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Tens-of-thousands of Australians are currently filled with dread, contemplating the social minefield known as the Xmas Holidays.  They are among the 1-in-5 Australians who are part of a stepfamily.   For many of them, the interaction that comes with this season is an emotional battle with their past, their identity and their future.

Peak organisation STEPFAMILIES AUSTRALIA www.stepfamily.org.au has released a ‘Stepfamily Survival Guide for the Holidays’, as well as offering useful new apps to help people communicate on their own terms.

“More than a million of us are in stepfamilies, and they can be a truly wonderful experience,” notes Stepfamilies Australia CEO Karen Field.

“But blended doesn’t always mean mended, and emotions can be particularly raw at this time of year – especially when dealing with new and old parents and partners and siblings, not to mention different cultures, religions and traditions.”


Guide to Stepping Up to a Less Stressful Christmas Season

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Statement by AMMA Chief Executive, Steve Knott

Australia’s national resource industry employer group, AMMA congratulates Justice Susan Kiefel on her appointment as the next Chief Justice of the High Court.

 In becoming the first woman to be appointed to Australia’s most senior judicial position, Justice Kiefel has achieved a great milestone for herself personally and for all Australian women.

 Her story is truly remarkable, having left school at 15 years of age and beginning her career in law as a legal secretary. After finishing her legal education later in life, she became Queensland’s first female Queen’s Counsel in 1987.

 Her career should be an inspiration to women everywhere, particularly those who come from humble beginnings and can look to Justice Kiefel as an example of how far they can progress through hard work and determination.

 Justice Kiefel’s elevation to Chief Justice is an excellent appointment by the Turnbull Government and one warmly welcomed by the resource industry.

 AMMA also congratulates Brisbane-based Justice James Edelman on his appointment as a High Court Judge, filling the vacancy left by Justice Kiefel’s elevation.

Welcoming Melbournes beautiful Spring weather, Soul Star Festival brings together a holistic and spiritual festival packaged in a fun, entertaining and super cool experience that will be held at Laurens Hall in North Melbourne on Thursday 24 November, 2016. 

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Soul Star will see three guest speakers including international YouTube sensation, emotional healing coach and comedian, JP Sears, who will be sure to keep you laughing while delivering life changing and inspirational messages. Along speaking will be one of Australias most well-known nutritionist, author, TV personality, yoga teacher, crystal lover and Happy Placefounder, Lola Berry.

Also speaking will be internationally recognised meditation teacher and co-founder of the meditation app 1Giant Mind’, Jonni Pollard who spends a great deal of time with social and political figures, CEOs and executives of fortune 500 companies, professional artists and athletes, where he teaches them how to embody wisdom and increase their capabilities. Jonni is most known for his ability to take deep complex spiritual concepts and translate them into such simple terms and techniques for anyone to understand and embody.

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To all members of our TAT family, readers and contributors, who celebrate Diwali..

We wish you Safety, Good Health, Happiness, Prosperity and Good Fortune.

May they all be with you in the coming year.


This is an INVITATION to the

Make Bullying History Gala Dinner

Reduce bullying in schools by up to 70% within 12 months

Saturday, 6.30pm, October 29, 2016. Novotel Sydney, Parramatta.

$120 per head or $1000* per table of 10 (* if purchased prior October 17)

Australia is top #3 in the world for the most number of teenagers that commit suicide because of bullying.

The Make Bullying History Foundation is making an impact and have reduced bullying in some schools by up to 70% in 12 months

but they need your support to continue to do so.

The night will include a delicious two course dinner, drinks, a charity auction and five star entertainment.

Please call 0452 446 443 or email michael@mkgevents.com.au to book or for further information.

