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Australian Education Union, Victorian Branch

Australian Education Union, Victorian Branch

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Member BENEFITS Winter travel offer STATE Schools’ Relief, the charity formed by teachers to support disadvantaged students, has teamed with Peregrine Adventures to offer private tours of China and Vietnam during the September school holidays. AEU members can take advantage of a 10% “winter warmer” discount. Part of the cost of the tour goes to State Schools’ Relief to support its work providing new school wear for students in need. The China tour takes in historical and cultural sites in Beijing and Xi’an — home of the terracotta warriors — before travelling on to Yangshuo and Hong Kong. The cost is now $1,603 plus flights from Melbourne. The Vietnam tour will explore its history as French Indochine and as a centre for traders and travellers, with stops in Saigon, Hanoi, Hoi An and Halong Bay. The cost is now $1,266 plus flights from Melbourne. For more details go to www.ssr.net.au or call Peregrine Adventures on 1300 854 439. ◆ Winter wellbeing POSITIVE psychology and emotional intelligence will be the tools for giving AEU women a winter wellbeing boost in two events run by popular consultant Deb Ferguson in August. Deb will lead an all-day seminar and an after-school forum at the AEU office in Abbotsford, offering practical strategies to build resilience and improve wellbeing and health. The after-school forum on August 15 will present positive, practical ways to build resilience through emotional intelligence, while the all-day seminar on August 29 will develop skills in positive psychology. In both sessions, participants will learn strategies to feel more in control and better manage stress and stress triggers. The focus on mental, emotional and physical wellbeing will benefit participants and their colleagues, students and family. Costs to members are $30 for the forum and $50 for the seminar (including lunch). Both events meet VIT professional development standards. Book online at www.aeuvic.asn.au/calendar. ◆ Women’s FOCUS Barb Jennings women’s officer Letting the side down A talk on the topic of mean girls was a stimulating centrepiece to this year’s conference. HOW prevalent are cases of women bullying or mistreating other women? The issue, highlighted in a presentation by Meredith Fuller, author of Mean Girls, proved a controversial one at this year’s booked-out AEU Women’s Conference. It is a subject that has been increasingly raised at our women’s program PDs in the past few years. Feminism has female solidarity and compassion at its core and many of us are very sad to see that some of the worst examples of discrimination against women are perpetrated by other women. We need to begin a conversation about the complexity of this issue. It was starkly illustrated once again in the recent experiences of a young woman AEU member who works at a secondary school in Melbourne. Her (female) principal refused her requests for leave to cover family responsibilities. The woman, with a four-month-old child, had no choice but to return to full-time work — where she was offered no support to maintain breastfeeding. Ironically, the woman’s partner received much support and assistance from his (male) principal. We consider this issue to be so serious that we will publicise full details as a case study once the young mum has settled into her new role. The very pregnant young member attended the conference 10 hours before giving birth. Mother, father and baby boy are all doing well. Nina Funnell, a social commentator and expert on preventing violence against women, explored young people’s use of technology and social media. She said we need to talk to young people to help them make decisions in this fraught area. Nina has worked closely with young Australians and seen the ineffectiveness of the “Just Say No” approach. Her view is that respectful relationships and programs developed with young men and women will help them negotiate issues of consent. She advocates an ethical framework involving care of self, care of others, and reflection. This is the approach she uses in her work with elite athletes and in her advisory role on the NSW Premier’s Council on Preventing Violence Against Women. The feedback was exciting and we are trying to arrange a full-day professional development event with Nina later in the year. Conflict resolution Conflict resolution is a high priority for members and almost all the 150 attendees at the Women’s Conference chose one of the conflict resolution workshops. Popular consultant Christina McMahon will run two more one-day workshops at the AEU in July. Check our website for details at www.aeuvic. asn.au/womenPD. We advise you to book quickly as her two workshops in March booked out very quickly. Maximum number of participants is 50 for each. ◆ inside the AEU www.aeuvic.asn.au 23

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