News, Reviews & Resources || Issue 128 November 2016
Yes you are right ... if you've noticed, that is ... :) It has been a very long time since the last issue of Starlink!
I blame a heavy workload, some (minor but time consuming) health issues ... and a "knocked me for six" reaction to various global events this year that has been more debilitating than I'd anticipated or thought possible.
However those are reasons, not excuses, so my apologies for the gap. Finally I'm back with another collection of bits and pieces for you. :)
Hopefully, considering Starlink readers come from almost every sector and they cover age group interests from cradle to grave, there'll be something here for you.
BJ Seminars International
ProYouth OZ focuses on the promotion of mental health in young people aged 18 to 25, specifically related to healthy eating, body satisfaction, and eating disorders. The program offers various information and support modules to young people that can be used over a period of 6 weeks. The program does not involve any face-to-face interaction.
This online program is being tested in a study conducted by researchers from The Australian National University and the University of Heidelberg in Germany.
There is also a link on the study's home page where young people can go to complete a screening survey if they would like to participate in the program.
Here is an inspiring video reminding us to honour our inabilities as well as our abilities.
In a culture that prizes “ability,” we have learned to hide and push aside our inabilities. Grounded in his community life with persons with and without intellectual disabilities, Luca Badetti, PhD, shares revealing stories and insights that invite us to know and befriend both our abilities and inabilities, so that we can become more complete and connected human beings.
Here is a wonderful episode of Story Hunters from the ABC, called Respect Your Elders. Not new, but well worth watching if you've not seen it already!
Words of wisdom from some of our society's elders. Both affirming and inspiring. And while you're there, you may like to take a peek at some of the other different episodes as well! There are 55 others on the website - all will be available to view until later next year.
Research suggests that, when it comes to early childhood education and care, quality matters most. A growing number of countries are establishing monitoring systems to ensure quality and accountability in these programmes. This new publication explores how countries can develop and use these systems to enhance service and staff quality for the benefit of child development. It offers an international perspective and concrete examples to help policy makers, monitoring experts and practitioners in the field develop their own monitoring policies and practices.
The above description is directly from the OECD website, where you can read the report online or download it as a pdf or epub document. There are also additional downloads to supplement the report, from different countries around the world. There are two for Australia produced in 2016:
Monitoring Quality Report (Australia)
Data Country Note (Australia)
Trial, Error and the God Complex
Adult Social Care Outcomes Toolkit
Daily Habits that Keep You On Top
Why Good Leaders Make You Feel Safe
This toolkit is not new - published in 2004 - and is from Canada, so the statistical data in the first chapter is not applicable for Australia. Nevertheless the following segments of the report are definitely still very relevant and worth reading!
Section 2. School Programs: What Works, What Doesn’t
Section 3. Foundations for Standards
Section 4. Best Practice Standards
The "Appendices" at the end may also be useful. They include checklists students, parents, teachers and school administrators, examples of survey consent forms, lists of responsibilities for different staff or other school groups, and sample surveys. You could cherry pick for ideas and adapt them to suit your school community.
StylelikeU is a truly inspiring website, created by a mother and daughter team, containing a series of beautiful, honest and moving video self-portraits. Here is what Elisa and Lily they say about their work:
Obsessed with youth, meaningless consumption, photoshopped “perfection,” and celebrity-worship, we have been brainwashed to hate our bodies, dread aging, yearn for fame over integrity, and spend our lives paralyzed by a desire to fit in.
Six years ago we created StyleLikeU as alternative to this unconscious self-hate. Home to a series of radically honest docu-style video portraits that redefine our culture’s notion of beauty, each piece of our content is driving public engagement around the reversal of the fashion and beauty industry’s crippling status quo.
If you're like me, you'll bookmark this site and come back often to take in another story or two. They affirm the beauty of humanity in all its shapes and forms.
Their What's Underneath project, one segment of their work, has a playlist of 103 videos on YouTube - an easy way to browse them.
The goal of the Alzheimer's Reading Room is to Educate and Empower Alzheimer's caregivers, their families, and the entire Alzheimer's community.
The Alzheimer's Reading Room Knowledge Base is searchable and contains more than 5,000 articles. These articles were written to answer and address the most difficult problems and issues faced in Alzheimer's and dementia care.
Author Roger Seip is passionate about teaching us how to realize the incredible creative capacity of the human mind. He shares the bad news about a common _
“default setting," then the good news: we can counteract this automatic tendency with two simple questions, altering the affect - and the effect upon ourselves, others and the world_.
This is an excellent TED talk to remind us of the importance of what Roger Seip calls the 'arterial connection'; a connection to gratitude, to humour and to other people that will enable us to make the world a better place, one interaction at a time.
"Injuries have causes - they don't simply befall us from fate or bad luck."
To prevent injuries it is necessary to have information about the factors that contribute to their occurrence. With this information we may understand the options for prevention. Effective injury prevention requires a multifaceted, multidisciplinary approach.
SafetyLit is for those who may be interested in learning more or researching best practice about preventing injuries - in all age groups and community sectors.
The site provides abstracts of reports from researchers who work in the more than 30 distinct professional disciplines relevant to preventing and researching unintentional injuries, violence, and self-harm.
The mission of SafetyLit is to provide a free comprehensive, easy-to-use, searchable, Internet-based bibliographic database of scholarly journal articles, technical reports, and theses concerning all issues of safety arising from many professional disciplines and nations. The items will be indexed in a way that access to information by policymakers, practitioners, researchers, and the general public will not be hindered by obscure professional jargon or arcane search terms.
Want to amaze your friends, bamboozle your kids or just amuse yourself? Visit the Quirkology channel on YouTube, where you'll find magic tricks, 'bets you can't lose', and science-based experiments that are very clever and lots of fun!
Or go to the Quirkology website to learn more about the background of Quirkology and see some other resources.
Changing the Landscape of Memory Care
The Psychological Power of Stories
This is Your Stressed Out Brain on Scarcity
How too many rules at work keep you from getting things done