The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-02-13T22:45:29Z MAJOR GOVERNMENT CHANGES TO HOME CARE 2017-02-13T22:45:29Z major-government-changes-to-home-care Senior’s Week is just around the corner, running from March 3 – 12 this year. Before the festivities kick off, however, you might be thinking about the major changes about to hit our National Home Care system. On February 27, the Australian Government is changing the way home care services are delivered to older Australians. You might be a person directly affected, or you might have a loved one who will need to learn about the updates and what they mean for them.   Ours is an ageing population, therefore these changes are being put in place to establish a sustainable and high quality aged care system that is more consumer driven, market based and less regulated.   In the current system, home care places are allocated to Approved Providers of home care through the Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR), a resource-intensive and highly competitive process with many unsuccessful applicants each year. Come February 27, funding for a home care package will follow the consumer, allowing them to direct funding to the provider of their choice. These changes are very exciting for the consumer.   Currently, home care packages are not “portable” as the places are allocated to an approved provider and unspent funds are retained by that provider if the consumer leaves their care. From Feb 27 however, home care packages will be portable for consumers, allowing them to change providers if they wish, a new found freedom for those who receive care. If they choose to change providers, any unspent funds (less exit amount) within their package will follow them to the new home care provider.   Kim Ryall-Manley, Home Care Manager of UPA North Coast, an established home care, aged care and youth care non-profit company – said “Our vision is, and has been very clear since we were established in 1938. We hope that everyone is able to live with dignity and independence and should be able to select appropriate and affordable support and care as and when they need it. Quality of life, and supporting people to live the way they want is our goal.”   With the new home care changes, it seems this vision is becoming a reality.   “Our vision really does tie in with the new changes, and we’re happy that consumers will soon be able to choose home care services that suit their individual needs,” Said Ms Ryall-Manley.   “The choice affects not only the person using the service, but their families, and we believe the new freedom of choice will give peace of mind to the loved ones who trust us to provide the best care possible.”   What else is changing?   A consistent national system for prioritising access to home care will be established through a national prioritisation system managed by My Aged Care. Post Feb 27, this national queue will be in place. The way consumers are then prioritised will take account of their relative needs and circumstances and the time they have been waiting for care.   The process for becoming an approved provider will undergo some changes too. Approved providers of residential care and flexible care will be able to ‘opt-in’ to providing home care rather than going through a full application process.   Once approved provider status has been granted it will no longer lapse, whether the approval is for home care, residential care or flexible care – however, approved providers must continue to meet relevant quality and accreditation standards.   Ms Ryall-Manley of UPA commented, “When looking for a home care service provider, people should take provider experience into account given these new changes. For example, we are an award-winning provider with a proven track record in meeting the quality standards and accreditation., and so we’re preparing and looking forward to helping a lot of new faces with their care packages when the changes come in.”   Amidst all the changes, there are a few things that will remain the same. Existing home care consumers will continue to receive services at their current package level, there will be no changes to current fee and income testing arrangements, claims and payments will still be made through the Department of Human Services Aged Care Payment System.   Home care subsidy and supplements will continue to be paid to approved providers, not directly to consumers. Packages will continue to be delivered on a consumer directed care basis, and the total number of home care packages across the country will still be capped.   What you need to do next…   If you are currently receiving a home care package, you do not need to do anything. You will continue to receive care and services at your existing package level. More information about the changes and what they mean for you will be provided closer to 27 February.   