The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-06-22T02:00:12Z Nominate a deserving AusMumpreneur and show your support for Australian mums in business 2017-06-22T02:00:12Z nominate-a-deserving-ausmumpreneur-and-show-your-support-for-australian-mums-in-business The AusMumpreneur Conference and AusMumpreneur Awards are all about supporting Australian mums in business. This event provides a unique opportunity for women from all over Australia to come together to gain new skills, promote their business, connect with fellow mums in business, learn from leading business experts and celebrate the success of the best and brightest in the industry. Proudly presented by AusMumpreneur and The Women’s Business School, the AusMumpreneur Awards recognise the best and brightest in the Australian mumpreneur industry. The categories that will be judged are: AusMumpreneur of the Year Rising Star AusMumpreneur of the Year Emerging AusMumpreneur of the Year Regional Business Award Product Innovation Award Digital Innovation Award Sustainability Award Business Excellence Award AusMumpreneur Network Excellence Award Women’s Business School Excellence Award Global Brand Award Big Idea Award Making A Difference Award Retail Business Award Service Business Award Handmade Business Award The People's Choice Awards: Influencer Award Customer Service Award Making a Difference Award (Business) Making a Difference Award (Non-profit) Business owners or those who wish to nominate a mumpreneur, can go to: https://www.ausmumpreneur.com/ausmumpreneur-awards/ Nominations close on Friday the 30th of June 2017. Media Contact: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com 0481 369 484 Envigor Home Care supports Ipswich WWII survivor 2017-06-12T02:13:12Z envigor-home-care-supports-ipswich-wwii-survivor Doreen Rice, 82, hasn’t had an easy ride in life. At age five, she and her brother and sister were evacuated from their Chatham Kent, United Kingdom residence during WWII in order to keep them safe from the war. She speaks of making the trip to the train station with a gas mask over her shoulder, and a teddy bear in her hand. Four years of her life were then spent apart from her parents and siblings, only receiving bi-yearly visits from her mother, due to the difficulty and costs involved. Now a resident of Ipswich, Doreen recently made the change to Envigor Home Care in February 2017, after becoming restless with her previous provider. The change was made easy for her, thanks to the help of Envigor's Ipswich East Community Care Business Partner, Linda Marsden. During Doreen's initial consultation with Linda concerning the switch to Envigor, Doreen spoke highly of Linda’s questions about her lifestyle requirements and support needs. “Linda asked what I wanted and needed, she listened,” said Doreen. Happy with the level of personalised care, Doreen now feels like she’s in control of all the arrangements concerning her welfare. She feels comfortable giving directions to the caregivers who visit her home, and in turn has things done exactly the way she wants them. “The staff members are very polite and accommodating,” said Doreen. “Linda is so helpful, and such a cheerful lady. This experience has been a blessing, she’s so obliging and always has a smile on her face.” When asked about the difference between Envigor and her previous provider, Doreen commented on the level of common sense possessed by her current caregivers. “They clean what I need cleaned, when I need it cleaned. They’ve helped take down my lace curtains so I could wash them, then put them back up for me. Doreen was accepted in to nursing college at the age of 17, spending five years living at the college's on-site accommodation, adhering to the strict rules expected of students. In 1956, when Doreen was 22, she married her beloved husband, Norman Rice. Norman was a solider in the Royal Engineers, British Army. Doreen and Norman gave birth to a daughter and son, and moved to Australia in 1971 to continue their journey. Doreen’s husband sadly passed away in 2013, and life has been difficult without her life partner by her side. Currently Doreen is writing her memoirs and spends her time researching her family history, making cards, and following her passion of art. “I keep busy and I very much appreciate the support I receive from Envigor,” said Doreen. - ends -Joanne Rahn Director zanthii communications Phone: 0402 148 334 Email: joanne@zanthii.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/zanthiiau Buyer beware...the hidden (and not so hidden) traps of community aged care 2017-06-12T01:11:59Z buyer-beware-the-hidden-and-not-so-hidden-traps-of-community-aged-care The 27th of February 2017 saw the implementation of probably what is the most significant change to hit the community aged care sector since the Home and Community Care Act was first introduced in 1986.Back in 1986, the majority of community aged care was offered by service providers auspiced by frequently church based, not-for-profit organisations - many of which had been providing such services to their communities for a long time using funds obtained from charitable donations.The changes of 27th of February have been a long time coming, with many of the policies associated with these reforms first mooted as far back as 10 years ago.So why the fuss?In a nutshell, for the first time in the history of community aged care service provision, service providers are required to display a high level of transparency and accountability to consumers for the funds they spend on behalf of the consumer for the provision of home and community based care services.What used to be block funding provided directly to organisations is now notionally allocated to the consumer for use as the consumer sees fit, and to meet that person’s care needs.To almost add insult to injury for those