The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-06-22T02:00:12Z Nominate a deserving AusMumpreneur and show your support for Australian mums in business 2017-06-22T02:00:12Z nominate-a-deserving-ausmumpreneur-and-show-your-support-for-australian-mums-in-business The AusMumpreneur Conference and AusMumpreneur Awards are all about supporting Australian mums in business. This event provides a unique opportunity for women from all over Australia to come together to gain new skills, promote their business, connect with fellow mums in business, learn from leading business experts and celebrate the success of the best and brightest in the industry. Proudly presented by AusMumpreneur and The Women’s Business School, the AusMumpreneur Awards recognise the best and brightest in the Australian mumpreneur industry. The categories that will be judged are: AusMumpreneur of the Year Rising Star AusMumpreneur of the Year Emerging AusMumpreneur of the Year Regional Business Award Product Innovation Award Digital Innovation Award Sustainability Award Business Excellence Award AusMumpreneur Network Excellence Award Women’s Business School Excellence Award Global Brand Award Big Idea Award Making A Difference Award Retail Business Award Service Business Award Handmade Business Award The People's Choice Awards: Influencer Award Customer Service Award Making a Difference Award (Business) Making a Difference Award (Non-profit) Business owners or those who wish to nominate a mumpreneur, can go to: https://www.ausmumpreneur.com/ausmumpreneur-awards/ Nominations close on Friday the 30th of June 2017. Media Contact: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com 0481 369 484 Winter Window Appeal - How to create an inviting home in the cooler months 2017-06-21T04:29:04Z winter-window-appeal-how-to-create-an-inviting-home-in-the-cooler-months As winter truly kicks in and the market cools, Cameron Nicholls from Nicholls & Co Estate Agents in Abbotsford shares his tips on how to make a home inviting and warm. “With clearance rates dropping and stock availability at an all time low. Many properties owners tend to fear a winter sale campaign. However, we believe it’s a great opportunity to present new listings in a competitive buyer market,” said Cameron. Cameron’s top five tips for enticing potential buyers in the winter market are all focused around the street front windows. His tips include: Bring the outside in: Place indoor plants near the window so when I buyer drives past or looks in the greenery is visible. Double glaze windows: This is a must for insulation and creating a cosy home even on the coldest winter day. Install curtains: Even if they are just for show, the long draping lines of curtains can create a sense of warmth. Invest in a lamp: This can either be a floor lamp or place on a table near the front windows. Make sure you use a soft glow light bulb though. Rugs and throws: Position a throw over the side corner of the lounge and place a rug under the coffee table to give that homely feel. About Nicholls & Co Nicholls & Co is a boutique modern agency focused on the person first and foremost and then the property. They do not work with clients, they work with people. Through personal attention and connecting with people on a deeper level they are able to comprehensively understand how best to deliver the results desired. www.nichollsandco.com.au Anthony Walsh joins Shark Shield as a Brand Ambassador 2017-06-20T23:14:54Z anthony-walsh-joins-shark-shield-as-a-brand-ambassador Anthony Walsh joins Shark Shield as a Brand Ambassador The world’s only scientifically proven and independently tested electrical shark deterrent Media Release - June 2017 Professional surfer, a regular at Pipeline, drone enthusiast and one of the world’s biggest GoPro surf video contributors, Anthony Walsh, has joined Shark Shield as their newest Brand Ambassador. Anthony is always on the hunt for some tube time and you’ll usually find him filming in a barrel in some exotic location somewhere on the planet, having Shark Shield on hand makes for a safer adventure. Anthony Walsh says, “I’m excited to represent the world’s only scientifically proven and independently tested electrical shark deterrent. I’ve tested out the devices for myself in Hawaii and yes without doubt Shark Shield does deter sharks without hindering surfing performance. Shark Shield launched their new Shark Shield FREEDOM+ Surf in 2016. The FREEDOM+ designed in partnership with two-time World Surfing Champion Tom Carroll and iconic surf hardware brand Ocean & Earth. Lindsay Lyon, Shark Shield’s Managing Director says, “We have created our products to enable ocean lovers to have the ability to enjoy their time in the water, personally protecting yourself from unwanted shark encounters is the only solution to enjoying the ocean without harming the environment. “We’re pleased to take on such a talented and professional surf legend as Anthony to be an ambassador of our proven technology. We look forward to sharing some of Anthony’s fantastic tube action and ocean footage ahead as he continues to travel around the globe with his Shark Shield. Stay tuned!” said Lyon. About the FREEDOM+ Surf The new