If you have been assessed as eligible to receive a home care package, the path you follow will depend on whether you have found a provider who can offer you a suitable package and are able to enter into a Home Care Agreement by 27 February. If you find a suitable provider before 27 February, you can enter into a home care agreement with them. If you have not entered into a home care agreement before 27 February, you will be contacted by My Aged Care when a package at a suitable level becomes available. You will receive more information about the changes and what they mean for you closer to the date. If you are not sure of your eligibility, or would like more information on the changes and how to choose your provider, the next step for you or your loved one is to go to the My Aged Care portal. To do this, you should visit http://www.myagedcare.gov.au/ or call 1800 200 422.   “You need to choose wisely and know your options,” said Ryall-Manley. “Our advice at UPA would be to find out about the core values held in the company. It’s such an important choice for you or your loved one, and your care and wellbeing should be the priorities.”   If you would like to contact the experienced team at UPA North Coast with any questions, you can phone them on 02 6628 5559, or visit their website at www.upa.org.au.   ENDS   ABOUT UPA   The United Protestant Association of NSW Limited (UPA) is a Christian care organisation, established with the commitment to care for disadvantaged children and the provision of care and accommodation for the elderly.  The Association's work commenced at Grafton in 1938 by the late Thomas Agst, BEM, JP, when he took several small children into care.  From this small beginning, the Association was to gain impetus which has since seen expanded services to both young and old with over 45 centres throughout New South Wales.  From its inception, UPA has touched the lives of thousands of people by providing care of the highest quality in the context of Christian love and compassion.  UPA is a non-profit Company limited by guarantee.   Today, our Association is made up of 12 Districts which have a healthy degree of autonomy, yet are bound together under the one mission and company structure. A foundational principle used since the very beginning of our work was that the money raised in the town would stay in the town. Local governance, management and administration are a core strength of UPA’s work. Working co-operatively UPA has built a strong growing association of like-minded people providing a network of the highest standard of care services throughout New South Wales.   We welcome people from all religious and cultural backgrounds. We convey compassion, kindness, respect and honesty in our work. Our staff and volunteers encourage and empower those we care for to choose their own path. Mindful of how we ourselves would like to be treated, we aim to provide a caring atmosphere of Christian love and understanding. When we have failed to live up to our Mission, Values or Philosophy of Care we will seek to make amends.   UPA North Coast   UPA North Coast services areas from Port Macquarie in the South, to the Queensland Border North, and across the Gold Coast. From Holidays to Classroom.... 2017-01-29T23:25:48Z from-holidays-to-classroom Cheryl Fingleson, children’s sleep consultant, The Sleep Coach shares her tips to ensure that the transition from pre-school to school goes smoothly. Suddenly these little ones are faced with a defined schedule and will need to sit for longer periods than they are used to and adhere to a stricter daily schedule. This comes after a long holiday where routines have been relaxed for many children. The most important thing is to get back into a routine and work on getting your children to sleep early so that you both have enough sleep to fully function and concentrate during the day. Consistent Sleep Time Routine 1. Decide if your child is going to eat early or a little later with the family. You don’t want your child eating too early, as they will be hungry before bed, or too late, as they will feel uncomfortable. 2. Play outside before dinner or bath time Ensuring a good sleep routine starts in the late afternoon when your children should be playing outside. This has to do with the length of the waves of sunlight, the long waves of sunlight, dusk triggers the production of Melatonin - the sleep hormone. So, after your child has played outside, it’s either dinner or bath time. 3. 