ARRCC | WORKSHOP | Environment and Faith | Saturday 22 July 2017 | 12-6pm

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People of faith, concerned about the environment, are invited to unite to make a difference. 

Participate in practical sessions on:
  • reducing your own impacts
  • engaging your community
  • spreading the word about caring for the environment
  • advocating for change
Where: 110 Albion Road, Box Hill (Bus Route 733, Mel Ref: 47, F11)

Cost: Recommended donation: $25/person | $50/person (solidarity price) | $15/person concession/student/ARRCC member

Inclusions: light lunch, afternoon tea and an ARRCC Climate Action Kit for either Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam or Judaism.

RSVP: Thursday 20 July 2017 to email:

Greenfaith/Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC)

Greenfaith/ARRCC is the Victorian group of ARRCC, the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change 

MIN | TOUR | Places of Worship | Wednesday 26 July 2017 | 9.10-1.45pm

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Catch the Interfaith bus into friendship.

Pick-up locations
9.10am: Melton City car park, 232 High St, Melton VIC 3337 (Bus returns at 1:30pm)
9.35am: Caroline Springs Library car park, 193-201 Caroline Springs Blvd, Caroline Springs VIC 3023 (Bus returns at 1:45pm)

Tour includes:
The Church of Scientology | 231 - 251 Mt Alexander Rd, Ascot Vale
Morning Tea will be served at the church at 10:45am

Sri Durga Hindu Temple | 705 - 715 Neale Rd, Rockbank
Lunch will be served at the temple at 12noon
Special requirements: Take shoes off before entering the Hindu temple.

Cost: Free event

Bookings: essential (seats are limited)
RSVP: Wednesday 19 July 2017; Maria 0409 046 172;

Melton Interfaith Network
Maria: 0409 046 172

DIC | TOUR | Places of Worship in Darebin | Thursday 27 July 2017 | 9.30am-4pm

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Darebin City Council is hosting a guided tour to some of the iconic places of worship in Darebin. 

The tour offers an opportunity to explore Darebin's rich cultural, linguistic and religious communities. This program is in response to Council's mission to work with our diverse community towards a harmonious, connected and prosperous city.

The following locations will be visited:
  • Spiritual Healing Trail at Darebin Parklands (Legacy of the late, respected Aboriginal Elder, Uncle Reg Blow)
  • St. Mark's Coptic Church
  • Morning tea served
  • Preston Seventh-Day Advent Church
  • Lunch served
  • Australian Albanian Prespa Association (Reservoir Mosque)
  • Afternoon tea served
Meeting point: 9.30am Preston Town Hall, 284 Gower Street, Preston (near corner of High St)
Departure point: 4.00pm Finish and drop-off at departure point.

Considerations: Please wear comfortable shoes and modest clothing suitable for places of worship. You may be asked to remove your shoes or cover your head to enter some areas. Be sure to bring your umbrella.

Cost: Free event. Places limited and registration essential. All Welcome

Bookings: RSVP by 25 July 2017: Aziz Cooper Tel: (03) 8470 8519; Email:

Darebin Interfaith Council
Aziz Cooper
Tel: (03) 8470 8519

This event is supported by the Darebin City Council, The Darebin Intercultural Centre and the Darebin Ethnic Communities Council.

PPLS | WORKSHOP | Japanese ink Art | Saturday 29 July 2017 | 10.30am-12.30pm

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Join artist and teacher Junko Azukawa for a workshop on Japanese Ink Art. 

You will learn to make and use different ink tones and brush techniques to create traditional Japanese sumi ink paintings on washi paper made from the mulberry. Junko is a working artist who holds regular exhibitions of her work and has won numerous Japanese art awards.

Where: Emerald Hill Library and Heritage Centre

Cost: $6

Bookings: Please book online through Eventbrite
Event booked out? Put your name down to be notified if a space becomes available. Just select ‘Add to Waitlist’ on the Eventbrite listing page.  You’ll need to do this for each person you want to add to the list.
Need to cancel? Please let us know if you can no longer make your booking. We get a lot of people on the waitlist who might miss out if you can’t come.

