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Asthma in older people

Asthma in older people

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Australia has one of the highest rates of asthma in the world1. Recently, the Australian Government Department of Health announced funding for a national asthma strategy. This new strategy will attempt to improve asthma treatment for all Australians, with a particular focus on treatments for older people. Up to one in seven Australians aged 65 years […]

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Understanding the Rights of the Child

Understanding the Rights of the Child

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Today is Universal Children’s Day, celebrated in Australia on October 28 as part of Children’s Week, Selmar looks at the Rights of the Child. The United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of the Child was written in November 1989 and lists all the rights of every child in the world. Almost every country in […]

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Celebrating Children’s Week in Early Childhood Education

Celebrating Children’s Week in Early Childhood Education

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Children’s Week on October 24th to November 1st celebrates the rights of children to enjoy childhood and feel safe and valued. Held from October 24 to November 1, the annual event also provides an opportunity for children to demonstrate their talents, skills and abilities. The Children’s Week Council of Australia works to encourage, support, guide activities […]

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How the National Register be useful to me?

How the National Register be useful to me?

Sunday, October 25, 2015

The National Quality Standards set seven Quality Areas, which guide early childhood education and care providers. Assessments against the NQS occurs for all centres. This process encourages continuous improvement by centres and provides members of the public information about the quality of different centres. Each centre is given a rating for each of the seven […]

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5 top tips for customer service

5 top tips for customer service

Saturday, October 24, 2015

There is a well-known adage in sales that it costs you five times as much to win a new customer than to keep an existing one. How you treat your customers determines the likelihood of them returning. Customer service tends to be focused on external customers, and generally around securing and maintaining business. Whilst external […]

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Leading by innovation

Leading by innovation

Friday, October 23, 2015

Innovation means being creative, thinking outside the box, to discover new ways of doing things. Creativity and innovation in the workplace can be vital to the success of a business because they allow for better processes, more engaged staff and ultimately happier customers. So how can you cultivate creativity and innovation in the workplace? The […]

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Putting Spring in your step with Walktober

Putting Spring in your step with Walktober

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Walking during October in Australia can be beautiful. With the colourful sights and scents of spring flowers, it’s a great time to be outside enjoying the weather before it gets too hot. Breathe in the fresh air and feel the sunshine on your skin this October with Walktober. On the website, you can join a […]

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Let’s Talk About Sex

Let’s Talk About Sex

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Last month in Melbourne, the inaugural Let’s Talk About Sex, Relationships and Intimacy as We Age conference encouraged the aged care industry to talk about intimacy and sex and ageing. Organised by Alzheimer’s Australia Vic and COTA Victoria, the conference was held on 8 and 9 September 2015. The conference challenged assumptions, taboos and stereotypes […]

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Alzheimer’s and Dementia in Aged Care

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

More than half of all people in permanent residential aged care have dementia, according to a report released last month by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). This highlights the importance of understanding the impact Alzheimer’s and dementia in aged care. Both the Certificate III in Individual Support (CHC33015) and Certificate IV in […]

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Different learning styles

Monday, October 19, 2015

Every individual learns differently and it can be really useful to understand different learning styles. Visual, auditory and kinesthetic (VAK) learning styles theory focuses on these three main cognitive learning styles. Proposed by Neil Fleming in 1992, it can help you understand how you learn and what methods of learning suit you. Understanding your particular […]

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Aged care trainer – Sherralie Franco

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Aged care trainer Sherralie worked in the Aged Care and Disability sector, including Home and Community Care, for over eight years. During this time, Sherralie has found that her compassion and skills in the industry has encouraged others to seek similar roles. As such, Sherralie decided to gain her Training and Assessment qualification and help others […]

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Understanding social media in aged care

Friday, October 16, 2015

Using social media in aged care is a fast and effective way to communicate to your customers, clients and potential staff. It’s your chance to put your digital footprint on an online world and communicate with like-minded people. Studies show social media can also help with feelings of isolation, particularly in older people, with multiple […]

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Recycling fun with art and craft

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Australians are willing recyclers with 91% of us agreeing it is the right thing to do according to Planet Ark, a not-for-profit environmental foundation. Employees also appreciate the recycling habits of their workplace with 78% of people saying they feel good that their employer provides recycling services, Planet Ark states.    As well as helping […]

