The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-04-13T05:31:45Z STAR Community Services Secures Growth Funding for Expansion of Aged Care Services 2017-04-13T05:31:45Z star-community-services-secures-growth-funding-for-expansion-of-aged-care-services-1 Brisbane (23 March 2017). The communities of Redlands, Logan River Valley, Brisbane South and South Coast areas are set to benefit from the recent growth funding secured by STAR Community Services under the Commonwealth Home Support Program.   The Growth Funding has been allocated to STAR for provision of Transport and Home Maintenance services in Brisbane South, Logan River Valley and South Coast areas, and provision of Domestic Assistance in Logan River Valley, to those aged 65 and over.   STAR Community Services is a community organisation operating in Redlands with more than 20 years of experience in aged care services including transport, Home Care Packages, In Home Care, Social Support services and other wellbeing services.   “What makes us unique is that a vast majority of our team are volunteers,” said Mr Rob Spencer, Chairman of STAR. “We are truly a community organisation - run by the community; to serve the community.”   The recent Aged Care Reforms have been designed to give Australians more choice, more control and easier access to a full range of aged care services.   “It is a time of great change and opportunity,” added Mr Spencer. “ Our team has done an outstanding job of putting an action plan together and making sure we provide the best service and experience.”   STAR serves more than 6000 community members, with the ongoing support of over 120 STAR volunteers. STAR’s Transport volunteer drivers assist with around 70,000 trips each year to help seniors and those with disabilities; visit their family and friends, do their shopping, go to medical appointments, and overall enjoy an independent life.   “Our strength lies in community based networks. We are keen to build relationships with other local community organisations and local councils, and leverage from our common synergies,” said Ms Patsy Wilshire, General Manager of STAR.   STAR’s expansion will also result in creation of new job roles in the allocated regions, mainly for Call Centre, Schedulers, Drivers and Administrators. “We will invest significant time and resources in training and developing skills to ensure that the local communities reap the benefits,” added Ms Wilshire.   “The changes brought about by the recent Aged Care Reforms are complex and multi-dimensional, but we are ready. The growth funding will allow us to increase our capacity, and enable us to fill existing gaps in home support services across the allocated regions,” Ms Wilshire added. e-recycler launches free initiative to dispose of unwanted electronic items 2017-02-13T06:04:02Z e-recycler-launches-free-initiative-to-dispose-of-unwanted-electronic-items The days of stockpiling outdated, broken or unwanted electrical items because they are too difficult to dispose are set to become a thing of the past for South Australian homes and businesses following the launch of an initiative which will see hundreds of free, highly-visible Unplug N’ Drop stations placed across the State. Electronic Recycling Australia spokesperson, Mr Andrew Wallace, said more than 50 purpose-built Unplug N’ Drop collection points would be located at key community locations as part of the first stage, with those numbers expected to rise to more than 600 over the coming year. “As Australia’s mountain of unwanted electrical goods continues to grow, it is disappointing that we only recycle less than 5% of the 19.7kg of e-goods that every person discards annually,” Mr Wallace said. “When you compare that performance with Europe, which has about 14kg of discarded electronic items per person annually and a recycling rate of 80%, then it is clear that we lag well behind international efforts to reduce landfill and impact on the environment,” he said. “Whether it is large appliances like fridges and washing machines, or smaller appliances like toasters, kettles, vacuum cleaners, computers, monitors, entertainment equipment like mp3 players and stereos, and electrical tools and gadgets like drills and hairdryers – we are happy to take them all.” “With more than 25.5 million handsets, Australia now has more mobile phones than people, and the 4 million that don’t work add to the volume of toxic and hazardous materials such as lead, mercury, cadmium and brominated fire retardants that go to landfill and contaminate soil and waterways – even though up to 95% of the materials could be reused or recycled.” Minda CEO, Ms Cathy Miller, said Electronics Recycling Australia (formally known as Aspitech) had gone from facing imminent closure two years ago to now setting its sights on potential national expansion and leading the way in responsible electrical and electronic goods recycling. “We are very pleased to support such as remarkable transformation, and the new name of Electronic Recycling Australia better explains the focus of this important social enterprise and positions it to grow beyond South Australia,” Ms Miller said. “This is perfect opportunity for people and businesses to do the right thing by the environment, and support a social enterprise that provides employment opportunities to more than 200 South Australians with disability,” she said. “Our successful electronic and electrical recycling operation helps Minda to provide services to people with disability through sustainable employment, and enrich their lives through greater community participation and contribution in an environment that has a focus on ability, rather than disability.” “It is a basic human right that everyone who wants to work should be provided with opportunity to learn new skills, and be confident in knowing they are contributing to the community. In addition to creating hundreds of ongoing employment opportunities for South Australians, a social enterprise like Electronic Recycling Australia helps to support the overall economic prosperity of the State.” In addition to the free Unplug N’ Drop stations, Electronic Recycling Australia offers a reliable and cost-effective collection service for all electrical or electronic goods that has a plug, uses a charger or is powered by battery. Its EPA-approved and environmentally-compliant facility at Underdale recycles all electrical and electronic goods to the highest standards. More about the Electronic Recycle Australia program and locations of the Unplug N’ Drop collection