City of Port Phillip
Port Phillip Library Service
Tel: 9209 6655

JCMA | CONFERENCE | Faith and Society | 2pm Sunday 6 August – 5.30pm Monday 7 August

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Jews, Christians & Muslims seeking interaction and dialogue with one another in an inclusive environment are invited to attend the JCMA Winter Conference on the theme Faith and Society.

Why a JCMA Conference?
JCMA was established in 2004 to
(a) draw together members of the Abrahamic faiths in mutual respect, seeking to appreciate each other and to heal ancient wounds, pledging mutual support in times of stress and engaging in dialogue in all its aspects;
(b) organise conferences and other activities for the purpose of learning about each other’s faith, of sharing personal experience, and of discussing issues of concern within their own faith communities and within the broader society.

The Annual JCMA Conference is modelled on the annual residential conference of Jews, Christians and Muslims in Europe and is supported by major religious institutions within each faith community.

The conference is held in a relaxing environment conducive to both personal reflection and warm, open meetings and discussions.

Where: St Paul's Retreat Centre, Norton's Lane, Wantirna South
Cost: $160
For online information click here

Who is it for?
• JCMA conferences are intended for people of all ages who are members of one of the three Abrahamic faith communities, Judaism, Christianity and Islam and is supported by major religious institutions within each faith community.
• Participants include men and women, young and old, lay and clergy, academics and students, and those working in community or welfare roles.
• All participants are asked to agree to the JCMA Principles of Dialogue
• All participants, speakers and discussion group leaders are asked to attend the full conference from 2pm on Sunday 6 August to 5.30pm on Monday 7 August. For most participants this will include residential accommodation overnight.
• Anyone who subscribes to the aims and purpose of the conference are encouraged to register their interest, but registration of interest does not guarantee a place in the conference. Final place offers will be made by the Conference Committee.

Registration of Interest
1. If you would like to attend the 2017 JCMA Winter Conference, we ask that you apply by filling in a “registration of interest” online at before closing date of Monday July 24.
2. The Conference Planning Committee will review each registration of interest before offering a place in the Conference to the selected applicants
3. When you are notified that your application to attend has been approved, you will receive an email directing you to an Eventbrite site where you can pay the Conference fee of $160.
4. Further details of the event and the program will then be provided by email.

Jewish Christian Muslim Association of Australia (JCMA)
Address: 383 Albert St., East Melbourne Vic 3002  
Ginette Everest, Executive Officer

Usual Working days: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays
Tel: (03) 9287 5590; Mobile: 0400 211 221

JCMA relies on the goodwill of volunteers and the generosity of our donors.
Donations are tax deductible. Please go to JCMA Donation to make a donation.

WFWP | STORY | Faith Stories | Saturday 12 August 2017 | 10.30am-2pm

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Conversations and Story Telling, Women in their Faith (with a focus on Abrahamic Faiths)

  • Aboriginal Stories by Aunty Janet Turpie-Johnstone (Mullum Mullum Elder)
  • Muslim Stories by Khatija Halabi (Founder and Vice-president UMSLV)
  • Jewish Stories by Frances Prince (JCCV Executive) and Sivan Barak
  • Christian Stories by Rev. Ruth Harrison (Anglican Priest)
Inclusions: Open to everyone. Children's activities will be organised. Catering for morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.

Where: Melbourne Family Church, 42-46 Bartley Road, Belgrave Heights

Cost: Free event | Register by email or online

Women's Federation for World Peace (WFWP)
In partnership with the United Muslim Sisters of Latrobe Valley (UMSLV)
Tel: 03 5968 2664

VMC | GRANTS | Community Infrastructure and Cultural Precincts Program | CLOSING Midnight Monday 14 August 2017

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Would you like to improve your community's shared facilities or an area where your community celebrates culture?

Applications are now open for the Victorian Government's Community Infrastructure and Cultural Precincts Program (CICP) grants. Endorsed by the Victorian Multicultural Commission, the grants provide funding to maintain, build and enhance functional spaces and cultural precincts for culturally diverse communities.

