Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Sorry Day, Reconciliation Week and Mabo Day Events at JCU

Each year, National Reconciliation Week is held throughout Australia from 27 May to 3 June. National Sorry Day is commemorated on 26 May, 27 May marks the anniversary of the successful 1967 referendum and 3 June commemorates the High Court Mabo decision. These dates are significant milestones as we continue the reconciliation journey.

This year is especially significant as it marks the 50th anniversary of the Indigenous right to vote, the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the Tent Embassy and the 20th anniversary of the Mabo decision.  As you may be aware JCU has a special connection with Eddie Koiki Mabo and is commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Mabo decision through two significant events being held at the Townsville campus this week.

Firstly, Professor Henry Reynolds will deliver the annual Mabo Lecture this Friday 1 June at 12 noon on the topic The Mabo Decision 20 years on.  Did it change the nation?   The Lecture will be videolinked to the Cairns and Singapore campuses and will be available for viewing on the JCU website shortly after.  For further details and to register please visit https://alumni.jcu.edu.au/MaboLecture2012

On Sunday 3 June we will join with the Mabo family to host an afternoon of activities at the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library at the Townsville Campus.  The celebrations commence with a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony at 2.00pm on the southern side of the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library.  Further details are available at http://alumni.jcu.edu.au/MaboDay2012

Reconciliation Week will involve activities and functions being held locally in our communities and I would strongly encourage you to participate wherever possible. I wish you a successful and happy time during National Reconciliation Week 2012.

Professor Sandra Harding
Vice-Chancellor and President
James Cook University

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Travel Grants available for "Are You Remotely Interested" Conference Mt Isa

The Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health (MICRRH) is currently offering Travel Grants to support students from Queensland Universities and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples from the community sector to attend our conference.

The aim of the Travel Grants is to enable applicants to enhance their knowledge of research theory and practice by presenting at the "Are you Remotely Interested... in Prevention; Building a Culture of Safety" Conference in Mount Isa from August 1 to 4, 2012. Up to $1500 is available per applicant to assist with travel and accommodation costs. Registrations will be provided to successful applicants. This is a competitive process as there are limited funds available.

Applicants are requested to outline their objectives in attending the conference and submit an abstract for the conference (abstract details can be obtained from the website). Successful applicants may be asked for additional information about their submission, and will be required to write a brief report (approximately 300 words) after the conference.

For further information and to download the application form visit the conference website.

Friday, May 11, 2012

JCU Library Client Satisfaction Survey - Weekly Prizes

The survey is available to ALL library users including JCU students and staff, visitors and the community from 4-21 May 2012.

This survey is designed to give you an opportunity to express your opinions about the Library’s resources, services and facilities including how well you think the JCU Library performs in relation to what you think is important. Measuring importance against performance will assist us to identify areas of excellence and areas for improvement.  We are also seeking information about how you use the Library to find information and what assistance you need.

You can participate in the survey by completing it anonymously. JCU students and staff are also eligible to enter the prizes draw. Weekly prizes will be drawn for coffee and bookshop vouchers with a final draw for one iPad2.

Complete the survey now at http://surveys.insyncsurveys.com.au/surveys/JamescookuniLCS2012/ and help build a better Library.

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

National Report Card on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Survey

A National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Report card is currently being developed by the newly formed National Mental Health Commission.

The Commission is seeking your feedback on what information should be included in the Report Card to improve the lives of people experiencing mental health issues or at risk of suicide, and the lives of their families and carers.

Your opinion will help to shape the first and future Report Cards.

The brief community survey is now open for feedback until Thursday 31st of May 2012 at http://www.mentalhealthcommission.gov.au/report_card/