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Earlier this month, at the grand age of 90, Peter Tripovich has just completed a walk all the way around Australia.
The jubilant Echuca man strode down Melbourne’s Bourke St mall, arms held high in victory at the end of a decade-long quest.
The RAAF veteran and farmer began the walk when he was 79, wanting to raise money for children in poorer countries who were “worse off than ourselves”.
He started on the approximately 20,000 km walk around Australia in Melbourne, choosing to work with the charity, International Children’s Care Australia and aiming to raise $200,000. His anti-clockwise circuit continued for 15,000km when he reached Pemberton, WA. At that time, he needed to return home to tend his wife who had terminal cancer. He spent the next four years caring for her, during which time he flew to the mountainous Thai/Burmese border region to help build shelters for children and villagers. An experience that’s had a lasting effect on him.
Last Australia Day, at the age of 89, he returned to Pemberton for the final 3500 km jaunt to Melbourne. Each day he woke at 3 am and walked between 30-40 km. He was followed all the way by his support staff of three.

Peter is a true “aussie battler that overcame”.
If you would like to help Peter reach his $200,000 goal – visit ICC Australia

Your voice has real power!   That’s why you can help to make some noise.

For too long the Advertising Standards Board (ASB) has turned a blind eye to sexism in advertising, because it’s not specifically mentioned in the advertisers’ Code of Ethics.

That’s why I need your help to get your networks to sign our petition by October 11.

In total we need 10,000 signatures.

Together we will call on the ASB and the AANA to revise the Code of Ethics and stop letting Australian advertisers get away with sexism and objectification. Enough is enough.

Click here to share the Facebook post below now.

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Embark on a Delicious Celebration of the Senses

The future will look rosy, sparkling, sun-dappled and everything in between as the 3rd annual Wine & Cheese Fest firmly plants its roots back in Williamstown and returns to Seaworks on Sunday 23 October from 11am-6pm.

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Over 60 fine quality wine, cheese and gourmet food providores will be showcasing their artisinal products accompanied by live music entertainment, DJs and stunning views of the city and seascape. From wheels of fine cheeses and savoury sauces, to home-style pastries, pickled preserves, smoked and cured meats, luscious desserts and of course a huge array of wine, ciders and beers for all palates, the Wine & Cheese Fest is a tantalizing feast for the tastebuds.

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Lifeline Australia is today excited to announce that property development and investment company PAYCE will be lending their considerable support to Lifeline Australia’s participation in the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon.

PAYCE will be the primary supporter of Lifeline Australia’s CEO Pete Shmigel and Lifeline National Ambassador DJ Tigerlily (Dara Hayes), who will be competing in the prestigious marathon together in November. They will be running under the Lifeline banner to build awareness of the national suicide emergency in Australia and raise funds for the vital services that Lifeline provides.

Lifeline Australia CEO Pete Shmigel runs the Blackmores half-marathon in Sydney to prepare for the NYC Marathon in November

“Having PAYCE come on board as our biggest supporter for the New York Marathon is massive,” Mr Shmigel said. “The idea of running the New York City Marathon is daunting, but it is nothing compared to the crises that some of our help-seekers face every day. We are very excited to have found a partner in PAYCE for this event.

“PAYCE’s contribution is going to allow us to make a real difference in communities and across our Network. To give some perspective, $50K pays for about 2000 calls (one day’s worth) to be answered by Lifeline Centres across the country, or for 100 people to be trained to work on our 24/7 crisis support helpline, 13 11 14.”

PAYCE Managing Director, Brian Boyd, said it is a pleasure to support Lifeline Australia.

“At PAYCE, we are keen supporters of grassroots community work and are excited to partner with Lifeline Australia to help provide more crisis services to Australians in need. We anticipate this will be the start of a great partnership with Lifeline.”


This week DJ Tigerlily also launched her own fundraising campaign for Lifeline in the New York City Marathon. The popular 24-year-old musician has been outspoken on a range of issues, from mental health and body image to online bullying to social media, and hopes to make a bigger difference in her role as Lifeline National Ambassador.

For crisis or suicide prevention support, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit www.lifeline.org.au/gethelp.

