as Platonism. Plato, or Platon, was a pen name derived, apparently, from the nickname given to him by his wrestling coach – allegedly a reference to his physical broadness. According to Alexander Polyhistor, quoted by Diogenes Laërtius, his actual name was Aristocles, son of Ariston, of the deme (suburb) Collytus, in Athens.
Plato was an innovator of the written dialogue and dialectic forms in philosophy. He raised problems for what became all the major areas of both theoretical philosophy and practical philosophy. His most famous contribution is the theory of forms (or ideas), which has been interpreted as advancing a solution to what is now known as the problem of universals. He is the namesake of Platonic love and the Platonic solids. His own most decisive philosophical influences are usually thought to have been, along with Socrates, the pre-Socratics Pythagoras, Heraclitus, and Parmenides.
Notable works: Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Phaedo, Meno, Protagoras, Gorgias, Symposium, Phaedrus, Parmenides, Theaetetus, Republic, Timaeus and Laws.
Plato's thought is often compared with that of his most famous student, Aristotle, whose reputation during the Western Middle Ages so completely eclipsed that of Plato that the Scholastic philosophers referred to Aristotle as "the Philosopher". The only Platonic work known to western scholarship was Timaeus, until translations were made after the fall of Constantinople, which occurred during 1453.
Plato's Academy mosaic in the villa of T. Siminius Stephanus in Pompeii, around 100 BC to 100 CE. Photo courtesy Jebulon
Book Of The Month October 2023: Myths & Legends Of The Australian Aboriginals
By Smith, W. Ramsay (William Ramsay), 1859-1937. Publication Date: 1932
UNDERWATER! 2023 Photo Competition Now Open: Dive On In To The 30th Ocean Festival
Resident octopus at North Narrabeen Aquatic Reserve rock shelf - photo by Joe Mills
Entries are now open for the UNDERWATER! 2023 Photo Competition with a prize pool of $4,400 up for grabs.
Now in its third year, the annual competition is part of the 30th Ocean Festival which kicks off at the end of November (Sunday 26 November – Sunday 3 December) with an eight day festival celebrating our five marine protected areas, our invertebrates, marine flora, fauna and megafauna.
The UNDERWATER! 2023 Photo Competition celebrates our ocean, its biodiversity and the human connection to it, along with the urgent need to protect our oceans for future generations.
Northern Beaches Mayor Sue Heins said our precious oceans are the great connectors of our world, uniting continents, cultures, creatures and deserve our utmost care and respect.
“Covering over 80% of our planet, oceans are more than just bodies of water; they are sanctuaries of life, and they should not be taken for granted. We need to be their guardians and preserve them for generations to come.
“Our oceans are the lungs of our planet, providing 50% of the oxygen we breathe, and our lives depend on it. The more that people know about what is under the water, the more likely they are to protect our oceans.
“Sharing photographs of the wonders beneath the waterline as part of the Ocean Festival, is the perfect opportunity to share knowledge about protecting and conserving our oceans to safeguard this treasure which is such an important part of life on the Northern Beaches,” Mayor Heins said.
Entrants are asked to respond to the eight categories with this year’s theme ‘Life Below Water’. All submissions must be taken within the last two years at one of the five aquatic reserves on the Northern Beaches.
This year young people aged 18 – 24yrs are also encouraged to enter the competition and share their fascination with the underwater world. The winner will be recognised as the Young UNDERWATER! 2023 Photographer of the Year.
In addition, a new category of Reels (15 - 30 secs) has been added to appeal to underwater videographers.
Entries for all categories close 11:59pm on Monday 23 October 2023.
The People’s Choice Award will be online for voting from 6 -19 November.
Council will keep you posted on the line up for the 30th Ocean Festival but some of the activities include Science at the Steyne, Dive for Debris, Rock Platform Rambles, UNDERWATER! 2023 Photo winners and an exhibition, Guided Snorkel Tours, SUP Safaris, coast walks, talks and much more.
For more information about the competition and to enter visit: www.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/things-do/whats/ocean-festival/underwater-2023-photo-competition
New Research By ReachOut Highlights Links Between Study Stress And Poor Sleep In The Lead Up To Year 12 Exams
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8 Student-Backed Study Tips To Help You Tackle The HSC
By University of Sydney: Last updated 6 July 2023
Our students have been through their fair share of exams and learned a lot of great study tactics along the way. Here they share their top study tips to survive and thrive during exam time.