15 minutes of Quiet time in bed. This should be in their bedroom. Read, play gentle music and then tuck your child in, kiss and cuddle good night and leave. Make sure that your child is completely ready for bed. E.g your child has been to the toilet, had a drink of water, brushed teeth 4. Your school aged child should fall asleep in the dark. Falling asleep in the dark is very important as it helps promote the production of Melatonin, the hormone that helps get us to sleep. Get prepared the night before A stress-free morning starts with an organised evening routine. Check the school timetable with your child. When your children are involved in this step, you encourage them to develop responsibility for their possessions and time management. Together, you can put a checklist of what you need to prepare the night before which might include: School uniform (shoes, socks, sports uniform etc.) Packed lunches - make any sandwiches and prepare all food so it’s ready to go Sign any letters or paperwork for the school Pack the school bag After school activity clothes Morning routine Get up early Ensure that everyone wakes up with more than enough time to get everything done so work out how much time you may need and then add on another 20 minutes. Plan breakfast Most children are easier to feed if they are given only two options. A great idea is to have breakfast before getting dressed to avoid last-minute messes, which may need a change of uniform. Some children don’t feel hungry at home, then become ravenous on the way to school. If that’s the case, you could give them a sandwich, cereal bar or perhaps some fresh fruit to take with them so they have something to eat before school starts. Getting dressed is a time-consuming task for primary school children, who are often easily distracted by other far more interesting activities. Allow additional time for this. If you would like to speak to Cheryl about starting school or any other sleep related issues in children such as night terrors, settling toddlers or getting a baby to sleep, please contact: candice@candicepr.com Parents are urged to prevent kids from overheating. 2017-01-12T04:15:48Z parents-are-urged-to-prevent-kids-from-overheating According to NSW Health’s website: “Hot weather can affect your baby or child because their bodies cannot adjust to changes in temperature as well as adults. Babies and children sweat less, reducing their bodies’ ability to cool down, and they generate more heat during exercise than adults. They are at risk of overheating and developing a heat-related illness. Heat can also make existing illnesses worse”. NSW Health's website recommends that parents should: Check that your child is drinking enough fluids. ·Make sure your child is dressed in cool clothes, wears a broad-brimmed hat and sunscreen Never leave babies, children or pets alone in a car, not even for a moment. Babies and children can overheat very quickly in cars. The temperature inside a parked car can be 30-40°C hotter than outside the car. Never cover a baby capsule in the car with a rug or towel as this will restrict air moving around the baby, making them hotter. An enclosed pram can get very hot; try to ensure that the air circulates around your baby by removing the back panel (if possible) or placing them in more open strollers. Emma Lovell, founder and Director of CoziGo (formerly Fly Babee) and mum of two says: “CoziGo was designed with the Aussie climate in mind. Too many people grab whatever is at hand to cover their stroller without thinking about how safe it is for their baby. CoziGo is 100% breathable but most importantly it's air permeable meaning that air flows freely through the canopy without restriction. The unique dome shape also gives lots of freedom of movement for bubba. These two aspects stop the stroller becoming a hot house - unlike other types of fabric often used to cover prams. It also offers sun protection of 50+.” Emma adds: “So many of us spend lots time researching our strollers and lots of money on the purchase and don't properly research an appropriate sleep and sun cover.” Sun Smart states on their website: “Childhood and adolescence are critical periods during which exposure to UV radiation is more likely to contribute to skin cancer in later life. Parents have an important role to ensure their children establish healthy sun protection habits during the early years.” References: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/environment/beattheheat/Pages/babies-children-hot-weather.aspxhttp://www.sunsmart.com.au/communities/parents Media Contact: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com Mumsomnia: New Facebook group for Mums that encourages face to face connections 2017-01-10T03:31:26Z mumsomnia-new-facebook-group-for-mums-that-encourages-face-to-face-connections Emma Lovell is a Sydney Mum of two. The public know her from Shark Tank where she won over one of the sharks with her innovative sleep, sun and travel product CoziGo (formerly known as Fly Babee). She has also won various awards such as the