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Geelong is a city going through a turbulent transition, stranded between its history and its future. Its modern legacy as a stronghold of heavy industry – led by Ford, Alcoa and Shell – is fading fast.

Ford has been closing its Geelong manufacturing works for some time, with the final jobs to go by 2016. Alcoa has announced that its ageing aluminium smelter and rolling mill would close in August, at a cost of 800 jobs. Last year Qantas axed just under 300 maintenance jobs at the nearby Avalon Airport and Target sacked 260 workers from its Geelong head office.

Geelong has a long history as a city, and with that, a long history of being able to rebuild itself from problems past. There is little doubt Geelong will reinvent itself as a smart city of the future on the back of its tourism, agriculture and, service industries, as well as its role as a port, and  its role as a hub for new industry, such as carbon fibre manufacturing.

The inevitable and immediate pain of future uncertainty looms for Geelong’s recently unemployed. One of the major problems with widespread job cuts to similar industries to an area in a short period of time is that it creates a situation where there are too many workers looking for what little work is still available. As Professor Louse Johnson explained during my interview with her, about one third of workers will find work in a similar industry, maintaining a similar standard of living; another third will find work in lesser jobs, reducing their standard of living. For the other third, it’s unlikely that they will work again. The question of whether to remain in Geelong, the bedrock of many workers’ lives, beckons also.

Fitter and turner Jay Craven, 24, was made redundant by Ford in Geelong in an early wave of job cuts. The atmosphere of redundancy is not a good one. The media seem to know information before the workers do, and there’s a general sense of despondency in the air as colleagues and friends turn on each other in a battle for job survival.

Whilst many of his colleagues tried to find work in and around Geelong to varying degrees of success, Jay decided to apply for a jobs in Melbourne. After a period of applying for jobs without luck, a family friend suggested he apply for a maintenance job at Yarra Trams. When he found out that he got the job, the decision to head down the highway was an easy one. Unlike some of his colleagues whom were rentrenched in Geelong with homes and young families, Jay’s only attachment was a sentimental one, having lived in the area his whole life.

Jay now lives in Preston with his sister, who also works in Melbourne. He is really enjoying the change, believing his fresh start will allow him to better develop a career and grow as a person. No one likes seeing people lose their jobs, but for Jay, redundancy was was the catalyst for a positive change in his life.

Career Paths by Kristel Dee

Posted: May 29, 2014 by kristeldee in Deakin University, Education

As more and more jobs are lost due to the influence of economical and governmental forces, finding stable employment is becoming harder and harder to attain.

This is especially worrying for current students and graduates who are or have already dedicated years into studying, only to end up struggling to secure employment within their respective fields, or worse yet, remain unemployed.

For most students and graduates, entering the corporate world can become strenuous and frustrating. The employment process is a rigorous system that can sometimes feel specifically selective to applicants who have years of relevant experience. In most cases, students and graduates often lack corporate experience due to educational priorities and inflexible working availabilities.

Graduate Careers Australia’s annual Australian Graduate Survey reveals that there was deterioration in the short-term employment prospects of new graduates in 2013 compared to 2012. Out of 182,174 Australian resident bachelor degree graduates, 71.3% were found to have entered a full-time role within four months of completing their degrees whilst 18.1% had secured part-time or casual positions whilst continuing to pursue full-time employment.

Increasingly, many students and graduates have been turning to employment services and training initiatives in hopes of boosting their chances in securing gainful employment.

Whilst it seems that a majority of graduates find full-time employment, it remains unclear if their full-time roles are relevant to their field of study. For most, settling into a role they have fallen in becomes their only viable option whilst some continue to pursue further studies in order to broaden their horizons.

For the unlucky few who continue to work part-time or casually in mainstream fields like retail, financial burden can quickly settle in and relying on government assistance is their only way of remaining stable.

However, although tertiary education is pursued by many and arguably essential in developing a lasting career, a select few opt a different route. Starting a full-time career in entry-level roles that require little to no prerequisite is sometimes a more suitable option for those who have no desire in higher education. For them, this means that they have the chance to climb the corporate ladder earlier, however, may mean settling for a lower salary than that awarded to a bachelor degree graduate in the same position.

