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Partnership reaches out to youth in Glenelg
Young people who “mill around” Jetty Road
and Mosley Square in the seaside suburb of
Glenelg will soon have the benefit of a pilot
outreach initiative by Flinders University
and Workskil, a not-for-profit national
Workskil, which also operates youth
outreach programs in schools and the
community, is providing training and
supervision for two student mentors from
the University’s Department of Social Work
and Planning and School of Psychology.
In coming weeks, Sarah Horwood and
Charli Molloy will begin to make informal
connections with the young people who
frequent the area, checking on their
wellbeing and offering them information
and referrals to appropriate welfare, health
or counselling services.
Workskil’s Youth Services Manager, Ms Eve
Stevenson, said the project aims to meet
and support young people “on their turf
and on their terms”.
“The project is designed to find and connect
with disengaged young people, and help
them re-engage with the community. The
issues they face may include homelessness,
anti-social behaviour and boredom,”
Ms Stevenson said.
The Glenelg pilot project, which has the
support of local police and the Holdfast Bay
Council, will be based in Workskil’s office in
“It’s about making contact with those young
people, building a rapport and then, hopefully,
directing them to a service they might need,”
Ms Stevenson said.
If successful, the Access Community Outreach
Network (ACORN) will be extended to cover
other areas in the eastern and western
suburbs of Adelaide.
”We hope it will be the first of many,” Ms
Ms Horwood, a Masters student and a
volunteer in the University’s Inspire Mentor
Program, said the program offered practical
experience with the benefit of advice and
support from experienced Workskil staff.
“It will help me to put my theoretical studies in
context and get some hands-on experiences,
and I’ll get to help people by directing them to
the right service,” she said.
The Flinders-Workskil partnership is based on
a Memorandum of Understanding initiated by
the Southern Knowledge Transfer
Partnerships office. In addition to the ACORN
program, the agreement allows for future
research collaborations and professional
Eve Stevenson, Charli Molloy, Sarah Horwood and
Study finds we have trouble switching off
It’s not just Australians who stay glued to
electronic devices until bedtime – the
Americans are at it too, according to Flinders
psychologist Dr Michael Gradisar.
Dr Gradisar recently completed a stint as a
guest researcher in the largest annual sleep
study in the world, run by the National Sleep
Foundation in the US.
The 2011 National Sleep Poll had technology
as its theme, and found that 97 per cent of
the 1500 respondents used some type of
electronic device – television, computer, video
game or mobile phone – within an hour of
going to bed at least a few nights a week.
With almost half of Americans aged between
13 and 64 complaining that they seldom get a
good night’s sleep on weeknights, Dr Gradisar
said that there is plenty of scope to
investigate the part played by technology in
restless, disrupted or unrefreshing sleep.
Dr Gradisar found similarities – and
differences – between the US results and his
own survey of pre-sleep habits among 384
Dr Gradisar said that while TV was the
dominant form of technology used by older
Americans before bed, computer or laptop use is
very high among the younger demographic
groups. The Australian teenagers also showed
high use of technology, with around 75 per cent
using technology in the hour before bed, falling
to two-thirds on weekends.
TV and computer use were the standouts,
but technological socialising (via mobile
phone, MSN and Facebook) was
“surprisingly low” at around six per cent.
Dr Gradisar said that while the US poll found
day-time sleepiness to be very common
among 13 to 18 year olds in the US (with
caffeine drinks and naps typically used to
compensate), he is yet to assess the effects of
technology on Adelaide’s teenagers.
“One person’s stimulant can be another’s
relaxant,” he said.
“Are the teenagers losing track of time and
thus the technology use is eating into
their time to sleep, or have they learned
that they won’t fall asleep until it’s late, so
they fill this void by using technology?
“Determining how technology use before
bed influences teenagers’ sleep and then
how lack of sleep affects how they
function the next day are going to be
important questions to answer.”
Dr Michael Gradisar
A childhood spent in the shadow of war
Australia’s lost generation of women writers
Chasing butterflies in a minefield is not a
recommended activity for children.
For Etiennette Fennell, the inadvertently
hazardous hunt was part of a childhood
lived in German-occupied France during
the Second World War, and features
among the incidents of her memoir
Bombs and butterflies: a child’s war.
Etiennette, a lecturer in French at Flinders,
left Paris as a refugee with her family in
1940, spending the rest of the war living
in small towns in provincial southern
France: Chauvigny, which was inland, and
Les Sables-d’Olonne on the Atlantic coast.
Etiennette said that initially the menacing
figure of Hitler seemed very distant, while
the occupying German soldiers behaved
very well; it was a passing German officer
who ordered Etiennette and her brother
out of the minefield and took them home
in his car.
Not knowing anything else, children are
naturally accepting of their day-to-day
lives, Etiennette said.
Professor Susan Sheridan’s new book
sheds light on a “lost generation” of
Australian postwar women writers.
Nine Lives: postwar women writers
making their mark traces the early careers
of Jessica Anderson, Dorothy Hewett,
Judith Wright, Amy Witting , Gwen
Harwood, Elizabeth Jolley, Thea Astley,
Rosemary Dobson and Dorothy
All were born between 1915 and 1925
and ultimately achieved public and critical
But, as Professor Sheridan, Adjunct
Professor of English and Women’s Studies
at Flinders University points out, that
kudos was not easily won. A variety of
social, cultural and economic factors
combined to put up hurdles for these
“There were very strong expectations on
women that their principal sense of self
would be formed around their family,
their husbands and their children. And
while all of these women married and
had children, they wanted something
more,” she said.
“It all seemed very normal to us,” she said.
But there were vivid moments of terror, too,
which included an afternoon tea
“The scene that these women were trying
to establish themselves in as writers in
the years after World War II looked as if it
ought to have been very encouraging,”
Professor Sheridan said.
“There were lots of new little magazines
and this worked very well for some of the
poets, like Wright and Dobson. But it was
much harder for people writing fiction,”
“There were few Australian publishing
houses, and it was very difficult to get
novels by Australian writers, set in
Australia, published in England.”
“Publishers and editors were
predominantly men, and they did not
necessarily see a role for themselves as
mentors for unknown women writers.”
A lack of institutional support for
literature and the absence of writers’
festivals, creative writing courses and
Australian literature courses in Australian
universities did little to help matters.
“These women were also rather isolated,”
Professor Sheridan said.
“There wasn’t the web of connection
between women writers in the ‘50s and
‘60s that existed in an earlier generation.
“I’m struck by their amazing courage and
their faith in themselves and their writing.
Each of them saw literature as a high
calling and was serious about her own
Professor Susan Sheridan
interrupted by a near miss from a bomb
that failed to explode, and being a
horrified witness to the sinking of a
German ship just off the beach by Allied
aircraft in 1944.
Etiennette said she had only realised the
significance of some events
retrospectively, and as a child was
unaware of the danger posed by her
father’s involvement with the French
resistance. As an adult, her brother took
her to see the ruins of Oradour-sur-Glane,
where the entire population was
massacred and the town destroyed in an
act of retribution by the Germans.
For Etiennette, the war ended more
happily: in true Gallic style, her family
celebrated the Allied victory with a huge
feast of snails.
Bombs and butterflies is illustrated by
Judith Brooks and is available from
Flinders Unibooks and Mostly Books at
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