points can be found at https://www.electronicrecyclingaustralia.com.au/coming-soon/ About Minda Established in 1898, Minda is the largest non-government disability support organisation in South Australia that assists people with disability to thrive in their local environments as valued members of their communities by offering residential and lifestyle services, employment and respite support. Minda, as owner of Electronic Recycling Australia, is a major employer of more than 450 supported workers across its highly successful range of commercial enterprises. Across seven businesses, Minda provides the community with a broad range of services that include manufacturing, design, packing solutions, commercial laundry and catering. Minda announces appointment of Dr Susan Neuhaus as Board President 2017-02-02T23:06:28Z minda-announces-appointment-of-dr-susan-neuhaus-as-board-president Pre-eminent South Australian surgeon and distinguished ex-Army officer, Dr Susan Neuhaus CSC, has been announced as the newly-elected President of the Minda Board. In welcoming Dr Neuhaus to the key strategic role at the helm of SA’s largest non-government disability organisation Minda CEO, Cathy Miller, said the organisation would greatly benefit from her strong networks and experience across the defence, health, research, government and not-for-profit sectors. “Minda is most pleased to have Dr Susan Neuhaus commit to the pivotal role as President as we enter an exciting chapter in our organisation’s evolution in response to the National Disability Insurance Scheme and embark on Stage 2 of our Master Plan development at Brighton,” Ms Miller said. “Susan’s strategic input, wise counsel and extensive leadership experience at a Board level is invaluable, and her integrity, vision, passion and commitment to South Australia mirrors our own core values,” she said. Dr Neuhaus welcomed her appointment, saying it was Minda’s long-standing contribution to enhancing the lives of people with disability, their families and the broader South Australian community that affirmed her decision to accept the President role. ‘Minda has clearly been pro-active in responding to the challenges coming its way because of the NDIS, as well as recognising the demand on the not-for-profit sector to be far more innovative in finding ways to secure its future funding and sustainability,” Dr Neuhaus said. “At is core though, I have had the enormous privilege to have worked with vulnerable people in Australia and overseas, and I truly believe that people can do the most extraordinary things if you give them the opportunity and the resources to do so – and this is really what the Minda mission is all about – enabling people to reach their true potential,” she said. “I look forward to working with the Board and Executive team to build on the great work already underway, and I am deeply honoured at the opportunity to be part of Minda’s future success.” Dr Neuhaus is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD) and is a Consultant Surgeon in private surgical practice. She holds a Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS), an academic position in the Department of Surgery and Faculty of Medicine at University of Adelaide, and is appointed to the RACS Court of Examiners. Dr Neuhaus has also completed an Army career spanning over 20 years, consisting of command, clinical and administrative appointments in the Regular Army and Army Reserve. Her military service was recognised with the award of the Conspicuous Service Cross in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2009 and in 2012, and she was South Australian finalist for the Australian of the Year. She remains a non-executive Director of the Cancer Council SA and has previous experience as non-executive director in several organisations, including Chairperson of the Repat Foundation. Also announced as joining the Minda Board is Ms Noelene Wadham. “In her previous role, Noelene was State Manager (SA) for National Disability Services and she has a strong understanding of the disability sector, having been appointed as the inaugural chairperson of the NDIS Working Group which supported the introduction of the 0-8 year age group rollout of the NDIS for SA children’s service providers,” said Minda CEO, Cathy Miller. “With extensive experience as a board member and private consultant to a range of management teams at top levels of government, Noelene offers excellent credentials across strategic planning, management and governance.” About Minda Established in 1898, Minda is the largest non-government disability support organisation in South Australia that assists people with disability to thrive in their local environments as valued members of their communities by offering residential and lifestyle services, employment and respite support. Minda is a major employer of more than 450 supported workers across its highly successful range of commercial enterprises. Across seven businesses, Minda provides the community with a broad range of services that include manufacturing, design, packing solutions, commercial laundry and catering. Support service expansion ready to deliver real benefits for northern Adelaide families 2017-01-24T02:08:56Z support-service-expansion-ready-to-deliver-real-benefits-for-northern-adelaide-families Families living across Adelaide’s northern suburbs are set to be the big winners following news that Inclusive Directions has given the green light to establish a hub at Salisbury to deliver its successful range of quality programs for children with additional needs. Inclusive Directions Chief Executive Officer, Ms Jocelyn Graham, said the exciting decision to open the Commercial Road office was in response to growing demand from northern suburbs’ families wanting access to programs developed from the latest disability and development education research. “The Salisbury expansion is a logical next step for Inclusive Directions and is a significant milestone in our growth journey. Since opening a similar hub on Daws Road at St Marys in 2015 we have been continually approached by northern-based parents wanting local access to one of the few evidence-based early intervention programs in South Australia for their child,” Ms Graham said. “While we already support several families from as far away as Gawler and beyond, we know that such a long drive can be disruptive and challenging for parents and children alike, so offering a hub at Salisbury means that children get the critical development support they need to thrive without the added transport trauma on families,” she said. “We offer an extensive range of programs and support services from Salisbury, including our highly-successful Early Intervention Program, which has already assisted hundreds of South Australian children across the metropolitan Adelaide and regional areas with Autism Spectrum Disorder.” In addition, the Park Terrace facility will also be home to a newly-created clinical services team, which brings together some of South Australia’s leading specialists in childhood development, assessment and treatment of autism spectrum disorders, learning difficulties, social, emotional and behavioural issues.  “The Inclusive Directions Clinical Service operates under the guidance of Clinical Director and Speech Pathologist, Tanya O’Neil, who is joined by some of South Australia’s leading Clinical Psychologists,” Ms Graham said. “The team can draw on their extensive knowledge to share the skills needed to manage challenging events and emotions so that children are not overwhelmed and can lead a meaningful life. They work with families to help them understand the young person and help with their emotional, behavioural and skill development,” she said.  The announcement is welcome news for Athelstone mother Louisa Calabria, whose 3½ year old son Oliver attends the Salisbury hub for ABA and early intervention therapy twice weekly as well as an additional session at home. “After he was diagnosed as being on the ASD spectrum, Oliver did a two-week intensive therapy and it was like something inside of him woke up. We have seen him finally start to say words, learn and develop as part of the Inclusive Directions program,” Louisa said. “We continue to see improvements in Oliver. He now sits at the table to learn colours, numbers, use building blocks and a range of other teaching tools – which we then reinforce at home,” she said. “We have a window in which we can ensure that Oscar gets early intervention support through ABA, and having the convenience of taking him to Salisbury really lessens the impact on the family and lets me do the school run for my other two boys and still help run the family business.”  Ms Graham reinforced the need for a child living with autism to access enhanced professional early intervention support as soon as possible to assist their development.  “Seeing a family unit work more effectively together, watching a child grow and thrive, empowering parents with the skills needed to improve everyone’s quality of life – they are some of the outcomes that makes what we do so very special,” she says. “We are proud to have been part of the South Australian community for more than 30 years, and as demand grows we will continue to grow with it. Over time we can create additional local employment opportunities in response – so this is a win; win for local families and the local economy.” More about Inclusive Directions can be found at http://www.directions.org.au About Inclusive Directions Inclusive Directions is a not-for-profit, independent organisation with a long history of promoting and supporting children’s inclusion across a range of settings including education, care and community. The organisation provides individual assistance to children, coaching for staff, and support to families to build their skills and networks. It advocates for and support, strong communities through programs, services and training. Group Homes Australia and Heathley celebrate business growth by donating to Orange Sky Laundry 2017-01-05T02:01:16Z group-homes-australia-and-heathley-celebrate-business-growth-by-donating-to-orange-sky-laundry Sydney, Australia, 5th January 2017, Group Homes Australia, who offers a unique model of dementia care in a luxurious, friendly and safe, home environment, celebrates a successful 2016 by giving back to the community. Group Homes Australia and Heathley have donated to the innovative charity, Orange Sky Laundry. Group Homes Australia and Heathley recently entered into a property partnership. The partnership, which is designed to drive future growth, has Heathley agreeing to fund the purchase and development of Group Homes Australia (GHA) residences through its existing Heathley Aged Care Property Fund No.1 (Fund). GHA and Heathley have chosen to support Orange Sky Laundry because they are keen to support a charity that works with the homeless. The teams at GHA and Heathley love the Orange Sky Laundry concept. Jonathan Gavshon, General Manager at GHA says: “At GHA we are able to offer people living with dementia a beautiful home environment, with round the clock, best in class care. As the business grows and more people are able to benefit from living in a Group Home Australia environment, we wanted to acknowledge people living without a home. We are enormously impressed by the innovation, vision and revolutionary care that Orange Sky Laundry offers and are delighted to be able to demonstrate our support with a monetary donation to ensure they can continue the amazing work that they are doing.” Lucas Patchett, Co-founder of Orange Sky Laundry says: “Orange Sky Laundry believes in treating others how they want to be treated and providing a platform for positive and non-judgmental conversations. Donations such as this allow us to continue operating our 12 vans around Australia, run by more than 700 amazing volunteers who facilitate over 7.2 tonnes of free laundry and 1,200 hours of conversations.” Group Homes Australia and Heathley are passionate about the community and giving back to those who require support. In 2017, Group Homes Australia will run a series of local community events to allow locals to see the homes and engage with the residents and staff at Group Homes Australia. -ENDS- About Group Homes Australia: Group Homes Australia offers a unique model of care in a luxurious, friendly and safe, home environment. Our mission is to ensure that people living with dementia also live with dignity. We have homes located across Sydney, including in Waverley, Rose Bay, Vaucluse, St Ives and Warriewood, and were recently independently benchmarked by Alzheimer's Australia as best in class in every area of dementia care against over 80 competitors. Our model is the first of its kind in Australia and focuses on creating a non-institutional way of living that emphasises a resident’s abilities rather than their disabilities. Our homes are traditional houses in traditional streets and are an integral part of the community, with a maximum of 10 residents living together in private rooms. Each