The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-06-15T13:16:08Z Compliance training versus compliance performance: New SAI Global and Towards Maturity report tackles how to bridge the divide 2017-06-15T13:16:08Z compliance-training-versus-compliance-performance-new-sai-global-and-towards-maturity-report-tackles-how-to-bridge-the-divide The findings show that while more time is spent on compliance training than on any other formal learning and development, there’s a significant gap between the desired and actual outcomes; 95% of respondents want to change their workplace culture and 81% of the workforce is involved in mandatory training each year. Despite this, only 27% of organisations seeking evidence of a change in behaviour in their workforce, believe they are actually succeeding and only 15% believed their current approach actually achieved this. The survey results compare ethics and compliance programme goals and performance from 2013 to 2017, identifying what’s working and what the barriers to success are. Some of the key insights gained include: Targeted, position-based training to empower ethical decision making is essential. Respondent feedback indicated, on average, that 61% of employees in their companies receive the same learning content as everyone else in the company, despite the risk profile for each role being entirely unique with its own set of challenges. Extending compliance training to third-party network significantly reduces business risk. Evidence suggests the provision of third-party ethics and compliance training to contractors, vendors and suppliers reduces an organisation’s third party risk by up to three times. Despite this only 19% of organisations currently allow third-parties access to their compliance training. Mapping learning requirements to business process pays dividends. Mapping learning outcomes to business processes generates significant benefits including enhanced compliance with regulator’s requirements for training, reducing insurance premiums by 12% and, in the case of serious misconduct, reducing potential penalties a company faces by 16%. Workplace technology needs to keep up with the rest of the world. While 91% of learners own a smartphone and/or tablet, use of such technology to access learning and support content is surprisingly low. 43% of survey respondents rated learning on mobile devices as having the greatest impact on behavioural change but only 25% use mobile tablets and 7% use smartphone devices to access learning material. Engaging content and delivery methods are essential. 46% of respondents report a major barrier to learning was that content is dull and delivery is lacking in engagement. Securing and protecting data against cyberattacks is a top priority. A greater understanding of the exposure to risk from cybercrime and data loss or corruption has driven the largest increase (13%) in perceived risk between 2015 and 2017 compared to any other risk category. 81% of survey respondents rated cybersecurity as the number one priority. “Comparing data from 2013 and 2015 with this year’s results, it’s clear that culture isn’t shifting as fast as it needs to for organisations to be able to adequately respond to the new wave of technology driven risks. This research brings new evidence to the table; new insights that will drive more effective changes to ethics and compliance learning programmes and ensure success,” said Laura Overton, Towards Maturity. SAI Global, an international leader in providing ethics and compliance training, sponsored this independent benchmark study by Towards Maturity to explore methodologies and practices for improving the impact and effectiveness of compliance training. “There is no doubt that the field of ethics and compliance can be challenging, as there is nothing simple about influencing how people from different backgrounds and cultures behave. Our ability to come together as a community and collaborate on our collective journey to a future where ethical behaviour is instinctual and celebrated drives everything we do,” said Peter Mullins, CEO SAI Global. A free version of the full report can be downloaded here. Methodology Data for this report is drawn from: - A compliance audit with over 250 compliance professionals from 28 countries gathered between March and May 2017 - Data drawn from over 600 compliance professionals who participated in  the compliance studies in 2013 and 2015 - Group workshop held in April with Risk and L&D executives - Towards Maturity’s Learning Landscape™ research from a sample of 4,500 workers, The Learner Voice: Part 3 About Towards Maturity Towards Maturity is an independent research company that provides expert advice and support to help organisations accelerate business performance through learning. It leverages the data of its longitudinal Benchmark Study, the largest learning strategy benchmark in the world. Since 2003, over 5,500 organisations and 35,000 learners have contributed to the Towards Maturity Benchmark. Learn more about the Towards Maturity Benchmark and model at: www.towardsmaturity.org/benchmark Thanks to the support of Towards Maturity Ambassadors, annual benchmark reports, case studies and resources are available to download for free. Towards Maturity Ambassadors work together as agents of change, identifying and improving on effective practice, raising awareness and driving the learning profession forward. Towards Maturity Ambassadors include strategic partner the CIPD, publishing partner Emerald Group Publishing, the founding Ambassadors: Learning Technologies, LEO, Charity Learning Consortium, Acteon, Kallidus and Speexx, plus: Bray Leino Learning, Clear Lessons, Cognician, City and Guilds Kineo, CrossKnowledge, Degreed, Docebo, Dossier, DPG plc, getAbstract, GoodPractice, KPMG, Learning Pool, Lumesse, PurpleMedia, Raytheon Professional Services, Redware, Saba Software, Skillsoft and Workstar. Learn more about Towards Maturity’s Ambassadors at: www.towardsmaturity.org/ambassadors Towards Maturity is a part of the Emerald Group. About SAI Global At SAI Global, we make Intelligent Risk possible by helping organisations proactively manage risk to achieve business excellence, growth, sustainability and ultimately, create trust. Our integrated risk management solutions are a combination of world-class tech platforms, services and advisory capabilities that operate across the entire lifecycle allowing businesses to focus on opportunities presented by uncertainty. Together, these tools and knowledge enable customers to develop a holistic, integrated view of risk. In Australia, we are also a leading provider of settlement related services; company, personal and property information. SAI Global Limited’s head office is located in Sydney, Australia. We employ more than 2,000 people across 29 countries and 51 locations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific. www.saiglobal.com. SKIP GIVES SYDNEY HALF PRICE COFFEE 2017-05-31T05:16:16Z skip-gives-sydney-half-price-coffee From now until Sunday 11th June, Skip is offering Sydneysiders 50% off all coffee orders – with zero waiting time – at participating cafés.      