providers who would prefer that nothing changed (privately, if not publicly), the consumer is no longer tied to a provider and beholden to that provider for their care services.In a move that has rocked the sector in terms of individual providers coming to terms with the implications of the changes, Home Care Packages now belong to the individual consumer, and can be moved as the consumer moves.Unspent client contributions must now be returned to that person (or their estate) when they exit a package. Historically, providers were entitled to keep these funds to expend as they saw fit, and not always on care either.There have been a number of media articles in recent weeks where the revised service arrangements for consumers have been criticised for being too complicated. These criticisms have been accompanied by reports claiming that some providers are charging anything up to $4000 in exit fees, and using bullying tactics to force people to continue to use them as their service provider. These articles are partly true, but quite significantly are lacking in the detail that consumers need in order to make an informed decision about their care.First of all, there has been commentary about the fees and charges associated with the administration of a home care package. Some of this commentary is accurate, with many providers charging in excess of 35% to a person’s package for services that do not include direct contact with the consumer, and can be considered an overhead cost for the provider. Many providers also charge other fees to consumers such as travel or trip fees, “service support” fees and fees to complete administrative tasks such as making phone calls and liaise with other providers, GPs etc.Secondly, there has been commentary about the charging of exit fees by providers should a consumer wish to transfer to another provider. Consumers should understand that this “exit fee” is only payable from the balance of the package held in trust for the consumer by the provider to cover what are called “contingencies” in regard to that person’s care needs.If the exit fee set by the organisation is higher than the amount of funding held in the package for contingencies, then the provider is entitled to receive these funds from the contingency fund. If insufficient funding is available in the package for payment of exit fees then the provider is only entitled to take that part of the balance that will cover the fees.Finally, there are the reports of bullying tactics being used by providers in an effort to stop people taking their package elsewhere. My advice to these providers is to stop these behaviours now. I heard this week of a person who was told by their carer that if they took their home care package to another provider, then their care staff will lose their jobs. This is not acceptable behaviour by a sector that purports to have the needs of older people front and centre in its thinking always.Similarly, stories abound at present of providers who agree to a person receiving services from them but the person concerned then has to wait some months to receive a service. This is not OK at any level.Consumers deserve the right to make decisions about their care to the capacity they are able; interference by others is likely to confuse the issue further.My advice to consumers is to do your homework and shop around. When you meet with a potential provider, take along your statements from your current provider, and as with any market driven service, ask the new provider to provide you with a quote for their services. You wouldn’t buy a washing machine, a car or a fridge without doing your homework; why would we assume that choosing a care provider shouldn’t be done with the same degree of caution.The more consumers become appropriately and accurately informed by what is possible from their care package, the stronger the community aged care service system will become. Informed consumers exist in all other aspects of life; it is time for this knowledge, and capacity to choose to infiltrate community care.Finally, if consumers are not happy with their current provider, then moving their Home Care Package to another provider is quite easy. Even in areas where workforce is a challenge, organisations that support their staff, pay them well and act as role models for the staff will flourish and prosper in a Consumer Directed Care service environment.Consumers should ask these questions of their provider and assure themselves that the care budget developed by the organisation is being used as was intended, and that relevant staff can be available to respond to questions in a timely manner.If the person still wants to move their package then the new provider should just complete some paperwork and as a provider, the process of registering someone on the system is quite easy.I know that much of the content for this article is a repeat of what has been previously made available to consumers and their families. However, the financial situation in which an older person finds themselves in regard to their Home Care Package is such that accountability and transparency by the provider with the funds in a package is essential in a market driven service sector.Similarly, if a provider does not provide a consumer with a budget for their care plan that describes in detail all the expected income and expenditure and/or if the consumer is not provided with a monthly statement, and if line items on the statement contain service types that are unclear, then that consumer should first discuss their concerns with the provider.If the provider does not address the concerns of the consumer, then it is likely that they are not as serious about Consumer Directed Care as they pretend to be, and the consumer should be looking for another provider.