NB: Lifeline’s 24-hour telephone crisis line 13 11 14 is pronounced ‘thirteen eleven fourteen’

Breaking the taboo of talking about periods, Jean Hailes for Women’s Health has released an innovative new animation that helps women of all ages and cultures understand what happens in their body.

“All you need to know about periods” is a gentle, simple and engaging 2 minute 20 second animation that explains in clear steps what happens during a woman’s menstrual cycle.

After a series of focus groups and discussions with clinicians around Australia, Jean Hailes identified a gap in understanding of the menstrual cycle in some multi-cultural communities and among some adolescents.

“The illustrations are done in a warm, hand-drawn style,” says Jean Hailes Deputy CEO, Dr Mandy Deeks. “In conjunction with the friendly voice-over, the animation appeals to young women as well as older women where menstruation might not be widely discussed. Women whose levels of English might be low can also easily understand the messages.”

Dr Deeks says the link to the animation on the Jean Hailes website should be freely shared and can be viewed online or via a smart phone. “Our animation can put any girl or woman’s mind at rest— that having a period is a natural and very normal part of life. No one is alone in their experiences.”

Jean Hailes is grateful to the Collie Foundation, managed by Equity Trustees, for funding for the animation’s creation.


View the animation at: https://vimeo.com/129065040

The period animation’s permanent home is on the Jean Hailes website at: https://jeanhailes.org.au/healthaz/periods 


Jean Hailes for Women’s Health is a not-for-profit organisation committed to improving women’s knowledge and understanding of complex health issues. Jean Hailes has a unique model, comprising three fully integrated business units: The Medical Centre; Translation, Education & Communication Unit and the Jean Hailes Research Unit, which is a formal partnership with Monash University. 


The Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia (PANDA) 2016 annual lunch promotes conversations

By being present at the annual lunch today, I have now become a part of the conversation, here’s what I learnt.

Perinatal anxiety and depression affects both mothers and fathers.

It is important as an outsider, whether a friend, a family member or a health professional, to recognise when a parent is not coping and to act immediately by asking them about their emotional wellbeing.

Perinatal anxiety and depression sufferers tend to hide their symptoms from everybody, even doctors, causing the illness to manifest and stalling early intervention.

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The Butterfly Club with The Theatre Elusive Present:

Drag Queen Stole My Dress

Written & Performed by Gillian English, directed by Chris Gibbs

Venue: The Butterfly Club, Carson Place, Off Little Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000Drag Queen Stole My Dress Show

Time: Mar 16 at 8:30pm


Fresh from fantastic runs at Fringe World in Perth, and a completely sold out run at The Atlantic Fringe Festival, celebrated Canadian storyteller, Gillian English is coming to Australia to perform an autobiographical solo storytelling show at the Butterfly Club in Melbourne After performing in cities around the world, such as Montreal, Toronto, New York, London. Covering the past decade of her life, Drag Queen Stole My Dress is the story of a lost self and regained strength.


“Gut-Bustingly Funny” – Rip It Up “Go see this show” -Out in Perth

“It’s gritty, it’s real, and I loved it.” – The Chronicle Herald

“A journey that’s full of laughter, and a tale of personal growth told by someone passionate, funny, and undoubtedly entertaining.” -CJLO Montreal “Gillian English is a wonderful storyteller engaging the audience and reacting to our reactions as we gasped or fell out of our seats laughing.” – Hi!Drama New York

“Delicious and triumphant!” -NY Theater Now, Review

“Hysterically funny!” -Manhattan With A Twist

“This one time I got a pre-emptive divorce. And this other time, a drag queen stole my dress. Let me tell about it: This is the story of knowing who are, forgetting who are, wondering who the hell you are, and yes that one time a drag queen stole my goddamn dress.”

From the theatre company that brought you 2013’s award winning fringe hit, Love in the Time of Time Machines, (Official Hangover Selection & Audience Choice Award Winner, FRIGID New York 2013; Best Visual Identity, Montreal Fringe 2013) comes a solo show, Drag Queen Stole My Dress. This autobiographical tale from Toronto’s Gillian English tells the story of love, loss, casino showgirls, Australians and a solitary drag queen with kleptomania.