AusMumpreneur Emerging Business for 2016 and the Optus My Business Award for Wholesaler of 2016. Emma set up Mumsomnia to provide a judgement free zone for Mums. This social media group encourages mothers to meet up face to face. Emma Lovell states: "For me, being a new mum was the most vulnerable I’ve ever been and I think there are so many women out there that need support outside of their immediate family and friends. I set up Mumsomnia to provide a judgement free space for women to connect and make a plan to meet up face to face. Social Media is making us all anti-social and we all spend far too much time attached to our phones." We’re hoping 2017 will see Mumsomnia connect more mums face to face and forge some lifelong memories and friendships. All we ask, is if you have nothing nice to say when in this space, don’t say anything at all! Emma adds: "You don’t have to be a “billy no mates” to come and join Mumsomnia, you may feel disconnected from your current friends at this new stage of your life, have moved to a new area or just fancy meeting a fresh face and make a new connection. Once there, in order to make it happen, you must make the effort to give a shout out to other members and make time for a coffee date with the kids or throw caution to the wind and make a plan to have a kid free dinner with a cocktail or two!!" *** Media Contact: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com Finally, a solution for January birthdays! No more receiving re-gifted Xmas gifts! 2017-01-05T03:01:54Z finally-a-solution-for-january-birthdays-no-more-receiving-re-gifted-xmas-gifts Over the last ten days, bins around Australia have been full to capacity with rubbish, packaging, gift tags and wrapping paper. Sydney Mums, Julie Tylman and Ali Linz, created Group Together to avoid waste from unwanted gifts, packaging and wrapping paper. Julie Tylman, co-founder of GroupTogether, explains: “Ali and I have seven children combined. We met for coffee one day after a weekend of ferrying kids to and from birthday parties. We were exhausted from the driving, parking, buying, wrapping gifts, drop offs and pick-ups involved in attending kid’s parties. We were also gob-smacked at the amount of money we had spent (7 kids’ x 2 parties’ x $20ish gifts + wrapping & card) only to find out that the birthday kids either already had the gifts, were given multiple copies of the gifts or didn’t love them.” They created GroupTogether, an easy online tool that makes it easy to pool funds to give one gift that’s really wanted without the waste. Friends can also add a photo and message to the group card. For those who want to “give back”, there’s the option to donate a portion of the gift pool to your favourite charity. The business has grown and now has 20 000 users who have organized group gift collections through GroupTogether. One of the most popular types of collections at the end of 2016, was end of year teacher’s gifts. Ali Linz, co-founder GroupTogether, continues: “As well as cutting out the waste, we also felt that there was an opportunity to create a culture of mindful giving. That’s why we made it easy to donate a bit of the group gift to charity so kids can learn the joy of giving back.” Julie Tylman, co-founder, GroupTogether concludes: “I really feel for the January babies, they struggle. No need to give the sad, re-gifted Chrissie present, instead friends can keep their new year's resolution and stay on budget by pooling their money together and giving one great gift.” Media Contact: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com Group Homes Australia and Heathley celebrate business growth by donating to Orange Sky Laundry 2017-01-05T01:01:16Z 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 Experience Treasury Summer Nights 2016-12-30T01:02:51Z experience-treasury-summer-nights Treasury’s hotel courtyard will be transformed this January when we serve up all the summer vibes with a half-size tennis court, lawn games and live music. To be held every Friday in January, (plus a special BBQ and surprise band on Australia Day), guests can sit back and enjoy the tennis on the big screen or relax whilst listening to smooth tunes and acoustic live music. QLD Managing Director, Geoff Hogg says Treasury Summer Nights is going to be one of the best places to spend a Friday night during January. “Treasury’s hotel courtyard will be the perfect place for the after-work crowd to congregate, relax and revel in the thrill of the tennis, and on Australia Day, what better way to celebrate than with a great Aussie band and barbeque,” said Geoff. We’ll be celebrating Pimms O’Clock at the end of the working week each Friday at 5pm, together with our official beer partner, Coopers, who will be pouring the best Australian made beer at their pop up bar. The Frosé Rosé wine bar will be equipped and serving up the summer’s drink of choice, care of our friends at Jacobs Creek. Opening Hours (from 5pm) Friday, 6 January 2017 Friday, 13 January 2017 Friday, 20 January 2017 Thursday, 26 January 2017 (Australia Day special) Friday, 27 January 2017 No bookings required. ENDS Media Contact Luana Latham Communications Manager Treasury Brisbane T: 0427 904 284 E: luana.latham@star.com.au The worst re-gifted gifts that Australians have ever received... 