While the world has never produced so much food, 842 million people are estimated to be suffering from chronic hunger and under-nourishment. Food production and nourishment relates to a range of topics including human rights, climate change, politics and health and is a problem that can be explored through many areas of the curriculum, from geography and citizenship to home economics and science.
So this week, to mark World Food Day on Thursday 16 October 2014, The Guardian has a generous helping of ideas and resources about food security and the challenges of feeding an ever-growing population. Click here to find out more.
The latest edition of the Australian Institute of Family Studies’ flagship journal Family Matters has been published. Family Matters No. 94: Families through a long lens presents a range of articles, including an examination of AIFS longitudinal studies, the role of Independent Children’s Lawyers and current attitudes to ageing.
Need for Feed is an extracurricular cooking and nutrition program from Diabetes Queensland for Years 7-10 students across the state. It aims to teach participants basic cooking skills and enhance their confidence to prepare and eat a variety of nutritious foods at home. Click here for information on how to take part.
National Nutrition Week runs from the 12th to the 19th of October this year. It aims to raise awareness of the role of food on our health, and to support the community to enjoy healthy eating. Click on the link above for details on the wide range of programs, including the National Nutrition Week Challenge.
On the 5th of November, CFCA will host the webinar Promoting Indigenous child health and wellbeing: “Get a piece of paper honey, no-one can take that away from you.” The presenters will provide an overview of Indigenous understandings of child health within the context of community, and discuss strengths-based, holistic and family-focussed approaches and strategies for promoting child safety within this framework. Click on the link above for more details and to register.
Two years ago, the UN declared October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child to raise awareness about all issues concerning gender inequality around the world. It’s a day when activist groups come together under the same goal to highlight, discuss, and take action to advance rights and opportunities for girls everywhere.
Child Community Family Australia has just released its report Strengths of Australian Aboriginal Cultural Practices in Family Life and Child Rearing. It explores some of the characteristics of traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural practices that contribute to effective family functioning, and how these practices can have positive effects on children and communities. The findings suggest that culture can be a protective force for children, families and communities. Click on the link above to read the report.
Access is a newsletter published by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, profiling the Institute’s work and its people. The latest issue has just been released, and is a must-read for anyone interested in family health and welfare. Click on the link above to read more.
Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) is an information exchange for practitioners, policy makers, service providers and researchers working with children, families and communities. They’ve just launched their new-look website with a wealth of news, papers and factsheets. Click on the link above to visit the site.
The 13th Australian Institute of Family Studies conference took place this year in Melbourne from the 30 July to the 1 August. Delegates discussed family-oriented policies and strategies to address poverty; achieve work-family balance and advance social integration and intergenerational solidarity. The AIFS has now made videos of its keynote presentations available online here.