home has trained staff on site 24/7 and approximately 1 member of staff for every 3 residents. Our caring team members are homemakers, and they support and assist residents with their daily needs and activities. They encourage residents to be engaged in shopping, cooking, gardening… The full range of daily tasks that bring a sense of purpose in a home. We have no call bells or nursing trolleys, no rigid routines around waking, personal care or singalongs. We actively welcome friends and family to come and visit and stay for a cup of tea and sample our latest freshly baked treats. www.grouphomes.com.au or 1300 015 406 About Heathley Limited: Since incorporation in 1977, Heathley has had a proud history of finding, structuring and managing property investment portfolios for wealthy individuals, families, and institutions. The principal operations of Heathley is property funds management - having successfully established 40 property funds throughout its 40-year history. The Board and Management of Heathley Limited have a diverse mix of experience and skills and currently manage nine property funds with total funds under management of approximately $550 million. Website: www.heathley.com.au Speech Pathologists top NDIS most wanted 2017-01-03T04:50:16Z speech-pathologists-top-ndis-most-wanted Speech pathologists have taken out the top spot on the inaugural list of most searched for NDIS supports from CareNavigator.com.au. The online community is home to reviews and news about the best providers offering supports under the National Disability Insurance Scheme.  Used by more than 20,000 people last year, CareNavigator.com.au has become a key source of information for people making choices about their supports under NDIS. As such, Speech Pathologists are a service in high demand for many participants as the new Scheme begins. After 3 years of trials, the NDIS began official rollout on July 1st last year. The first 6 months following the launch have seen a number of teething issues emerge with the administration of the Scheme by the National Disability Insurance Agency or NDIA. A failed IT deployment left participants and providers unpaid for months and management decisions to abandon goals in violation of the Scheme's legislation have made it a bumpy ride for many Australians. These challenges culminated with the removal of the NDIA chairman and half the existing board members, replaced from January 1 this year and the decision by one State to retake control and administer its own rollout. As the rollout continues and the Scheme moves forward under this new look board, more Australian's will gain access to the NDIS in the coming months and years. At it's core the NDIS is built around principles of individual choice and control. By giving people decision making power over their supports, it allows each person to build a network of supports that a right for them. With Speech Pathologists earning the top spot for most searched NDIS support in the Scheme's first year, it is clear that Speechies will have a role to play for many as they choose and build their support teams. For the full top 10 count down of the year's most popular NDIS supports, visit CareNavigator.com.au Group Homes Australia is so confident in their unique model of care that they are offering a free trial to live in one of their homes. 2016-12-28T03:14:42Z group-homes-australia-is-so-confident-in-their-unique-model-of-care-that-they-are-offering-a-free-trial-to-live-in-one-of-their-homes Sydney, Australia, 28th of December 2016, Group Homes Australia offers respite, dementia and high care in a sophisticated and luxurious environment, supported by a team of fully qualified homemakers who are there 24/7. Each home is designed to accommodate the needs of people living with dementia but looks, feels and smells like a home. Each group home houses 6 to 10 residents in beautifully appointed, private bedrooms. There are numerous living and dining areas for residents and their visiting families to enjoy. Each home boasts gorgeous garden and outdoor leisure settings. The homemakers focus on residents’ abilities and interests. The residents are encouraged to participate in weekly outings and the activities that they enjoy such as baking, gardening and laundry. Alzheimer’s Australia ranked GHA significantly above 80 aged care competitors. Tamar Krebs, CEO and Founder, Group Homes Australia, states: "We are so confident in our unique model of care that we would like to invite you to trial living in one of our group homes completely free of charge*. Please get in touch mentioning this offer. Places are extremely limited. We look forward to welcoming you to one of our homes so that you can experience the GHA difference for yourself." For more info about the free trial go to: http://grouphomes.com.au/freetrial/ To learn more and to arrange a visit contact call 1300 015 406. *** About Group Homes Australia: Group Homes Australia offers a unique model of care in a luxurious, friendly and safe, home environment. Our mission is to ensure that people living with dementia also live with dignity. We have homes located across Sydney, including in Waverley, Rose Bay, Vaucluse, St Ives and Warriewood, and were recently independently benchmarked by Alzheimer's Australia as best in class in every area of dementia care against over 80 competitors. Our model is the first of its kind in Australia and focuses on creating a non-institutional way of living that emphasises a resident’s abilities rather than their disabilities. Our homes are traditional houses in traditional streets and are an integral part of the community, with a maximum of 10 residents living together in private rooms. Each home has trained staff on site 24/7 and approximately 1 member of staff for every 3 residents. Our caring team members are homemakers, and they support and assist residents with their daily needs and activities. They encourage residents to be engaged in shopping, cooking, gardening… The full range of daily tasks that bring a sense of purpose in a home. We have no call bells or nursing trolleys, no rigid routines around waking, personal care or singalongs. We actively welcome friends and family to come and visit and stay for a cup of tea and sample our latest freshly baked treats. www.grouphomes.com.au or 1300 015 406 5 Christmas Tips for those with older parents or parents who have dementia 2016-12-22T07:37:08Z 5-christmas-tips-for-those-with-older-parents-or-parents-who-have-dementia Tamar Krebs, CEO and Founder of Group Homes Australia has some great advice for making the most of this festive season. 