According to the latest data from online coffee and food ordering app Skip, Sydneysiders are paying on average $3.91 for a medium coffee, which is over $1,000 a year per coffee drinking Australian for a 5-day working week.   Skip General Manager, Bill Bizos, says: “We are looking to revolutionise the way Sydneysiders order their morning coffee by offering you half price coffees for the next two weeks, plus no more waiting in queues! All you need to do is download the Skip app via the App store of Google store, pre-order and pay, enter promo code SYDNEY at the check-out, then once it’s ready you can skip the queue to pick it up – it’s that easy!”   Skip is a smartphone app that helps customers ‘skip the queue’ by ordering and pre-paying for coffee and food. People can order in advance and pick up at a pre-arranged time at a Skip café in Sydney. Skip was developed in response to the trend for on-demand services for time-poor consumers and the growing cashless society Sydney is becoming.  Bill Bizos is available for interview and can discuss the following: How Australia is becoming a cashless society, and apps like Skip support this this shift in the way we transact in 2017 A step by step guide on how Australians can use Skip to increase productivity (from a consumer and small business perspective) How Sydneysiders can get in on the action How else Skip is making Australians’ lives easier  ENDS                For more information on Skip, interviews with Bill Bizos or images, please contact:  Olivia Meena (02) 8353 5746 or 0403 646 259 olivia.meena@hausmann.com.au     About Skip Skip is an online ordering and payment app for smartphones that helps customers ‘skip the queue’ by ordering and prepaying for coffee and food at hundreds of venues nationally. Visit www.skip.com.au.   Coloring in for compliance - SAI Global launches new stress-reliever for compliance officers 2017-05-11T12:26:42Z coloring-in-for-compliance-sai-global-launches-new-stress-reliever-for-compliance-officers SAI Global, a leading provider of governance, risk and compliance learning and software solutions has just announced a new colouring book initiative to support compliance professionals be more effective in their roles through self-care and mindfulness.   Working closely with compliance professionals in a vast number of industries, and through attendance at events across the world, SAI Global has observed firsthand the impact stress has on clients.  From healthcare to automotive manufacturing, food production to financial services, the risks each industry faces may vary and require unique approaches but one thing is constant; being a compliance professional is stressful.  A poll of compliance officers in 2012 by the Health Care Compliance Association revealed 58% of compliance officers were so stressed they reported waking in the middle of the night in a state of anxiety. SAI Global’s new compliance colouring book seeks to shine a light on the importance of battling burnout and managing stress by promoting self-care. “Solving complex ethics and compliance issues often requires out-of-the-box, creative thinking and this is more difficult when you’re stressed. Our hope for SAI Global’s compliance colouring book is that, if used regularly, it will not only help manage stress but it will also help compliance officers take a creative approach to resolving complex ethical issues to achieve better outcomes for their companies” said Paula Davis, SAI Global’s Director for Compliance Programme Operations. With gift store and book shop shelves lined with colouring books, evidence suggests it isn’t just compliance officers who turn to coloring books when they need to unwind. Reports from Medical Daily, CNN, and Huffington Post reveal that coloring can be a legitimate therapeutic tactic to help battle anxiety, relax and unlock creative parts of the brain. SAI Global’s colouring book contains 13 original illustrations based on common themes and risks that ethics and compliance professionals deal with on a regular basis. It is printed, bound, and completely free to anyone who wants a copy, simply by visiting SAI Global’s website. The new compliance colouring book initiative is an extension of Compliance Officer Day which SAI Global launched in 2016 to shine a light on the contribution compliance professionals make.  During a Compliance Day webinar self-care was discussed and SAI Global asked participants what they did to combat stress and battle burnout; a number reported they use adult colouring books. SAI Global’s new compliance focused coloring book provides them with a free, industry-relevant alternative. To order a free Compliance Coloring Book click here. 3E Company and SAI Global collaborate to optimise chemical regulatory management 2017-04-20T03:50:48Z 3e-company-and-sai-global-collaborate-to-optimise-chemical-regulatory-management 3E Company, a leading provider of environmental health and safety (EHS) compliance and information management services, and SAI Global, a leading risk management company have announced a strategic alliance. Through the alliance, joint customers will have streamlined access to data needed to improve EHS performance, reduce risk, and support regulatory compliance. 3E Company is a Verisk Analytics (Nasdaq:VRSK) business. 3E’s award-winning 3E Online® - SDS Safety Data Sheet (SDS) and chemical inventory management solution will now be integrated with SAI Global’s industry-leading EHS software, Cintellate. 