All Medicare eligible children under 18 years of age can access free dental care provided by NSW Health at public dental clinics. Some children may also be eligible for the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS). All children seen by public dental services receive the same high quality care regardless of their eligibility for CDBS and no fees are charged, even if CDBS benefits have been fully used up.
In addition, from July 2019 students at participating schools will have access to free dental care through the NSW Health Primary School Mobile Dental Program. Primary school students in Western Sydney, the Mid North Coast and the Central Coast will be among the first to benefit. For the first year of the program, schools have been prioritised based on the level of oral health risk among their students.
The program will be delivered by experienced NSW Health staff, who will be using a combination of fully equipped dental vans and portable dental equipment set up on school grounds.
The New South Wales Aboriginal Education Consultative Group Inc. (NSW AECG Inc.) in conjunction with WestConnex will be conducting a STEAM Youth Development Camp for Aboriginal students from Years 5 to 11. To commence the process the NSW AECG Inc. is calling for Expressions of Interest from schools with Aboriginal students in the nominated years.
Our second Gamilaraay Language and Culture Camp of the year. Language and Culture Camps contribute to informing, strengthening and connecting students to language and culture through sharing of knowledge and resources.
Schoolchildren raise their voices in celebration of the 2019 Indigenous Language Song Competition
The ABC and First Languages Australia have called for entries to the 2019 Indigenous Language Song Competition, which enables schoolchildren across the country to support and sustain the languages and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
In this International Year of Indigenous Languages, schools are invited to work with their local Indigenous community in translating the song Marrin Gamu into the first language of their area and record a video of their students performing the song. Videos uploaded to the ABC Education website are in the running for prizes such as local language resource packs and audio-visual recording equipment.
More than 2400 students from 80 schools across Australia have entered the annual competition since its launch in 2016, submitting videos in 52 Indigenous languages.
Annabel Astbury, Head of ABC Education, said: “We are inspired by the excitement among students and teachers to learn, celebrate and help preserve our first languages. We are proud to launch the competition in National Reconciliation Week and to work with First Languages Australia in helping schools build connections with local Indigenous communities, as part of the ABC’s commitment to building greater understanding of and respect for our First Peoples.”
Faith Baisden, Coordinator of First Languages Australia, said: “There are hundreds of Aboriginal and Torres Strait languages and a wealth of cultural knowledge is held within each one. Discussions about Australia’s first languages can help create a society that knows and respects the history and cultures of this land.”
To celebrate the International Year of Indigenous Languages, the ABC and First Languages Australia have also partnered on This Place, a digital initative that invites Indigenous Australians to create short videos sharing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories, history and cultures.
The 2019 Indigenous Language Song Competition is open until 30 August. For entry details and more information: www.education.abc.net.au.
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In March we held our first SHOW (sport, health, opportunities & well-being) Camp for the year. These camps encourage students to lead healthier and active lifestyles, while prompting students to explore and consider careers in sport other than participation. Check out all the interesting activities the students got up to!
National Reconciliation Week kicks off today! This year’s theme is: Grounded in Truth: Walk Together with Courage
The Galuwa Experience is a fantastic opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students in years 10-12 to gain first-hand university experience in this fully-funded engineering and IT program.
Just a reminder to please encourage eligible students to apply as soon as possible. Limited places are available. Application deadline: 2 June 2019
When: Monday 15 – Friday 19 July 2019 (July school holidays) Cost: Free (includes all meals, transport and accommodation) Where: University of Technology Sydney and city locations