July 2008

Program summaries for Learning Works, and for selected programs, some additional resources for listeners to follow up on the program.

Monday 30 June 2008 / Friday 4 July 2008

A Learning Society
A Skills Strategy for South Australia’s Future

Brian Cunningham, Chief Executive Officer of the South Australian Department of Further Education Employment Science and Technology, speaks with Tony Ryan about the importance of delivering improved vocational education and training outcomes for South Australia, through “A Skills Strategy for South Australia’s Future”, an initiative designed to ensure that the States’ training needs continue to be met well into the future.

Online resources: Audio File

Health Wellbeing and Relationships
My Gambling Story – Part 5

This series of six short programs looks at aspects of problem gambling, and the people who have to face these issues – not just the person engaging in problem gambling behaviours, but also others who are affected, including family members, friends and fellow workers. This week, Jo’s story. My Gambling Story is produced at PBA FM with funding from the Gamblers’ Rehabilitation Fund, and with the assistance of the Office for Problem Gambling, the South Australian Department for Families and Communities. First broadcast in October 2007.

Online resources: Transcript

Hollywood comes to Adelaide

Learning Works’ regular film reviewer John J McGowan takes a different tack this week. John has directed many short films, including documentary and educational films and TV programs. But recently, he had his first experience as an “extra” in a Hollywood feature film being made right here in Adelaide. An interesting look “behind the scenes” during the shooting of a feature movie.

Online resources: Transcript
Online resources: Audio File

Monday 7 July 2008 / Friday 11 July 2008

Health Wellbeing and Relationships
My Gambling Story – Part 6

This is the final in the six part series on problem gambling. Learning Works team always appreciates feedback - here is what one listener had to say about this series:

  I found the series My Gambling Story to be an excellent learning approach in the way that it combined the very graphic accounts of the victims of gambling addiction with those of the people prepared to assist them in overcoming the very serious personal, health and family and general social problems associated with this particular addiction. I commend the people who were prepared to share such personal, and indeed sometimes quite harrowing, details as a means of letting so many others become aware of the dangers involved in falling victim to such an addiction. Congratulations, too, to Learning Works for airing such a significant topical problem in a most appropriate and appealing learning format. (Anthony, North Adelaide).  

All six programs have now been uploaded to the website and the six Study Guides are also available. My Gambling Story is produced at PBA FM with funding from the Gamblers Rehabilitation Fund, and with the assistance of the Office for Problem Gambling, the South Australian Department for Families and Communities.

Coralie MarshallArts Literature and Music
A Good Read – A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini

In A Good Read this week, Coralie Marshall from the Salisbury Library Service in Adelaide reviews A Thousand Splendid Suns. The story is set totally in the real world of Afghanistan and portrays the life of two women in two very different situations at an unforgiving time in the recent history of Afghanistan. The author, Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 1965. His father was a diplomat with the Afghan Foreign Ministry and his mother taught Farsi and History at a large high school In Kabul. In 1976 Afghan Foreign Ministry relocated the family to Paris. In September of 1980, Hosseini's family were granted political asylum and moved to San Jose, California.

Monday 14 July 2008 / Friday 18 July 2008

Education and Schools
The 2008 MacKillop Oration

Louise Bywaters and Pam RonanIn Adelaide in late May, Pam Ronan, Principal of Tenison Woods College in Mount Gambier SA, delivered the 2008 MacKillop Oration. During the Oration, she challenged educators and parents to reflect on the changing role of education in the 21st century:

“Today’s young Australians want to scan, solve, innovate, influence and communicate their own authorised views and beliefs, based on their assembly of knowledge and skills from a diverse range of sources. They seek to create not be controlled, they involve others in their sense-making but do not rely on traditional models and prototypes.

“This creates significant tensions for our helicopter parents who want to hover over their children to protect them from all danger, as well as confronting some of the ‘command and control’ drivers in our conservative communities seeking to use punishment and fear as the controlling mechanisms for aberrant teenagers.”

In Learning Works this week, PBA FM is pleased to be able to broadcast a slightly abridged version of Pam Ronan’s address. The MacKillop Medal is awarded every two years by the South Australian Branch of the Australian College of Educators (, to acknowledge the contribution of a significant educator in South Australia. Learning Works acknowledges both the College and Pam Ronan for permission to broadcast the 2008 MacKillop Oration.

Online resources: Transcript    Audio Part 1   Audio Part 2

Monday 21 July / Friday 25 July

Learning Society
Celebrating Adult Learners’ Week in Regional SA
Over the next 10 weeks, Learning Works will feature regular interviews and information about Adult Learners’ Week, to be held across Australia 1 – 8 September. This week, celebrating learning in regional areas of South Australia. Our Learning Works’ guest is Anna Papazoglov, Community Education Manager, TAFESA in Port Lincoln – she outlines some of the great plans for ALW 2008 in and around Port Lincoln. For further information about Adult Learners Week events in South Australia, go to the What’s On in South Australia section of the Adult Learners’ Week website -

Online resources: Audio

Reviews: Get Smart; Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull; The Jane Austen Book Club
Our regular film commentator John J McGowan has a mixed bag of movies this week.. The new Get Smart recently hit the big screen. The original Get Smart was a television series which began in the mid-1960’s. The central character of Get Smart -  Maxwell Smart, Agent 86, a bumbling incompetent who only managed to get his man or extract himself from dangerous situations via the assistance of his female partner – Agent 99. Unless you’ve been holidaying on another planet in recent months you would have been made aware of the release of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, the fourth movie starring Harrison Ford as the intrepid archaeologist adventurer Indiana Jones. And finally John discusses The Jane Austen Book Club, his choice of a good movie from your local Video/DVD Store.

Online resources: Film Review  Audio

Monday 28 July / Friday 1 August

Naomi MadsenHealth Wellbeing and Relationships
Mental Health First Aid

First Aid courses are familiar to all of us – they are important as they develop skills to help someone who is injured before medical assistance is available. Not so well known are courses available in many parts of Australia to develop those skills needed to assist in the context of a mental health problem or crisis. Initially developed back in 2001 by Betty Kitchener and Tony Jorm, the Mental Health First Aid program is now auspiced through the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne. For Learning Works, Tony Ryan recently attended a Mental Health First Aid course in Adelaide, and spoke to the presenter – Naomi Madsen from Relationships Australia - and to three of the participants from Community Houses and Neighbourhood Centres in South Australia.

A Learning Society
Financial Literacy – Making the Most of Your Money

Do you ever wonder where your money goes? Would you consider drawing up a profit and loss statement in relation to your home finances? And what do you really know about your superannuation moneys? John Elwin, a mobile business manager from Satisfac Credit Union in South Australia, gives some handy tips for making the most of your money.

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