FREEDOM+ Surf features a removable power module housed in a custom designed Ocean & Earth tail pad kicker, which can easily be transferred from board to board. All surfers need to do is install the new Ocean & Earth tail pad/decal antenna on each board in their quiver. The new tail pad houses the removable power module and includes a sticker-thin, adhesive decal that’s simply applied to the underside of the board. Light in weight, the solution offers nearly zero drag so there is little to no impact on surfing performance. The FREEDOM+ Surf is available now at an RRP of $599 and can be purchased from www.sharkshield.com. The Ocean & Earth tail pad/decal antenna is available for an RRP of $169. About Shark Shield Shark Shield is for professional adventurers. It is the worlds only scientifically proven and independently tested electrical shark deterrent. Sharks have small short-range electrical receptors in their snouts used for locating food. Shark Shield’s unique three-dimensional electrical waveform turns sharks away by causing unbearable spasms in these sensitive receptors. Used by professionals, such as navies around the world, Shark Shield is a safety device providing peace of mind, while supporting the conservation of sharks. If you’re serious about adventure, you wear a Shark Shield. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ For further information or to set up and interview with Lindsay Lyon or Anthony Walsh please contact: Rachel King @ 360 PR – 02 9571 4448 – 0423 833 814 – rachel@360pr.com.au Lens World Customers Can Claim from Health Funds 2017-06-13T07:01:59Z lens-world-customers-can-claim-from-health-funds Lens World, Australia’s leading eye-care and contact lenses specialist are registered with various health funds. This enables their customers to claim money back on prescription glasses, contact lenses or any optical repairs depending on their optical limit from the health fund providers. Lens World has the most advanced lenses designed with modern techniques and manufactured by the best brands. Customers can depend on Lens World for contact lenses of every kind including coloured lenses, daily contact lenses, daily contact lenses for astigmatism, fortnightly contact lenses, monthly contact lenses, multi focal lenses and toric lenses. The brands available at Lens World include Alcon Cibavision, Air Optix Aqua, CooperVision Biofinity and Proclear, and Bausch & Lomb Soflens. Customers may check with their health fund about the amount they will be able to claim from their health fund. The amount they can claim usually depends on the level of cover and whether they have recently claimed or not. They could check with the health fund to see how much they are entitled to before making a purchase since each health fund’s policies may differ from the others. Some health fund providers give customers the permission to claim even the money spent on prescription swimming goggles, ski masks and diving masks. All they have to do is include a copy of their receipt when they make the claim. Lens World is registered with various Health Funds. Their list of health funds includes AHM: 21143958, Australian Unity: 21134113, CBHS Health Fund: CBHS04765, Central West Health: 00006722, CUA Health: OP08708 and Defense Health: EYE51044. It also includes health funds such as GMF: 00006722, GU Health: 21125012, HBF: B22408, Health.com.au, Health Care Insurance: P1091544, HIF: A000591A, Latrobe Health: P3001529, Mildura Health Fund: 001460PO, Navy Health: ACU10631, NIB: 10175537, Teachers Health Fund: OPT07896 and TUH: TUH00219. Lens World cares about the needs and interests of each of their customers. Therefore they are open to expanding their list of health funds. Customers who find that their health fund is not listed may contact them to ensure that they can receive the claim from their health fund too. Customers with queries about Lens World, their products and services may send an email to sales@lensworld.com.au or call 1300 724 534. To know more about Lens World’s list of health funds: https://www.lensworld.com.au/health-funds/ 5 Reasons To Sell Your Home In Winter 2017-06-07T23:02:04Z 5-reasons-to-sell-your-home-in-winter While many vendors hold off selling their homes until the peak spring selling season, what many don’t know is that winter is actually a prime time to sell. With less competition from other vendors, you’ll be able to take advantage of the benefits and you could secure a real win! Justin Ferguson, Founder and Principal of Ferguson Property Agents, says, “Over the years, there has always been a big misconception that selling your property in winter is a bad decision, but this couldn’t be further from the truth! In my experience, there are actually so many benefits to selling now, rather than waiting until spring. It’s time vendors finally realise the true potential of winter sales.” Justin explains 5 key reasons why winter is a great season to sell your home: Attract Genuine Buyers: With low supply and therefore minimal competition, you will be able to attract real, genuine buyers. As there are fewer options for buyers out there, your property will appear more desirable. You’ll be able to capture the full attention