The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2016-12-28T03:14:42Z Group Homes Australia is so confident in their unique model of care that they are offering a free trial to live in one of their homes. 2016-12-28T03:14:42Z group-homes-australia-is-so-confident-in-their-unique-model-of-care-that-they-are-offering-a-free-trial-to-live-in-one-of-their-homes Sydney, Australia, 28th of December 2016, Group Homes Australia offers respite, dementia and high care in a sophisticated and luxurious environment, supported by a team of fully qualified homemakers who are there 24/7. Each home is designed to accommodate the needs of people living with dementia but looks, feels and smells like a home. Each group home houses 6 to 10 residents in beautifully appointed, private bedrooms. There are numerous living and dining areas for residents and their visiting families to enjoy. Each home boasts gorgeous garden and outdoor leisure settings. The homemakers focus on residents’ abilities and interests. The residents are encouraged to participate in weekly outings and the activities that they enjoy such as baking, gardening and laundry. Alzheimer’s Australia ranked GHA significantly above 80 aged care competitors. Tamar Krebs, CEO and Founder, Group Homes Australia, states: "We are so confident in our unique model of care that we would like to invite you to trial living in one of our group homes completely free of charge*. Please get in touch mentioning this offer. Places are extremely limited. We look forward to welcoming you to one of our homes so that you can experience the GHA difference for yourself." For more info about the free trial go to: http://grouphomes.com.au/freetrial/ To learn more and to arrange a visit contact call 1300 015 406. *** About Group Homes Australia: Group Homes Australia offers a unique model of care in a luxurious, friendly and safe, home environment. Our mission is to ensure that people living with dementia also live with dignity. We have homes located across Sydney, including in Waverley, Rose Bay, Vaucluse, St Ives and Warriewood, and were recently independently benchmarked by Alzheimer's Australia as best in class in every area of dementia care against over 80 competitors. Our model is the first of its kind in Australia and focuses on creating a non-institutional way of living that emphasises a resident’s abilities rather than their disabilities. Our homes are traditional houses in traditional streets and are an integral part of the community, with a maximum of 10 residents living together in private rooms. Each home has trained staff on site 24/7 and approximately 1 member of staff for every 3 residents. Our caring team members are homemakers, and they support and assist residents with their daily needs and activities. They encourage residents to be engaged in shopping, cooking, gardening… The full range of daily tasks that bring a sense of purpose in a home. We have no call bells or nursing trolleys, no rigid routines around waking, personal care or singalongs. We actively welcome friends and family to come and visit and stay for a cup of tea and sample our latest freshly baked treats. www.grouphomes.com.au or 1300 015 406 5 Christmas Tips for those with older parents or parents who have dementia 2016-12-22T07:37:08Z 5-christmas-tips-for-those-with-older-parents-or-parents-who-have-dementia Tamar Krebs, CEO and Founder of Group Homes Australia has some great advice for making the most of this festive season. 1.Don't try and replicate Christmas of the past - be prepared to approach it differently. Bring food in, or offer to do the cooking. Instead of eating in, head to the beach and use the public BBQ. 2.Try and focus on creating new memories and living in the moment, rather than focussing on how things “used to be”. Celebrate what your parents can do, rather than what they can no longer do. 3. Do not waste time and energy worrying about whether Mum or Dad will be around for next Christmas, but instead enjoy the fact that they are around for this Christmas. Be sure to tell them how much you love them and how happy you are to be spending this Christmas with them. 4. Christmas is a popular time for reminiscing. Looking at old photo albums or mementos is a very powerful tool to help remind that person of who they are, what they were capable of, and what makes them unique, rather than just being a person who is living with a diagnosis of dementia. 5. Not everyone who is living with dementia has family around to help care for them. Suicide rates peak at this time of year as it can be an incredibly lonely and isolating experience if you are not surrounded by friends and family. If you know someone who is living with dementia who will be alone this Christmas, please reach out to them and include them in your celebrations. Tips for driving, flying and camping holidays with kids! 2016-12-21T02:25:47Z tips-for-driving-flying-and-camping-holidays-with-kids Paediatric Sleep Consultant, Cheryl Fingleson offers tips on driving with little or bigger kids. 1. Leave at night or very early in the morning It’s a good idea is to leave at night when children have all been fed and it is bedtime so they can have a good long sleep, as the motion of the car will also help them sleep. If you prefer to drive when it is lighter then leaving in the early, give bub a feed and get the older children in the car so you can get a good start while they are tired and still need to sleep. 