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Volume 2, No 9

October 2011

Great Southern Great Southern Institute of Technology monthly newsletter

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Our Abbey’s up with the best

Great Southern Institute of Technology student Abbey Sergeant receives her Trainee of the Year award from Andrew MacLeman representing GESB. Great Southern Institute of Technology student Abbey Sergeant has good reason to be happy. Abbey, who completes a two-year traineeship with the Shire of Katanning next month, says work is so enjoyable she loves going along each day – and she has just received a promotion. Then to top it all, Abbey was named WA Trainee of the Year for 2011 in the WA Training Awards. “I’m absolutely thrilled to win,” Abbey said. The 19-year-old said she invested a good

deal of time and effort to submit a quality application for the awards, which are run by the Department of Training and Workforce Development. “It was quite daunting at first, but I saw it as a great opportunity.” She explained she had travelled to Perth for an interview under the scrutiny of a fourperson panel before being named in the final four. She was then present at the gala dinner for the major award announcements last month. Continued on page 2


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Our Abbey’s up with the best From page 1 “I had read the booklet and the other three girls all sounded good, I didn’t think I’d win,” Abbey said. Now back in Katanning, Abbey recently added the title of PA to the Acting CEO of the Shire of Katanning to her existing post of Youth Development Officer, a sign she is highly valued by her employer. While undertaking her traineeship with the Shire of Katanning, Abbey studied for Certificate III in Community Services through the institute. She is now in the final weeks of her Certificate IV. Abbey recommends traineeships for the opportunities they bring. “They open doors in your career and in your personal life,” Abbey said.

“Trainees gain a huge amount of experience on the job, you get a certificate – and you get paid at the same time,” she said.

It was quite daunting at first, but I saw it as a great opportunity.

After all the excitement, Abbey is now hard at work presenting varied activities and programs for young people, a task she said

was challenging in a small town. “We don’t have many shops, a cinema or the beach, but we have great fun – I enjoy the activities as well,” she said. “The things I find most rewarding are the respect from the kids and seeing their faces when they are having fun,” she said. Once she finishes her traineeship, Abbey plans to stay at the Shire of Katanning, where she anticipates a bright future for herself and for the town. “There are lots of opportunities with the supertown status, the new saleyards and the gold mine,” Abbey said. She will spend her $7000 grant on further study and to fund her trip to Brisbane in November to represent WA in the Australian Training Awards.


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Student makes a fine lecturer Students often make the best teachers – they have empathy with others going through the learning process and understand the challenges they face along the way. Great Southern Institute of Technology nursing lecturer Kristi Holloway gives students the benefit of her wide experience from both angles, as she graduated with a BSc (Nursing) at the institute in 2005 and she is now studying for her PhD through Curtin University. Kristi said her ongoing studies helped her to impart knowledge in her own students, though she did not see this as a one-way street. “They motivate you as well,” Kristi explained. Clearly, Kristi was as motivated a student as she is a lecturer, because in 2005, she added the coveted title of Student of the Year in the Australian Nursing Awards to a string of other awards. Kristi was chosen for the prestigious title because of her excellence in nursing studies, high standard of academic work and deep understanding of nursing theory – her nomination stated she had the potential to make an enormous difference in the profession of nursing. So it comes as no surprise that this affable young highflyer is still aiming for the top. For most students, graduating marks the end of a long commitment and also heralds the start of a

rewarding career. But for Kristi, it was the impetus towards an even bigger challenge and more years of hard work. She went on to study for her honours at Edith Cowan University, working full-time as a clinical registered nurse at the same time. Having her honours degree in the bag, she then embarked on a PhD, which she expects to complete within the next 12 months, while working at Curtin University as a research assistant and lecturing at the institute. Research is Kristi’s particular area of specialisation, and she relishes the opportunities in her chosen field. But her feet are firmly on the ground in Albany, where she grew up and where her family still lives. Contemplating the prospects offered by nursing in general and, more specifically, degree delivery in Albany, Kristi said she would wholeheartedly recommend the BSc (Nursing) to anyone considering it. “When I started, I thought I might be disadvantaged studying in a rural area rather than at the Bentley campus at Curtin,” Kristi said. “But studying here is an advantage – we are fortunate to be able to do it,” she said. She applauded the small class sizes and the personalised approach by

