Month: June 2017

From the top of Australia: RUOK?


In early March 2017, ADELLE SALTER, manager of Flourish Australia at Emu Heights, took part in a charity walk at Mt Kosciuszko to raise money for RUOK? However, there were some unexpected obstacles…

“Some unfortunate news greeted us when we arrived at Kosciuszko National Park: the mist and clouds were so thick that we wouldn’t be able to see one foot in front of the other! We were informed by our experienced guide and the park ranger that it was too dangerous for us to climb Mt Kozi today. The other RUOK supporters and I found it difficult to swallow this news, but we had to respect that these experienced rangers knew what they we talking about. So, our team of 70 hiked 12.5 km along a waterfall walk, then made our way back down towards Jindabyne (which is a mere 915 m above sea level). I also had to finish off with a dip in the lake!

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Personal Safety


For those who access Flourish Australia’s services, ‘CANSAS Conversations’ provide an opportunity to think about and discuss things that effect our personal safety (CANSAS #10) as well as the way we might effect the safety of other people (CANSAS #11). Pictured: Workplace Peer Supports Manager Christine Miniawy with Peer Workforce Manager Peter Farrugia.

People with mental health issues are several times more likely to be victims of violence than the general population; and it is not just violence, but illness, abuse, exploitation and homelessness that could become a threats to our personal safety.

Many people with serious, enduring mental health issues become homeless and homeless people are more vulnerable to danger than most of us. See the article ‘Anne Deveson; Understanding homelessness and mental health issues’ in the June 2017 edition of Panorama.

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How to NOT become a statistic

Safety involves choice

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By Grant J Everett

Every day in Australia, 26 people are killed by an accident and 1,200 are hospitalised. And while poisonings and drownings have fallen since the turn of the century thanks to awareness campaigns, our overall rate of injury hasn’t changed all that much.

The most common accidents that require hospitalisation are caused by car crashes, falls, violence, sporting and recreational activities, work accidents and self-harm. The frustrating truth is that the vast majority of these cases are entirely preventable, and don’t NEED to happen.

So what can we do to live longer, healthier lives? For starters, behaving like you’re bulletproof is a very effective method of finding out that you aren’t. Impulsive decisions can lead to life-and-death consequences not just for us, but also for our friends and loved ones.

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What kinds of Archives and Records jobs are there?


Back room or front line?

A lot of people prefer to work with ‘things’ rather than directly with people. Many archives and records roles are mainly ‘back room’ jobs. However, some of these jobs, such as Research Officer, can actually involve a lot of public contact. Librarians, too, might also have a lot of public contact, even to the extent of having to discipline unruly library customers!



A. An interest in the preservation and accurate management of records
B. Able to undertake highly detailed work
C. Aptitude for using computers
D. Able to work independently
E. Good organisational skills
F. Good oral communication skills
G. Good written communication skills
H. Able to accept responsibility
I. Good liaison and negotiation skills
J. Patience with the capacity for fine manual work
K. Aptitude for science
L. Interested in the arts
M. Able to analyse information
N. Able to manage workload to meet deadlines
O. Proactive (ie, able to work on your own initiative and without direct guidance)

Archivist A-H

Responsible for the safekeeping of records and valuable documents. For example, a university will retain the details of students, their studies, their results and any degrees or diplomas awarded. A museum might store a scientist’s personal papers and manuscripts.

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Our wellbeing is literally worth billions


by Grant J Everett

Early intervention in mental health could save Australia tens of billions of dollars a year
According to the Herald Lateral Economics Index of Australia’s Wellbeing, we spend $200 billion a year as a result of mental health issues, including things like sick days and reduced productivity. $200 billion is equivalent to 12 percent of our economy’s entire annual output.

The index takes into account many social factors that are not included in traditional economic analyses. For example it attempts to place a dollar value on the lower levels of wellbeing experienced by people with mental health issues.

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Things that look good on your resume: VOLUNTEERING


You can be a super hero, or you can be a volunteer. Either way, it looks good on your resume. As demonstrated (ABOVE) at the 2016 Wellness Walk

Employers look for certain qualities such as keenness, self motivation, time management skills, resilience, persistence and emotional intelligence. You can develop these qualities outside of the workplace, so even if you have been out of the paid workforce for a long time, you still have something valuable to offer potential employers.

One way of honing these sort of skills (among others) is through volunteering. Simply by putting your hand up to volunteer, you are displaying keenness and self motivation! Once in a volunteer role, you will have the opportunity to develop the skills of the workplace. Volunteering roles can also compliment your studies. In fact, some volunteer organisations run courses themselves.

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There’s an app for the maths gap, too!


If sitting in a class isn’t your thing, you could always try an app!

The better your grasp of numbers, the better your prospects of employment. If you think that your career prospects could brighten with a bit of mathematical knowledge, but don’t like the idea of enrolling in a class, you could always try an app. There are a number of computer software applications that can help you learn maths (and many other subjects as well).

Good apps (like good teachers) will help you relate your new knowledge to everyday life. An article by Helen Wellings lists ten available maths apps. This might be a good place to start looking for something that might suit you:

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