Ultimately, entering the workforce as a full-time employee can be daunting for everyone, however, when it comes to developing a career, it is noteworthy to consider that there are various avenues that can be taken beyond tertiary education.


Grad Stats 2013, Employment and salary outcomes of recent higher education graduates, Graduate Careers Australia, retrieved 25 May 2014,

Two languages are better than one

Posted: October 24, 2012 by Amy Johnston in Education
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Bayswater South Primary School is a school with a difference.  However it is not the students or the staff that are the point of difference.  It is the school’s curriculum, or more specifically their bilingual program which has raised the profile of the school beyond that of other schools in the outer eastern suburbs.

The school prides itself on its Bilingual Immersion Program, which involves the teaching of subjects such as Visual Arts, Science, Humanities and Design in both German and English.


Bayswater South Primary School celebrates its 40th birthday. Photo courtesy Knox Leader.

The Bilingual Immersion program prompted the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) to publish a report on the program, praising the school’s 25 years of excellence in bilingual education.

The report found that the strategies implemented by the school, such as increased interaction between students, and the integration of LOTE with discipline based subjects, is highly beneficial to language learning.

The methods used by Bayswater South Primary School are seen to be noticeably more effective than traditional methods of LOTE teaching, with students participating in immersion programs developing language skills at a faster and more comprehensive rate according to the DEECD.

Leading teacher of LOTE at the school, Linton Roe, believes bilingual immersion programs are far more effective at encouraging children to continue with LOTE subjects into secondary school, due to the integration of language learning into content of subjects such as science and humanities.

In relation to the Government’s recently proposed educational reform, Mr Roe believes that more of a focus should be placed on funding language programs, if we are to keep up with the rest of the world

A majority of people in the world are using two or more languages every day.  A minority of people such as those in Australia and the Unites States seem to have the attitude that English is all you need…When in fact Australians are disadvantaging themselves by not knowing more languages.

During it’s second trimester in 2012, Deakin University’s Burwood campus has seen a renewed enthusiasm amongst student clubs and causes for the use of chalk as an advertising medium.

The widespread appeal and relative ease of social media advertising has seen past campaigns take place almost exclusively online.  Despite this, a number of clubs appear to be going ‘back to basics’, and venturing out, chalk in hand, by the dozens.

The Christian Union group has been by far the most active agent in this, with dozens of students taking part in a promotional campaign surrounding their ‘heightened evangelistic season’ during the first four weeks of the trimester.

The response however, has been unexpectedly hostile to both the method and the message of the campaign, as a number of students have expressed their grievances on online forums, and even the club’s own Facebook page.

One student, who wished to remain anonymous, suggests that  ‘Christian union isn’t exactly promoting talks, it’s just putting it in people’s faces.  Some people don’t appreciate having religion put in their face.’

One of the Christian Union students in action.

Others have suggested the chalk is ‘rather off putting’, and ‘defacing the campus.’

Interestingly, the other groups involved in chalking (including the ‘study abroad’ initiative) have not faced such opposition to their chalking.

It is clear that the Deakin University Students Association (DUSA) permits chalking, provided that it occurs on uncovered surfaces, so that the chalk can be easily washed away by rain.

This would seem to suggest that the opposition to the chalk is based not on the chalk itself, or even the content of the advertisements, but to the Christian group and its activism on campus.

‘We’ve faced similar stuff before’, says club executive member, Matt Jacobs.  ‘People have even complained when we set up a table on campus, even if there’s a bunch of other clubs around.’


At this stage, the club has sought to address any complaints or grievances individually with the party involved, which has so far worked reasonably well.  But it is foreseeable that the club will face even more of this opposition, especially as it has been growing in size over the last 4 years.

‘We don’t think we’re hurting anyone’ says Jacobs,  ‘and we’re actually quite glad that people are engaging with it.  We’d love to chat with anyone who’d like to talk about it.’

Get More Men into Childcare?

Posted: October 5, 2012 by izabrina in Deakin University, Education, Melbourne

Childcare Centre is being motivated to hire more male employees in order to increase staff shortages and it is not an easy task.

Childcare has become an important part for many parents in the world and they are getting busy to finding the best caregiver in many childcares.

Mostly childcare Centre is typically be managed by females and based on survey less than 10 percent male work in this field.