1. Start your day right
Take care of your wellbeing first thing in the morning so you can dive into your day with a clear mind.
“If you win the morning, you can win the day,” says Juris Doctor student Vee Koloamatangi-Lamipeti.
An active start is a great way to set yourself up for a productive day. Begin your morning with exercise or a gentle walk, squeeze in 10 minutes of meditation and enjoy a healthy breakfast before you settle into study.
2. Schedule your study
“Setting up a schedule will help you organise your time so much better,” says Master of Teaching student Wesley Lai.
Setting a goal or a theme for each study block will help you to stay focused, while devoting time across a variety of subjects will ensure you've covered off as much as possible. Remember to keep your schedule realistic and avoid over-committing your time.
Adds Wesley, “Make sure to schedule in some free time for yourself as well!”
3. Keep it consistent
“Make studying a habit,” recommends Alvin Chung, who is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws.
With enough time and commitment, sitting down to study will start to feel like second nature rather than a chore.
“Do it every day and you’ll be less likely to procrastinate because it’s part of your life’s daily motions,” says Alvin.
4. Maintain motivation
Revising an entire year of learning can seem like an insurmountable task, which is why it’s so important to break down your priorities and set easy-to-achieve goals.
“I like to make a realistic to-do list where I break down big tasks into smaller chunks,” says Bachelor of Arts and Advanced Studies student Dannii Hudec.
“It’s also really important to reward yourself after you complete each task to keep yourself motivated.”
Treat yourself after each study block with something to look forward to, such as a cup of tea, a walk in the park with a friend or an episode of your latest Netflix obsession.
5. Minimise distractions
With so many distractions at our fingertips, it can be hard to focus on the task at hand. If you find yourself easily distracted, an “out of sight, out of mind” approach might do the trick.
“What helps me is to block social media on my laptop. I put my phone outside of my room when I study, or I give it to my sister or a friend to hide,” says Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws student Caitlin Douglas.
While parting ways with your phone for a few hours may seem horrifying, it can be an incredibly effective way to stay on task.
“It really helps me to smash out the work and get my tasks done,” affirms Caitlin.
6. Beware of burnout
Think of the HSC period as a marathon rather than a sprint. It might be tempting to cram every single day but pacing out your study time will help to preserve your endurance.
“Don’t do the work for tomorrow if you finish today’s work early,” suggests Daniel Kim, who is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Commerce and Advanced Studies.
“Enjoy the rest of your day and save the energy for tomorrow,” he recommends.
Savouring your downtime will help you to avoid burning out before hitting the finish line.
7. Get a good night's sleep
Sleep is one of your greatest allies during exam season.
“I’ve found that a good night’s sleep always helps with concentration and memory consolidation,” says Bachelor of Science (Medical Science) student Yasodara Puhule-Gamayalage.
We all know we need to be getting around 8 hours of sleep a night to perform at our best, but did you know the quality of sleep also matters? You can help improve the quality of your sleep with some simple tweaks to your bedtime routine.
“Avoid caffeine in the 6 hours leading up to sleep, turn off screens an hour before going to bed, and go to bed at the same time every night,” suggests Yasodara.
8. Be kind to yourself
With exam dates looming and stress levels rising, chances are high that you might have a bad day (or a few!) during the HSC period.
According to Bachelor of Arts and Advanced Studies student Amy Cooper, the best way to handle those bad days is to show yourself some kindness.
“I know that if I’m in a bad state of mind or having a bad day, I’m not going to be able to produce work that I’m proud of,” she says.
For Amy, the remedy for a bad day is to take some time to rest and reset.
“It’s much more productive in the long run for me to go away, do some things I love, and come back with a fresh mind.”
Immerse yourself in a mentally nourishing activity such as going for a bushwalk, cooking your favourite meal, or getting stuck into a craft activity.
If you feel completely overwhelmed, know you're not alone. Reach out to a friend, family member or teacher for a chat when you need support.
There are also HSC Help resources available at: education.nsw.gov.au/student-wellbeing/stay-healthy-hsc
Wednesday 11 October, 2023: HSC written exams start.