2. Pack Refreshments Drinks and snack foods are a must for the car age appropriate. 3. Stop for breaks If you have tired, grumpy or bored children in the car it is no fun. Remember children are hard wired for movement. Stop for breaks so the babies can crawl, walk and the older kids can run around for a while, then back into the car. Put the nursery rhymes on, sing along. 4. Pack the technology Ipads, mobiles and movies can be one of the most valuable things you pack and more importantly may keep you sane.. This may be the key to eliminating whinging and fighting children. 5. Routine. Routine. Routine. While travelling try keep to your babies and toddlers usual routine. 6. Clean as you drive Keep a roll of paper towels and a box of wipes in the front seat for easy cleanups. Keep a rubbish bag handy too. There are five things I tell people when they ask about taking kids camping or hiking or paddling: They get cold faster. They get hot faster. They get hungry faster. They get bored faster. They get tired quickly. Cheryl Fingleson, The Sleep Coach, says: "Babies and kids need to eat regularly and sleep on their schedule. I recommend you make sure kids nap and sleep at their usual time. Babies can nap in a front carrier, pram or backpack. Having their schedule and routine the same makes them feel secure. Take their own toys, games, books and anything you child loves to play with from home. Making them have their own belongings helps them adjust to the different surrounding. Consistency and routine will be the magic that make a great relaxing holiday." If you are travelling by plane, then pack these life saving products that were invented by Mums: Cozigo (formerlly Fly Babee) can be used as a sleep, sun and travel cover. It is air permeable, UPF 50+ and 100% breathable. It also blocks out 97% of the light allowing bubs and toddlers to sleep whilst travelling anywhere, anytime... www.cozigo.com Fly Tot Once your baby is too big for the air line bassinet, make sure that he or she is comfortable so they he or she can sleep in their seat. Fly Tot is an inflatable cushion for older babies, toddlers and kids to stretch out, relax and sleep. www.flytot.com.au Please contact candice@candicepr.com for more info. Wishing you all a beautiful, relaxing Festive Season! My Emergency Dr App launches just in time for Christmas 2016-12-18T07:25:23Z my-emergency-dr-app-launches-just-in-time-for-christmas Sydney, Australia, 18th December 2016, The future of healthcare has launched in the form of an app that puts you directly in touch with an emergency specialist doctor. Save time by avoiding the hospital trip and long wait. My Emergency Dr is a video-based smartphone app that puts you in touch with an Australian-trained and qualified Emergency Specialist Doctor when you need one. If you or a family member are sick, the team of Emergency Specialist Doctors at My Emergency Dr can remotely assess you, make a diagnosis, provide expert medical advice and in many cases arrange the treatment you need. Justin Bowra, CEO and Founder of ConnectedMed and an experienced senior emergency specialist physician states: “Our vision at My Emergency Dr is to give every Australian urgent video access via your smartphone to an Emergency Specialist, wherever they live and whenever they call. All of our doctors are qualified specialists in Emergency Medicine. Simply download the app and connect to an Emergency Specialist who will be able to assist you wherever you are.” Dr. Bowra adds: “Registered clients have 24 hour-a-day immediate phone and video access to a team of Emergency Specialists who can remotely assess, diagnose and arrange treatment. My Emergency Dr will email you a copy of the consultation record to take to your GP. If medications need to be organised, we can email you an electronic prescription. Similarly, we can also email you referrals for x-rays or blood tests.” Just download My Emergency Dr from the App Store or Google Play, open it and follow the instructions. A free trial of the service is available until 25th December 2016. Media Enquiries: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com -ENDS- About My Emergency Dr: My Emergency Dr is a video-based smartphone app that puts you in touch with an Australian-trained and qualified Emergency Specialist Doctor when you need one, at the touch of a button. We can be there at times when your GP can’t be, as our service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please note that this is not a replacement for the emergency 000 service. If you suffer a time-critical emergency such as chest pain or difficulty breathing, call 000 without delay. The key steps are: Download our app My Emergency Dr from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Open the app & register your name & mobile number. When an urgent health problem, illness or injury affects you, open the app and connect via built-in video to the emergency specialist doctor. The doctor will assess you and make a diagnosis, then arrange what is needed, e.g. prescription for medication, referral for an x-ray, or even urgent admission to hospital. The doctor will also email you a summary of the consultation for your GP. http://www.myemergencydr.com/ Email: admin@myemergencydr.com.au Group Homes Australia and Heathley Announce Property Partnership 