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Exercise programs for kids work

Programs promoting healthy food and exercise help prevent children from becoming overweight or obese, Australian researchers have found. A major review of 55 international studies of school-based and other structured programs encouraging healthy eating, exercise and positive body image found ...

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Depression in dads examined

The finding has prompted calls for doctors to check new fathers for signs of depression, similar to how mothers are routinely screened for postnatal depression. The Australian researchers found the effects of paternal depression in the first year of a ...

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Schmidt donates to primary science program

In what has been hailed as a significant investment in science and science education, Nobel Laureate Professor Brian Schmidt has donated $100,000 of his Nobel Prize money to the Primary Connections program. The Australian Academy of Science, which developed the ...

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Creating a socially responsible generation

High school children are the target of a new long-term program that seeks to foster social responsibility in the country’s youth through volunteering and ultimately a gap year abroad. Young People Without Borders (YPWB) is an initiative of the Foundation ...

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Revolution… revised

The federal government has denied its education revolution is at risk of stalling after Labor found a billion dollars in savings from the sector in its mid-year budget review, released on Tuesday. Several prominent school sector programs have been delayed ...

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Languages should be mandatory: Bishop

Australian schoolchildren would be required to learn an Asian language under a proposal put forward by Deputy Opposition Leader Julie Bishop. Bishop said she will push to have the plan adopted as coalition policy before the next federal election. "I ...

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Early years reforms costly: report

The federal government’s early years reform will push the wages of teachers and workers up by 10 per cent while childcare fees could rise by 15 per cent, a new report warns. The Productivity Commission’s Early Childhood Development Workforce inquiry ...

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QLD explores school autonomy

State school principals in Queensland could be given the power to hire staff, and the schools could be given cash grants to spend on capital works, under a proposal to shift decision-making back to them. The Queensland government released a ...

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States will decide school autonomy

A thousand schools across Australia will have more control over hiring and firing staff, their budget and even school hours from next year, under the federal government’s Empowering Local Schools initiative. However, the precise form that autonomy takes will largely ...

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