A new report released by the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) on 7 March 2016 reveals that Australian women are financially disadvantaged at every key stage of their life: in childhood, at the workplace, through pregnancy, motherhood and as a carer, and in retirement.

The ACTU’s Gender Pay Gap – Over the Life Cycle report shows that whether given less pocket money as a child, lower wages as a graduate, a poorer household income in pregnancy and as a mother or much lower savings in retirement, girls and women still face overwhelming inequality and lack of opportunity.

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A rising hum of excitement animated the eclectic inner-city living room. The walls were plastered with mismatched knickknacks, stylish paintings, and gaudy fairy lights. It felt as though we’d been transported back to the 50s, and stolen into the house of an eccentric old lady. What better venue than this, the kooky, quirky Butterfly Club, to host a racy cabaret show? For the throng of eager frill-seekers, getting to explore the retro fit-out of the waiting room worked well to set the tone for the kitsch performance to come.


The stars of the evening were The Candy Topps – Stella, Kitty, and Fifi; a trio of talented songstresses presenting ‘Femme Fatales’ as part of the 2015 Melbourne Fringe Festival. A homage to the sounds of jazz and swing, the performance featured revamps of pop classics by famous female artists, punctuated by bawdy banter.


They literally burst onto the stage to kick off the show. Stumbling through a heavy curtain with torches in hand, they promised a throw-back to the exaggerated, physical comedy of the 30s and 40s. The three Candy Topps themselves were perfect caricatures of the middle-class minx; frustrated, adventurous, hoity-toity, and very irreverent. Their tongue-in-cheek story telling won many laughs from the crowd and, although it was too dark to tell, probably a few blushes.


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Lights. Suggestion. Improv.

A small room in Myers Lane came alive during the Melbourne Fringe Festival with the startlingly fresh enthusiasm and vigour of the Play like a Girlperformers. We were to be introduced to and enveloped by the world of Chicago long-form improvisation.

Beckoning the audience to be creative with a starting suggestion for the show, an audience member boldly called out “magic!” and thus the magic began. The zealous all-female cast took their places on either side of the stage and the booming mock-Eastern European voice of Nadine Sparks began the show, declaring the setting of the performance to be a magic house. We were pulled into this readily fabricated world inside, filled with contrived connections and flawed relationships, from inadequate non-magical daughters to clingy best friends.

A trademark of Chicago long-form improvisation, the style of improvisation used in Play like a Girl, is its various interwoven characters, named and with personality, stepping in and out of the scenario as they see opportunities to bring their character into the story. Adding history to a character, developing them and feeding off the comments of other characters, slowly distinct individual personas are born and worn in throughout the performance. The actresses of Play like a Girl executed this element seamlessly. The patriarch of a magical family began as a stereotypical gypsy character and was then endowed with the role of a husband, the ability to ‘blast’ women and spontaneously impregnate them and the entirely non-subtle sleaziness of a sexed up middle age man past his prime. His daughter, who at first appeared to the audience only as a timid girl, became a series of complex insecurities and hilariously ridiculous shortcomings. His wife, too, and all the other personas were developed complexly and deeply in the same way, all the while maintaining the light and spontaneous hilarity that flooded the stage and the audience’s minds.

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same. We have made a lot of progress but still have a long way to go and need your help!

Create an early detection plan, Share Beyond The Shock breast cancer educational resources with friends and family, and Host a Fundraiser to help provide mammograms for women in need.

National Breast Cancer Website

Celebrated on September 28, Active Nation Day is aimed at encouraging women to mark their commitment to Active Living by getting out and moving their bodies.

With the inaugural Active Nation Day held in 2012, in just three short years the Sporty Sisterhood has come leaps and bounds having collectively moved over 8 million kms to date, a true testament to just how inspiring and motivated LJ girls are!

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