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08
November
2015

Keen to build your networks and be inspired?

Come along to the Goulburn Broken Catchment’s inaugural Chicks in the Sticks event at Mt Buller and celebrate the achievements of rural women in agriculture and the environment.

The event will showcase the spectacular High Country with a tour of Mount Buller and twilight dinner by the Delatite River at Mirimbah Park.

27th November, 6 – 9 pm.
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Download the Chicks In The Sticks Flyer (3 MB)

08
November
2015

The NRWC at Channel Country Ladies Day

In rural and remote Australia it's easy to feel like no one is listening. People think because the voters are in the city, that's where the money gets spent. The National Rural Women’s Coalition is finding out ‘what do rural women want’ in a series of focus groups planned for each state, and an online survey coming soon.

After a recent Focus Group at the Channel Country Ladies Day #CCLD2015  at Eromanga, Qld, ABC Radio reporter Elly Bradfield caught up with Karen Tully from the National Rural Women’s Coalition.

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05
November
2015

Super News For Women

Two new guides are available to help women gain the most from their superannuation in the future.

The two complementary Women and Superannuation publications are the Super Steps to Securing Your Future action plan and the Understanding and Managing Your Superannuation information booklet.

The publications help women to understand superannuation and include four easy steps for women to make the most of their superannuation contributions and potential.

The guides also offer more detailed practical advice on addressing the issues that often prevent women from attaining a more secure retirement.

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04
November
2015

Exciting new technology giving meat workers more confidence

New technology means that abattoir workers can work more safely - the bandsaw blade stops within 15 milliseconds of coming in contact with someone’s hand! Check out how it’s working at Southern Meats #PIHSP

See the video Safety technology provides assurance to abattoir workers; A safety video from the Primary Industries Health and Safety Partnership.

04
November
2015

Would you like to be Miss Muddy?

Would you like to be part of an obstacle race empowering females where all profits go to the McGrath Foundation.

Miss Muddy is a female only obstacle and mud festival with a course of up to 5km for participants aged 13 years and over. It includes mud, colour, climbing, crawling, slipping, sliding and lots and lots of laughter. This un-timed obstacle course is all about women supporting women in a fun and non-threatening environment. ALL profits go to the McGrath Foundation

Its on in Canberra: Sunday Nov 22nd
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So gather the girls and sign up for a FANTASTIC day of fun!!!

04
November
2015

What’s stopping farmers from being safer?

Interesting new research shows almost half of deaths and injuries could be prevented – simply by doing things we already know about. #PIHSP

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02
November
2015

Happy travellers & happy farmers

Great to see work being done to make backpackers safer on-farm! Happy travellers & happy farmers. #PIHSP

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01
November
2015

A Cuppa With Alex Milner-Smyth | Marketing and Smart Regional Business

Join us for our last A Cuppa With….. webinar for the 2015

Alex Milner-Smyth runs MediaRoo Communications - an integrated marketing, media and PR agency specialising in food and agriculture for clients throughout Australia.  She consults to various client types including non-for-profit groups, paddock to plate entities and government departments on a range of projects.  In November’s ‘A Cuppa With’, Alex will show participants what successful communication strategies look like and how small changes can increase your ability to reach a target audience.

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29
October
2015

Revisiting lifelong economic wellbeing of women in Australia

Until 13th November, economic Security4Women is encouraging all women to have their say about their lifelong economic wellbeing.

We are seeking the views of all women in Australia, about their economic empowerment, workforce participation and their savings for retirement.

Please go to the online survey. Survey is closed.

In its report on this consultation to the Australian Government, eS4W will bring forward the views, voices and issues of women in Australia, in relation to their economic wellbeing. Barriers to increasing the numbers of women in and looking for work and to increasing their retirement savings will be highlighted and solutions raised.

28
October
2015

Chief Executive Officer – Position Vacant

The National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA) is the peak non-government organisation for rural and remote health in Australia.

The Board is looking to appoint a new Chief Executive Officer, following the impending retirement of its longstanding CEO. The Board is seeking a visionary, inspiring leader to guide the organisation into its next phase of sustainable operation and growth, following on from an impressive period of establishment and stability as an iconic peak rural and remote health organisation.

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26
October
2015

Australian Government’s new Nanny Pilot Program

Families only have until 30th October to apply for the Australian Government’s new Nanny Pilot Program.

 “The Australian Government’s innovative $246 million Nanny Pilot Programme gives families another choice in how they balance their family and work demands, and will help us determine how best to target taxpayer funding to support them..”