2016-11-21T22:18:43Z group-homes-australia-and-heathley-announce-property-partnership Sydney, Australia, 22nd November 2016- Group Homes Australia, the first Australian model to offer dementia and high care in a group-home environment, has entered into a partnership with Heathley. The partnership, designed to drive future growth, has Heathley agreeing to fund the purchase and development of Group Homes Australia (GHA) residences through its existing Heathley Aged Care Property Fund No.1 (Fund). The agreement will offer Fund investors exposure to a dementia and high care property investment, coupled with the attractive fundamentals of the residential property market - whilst offering commercial income yields. The Fund will enter into a long-term lease with Group Homes Australia at each property, with a preliminary commitment to fund $50 million of property acquisitions. Heathley’s Managing Director Andrew Hemming says: “We are excited to partner with GHA. We continue to show interest in property investments which illustrate strong underlying demand drivers. GHA broadens our exposure in the aged care sector to dementia and high-care residents in an innovative and exciting format. Whilst this care model is new in Australia, it has proven to be successful in the US and in parts of Europe. We feel privileged to be able to facilitate an expansion of options for those people living beyond a diagnosis of dementia in the Australian community.” Group Homes Australia is a pioneer in the field of dementia and high care, offering an alternative to the traditional institutional model. Group Homes Australia is currently operating eight homes in Sydney’s North Shore, Northern Beaches and Eastern Suburbs. CEO and founder of Group Homes Australia, Tamar Krebs adds: “We are delighted to be working with Heathley. This partnership will deliver significant benefits to our ability to make this innovative model of care available to more residents nationally. As we consider our national expansion options, there are clear benefits in terms of the deep networks of high net worth individuals and institutional investors that Heathley Limited has built over its 40-year history. Our homes represent an exciting point of difference for Heathley’s investors.” Group Homes Australia will continue to have sole operating responsibility for the homes under the new arrangement. Media Contact: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com -ENDS- About Group Homes Australia Founded in 2012, Group Homes Australia offers an innovative model of care for people living with dementia. It is the first of its kind in Australia and focuses on creating a non-institutional style of living that emphasises residents’ abilities, rather than their disabilities. The homes look and feel like traditional houses in traditional streets and are part of the broader community. They exude a warm, safe and friendly environment for 6-10 residents. Each resident receives personal, tailored care and lives with dignity and a sense of purpose. Website: www.grouphomes.com.au About Heathley Limited Since incorporation in 1977, Heathley has had a proud history of finding, structuring and managing property investment portfolios for wealthy individuals, families, and institutions. The principal operations of Heathley is property funds management - having successfully established 40 property funds throughout its 40-year history. The Board and Management of Heathley Limited have a diverse mix of experience and skills and currently manage nine property funds with total funds under management of approximately $550 million. Website: www.heathley.com.au School Products Australia – Making a Mark with Quality School Supply Products Australia Wide 2016-11-17T05:06:44Z school-products-australia-making-a-mark-with-quality-school-supply-products-australia-wide When shopping for school supplies like school bags, school shirts, bags, educational toys etc parents in Australia would not make a compromise with the quality and that’s exactly what School Products Australia stands for – QUALITY AND VALUE! School Products Australia has been in the business of school and education supplies since 1986. The business is headquartered in Cannington, WA offering a large and exciting range of products like art smocks,bibs, school hats, library bags, shirts, educational toys, playmats etc all of which are excellent in quality and value. All of these products are essentials for the journey of every learning child. Now that most schools are back in session, it’s the perfect time to get quality school products if you have not already. The reason to buy such products yourself is because most schools do have educational toys, classroom mats, art smocks bibs etc but products like school shirts, chair bags and school hats are often items that parents have to provide school going children with. Having the right quality of school shirts is very important, with the Australian summer in full swing the right quality shirts and hats help protect children from the damaging sun harming their skin.On the other hand art smocks are another school essential because they protect the child’s clothing from spills and stains while they are enjoying painting and other art or craft activities.Speaking to the media, Mr. Grant Warnock, Customer Service Manager at School Products Australia said, “At School Products Australia we stand