Archives
February 2009

Program summaries for Learning Works, and for selected programs, some additional resources for listeners to follow up on the program.

Monday 2 February / Friday 6 February 2009

PBA FM – 89.7 on the FM band in Adelaide
8.30pm Mondays, repeated 9am Fridays

A Learning Society
Hard Times – Some realities for ordinary Australians
Each day in these hard times, we hear of massive job losses, global recession and rescue packages. But what is happening to ordinary Australians caught in the debt trap through unexpected loss of work, with suddenly little or no income, and ongoing mortgage and other bills to pay? This week in Learning Works, Tony Ryan speaks with May Shotton, a trainer with the Gambling Help Rehabilitation Service at Relationships Australia.

Related Resource:
Booklet: Taking care of yourself - and your family - after retrenchment and financial loss.
Online resources: Audio

Cinema Reviews
I’ve Loved You So Long

“In the French film I Have Loved You So Long, Kristin Scott Thomas plays the role of a woman who silently carries the burden of a terrible secret. The plot is constructed in the manner of a thriller, with clues seeded enticingly along the way, but with the major revelation skillfully concealed until near the end of the film.” So writes Learning Works’ resident film reviewer John J McGowan in this, the first of his Cinema Reviews for 2009. The full text of the review will be online shortly, along with the full mp3 audiofile.  

Online resources: Audio Transcript   

Monday 9 February / Friday 13 February 2009

A Learning Society
So what is flexible delivery of training?

For those who remember lectures and tutorials at university many years ago, or how we learned at school, phrases such as the flexible delivery of training today may not make much sense. But as a result of reforms of training in the past two decades, a greater recognition of how adults learn, and the availability of new technologies to assist learners, the delivery of training today is now very different. To find out more about the flexible delivery of training, during the recent National Conference of Adult Learning Australia (in November 2008), Tony Ryan spoke to Maria Amesz, Manager of VET Learning Materials at WestOne Services in Western Australia.

Online Resources: Audio

Education and Schools
New SACE – Personal Learning Plans

Year 10 students in South Australia in 2009 are now being introduced to Personal Learning Plans – the first step in what is known as the New SACE – or the New South Australian Certificate of Education. To find out more about Personal Learning Plans, and about the gradual introduction of the New SACE into all South Australian secondary schools, PBA FM’s Tony Ryan speaks with the Chief Executive Officer of the SACE Board of South Australia, Dr Paul Kilvert.  

Online Resources: Audio

Monday 16 February / Friday 20 February 2009

Justice and Legal Studies
Medical Decision Making – Young People (Part 1 of 3)

When our children are in hospital, a number of issues arise in relation to their treatment. Many are straightforward. But others may be more complex to resolve, especially in cases of serious illness, or for instance when parents/guardians are not immediately available in cases of emergencies. In this, the first of three short interviews on medical decision making by or with or for young people, Tony Ryan speaks to Dr Tamara Zutlevics, Patient Ethicist at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital. PBA FM also acknowledges the support of the Law Foundation of South Australia. As a community legal education initiative, programs on young people and the law will be broadcast from time to time throughout 2009.

Online Resources: audio

Discussion Starter 1 Access to Medical Records
Discussion Starter 2 Age of Consent
Discussion Starter 3 Refusal of Consent on Religious Grounds
Discussion Starter 4 Abortion
Discussion Starter 5 Donation Procedures

Health Wellbeing and Relationships
Man Alive Festival 2009

Successfully staged since 2004 this FREE Fun Festival celebrates the positive contribution by men in our community and promotes their health and well being. Tony Ryan speaks with Man Alive Festival 2009 Coordinator, Pip Messent, about men and their health, and about this great day, on Sunday 15 March, to raise awareness of the health of men of all ages.

Online Resources: audio

Arts Literature and Music
A Good Read #1

“While Neil Gaiman may be better known by adults for his Sandman series or his many other comic books, he writes books and novels quite prolifically for children and adolescents, and it is this collection of titles that has me quite captivated, bemused and thoroughly intrigued at the moment.” So writes Sandhya Burton, from the Salisbury Library Service in Adelaide, in this week’s edition of A Good Read.

Online Resources: audio transcript

Monday 23 February / Friday 27 February 2009

A Learning Society
Abilities for All – A South Australian Success Story

In mid-February at Bedford’s Panorama site in Adelaide, 108 participants graduated from the Abilities for All training program that provides accredited workplace training for hundreds of South Australians with disabilities. They formed part of 154 people graduating across the State this year, including at graduation ceremonies held at Port Pirie, Mount Gambier and the Eyre Peninsula.

“This will bring to a total over 750 South Australians with disabilities who have now graduated from Abilities for All, since I launched it in 2006 as a joint initiative between government and the disability sector, undertaken by Bedford and TAFE SA.” South Australia’s Employment, Training and Further Education Minister, Paul Caica said at the ceremony.

“They’ve graduated in areas ranging from Engineering, Furnishing and Business to Horticulture, Viticulture and Hospitality. And they’ve received qualifications in Certificates I to III or Statements of Attainment,” he added.

Speakers in this program include Minister Caica, Bedford’s Chief Executive Max Dyason, trainers, and of course some of the students who speak of their achievements and of their hopes for the future.

Online Resources: audio News Release

Justice and Legal Studies
Medical Decision Making – Young People (Part 2 of 3)

When our children are in hospital, a number of issues arise in relation to their treatment. Many are straightforward. But others may be more complex to resolve, especially in cases of serious illness, or for instance when parents/guardians are not immediately available in cases of emergencies. In this, the second of three short interviews on medical decision making by or with or for young people, Tony Ryan speaks to Dr Tamara Zutlevics, Patient Ethicist at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital. PBA FM acknowledges the support of the Law Foundation of South Australia. As a community legal education initiative, programs on young people and the law will be broadcast from time to time throughout 2009.

Online Resources: audio

Tony Ryan
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