Mandatory Care Minutes Boost Care Levels For Older People In Australia
Journey Through 102 Years: The Life Of Helen Lea
Avpals Training Term Four 2023 At Newport
George Carpenter’s Inspiring Dedication To Preserving Military History
Employment Whitepaper Takes Positive Steps Towards Addressing Barriers Preventing Older People From Engaging In The Workforce
Seniors Dental Benefit Scheme Needed To Guarantee Access To Oral Health Treatment For All Older Australians
2023 NSW Student Literary Awards: Congratulations Jayden And Matvey Of Mona Vale Public School!
- Stage 1: Jayden S of Mona Vale Public School
- Stage 2: Matvey L of Mona Vale Public School
Summer 2023 Snorkelling
Australia Post New Stamp Collection Celebrates 100 Years Of Disney Magic
October 3, 2023
Some of the world’s most loved Disney characters will feature in iconic Australian settings on stamps celebrating 100 years of Disney. The special collectable set is available at participating Australia Post shops from today.
The four stamps in the set show Disney Pixar’s Nemo, the clownfish from Finding Nemo making himself at home in Sydney Harbour, Ariel from The Little Mermaid at the Great Barrier Reef, and Kanga and Roo from Winnie The Pooh in their natural habitat in Australia’s Red Centre. The collection is made complete with Disney icons Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse sightseeing on Victoria’s Great Ocean Road.
Melbourne-based Tara Stone, Product Development Manager at The Walt Disney Company Australia & New Zealand, designed the range which was inspired by her childhood love of stamp collecting.
"Collaborating with two beloved brands like Disney and Australia Post is one of my childhood dreams realised – and it makes it an even bigger career and personal highlight for me since it is also Disney's 100th anniversary.
“I am so excited to be able to help bring to life this range of stamps featuring fan-favourite Disney characters while also showcasing the beautiful Australian environment using bold colours and iconic locations,” she added.
Australia Post Executive General Manager Retail Catriona Noble said it was exciting to collaborate with Disney for the latest stamp collection.
“Generations of Australians have grown up with Disney, from the early days of cinema and television through to today. We’re delighted to celebrate our favourite Disney characters with a touch of Aussie flair in this latest commemorative stamp collection. Disney’s official 100-year celebration is on 16 October, and we hope all Australians find their inner-child and celebrate their favourite characters for this special occasion,” Ms. Noble said.
The Walt Disney Company Australia & New Zealand Vice President & General Manager of Consumer Products Commercialisation Tim Everett said seeing iconic Disney characters on a circulated Australian stamp was a special local highlight among this year’s celebration.
“It’s been a very big year already for Disney fans across the world, but I am so pleased to see an iconic local brand like Australia Post help us celebrate Australian fans in such a special way.
“Also, the fact the stamp range was designed by one of our Australian cast members adds an extra level of local flavour to this moment – and makes it something we can be even more proud of,” he added.
Stamps are $1.20 each and the new collection will also have available for purchase separately a first-day cover, stamp pack, minisheet, maxi cards as well as a range of collectable licenced products including collection packs and medallions. They are on sale now at participating Post Offices, via mail order on 1800 331 794 and online while stocks last. For more information, visit auspost.com.au/stamps or www.australiapostcollectables.com.au
Write A Love Letter To The Land
Junior Landcare ambassador Costa Georgiadis is calling on kids to share what they love most about the environment – and the steps they’re taking to protect it.
To help celebrate Junior Landcare's 25 years of opening children’s hearts and hands to landcare, we are asking you to join in our letter writing campaign.
“The more you engage with nature, the more you appreciate it; and the more you appreciate it, the more likely you are to want to protect it,” shares Costa.
The campaign also features:
- * A curriculum-linked learning activity to help get you started
- * Special letter-writing templates for children of all ages
- * The chance to have your letters published in The Land
- * The chance to win a visit from Junior Landcare ambassador Costa himself (T&C's apply)!
Whether you write your letters as a class, school or youth group; individual, early learning centre or family – we want to hear from YOU!
Entries close October 20, 2023.
