Revised National Safe Schools Framework launched

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Safer schools set to take action against bullying


Australian schools will be better equipped to deal with student bullying, with School Education Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth, Peter Garrett, launching the revised National Safe Schools Framework on the inaugural National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence (18 March 2011).


Mr Garrett said the revised National Safe Schools Framework is supported by all Ministers for Education across Australia.


“This Framework will assist schools and school communities to develop a comprehensive response to bullying that makes everyone in the school understand proactive and practical approaches to effective student safety policies.


“Since the National Safe Schools Framework was first made available in Australian schools in 2003, the use of new technologies such as mobile phones and computers has created new avenues for bullying, so our assistance to schools needs to adapt with the times.


“A recent study found one in five children experienced some form of this new type of bullying. This is why the revised Framework takes into account students’ safety and wellbeing in virtual environments.


“I encourage all Australian schools to recognise that student wellbeing and safety are essential for academic development, and to use the Framework to form a plan to combat bullying in the long term.


As part of the action being taken this week to counter bullying, an online campaign, has been launched. The website offers interactive activities for students and resources for teachers and parents.


For more information on the revised Framework and supporting resources visit


For more information on the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence visit


Source: Commonwealth Government


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Now in its fifth year, Trop Jr is a free family friendly picnic-style day out, but make sure to pack a hat and sunscreen for the day! Trop Jr will be held at The Domain in Sydney on Sunday 19 February. Trop Jr events are also being held in Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Adelaide.  Visit for event details.
A team of Irish dancers from ABC’s newest show, Dance Down Under have been added to perform as a part of Trop Jr’s line-up of free entertainment, which also includes, a hip hop demonstration, photo booths, bucket loads of free things to take home, and of course short films on Sunday 19 February in Sydney’s Domain.
Hosted by Trop Jr favourites Yumi Steynes and Scott Tweedie, the day will be jam-packed full of fun activities from games to on stage entertainment and broadcast around the nation on ABC3.
New sponsor LOL 99% Fizzy Fruit Juice will be on site with stacks of activities emerging from their purpose built tent, including free samples, an inflatable cinema, instant photography, iPad games and a mountain of prizes to give away.
The fun starts at 11am AEDT and with a huge turnout expected, it’s best to get in early to reserve a prime spot to view the 13 finalist films.
The pre- show entertainment supplied by ABC3 will include a hip-hop demonstration by Jordan Rodrigues from Dance Academy and a troupe of Irish dancers will entrance the crowd with a traditional dance, from ABC’s new show Dance Down Under. The cast from Dance Academy will also be onsite to do a signing for their fans.
This year Trop Jr has a stellar range of judges, featuring Jordan Rodrigues, Xenia Goodwin, Tim Pocock (Dance Academy), Simeon Bain (2011 Trop  Jr winner) and Morgana Davies (Actress, The Hunter). The 13 films will be given a premiere treatment, being screened on the Tropfest big screen, catapulting all of the finalists to stardom.

Managing Director of Tropfest, Michael Laverty says that “Families are truly in for a treat at this year’s Trop Jr celebrations. With great support from our sponsors, we have a great line up of pre show entertainment for all ages and I am sure that it will be a great day out for everyone.”


The Trop Jr winner receives a huge cash prize of $2,500 thanks to new major partner, LOL 99% fizzy fruit juice; a digital video camera and filmmaking experience from ABC3 and $1,000 worth of short courses through the Australian Film Television and Radio School. Two Runners up each receive $1,000 worth of Onitsuka Tiger products as well as $750 in equipment hire and post-production facilities at Metro Screen, Sydney.

Medicare funds Healthy Kids Check

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The Australian Government is providing $11 million over five years for the expanded Medicare Healthy Kids Check, to give parents the option of talking to a medical professional about health and wellbeing issues they’re concerned about.


Issues such as general health, a child’s speech, sleeping patterns and mobility are some examples of issues covered by the improved check.


The new format for the check will be used in eight Medicare Local areas over 2013 as the first phase of its staged introduction, following advice from an Expert Working Group. The target age for the expanded health check will now be three and a half to five years.


The Medicare-funded Healthy Kids Check was originally introduced in July 2008 to ensure a child’s readiness for school. The check is an assessment of physical health, general wellbeing and development.

The Check will include an assessment of age appropriate development in areas such as:

  • Mobility
    Speech development
    Language development
    Interaction with others
    Height and weight


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Australian babies dine on a diet of superfoods, organic produce and in many cases eat better quality food than their parents. This is according to research conducted as part of Canstar Blue’s annual parent opinion research.


Canstar Blue researched the opinions of more than 1300 parents to gauge their opinions on baby products. The research also asked parents about their satisfaction with a number of brands across different categories, enabling Canstar Blue to award the prestigious Parent’s Pick ratings.


Super (baby) food 

Parents are going gourmet with their choice of food for their little ones. More than two thirds (69%) say that they like to ensure their baby enjoys a regular diet of super-foods such as avocado, blueberries, salmon, broccoli and goji or acai berries.


  • Almost half of all parents (46%) say that their baby enjoys better quality food than they eat themselves. The figure rises to 59% amongst Gen Y.
  • A similar proportion of parents (44%) say that they spend more time preparing their babies’ food than their own.
  • One third (33%) of parents feed their babies organic food but eat non-organic food themselves.
  • The Canstar Blue research found that there was almost unanimous agreement (74%) that packaged baby food is improving in quality.



The Canstar Blue research also investigated attitudes towards eco-friendly baby products. The research found that, while almost half of all parents (46%) rated eco products very important for their baby, only 29% considered chemical-free, environmentally-friendly products very important for the wider family.


  • Despite almost half (46%) of parents rating eco products as ‘very important’ for their babies, a smaller number (33%) stated that they would choose eco-products above non-eco options regardless of cost. The research found only 18% of parents use cloth nappies and 19% have tried disposable bamboo nappies. 

Top rating baby products 

Canstar Blue has announced the winners of its annual Parent’s Pick awards which honour brands achieving the highest customer satisfactions across a number of baby product categories: 

  • Philips Avent scooped two awards for their cups and bottles, achieving Canstar Blue five star ratings by parents for overall satisfaction.
  • Gourmet food brands Rafferty’s Garden and Only Organic were the top picks for baby bites achieving a Canstar Blue five star rating.
  • Huggies achieved the top gong for nappies and Dymples cleaned up for its superior baby wipes – both of which were awarded five stars from Canstar Blue for overall satisfaction.


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