2016-12-28T08:24:38Z the-worst-re-gifted-gifts-that-australians-have-ever-received Sydney, Australia, 28th December 2016, GroupTogether, an easy, user-friendly tool that organises group gift collections, conducted research to discover what Australians have actually received as re-gifted gifts. The results are hilarious and remind one to be mindful when re-gifting and gifting… The 10 worst re-gifted gifts: A scratch pack for my birthday that had been scratched and re-gifted. Needless to say none of us were winners. An engraved salad bowl engraved with the event it was won at ten years before! Cracked Dinnerware complete with a $5 reduction sticker A scarf that I had given someone for their birthday a month prior to mine! A book which had a Happy Birthday note for Sally. I am not Sally. Make-up with finger marks through it… Freebies from a hotel. Not even a real re-gift. A gift card that had already been spent. It had a big fat zero balance. A box of Xmas chocolates that wished the person who gave it to me a Merry Xmas Bath and body products with the internal seals removed! Ali Linz, Co-founder, GroupTogether says: “It's about Mindful Consumption; grouping together for one gift that'll be valued. Less waste from unwanted gifts, packaging, petrol and time. It's better all round.” Julie Tylman, Co-founder, GroupTogether, adds: “We think of GroupTogether as a type of mindful giving. Not only are you giving one gift that is truly wanted, at the same time you are cutting out all the waste: wrapping paper, ribbons, cards, envelopes, plastic packaging, petrol used running around to the shops. So you give one great gift, make the planet happy and can even donate a bit to charity. A true win-win-win!” Tis' the season of re-gifting so make sure that you know the rules. The 9 cardinal rules of re-gifting: Make sure you do not give the gift to the person who bought it for you! Make sure that you do not give it to the original givers friends or family. Remove the gift tag, price and any left-over bits of old wrapping paper or tape Never re-gift something that is bespoke, handmade or homemade Only re-gift brand new gifts that have not been opened Make sure to re-wrap in new wrapping paper or a new gift bag Donate to charity Check for any forms of personalisation e.g. message in a book Next time you have to organise a gift for a friend, family member or colleague, pool together and get one great group gift or voucher that you know that they will really want! Ali Linz concludes: “I really feel for the January babies, they struggle. They're so ready to go out: party, drink and feast on cake but literally all their family and friends are partied out, losing weight or saving money. Now we can't help with the hangovers and diets but we can help make it a birthday to remember. No need to give the sad, re-gifted Chrissie present, instead friends can keep their new year's resolution and stay on budget by pooling their money together and giving one great gift (detox, spa weekend anyone, anyone?).” GroupTogether is an easy online tool that organises group gift collections. Friends, colleagues or family members group together to purchase one larger, more thoughtful gift or for a gift voucher so that the receiver can pick a gift of their choice. The user-friendly platform does the inviting, reminding, collecting, tracking and then sends the money and group card to the organiser. It makes it easy to pool funds to give one gift that’s really wanted without the waste. Friends can also add a photo and message to the group card. For those who want to “give back”, there’s the option to donate a portion of the gift pool to your favourite charity. www.grouptogether.com 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. 2016-12-28T02:14:42Z 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 2016-12-22T06:37:08Z 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! 