One of member Society for the History of Childhood and Youth, Professor Shurlee Swain, has representative of the childcare is about educating the children for the future.

“Society such as a whole should bear the responsibility of providing the best possible environment for the development of all children regardless female or male workers.”


Ernest Goldman is program coordinator in Wattle Park Children’s Services Centre and has been worked in childcare for the last two years.

“First I feel a bit difficult get to know each child because they have different unique characters. Some children are very talkative and silent, some are naughty and not listening to me but after all I feel really fun and enjoy work here because now I get used to it. I already know how to deal with their unique characters, “he said.

The fact is, there are many male who wants to have career in this area but some opinions that doubt their ability to be success.

The most important things are come from public opinion, which are suspicions about the motives of male who want to working in this field such as they are homosexual or pedophile.

Goldman believed that male childcare workers deserve to get a chance to be accepted from this job. They got to know him and he had built up a good reputation as male caregiver there, and after all parents are started to trust him for their children.

He still recognized male may still be very few in this field because of low pay or public opinions and that they may not even consider it as a profession but only part time job.

About the job, Goldman said he did not do it just for money,’’ Children laughter and joy is the most motivating thing that makes me loves this job, it also keeps me hope to reach for a better life,’’ he smiles.

Ironically the fact remains; some parents are uncomfortable with male childcare workers.

According to one parent in Burwood, Suchi Chowdury, who has a fifteen months old daughter, she does not really agree her daughter taking care by male caregiver because based on her experience a child is comforted or settled sooner by a female than a male.

‘’Female are better able to understand a child’s needs and respond to them timely and efficiently’’, says Suchi.

‘’We need to make sure their character and quality before decided male in childcare and look at how we can target more male through career guidance in this field because looking after children do not come so naturally for male,’’ she concluded.

On the other hand, many parents are calling access to more male to work in this area for their children especially single mothers who hope their children can see male as caring role models.

‘’It is really important that a child’s life they have good contact with both male and female role models in their childhood ’’, said Natasha Asenjo one of single parent in Wattle Park Primary School, whose have a five year old daughter.

Deputy Director at Deakin Community Childcare Centre, Diane Duncan, believes that male not always ignorant when dealing with children. It all depends on their qualifications, experiences and how they communicate with children.

‘’Public have to open their mind and learn to trust male caregivers by reason of having a balance of female and male in workforce has other benefits. It can bring different approaches, outlooks and styles to working with children,’’says Mrs. Duncan.

Technology takes Flight

Posted: October 5, 2012 by rebeccaevenden12 in Education, Global News, Melbourne, Social Issues

Technology takes Flight

Society are about to get even more connected as Airlines consider implementing in flight mobile phone useage.  Even being 30,000 feet in the air may no longer be an excuse to escape the tweets, status updates, calls, texts, emails which consume the typical modern day, busy lifestyle.

Despite previous concerns surrounding in flight phone usage, significant advancements in aviation and technology have led airlines to consider this decision.

However, these  concerns are yet to be completely dismissed and Jetstar Flight Attendant, Sam Jamieson explains some of the main safety risks which this decision may cause from a professional perspective.

Jamieson states that “the cabin crew need the passenger’s full attention throughout the flight and if passengers are on their phones during taxi-ing and landing, it’s going to be difficult to get the cabin crew’s att

For many passengers, this potential decision will be seen as a positive advancement in aviation which is long overdue – particularly for those with busy work schedules.

Rrestrictions currently in place against mobile phone useage on flights

Frequent flyers with round the clock deadlines to meet may have been awaiting this decision for a long time but there will be passengers who will no doubt be disappointed with this drastic lifestyle change.


In a confined space where you are fastened into one seat for the majority of the flight, phones buzzing, ringing and conversations all around may be distracting for some.

Jamieson explains “If someone’s sitting next to you on the phone, chatting away, the person next to them is probably going to get pretty annoyed.”

These distractions will ultimately have potential to cause distress for the passengers as well as the cabin crew.

Ex Pilot, Phillip Relf however has a very different opinion to Sam Jamieson.  Phillip is not at all suprised by the current developments and believes that if everything runs smoothly, this is an opportunity which aviation should grasp immediately.