1.Don't try and replicate Christmas of the past - be prepared to approach it differently. Bring food in, or offer to do the cooking. Instead of eating in, head to the beach and use the public BBQ. 2.Try and focus on creating new memories and living in the moment, rather than focussing on how things “used to be”. Celebrate what your parents can do, rather than what they can no longer do. 3. Do not waste time and energy worrying about whether Mum or Dad will be around for next Christmas, but instead enjoy the fact that they are around for this Christmas. Be sure to tell them how much you love them and how happy you are to be spending this Christmas with them. 4. Christmas is a popular time for reminiscing. Looking at old photo albums or mementos is a very powerful tool to help remind that person of who they are, what they were capable of, and what makes them unique, rather than just being a person who is living with a diagnosis of dementia. 5. Not everyone who is living with dementia has family around to help care for them. Suicide rates peak at this time of year as it can be an incredibly lonely and isolating experience if you are not surrounded by friends and family. If you know someone who is living with dementia who will be alone this Christmas, please reach out to them and include them in your celebrations. Tips for driving, flying and camping holidays with kids! 2016-12-21T02:25:47Z tips-for-driving-flying-and-camping-holidays-with-kids Paediatric Sleep Consultant, Cheryl Fingleson offers tips on driving with little or bigger kids. 1. Leave at night or very early in the morning It’s a good idea is to leave at night when children have all been fed and it is bedtime so they can have a good long sleep, as the motion of the car will also help them sleep. If you prefer to drive when it is lighter then leaving in the early, give bub a feed and get the older children in the car so you can get a good start while they are tired and still need to sleep. 2. Pack Refreshments Drinks and snack foods are a must for the car age appropriate. 3. Stop for breaks If you have tired, grumpy or bored children in the car it is no fun. Remember children are hard wired for movement. Stop for breaks so the babies can crawl, walk and the older kids can run around for a while, then back into the car. Put the nursery rhymes on, sing along. 4. Pack the technology Ipads, mobiles and movies can be one of the most valuable things you pack and more importantly may keep you sane.. This may be the key to eliminating whinging and fighting children. 5. Routine. Routine. Routine. While travelling try keep to your babies and toddlers usual routine. 6. Clean as you drive Keep a roll of paper towels and a box of wipes in the front seat for easy cleanups. Keep a rubbish bag handy too. There are five things I tell people when they ask about taking kids camping or hiking or paddling: They get cold faster. They get hot faster. They get hungry faster. They get bored faster. They get tired quickly. Cheryl Fingleson, The Sleep Coach, says: "Babies and kids need to eat regularly and sleep on their schedule. I recommend you make sure kids nap and sleep at their usual time. Babies can nap in a front carrier, pram or backpack. Having their schedule and routine the same makes them feel secure. Take their own toys, games, books and anything you child loves to play with from home. Making them have their own belongings helps them adjust to the different surrounding. Consistency and routine will be the magic that make a great relaxing holiday." If you are travelling by plane, then pack these life saving products that were invented by Mums: Cozigo (formerlly Fly Babee) can be used as a sleep, sun and travel cover. It is air permeable, UPF 50+ and 100% breathable. It also blocks out 97% of the light allowing bubs and toddlers to sleep whilst travelling anywhere, anytime... www.cozigo.com Fly Tot Once your baby is too big for the air line bassinet, make sure that he or she is comfortable so they he or she can sleep in their seat. Fly Tot is an inflatable cushion for older babies, toddlers and kids to stretch out, relax and sleep. www.flytot.com.au Please contact candice@candicepr.com for more info. Wishing you all a beautiful, relaxing Festive Season! Group Homes Australia embraces technological innovation by partnering with My Emergency Dr 2016-12-19T02:22:01Z group-homes-australia-embraces-technological-innovation-by-partnering-with-my-emergency-dr Sydney, Australia, 19th December 2016, Group Homes Australia, pioneer of dementia, palliative and respite care in a group home environment in Australia, subscribes to My Emergency Dr to offer their residents innovative, specialist care around the clock. My Emergency Dr is a video-based smartphone app that puts you in touch with an Australian-trained and qualified Emergency Specialist Doctor when you need one, at the touch of a button. Tamar Krebs, CEO and Founder of Group Homes Australia states: “Our residents are at the heart of everything we do. By utilising My Emergency Dr, trips to hospital will be reduced, which in turn will minimise the agitation and stress for residents, and their families.” She adds: “By partnering with My Emergency Dr, we can offer residents a rapid assessment which will avoid both hospital trips and readmissions. The team at My Emergency Dr consists of Emergency Specialist Doctors who remotely assess patients, make a diagnosis, and provide expert medical advice. In many cases they can arrange the treatment required without the need for distressing trips to hospital. Justin Bowra, CEO and Founder of ConnectedMed and an experienced senior emergency specialist physician states: "We are thrilled to partner with Group Homes Australia. My Emergency Doctor allows residents and their families to avoid the sometimes traumatic, disorientating experience of going to hospital. Residents can be seen immediately by an emergency specialist doctor. Group Homes Australia will have 24-hour-a-day immediate video access to a team of Emergency Specialists who can remotely assess, diagnose and arrange treatment." This is just another way that Group Homes Australia is embracing technology by subscribing to this innovative tele-emergency medical service. Media Contact: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com -ENDS- About Group Homes Australia: Group Homes Australia offers a unique model of care in a luxurious, friendly and safe, home environment. Our mission is to ensure that people