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Making the most of your time

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Good time management skills help you make the most of each day whether you’re juggling work and family, work and study or all three. Here are some handy time management hints to help you work at your best even when there are not enough hours in the day. Prioritise Decide which task is most important […]

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Mythbusting the ECE Diploma Rule

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Selmar’s Mythbusting series takes a look at some of the biggest rumours in the Early Childhood Education industry. Today, we’ll take you through the myth of the so-called diploma rule. The myth Our enrolments team has seen an increase in people who are new to ECE, asking to enrol in a child care course at […]

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Join the global social media movement for World Arthritis Day

Monday, October 12, 2015

Today is World Arthritis Day or WAD. Established in 1996 by Arthritis and Rheumatism International, WAD is a global initiative to raise awareness of issues affecting people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs). Celebrated every year on 12 October, WAD also aims to ensure people with RMDs and their caregivers are aware of support networks […]

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Early childhood education trainers’ favourite stories

Sunday, October 11, 2015

At Selmar Early Childhood Education Institute, all our trainers are experienced educators. We can’t even begin to calculate how many books they’ve each read in all their years on the floor! We asked our trainers for their favourite books in child care centres, and have compiled a list of the top picks. The clear winner was The Very […]

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Aged care trainer’s favourite activities

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Aged care trainer’s favourite activities At Selmar Aged Care Education Institute, all of our trainers are experienced aged care workers. We chatted to two of our trainers about their favourite activities in aged care facilities from their experience working. Sally I was a night shift worker and for those night owl residents we regularly hosted “ice-cream […]

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New LLN requirements ensure best practice in trainer qualifications

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Language, Literacy and Numeracy, or LLN, has recently been added as a mandatory requirement for the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40110). In today’s global society, it is vital for trainers to possess the skills needed to work with people who may have a varying degree of language, literacy and numeracy abilities. Under the […]

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Celebrating Literacy and Numeracy across Australia

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The 17th National Literacy and Numeracy Week was celebrated across the education industry last month. From the 31st of August to the 6th September 2015, children all around Australia participated in activities and initiatives to encourage skills in reading, writing, and mathematics. The Australian Government launched a new Learning Potential mobile app as part of […]

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Frontline Management is now Leadership & Management

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Selmar Education Institute is now offering the updated Certificate IV Leadership and Management replacing Frontline Management as the nationally recognised qualification for leadership skills in education. Updated to meet Standards for Training Packages, the Government mandated changes increase the number of units required increased from eight to 12. Providing nationally endorsed standards, Training Packages help […]

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Meet Selmar Aged Care Certificate Graduate, Kerry

Monday, October 5, 2015

After raising 5 children, Kerry Erskine decided to use her well-honed caring skills to join the aged care workforce. Training with Selmar was the next logical step. “The kids are all grown up now, so it was time to do something new”, explains Kerry. Kerry’s son Duncan gave her the final nudge, when he suggested […]

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Tips to take your aged care career to the next level

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Once you are ready to take your career to the next level, it’s important to know how to effectively promote yourself. There are three main steps in achieve your career goals – your CV, a customised cover letter and the interview. In the first of Selmar’s three part series on career advancement, here are some […]

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Flexible study through workplace training

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Maintaining a work-life balance can be challenging, and adding study to the equation can be even tougher. Our flexible workplace training aims to ensure your training doesn’t require extra schedules, babysitting or transport. So what is workplace training? It is a delivery mode available to students who currently work within the industry that they want to […]

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Add more value to your studies with engaged placement

Friday, October 2, 2015

After extensive consultation with industry leaders about what industries need in training and graduates, the Australian Industry and Skills Committee endorsed the CHC Community Services & HLT Health Training Packages. As part of this, work placement is a compulsory part of completing an aged care qualification. Given Aged Care is hands on work, learning by doing makes sense! […]

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Benefits of an engaged work placement

Benefits of an engaged work placement

Thursday, October 1, 2015

While everyone undertaking a child care course or an aged care course has to undertake work placement, there are ways to really make the most of this experience. When on work placement, it is important to be actively engaged with your environment to ensure you truly learn from experienced educators at your placement centre. When searching […]

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