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National Safe Work Month

October is National Safe Work Month—a time to commit to building a safe and healthy workplace. During October each year, Safe Work Australia ask workers and employers across Australia to commit to safe and healthy workplaces for all Australians. Being healthy and safe means being …

Outdoor play for children – so many lessons to learn…

A recent study in the United Kingdom found that on average, children aged 10 to 16 now spend only 12.6 minutes a day on vigorous outdoor activity compared with 10.4 waking hours being relatively motionless. These statistics would be understandable where lockdowns restrict activities in …

Health Literacy – a vital skill for students

If the current pandemic environment has taught us anything, it is that the need for sound health literacy, and the ability to critically assess health information for credibility is vital for students (and their educators and parents). Every Australian has had to cope with extra …

Parents, teachers and schools play a critical role in reducing prejudice

Professor Fiona White, leading expert from the new documentary The School That Tried to End Racism (ABC Education TV), writes: “parents and teachers play a critical role in working together to reduce prejudice and racism before they become so deeply entrenched in children that they …

IEU(SA) Women’s Professional Learning Day

A large group of IEU women members, from a cross-section of school sectors and cultures, spent the last Friday of the October term break taking advantage of 6 hours of free professional learning and networking (not forgetting the great coffee and food from the staff …

IEU presents at the SASTA Early Careers Conference 2021

Last month, Tim Oosterbaan (IEU Pre-service Teacher Coordinator) was invited to present to early pre-service and early career teachers at the SA Science Teachers Association (SASTA) Early Careers Conference. The conference was well organised as usual and held at Nazareth College, Kidman Park. Apart from …

Sick leave should not be confused with working from home

Our IEU Organisers have been contacted by a number of members asking for advice on whether their employer can make them work when they are home on sick leave. The simple answer? No. Sick leave is sick leave. The National Employment Standards define Paid Sick …

Instagram and TikTok are popular with kids. What do parents need to know?

The internet is an integral part of the digital lives of young people in Australia. However, engaging online can be confronting. Teens spent an average of 14.4 hours a week online, for a range of activities, including: researching topics of interest – 95% watching videos, …

The impact of menstruation on wellbeing, participation and school attendance

In 2020, the Commissioner for Children and Young People (CCYP) undertook a survey of students in public schools in South Australia. Over 3,000 responses were received from young people aged 7 to 22 years. Their responses outlined many issues but particular concerns relate to ‘period …