|TRACKING THE MILKY WAY website is a Reggio-Emillia based educational program for Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal Preschool Children.
Our purpose is to create a model of excellence that is culturally sensitive to all preschool children.
- This site has been created by early childhood educators, social workers, child and family therapists to bring the best to those who need the most.
- Our content comes from the workers of Gunawirra, Radford College, Werris Creek, Kempsey, Quirindi, Inverell, Gunnedah, Tingha, Little Yuin, Kootingal and Bankstown TAFE
Our site aims to give educative and emotional support to preschool teachers, so they can in turn give it to the children. Music Health Australia has been commissioned to provide music learning opportunities on the Tracking the Milky Way website. See "Creating Music Stories" modules on the Music Page.
ABC MESSAGE CLUB has some Indigenous resources for children that can be accessed online.
What is Message Club? Message Club - ABC's new youth site for upper primary and lower high school Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. The site offers school activities for Indigenous and non-Indigenous students with the opportunity to present their work online. Its main aim is to promote student interest in traditional and contemporary Indigenous life within new media / visual arts / writing / music / history / sports / reading / nutrition.
The site also aims to develop a connection between Australian schools through an online community where urban and rural students can share experiences about the way they live. Read more
|NATIONAL CULTURAL POLICY - DIGITAL CULTURE RECOMMENDATIONS
Senator for the ACT Kate Lundy submitted a contribution on digital arts, creative industries and cultural heritage to the National Cultural Policy consultation. The Digital Culture Public Sphere Submission Paper (6MB PDF) was the result of a seven week consultation with over 800 individuals and organisations from across the digital culture sector. See Digital Culture Recommendations by Pia Waugh (Office of Kate Lundy). Well worth a read.
|OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY WORLD-WIDE 24 HOUR VIRTUAL EXCHANGE 26-27 October
Celebrate World Occupational Therapy Day by attending the second Occupational Therapy 24-hour virtual exchange called Pay it Foward. It is a way for occupational therapists everywhere, and for those interested in occupational therapy, to share what they are doing and thinking. The online forum will be held on 26-27 October, and it's FREE to participate. An online archive will also be made available.
|VIRTUAL MUSIC HEALTH
Music Health Australia networks extend across Australia. For people living in regions outside of Ipswich, Music Health networking and services may be delivered through remote technology. This can be as simple as using the technology available in our own homes or workplaces, such as telephone, e-mail, Skype; or linking into the Distance Education, Royal Flying Doctor and TeleHealth facilities. Please contact us to discuss your needs for ethnomusicology, community cultural development or music health services.
Also planning outreach field visits over the next twelve months to ascertain what is happening in music health across the country.
What is the reasoning for connecting with rural and remote communities?
The needs of people living in rural and remote areas differ from the metropolitan regions that are usually better resourced with music health, and cultural development services.
Music Health Australia can assist with place-based planning and development of Music Action Plans through:
- Listening to perspectives of people living in rural and remote locations
- Being better informed
- Networking nationally
- Scoping unmet needs and identifying gaps in services
- Advertising and attracting referrals
- Providing cost efficient and effective communication with individuals and communities
- Reducing geographical isolation and disadvantage
- Removing barriers and enabling participation
- Piloting and sharing advances in communication technology
- Supporting peoples' equitable access to music health services
- Preparing for service provision that is meaningful to participants and relevant to local issues
- Finding new ways to deliver education and training
- Encouraging flexible frameworks for service delivery and inter-professional co-operation
|MEDICARE FUNDING FOR ALLIED HEALTH
Music Health Australia Occupational Therapy services are available through several different programs which are funded by Medicare. Read more...
|TELEHEALTH - MEDICATE REBATES (Excerpt from Medicare Australia Telehealth website)
In 2010 the Government announced the Connecting Health Services with the Future: Modernising Medicare by Providing Rebates for Online Consultations initiative. This initiative will:
- commence on 1 July 2011;
- provide Medicare and DVA rebates for telehealth services provided to patients in remote, regional and outer metropolitan areas, and in aged care facilities and eligible Aboriginal Medical Services throughout Australia;
- provide Medicare and DVA rebates for an eligible health care provider to provide clinical services at the patient end of the video consultation; and
- provide financial incentives to encourage the uptake of telehealth services.
Patients in remote, regional and outer metropolitan areas face greater barriers to accessing specialist services than those in city areas. Telehealth helps patients to overcome these barriers; accessing specialist services sooner with lower travel costs, and better continuity of care. For information about eligibility and payments contact Medicare Australia.
|TECHNOLOGY - OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY
TechnOT by VirtualOT Blog
OT4OT: Online Technology for Occupational Therapy
OT's with Apps
Building the Field of Digital Meaning and Learning
|LINKS TO ONLINE MUSIC GAMES: BBC WEBSITE
|SOCIAL BUSINESS INDEX
SBI is concerned with measuring the future of social business. The Social Business Index can be a useful for comparing and contrasting the extent of corporate and government networks and services to rural and remote areas. Take at tour from the homepage of the website.
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Philip, R., & Nicholls, J. (2007). Theatre online: The design and drama of e-learning. Distance Education, 28(3), 261-279.
Semenov, A. (2005). Information and communication technologies in schools: a handbook for teachers, or how ICT can create new, open learning environments. UNESDOC (full text available online).
Rural and Remote Health Journal Website
NEWSPAPER ARTICLES - REGIONAL AUSTRALIA
"Jeff McMullen pens an ode to an amazing celebration of Aboriginal culture, as the Walking with Spirits festival reaches its tenth anniversary." Read more in Tracker, August 2011, pages 42-43.
DISCUSSION PAPER (Dept Education, Employment & Workplace Relations DEEWR)
On 16 August 2011 the Government announced the release of a discussion paper,
Articles written by Sandra Kirkwood from November 12, 2008; last updated 22 October, 2012.
© Sandra Kirkwood, 2008