March 2006

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

Week beginning Monday 6 March

Health, Wellbeing and Relationships
Community gardens - a healthy confluence!

To coincide with the 2006 Community Gardens national conference being held this week, this week's Learning Works program is fully devoted to community gardens. Recorded at a recent open day at the Duck Flat Community Garden, part of Mt Barker and District Health Services Inc, the program is based on an interview with the coordinator of Duck Flat Community Garden Tess Minett, and several of the visitors from other community gardens in SA. Also in this feature program, Rosemary Neal, executive officer of the SA Community and Neighbourhood Houses and Centres Association, speaks about the importance of the community gardens movement across South Australia. The health and wellbeing benefits are a focus of the program.

Week beginning Monday 13 March

A Learning Society
The Changing Role of Libraries

The opening recently of the new facility in the Melbourne suburb of Altona Meadows, including a library and a neighbourhood house. The program includes an interview with the Honourable Lynne Kosky MLA, Minister of Education and Training in Victoria.

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Media and Technology
The Academy Awards – a Reflection

Learning Works’s film reviewer John J McGowan looks back at the recent Oscars.

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Week beginning Monday 20 March

Health Wellbeing and Relationships
Men’s Sheds – Older Men’s Learning Spaces and Programs in Australia

Associate Professor Barry Golding from the University of Ballarat speaks about the skill development that takes place for older men in dedicated men’s programs and community spaces usually referred to as men’s sheds, and the factors which can bring otherwise disengaged men to learning.

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Week beginning Monday 27 March

Media and Technology
Childhood Obesity and the Media

The focus is on childhood obesity and the regulation of food advertising to children, in the media, through this interview with Associate Professor Elizabeth Handsley, from the School of Law at Flinders University and Vice President of Young Media Australia. Since early 2005 Associate Professor Handsley has been conducting a study on the regulation of food advertising in a selection of countries around the world, with a view to developing a potential best practice model for Australia, against a backdrop of an increase in childhood obesity over recent years.

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Leisure and Sport
From Perth to Sydney - by wheelchair

From the UK, meet Spike who, in September this year, plans to return to Australia and travel from Perth to Sydney in his powered wheelchair.

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