3E Online combines instant online access to chemical inventories and associated SDSs with around-the-clock support to offer customers a highly efficient and comprehensive solution for complying with EHS, hazard communication, and workplace safety regulatory requirements. SAI Global’s EHS software helps organisations automate, identify, and manage key EHS indicators, enabling them to streamline and automate health, safety, and environmental processes to improve their overall EHS performance, reduce costs, and increase productivity and efficiency. As a result of the alliance, SAI Global EHS software customers will have direct access to 3E Online, helping to ensure the customer’s library of SDSs is accurate and up to date. Users will be able to access a central repository of SDSs in the language and jurisdiction required and generate compliant hazard communication labels, promoting compliance by facilitating the efficient exchange of safety data across an organisation. Replacing a previously manual and time-consuming process, the integrated offering provides clients with a holistic solution to help reduce the risk of noncompliance with industry regulations such as the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). “Companies around the globe are struggling to comply with stringent chemical regulations,” said Edmund Webecke, President, 3E Company. “In order not only to comply but thrive in this dynamic environment, it’s important to deploy an intelligent compliance strategy that’s reflective of a business’s unique needs and meets the requirements of a continually changing regulatory environment. By collaborating with industry-leading platform providers like SAI Global our joint customers will have access to 3E’s dynamic content delivered through best-in-class technology. That powerful combination can position our customers to effectively meet their regulatory requirements and help drive accelerated growth and innovation.” “We’re excited about the benefits our collaboration will generate for our customers,” said Jan Kurger, Executive Vice President, Risk Portfolio, SAI Global. “Providing access to 3E’s comprehensive, industry-leading database of SDSs through our flexible and innovative EHS software will help ensure the safe storage, handling, and use of chemicals in the workplace. The alliance further solidifies our commitment to delivering solutions that help our clients proactively manage their EHS risk and compliance while reducing costs.” About 3E Company: 3E Company, a Verisk Analytics (Nasdaq:VRSK) business, offers a comprehensive suite of data and solutions for environmental health and safety (EHS) compliance management. This solutions suite addresses the entire chemical lifecycle and includes regulatory research; SDS authoring, distribution, and management; transportation; emergency response; training; regulatory reporting; hazardous waste management; and end-to-end regulatory consulting. 3E provides an industry-leading combination of a 24/7/365 EHS mission-control call centre and the world’s premier hazardous substance database of global regulatory and compliance information. 3E was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Carlsbad, California, with additional operations in Canton, Ohio; Bethesda, Maryland; Montreal, Quebec; Copenhagen, Denmark; and Tokyo, Japan. For more information on 3E Company, visit www.3ecompany.com. About SAI Global: At SAI Global, we make Intelligent Risk possible by helping organisations proactively manage risk to achieve business excellence, growth, sustainability and ultimately, create trust. Our integrated risk management solutions are a combination of world-class tech platforms, services and advisory capabilities that operate across the entire lifecycle allowing businesses to focus on opportunities presented by uncertainty. Together, these tools and knowledge enable customers to develop a holistic, integrated view of risk. In Australia, we are also a leading provider of settlement related services; company, personal and property information. SAI Global Limited’s head office is located in Sydney, Australia. We employ more than 2,000 people across 29 countries and 51 locations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Americas, Asia, and the Pacific. For more information on SAI Global, visit www.saiglobal.com Growing appetite for risk and compliance solutions fuels SAI Global’s investment in Singapore 2017-04-19T09:39:37Z growing-appetite-for-risk-and-compliance-solutions-fuels-sai-global-s-investment-in-singapore SAI Global is one of the world’s leading assurance, compliance and learning businesses and is owned by Hong Kong-based Baring Asia Private Equity Fund VI (Baring Asia).    The opening of SAI Global’s Singapore office coincides with what has been identified as a renewed commitment from government and regulatory bodies and signals an increased focus on ensuring companies improve cybersecurity management, governance, risk and compliance (GRC) programmes and operational excellence.   SAI Global’s suite of market-leading risk management solutions ideally positions the company to support this focus; particularly given the addition of five-star IT Risk Manager (formerly Modulo International) which significantly bolsters the cybersecurity capability they offer.    Tasked with driving the company’s Asian market expansion, Steve Thurley is looking forward to the opportunity the new Singapore office provides.  Steve has spent the last 24 years working across the Asian Pacific region for a number of GRC and environment, health and safety vendor companies.    “I’m excited to join SAI Global at this stage of the company’s journey.  During my time in the industry, expansion into Asia has been a growing focus for many international businesses.  With expansion comes increased risk and, to be successful companies must manage this risk intelligently.  I believe SAI Global’s suite of risk management products are far superior to others in the market, empowering companies to take an intelligent approach, mitigating any downside and optimising the upside of risk for growth” said Steve Thurley, SAI Global’s Head of Risk Sales for Asia.   Mr Thurley predicts that demand from the region will be highest for SAI Global’s GRC software Compliance 360 and IT risk software IT Risk Manager.   “Increased pressure to improve corporate behaviour from both customers and regulators coupled with the rising value of intangible assets is causing enterprise risk to skyrocket. The flow on effect of this is an increased amount of interest in GRC solutions.  SAI Global’s suite of market-leading risk and compliance software will help service Singapore’s growing demand for GRC solutions” said Mr Thurley.   “Prime Minister Lee’s launch of the Singapore Cybersecurity Strategy last year signals the country’s strong commitment to improving cybersecurity for all which bodes well for uptake of SAI Global’s IT Risk Manager software which is recognised as one of the best available products on the market.” Geoscape Offers World-First Decision Making Capabilities to Australian Organisations 2017-04-04T22:57:33Z geoscape-offers-world-first-decision-making-capabilities-to-australian-organisations Locate17 – Sydney, Australia – 5th April, 2017: PSMA Australia, a provider of the nation’s location datasets, today officially launched its award-winning innovation in location intelligence, Geoscape. In a world-first, Geoscape enables Australian organisations to make better decisions using location-based insights that were previously too costly or time consuming for most businesses to access. This is the first time location information and data analytics have been combined and made available in this way, on a national level. PSMA also confirmed the much-anticipated Sydney dataset will be released on 5th April, 2017, with the national rollout due for completion by early 2018. To download a sample of Geoscape, visit: www.geoscape.com.au/get-geoscape/ “Geoscape is a breakthrough in location-based intelligence that provides essential infrastructure for Australia’s digital economy, and puts Australia on the world map as a leader in this technology,” said Dan Paull, PSMA’s Chief Executive Officer. “As a business intelligence tool, Geoscape gives organisations the opportunity to improve services and increase revenue through evidence-based decision making. It will be used by governments to improve Australia’s future planning, development and management, including everything from building smarter cities to keeping people safe during fires, floods and other natural disasters. There’s also a vast range of applications in the private sector, with particular interest coming from the telecommunications, insurance and utilities sectors.” DigitalGlobe, Inc. (NYSE: DGI), the global leader in Earth imagery and information about our changing planet, uses a range of geospatial technologies to deliver core components of the Geoscape dataset. By connecting the world's highest quality commercial satellite imagery and an ecosystem of analytics partners on the Geospatial Big Data platform (GBDX), DigitalGlobe is able to automatically and accurately extract many types of features about the built environment at continental scale. "The convergence of high-resolution satellite imagery, cloud computing, and machine learning technologies has created some incredibly exciting opportunities for organisations to analyse man-made and natural environments at country and continent scales more quickly and efficiently than ever before,” said Dr. Walter Scott, DigitalGlobe Founder, CTO, and EVP. “We are proud to partner with PSMA Australia to harness these innovations and create a digital index of Australia’s built environment that will benefit a wide range of industries, including business intelligence, insurance, and telecommunications.” How Geoscape works PSMA has collaborated with DigitalGlobe to create the Geoscape dataset, which uses a combination of satellite imagery, crowdsourcing and machine learning to capture attributes of the built environment and link each building to a geocoded address. Organisations can see and analyse this data to gain new insights and improve the way they plan and operate. The data includes building footprints and heights, roof construction, land cover, tree heights, the presence of solar panel installations and swimming pools, and more. The data can be visualised using mapping platforms and 3D modelling tools. New opportunities for enhanced service delivery As Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystems evolve and smart cities become a reality, Geoscape can underpin them by linking a wide range of information generated about the lifecycle of the built environment. Data from a rich mesh of sensors can be tied to a location, an address, a legal land parcel and an area, ranging from a single building, to a few streets, to a planning zone or a region. Geoscape creates a wide range of opportunities for improved service delivery including in: Risk management (flood modelling, fire risk modelling, wind impact assessment) Geoscape provides information about the size and roof construction of buildings, their proximity to vegetation and other buildings and a model of terrain to support the assessment of risk. Market assessment For businesses providing property related services Geoscape provides information about buildings, solar panel installations, swimming pools, roofing material, surfaces and vegetation. Telecommunications Geoscape supports the rollout of wi-fi and 5G networks by providing a model of the terrain and information on the shape and heights of buildings and tree cover to support blackspot analysis. Natural disaster impact assessment Preliminary post-event assessment of the likely impact of natural disasters on building infrastructure and vegetation. Valuations Provides building sizes, number, roofing information, vegetation location, heights and basic land use for the valuation process. How Pitney Bowes uses Geoscape Pitney Bowes has been a partner of PSMA Australia for over 15 years. Geoscape is the main dataset used by Pitney Bowes to create its GeoVision product. The data captured in Geoscape is taken and combined with Pitney Bowes location intelligence platforms to create unique and leading edge solutions, which are capturing world-wide recognition. For more information, please see a case study www.geoscape.com.au/showcase/. Australia's ground-breaking Geoscape is rolling out, region by region, across Australia. For progress on the national rollout of Geoscape, view the release schedule at www.geoscape.com.au/rollout/. Download your free trial To download a sample of Geoscape to see how it could be used in your organisation, visit www.geoscape.com.au/get-geoscape/ Want to know more? If you’re interested in speaking with PSMA to learn more about Geoscape, you may visit them at Booth 110 and 112 at Locate17 or contact marketing@psma.com.au. For more information: www.geoscape.com.au/ About PSMA Australia PSMA Australia’s goal is to facilitate broad and sustainable access to high-quality location data by offering foundational national spatial information derived from the authoritative data sources of Australia’s federal, state and territory governments and private sector partners. PSMA was formed by the governments of Australia in 1993 to collate, transform and deliver their location data as national datasets. An unlisted company limited by shares, PSMA is owned by all the governments of Australia. As an independent and self-funded business, PSMA is able to collaborate beyond government to drive innovation and provide fundamental infrastructure for a