for quality products. Our business has been in existence now for 30 years and customers large and small trust us to offer quality school and educational supplies at the right prices year after year. Customers throughout the entire length and breadth of Australia can order products easily from our online store and have your school essentials delivered to your door.”Customers can order a huge range of products conveniently from the online webstore at www.schoolproductsaustralia.com.au , charging only $12.50 AUD +GST on all orders irrespective of the order size. So when you want to place an order, order BIG and you will SAVE!If you have any questions regarding sizes, availability of products or order dispatching you can always speak with one of their friendly staff on toll free number 1800-633-356. Introducing CoziGo - Sleep on the Go (formally Fly Babee) 2016-11-16T03:10:34Z introducing-cozigo-sleep-on-the-go-formally-fly-babee The Award Winning Fly Babee - Travel Made Easy was launched in Australia and was so successful that we're already going global. We've decided to time our international expansion with a name change. Fly Babee isn't just for flying - it's universal to every stroller. So we'd like to introduce you to CoziGo - Sleep on the Go! Emma Lovell, Creator and Director at Fly Babee states: "Fly Babee is going global and we have decided to time our expansion with a new name!" New features 2 way zippers for even more flexibility 2 hidden Velcro slits so that Cozi-Go will fit on even more airline bassinets www.cozigo.com www.flybabee.com Media Contact: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com Leading dementia care provider, Group Homes Australia, introduces yoga to residents 2016-10-21T05:00:11Z leading-dementia-care-provider-group-homes-australia-introduces-yoga-to-residents The innovator in aged and dementia care, Group Homes Australia, has introduced yoga to their residents. Most of the residents living at Group Homes Australia are living beyond a diagnosis of dementia. According to a UCLA study, yoga and meditation was found to be even more effective than memory enhancement exercises for managing mild cognitive impairment. Yoga practice and meditation have been essential in helping adults improve their memory skills, reduce anxiety, and improve their navigation and location skills. These added benefits are key elements in the fight to reduce the risk of dementia Locally in Australia, the University of Adelaide conducted their own research which discovered that visual-spatial memory was increased to a greater degree in the yoga-meditation group. Participants practising yoga and meditation were also less likely to be depressed and anxious, and were better able to cope with stress. If you would like more information on the Group Homes Australia yoga classes or to book an interview or photo shoot, please contact Candice. Media Contact: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com References: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/05/10/yoga-better-than-crosswords-for-preventing-pre-alzheimers-memory/ http://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/reduce-risk-alzheimers-skip-lumosity-get-onto-yoga-mat Summer is almost here which means it's the best time to purchase thongs. 2016-10-21T03:44:05Z summer-is-almost-here-which-means-it-s-the-best-time-to-purchase-thongs 21st October 2016, The first exciting Moeloco product is our inspirational flip flops (known as thongs here in Australia). These flip flops spread messages both on the front and through its relief etched sole. This means that you leave a footprint of inspirational words in the sand. The positive messages include words such as love, happiness and peace in our initial designs. Future collections will spread other meaningful words of virtue. With the purchase of every Moeloco, we will provide a pair of shoes directly to the orphans supported by the Hope Foundation. This will enable children to attend school and avoid injury and health issues caused by lack of footwear. By going to school the children have an improved chance of leaving poverty behind. All future products will also be based on the business model of parallel giving. Each product you purchase allows us to give an equivalent product to the children we are helping, this is buy-one-give-one. As a start-up business we are taking small steps to big change and hope you will be part of this journey with us. It’s in our togetherness that miracles happen. Help our business to grow so that the footprint we leave becomes larger as we strive to tackle more deeply the global issue of poverty. Thongs are available for Men, Women and Adults. www.moeloco.com Contact: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com Strategies to boost memory and cognition 2016-09-13T01:47:03Z strategies-to-boost-memory-and-cognition Tamar Krebs, CEO and Founder of Group Homes Australia, rolls out the following strategies in all of the Group Homes Australia homes: Pets- residents are able to bring in their own pets. Some of the residents choose which pet they would like and purchase accessories for the pet that they have chosen. One house has a chicken coup and chickens. Residents care for the chickens and collect their eggs. They interact with the pet and this makes them feel needed. The interaction with their choice of pet assists them to achieve