How much?
There are two streams of funding available.
Small Grants: ($500-$100,000)
  • minor works
  • upgrades to community facilities   
Large Grants: ($100,001-$750,000)
  • major upgrades
  • construction of new infrastructure
  • cultural precincts
Eligible applicants are organisations that:
  • are registered not-for-profit entity or a Local Government Authority (LGA)
  • consults with culturally diverse groups and organisations
  • demonstrated enhancement of infrastructure
  • has a current Australian Business Number (ABN)
Applications are now open. The closing date is midnight, Monday 14 August.

For more information and to apply, visit website.

Victorian Multicultural Commission
Level 9, 1 Spring Street,  Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel: (03) 7017 8171

VMC | CALL FOR NOMINATIONS | Victoria’s Multicultural Awards for Excellence | CLOSE Monday 21 August 2017 | Midnight

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Victoria’s multiculturalism is one of our state’s greatest assets and touches our lives every day. 

Multiculturalism enhances diversity of skills and knowledge we bring to our work, enriching cultural life of our cities and towns. It also helps foster acceptance and understanding of one another, and promotes a spirit of sharing and celebration that supports our Victorian values.

Victoria’s Multicultural Awards for Excellence recognise individuals and organisations that promote cross-cultural understanding, support new migrants and refugees, celebrate diversity, and enhance social cohesion.  The award categories cover a range of sectors including business, education, volunteering, media and government.

If you know of inspiring individuals or organisations that deserve recognition for their efforts to support multicultural harmony in Victoria, nominations can be made online.

Learn more and submit a nomination

Award categories

  • Victorian Multicultural Honour Roll
  • Meritorious Service to the Community
  • Premier’s Award for Community Harmony
  • Multicultural Business Award
  • Education and Early Childhood Award
  • Youth Award
  • Community Innovation Award
  • Government and Civic Leadership Award
  • Media Award
  • Police Awards


Victorian Multicultural Commission
Level 9, 1 Spring Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel: (03) 7017 8171

GOVA | CELEBRATE | NAIDOC Week - Our Languages Matter | Sunday 2-9 July

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NAIDOC's origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920′s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians.

NAIDOC Week is held in the first full week of July. It is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.

All Australians are encouraged to participate in celebrations and activities that take place across the nation during NAIDOC Week. The week is celebrated not just in our Indigenous communities but also in increasing numbers of government agencies, community organisations, local councils, workplaces, schools and sporting groups.

National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC)
National NAIDOC Secretariat
c/o – Culture and Capability Branch
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
PO Box 6500 CANBERRA ACT 2600

GOVV | CALL FOR YOUTH | Multicultural Youth Network (MYN) Membership | CLOSES Monday 3 July 2017 | 5pm

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Culturally diverse Victorians aged 16 to 25 are invited to become a member of the Multicultural Youth Network (MYN) and have their views heard on how to make Victoria a stronger, more cohesive state.

The MYN is a youth network that will:
  • provide advice to government on issues affecting young Victorians from diverse backgrounds
  • participate in capacity building activities and develop skills and capabilities as young leaders
  • engage with communities and build intercultural relationships
The MYN aims to represent the diversity of Victoria’s youth and will be chaired by the VMC Youth Commissioner, with additional support from the Minister for Youth Affairs.

Up to 20 young people will be selected and recruitment closes on Monday 3 July 2017 at 5pm. To apply and for more information, visit

State Government of Victoria
Multicultural Affairs and Social Cohesion Division
Department of Premier and Cabinet
GPO Box 4698, Melbourne Vic 3001

ABS | CENSUS | Religion in Australia 2016

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Religious beliefs are an important aspect of many people’s lives. Information about the religious affiliation of Australians has been collected since the first Census in 1911.

Type of Religion
Reflecting the historical influence of European migration to Australia, Christianity was the most common religion reported in 2016 (52%). Islam (2.6%) and Buddhism (2.4%) were the next most common religions reported.

Nearly a third of Australians reported in the Census that they had no religion in 2016 (30%). 'No religion' is equivalent to 'Secular Beliefs and Other Spiritual Beliefs and No Religious Affiliation'.

