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Minister receives report to tackle negative body image

Angela Lisle - Friday, November 20, 2009

Minister receives report to tackle negative body image

Minister for Youth Kate Ellis today received an important report to help the Australian Government address the growing problem of negative body image amongst young people.



The Proposed National Strategy on Body Image was developed by the National Advisory Group on Body Image, which was appointed by Ms Ellis in March this year.



The group is chaired by former Cosmopolitan Editor Mia Freedman and the eleven members include model and television producer Sarah Murdoch, Girlfriend Editor Sarah Cornish, youth representative Amanda Scott and Butterfly Foundation Founder Claire Vickery.


“Negative body image is a serious problem that affects the lives of many young people – both men and women,” Ms Ellis said.
“Self-esteem, confidence and resilience are so important to growing up happy and healthy and we want to give that precious gift to all young people.



“Young people rated body image as their top concern in Mission Australia’s National Survey of Young Australians in 2007 and at third in 2008. It can’t be ignored.



“This report will guide us on how we can work in partnership with industry, parents, the community and young people to stem this unhealthy epidemic,” Ms Ellis said.



The report encourages advertisers, the media and the fashion industry to promote more positive body image messages. 


The report includes a Voluntary Industry Code of Conduct on Body Image which recommends using healthy weight models, realistic and natural images of people and disclosure when images of people have been digitally manipulated.


The report also recommends building resilience in young people through a focus on peer interactions, parenting, and the role of schools and community groups.



“I thank the members of the Advisory Group for their dedication to producing this valuable work. I’ll consider the recommendations and their implementation.”



As part of the report’s release, a workshop involving ACT high school students was held at Parliament House today.


The workshop encouraged students to think about how body image can be tackled in schools and in the online environment, particularly through social networking sites.
 
For further information and a copy of the report visit the Proposed National Strategy on Body Image page on youth.gov.au.

BNIT and Qld Health improving HR services

Angela Lisle - Friday, November 20, 2009

 

BNIT Director, Lynne Foley, and Queensland Health Senior Director Human Resources (HR), Russ Wilde, recently presented
35 Queensland Health HR practitioners with a Certificate of Congratulations at two celebratory dinners held in Brisbane. 

BNIT Principal Consultant (Training and Development) Julie-Anne Standfield said the events, organised and funded by Queensland Health, commemorated the achievement of the Queensland Health employees who attained a Certificate IV in Human Resources.

 


The events concluded two highly successful contextualised pilot programs, which were jointly coordinated by Ms Standfield and Queensland Health’s Renee Shea, and were delivered by BNIT teachers Kathryn Bryce and Nick Martin. 

 

The programs were developed in consultation with Queensland Health HR specialists and focused on the unit requirements of the Certificate IV in Human Resources qualfication, as well as the Queensland Health HR Competency Development Framework.

 


“The Queensland Health HR Practitioners’ Network commissioned BNIT’s Public Sector Training Unit, managed by
Faculty of Health and Education Operations Manager Kathy Bannister, to deliver a program that would enhance the quality and consistency of HR services in Queensland Health,” said Ms Standfield. 

 


“The programs were also directed at strengthening the skills and abilities of the participants as well as maximising the employability of individuals completing the qualification.

 


“Each pilot
program was delivered over three two-day face-to-face workshops where units were clustered to meet the requirements of the Queensland Health HR Competency Development Framework, which include professional capability, business acumen, relationship management, change facilitation and strategic capability.”

 


The workshops were supported by three video conferences focussing on the program assessment.

 


“The two trial programs have been delivered over the last six months so that review opportunities and improvement strategies can be immediate in order to establish a smooth operation for future delivery in 2010,” said Ms Standfield. 

 

“The participant and client feedback from both pilot programs has been excellent.”


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