self-actualisation. Exercise- Group Homes Australia takes residents on community and excursion based outings. The residents enjoy walking outdoors in the sunshine. By exerting energy, the residents are not sitting down all day and they sleep better at night. Sunlight also provides Vitamin D which fights depression. Fresh air and walking provides an oxygen boost to the brain. Residents walk on the beach and in national parks. They also walk in the roads of their familiar suburb. Inter-generational interactions- Group Homes Australia has a Story Time program where toddlers from a local daycare centre visit and bond over books with the residents. This gives the residents a sense of purpose. Group Homes Australia also encourages grandkids to visit loved ones and to come to the homes to bake and read books. A local school in Sydney also visits one of the homes and plays musical instruments. One of the houses has a pool which was specifically placed there for grandkids to use. Grandparents can watch their grandchildren swim. Healthy food- At Group Homes Australia, residents choose foods that they enjoy. All produce including fruit, veg, dairy, poultry and meat is ordered from local Australian farms. Group Homes Australia wants to support local communities and farmers. Personalised routines- There are no institutional routines. Residents can wake up early and shower early or wake up late morning and shower when they prefer. Each person is encouraged to partake in their own routine and to eat healthy foods that they enjoy. Personalised iPod lists- Group Homes Australia homemakers ask family members what types music residents used to listen to and enjoy. Music is then uploaded to an IPod for residents to enjoy. Music stimulates the memory. Engaging in real life activities such as doing the laundry, cooking, baking, shopping etc. Residents use their long term memory to tap into activities that they used to enjoy and partake in. This also gives them a sense of purpose and credibility. They remember that they used to cook or bake for their children and that they used to run a home. Doll Therapy/Baby Therapy- This is very specific and has to be appropriate and tailored to the specific resident. A real life looking doll that looks like a newborn and in some cases family or friends’ babies are brought in to calm the resident requiring the therapy. If a specific resident is feeling agitated by handing them a baby or doll, it soothes and calms them down. The shush and pat motion and sound regulates breathing and assists to calm the resident down. About Group Homes Australia: Founded in 2012, Group Homes Australia offers a new model of care for people living with dementia. The model is the first of its kind in Australia and focuses on creating a non-institutional way of living that emphasizes the resident’s abilities rather than their disabilities. The homes look and feel like traditional houses in traditional streets and are part of the broader community. The homes exude a warm, safe and friendly environment for 6-10 residents. Each resident receives personal, tailored care and lives with dignity and a sense of purpose. Website: www.grouphomes.com.au Media Contact: Candice Meisels Candice@candicepr.com Tips to Spring Forward into Daylight Savings Time 2016-09-13T00:24:23Z tips-to-spring-forward-into-daylight-savings-time Tips to help when switching to Daylight Savings Time: Keep consistency with sleep times and routines Exposing your child to natural light in the morning will help reset their own internal clock Due to longer days and shorter nights; rooms will be lighter, so ensure that rooms are darkened with shades or block outs for naps and sleep time Avoid bright lights and limit exposure to electronics, such as TV, computers, tablets etc. well before bedtime which will allow the internal body clock to adjust As daylight saving approaches, most of us look forward to an extra hour of daylight, which will mean warmer weather and a longer day. Although our clocks only change on the October 2nd, I am already receiving calls from anxious parents worried about how that extra hour will throw their child’s schedules and disrupt their sleep. Whether your child is a good sleeper or not, you should have a plan to make the transition a smooth one. There are two basic ways in which to do this: Use one or a combination of these methods and your child’s sleep schedule should be back on track in a few days to a week. 1. Gradual method: This approach is less drastic and is helpful for children that may be more sensitive to change or disrupted schedules, or the kind of children that tend to wake up on the early side. Starting just a few days before the time change, move your child’s bedtime earlier by 15 minutes each day so that by the time you get to Saturday night, he is going to sleep a full hour earlier. For example, if your child normally goes to bed at 6:30pm, put him down at 6:15pm. For example on Friday night put child to sleep at 6:15pm on Saturday night 6:45pm and on Sunday scheduled sleep time of 6:30pm. Remember, these times assume “clock” time, not your child’s internal clock. You can also apply this method to nap times and meal times in gradual 15-minute increments. 