Read the Fact Sheet online

Australian Bureau of Statistics
Canberra office
Street address: ABS House 45 Benjamin Way, Belconnen ACT 2617 View map
Postal: Locked Bag 10 Belconnen ACT 2616

LV | GRANTS | Migrant & Refugee Startups | CLOSE Wednesday 5 July 2017

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LaunchVic's new grants round aims to support diversity and inclusion by making grants available to organisations who can assist first generation migrants and refugees to develop startup businesses.

Grants of $50,000 - $500,000 are available to supportive organisations who deliver quality programs in areas that help people to establish and manage startups, including education, acceleration, incubation and mentoring.

Migrants who were born overseas and refugees are identified as excellent contributors to the startup industry in having the kind of high risk appetite that is foundational for entrepeneurialism, which comes with starting life in a new country.

Grants Team

CoW | TOUR | Islamic Museum of Australia | Wednesday 5 July | Arrive 9am arrival to depart 9.15am

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The City of Whittlesea is hosting a tour of the Islamic Museum of Australia (IMA) as part of the EMERGE in the North Festival to mark Refugee Week 2017. 

Meeting Point:
Assemble at Council Offices, 25 Ferres Boulevard, South Morang and travel by bus to venue.

Where: Islamic Museum of Australia, 15 Anderson Street, Thornbury

Finish Time: 1pm at Location

Cost: Free

Inclusions: travel by bus, museum entry and tour plus morning tea.

Bookings: Limited places. BOOK EARLY online through eventarc

City of Whittlesea
Maria Callipari 9217 2168

DCC | LAUNCH | Respect: A Guide for Muslim Faith Leaders & Communities Booklet | Thursday 13 July 2017 | 1-2.30pm

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An easy to use booklet to assist Muslim community leaders and workers in their efforts preventing violence against women and to build respectful relations within the Muslim community.

As a response to an earlier request by Board of Imams in Victoria, Darebin City Council is proud to announce that this important community resource has now been produced with the help of Women’s Health In the North.

1pm Welcome & Lunch
1.30pm Launch
2.30pm Program conclusion & complementary museum tour

Where: Islamic Museum of Australia, 15A Anderson Rd, Thornbury Vic 3071

Bookings: Register by Tuesday 11 July. See details below.

Questions, including enquiries regarding booklet training attendance (9.30am-12.30pm same day). See details below.

Darebin City Council
Aziz Cooper, Interfaith Development Officer
Tel: 8470 8519

Darebin City Council & Board of Imams in Victoria, in partnership with the Darebin Interfaith Council

PHAA | CALL FOR ARTISTS | One World art exhibition 2017 | OPENING Thursday 21 September 2017 | 6.30-8.30pm

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Participate in our 2017 art exhibition on the theme of One World. Celebrating World Peace Day, with the exhibition running until Friday 29 September.

The subject matter from the artists will be on the theme of ‘One World’. Artists from different cultures and beliefs, will come together in the spirit of love and compassion to create community peace. Connecting as one world together, artists are invited to explore the notion of what their spirituality and inner feelings are in relationship to their own creativity.

Through the community experiencing the artists’ exploritative journeys, understanding will grow and boundaries of misinformation will be broken down.

How: Contact organisers for flyer to circulate among family & friends and a submission form.

Submissions: Submission forms need to be completed and returned by Fri 1st September 2017.
Please attach an image of your past or present work and/or sketch of proposed entry.

Venue: 4Dverse gallery (above Vegilicious) at 1/118A Carlisle St, St Kilda VIC 3182

Celebrating World Peace for this world in which we live in a time when peace is so much needed.

Planetary Healing Artists Team

HIN | TOUR | Place of Worship: Meadow Heights Mosque | Wednesday 19 July 2017 | 11.15am-1.15pm

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This informative tour will allow you to observe the customs and ceremonies of the Islamic faith. 

The tour will commence at 11.15am sharp and will go for approximately 2 hours including a complimentary traditional Turkish lunch.