dedicated and professional lecturers. “It’s a well-supported study environment that fosters good learning and allows students to flourish,” Kristi said. She also encourages students who might not have the necessary marks to enter the BSc course to consider enrolled nursing. While enrolled nurses carried out an invaluable role in the health system, Kristi said, many used this qualification as a stepping stone to registered nursing. As for her post-doctorate future, Kristi knows she will be qualified to choose a career as a researcher, a clinician, or both. But for now, Kristi is enjoying her lecturing position at the institute, where she says she was warmly welcomed back onto the other side of the classroom three years ago, and guiding other students to reach their potential. “Nursing is an incredible profession, and you can study for a degree in Albany which will stand you in good stead for a career, and for life,” Kristi said.


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Staff dress to beat the blues Staff at all campuses dug into their wardrobes and came up with stylish, weird and wonderful garb for Wear Blue Day. The day was organised to raise awareness of mental health in the workplace. All participants received a show bag with information about healthy minds, and gathered for morning tea in the cafĂŠ at the Albany campus.

Above: Cassie Farnell. Top right: Carolyn Heffernan, Paula Pattinson and Eileen Fletcher. Middle right: Sally Burling, Samantha Ahern and Kimberley Walker. Right: Liz Svendsen, Clem Wright and Sue Dybing at the Denmark campus.


Great Southern Gazette We’re all back at work after the term break and on the downhill slope to the end of the year – it’s only nine weeks till Christmas and eight until we finish work. The lecturers and portfolio managers are in for a busy time as they have to result and complete RPLs and traineeships – no mean feat when they are working with so many types of students. Kevin O’Connor Corporate Services Director Kevin O’Connor was successful in securing a new position with South West Institute of Technology, and he will be leaving us at the end of November. This move will take Kevin closer to his family. My heartfelt thanks go to Kevin for the hard work he has put in to the institute over the past two years, and I wish him well for the future. Directorate reviews The Training Services directorate was reviewed in August and the next one to come into focus is Student Services. These reviews allow the executive and staff within the directorate to examine their work practices, identify areas of strengths and weaknesses and act to fine-tune operations. The Training Services review was a productive session and I expect the others to be just as useful. The Corporate Services review will be held next month. D Block The refurbishment of the restaurant and construction work to the multimedia room in D block have now been completed. If you’re down in that neck of the woods, call in and admire the new-look restaurant – then book your dinner and support the hospitality students. Dinner at George’s is always great food and good value. Employee opinion survey The staff survey has now closed and there was a response rate of 65 per cent. Congratulations to Liz Bailey who won the iPad. Insync Surveys has advised us that results will be available for distribution to staff in mid-November.

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From the MD’s Desk Rural Skills Online The Environment and Primary Industries portfolio has signed up to Rural Skills Online, which will help lecturers to meet the learning needs of industry-based trainees across the State. Online learning will support the existing delivery while extending options for both full-time and part-time students and provide for a mixed-mode delivery style to consolidate the students’ practical work. The online facility is expected to be welcomed and well used by students. Scope Congratulations and well done to the lecturers and other staff who put in many hours of work to complete the scope applications. The Trades portfolio will add the new industry area of Transport and Logistics to the institute’s scope. This is in line with a request from Quantum West for warehouse training for new and existing staff at its mine site. Media students The institute has received a letter of thanks from the Great Southern Development Commission (GSDC) for our media students’ involvement in a virtual wine tasting DVD to market our region’s wines in Asia. The students recorded interviews with five wine producers and edited the footage to produce the promotional package. The GSDC has used the DVD – with Mandarin subtitles – to promote the wines in China, and it will translate the subtitles into other languages for a wider audience. Congratulations to the students, and to lecturers Paul Kelly and Peter Pritchard, whose expertise guided the students to produce a high-quality result. Continued on page 6