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Finalists In The NSW Health Awards 2023 Announced
- healthier, greener buildings and spaces
- sustainable management of energy, water, waste, and other resources
- a focus on value-based healthcare to reduce harms and risks for patients and the carbon costs of low-value care
- strengthening and developing low-carbon models of care
- use of technology to facilitate high quality, low carbon care
- establishing sustainable procurement processes
- educating and engaging staff about environmental sustainability.
- The goal is to reduce the carbon emissions from anaesthesia while delivering safe, high-quality healthcare.
- A multi-faceted program was implemented to reduce the perioperative carbon footprint. One area worked to reduce desflurane use in favour of alternative, less expensive anaesthetic gases or techniques. This program involved educating staff, practice changes, and audits. This initiative first launched at Royal North Shore Hospital and then was extended across the District. Two 'Net Zero Leads for Anaesthesia' were recently appointed to lead further work, including reducing N20 waste.
- The project has significantly reduced the use of desflurane. A year-on-year comparison saw desflurane use decrease from 35 bottles per month, to only 4 bottles in a year. A similar decrease was seen in CO2 equivalent emissions from a baseline of 1321 tonnes to 0.75 tonnes over the last financial year.
- In the last financial year, a direct cost saving of $344,087 and a global social cost saving of $105,048 was calculated. This adds to significant savings already made from previous years.
- drawing on existing and emerging research evidence to guide the delivery of safe and reliable care
- understanding how research translates into achieving improved outcomes that matter to our patients and the community
- assisting clinicians and health decision makers to find or use research effectively
- establishing research partnerships or collaborations involving clinicians, patients, research organisations, hubs, and networks, local health districts, pillar agencies, specialty networks and health organisations, that has led to outstanding examples of research that changed policy or practice
- acknowledgement by decision makers of the impact of research on their policy or practice
- eHealth, health information and data analytics to support and harness health and medical research and innovation.
- The 6997 patient SAFE Trial (Saline vs Albumin for Fluid Evaluation) was published in 2004. This trial determined that using albumin for fluid resuscitation did not improve mortality compared with the cheaper alternative of normal saline.
- The 7000 patient CHEST Study was published in 2012. This trial found that Hydroxyethyl Starch (HES) for fluid resuscitation didn’t improve mortality compared with the cheaper alternative, normal saline.
- The 5037 patient PLUS (Plasma-Lyte versus Saline) trial was published in 2022. This trial found that using a balanced multi-electrolyte solution for fluid resuscitation did not reduce risk of death or acute kidney injury compared with using saline.
- best practice, excellence, and innovation in mental health service delivery
- development of consumer-focused services
- positive mental health and wellbeing through consumer and carer participation
- strengthened prevention and early intervention
- community-based care practices, striking a better balance between care provided in hospitals, and that provided in the community
- integration between mental health and other providers including justice and human services.
- leading quality improvement to ensure safer patient care
- delivering innovative approaches to improving patient safety
- engaging patients in approaches to improve patient safety
- demonstrating leadership or role modelling behaviour that puts patient safety first.
- delivering safe, high-quality reliable care for patients in hospital and other settings.
- working collaboratively within the NSW Health system to improve health outcomes, including financial, IT, productivity, and workforce projects, initiatives or programs
- growing and supporting a skilled workforce by hiring and developing the right people, with the right skills, at the right time
- building positive work environments that bring out the best in everyone including wellbeing programs and initiatives
- strengthening diversity in our workforce and decision-making
- developing effective health professional managers and leaders
- improved systems and efficiencies to support better workplace safety and health outcomes and practices
- support for long-term behaviour change to strengthen the staff health safety culture
- increased awareness of the importance of personal safety alongside patient safety
- enhanced access and training in workplace health, wellbeing and safety.
- the sustainability of learning programs
- the amount of information unit managers needs to access from multiple sources and
- isolation from peers
- created a strong community and support network, harnessing the power and knowledge of the unit managers group
- motivated members to prioritise and engage in education to develop as a leaders
- improved leadership, particularly in communication, engaging and empowering teams
- significantly increased members accessing coaching and mentoring
- helped members feel recognised and valued by the District
- improved use of systems including rostering, performance appraisals and financial management
- increased time management and efficiency for unit managers. This is achieved by providing one central place to tie in all information, support and education required for their roles.
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