of serious buyers who mean real business – cutting the nonsense and timewasters out of the equation for good! Psychology of Home: Buyers are attracted to a cosy, comforting haven, so take advantage of the chilly days and dress your home to show it off as warm and welcoming. This can be a very powerful time to sell and to sell quickly and everyone wants to feel comfortable, warm and safe in their own home; winter draws on these psychological underpinnings of the meaning of home. Sell For More: You can actually list your property at a slightly higher price point during winter. Reduced inventory, typically lower mortgage rates and being tired of the property hunt through the cold winter days acts as a strong motivator for winter buyers to take the leap and “impulse buy” if they have positive feelings about your property. Unveil True Potential: Buyers can see the true potential of your property, despite the gloom of winter! If they like your property when the weather is not so pleasant, they’re bound to fall in love when the sunshine and warmth returns. Get Ahead: Take a step ahead of the crowd by getting in early and placing your property on the market before spring selling season. This way, buyers will notice your home first and your property will stand out before the market becomes more crowded. There is no reason to change your plans and force yourself to wait! For more information about Ferguson Property Agents: www.fergusonproperty.com.au For further information or to speak with Justin Ferguson, please contact 360 PR: Rachel King – rachel@360pr.com.au – 02 9571 4448 – 0423 833 814 Australia’s Prescription Painkiller Epidemic 2017-06-05T02:33:52Z australia-s-prescription-painkiller-epidemic For Immediate Release 5 June 2017 A record number of Australians are accidentally overdosing on prescription medicines in what medical authorities have labeled ‘an opioid epidemic.' According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the number of deaths from prescription painkillers - opioids - has increased 61 percent between 2004-2014. Further key facts and figures are showing no stopping this hidden health crisis. However, the real question is, why is this happening?   Medical authorities such as The Penington Institute note that the deaths caused by opioid over prescription between 2008-2014 underscore how severe the overdose crisis is in Australia. 69 percent of all drug-related deaths in Australia come from prescription painkillers.   To bring more attention to this public health issue, it is essential to understand the reasons why these medications are being prescribed and how they may affect us adversely. 58 percent of non-cancer prescriptions are for musculoskeletal issues, commonly including back pain and neck pain. Melbourne based Chiropractor, Doctor Ian Deitch (Chiropractor), had this to say on back pain:   “It is totally understandable why so many back pain sufferers take these medications. We have been brought up to believe that if we have pain we see a doctor, get a prescription, take the medication and the pain will go away,” Dr. Deitch said.   “The problem is not the pain but rather the underlying cause resulting in pain. Think of it like this, your house is burning, the fire department arrives, rushes in and turns the fire alarm off but leaves the fire burning. Pain killers turn off the body’s fire alarm and leave the fire burning,” He said.   The medical compound in question - opioids - are one of the most commonly prescribed drug classes for pain. Alarmingly, the efficacy of long-term opioid use has been called into question. A Cochrane Review showed that the adverse reactions far outweigh the beneficial effects of opioids in treating back pain. Dr. Deitch said pain is your body’s way of telling you something is wrong.   “Taking medication to deal with the pain and not addressing the underlying problem is probably going to lead to further complications later on,” He said.   Although the prevalence of opioid overdose and accidental death is an urgent issue to be addressed, there is also growing awareness that other forms of treatment, including chiropractic care, have a role to play in aiming to correct one of the problems at its source - musculoskeletal injuries that cause pain.   Research over the last several decades has demonstrated time and time again the benefits of chiropractic care for many musculoskeletal problems. This is not limited to low back and neck problems but includes many other conditions chiropractors deal with on a daily basis.   