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From the MD’s Desk From page 5 Projects such as this highlight the institute’s commitment to working with business while giving students real industry experience and building relevant skills. Variety Club Bash I have heard that the Variety Bash leaves Albany on September 1 next year, and there is to be a big celebration on the foreshore. The theme will be the gold rush. If you have ideas how we as an institute can support Variety in its efforts, or know of children with special needs who can be helped by the Variety Club WA, I’d be happy to hear from you. VETiS The VETiS 2012 program was launched last month and feedback from VET coordinators was very positive. Sustainability The sustainability committee will install a Greensense energy monitoring system to monitor electricity consumption across the campus. This system has the capacity to be scaled

Seeds of Sustainability with

Neil Augustson

Wise ways with water You may have noticed a new rainwater tank has been installed in the garden bed situated outside the public toilets near the library at the Albany campus. This is to provide water to the toilets’ flushing system, thereby assisting in the reduction of the campus’s water consumption. The main water source will be rainwater

up to monitor water and gas usage as well. The rest of the budget for this year will be used to install additional drinking fountains. The committee is currently investigating the development of a light replacement policy, a more efficient use of skip bins, development of a brochure indicating locations of sustainability projects and initiatives, a wind turbine and the potential for water reticulation systems and tanks. IT section Finally, I send my sincere thanks and congratulations to our IT department on the wonderful job they have done transferring us to Microsoft Outlook. I know this has been a major project for all in the department over many weeks. As with any mammoth task such as this, there have been a few teething problems, but these are being dealt with proficiently and the IT staff have coped admirably with the workload. Thanks also go to you all for your positive approach to the new setup, and your patience. We now have a much more modern and responsive system to work with. Until next month, happy reading. Lidia

collected from the library roof space, but if the tank supply becomes too low, a submersible pump will kick in and top it up with scheme water. A path is also to be installed to provide access to the tank to allow staff and students to refill their water bottles – and best of all, it will be free. There are also plans for screen planting alongside the tank to assist in reducing any visual impact. Some interesting facts worth considering: • Research shows that the average urinal uses about 2.2 litres per flush • Australians spend more than half a billion dollars a year on bottled water • It takes up to 200ml of oil to produce, transport, refrigerate and dispose of one litre of bottled water.


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In this series, Great Southern Gazette revisits former students to celebrate their achievements in the workforce

Imagine forging a career in the farming industry, having direct supervision of a big cropping enterprise and operating the latest machinery. This amazing feat has been achieved by former Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) student Jerome Poiron after completing Certificates II and III in Conservation and Land Management at Great Southern Institute of Technology in 2009. Jerome’s studies helped him to land a job in Scadden, about 50km north of Esperance, where he is employed as a farm machinery operator. He is the sole employee managing 7000ha of cropping land using a range of modern machinery, including a state-of-the-art new header. Jerome completed his qualifications through the VETiS program, which allows students to undertake vocational training while completing Years 11 and 12. This gives students a head start and allows them to either continue their studies after Year 12 or enter the workforce. Jerome had some encouraging words for other young people in his position. “It’s not impossible to find

Jerome Poiron, a former VETiS student, is making his mark on a cropping operation near Esperance. a job, you just have to put yourself out there,” Jerome said. And with a qualification from Great Southern Institute of Technology, students are given the best possible chance of achieving their goals. Conservation and Land Management students gain an excellent grounding in all areas of the study area, including occupational safety and health, environmental work practices, workplace communications, site assessments, fencing, storage and application of chemicals, machinery maintenance and operation, property construction and repair, plant recognition and propagation, natural area

restoration, and emergency response. VETiS lecturer Carl Dusenberg said he welcomed news of former students. “It’s great to hear from students such as Jerome, who are now applying the skills and knowledge they acquired while studying at Great Southern Institute of Technology,” Carl said. “Jerome proves that if you follow a passion, you will reap the rewards,” he added. Students are encouraged to contact the VET coordinator in their school for more information on getting a taste of the industry they are interested in.