“Customers of airlines have been wanting these advancements for a long time and it just does not surprise me at all.”

In this modern society where communication has become a greater necessity which is becoming more efficient and easy to access, it would seem that if implemented, this decision will certainly provide many short term opportunities for airlines and customers. Whilst it is difficult at this stage to predict just how effective this could be and what difficulties may arise from this, technology has created a society with such high expectations that perhaps it is plausible for their needs to be met, even at 30,000 feet.

On average, 2,100 Australians commit suicide each year, accounting for more deaths than those caused by road accidents. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, it is the leading cause of death amongst young people aged 15 – 24 in the country.

Last year, in the City of Casey in Melbourne’s South East suburbs, too many teenagers ended their lives. Often rapidly, one after the other, these tragedies shocked the community and left families, friends and schools in constant fear. Beaconhills College in Berwick lost 4 past and current students in the space of 12 months, heartbreakingly leaving the area desperately searching for a solution to the horrific situation.

Rowan Membrey was one of the young boys to take his life in 2011. His father, Craig Membrey, spoke to ABC earlier this year about his son.


Late last year, after receiving the news that there had been another teen suicide – this time of a 14 year old girl named Paige Menzies – Beaconhills College senior students Jess Cummings, then 17 and Thom Hartland, 18  decided that something needed to happen.

“It really shook up the community, especially the school we both attended.
When we found out that people even younger than us were taking their lives or considering it, we definitely knew that was the time to change things.”

In the hope that they could raise awareness of the rising suicide epidemic that appeared to be racing through their local community, they created a Facebook page called Coming Together to Prevent Youth Suicide.

Twelve months on and it has swarmed through the social media sphere, with a giant 18,500 followers to date. Whilst the Australian media currently reports very little regarding suicides, essentially to protect vulnerable individuals and families, attitudes are changing. After rumours of a suicide pact being in place in schools in the area, parents, friends and the families of those affected are pushing for the lift of these media norms. By targeting the right demographic via social media to broadcast the serious issue, Cummings and Hartland’s page exploded in a way that they never expected.

“We added six people the night we made it [the page]. The next day we had about 1000.”

Having been close with several of the deceased teenagers, both Jess and Thom have become incredibly passionate about their cause. Unfortunately, they have taken on the burden of thousands of follower’s emotions and have felt the tragic weight as teenager’s worldwide turn to the page for both help and a friend.
National charity In2Life has offered their assistance, and provided the page with professional moderators, guidelines and counselors to monitor the content that is being posted constantly.

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At a recent youth suicide forum in Berwick, the State Minister for Mental Health, Mary Wooldridge, said that almost $150,000 of this year’s Headspace funding would be channeled towards a dedicated suicide prevention worker for the City of Casey and Cardinia Shire area’s for 12 months.

“Along with the local councils, schools and youth services, the Health Department is supporting services to effectively respond to young people presenting with mental health issues and to minimise the risk of suicides occurring.”

The Honorable Anthony Byrne, MP for Holt acknowledged the bravery of those that attended the forum and held a summit to address the issue.

A recent survey conducted by major mental health organization Beyond Blue investigated the attitudes towards depression amongst Australians. CEO Ms Kate Carnell said, “It seems that many people still don’t know depression is an illness which needs and responds to treatment, and still don’t know how to help themselves or someone else who may be struggling.”

The survey revealed the following response:

*   62% wrongly believed antidepressant medication is addictive
*   34% wrongly thought people with severe depression should ‘pull themselves together’
*   25% wrongly thought it would be helpful to take a person with depression to the pub for a few drinks to help them forget their worries
*   19 % wrongly thought it would be helpful to tell a depressed person to ‘put on a brave face and push on’
*   14% wrongly thought people with severe depression are weak-willed.

“This indicates we need to work harder to make people more aware of the signs and symptoms of depression” said Ms Carnell.

A simple Facebook page created by two high school students has gathered 18,500 followers, and a community has banded together to support each other during the aftermath of a series of heart-rending tragedies.

With the State funded suicide prevention worker and the slowly changing attitudes towards the portrayal of suicide in the media, the City of Casey is trying to open the lid on youth depression and suicide in an attempt to try and understand why their children chose death.

We asked the public about their attitudes towards depression, suicide and its representation in the media.