All forms of healing have their place, but when research shows prescribed medical remedies are not solving the problem, we need to rethink what we are doing. In the first instance, natural and lower risk treatment options, such as chiropractic, should be considered in some cases. Clearly, if the benefits of chiropractic treatment are more widely known to the Australian public, this hidden health crisis can be better addressed. Contact Dr. Ian Deitch (Chiropractor) Chirolife Rosanna (03) 9458 3255 chirolife@chirolife.com.au Website One step closer to marriage equality - The Evermore Pledge confirm first ‘Marriage’ 2017-06-01T02:37:10Z one-step-closer-to-marriage-equality-the-evermore-pledge-confirm-first-marriage The Australian Marriage Service officially introduces the 'Evermore Pledge', a groundbreaking social enterprise, providing an independent and legal alternative for same-sex couples who wish to wed. The first ‘Marriage’ conducted using the Evermore Pledge will be held in 1 July 2017 on the Gold Coast. Michelle Anderson, Founder and Celebrant from The Australian Marriage Service says, “We are thrilled to offer a legal alternative to traditional ‘marriage’. The Evermore Pledge consolidates an array of legal and financial components which, when affirmed at a ‘wedding’ ceremony, provides couples with a love contract that replicates traditional marriage as closely as possible. “Until marriage equality is embraced by the Australian Government, this is THE way for couples to gain equal rights,” said Michelle. The Evermore Pledge was established with three main objectives: To provide an interim solution for LGBTIQ couples that wish to marry but cannot, by giving them a legal, educated and ethical alternative. To expediate the government to amend the Marriage Act 1961, encompassing equal marriage for all; an overdue social change needed to grant basic human rights that are currently denied to a significant number of Australians. Profits generated by the Evermore Pledge will be donated to associated charities and organisations with aligned goals. The ‘Evermore Pledge’ blends romance with a legally binding contract that addresses the components that fall under the Australian Marriage Act 1961 such as wills, beneficiaries, power of attorney, next of kin, superannuation, finances, estate planning etc. Michelle, a leading Queensland civil marriage celebrant, is already an innovator in the industry, with her no-frills express wedding business, run like the registry office, but at a beach side location. The Evermore Pledge initiative, however, stands aside from her core business as a social enterprise with profits going to associated charities. Alee Fogarty and Carly Naughton are set to be the first couple to be ‘Married’ under the Evermore Pledge on 1 July 2017. Alee says, “We are beyond excited and already know of many couples like us who have registered their interest to finally be able to demonstrate our love for each other as a couple in a legally binding way!” About The Evermore Pledge: The M2.1 Independent Legal Evermore Pledge has been formed with the cooperation of Melbourne-based law firm Nevile and Co., and will become available Australia wide as celebrants from around the country become familiar with the concept and incorporate it into their existing commitment ceremonies. For futher information go to: www.newwaytowed.com.au Turn your home into a winter haven! 2017-05-31T22:51:11Z turn-your-home-into-a-winter-haven With the colder, shorter and darker days under way, making sure your home is well prepped can truly make or break your winter happiness. Whether you like it or not, winter is here to stay for the next few months, so it’s important to make some little changes to your home now and create your own cosy haven before hibernating for winter. Justine Wilson, Director and Principal Stylist at Vault Interiors shares her top winter styling tips, “Since we tend to spend a lot more time curled up indoors than any other season, your home needs to feel extra inviting and comforting. Making a few changes around the home can also help with your energy bill, so try bringing in large rugs, runner rugs for cold floor hallways, introduce thick curtains and bring out the winter doonas to feel warmer without turning up the air con. 1. Bring the outside in Fight off the housebound feeling by bringing in fresh flowers, succulents or floor standing plants that will breathe life into your home, can assist in filtrating the air, and they look amazing! By bringing the outdoors in, you are also less likely to open windows so less likely to feel the cold chill. 2. Layer to create a cocoon-like space Winter is all about comfort, so choose a variety of different textures and fabrics to trap heat inside. Heavy thick curtains will also help contain warmth. Layering throws, blankets and cushions on your bed and sofa will instantly warm up your rooms and help you get cosy. For a plush looking sofa, mix fabrics such as wool, faux fur and velvet for a really glam winter look. Ensure you have enough storage solutions (such as baskets) to store extra throws and blankets, it’s good to have them at the ready in your bedroom or living room and they can still present well if placed in the right basket. 3. Add warmth to your interiors Adding warm coloured tones to your décor is a great way to bring warmth to your interior. Select rich tones, which are also on trend and lux, such as copper, burnt orange and mustard, and maroon. These deep tones are great for winter styling and in contract to summer months; these changes alone can completely freshen up your interiors! This is also a good time to introduce the depth of colour to feature walls to make your home feel more intimate and dramatic. Having a visually warm palette will enrich all the senses. 