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8 Every one of the institute’s staff is a small cog in a big machine – each playing a vital part in progressing the organisation and developing the workforce. We get to work with people from other sections every day, and on PACD days, we meet those we don’t normally come into contact with. But do we really know what each section does? This month, Great Southern Gazette continues a series of articles on the People who feed you and people who pay you are always among the most popular groups in any workplace. The team in our café, though, would be popular no matter what their role in our institute, because their friendly smiles and slick service endear them to staff and students alike. And that’s before you get into the goodies they churn out with loving care every day. The team, led by Cheralee Godycki, produce a wide variety of hot and cold, savoury and sweet, healthy and decadent choices daily, from 8am to 4pm (or until 3pm on Fridays). Cheralee explained there was always a daily special to complement the standard fare of salads, burgers, meals and sandwiches, and a choice of fresh cakes and slices made in the café kitchen by Lynn Smith. The queue at coffee time is testament to the quality of that hot brew to keep caffeine addicts satisfied, and there’s an extensive variety of cold drinks.

what do they do . . . various sections within our institute, with a focus on the staff in the café at the Albany campus.

Neva Eden, Cheralee Godycki and Angela Edwards are members of the industrious and dedicated team in the café. In addition to the usual retail service, the café also caters for functions on and off site, for everything from board meetings to farewell parties. With the team making upwards of 300 sales a day, Cheralee said they constantly reassessed how to provide top service quickly. She said the staff built a relationship with the

customers, which was essential for a happy workplace, and people regularly showed their appreciation for the service as well as the food. Cheralee paid tribute to her team of Anne Puls, Noelene Robinson, Lynn Smith and Angela Edwards, and casuals Neva Eden and Andrea Fullerton, each a vital player in the success of the operation.


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Film celebrates town’s hippie past After months of research, editing and recording, Great Southern Institute of Technology Arts Administration lecturer Valeska Wood launched her documentary film ‘Bloody Hippies!’ last month. Valeska was motivated to produce the movie after returning to Denmark where she grew up in the 1970s – a time when the hippies moved in with their ‘greenie’ and ‘arty’ culture and changed the image Denmark resident and former ‘Bloody Hippie’ Andy Ducker helped of the town. Valeska Wood choose old photographs for her film. Valeska noticed and a surprising number camerawork, he spent how many of these from further afield. long hours editing new alternative lifestylers had footage, old footage and “I produced it as a stayed on and become photographs,” she said. community asset, but I’ve respected community had a lot of interest from “Lauchie was very leaders, business operators people outside the town,” patient and he had a good and politicians. Valeska said. understanding of my vision.” The film includes interviews Another Great Southern with some of the more Valeska received funding Institute talent – conservative community from Lotterywest and photographer and filmmembers who had initially the Shire of Denmark. maker Lauchlan Gillett kicked against the change, Healthways (Act, Belong, – worked on the project, but who eventually came to Commit) sponsored the film’s recording and editing the accept and support the new premiere last month at the film, which was the subject ways. Denmark Civic Centre. of an ABC documentary It also features old film Great Southern Institute segment on the 7.30 Report footage, photographs and of Technology’s Library in June. interviews with some of the Resource Centre has a copy settlers from the 1970s and Valeska paid tribute to of the DVD for loan, and ’80s. Lauchlan’s skills. copies may be purchased Valeska said she had “Lauchie shot all 25 directly from Valeska by received many positive interviews,” Valeska said. emailing valeskawood@ comments from local people “In addition to the bigpond.com.


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Kadadjiny Noongar Moort

AIEOs brush up on skills No – we are not talking about the vowels here! Great Southern Institute of Technology has been involved in an upskilling program for Aboriginal Islander Education Officers (AIEOs). Education Support lecturers Lisa Hassell and Rebecca Lovitt have conducted six workshops in Albany and Katanning this year assisting AIEOs to upgrade or gain a qualification in Certificate III or IV in Education Support. Eleven participants are from the Albany group and five are from the Katanning group. Attendees have enjoyed the chance to network with others and have benefited

Aboriginal Islander Education Officers in Albany (above) and Katanning (below) attended six workshops to hone their skills and share ideas. greatly from the sharing of ideas with others in the industry. The Albany group will be gaining their Senior First Aid

Certificates next term. This will be a great asset to the schools they are working in. – Rebecca Lovitt


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Jan Stanley and Malcolm Auld For their September 24 wedding, Jan Stanley and Malcolm Auld chose to travel to Sydney, where they tied the knot in the presence of family members and close friends. The lush, colourful garden of a family member made the perfect setting for the relaxed atmosphere of the elegant ceremony and reception. Mr and Mrs Auld are now back home on their Napier farm, and they will take their honeymoon in New Zealand next year.

