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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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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

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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What is home and community care?

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

As Australia’s population ages, our aged care sector is changing and adapting to offer more services to home and through community care. Today’s miracles of modern medicine allow people to live longer. The number of people aged 65 to 84 is expected to more than double by 2050. The number of people over 85 will […]

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Aged Care Trainer — Sherene Magana

Aged Care Trainer — Sherene Magana

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Sherene has 14 years’ worth of experience over multiple aged care organisations as a PCA and Lifestyle and Leisure Coordinator. Sherene is an eager Selmar aged care trainer and assessor, with strong commitment to providing quality aged care so the individuals can live with maximum dignity, comfort and independence. With these commitments, she strives to […]

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Child protection case study — Cradles to Crayons

Monday, September 28, 2015

Cradles to Crayons Early Learning Centre’s Managing Director, Belle Spillman, attended our recent ECE Industry Consultation and discussed her Centre’s approach during the child protection session. Given the positive and curious response during the Consultation, we got in touch with Belle to chat further. What does child protection mean, to you and your centre? Child protection […]

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Tips to take your career to the next level

Sunday, September 27, 2015

After all the hard work and commitment it takes to achieve your qualification, it’s important to know how to effectively promote yourself. Once you are ready to take your career to the next level, there are three main steps to getting your dream job – your CV, a customised cover letter and the interview. In […]

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SunSmart tips for children

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Because UV radiation can’t be seen or felt, we can’t always rely on our senses. Don’t just wait for a hot and sunny day to check the sun protection times from the weather section of the newspaper, Bureau of Meteorology website or via the SunSmart website and app. Daily sun protection times are issued whenever […]

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School holiday activities for kids and families

Thursday, September 24, 2015

From the 21st of September to the 4th of October 2015, children across Victoria take a well-deserved break from school and kinder to enjoy the freedom and fun of the Spring school holidays. However, little minds and active bodies rarely take a break, so here is a list of some exciting (and some free!) school […]

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Early Childhood Trainer – Claire Bradley

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Early Childhood Education has been a part of Claire’s life for the past 25 years. Prior to becoming an early childhood trainer, Claire worked in various roles within the industry, most recently finding the educational leader’s position the most rewarding. Being an educational leader Claire has been able to focus on mentoring and supporting students […]

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Sophie Ellis – Trainer

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Sophie Ellis brings over 30 years of experience to her position as an Assessor and Trainer at Selmar Institute of Education. Her experience includes industries including retail, hospitality, business, nursing, occupational health and safety, fashion and education. She is highly skilled in client management, trainer motivation and leading sales managers, and has extensive knowledge of […]

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Looking for a professional advantage?

Friday, September 18, 2015

Leadership skills can give your career the boost you need Great leaders provide direction, motivation and inspiration to employees while inspiring trust and confidence among clients. But what does it take to be an effective leader? It is said that managers can get people to do work for them, whilst leaders have people want to […]

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Upcoming Spring and Summer events in and around Melbourne for elder individuals

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Spring has arrived, and Melbourne has many events in and around the city to inspire us to get active and social! We’ve created a list of some events for older Australians, as well as their families and friends. The Victorian Seniors Festival Sunday 4th October to Sunday 11th October. This festival provides free music, comedy, […]

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