4. Accessorising with colour pops If you prefer not to paint or wallpaper something permanent, you can introduce colour through accessories, blinds, cushions and rugs. Metallic pops like gold, copper and brass will also add a hint of drama and a feeling of richness. Think about accessories, vessels, candles or small occasional furniture like side tables. 5. Brighten up your mood with lighting and beautiful scents Soft lighting will help to make your home feel brighter in the cooler months and in turn, lift your mood too! Table lamps and floor lamps are essential as the light is murkier and darker in winter, so you will need the warm glow of a statement table lamp. Candles are also essential to resist the urge to turn on every light in the house. Candles also assist in masking damp or unpleasant smells that come with having a house shut up tight during the gloomy weather. 6. Rearrange your layout for a fresh mind Orient items in a way that maximises the heat from fireplaces or heaters. As you won’t be opening doors or windows as much, you can place sofas, armchairs or consoles in front of these otherwise dead spaces. This may double your feeling of space as you wouldn’t normally opt for blocking access, but in winter is not such an issue. It will allow you to get creative and refresh your living and bedroom spaces. A fresh mind and a happier, warmer home! For more information, please visit: www.vaultinteriors.com.au Wavelength International listed in the Best SMEs to Work Asia 2017 2017-05-30T05:21:58Z wavelength-international-listed-in-the-best-smes-to-work-asia-2017 Wavelength International has made the prestigious Best Places to Work Asia 2017, one of only 3 Australian businesses to make the top 10 of the small and medium workplaces list. The Best Places to Work Australia Study is one of the world’s most comprehensive independent studies of workplace culture by global research and consulting firm Great Place to Work – More than 1,400 companies participated in national list studies in the 9 Asia-region countries where Great Place to Work® is represented. Wavelength shot into the top 10 this year, placing 9th in the top 25 Best Places to Work (20-500) employees. It is an impressive achievement, especially in an industry renowned for its high pressure work environments and high staff turnover. “It just goes to show you can be a successful high performance business by embracing a generous and supportive culture,” says Chris Riley, Wavelength’s CEO. “Just by walking through the door, you immediately sense Wavelength is a happy, motivated and engaged place to work. In my experience in this industry our workplace culture is quite unique: everyone cares passionately about the business and working collaboratively as a team." With over 75 employees, Wavelength is Australia’s largest and most successful medical recruitment agency. The company offers a range of employee benefits including: Flexible and family friendly working hours, Free breakfast Fitness classes A creative, casual and fun working environment i Monetary incentives linked with productivity and performance against key goals. Additional information Specific highlights that have made Wavelength a great place to work include: · A generous remuneration and commission scheme renowned for being extremely market competitive. Wavelength is also committed to making salary packages consistent and fair across the organisation. Employees in all roles are recognised and rewarded for outstanding performance. Individual goals created for all employees quarterly which are part of their performance criteria. Managers regularly meet with team members to provide feedback and coach them to be even better in their role. An internal mentoring program which enable employees to discover and develop their talents. · A real commitment to work life balance with a broad range of flexible full-time, part-time and job share work patterns in place. Employees can work flexibly between 7am and 7pm and have the opportunity to work from home one day a week. Wavelength also offers an additional five days of annual leave once an employee has completed four years’ continuous employment. A generous paid parental leave program and flexibility when it comes to extended leave for weddings and overseas trips. · Inspiring values of excellence, ingenuity, integrity and heart incorporated into all business processes, policies and communications. · A bright, fresh, modern and open workspace to encourage a positive working environment and work life balance. There are showers, great training facilities and plenty of room for regular health and fitness sessions. Breakfast, drinks and healthy snacks are all provided daily for all employees. · A love for celebrations – birthdays, anniversaries, individual and company achievements. · An internal social networking platform to foster a modern culture of openness and transparency. · Quarterly employee briefings to share information, business goals, successes, challenges and new initiatives. A commitment to the health sector both in Australia and overseas. Wavelength actively donates and fundraises for the Fred Hollows Foundation and Médecins Sans Frontières. The company also sponsors indigenous medical students and encourages employees to participate in other charitable events throughout the year. ### About Wavelength International Wavelength International