2016-12-21T01:25:47Z 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! Treasury Brisbane invites you to play this New Year’s Eve 2016-12-19T03:45:15Z treasury-brisbane-invites-you-to-play-this-new-year-s-eve If you’re looking for non-stop action packed entertainment this New Year’s Eve, then Treasury Brisbane is the place to be. Be taken on an exciting adventure as we introduce you to a new year filled with a little sparkle and a lot of fun. UFC 207 NUNES VS ROUSEY 1.00pm - LiveWire Bar She’s back! Visitors to Treasury will be able to experience one of the most anticipated comebacks in UFC history when Ronda Rousey battles current Women’s Bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes. After her shock knock out loss in Melbourne over a year ago, will Rousey regain the title and the aura that she carried throughout her career? See it all play out, live and loud at the LiveWire Bar. JON STEVENS 8.30pm – LiveWire Bar Kickstart the New Year’s Eve celebrations with rock legend, Jon Stevens. With a career spanning over 30 years, Stevens has had a remarkable journey as a singer, songwriter and performer. He’s best known as the frontman of legendary Australian band, Noiseworks, joining INXS as the “seventh member”, and maintaining a successful solo career as one of the country’s foremost touring artists. Having just released his first solo album in four years, “Woman”, he will be showcasing songs from this album, together with many other legendary tunes that have shaped his amazing career. AERIAL ANGELS 10.20pm – Main Gaming Floor A stunning performance not to be missed. Be mesmerised by the unique style and grace of our stunning aerialists as they perform a set of daring and thrilling manoeuvres high from the casino ceiling. Be spellbound as their sensuous moves hold your gaze and captivate your heart. Feel the emotion and be swept away by this enchanting spectacle three floors above the main gaming floor and be moved by the theatre as the drama unfolds. SATIATE YOUR PALATE THE LAB RESTAURANT & BAR Tantalise your taste buds and enjoy a foodie fireworks spectacular this New Year’s Eve. Guests will be able to choose from a decadent, specially prepared 2 or 3-course à la carte menu or indulge in a 6-course degustation menu with the choice of matching wines. À la carte menu 2 Courses $65pp 3 Courses $75pp Seating from 5.30pm-6.30pm Degustation menu Food only $120pp Wine pairing $170pp Seating: 8.30pm FOOD POP UP STALLS 8.00pm until late Fuel up this New Year’s Eve and head on over to one of our five food pop up stalls. Hot Dogs $10 From Bean Counter Takeaway Pizza $10 Between Bite and Kitchen at Treasury Fish, Calamari & Chips $10 From BITE Nachos $10 James Squire Bar near escalator Steamed Dumplings $10 Main Gaming Floor FEELING THIRSTY? TANQUERAY THE NIGHT AWAY From 3.00pm Be transported to the bygone style and sophistication of a Las Vegas cocktail lounge when The Kitty comes alive this New Year’s Eve. Relax and cradle a glass of Tanqueray – the world’s finest gin, or get carried away by live smooth jazz sounds til late. Tonight we Tanquerary! BEVERAGE POP UP BARS 8.00pm until late Visitors will be to experience the taste of adventure at one of our six pop up bars. Coopers Beer Bar: Located at Bean Counter, Level 1 and between BITE & Kitchen at Treasury Ground Level Wine Bar: Located between BITE & Kitchen at Treasury Ground Level Cocktail Bar: Located outside of The Kitty Level 1 Red Bull Bar: Located near Bean Counter Level 1 Champagne Bar: Located Main Gaming Floor Level 1 ENDS Media Contact Luana Latham Communications Manager Treasury Brisbane T: 0427 904 284 E: luana.latham@star.com.au Group Homes Australia embraces technological innovation by partnering with My Emergency Dr 2016-12-19T01:22:01Z 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 2016-12-18T06:25:23Z my-emergency-dr-app-launches-just-in-time-for-christmas Sydney, Australia, 18th December 2016, The future of healthcare has launched in the form of an app that puts you directly in touch with an emergency specialist doctor. Save time by avoiding the hospital trip and long wait. My Emergency Dr is a video-based smartphone app that puts you in touch with an Australian-trained and qualified Emergency Specialist Doctor when you need one. If you or a family member are sick, the team of Emergency Specialist Doctors at My Emergency Dr can remotely assess you, make a diagnosis, provide expert medical advice and in many cases arrange the treatment you need. Justin Bowra, CEO and Founder of ConnectedMed and an experienced senior emergency specialist physician states: “Our vision at My Emergency Dr is to give every Australian urgent video access via your smartphone to an Emergency Specialist, wherever they live and whenever they call. All of our doctors are qualified specialists in Emergency Medicine. Simply download the app and connect to an Emergency Specialist who will be able to assist you wherever you are.” Dr. Bowra adds: “Registered clients have 24 hour-a-day immediate phone and video access to a team of Emergency Specialists who can remotely assess, diagnose and arrange treatment. My Emergency Dr will email you a copy of the consultation record to take to your GP. If medications need to be