Start Well report investigates the health and wellbeing of early career teachers

June 26, 2017

Primary was proud to continue its support of the Hunter Institute of Mental Health with the launch of the Start Well – research report looking into the health and wellbeing of early career teachers.

Over 450 early career teachers in NSW provided insight into their experiences as a teacher, the challenges they face and the support mechanisms that help them thrive in their career as a teacher.

Hunter’s research provided a number of recommendations to invest further into mentoring and support for early career teachers.

Jenny Muir, Primary’s Chief Counsel said Primary has decades of experience in communication and advocacy in the education and mental health. The Start Well report is a key contribution to advancing both sectors understanding of the support required by early in career teachers.

“This report builds upon the decades of specialist research and program expertise Hunter has in mental health and well-being prevention programs within the education sector. The report is already being welcomed by ministers, stakeholders and of course teachers.”

The Hunter Institute of Mental Health report can be found here: http://www.himh.org.au/home/our-programs/child-youth-and-wellbeing-program/start-well

Keep Looking When Cooking This Winter!

June 19, 2017

Almost half of the house fires in Australia start in the kitchen as a result of unattended cooking.

So to help prevent house fires this winter, Fire & Rescue NSW has released the Keep Looking When Cooking mini mag. Available in cafés, bars, community centres and other locations all over NSW, it features a great collection of mouth-watering recipes from firefighters that will give you the answer to that perennial question – “What’s for dinner tonight?”

Primary Communication is a proud supporter of the Keep Looking When Cooking campaign – our account team will play a crucial role in promoting this important initiative to families and community groups throughout the state. With winter now in full swing, there’s never been a better time to be aware of other potential house fire risks – during the cooler months, there’s also a 10% increase in fires starting in bedrooms/lounge rooms around NSW.

The Keep Looking When Cooking mini mag also has handy tips on how to stay fire safe. Fires can spread in minutes, but it only takes seconds to stop them!

KITCHEN FIRE SAFETY TIPS
• NEVER leave cooking unattended. If you leave the kitchen, turn off the stove or use a timer to remind you to check your cooking.
• DON’T put anything metallic in the microwave as metal can spark and cause it to catch on fire.
• KEEP matches and lighters out of reach of children as they are unaware of the dangers.
• STORE flammable items (aerosols, cleaning agents and cooking oil etc.) away from heat as they can explode.
• DON’T cook under the influence of alcohol or drugs as it impairs your judgement.
• KEEP loose clothing, fabrics, tea towels and curtains away from the stove as they can catch on fire.
• TURN pot handles inwards to avoid being knocked or grabbed by children.
• KEEP your oven and range hood clean. Excess grease and fat can ignite in a fire.
• DON’T use LPG cylinders for cooking or heating indoors.

IF A FIRE DOES OCCUR:
• NEVER put water on a fat or oil fire as it will immediately intensify and spread
• TURN off the stove and use the lid to smother the flame if you can
• GET OUT, STAY OUT AND CALL TRIPLE ZERO ‘000’.

You can also visit the Keep Looking When Cooking website to download the mini mag recipes, as well as additional recipes – and if you’d like to share your delicious recipes, post them to Fire & Rescue NSW Facebook page with the hashtag #KeepLookingWhenCooking