is Australia’s largest medical recruitment company, offering local and international candidate resourcing, medical registration and immigration services for medical professionals and healthcare employers. Based in Sydney, we work with over 300 hospitals, clinics and general practices across Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. About Great Place to Work Inc Great Place to Work Inc, is a global research and consulting firm specialising in workplace excellence and development of high-trust and high-engagement workplace cultures. Our proprietary research tool, the Trust Index Employee Engagement Survey, is taken annually by over 10 million employees worldwide. Leading companies worldwide use our model to increase the levels of trust across their organisations and drive business results. For further information, please contact: Deanna Daly Marketing Executive, Wavelength International Tel: 02 8353 9032 Email: ddaly@wave.com.au www.wave.com.au www.wavies.com.au PARRAMATTA CHIROPRACTOR TO MEET WITH SIR RICHARD BRANSON TO PROMOTE HEALTH AND WELLNESS 2017-05-29T23:15:10Z parramatta-chiropractor-to-meet-with-sir-richard-branson-to-promote-health-and-wellness Parramatta Chiropractor Dr. Rosemarie Jabbour, an acclaimed and experienced chiropractor with New World Chiro who has over 20-years of experience caring for the Parramatta community, this week announced, as part of the Change Makers Rule Breakers event, she will be meeting with entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson on his private island: Necker Island. The aim of the meeting is to promote chiropractic care to a group of influential people, including Sir Richard Branson, to help communicate the health benefits to a broader range of people. Home to 74-acres of beautiful paradise in the British Virgin Island, surrounded by stunning and unspoiled areas of the Caribbean, Necker Island was selected as the connection location for bringing innovators, creators, and movers from around the world together for one invaluable bonding opportunity. “My goal is to transform people's lives so they can improve their health and live a better life. Going to Necker Island and mixing with like-minded people such as Sir Richard Branson gives me the inspiration to take my work to the next level,” said Dr. Jabbour. The Change Makers Rule Breakers event is scheduled to take place May 30, 2017. The events are specially curated to connect the world-changing individuals through custom events, dinners, workcations, and adventures. The organisation is passionate about enhancing the attendees’ lives with the excitement of change, opportunity and innovation. The Change Makers Rule Breakers event is set to be much more than simple networking; it’s designed to develop and nurture a family while allowing for new ideas and innovations to be brought back to attendees home cities. "I plan on bringing the inspiration that I get from Necker Island back to Parramatta so that I can continue to tackle the many health crisis we are facing here in Australia, including opioid addiction, back pain, poor posture and musculoskeletal pain,” said Dr. Jabbour. For more information on Change Makers Rule Breakers, visit: http://changemakersrulebreakers.com/. For more information on New World Chiro and Dr. Rosemarie Jabbour (Chiropractor) please visit: https://www.newworldchiro.com.au/ News: Get Fitter (not Fatter) This Winter With FitTin 2017-05-29T23:00:00Z news-get-fitter-not-fatter-this-winter-with-fittin Sydney May 30 2017 - Distraction-free, fitness sessions for all levels and locations are now available with the launch of FitTin, a range of fun, ready-made workouts in a beautifully designed gift tin available for purchase online (AUD $40), with international shipping. Whilst health and fitness apps and websites have become popular, a recent study has shown that using a smartphone during exercise can reduce the time spent on high intensity activities, impact your balance and stability and affect form and posture. Marketed as “old-school, distraction-free fitness in a tin”, FitTin helps people of all levels wherever they are start exercise, maintain fitness, stay motivated and improve their health with 20 workouts on a deck of cards in each tin. With three levels forthcoming, Newbie, Rising Stars and High Achievers, and varying equipment options, FitTin fits into your life and your ability level for on the go fitness. Each workout is individually designed by a qualified, experienced fitness trainer, and each FitTin includes welcome, warm-up, cool down and stretch, fun facts and motivation cards. Now available for beginners with no need for equipment, Newbies No Props is perfect for people who want to get (re)started on their fitness journey but need some help with motivation, workout plans and know-how. No equipment is needed, so it’s ideal for people to use anywhere, in their own home or garden, in the park, if they have babies, children or pets, in a gym or on the road while travelling. Also available is Rising Stars Gym Props - for people who have been training for a while but want to mix things up a