If you are experiencing feelings of depression or suicidal tendencies, please contact any of the services below:

Lifeline – 13 11 14 (cost of a local call)

Kids Help Line – 1800 55 1800 (free call).

Beyond Blue 


Monday the 10th of September was World Suicide Prevention Day. ABC’s Four Corners program addressed the issue, and interviewed Jess Cummings and Thom Hartland of Coming Together to Prevent Youth Suicide, along with the parents of suicide victims and Beaconhills College Head Master. You can watch the video here:


Despite the Federal Government dedicating millions of dollars to improving Australia’s extremely low organ donation rates there have been no clear improvements since the reform was implemented in 2009.

In 2008 the Australian Federal Government introduced a reform package with significant results expected over four years.

According to the Australian and New Zealand Organ Donor Registry (ANZOD) there were 337 donors in 2011 whose organs and tissues were donated to 1001 recipients.

Unfortunately, in the past year, organ donor rates have plateaued and donor numbers are now in decline.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) ranked Australia 24th in the world last year.

In 2004 102 children died in Australia that weren’t organ donors.

In the same year, young Zaidee Turner and her family had been registered organ donors for over 5 years. A blood vessel burst in her brain causing her to suddenly die.

As a registered organ donor, Zaidee became one of the youngest Australians to donate her organs and tissues at just 7 years old.

Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation, partnered with DonateLife, was developed by Zaidee’s parents Kim and Allan Turner in an effort to raise national awareness of organ and tissue donation.

“Today the foundation is at the forefront of educating families about the need for more people to donate at the end of life.” – Zaidee’s dad, Allan Turner

Zaidee’s rainbow shoelaces have become a symbol of hope across Australia for those people on the transplant waiting lists, and are worn proudly by sporting heroes.

“Australia has one of the lowest donation rates in the developed world.” – DonateLife.

In Australia the family will always be asked to confirm the donation wishes of the deceased for the transplant donation to proceed. Unfortunately today only 60% of families give consent for organ and tissue donation to go ahead.

Unlike any other organ, humans can survive with just one kidney, however the official processes that possible donors must go through before donating their kidney is extremely taxing and time consuming.

If an individual’s family is not eligible to donate, whether it is due to disease or poor kidney function, the individual will be placed on the waiting list which on average can take anywhere between 6 months to 4 years.

In April 2000 at the age of nine Tate Goldsmith was diagnosed with Nephrotic Syndrome FSGS.  The disease rapidly progressed and by October of 2001 she had started dialysis for renal failure.

Thankfully Tate was able to receive her Mum’s kidney via transplant in November 2002.

Dad’s kidney function wasn’t the best so if Mum couldn’t donate I would have had to go onto the waiting list which can really be a luck of the draw.” 

“Without a transplant I would require hospitalization 3 times a week for a minimum of 5 hours, and I wouldn’t be able to really drink anything as I’d have a fluid restriction of around 1 litre per day. It doesnt sound much but that includes ice cream, jelly, soup, anything with liquid. Also – I wouldn’t be able to eat a large majority of foods because my body wouldn’t be able to excrete potassium – no potatoes, tomatoes, chocolate, bananas…”

“If more people donate it really just gives them the opportunity to have a greater quality of life that cannot be achieved if someone has organ failure. I don’t think that anyone could undersand until the individual or someone immediate to them was in the situation.”

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There are currently around 1600 people on the organ donation waiting list.

Sadly, hundreds die waiting.

“The most important thing that helps a family’s decision is knowing the wishes of their loved one…” according to Jo Harrison, a spokesperson for DonateLife Victoria. “43% of Australian’s do not know or are unsure of their loved ones wishes.”

Will Chapman is suffering with progressive heart and lung failure at just nineteen years old. Without a heart and double lung transplant Will won’t make Christmas.

With the help from friends and family Will has produced a series of videos to urge more people to register and share their organ donation wishes.

Released in September 2012 Will’s Don’t Bury Me campaign highlights the dire need for change in order to save the lives of those on the waiting lists.

Below is a shortened version of Will’s video. For the full movie ‘A Gracious Gift‘ please go here.

To register as an organ donor please visit: Medicare Australia

For more information about organ donation please visit: DonateLife