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Skills for tomorrow’s workforce Delivering relevant industry skills to its students in order to meet the demands of tomorrow’s workforce is a priority of Great Southern Institute of Technology. To do this, it is imperative the institute understands the needs and expectations of industry in order to plan course delivery and teach students relevant, up-to-date skills. The WA Government, and the institute,

Financial, Administrative and Professional Services Training Council Inc. (FAPSTC) is a not-for-profit training council. As one of 10 training councils covering the breadth of WA industry, FAPSTC provides vocational education and training advice to the WA Department of Training and Workforce Development. It provides high-level strategic advice to the State Government, industry and registered training organisations, and acts as a conduit to and from industry in regard to training needs. FAPSTC deals specifically with the workforce development needs of the following industry sectors:

work closely with industry training councils (ITCs) to ensure training priorities and the vocational education and training needs of industry are met. For their part, ITCs ensure training and skills development in the VET sector are available and reach industry standards. The next ITC in the series is the Financial, Administrative and Professional Services Training Council Inc (FAPSTC).

• Business Services (Business, Education, Medical, Legal, Human Resources, Marketing, Project Management, Occupational Health and Safety, Record Keeping and Customer Contact) • Financial Services (General, Bookkeeping and Accounting, Superannuation and Insurance) • Property Services (Surveying, Access Consulting, Real Estate, Property Management and Business Broking, Security Operations) • Asset Maintenance (Fire Protection Systems, Pest Management, Cleaning Services, Carpet Cleaning). Workforce Development is aimed at building, attracting and retaining a skilled workforce to meet the economic needs of Western Australia. As part of this process, FAPSTC has developed a

Workforce Development Plan for each of its industry sectors. FAPSTC is keen to work with all stakeholders in developing a comprehensive whole-of-industry approach to workforce development. It provides a leadership role in promoting training to industry, including partnerships between industry and the training sector. Its role includes facilitating and participating in industry workshops and seminars, fostering industry networks to identify and create quality, industryspecific training, including new apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities.

See full list of industry training councils on next page


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Western Australia’s ITC website links – click to access Community Services Health and Education Training Council Construction Training Council Electrical, Utilities and Public Administration Training Council Inc Engineering and Automotive Training Council Inc Financial, Administrative and Professional Services Training Council Food, Fibre and Timber Industries Training Council (WA) Inc FutureNow - Creative and Leisure Industries Training Council Logistics Training Council Inc Resources Industry Training Council Retail and Personal Services Training Council

Have your shirt heard loud and clear Access All Areas with Wendy Macliver

On Friday, 21 October come along to the institute dressed in your loudest shirt, tie, or dress. Loud Shirt Day supports deaf and hearing-impaired children in WA. Brighten up the institute, wear your support and bring along a gold coin donation to the café. One in six Australians has a hearing impairment. Hearing loss is more common than cardiovascular disease, diabetes, asthma, and mental illness. Take a free hearing test over the phone, anytime, anywhere in Australia by phoning 1800 826 500.

Helpful resources Communication tips for speaking with people with hearing loss http://www.hearing.com.au/communicationtips Lecturer Tips Watchwords is a Deaf awareness resource for lecturers. Go to http://www.jisctechdis.ac.uk/techdis/ pages/detail/online_resources/Watchwords_ Deaf_Awareness_Teachers For information on teaching students who are Deaf or hearing impaired Go to http://www.adcet.edu.au/Specific_ Impairments/Hearing_Impairment_and_ Deafness.chpx