2. Adjust as you go: After your child goes to bed on Saturday, simply change the clock an hour ahead and follow your child’s regular schedule according to the “new time” on Sunday (which will be an hour ahead). This is great for parents whose child has been waking at 5.30am will now wake at 6.30am How good is that your early raiser is now waking at an acceptable time, problem solved. Switch all meals, activities and naps to the new time as well. Your child’s wake up times may be a bit off for a few days, but don’t worry, they will adjust. Try not to start the day before 6:00am if possible. Bedtime may be a struggle to start with if you choose this option. If your child normally goes to bed at 6.30pm, (before we changed the clock was 5:30pm), your child may not be tired and ready for sleep at that time. Hang in there. Stick to your child’s normal bedtime routine and make sure that their bedroom is “sleep-friendly,” complete with room darkening shades. You should notice that your child’s internal clock will adjust to this new time within a week. Cheryl is available for interviews, live chats, Q&A sessions and she can supply you with a range of free editorial on paediatric sleep advice. Cheryl Fingleson is a paediatric sleep consultant. www.thesleepcoach.com.au AIIA undertaking significant survey on analytics and data usage by Australian businesses, government and NGOs 2016-09-12T02:46:08Z aiia-undertaking-significant-survey-on-analytics-and-data-usage-by-australian-businesses-government-and-ngos FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 12 SEPTEMBER 2016 Encourages new and established organisations in all sectors to participate in order to develop the most comprehensive report possible The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the peak member body for the ICT industry, today announced it is undertaking a major survey of Australian organisations on analytics and data usage. The purpose of the survey is to find out what differentiates those business, government and NGO organisations that effectively use data and analytics for senior decision making. The survey is open to individual respondents via the AIIA website until 31 September 2016. It is anticipated that a whitepaper will be published towards the end of the year incorporating an analysis of the results and providing a body of knowledge that will help guide business leaders on ways to incorporate data and analytics into their organisation in order to remain competitive. Rob Fitzpatrick, CEO of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), says, "On a global scale, we see those organisations that know how to use data effectively are usually the strongest performers. If Australia is serious about driving an ideas boom and creating new employment opportunities, we need to ensure that we help local organisations better understand and then take advantage of data to be competitive. “This is not just a survey for tech companies. The information generated will benefit all industries and we encourage participants across all sectors whether they be in education, retail, finance, or others, as well as established and newer companies to participate,” added Fitzpatrick. This initiative is being led by the AIIA’s Data and Analytics Special Interest Group, which is chaired by Dr Roger Kermode, director of business consulting firm Alimua Pty Ltd and former practice principal for analytics and data management for Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and Graeme Wood, general manager of marketing for Semantic Software Asia Pacific. “There is mounting evidence that data-driven organisations tend to require fewer assets, execute with greater insight and less risk, and ultimately generate higher returns. We believe incorporating these practices is an important part of creating a sustainable and growing economy in Australia and is crucial to seeing our standing in world innovation and growth rankings improve,” says Dr Kermode. The data collected will be analysed by data scientists at the University of Technology Sydney. Professor Michael Blumenstein of UTS Sydney says, “Much has been published on big data, automation and the use of analytics at an organizational level. However, despite the recognition of data increasing in importance, the use of data between and within organisations varies widely. The AIIA survey has been constructed to find out why. It’s designed to enable deep diagnostics and analysis of what actually take place inside organisations across different functions and different levels, not just what is visible externally.” Numerous leading Australian organisations are encouraging their members to complete the survey, including: Data61, The Knowledge Economy Institute; NSW State Government; Advance Australia; FINSIA; CPA Australia; StartupMuster; UTS Faculty of Engineering and IT; and, the UTS Business School. # # # About AIIA The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. Since 1978 the AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favourable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. We do this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information. MEDIA CONTACT For more information, please contact Joanna Stevens Kramer at 0408 466 410 or email joanna@filteredmedia.com.au For more information about the AIIA please visit https://www.aiia.com.au Spring into Spring with these Gardening Tips! 2016-08-31T23:20:52Z spring-into-spring-with-these-gardening-tips Lyndall Keating, leading Horticulturalist, from Garden Society in Sydney shares her top Spring