Helping vulnerable young people in the Care System

We’re facing a human rights tragedy in Australia. More than 43,000 children and young people were living in out-of-home care – foster care, residential care and kinship care – in Australia, as at 30 June 2015.

Nearly half of all homeless people and more than 60% of youth in detention have experienced out-of-home care. It is clear that the current system is not working and is leaving our children at risk.

The Bridge of Hope White Dove model

The White Dove ‘model of change’ is facilitated by a network of relevant peers – those with the lived experience – whether it is a vulnerable young woman in state care peered with a former vulnerable young woman from state care or former vulnerable family to a vulnerable family.
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Recently appointed patrons for BoH Innocence Initiative at RMIT

Very pleased to announce the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG and Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs were recently appointed as joint patrons of the Bridge of Hope Innocence Initiative at RMIT.


The BoH Innocence Initiative at RMIT is a collaboration between academics, university students and lawyers who investigate claims of wrongful conviction, work to achieve the exoneration and release of ‘convicted innocents’, conduct research and campaign for the reform of issues that may lead to such miscarriages of justice. The Initiative provides assistance on a pro bono basis to applicants who claim they are factually innocent of a criminal offence for which they were convicted.
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BOH Innocence Initiative @ RMIT takes on Keli Lane case

The BoH Innocence Initiative at RMIT getting some great press after taking on the Keli Lane case.

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The death of contracting as we know it

Here’s a prediction for you… the number of opportunities for contractors will significantly reduce by the end of the decade and will be replaced by a radical new model for managing fluctuations in the demand for staff.

Don’t get me wrong. Clients will still need to use temporary staff to manage the growth, ebb and flow of their organisation’s staffing needs. However, and we’re already seeing it, clients are now making some extra demands that, to be frank, will seem impossible to meet using the old school staff augmentation/body shopping models.

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7 ways to make customers love you! Hmmm… is it really this simple?

The greatest compliment anyone can receive in the business world is “I just love working with you.” That’s especially true when that compliment comes from customers, because it means that you’ll be getting their business time and time again, they’ll spend more money with you and tell everyone they know how great you are.

Happy customers keep coming back!

Geoffrey James – writer of the Sales Source column on – says that if we follow seven simple rules, we’ll have customers buying from us again and again and again. Sounds easy doesn’t it? Which begs the question: if it’s really that simple, then why aren’t all businesses following these rules? And, can any business afford not to?

Here are the seven rules for getting customers to love you, along with my take on each. Let me know what you think. Are there any others? Enjoy!

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Clichés – love them or hate them – can they make you a better project manager?

Are we totally over clichés or is the jury still out on that one down under?  According to social researcher Mark McCrindle – at the end of the day, it’s not rocket science, Australians hate clichés. But could some clichés help us to become better project managers? Duncan Haughey seems to think so…

I stumbled across this article on ProjectSmart. I’d love to hear what you think of it. Anyway, enjoy!

Know any PM clichés?

Clichés are funny. We don’t like to hear them, but we often use them in everyday conversation. Clichés are a useful way to make a point because the meaning of them is universally understood, even if not entirely true.

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This Is How Women And Men Are Different In The Workplace – Sneak Preview

Rosie the Riveter – read more about her fascinating role in WWII at the bottom

OK – I don’t want to make today’s whole blog about how the sisters are taking over the world, (cue maniacal laughter), but I guess one sees what one is thinking about, right?

(You know, like someone says “pregnant” and for the next day all you see on the streets is babies?)

So anyway, I was roaming around the net and found this interesting commentary from Business Insider. What do you think?

Men and Women – the Difference at Work

There is a major shift occurring in the workforce and women are at the centre of it.

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