Publication Date 01/04/2014         Volume. 6 No. 3   
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Business is tight!
Cash flow has evaporated!
The PGA calls for unity while simultaneously dismembering the business of consultant pharmacists.
The federal government continues to strip massive funds from the PBS to the extent that it is gasping for air.
Oh, and I forgot, the Revive Clinic thinks that pharmacists cannot vaccinate patients in community pharmacies ( It is actually a warehouse pharmacy group trying to destabilise the market here to push fellow-pharmacists off balance by supporting the Revive group).
Even wage-earning pharmacists have discovered that they have not had a rise in their pay over the past five years

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Indigenous Science Education Program wins national award

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Macquarie University's innovative Indigenous Science Education Program has been recognised with an Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) Award for Programs that Enhance Learning.
The Indigenous Science Education Program (ISEP) works with Casino, Lismore and Maclean High Schools in northern NSW and Chifley College in Western Sydney and has its origins in requests for help from Aboriginal Elders in addressing the poor completion rate of secondary education by their Indigenous youth.

This led to the development of ISEP as a university-based initiative, run collaboratively by Macquarie University scientists (Associate Professors Joanne Jamie and Subra Vemulpad, Dr Ian Jamie and Mr David Harrington), Aboriginal communities and high school staff of northern NSW and Western Sydney.

The program's main aim is to provide secondary students, especially Indigenous students, with the motivation and skills to complete their high school studies and to open pathways to tertiary education.

As Associate Professor Joanne Jamie explains, "We do this by engaging students throughout their entire secondary studies in fun, interesting and challenging hands-on science activities. This includes indigenous students demonstrating these activities to junior students, their peers and the wider community, allowing development of leadership skills and role models and mentors."

The program has shown that especially if directed from the community, where local schools and communities are integral to the program, the program can become both effective and sustainable.

Mr Harrington notes "Since the program's inception in 2004, ISEP has branched out from the original chemistry-based practicals to many science and technology activities, including botany and bush foods and medicines, molds and bacteria, insects, bones, computing and robotics."

The ISEP team sees a bright future for the program, in the alignment of ISEP with Participation and Community Engagement activities of undergraduate students at Macquarie University.

Associate Profesor Vemulpad explains, "Through these participation activities, our undergraduates will become socially responsible in reaching out and giving back to the wider community. This will provide us significant human resources to not only meet the needs of the high school students with whom we are currently engaged with, but also to expand to further schools".

The ALTC award was granted to ISEP in the category of Educational Partnerships and Collaborations with other Organisations. The awards, worth $25,000 each, will be presented during a ceremony at the Sydney Opera House on Tuesday 16 August.

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