-ends-________________________________________________________________Tracey Silvester is an expert in the area of home care and Consumer Directed Care in Australia, with more than 25 years experience in senior positions in Queensland Health as a consultant to the community and aged care sectors, not-for-profit organisations and private aged care. She is a Registered Nurse, and holds a Bachelor of Science, and a Master of Health Management. Tracey is also an Associate Fellow of the Australian College of Health Services Management.Here is a link to Tracey's six-minute interview with ABC24 during the live national news bulletin on the 27th of February, 2017 discussing Consumer Directed Care (the day changes to CDC were introduced): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpCLx2Fo7eQ&feature=em-upload_ownerJoanne RahnDirectorzanthii communicationsPhone: 0402 148 334Email: joanne@zanthii.comFacebook: http://www.facebook.com/zanthiiau Wavelength International listed in the Best SMEs to Work Asia 2017 2017-05-30T05:21:58Z wavelength-international-listed-in-the-best-smes-to-work-asia-2017 Wavelength International has made the prestigious Best Places to Work Asia 2017, one of only 3 Australian businesses to make the top 10 of the small and medium workplaces list. The Best Places to Work Australia Study is one of the world’s most comprehensive independent studies of workplace culture by global research and consulting firm Great Place to Work – More than 1,400 companies participated in national list studies in the 9 Asia-region countries where Great Place to Work® is represented. Wavelength shot into the top 10 this year, placing 9th in the top 25 Best Places to Work (20-500) employees. It is an impressive achievement, especially in an industry renowned for its high pressure work environments and high staff turnover. “It just goes to show you can be a successful high performance business by embracing a generous and supportive culture,” says Chris Riley, Wavelength’s CEO. “Just by walking through the door, you immediately sense Wavelength is a happy, motivated and engaged place to work. In my experience in this industry our workplace culture is quite unique: everyone cares passionately about the business and working collaboratively as a team." With over 75 employees, Wavelength is Australia’s largest and most successful medical recruitment agency. The company offers a range of employee benefits including: Flexible and family friendly working hours, Free breakfast Fitness classes A creative, casual and fun working environment i Monetary incentives linked with productivity and performance against key goals. Additional information Specific highlights that have made Wavelength a great place to work include: · A generous remuneration and commission scheme renowned for being extremely market competitive. Wavelength is also committed to making salary packages consistent and fair across the organisation. Employees in all roles are recognised and rewarded for outstanding performance. Individual goals created for all employees quarterly which are part of their performance criteria. Managers regularly meet with team members to provide feedback and coach them to be even better in their role. An internal mentoring program which enable employees to discover and develop their talents. · A real commitment to work life balance with a broad range of flexible full-time, part-time and job share work patterns in place. Employees can work flexibly between 7am and 7pm and have the opportunity to work from home one day a week. Wavelength also offers an additional five days of annual leave once an employee has completed four years’ continuous employment. A generous paid parental leave program and flexibility when it comes to extended leave for weddings and overseas trips. · Inspiring values of excellence, ingenuity, integrity and heart incorporated into all business processes, policies and communications. · A bright, fresh, modern and open workspace to encourage a positive working environment and work life balance. There are showers, great training facilities and plenty of room for regular health and fitness sessions. Breakfast, drinks and healthy snacks are all provided daily for all employees. · A love for celebrations – birthdays, anniversaries, individual and company achievements. · An internal social networking platform to foster a modern culture of openness and transparency. · Quarterly employee briefings to share information, business goals, successes, challenges and new initiatives. A commitment to the health sector both in Australia and overseas. Wavelength actively donates and fundraises for the Fred Hollows Foundation and Médecins Sans Frontières. The company also sponsors indigenous medical students and encourages employees to participate in other charitable events throughout the year. ### About Wavelength International Wavelength International
is Australia’s largest medical recruitment company, offering local and international candidate resourcing, medical registration and immigration services for medical professionals and healthcare employers. Based in Sydney, we work with over 300 hospitals, clinics and general practices across Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. About Great Place to Work Inc Great Place to Work Inc, is a global research and consulting firm specialising in workplace excellence and development of high-trust and high-engagement workplace cultures. Our proprietary research tool, the Trust Index Employee Engagement Survey, is taken annually by over 10 million employees worldwide. Leading companies worldwide use our model to increase the levels of trust across their organisations and drive business results. For further information, please contact: Deanna Daly Marketing Executive, Wavelength International Tel: 02 8353 9032 Email: ddaly@wave.com.au www.wave.com.au www.wavies.com.au 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