Tips for Garden design and growth. If you are looking a designing your garden now that the weather is warmer, here is Lydnall's advice: What do I need from my Garden? Who will use it? Do you want your garden to be an entertaining area for family and friends? Does your garden have a swimming pool or kid friendly features such as swings? Do you want to grow your own veggie garden? Don’t forget areas that you can relax in too! Do you need secure areas for pets or small children? To keep everyone safe, include fencing or hedging in your plan. Do you need to create privacy from neighbours or passing traffic? Consider adding hedging or feature screening to create your own space. What is the style of your home? Consider the architecture and street appeal of your home. Make sure your garden design complements the style of your house, so that the two sit happily together. Think about whether your property style is cottage, formal, minimalist or has more of a native Australian feel. What do I want from my plants? Plants can provide practical solutions like screening for privacy or noise reduction. However, plants are the real stars of the garden. They provide beauty through colour, texture and form so think about whether you prefer flowers or bold foliage colour. Some people are drawn to the structure of succulents or to native Australian plants.Your selection be affected by whether you need a low-maintenance garden. A garden does not need to be high maintenance to make a statement, but some passionate gardeners love taking care of plants that need a little attention. How exposed is my garden? Your garden is open to all the elements. Make sure that your plants will thrive in their environment, so study the sun direction, and the garden’s exposure to wind and rain. Choose plants according to your soil types, whether rock or sandy. What would be a great focal point? A good garden design has a focal point or a series of eye-catching interests. This is the easiest garden design principle to put into place. Try sculpture, feature plants, water features, firepits, garden benches or seating. Incorporate decorative screens or green walls for vertical interest. Horticulturalist, Lyndall Keating from Garden Society in Sydney shares her 5 must do's to get your garden growing in Spring: 1. Plant seeds for flowers and veggies and herbs for summer. If you are thinking about adding any new plants to the garden, this is the time to start. 2. Fertilise all plants and lawns as growth resumes. Mulch garden beds in conjunction with fertilising. This will help retain moisture and suppress weeds come Summer. 3. Watch for pests and disease on new growth such as aphids and snails. Aphids can be squashed or treated. Snails and slugs can be trapped or deterred. 4. Repot potted plants that are root bound. Don’t forget to treat your indoor plants as well. 5. Watch for weeds! If you have used a good layering of mulch then weeds should not be an issue. If weeds do pop up, then remove by hand or use a spray. Lastly, Lyndall shares her tips for creating a gorgeous outdoor room: When designing your room, your houses best attributes should be your starting inspiration. This may include aspect, view or other natural features. Do you want your outdoor room to capture the summer's northeasterly breeze, hide from the southerly buster or create a private sanctuary away from the peering neighbours. A careful consideration of aspect will greatly enhance your enjoyment of the space all year round. The money you spend on getting some professional advise will be a saving in the long run. The right plant selection and extra design tips will make all the difference. Some current trends include clusters of pots to separate areas. Try different scales and types to add texture and interest. Succulents are always a popular choice for the water conscious or time poor. They are hardy and thrive in hot and dry conditions. There are so many varieties, shapes and colours available and either mass planting or individual specimens are an exciting option. Think cacti for an individual architectural focus. Micro greens are another sensational choice. The delicate foliage look great and enhance any brunch menu. The key points to remember are that plants soften harsh edges, can be used as screening options, cool the area, add shade and are a wonderful addition to any outdoor room. Finally consider soft furnishings, artwork or designer lightening as a way to project your unique personality. This is a simple way to stay up to date with current trends, reflect the changing seasons or trial and exciting new ideas. All photos have been supplied by Garden Society About Lyndall Keating: Lyndall Keating is a qualified Horticulturalist with a Bachelor of Science. As one of Sydney's leading horticulturist Lyndalls plant knowledge and passion is well sought after. Lyndall brings over two decades of plant knowledge and experience in maintaining some of the worlds best gardens. Lyndall has also won many industry awards. About Garden Society: Garden Society can create a bespoke garden to suit your property. This includes reviewing your garden on site, plant recommendations, soil analysis, pest and disease reporting, irrigation planning, watering schedule, mulching choices, pruning, fertilizing programs and a written report. Garden Society also maintains gardens of all types and sizes. Lyndall