organised, we can email you an electronic prescription. Similarly, we can also email you referrals for x-rays or blood tests.” Just download My Emergency Dr from the App Store or Google Play, open it and follow the instructions. A free trial of the service is available until 25th December 2016. Media Enquiries: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com -ENDS- About My Emergency Dr: My Emergency Dr is a video-based smartphone app that puts you in touch with an Australian-trained and qualified Emergency Specialist Doctor when you need one, at the touch of a button. We can be there at times when your GP can’t be, as our service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please note that this is not a replacement for the emergency 000 service. If you suffer a time-critical emergency such as chest pain or difficulty breathing, call 000 without delay. The key steps are: Download our app My Emergency Dr from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Open the app & register your name & mobile number. When an urgent health problem, illness or injury affects you, open the app and connect via built-in video to the emergency specialist doctor. The doctor will assess you and make a diagnosis, then arrange what is needed, e.g. prescription for medication, referral for an x-ray, or even urgent admission to hospital. The doctor will also email you a summary of the consultation for your GP. http://www.myemergencydr.com/ Email: admin@myemergencydr.com.au New site to bring disability community together 2016-12-01T04:49:40Z new-site-to-bring-disability-community-together A new social network will be officially launched today to help connect the disability community across Australia and all over the world. Known as the My Disability Matters Club (mydisabilitymatters.club), the free online resource is a place for people affected by disability to meet, share ideas, seek advice and find support. My Disability Matters Club founder, Dale Reardon, says the site was specially designed to overcome many of the accessibility and ease-of-use issues people with disability often face with existing social networks. ‘Discussing disability issues on existing social networks can also cause things like bullying and trolling,’ he said. ‘We’re creating a safe, supportive environment where disability issues can be discussed without fear.’ The idea for the site was born out of a desire to improve the lives of people with disability, Mr Reardon said. ‘Living with disability can be lonely and very challenging. ‘Despite over one billion people worldwide living with disability,1 many do not have access to the information and resources they need that could make their lives better. Many do not feel a sense of community. ‘I have been a blind disabled person for almost 30 years, and personally understand many of the struggles and discrimination that disabled people face. ‘The My Disability Matters Club is a place that helps empower disabled people and give them a voice. It’s a place where you are not alone.’ The site will also play a key role in supporting people as they grapple with the national roll-out of the NDIS in Australia. ‘We see advocacy and helping people get advice on what the NDIS means for them as an important part of what the club can offer,’ said Mr Reardon. The online community is also connected to the My Disability Matters News (mydisabilitymatters.news) service, helping people quickly and easily stay up to date with the latest information and events. ‘There is no other centralised source for disability news in Australia,’ Mr Reardon said. ‘We publish content from around the world. There are also stories written by people living with disability, which contrasts with disability journalism in the mainstream media, which is often written by non-disabled journalists. ‘The My Disability Matters Club and News sites are like a daily newspaper and social network for the global disability community, all in one.’ In the future, Mr Reardon said My Disability Matters will continue to be shaped by the needs of the disability community. ‘My Disability Matters has been created by the disabled, for the disabled,’ he said. ‘Our catch phrase is “nothing about us, without us”. ‘We will continue to seek the feedback and involvement of the disability community to guide our future development, features and initiatives.’ To help achieve our goals and expand our offerings further, any investment enquiries are welcome. Reference 1. http://www.who.int/disabilities/world_report/2011/report/en/ Media enquiries: contact Dale Reardon on +61 (0) 420 277 457 or dale@mydisabilitymatters.club Interviews and/or photos: Dale Reardon is available for further photo opportunities/interview More about Dale Reardon: Visit here for more about Dale, and also Dale’s LinkedIn profile Schedule