living with dementia also live with dignity. We have homes located across Sydney, including in Waverley, Rose Bay, Vaucluse, St Ives and Warriewood, and were recently independently benchmarked by Alzheimer's Australia as best in class in every area of dementia care against over 80 competitors. Our model is the first of its kind in Australia and focuses on creating a non-institutional way of living that emphasises a resident’s abilities rather than their disabilities. Our homes are traditional houses in traditional streets and are an integral part of the community, with a maximum of 10 residents living together in private rooms. Each home has trained staff on site 24/7 and approximately 1 member of staff for every 3 residents. Our caring team members are homemakers, and they support and assist residents with their daily needs and activities. They encourage residents to be engaged in shopping, cooking, gardening… The full range of daily tasks that bring a sense of purpose in a home. We have no call bells or nursing trolleys, no rigid routines around waking, personal care or singalongs. We actively welcome friends and family to come and visit and stay for a cup of tea and sample our latest freshly baked treats. www.grouphomes.com.au or 1300 015 406 About My Emergency Dr: My Emergency Dr is a video-based smartphone app that puts you in touch with an Australian-trained and qualified Emergency Specialist Doctor when you need one, at the touch of a button. Our vision is to give every Australian urgent video access via your smartphone to an Emergency Specialist, wherever they live and whenever they call. Sick? Our team of Emergency Specialist Doctors can remotely assess you, make a diagnosis, provide expert medical advice and in many cases arrange the treatment you need. Simply download the app and connect to an Emergency Specialist who will be able to assist you wherever you are. All of our doctors are qualified specialists in Emergency Medicine. http://www.myemergencydr.com/ Available at the App Store or at Android’s Google Play. My Emergency Dr App launches just in time for Christmas 2016-12-18T07:25:23Z my-emergency-dr-app-launches-just-in-time-for-christmas Sydney, Australia, 18th December 2016, The future of healthcare has launched in the form of an app that puts you directly in touch with an emergency specialist doctor. Save time by avoiding the hospital trip and long wait. My Emergency Dr is a video-based smartphone app that puts you in touch with an Australian-trained and qualified Emergency Specialist Doctor when you need one. If you or a family member are sick, the team of Emergency Specialist Doctors at My Emergency Dr can remotely assess you, make a diagnosis, provide expert medical advice and in many cases arrange the treatment you need. Justin Bowra, CEO and Founder of ConnectedMed and an experienced senior emergency specialist physician states: “Our vision at My Emergency Dr is to give every Australian urgent video access via your smartphone to an Emergency Specialist, wherever they live and whenever they call. All of our doctors are qualified specialists in Emergency Medicine. Simply download the app and connect to an Emergency Specialist who will be able to assist you wherever you are.” Dr. Bowra adds: “Registered clients have 24 hour-a-day immediate phone and video access to a team of Emergency Specialists who can remotely assess, diagnose and arrange treatment. My Emergency Dr will email you a copy of the consultation record to take to your GP. If medications need to be organised, we can email you an electronic prescription. Similarly, we can also email you referrals for x-rays or blood tests.” Just download My Emergency Dr from the App Store or Google Play, open it and follow the instructions. A free trial of the service is available until 25th December 2016. Media Enquiries: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com -ENDS- About My Emergency Dr: My Emergency Dr is a video-based smartphone app that puts you in touch with an Australian-trained and qualified Emergency Specialist Doctor when you need one, at the touch of a button. We can be there at times when your GP can’t be, as our service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please note that this is not a replacement for the emergency 000 service. If you suffer a time-critical emergency such as chest pain or difficulty breathing, call 000 without delay. The key steps are: Download our app My Emergency Dr from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Open the app & register your name & mobile number. When an urgent health problem, illness or injury affects you, open the app and connect via built-in video to the emergency specialist doctor. The doctor will assess you and make a diagnosis, then arrange what is needed, e.g. prescription for medication, referral for an x-ray, or even urgent admission to hospital. The doctor will also email you a summary of the consultation for your GP. http://www.myemergencydr.com/ Email: admin@myemergencydr.com.au New site to bring disability community together 2016-12-01T05:49:40Z new-site-to-bring-disability-community-together A new social network will be officially launched today to help connect the disability community across Australia and all over the world. Known as the My Disability Matters Club (mydisabilitymatters.club), the free online resource is a place for people affected by disability to meet, share ideas, seek advice and find support. My Disability Matters Club founder, Dale Reardon, says the site was specially designed to overcome many of the accessibility and ease-of-use issues people with disability often face with existing social networks. ‘Discussing disability issues on existing social networks can also cause things like bullying and trolling,’ he said. ‘We’re creating a safe, supportive environment where disability issues can be discussed without fear.’ The idea for the site was born out of a desire to improve the lives of people with disability, Mr Reardon said. ‘Living with disability can be lonely and very challenging. ‘Despite over one billion people worldwide living with disability,1 many do not have access to the information and resources they need that could make their lives better. Many do not feel a sense of community. ‘I have been a blind disabled person for almost 30 years, and personally understand many of the struggles and discrimination that disabled people face. ‘The My Disability Matters Club is a place that helps empower disabled people and give them a voice. It’s a place where you are not alone.’ The site will also play a key role in supporting people as they grapple with the national roll-out of the NDIS in Australia. ‘We see advocacy and helping people get advice on what the NDIS means for them as an important part of what the club can offer,’ said Mr Reardon. The online community is also connected to the My Disability Matters News (mydisabilitymatters.news) service, helping people quickly and easily stay up to date with the latest information and events. ‘There is no other centralised source for disability news in Australia,’ Mr Reardon said. ‘We publish content from around the world. There are also stories written by people living with disability, which contrasts with disability journalism in the mainstream media, which is often written by non-disabled journalists. ‘The My Disability Matters Club and News sites are like a daily newspaper and social network for the global disability community, all in one.’ In the future, Mr Reardon said My Disability Matters will continue to be shaped by the needs of the disability community. ‘My Disability Matters has been created by the disabled, for the disabled,’ he said. ‘Our catch phrase is “nothing about us, without us”. ‘We will continue to seek the feedback and involvement of the disability community to guide our future development, features and initiatives.’ To help achieve our goals and expand our offerings further, any investment enquiries are welcome. Reference 1. http://www.who.int/disabilities/world_report/2011/report/en/ Media enquiries: contact Dale Reardon on +61 (0) 420 277 457 or dale@mydisabilitymatters.club Interviews and/or photos: Dale Reardon is available for further photo opportunities/interview More about Dale Reardon: Visit here for more about Dale, and also Dale’s LinkedIn profile Schedule Short + Sweet: SNACKABLETV youth broadcast network for short-form content launches 2016-12-01T01:16:58Z short-sweet-snackabletv-youth-broadcast-network-for-short-form-content-launches Meet SNACKABLETV, a revolutionary digital youth network housing the best in bite-sized content. It’s an entirely new way for young people all over the world to access high quality short-form entertainment for FREE, without annoying advertisements or subscriptions. VIEW THE SIZZLE REEL Millennials are diverse, curious and engaged - so, SNACKABLETV is too. It does not discriminate against gender, sexuality, race, creed or socio-economic status, only against beige content. SNACKABLETV launches with solid collaborations and partnerships as official Youth & Content Broadcaster for Sydney Festival, co-produced podcasts with the team from Melbourne’s Sans Pants Radio and short films produced by future creative superstars from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS). Offering something for everyone, SNACKABLETV plays host to content across seven channels; Culture, Film, Gaming, Music, Podcast, Style, and a dedicated hub for today’s news, events, and the best of the net; What’s Hot. Original series’ will feature respected members of the creative community including; street artist Scott Marsh; music journalist Danny Clayton; celebrity fashion stylist Mikey Ayoubi; mindfulness coach Kylie Ryan; comedians Rhys Nicholson and Robbie Armfield; musicians Client Liaison, Sleep Makes Waves and The Jezabels; and so much more incredible talent in front of and behind the lens. In the face of a fracturing media landscape, SNACKABLETV also offers a solution for brands to target a millennial audience utilising quality native content by creating this ‘safe space’ free of subscriptions and free of pre-rolls and pop-up ads to give viewers a great experience which will keep them coming back for more. The network will lead the fight against ‘Digital Litter’, a result of too much access to poorly made content. Everything on SNACKABLETV is short, sharp, and captivating. It’s video that is never boring, always inspiring, with an added dose of learning for the socially aware, completely free of charge to the viewer. SNACKABLETV Co-founders Kate Edwards and Shae Constantine said today: “We are extremely proud to be launching Australia’s first short form broadcast network made especially for young people. “SNACKABLETV is purpose built as much for the consumer as it is for the creator – it’s a conduit between the two worlds. We identified a gap, in that there is so much good content out there and before now it hasn’t had a home or a chance to get to an audience who will appreciate it. “Our doors are wide open to young creatives and creators. We want to distribute the best short-form content the world has seen, and this is only possible with a truly robust digital platform to facilitate the relationship between creator and audience. That platform is SNACKABLETV.” Content is currently available online (mobile, tablet or desktop) via SNACKABLETV.tv The bar has been set high and SNACKABLETV is committed to pushing the boundaries in both the controversy and quality stakes. New content will be released on all channels across the network constantly. Stay tuned for updates on exciting co-productions and distribution partnerships. In the face of a fracturing media landscape, SNACKABLETV also offers a solution for brands to target a millennial audience utilising quality native content by creating this ‘safe space’ free of subscriptions and free of pre-rolls and pop-up ads to give viewers a great experience which will keep them coming back for more. Interview and content requests contact The Lantern Group: Louisa Read +61 412 955 101 louisa@lanterngroup.com.au Fiona Gulin +61 487 992 333 fiona@lanterngroup.com.au CONNECT WITH SNACKABLETV FACEBOOK INSTAGRAM #snackableTV MEDIA MATERIALS DROPBOX 7 Coping Tips for Christmas with ageing parents or parents with dementia 2016-11-22T02:03:55Z 7-coping-tips-for-christmas-with-ageing-parents-or-parents-with-dementia You realise your parents are not getting any younger and are starting to show symptoms of dementia. You haven’t seen your parents for over 6 months. You’ve been busy – you live in another state. Work is crazy, the kids have been having problems at school, you’ve been trying to sell the house… Something’s not quite right. The tree is askew and the decorations are misplaced. Mum’s cooking doesn’t taste quite the same – she forgot the sugar in the Christmas cake and didn’t peel the potatoes. Dad can’t seem to recall whether he has actually made a home-brew this year, and his Christmas T-shirt is on back to front. The thoughtful gifts are, well, just not that thoughtful. A couple of