Families are eligible for the Nanny Pilot Programme if they earn less than $250,000, both parents (or in the case of a sole parent family, the sole parent) work, train or study at least eight hours a fortnight, and at least one parent is an Australian citizen or permanent resident.

The Nanny Pilot Programme is part of the almost $40 billion the Australian Government is investing in child care and early learning over the next four years, including an extra $3.5 billion into the Jobs for Families package, to make child care simpler, more affordable and more flexible for families.

Applications for families close on Friday 30 October. More information is available on the website or by phoning 1800 249 873.

26
October
2015

Are you a rural woman who would like to design a cover for a handbook which will be used at the United Nations?

CSW60 (Commission for the Status of Women) will be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 14-24 March 2016. For years, thousands of representatives from NGOs and women’s organizations worldwide, as well as interested individuals, have come together with governments to collaborate on women's issues. The result of this UN session helps advance global human rights for women.
 
Every year, the NGO Committee on the Status of Women in New York (NGO CSW/NY) organizes an NGO Forum that takes place during the CSW. The NGO Forum handbook is created by the NGO CSW/NY, and is distributed to participants of the conference. This very important and useful handbook provides fundamental information on all the hundreds of events happening at CSW and also serves as an important resource.
 
This year, we are calling designers around the world to submit ideas for the cover of our handbook. The winner of the contest will have her or his design with credits featured on the handbook. This is a great chance to build your portfolio, reach an international crowd, and above all, contribute to a great cause. 

The theme for CSW60 is: "Women's empowerment and its link to sustainable development."
In your design cover, please incorporate your thoughts on what the theme means to you. For more information see:

UN Women - Women and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's)

UN Women - CSW60 Commission on the Status of Women

26
October
2015

Are you passionate about growing and renewing rural communities?

Growing rural communities is the focus of this 60-book, book series and supporting web site focussed towards city-based middle school age children ‘planting the seed’ –  while their minds are still fertile enough – to one day live and work in a rural town or region.

The books are bright, engaging and ideally targeted to the age group (even adults are engaged), and the web site will provide a wealth of information - but the project is time and cost intensive and will take dollars to launch. The author, Beverley Neil, has created a crowd funding web site, using one of the leading global crowd funding sites, to get this project off the ground.

How can you help? If you’re passionate about renewing rural communities (and aren’t we all) then Step 1: to find out all about the project and the author Click Here;  Step 2: share this link with everyone you know – put it up on Facebook, Twitter or other social media, lobby your local council or Rotary club, send it around the country to anyone you know; then Step 3: contribute financially to whatever degree you feel comfortable. With crowd funding – the coming together of hundreds of supporters – every dollar does count.

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23
October
2015

On-farm deaths could be halved through simple solutions

Almost half of all deaths on farms could be prevented, simply by implementing solutions we already know about, according to new research exploring what’s stopping primary producers from improving their safety practices.

Study author, Richard Franklin of James Cook University, says the rates of death and injury on farms and fishing vessels have improved, but are still unacceptable.

“In 2013, the 48 deaths in the agriculture, forestry and fishing industries represented a quarter of all workplace fatalities. It was equal to 15.11 fatalities per 100,000 workers, which was nine times the national rate of 1.64,” Associate Professor Franklin said.

“We found a perfect example of how lives could be saved quite easily, in figures relating to deaths involving farm utes. From 2001 to 2014, there were 45 fatalities – and half of these people died because they weren’t wearing seatbelts or were being carried in the tray.

“When it comes to health, a willingness to make changes is at least partly dependent on people’s perceptions of how likely something is to happen to them, and how serious they think the consequences could be. Farmers are also highly practical, and need evidence of how changing practices will improve their safety, production or income.”

#PIHSP To download a copy of the report Exploring the Barriers and Facilitators to Adoption of Improved Work Practices for Safety in the Primary Industries, or for more information about the partnership, visit the website.

22
October
2015

Quad Bikes

Did you know that there are a quarter of a million quad bikes in Australia and that they are the biggest killer on Australian farms?

Rural women…….please urge the quad bike riders in your family to attend training courses, install roll-over protection and ensure the use of protective equipment such as helmets.

A recent report by the Primary Industries Health and Safety Partnership  #PIHSP  found that quad bikes featured on the list for every land-based industry studied, which included grain, cotton, sugar and aquaculture .Tips on the safe operation of quad bikes include:

  • always wear a helmet
  • keep children younger than 16-years-old off adult sized machines
  • ride responsibly
  • make sensible choices about terrain and environmental conditions
  • make sensible choices based on your ability and your machine

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