Susan Frankel

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Susan Frankel

My career has included many pioneering roles, including publishing arts, entertainment, lifestyle and tourism magazines. My work in print media has also included suburban newspapers and trade magazines. I have also worked for the New South Wales government, establishing a media and communications unit and helping set up a regional office focusing on social equity, industry development and environmental issues.

I enjoy hearing about people’s passions and concerns, and finding creative answers that can assist others. My passions include warm friendships, amusement, food, diversity, culture, nature, ceramics, travel and exercise. I like writing about food, people of all ages, the quirky and the innovative.

Susan Frankel's articles

Bobby and his trainer Andrew.

Bobby Bajram has had severe Multiple Sclerosis (MS) since he was 15 years old. Over the years it's been his strength of will that refuses to give way, despite relapses of the auto-immune disease. Last year Bobby climbed to the top of Nepal's Kaa Pattar peak. It was the result of his attitude, strength and training. When he was 20, Bobby was an MS ambassador for two years. Now aged 46, he is preparing for Mount Everest, his biggest challenge yet. The haul to the top is a test for him in both mind and body.
3 comments - last comment on 15/03/2016
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Knowing your legislative rights.

Victorians with a disability have a website made for them. It is called the Act Resources Guide. The website has information about the Victorian Disability Act 2006 . It is written in a way that is easy to understand. There are also short films on the website that are in Plain English and captioned. People with a disability helped to create the Act Resources Guide. If you want to easily understand the Victorian Disability Act 2006 this website is especially for you.
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Should you disclose your disability?

We all have a right to work in Australia. It is unlawful to discriminate against a person with a disability in the workplace. But if you have a disability, how do you decide when and if you should tell a prospective employer about it? Peter is Deaf and he doesn’t always disclose his disability in an interview. Marcus tells his prospective employer he has a disability at the interview stage. Employees do not have a legal obligation to disclose their disability to an employer however disclosure may be practical in some situations.
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The bike will get the flick.

I swore I'd stay on a bike track if I ever gave bike riding another go. People will always cheer you on with life's about moving forward . Tell that to someone who’s been in the wars with machinery or cars or bikes and has fears of having it happen all over again. As it turned out, it wasn't pain that was putting me off, the fear, or even taking things slowly. It was something far more basic; my bike. I've had some tricky moments out there, but I hate missing out.
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What do these rights mean for you?

All people have a right to work. In Australia, it is unlawful to discriminate against a person with a disability in the workplace. People with a disability have work rights including being protected from discrimination when applying for a job. They can negotiate flexible work arrangements and request reasonable adjustments in their workplace. People with a disability can contact organisations if they think they have experienced discrimination. They can make a complaint about their experience.
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In a job interview, your body language can be just as important as your choice of words.

A job interview starts the moment you enter the room. If you have applied for a job and an employer is impressed by what your resume says about you, a person responsible for hiring for the firm will want to meet you. Someone there already has a good feeling about you and now wants you to convince them that you are the person with the skills and qualities to match the job advertised.
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Before your interview research the organisation.

What you say about yourself in a job interview will be listened to very carefully by the person interviewing you. The interviewer will ask a few key questions and your answers must refer back to tasks you have done well on a previous job. The prospective employer will assess such things as competence and attitude from what you say about yourself and your skills.
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Being prepared for your interview makes all the difference.

Jobs trainers will tell you there is no magic formula for getting a job. The way forward is to keep telling yourself that you have skills and be prepared for the interview. Being prepared for an interview will not just give you a sense of your own achievement. A potential employer will also look at you positively.
5 comments - last comment on 14/07/2013
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Bobby, the life saving assistance poodle.

Bobby, the life saving assistance dog.

It was a surprise to see a large poodle in a busy Ballarat wine shop with its owner. The handsome dog, Bobby, was wearing a fancy vest and was standing alert like a soldier. He and his handler are a team, but this standard poodle is not a pet. He's a highly trained assistance dog who cannot be separated from his handler, Margaret. That includes being together on an international flight. Her life depends on Bobby, he is there to ensure Margaret is safe.
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People with disabilities and females in particular will soon know the outcome of an inquiry into forced sterilisation in Australia.

People with disabilities and females in particular will soon know the outcome of an inquiry into forced sterilisation in Australia. The report on submissions by disability advocates and people affected signals the urgent need for long-overdue changes to the law. Such changes would go a long way to protect and respect the rights of girls, women and people with disabilities. Views are both varied and complex.
3 comments - last comment on 26/07/2013