bit, refresh their gym routines with new challenges or supplement classes and / or personal trainer sessions. “The best workout is the one you actually do - and we recognised that’s half the problem - what do you do if you don’t know where to start or need some fresh ideas? People often assume a few things: a long workout is a good workout, pedalling slowly on a bike with a magazine is a workout, or that you need a personal trainer if you want to get fit. At FitTin we reinforce that a well-planned, varied workout is the best workout. Use FitTin by yourself or with a friend or partner, it’s more efficient, just follow the workout plan and get active,” said qualified Personal Trainer and FitTin Co-Founder, Emily Boylin. Smartphones can be helpful for music motivation but they can also be really distracting - a check of social media here, a quick text message there - a couple of times during your workout and that’s another ten minutes gone. We’ve gone old-school with FitTin - a distraction-free workout with a lightweight oversized card,” she added. For more information and to buy, please visit http://www.fittin.com.au, or check out social media for tips, tricks, news and inspiration: Instagram and Facebook. Living vs Fake Greenwalls 2017-05-29T18:45:00Z living-vs-fake-greenwalls There is no doubt that the popularity of greenwalls has significantly grown over the past few years. However, Mark Paul, horticulturist and Australian greenwall pioneer warns the hidden dangers of going fake versus living.   Mark Paul, founder of The Greenwall Company says, “Although the aesthetic of a fake greenwall can be appealing and the faux plant choice has expanded over the years, there are a number of things to consider.   “Aside from the lack of health benefits, they are a fire hazard due to the chemicals they are treated with and the dust they collect. The same dust can cause an increase in allergies, especially when placed in closed office spaces. After a number of media reported “greenwall fires”, all in fake greenwalls, many commercial property managers have banned them and had existing ones removed,” said Mark.   The benefits of a living greenwall include: Improved air quality in urban environments – Living walls will actually filter out harmful pollutants [VOCs] and dust rather than attracting them. Aesthetically appealing – Greenwalls can be designed as a standout feature or blend into the natural environment. Lower power bills – Living greenwalls help to regulate the temperature of the building they are installed on. Sound insulation – Living greenwalls can absorb up to 10 decibels of sound, which is why they are a great option for office environments. Lower maintenance – Living greenwalls are fitted with an automated irrigation system enabling them to essentially look after themselves. About The Greenwall Company: The Greenwall Company are the pioneers of greenwalls and green roofs in Australia. Founded by Mark Paul, a horticulturist, designer and advocate for greening cities, The Greenwall Company use award winning design techniques across both residential and commercial projects, bringing greenwalls to a new level of integration within the urban environment. Their vision is to reclaim the urban environment, wrapping facades of buildings with epiphytic and lithophytic plants creating living, breathing architectural function.  www.greenwall.com.au   Mathletics gets even better! 2017-05-29T01:44:39Z mathletics-gets-even-better 3P Learning, Australia’s global leader in education technology and creator of Mathletics, has today announced the launch of new Mathletics. According to the 2016 NAPLAN results, 75% of Australian primary schools that ranked in the top 40 schools* for numeracy use Mathletics as part of their maths programme. This maths resource has recently undergone a massive transformation and now features a new and improved user experience for teachers, who can access additional support to ensure the best possible outcomes for their students. Recent studies have revealed startling results. Only one-third of teachers claimed they feel prepared and equipped with the knowledge and tools to teach numeracy1, while 40 to 50 percent of graduate teachers are leaving the job within the first five years due to reasons of excessive workload, anxiety and lack of adequate support and guidance3. New Mathletics has arrived at the perfect time to provide extra support to every teacher and equip them with the tools needed to not only aid the learning experience for students but deliver improved results in every classroom. Rebekah O’Flaherty, CEO & Executive Director at 3P Learning says, “We are proud to be a part of the evolution of education, while providing schools and teachers with a solution that addresses rigorous curriculum demands and meets the needs of all learners. With this in mind, we’re proud to bring you a new and improved Mathletics experience, redesigned to be as user- friendly, supportive and targeted as possible. “3P Learning has spoken to teachers, parents and students to find out how best to continue providing all the tools learners need to be successful, both in the classroom and beyond. In-depth research helps us make sure we keep the