digital world. For more information visit: www.psma.com.au/ About DigitalGlobe DigitalGlobe is a leading provider of commercial high-resolution earth observation and advanced geospatial solutions that help decision makers better understand our changing planet to save lives, resources and time. Sourced from the world's leading constellation, DigitalGlobe’s imagery solutions deliver unmatched coverage and capacity to meet its customers' most demanding mission requirements. Each day customers in defence and intelligence, public safety, civil agencies, map making and analysis, environmental monitoring, oil and gas exploration, infrastructure management and navigation technology, and providers of location-based services depend on DigitalGlobe data, information, technology and expertise to gain actionable insight. For more information visit: www.digitalglobe.com/ Media Contact: Kate Donnelly Spectrum Group psma@spectrumgroup.is +61 2 9469 5700 Drug and alcohol testing on Queensland roads catches plenty 2017-02-21T10:19:30Z drug-and-alcohol-testing-on-queenslandroads-catches-plenty They don’t call it the silly season without reason. The time of the year around Christmas and New Year when some people let their inhibitions down and take risks they otherwise wouldn’t take. And in Queensland, it’s left motorists with a raft of fines and licence disqualifications, with drug and alcohol testing on Queensland roads nabbing over 1000 people in a 12-day period.The Christmas Road Safety Campaign on Queensland roads saw 2094 motorists tested for drugs and 137,000 undergoing random breath testing. This resulted in 367 people allegedly testing positive to drugs and 697 allegedly blowing over the 0.05% blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit.This included a 56-year-old Mount Gravatt woman who recorded a BAC of 0.346%, a 45-year-old woman who blew 0.339 at Airlie Beach and a 44-year-old Labrador man who recorded 0.288 on New Year’s Eve. What makes these incidents even more incredible is that most of us wouldn’t be able to stand or stay awake at these high blood alcohol levels, let alone drive a car!The number of drivers being caught in drug testing on Queensland roads, and for that matter roads across Australia, is particularly concerning. The drug testing in Queensland over the Christmas-period resulted in 17% of all those drivers tested recording a positive result. This isn’t far from 1 in 5 people!While it might be comforting to put this down to the silly season effect, unfortunately it’s not an anomaly. In fact, it’s a slight improvement on the figures from the 2015-16 financial year. During the 12 month-period on Queensland road, random drug testing caught 10,804 people with drugs in their system from 49,445 tests. This means that 21.7% of drivers who were drug tested recorded a positive result. Nearly 3000 tested positive to two or more drugs.Clearly, people are still willing to take risks on Queensland roads. And if their willing to take risks on the roads, you can be sure that they’re willing to take risks in the workplace.Which is why drug and alcohol testing Queensland workplaces is just as important as on our roads. This is particularly the case for workplaces and roles where safety is critical. Developing and implementing a drug and alcohol management plan, educating your workforce on the dangers of drugs and alcohol and conducting regular drug and alcohol testing can help protect your workplace.NOTE: This article was written by Integrity Sampling. Integrity Sampling conducts drug and alcohol testing in Queensland and throughout Australia. They have branches in Queensland in Brisbane, Cairns, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville and Winton. All For Health Pty. Ltd. Outlines the Importance of Acupuncture in Relieving Pain 2017-02-21T08:04:47Z all-for-health-pty-ltd-outlines-the-importance-of-acupuncture-in-relieving-pain A rigorous review has found that acupuncture outperforms both traditional treatment and fake acupuncture in relieving arthritis and migraines, as well as chronic neck, back and shoulder pain. The solid findings led chief author Dr. Andrew J. Vickers to conclude, “We think there’s firm evidence supporting acupuncture for the treatment of chronic pain.” This piece of information has been published as found here - Acupuncture Outperforms Traditional Treatment in Relieving PainAcupuncture is an age old Chinese therapy that involves the insertion of needles into the skin to so as to bring relief to specific parts of the body that are experience pain. A key part of traditional Chinese medicine, it is used to restore and maintain health, in addition to alleviating pain and stress.All For Health Pty. Ltd. was founded with the mission to provide quality services in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine to those seeking a natural alternative to healthcare. Regardless of whether you are lacking vitality, in pain or struggling with fertility, we are confident that we can help you.All For Health Pty. Ltd. also known as Acurepoint Health has two health clinics both located in Booragoon. The first being Suite 19, The Gateway Building, Andrea Lane, Booragoon while the other at Suite 25, Level 2, Garden City House, 125 Riseley St, Booragoon . People who seek treatment for health problems like chronic pain, migraines etc can call either (08) 9316 9327 or (08) 6150 8156 to seek an appointment. Acurepoint Health is definitely your one stop clinic for all kinds of Chinese Medicine and Perth Acupuncture services. Acurepoint Health is a team of qualified and registered Chinese medical practitioners who are not just qualified but experienced too. Speaking to the media, Dr. Pui Chak Pang who has more than 40 years of experience having spent time practicing in both Hong Kong and Australia said, “Most people suffering from pain make use of pain killers to reduce pain. With the help of acupuncture the cure will reduce pain substantially and also treat the symptoms causing the pain.”About All For Health Pty. Ltd.Acurepoint Health strives to provide the most professional and quality services in Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. We are committed and passionate about developing alternative methods to keep healthy and to treat a range of different health symptoms and issues, such as fatigue, pain, infertility etc.For more information on All For Health Pty. Ltd. visit www.acurepointhealth.com.au Drug and alcohol testing prevent deaths on Western Australian roads 2017-02-08T03:26:47Z drug-and-alcohol-testing-prevent-deaths-on-western-australian-roads