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Training increases employment prospects This month in Great Southern Gazette, we start a series of articles detailing recent research which will expand our knowledge and shed new light on various aspects of training delivery. This month, we have extracted information on a research report published by NCVER – the Federal Government’s National Centre for Vocational Education Research – by authors Cain Polidano and Ha Vu. Extracts from the report, which is titled ‘To gain, retain and retrain: the role of post-school education for people with a Labour market outcomes from completing a VET course It is estimated that for those with a disability who are out of work, completing a VET course increases their chances of being in employment by 16 percentage points in the first year out and by 20 percentage points by the third year. For people with a disability who are out of work or in part-time employment, completing a VET qualification is estimated to improve their chances of attaining fulltime employment by 14 percentage points and 15 percentage points respectively by the third year after completion. It is likely that completing a VET qualification helps people with a disability to move to a job where their disability does not affect their capacity to work full-time. Regardless of past education, the authors found that disability onset has a greater effect on the rates of full-time employment than on the rates of part-time employment. Impacts of disability onset for those with qualifications Compared with those with no post-school qualifications, those with VET qualifications who temporarily cease their job following disability onset are much more likely to retain their job in the first year after onset. An important finding is that those with qualifications are more likely to return to study as a result of disability onset, but not

disability’, are published with permission of NCVER. The focus of the report is on the role of post-school education qualifications, in particular vocational education and training (VET) qualifications, in improving the employment and working conditions of people with a disability. A previous study by Polidano and Mavromaras (2010) showed that, in addition to helping people with disabilities to return to work, VET helps to maintain them in employment for up to three years after course completion. until the third year after onset. The chances of those with qualifications retraining increases with the duration of disability, with higher rates among those whose disability persists for a third consecutive year. Impacts of disability onset for those without qualifications The authors found no significant evidence that those without qualifications retrain after disability onset, which is likely to have longer-term implications for their labour market participation. This research underlines the importance of school qualifications in moderating the labour market impacts of disability onset and through retraining, improving the participation, skill use and economic independence of people with a disability. Findings suggest that measures aimed at improving the engagement in education of those without qualifications may help to alleviate some of the longer-term problems associated with the growing rates of disability in an aging workforce. This poses a difficult problem because evidence suggests that, despite comparable returns from doing so, those without qualifications are estimated to be less likely to return to study than those with postschool qualifications. To view the entire document, visit http:// www.ncver.edu.au/publications/2407.html.


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Spotlight on...

Jan Auld

Position: Student Services Coordinator Campus: Albany Star sign: Libra Favourite food: Dead heat for ice cream and lollies First car: Datsun 1000 Sporting team: Sydney Swans Hobbies: Golf – when I can be bothered going Which three famous people would you take onto your desert island for a year, and why?: Harrison Ford to keep us safe and get us home Manu Feildel – he can cook amazing

food and I could listen to him talk all day Michael Bublé – I need music around me Favourite book or author: Danielle Steel Favourite music: Easy listening – Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles I hate...: Stepping in something left behind by the cows at the farm gate when I am on my way to work I love...: Friday nights by the fire in winter

Showing off Thousands of visitors to the Perth Royal Show would have seen the Excellence in Education stand in the Amazing Albany complex. Albany was chosen as this year’s guest town, and the institute joined with Great Southern Grammar and UWA Albany to show the State the high standard of education the city has to offer. Communications officer Lionel Hart attended for three days, representing the institute and giving out information. The education stand was one of 13 exhibitions in the Albany complex.

Great Southern Institute of Technology was represented at the Excellence in Education stand at the Perth Royal Show. Picture courtesy of the City of Albany.


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Session highlights workplace safety to the right presenting “a lot”. They were asked to Safety First respond to: ‘How much time do I spend managing safety With Rick Muller in my work environment? After discussions with each OSH awareness other and as a group at the information session end, most of us didn’t do too 23 Sep 2011 badly. Presented by Nadine Going through legislation, O’Connor ETSSC Team we spent some time on duty Leader and Annette of care for employers and Walker ETSSC OSH employees. Advisor After clearing up who has Held at Motel Le Grande what duty of care, we moved Attended by all over to gross negligence managers and directors and fines. Both employer and employee are liable for fines Lidia opened up the session with an outstanding if the Act is breached. Employee can face a fine speech on how important of up to $250,000 for a occupational health and first offence whereas the safety is. employer can be fined up to She also made it clear $500,000 for a first offence the institute had invested a – and for a subsequent significant amount of time offence, up to $625,000. and money into safety, There are also imprisonment and that she and her management team were 100 penalties. Annette covered OSH per cent committed to safety representative duties and health. and made it clear what After the normal an important part OSH housekeeping, everyone representatives play in the was asked to participate in safety chain. an active icebreaker. After morning tea we Participants were asked discussed OSH committees to stand in a line, with the and their duties to left presenting “a little” and