Where: Meadow Heights Mosque, 15 Hudson Circuit, Meadow Heights

A free shuttle bus with 10.45am departure is offered for those who do not have their own transportation (bookings essential). Meet At : Hume Global Learning Centre -1097 Pascoe Vale Road Broadmeadows

Please note: Head scarves are optional. However, modest attire is strongly recommended.

Cost: Free event

Bookings: essential (seats are limited). RSVP by Wednesday 12 July 2017: Tel: 03 9205 2200; Email:

Hume Interfaith Network
Tel: 03 9205 2200

CAWB | WORKSHOP | Community Action Bayside | Saturday 29th July 2017 | 1-5pm

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Are you interested in the issues that face people seeking asylum and looking for an opportunity to make a real difference? 

The Side Door Social Justice Centre invites you to join them at a workshop facilitated by the Community Engagement team from the ASRC (Asylum Seeker Resource Centre) on values-based conversations that shift community attitudes on the rights of people seeking asylum.

The #RightTrack campaign works to share the findings of the Words that Work messaging research project that studied the impact of language on 1500 people all around Australia. The findings give us messages and strategies to build community support for people's right to seek asylum. The ASRC has since been working on a conversation framework which helps people to have open, values-based conversations that don’t have to involve fact-sharing or be an information overload. The conversation model is based on sharing our values and personal responses to the issues faced by people seeking asylum.

The content of this workshop is designed to complement any existing advocacy you may already be involved in, and on the day you'll meet and work with others taking action in your area. So, whether you're already deeply involved or just starting out, confirm your spot now!

Bookings: RSVP online

Where: Highett Neighbourhood Community House, 2 Livingston St, Highett, 3190

Inclusions: snacks, tea and coffee provided)

Lydia Sherren, Steering Committee, The Side Door
or ASRC Email:

GEIFN | REPORTS | PPMN | St Kilda Multicultural IFTAR 2017 | Sunday 4 June 2017 | 4.30pm arrival for 5-8pm

[Edited compilation from multiple sources]

The major 2017 event of City of Port Phillip Multifaith Network to break fast with the local Muslim community during the Islamic month of Ramadan

First part of the program was breaking fast ritual with formal part of the evening starting afterwards. Local Imam Mohammed Mohsin spoke about breaking fast.

A Welcome to Country was delivered by Aunty Carolyn Briggs, a Boon Wurrung senior elder and chairperson and founder, Boon Wurrung Foundation - responsible for significant work in cultural research, including restoration of Boon Wurrung language and promotion and maintenance of Boon Wurrung culture and heritage. The Foundation also helps connect Aboriginal youth to their heritage. As testament, an unexpected but well received Smoking Ceremony was offered by a young flag bearer of the Boon Wurrung tradition.

Mayor Councillor Bernadine Voss and Cr. Tim Baxter, Chair of the Port Phillip Multifaith Network spoke on behalf of Council and the Port Phillip constituency. Speaking on behalf of Victorian Multicultural Commission was Dr Mimmie Claudine Ngum Chi Watts. On the Panel – Faith and rituals of fasting were Imam Mohammed Mohsin, Maria George (The Catholic Parish of Sacred Heart & St Columba) Rabbi Shamir Caplan (Beit Aharon Congregation), and Bhakta Dasa (The International Society for Krishna Consciousness) and Father Bob Maguire, AM RFD Speakers

Highlights of the program included
  • Observing call to prayer
  • Hearing from the Muslim community 
  • Food sharing between different cultures
  • Speeches from other religious groups
At Friday 30 June 2017, Organisers report 120 people attended with representation from various faith groups and local Muslim community. Event raised over $618 for charity. The nominated charities are ASRC (Asylum Seeker Resource Centre) and The Torch Project (Indigenous Arts in Prisons & Community program) equally shared between!

On behalf of Buddhist Council Victoria Interfaith (bINTER) and Glen Eira Interfaith Network (GEIFN), thankyou to Port Phillip Multifaith Network, City of Port Phillip, Victorian Multicultural Commission and all involved for event funding, collaboration and experience. A memorable occasion, delicious food and collective pride, received with gratitude.

Please note, due to individual illness causing my non-attendance on the night, this report includes Organising Committee information and extracts from a range of sources.