There is little doubt that drug and alcohol testing on Western Australian roads is saving lives and it’s staggering to think how high the road toll could be if random roadside testing were not commonplace.However, despite the efforts of police and their random testing, the road toll is increasing. In fact, there were more fatalities on WA roads last year than in any other year since 2008. And while the number of random drug tests in particular has risen in recent years, drugs and alcohol are still two of the major factors in fatalities.There were 194 fatalities on Western Australian roads in 2016, 33 more than the previous year and more than 20 higher than the average for the previous 5 years. Of particular concern is the number of fatalities on regional roads. The roads outside of Perth were responsible for much of the increase in the roadside stats in 2016. There were 32 more deaths on regional roads in 2016 compared with 2015, with 2016 having the dubious honour of recording the most number of regional deaths on WA roads since 2007.According to Western Australia’s State Government, the biggest factors involved with fatalities on our roads change very little and they include speeding, mobile phone distraction and a failure to wear seats. Plus, of course, driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. How big an impact are drugs and alcohol having on Western Australian roads? According to statistics, in one year alone, 2014, 20% of road trauma victims had illegal drugs in their system. That’s 1 in 5 of all road trauma victims. The stats for motorcycle fatalities is even more damming, with 32% of all motorcycle fatalities in 2014 alone having drugs as a contributing factor. The stats for driving while under the influence of alcohol are no better, with around 20% of fatal crashes on Western Australian roads partly attributable to alcohol. While continuing to conduct drug and alcohol testing on Western Australia’s roads is one of the answers to the imposing question of how to reduce the road toll, another is to focus on the small group of people who continually put themselves and others at risk.“Most drivers in WA do the right thing on our roads,” says Road Safety Commissioner Kim Papalia,“but we know there is that small group of people who through their attitude and action represent risk on our roads.“If you continue to drive when you’re tired, if you choose to drive when you’ve been drinking or have used drugs, even prescription medication if it has warnings, if you don’t wear a seatbelt or you travel at a speed that isn’t appropriate to your experience or the circumstances you’re faced with, then regrettably the consequences may be sudden and fatal,” Mr Papalia added.While the workplace may bear little resemblance to our roads (although for some people the roads are their workplace) there is little doubt that many of the same people who are willing to drink or take drugs and drive on our roads are likely to take the same risk at work.  And there are stats to back this up. For example, we know that around 10% of all fatalities in our workplace involve alcohol or drugs. We know that in one year alone, 2013, 11% of all workplace injuries had alcohol as a factor. We know that between 20 to 25% of all workplace accidents have drugs or alcohol as a contributing factor. And we know that 1 in 5 Australians have gone to work under the influence of alcohol.All of which makes drug testing and alcohol testing at work, just as important as on our roads!NOTE: This article was written by Integrity Sampling, Australia’s leading workplace drug and alcohol management team. For more information about Integrity Sampling’s drug and alcohol testing Western Australia services, see the company’s Western Australian and Perth pages. Swapping Cologne and Perfume for Room Sprays 2016-12-20T03:30:15Z swapping-cologne-and-perfume-for-room-sprays It might sound somewhat bizarre, but people all over the world are swapping expensive colognes and perfumes for room sprays before heading out on the town or visiting friends. The trend is being driven by budget-conscious people who are questioning the cost of perfumes and colognes or simply can’t afford them. Spray for spray, even an expensive room spray is going to be a cheaper alternative to most perfumes and colognes. But what about the smell? It may surprise you to know the work that goes into producing a quality room spray, as 5 Elements Mike Fermanis explains. “We work with a world-leading perfume manufacturer to produce our room sprays,” Mike says. “The manufacturer has over 30 years of fragrance experience and is a member of global fragrance associations, IFEAT and IFRA. We only use fragrances that are safe, allergy-free and pure, and fragrances that comply with strict international legislation. They are also produced using sound environmental practices.” Is it safe? Before you pick up your favourite room spray and spray it on your neck or wrist, a word of warning. This is not something you would do with just any room spray. Some room sprays just shouldn’t be sprayed directly on your skin so, for starters, make sure the room spray is safe, pure and allergy-free. Like the room sprays manufactured by 5 Elements. And then do a test spray on an inconspicuous part of your body to make sure there is no adverse reaction before dabbing it on your neck or face. If you’re still unsure or prefer to play it safe, use your room spray on your clothing, on a scarf or even on your hair. The other thing you need to consider is the quality of the room spray. A cheap room spray probably won’t get much further than the front door, while quality room sprays, containing essential oils and perfumes – will be long-lasting. A quality room spray is also more likely to be revitalising and smell great. So next time you’re catching up with friends, going to an important office event or have a romantic date, get out your quality room spray and give yourself an all-over spritz. You’ll smell terrific all day and night! UTRC can employ Stawell Gold Mine’s new unemployed workers 2016-12-13T12:56:40Z utrc-can-employ-stawell-mine-s-new-unemployed-workers Following his Open Letter* to Stawell residents advising them of a misinformation campaign regarding UTRC’s removal of the largest tyre stockpile in Australia, Dr Matthew Starr is again imploring the Victorian Government to take steps that will see the business start employing many of Stawell Gold Mines’ retrenched workers. With up to 150 people losing their jobs at the mine (announced Tuesday, 13 December), UTRC offers Stawell a chance to employ up to 50 people in early 2017.  “All we request from the government is to waive some of the small regulatory fees that UTRC has been hit with, and provide greater support for our efforts to eliminate Victoria’s number one environmental hazard,” said Dr Starr. “UTRC is the only new business of size attempting to become operational in Stawell that can employ up to 30 per cent of the newly unemployed.  “UTRC is the best option for the unemployed workers who now face a very unhappy Christmas and New Year, with a bleak outlook for 2017.” The Stawell tyre stockpile comprises almost 9 million tyres, which UTRC purchased in June 2015 to create a new, environmentally-friendly, clean-tech facility to recycle the tyres. Dr Starr added, “We intend to support the workers of Stawell for the long term and as UTRC in Stawell has been classified as a Transfer Station for Victoria's used tyres, we can assure the town that there will be jobs well into the future.” * You can view the Open Letter, which is being delivered this week, at http://utrc.com.au/open-letter-to-stawell-residents/ and a copy should be attached. Dr Matthew Starr can be contacted on 0402 457 315. Random Drug Testing in Queensland – It’s Everywhere! 2016-12-12T05:22:45Z random-drug-testing-in-queensland-it-s-everywhere On Queensland roads, in Queensland workplaces and on Queensland waterways, if you take drugs and drive, work or take the controls of a boat, random drug testing will catch you. That’s the message that the Queensland Police, Integrity Sampling and the Queensland Water Police are hopeful is getting through, particularly as we approach the festive season.Random drug testing on Queensland roads started around 8 years ago, but it’s only in the last few years that the number of drug tests has risen to significant levels. For example, last financial year the number of people who undertook random drug testing on our roads was around 50,000. This was more than double the number in the previous financial year of 20,000 random drug tests.The increase of roadside random drug testing Queensland Police was thanks largely to purchase of hi-tech drug testing equipment. The Drager Drug Test 5000 allows the police to test for a range of drugs quickly and accurately. The units are now situated across the state, giving the police the ability to catch drug-influenced drivers anywhere, at any time.Ensuring employees in Queensland workplaces are fit to work is the job of businesses such asIntegrity Sampling, which conducts workplace drug testing across the state. Integrity Sampling has 6 branch locations in Queensland, including Brisbane, Cairns, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville and Winton. Like the Queensland Police, Integrity Sampling also uses the Drager Drug Test 5000 for its drug testing work.If you take drugs and then take control of a boat on Queensland waterways, you can also be in trouble with the law. During a recent weekend on the Gold Coast, 10 people were pulled over for random drug testing by the Queensland Water Police after they were suspected of being under the influence of drugs. According to a Gold Coast Bulletin article, from the 10 people tested, four skippers provided positive drug tests.The water police say that officers will continue random drug testing of people in charge of boats in Queensland waters, particularly with during he busy summer period. And, as stated on the Maritime Safety Queensland website, “There is zero tolerance for driving or boating under the influence of drugs”. Similar to the roads, penalties can include licence suspension, licence disqualification, fines and, for serious or repeat offenders, imprisonment terms.There’s another message that the Queensland Police, Integrity Sampling and the Queensland Water Police hope to get across. And that is that the penalty of failing a drug test may be severe, but it’s noting compared with the consequences of driving a car or boat, or going to work under the influence of a drug and causing an accident.  When you think of the potential consequences, it’s easy to see that drug use combined with driving, work or taking control of a boat simply does not mix. Drug Use The Major WA Crime Issue 2016-12-02T05:17:57Z drug-use-the-major-wa-crime-issue What do you think is the major crime issue facing Western Australia? Perhaps terrorism, domestic violence or bikies? Well, according to a recent survey, while these issues do concern many people they don’t make the number one spot, with drug use voted as the top law enforcement issue in the state.The perhaps surprise result came in the WA Speaks survey, which gives Western Australians a chance to give their opinions on the major issues facing the state. The latest survey, involving nearly 9000 people, was published recently and one of the findings was the huge concern that drugs have for Western Australians.In fact the concern of Western Australians over drug use is so huge that, according to PerthNow, 70% of the nearly 9000 survey respondents listed it as our biggest law enforcement issue. And the number one drug on everyone’s lips is methamphetamines and particularly ICE. ICE is a concern right across Australia but particularly so in Perth and Western Australia, where the drug’s use is particularly high.ICE is an especially insidious drug because it’s a more refined and pure type of methamphetamine (a man-made drug that can be prescribed by doctors for issues such as a hyperactivity deficit). This makes ICE fast acting and highly addictive, and the side effects can be serious.In the PerthNow article, Federal Justice Minister Michael Keenanis quoted as saying, “(ICE) can cause violence, it can cause unemployment, and it fuels crimes such as burglary, robbery, theft and even murder — which has put enormous pressure on our courts and the legal system. Most devastatingly though it puts those that are most willing to help users — such as family members, emergency service operators including police, nurses, doctors and ambulance officers — at significant risk.”One of the reasons for this is that ICE and other methamphetamines are stimulants, while other illicit drugs such as heroin and cannabis are depressants. While taking heroin and cannabis will slow down the messages travelling between the brain and the body, methamphetamines speeds these messages up. In fact, in some cases, normally passive and responsible people who use ICE can become hyperactive, aggressive and violent. There’s even a term for this condition – ICE psychosis – because users can experience hallucinations and delusions and behave erratically.NOTE: This article was written by Integrity Sampling, Australia’s leading workplace drug and alcohol management team. As part of its services, Integrity Sampling conducts drug testing Perth and Western Australian businesses. The company has more than 30 branches across Australia. Secured Signing in RDB ProNet a Clear Choice for Aeropeople's eSignature Needs 2016-12-01T01:17:35Z secured-signing-in-rdb-pronet-a-clear-choice-for-aeropeople-s-esignature-needs December 1st 2016 - The Secured Signing plugin gives Aeropeople the ability to capture important data, realise the benefits of digital signatures and save time and cost using a fully compliant 360º integrated process, which simplifies the candidate and client experience.   "Aeropeople relies on the Secured Signing plugin for RDB ProNet to file, track and digitally sign our client and candidate documents." says Julie Welford-Biggs the Compliance Manager for Aeropeople. "It is simple and effective to use, delivering on our business needs and enhancing our customer experience."   Secured Signing delivers all the key outcomes Aeropeople looked for in an eSignature solution. Contractors can sign documents either at their computer or while on the move using any modern smartphone or tablet. Clients regularly have documents returned in minutes rather than days. The digital signature applied by Secured Signing seals the document against changes for absolute confidence in the integrity of the document. The contents of the document are automatically updated in the relevant areas of the RDB database without any requirement for administration, saving clients many thousands of pounds annually in unnecessary data entry and filing costs. The whole process takes place entirely within RDB using the integrated plugin, allowing clients to easily make the transition to digital signing with minimum change to their business processes.   "Providing clients and candidates the convenience of signing online with Secured Signing also ensures recruiters have absolute confidence they will not only be able to immediately lay their hands on the signed agreement when they need it, but that the document is authentic and reliable beyond reproach", said Mike Eyal, Managing Director of Secured Signing.   About Aeropeople - Aeropeople are a leading Aerospace and Auto-sport manpower provider, who are committed to delivering a premier service to all of its customers, worldwide. Their strength lies in the ability to respond quickly and effectively to changing customer requirements, especially within an uncertain climate of change and opportunity. To learn more about Aeropeople, visit https://www.aeropeople.com   About Secured Signing - Secured Signing provides a comprehensive and secure SaaS digital signature service that delivers a full range of form completion and eSigning capabilities combining advanced personalised X509 PKI Digital Signature technology with easy-to-use, simple-to-deploy, compliant solutions. Secured Signing enables its users to utilise smartphones, PCs, any tablet device and any browser, to capture their graphical signature, complete , sign, seal and verify documents anywhere, anytime. The solution streamlines business processes, cuts back on expenses, expedites delivery cycles, improves staff efficiency and enhances customer service in a green environment. To learn more about Secured Signing, visit www.securedsigning.com Australian Safety Company Launches New “Care for Care” Program. 2016-11-28T23:49:17Z australian-safety-company-launches-new-care-for-care-program Adelaide, SA: Worksafe Guardian (WSG), an employee safety app developed in Australia to monitor the safety of lone workers, are excited to announce their new Care for Care program. For every 10 WSG Safety Apps that are signed up, Worksafe Guardian will donate 1 app to their Care for Care Program, designated specifically for not-for-profit organisations. A common issue WSG discovered since their launch almost two years ago is how many not-for-profit organisations need the WSG Safety App, but simply don’t have the budget to implement it. The Care for Care Programs aim is to help those that help so many in a small but significant way. On the company’s new Care for Care Program, App Designer Greg Lindner had this to say: “Coming from a monitoring background we know firsthand the value of safety solutions like WSG and how it provides companies and individuals peace of mind there is a professional ready to implement response procedures. The cost of maintaining the equipment, servers, staff and the monitoring centre has prevented us from being able to heavily discount the price of the service. In saying that, as more not-for-profit organisations contact us who need the app but lacked funds we wanted to find a way to extend them the service. After all, they are the ones out there doing the outreach programs, helping the homeless, less fortunate and drug and alcohol dependent individuals. That’s why we created the new program. We hope that the program will expand and continue to grow as Worksafe Guardian does.” The WSG lone worker safety app was the first of its kind to be developed, owned, operated, and monitored here in Australia, and the company aims to ensure that as many Australian employees as possible are afforded the opportunity to use the app if the need it. Worksafe Guardian strongly believes that safety should be about people above anything else. How this new Care for Care Program will work: ·         For every 10 new apps that are signed on, WSG will designate 1 free app to go into the Care for Care Program. ·         WSG will allocate as many free fully monitored apps to any given not-for-profit organisation. ·         To be eligible, companies must be registered with the ACNC (Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission). ·         A full list of terms and conditions will be emailed out to the not-for-profit organisations who apply. About Worksafe Guardian Ltd. (WSG): WSG is an employee safety monitoring app for iPhone and Android developed by Security Alarm Monitoring Service (SAMS). SAMS have over 20 years’ industry experience and hold a Grade A1 Certification for their monitoring centre based in South Australia, the highest standard available in Australia. The WSG head office is in Adelaide, South Australia, but WSG currently monitors lone working employees Australia wide. WSG is Australia’s 1st professionally monitored lone worker safety app. Please visit our website for information about what we do http://worksafeguardian.com.au