the grandchildren don’t seem to have any gifts at all. Or perhaps you currently care for a parent living with dementia and are dreading the festive season as a time when you will be confronted by memories of previous Christmases, before the devastating diagnosis of dementia hit your family. Tamar Krebs, CEO and founder of Group Homes Australia has some great advice for making the most of this festive season. If you know that replicating the Christmas of the last 30 years is going to be a huge strain on your parents, shake it up a bit. Bring food in, or offer to do the cooking. Instead of eating in, head to the beach and use the public BBQ. Use the tree decoration as a task for the children in the family. Offer to get cleaners in before everyone descends to alleviate the pressure of preparing the family home for guests. Try and focus on creating new memories and living in the moment, rather than focussing on how things “used to be”. Celebrate what your parents can do, rather than what they can no longer do. Do not waste time and energy worrying about whether Mum or Dad will be around for next Christmas, but instead enjoy the fact that they are around for this Christmas. Be sure to tell them how much you love them and how happy you are to be spending this Christmas with them. Christmas is also a popular time for reminiscing. If you are spending Christmas with someone living with dementia, looking at old photo albums or mementoes is a very powerful tool to help remind that person of who they are, what they were capable of, and what makes them unique, rather than just being a person who is living with a diagnosis of dementia. Not everyone who is living with dementia has family around to help care for them. Suicide rates peak at this time of year as it can be an incredibly lonely and isolating experience if you are not surrounded by friends and family. If you know someone who is living with dementia who will be alone this Christmas, please reach out to them and include them in your celebrations. About Group Homes Australia: Group Homes Australia offers a unique model of care for people living with dementia. Residents live in real, warm and friendly, homes with a maximum of 10 residents per house. Residents are cared for by a team of homemakers and resident nurses. With an average staff to resident ratio of 1 to 3 and a wide variety of glowing testimonials from the likes of Ita Buttrose, Kate Swaffer and numerous resident families, Group Homes Australia offers an unparalleled quality of care, which leaves you free to relax and enjoy the festive season, knowing you couldn’t have chosen a better place for your friend or relative to enjoy the festive season. Respite care is available for only $295 a day, but there is very limited availability. Group Homes Australia can be contacted on 1300 015 406. www.grouphomes.com.au Group Homes Australia and Heathley Announce Property Partnership 2016-11-21T22:18:43Z group-homes-australia-and-heathley-announce-property-partnership Sydney, Australia, 22nd November 2016- Group Homes Australia, the first Australian model to offer dementia and high care in a group-home environment, has entered into a partnership with Heathley. The partnership, designed to drive future growth, has Heathley agreeing to fund the purchase and development of Group Homes Australia (GHA) residences through its existing Heathley Aged Care Property Fund No.1 (Fund). The agreement will offer Fund investors exposure to a dementia and high care property investment, coupled with the attractive fundamentals of the residential property market - whilst offering commercial income yields. The Fund will enter into a long-term lease with Group Homes Australia at each property, with a preliminary commitment to fund $50 million of property acquisitions. Heathley’s Managing Director Andrew Hemming says: “We are excited to partner with GHA. We continue to show interest in property investments which illustrate strong underlying demand drivers. GHA broadens our exposure in the aged care sector to dementia and high-care residents in an innovative and exciting format. Whilst this care model is new in Australia, it has proven to be successful in the US and in parts of Europe. We feel privileged to be able to facilitate an expansion of options for those people living beyond a diagnosis of dementia in the Australian community.” Group Homes Australia is a pioneer in the field of dementia and high care, offering an alternative to the traditional institutional model. Group Homes Australia is currently operating eight homes in Sydney’s North Shore, Northern Beaches and Eastern Suburbs. CEO and founder of Group Homes Australia, Tamar Krebs adds: “We are delighted to be working with Heathley. This partnership will deliver significant benefits to our ability to make this innovative model of care available to more residents nationally. As we consider our national expansion options, there are clear benefits in terms of the deep networks of high net worth individuals and institutional investors that Heathley Limited has built over its 40-year history. Our homes represent an exciting point of difference for Heathley’s investors.” Group Homes Australia will continue to have sole operating responsibility for the homes under the new arrangement. Media Contact: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com -ENDS- About Group Homes Australia Founded in 2012, Group Homes Australia offers an innovative model of care for people living with dementia. It is the first of its kind in Australia and focuses on creating a non-institutional style of living that emphasises residents’ abilities, rather than their disabilities. The homes look and feel like traditional houses in traditional streets and are part of the broader community. They exude a warm, safe and friendly environment for 6-10 residents. Each resident receives personal, tailored care and lives with dignity and a sense of purpose. Website: www.grouphomes.com.au About Heathley Limited Since incorporation in 1977, Heathley has had a proud history of finding, structuring and managing property investment portfolios for wealthy individuals, families, and institutions. The principal operations of Heathley is property funds management - having successfully established 40 property funds throughout its 40-year history. The Board and Management of Heathley Limited have a diverse mix of experience and skills and currently manage nine property funds with total funds under management of approximately $550 million. Website: www.heathley.com.au