Port Phillip Multifaith Network
City of Port Phillip
Private Bag 3, St Kilda, VIC 3182
Ewa Zysk, Acting Multicultural Liaison Officer, Access & Ageing
Tel: 9209 6385; Mob: 0421 582 732
A small sample of those assembled

GEIFN | MEDIA | Mix | July 2017

Approx 5 min reads

Sarah Berry explores diabetes management and weight loss, reporting latest findings that "Vegetarian diet twice as effective for weight-loss, new research shows" via The Brisbane Times

Nina Riggs shares her journey of cancer diagnosis, living with chronic illness, raising a family, conscious dying and "how I let go after my incurable breast cancer diagnosis" via The Canberra Times

Barney Zwartz reviews two new books exploring faith, belief, reason, conviction and realising friendship, beginning with "The Tempest-Tossed Church review: Gerard Windsor's take on being a Catholic today" via WA Today

Andrew Masterson identifies an increasingly recognized growing global phenomenon and  some antidotes for "Loneliness, what it is, how it makes you sick, and how to cure it" via The Age

Rosamund Burton shares the life, stories and ongoing work of Indigenous activists "Rose and Karina Lester: How illness has driven our anti-nuclear campaign work" via WA Today

Ginger Gorman explores motivations behind online anti-social behaviour, revealing "Staring down internet trolls: My disturbing cat and mouse game" via The Sydney Morning Herald

Kathy Evans explores education, aspiration, application and experiential empathy, recounting how "My daughter unwittingly became a teacher in her own right" via The Age

Wendy Squires writes of accepting reality, mindful choices and non-motherhood, revealing "I'm not just OK about not having kids - I'm delighted about it" via The Canberra Times

David Holmgren and Jason Alexandra salutes the life, interests and times of Rod May, how this "Early organic farming enthusiast made things happen" via The Age

Amy Remeikis explores the value of loving relationships, education, genuine desire for serving public and other reasons for calling "'Let us choose wisely' Australia's newest senator Lucy Gichuhi wants change" via WA Today

Georgina Debt explores relative disadvantage, poverty and some causes for being a refugee, revealing "The Un-Rich List you need to read" via The Canberra Times

Isaac Stanley-Becker writes how gaining momentum to reverse historical wrongs and increase equality informs "Angela Merkel's shift on same-sex marriage could herald change in Germany" via The Brisbane Times

Oscar Schwartz salutes the enduring life, times and attitude of Baba Schwartz, an "Auschwitz survivor lived to tell her story" via The Age

Sarah Berry explores an Awakening definition of Happiness, revealing “The simplicity of happiness according to Bhutan's happiness guru” via The Age

Andrew Masterson explores how different arrival times of light can be used to measure remote mass, revealing how "Astronomers weigh shrunken star thanks to Einstein's theory" via WA Today

Luke Waters explores two cultures sharing a long Australian history, revealing “'First Nations Iftar dinner' unites faith and culture” via SBS News

Kirsty Needham explores eco-friendly public-fueled transportation as "Bike-sharing boom travels from China to rest of the world" via The Canberra Times

Lindy Adam describes her experience of swapping urban retail for remote education with disadvantaged, recounting "What I have learnt from becoming a volunteer teacher in Ghana" via The Brisbane Times

Clare Kermond explores an initiative and program assisting students shine in "Bringing the outsiders in autistic pride" via The Brisbane Times

Neelima Choahan explores a program supporting migrant mothers suffering post-natal depression, revealing how "Beyondblue peer program aims to help migrants" via The Age

Jane Wheatley shares the past, present and future of "James Thornton: Saving the planet, one court case at a time" via The Canberra Times

Approx 20min presentations

Deborah Lipstadt: Behind the lies of the Holocaust Denial

Vernā Myers: How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly towards them

Luma Mufleh: Don’t feel sorry for refugees. Believe in them

Approx 5 min presentation

Oh Wonder - All We Do

Approx 2 min presentation

Sesame Street's Elmo with Wendi - Strenuous

Approx 18 min presentation

Kevin Slavin: The influence of algorithms