World Food Day Lesson Resources

World Food DayWhile 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.

Promoting Indigenous Child Health & Wellbeing

knowledge-circleOn 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.

Strengths of Australian Aboriginal Cultural Practices in Family Life

boyChild 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.

AIFS Conference Keynote Presentations

screen568x568The 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.