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Children missing out on dairy

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Dairy Australia logoFrom Dairy Australia:

Australian primary school children are not eating enough dairy. Only one out of five consume enough dairy foods to meet their Recommended Dietary Intake (RDI) of calcium.

A study conducted by the CSIRO shows children from the age of four years are not getting enough calcium for optimal growth and development. Children aged four to 13 need to have between 700 and 1300 milligrams of calcium every day for good health.

Lack of calcium leads to an increased risk of osteoporosis later in life and leaves growing bodies short of a vital nutrient required to build peak bone mass.

Click here to read the full article on the Dairy Australia website.

AQF 1st edition – Our education and training system unpacked

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

From the Licensing News Update:

1 July marked the  commencement of the new Australian Qualifications Framework, First Edition.

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is the national policy for regulated qualifications in Australian education and training. It incorporates the qualifications from each education and training sector into a single comprehensive national qualifications framework.

The new Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is the result of two years’ development and consultation by the AQF Council, led by the Hon John Dawkins AO. It sets out recognised qualifications in Australia, from senior secondary certificates of education to VET and higher education.

The AQF First Edition July 2011 is now available on the AQF website here [PDF: 1.77MB]

Click here to read the full article on the Licensing News Line News website. Each level of qualification is defined and described, to show how they sit together in one national system.

ASCA/DIAA Cheesemaking Seminar 26 August – Register now

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Australian Speciality Cheesemakers’ Association invites DIAA members to a Cheesemaking Seminar to be held in Melbourne.

From the Dairy Industry Association of Australia website:

The ASCA Cheesemaking Seminar, jointly organised with the Dairy Industry Association of Australia, brings together cheesemakers and other interested parties for a one-day, cheese focused program. Areas covered include cheese quality, product knowledge, education and management. UK guest speaker: Bob Savage.


When: Friday, 26 August 2011, 9 am-4:45 pm
Where: Investment Centre Victoria, Level 46, 55 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria
Costs: $75 for ASCA/DIAA members; $150 for non-members

Who should attend:

  • Employees of small cheesemaking companies
  • Employees of mid sized cheesemaking companies
  • Cheese businesses that want to take their company to the next level in relations to marketing, quality and management
  • Cheesemakers who want to improve their knowledge in areas of total cheese operations.

Click here to read more information on the seminar [PDF:322KB].

Record number of students embrace Government funded training

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

From the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relationships website:

A report released today by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research NCVER, shows a record number of students are in Australian Government funded training places.

The report,The Students and Courses 2010, shows the number of students enrolled in Australian Government funded training has increased by 5.4 per cent to a record 1.8 million in 2010.

“This is an unusually high increase and compares with an average increase since 2001 of just 0.7 per cent per year,” Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Jobs, Chris Evans said.

“It highlights the impact of the Labor Government’s $10.9 billion investment in Vocational Education and Training.

“These figures confirm that the Gillard Government’s record investment in skills and training is paying dividends.

“The Gillard Government understands the importance of ensuring that all Australians have access to training opportunities to find meaningful work and embrace the skills to meet the challenges of a 21st century workforce.

Skills Australia projections reveal the jobs of the future are highly skilled, requiring high levels of training and education.

Click here to read the full article on the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations website.

Protein rich breakfasts may reduce food cravings

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

From the Australian Food News website:

A University of Missouri researcher has found that eating a healthy breakfast, especially one high in protein, increases satiety and reduces hunger throughout the day. In addition, using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), the researchers found that eating a protein-rich breakfast reduces the brain signals controlling food motivation and reward-driven eating behavior.

“Everyone knows that eating breakfast is important, but many people still don’t make it a priority,” said Heather Leidy, assistant professor in the MU Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology. “This research provides additional evidence that breakfast is a valuable strategy to control appetite and regulate food intake.”

In the study, Leidy assessed physiological hunger and satiety by measuring perceived appetite sensations and hormonal markers in combination with psychological reward-driven motivation to eat, using fMRI to identify brain activation in specific regions related to food motivation and reward.

Click here to read the full article on the Australian Food News website.

Landmark reform to deliver strong National Regulator for the VET Sector

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

From the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations website:

Today’s commencement of a national VET regulator – the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) – delivers a key reform to Australia’s vocational education and training (VET) sector.

Minister for Tertiary Education and Skills, Senator Chris Evans welcomed this landmark reform achievement which builds on the Gillard Government’s record investment of $10.6 billion in the VET sector.

“The implementation of a national regulator in the VET sector is a key step in improving the quality and consistency of VET regulation around the nation,” Senator Evans said.

The Gillard Government is committed to ensuring all Australians have access to a world class education system so they have the skills to get the high paying jobs of tomorrow.

Click here to read the full article on the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations website.

Brewing Industry Feedback Sought on new Training Package: deadline 15 July

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Malting and Brewing industry representatives are invited to provide feedback to the new Training Package materials by 15 July using the Feedback Form on the AgriFood website.

The Validation Draft is now available on the website for your consideration.

Click here to read the summary of changes and provide feedback on the Agrifood website.

Applications open for 2011 AgriFood-ISSI International Fellowships

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

From the Agrifood website (June 2011 newsletter):

Applications have now opened for the 2011 AgriFood/ISSI International Fellowships. Two (2) International Fellowships are on offer this year.

Valued at $10,000 each, the Fellowships provide successful recipients with the opportunity to travel overseas and research a topic of particular value to the agrifood industry, examining innovative approaches that demonstrate potential benefits for, and application in, Australia and agrifood enterprises.

The Fellowships are open to people Australia-wide in the sectors covered by AgriFood Skills Australia:

  • Agriculture, horticulture, conservation and land management
  • Animal care and management
  • Food processing, including beverages, wine and pharmaceuticals
  • Meat
  • Seafood
  • Racing

Applications close at 4.00pm on Monday 15 August 2011. The Fellowships will be awarded at the 2011 AgriFood National Conference dinner to be held in Brisbane on Wednesday 22 September 2011.

For more information and to download the application form, please visit the AgriFood website.


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