facilitate consultation and cooperation between the employer and employees. Half of the OSH committee must be made up of OSH representatives. Just before the morning got too long, we discussed the duties of a WorkSafe inspector. During hazard management there was a ‘spot the hazard’ activity and we were asked to list the hazards and control them using the hierarchy of controls. It was also made clear how important it is to evaluate and monitor hazards. I think it was a very successful and informative session and believe it was well received by all participants, who received an information pack full of WorkSafe goodies. I will like to thank Nadine and Annette from the Education and Training Shared Services Centre for the hard work that went into this session. Nadine and Annette then joined the OSH representatives for a casual lunch in the staff café before returning to Perth.

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New counselling services for staff and student use Staff and students should note changes to the counselling service available through the institute. The table below details the providers, the Name of Provider

Type of Services

type of service they offer, and the contact details. Staff and students may go to any counselling provider on the list. The information is also on the intranet. Address

Contact Details

• Individual counselling • Crisis intervention and stress debriefing for Kipling Cutler individuals and teams & Associates • Mediation • Assist in staff and team conflicts

Offices 4-6 The Terrace Centre 96-102 Stirling Terrace Albany WA 6330

Ph: 9842 6411 Email: manager@kiplingcutler.com.au

• Individual counselling • Crisis intervention and Lutz and Sally stress debriefing for individuals and teams Pamberger • Mediation • Assist in staff and team conflicts

128 Albany Hwy Albany WA 6330

Mobile: 0417 952 899 Email: lutz@pamberger.com.au www.pamberger.com.au

• Individual counselling • Mental health – trauma, Relationships anxiety and depression Australia counselling • Professional workshops • Mediation

118 Serpentine Rd Albany WA 6330

Ph: 9845 7700 Email: info@wa.relationships.com.au Website: www.wa.relationships.com.au

Kim Tomlinson Counselling

• Workplace issues • Mental health – trauma, anxiety and depression • Individual counselling • Parenting issues

4-6 The Terrace Centre 96-102 Stirling Terrace Albany WA 6330

Mobile: 0468 355 010 Email: kimtomlinsoncounselling@ iinet.net.au

Stephanie Morrigan

• Mental health – trauma, anxiety and depression • Trauma counselling • Individual

24 Aberdeen St Ph: 9842 2006 Albany WA 6330 Ian Squire Chiropractic Centre

• Mental health – trauma, anxiety and depression Albany Psychological • Trauma counselling • Individual counselling Services • Workplace issues • Habit disorders, phobias

Suite 2, 4 Peels Place Albany WA 6330

Ph: 9841 3033 Email: alps.1@bigpond.net.au


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Library focuses on social issues Peck Goh sets up the Issues in Society display in the Library Resource Centre. As the term gets underway, the Library Resource Centre would like to invite you to look at the display titled ‘Issues in Society’. Spinney Press publishes the Issues in Society series which covers a plethora of subjects that reflect on our day-to-day lives. Some examples of the subjects are: the internet, its impact and abuse, happiness and life satisfaction, body

image and self-esteem, genetic engineering, peer pressure, immigration, reconciliation, marriage, gender roles, the future of work, biodiversity, old-growth forests, sport and fitness and parenting. If that gets a little heavy you might like to wander to another display of human and canine figures created by Kaye Embleton's students. They really are delightful.

Albany’s new-look book nook Staff in the bookshop at the Albany campus have been busy restocking shelves in time for the new term. And what stylish shelves they are. The main counter has been refitted to provide Vicki and Cheryl with more work space and customers with a well-laid out merchandise display. If you’re buying stationery, make the bookshop your first stop. You’ll be surprised at the diversity of stock, and if Vicki doesn’t have it, she’ll get it for you. Browse the range of 2012 diaries. They include nature, executive, coloured, spiral bound, from one day to a page to a week to a view, A4, A5 and desk calendar refills.

Cheryl Weinert with customer Sue Stokes in the new-look bookshop.


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