learning curve as simple and easy to manage as possible, while still delivering seriously powerful learning management tools,” adds Rebekah. Key features of New Mathletics include: Flash to HTML – Mathletics has been converted from Flash to an all-new HTML experience, so Mathletics is now more accessible and compatible with a wide range of devices including iPads. Intuitive Interfaces – Redesigned from the ground up to be as user friendly as possible, addressing the balance between teacher-led instruction and independent, student-driven learning. Modern & Fresh Layout – Vibrant and easier to navigate with more graphic feedback on results and reporting. Integrating Technology – With new accessibility options, Single Sign On integration, mobile and tablet ready, integrating Mathletics into the classroom is now easier than ever. Big changes to the Mathletics Teacher Console, including: Natural Design Flow – Mimics how teachers use Mathletics, whilst placing curriculum activities at the core. Teachers can create personalised learning pathways for students by tailoring content through courses, assigning activities and viewing results and reporting at the touch of a button. Time Saving – All of that extra time and energy spent planning, marking and managing data takes time away from your students. New Mathletics has put teachers at the heart of it all, saving teachers valuable time. Simple Navigation – The new left-hand navigation is designed to guide teachers and make frequent tasks easy to find. Plan With Ease – Plan ahead by scheduling activities to start at a future date. All activities are automatically marked so students will receive immediate feedback whilst you can view their results in real time. New Results Tools – Not a digital mark book, this active diagnostic tool gives a snapshot of each and every student’s understanding and skills so you can see who needs more help to master activities. New Powerful Reporting Toolkit – Immediately gives you the evidence so you can report within your school or district, or sit down one-to-one with students and parents to look at improvements and support needed. To celebrate the launch of New Mathletics, schools across Australia are invited to experience Mathletics for free during Open Month (16 May – 16 June) and represent their school in a free and fun Australia-wide maths competition. It includes access to the Mathletics platform used by over 5 million students and prizes to be awarded to the top performing schools! For more information, please click here. WA Government implement $200 rebate on Shark Shield 2017-05-25T20:30:10Z wa-government-implement-200-rebate-on-shark-shield In a world first, the West Australian government have today implemented their election policy promise of a Shark Deterrent Rebate. The first 1000 West Australian residents to purchase the Shark Shield FREEDOM7 the worlds only scientifically proven and independently tested electrical shark deterrent device, will receive a $200 rebate. Lindsay Lyon, Shark Shield CEO says, “From today, all West Australian residents will have the opportunity to receive the $200 rebate on purchases of our Shark Shield FREEDOM7. “This is a significant step forward for governments in recognizing that those most at risk, surfers and divers, need individual deterrent protection and I commend Premier Mark McGowan for delivering on his policy promise. Ensuring proven electrical deterrent devices such as Shark Shield are more readily available to those most at risk will greatly improve ocean sport safety and save lives,” said Lindsay. In order for customers to receive the $200 rebate, the rebate needs to be applied at the point of sale at a registered Shark Shield retailer. The retailer will then be reimbursed by the Western Australian Department of Fisheries. Rebates are also limited to WA residence and one per person. About the Shark Shield FREEDOM7: With over twenty years of world-class research and independent testing, including the University of Western Australia Ocean Institute, the FREEDOM7 is scientifically proven to reduce the risk of an unwanted shark encounter. It is the chosen safety device of professional divers in the US and Australian Navies and has become mandated equipment in the Australian Professional Abalone Diving Industry. Features include: Comfortable, lightweight with an easy to wear neoprene velcro pouch Lithium rechargeable battery Longlife battery, lasts up to 6 hours Depth rated to 50 meter 30 Day Money Back Guarantee – if you don’t feel more confident in the water with Shark Shield About Shark Shield: Shark Shield is the worlds only scientifically proven and independently tested electrical shark deterrent. Sharks have small short-range electrical receptors in their snouts used for locating food. Shark Shield’s unique three-dimensional electrical waveform turns sharks away by causing unbearable spasms in these sensitive receptors. Used by professionals, such as navies around the world, Shark Shield is a safety device providing peace of mind, while supporting the conservation of sharks. If you’re serious about adventure, you wear a Shark Shield. www.sharkshield.com 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.