and Nick also provide a Garden Design Service. A concept plan details the development for your garden. This gives the client an understanding of how the garden is formed with materials and elements like plants, decks, paving and pots. Each garden concept includes imagery and sun/shade and drainage considerations. www.gardensociety.com.au Start up transforming the Australian group gifting industry 2016-08-28T05:01:09Z start-up-transforming-the-australian-group-gifting-industry Sydney, Australia, GroupTogether, an online platform that takes the hassle out of collecting money from a group for a gift or personal cause has transformed the group gifting process in Australia. Over 10,000 people have chipped in online for group gifts for coaches, birthdays, farewells etc. Julie Tylman, Co-Founder of GroupTogether states: “Who wouldn’t want a GoPro camera, a surfboard or bracelet from Tiffany’s for their birthday? That’s why group gifts, where friends chip in together, are the way to go. But they are also a giant headache! Organising. Collecting. Reminding. Getting left shortchanged. GroupTogether makes it easy: it’s PayPal meets Paperless Post. Efficient, simple and gracious.” Friends receive a lovely invitation via email or link, they click through to chip in and add a message & photo to the card. The money is transferred to the organiser at the end of the collection. The organiser can then go and purchase a great gift or voucher. It’s still personal too as friends can write a message and upload a photo on the group card which GroupTogether provides as part of the package. Shayna Jones has used GroupTogether to collect money for an office farewell, a 40th birthday and an office bereavement. Shayna explains, “It’s a constant struggle trying to chase down people to contribute, collect and keep track of all of the coins and bank notes (don’t even get me started on giving change!!!) and then dealing with people who only respond once you’ve bought the item and the collection is over. Suddenly, I am able to set up a collection online on my tablet, smart phone or laptop and invite all of my regular suspects to contribute to something we know will be loved. Reminders are sent without me having to do a single thing, and collections can be made by credit card, bank deposit or PayPal. People who’ve taken part in my collections often remark about how easy it is to contribute and leave a message on a group card. Gone are the days of going from desk-to-desk looking for who has the giant novelty birthday card!” Co-founder of Group Together, Ali Linz adds “We’ve changed the paradigm of gift giving. Now people can give a gift that’s really wanted in a way that’s easier, less wasteful and with the option to give a portion to charity. It’s better all round.” -ENDS- Media Contact: Candice Meisels Candice@candicepr.com https://www.grouptogether.com The most ambitious school building project in Victorian history 2016-05-06T03:47:40Z the-most-ambitious-school-building-project-in-victorian-history 06/05/2016 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) congratulates the Victorian Government for its investment in the future growth and development of education infrastructure in Victoria which will underpin future innovation across the State. To safe guard the $1.1b investment and ensure both the Victorian Government and the people of Victoria are getting value for money in this initiative, the AIQS recommends the government engage AIQS professionally qualified quantity surveyors from the outset of these projects to ensure costs are controlled and managed. AIQS quantity surveyors, by working side by side with the Victorian Government, will control costs, minimise risks, and provide certainty to ensure potential cost overruns experienced on some school projects undertaken during the BER are not repeated. Part of this cost control process is ensuring the procurement of contractors to deliver these projects is done in a manner to provide ‘value for money’ and not simply flood the market with projects. With rates for education projects ranging from $1,500/m2 to $4,500/m2 dependent on the scale of the work required, it is important that the 23 new schools and upgrades to 147 schools have this professional quantity surveyor advice from the initiation of each project. This will ensure that each project has a skilled professional as part of the team to assist in identifying and minimising risks associated with time, cost, quality, environment and safety. For more information, contact Peter Clack (AIQS President) on 02 8234 4000 or president@aiqs.com.au. The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) is the peak professional body for Quantity Surveying in Australia and Internationally, with over 4,000 Members. Through its leadership, Standards, and Code of Professional Conduct, AIQS ensures that practising Quantity Surveyors are dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of professional excellence. The Institute promotes AIQS Quantity Surveyor members in providing impartial, independent, expert advice which benefit construction and infrastructure projects, by ensuring that design and construction costs are managed as efficiently and effectively as possible. The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) Level 3, 70 Pitt St Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia (02) 8234 4000 www.aiqs.com.au