The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2015-01-28T05:21:05Z Georgie White Launches Bali Wellness Retreat 2015-01-28T05:21:05Z georgie-white-launches-bali-wellness-retreat Launching in April 2015, Bali-based Ocean Soul Retreat will provide a calming and luxurious environment for women to relax, find inner balance and learn new skills. The week-long retreats focus on the four key areas of wellness, nutrition, yoga and surf, to give women a transformative and fulfilling experience.  Ocean Soul Retreat differs from other Bali retreats because of its focus on holistic healing. The holistic offering includes acupuncture, craniosacral therapy, traditional Balinese healing, Reiki and spa treatments, which coax guests into deep relaxation to realign the mind, body and soul. Ocean Soul Retreat was founded by New York-based Australian Georgie White, who ensures women will feel revitalised from their week away. Georgie uses her knowledge and expertise to develop and implement carefully designed packages to give women the tools to refresh and reconnect. Georgie says; “I’m dedicated to making Ocean Soul Retreat a supportive and blissful environment that recharges and energises lives.” Georgie’s aim is for women to use their holiday to heal. Perfect for overworked women, Ocean Soul Retreat not only offers an escape from everyday life but a healing and rebalancing journey. Guests can choose from the Surf and Yoga Package, Yogini’s Packageor Soul Surf Package. Each package includes seven nights’ accommodation at the beautiful Ocean Soul Retreat villa in Seminyak with highly experienced retreat leaders on hand 24 hours a day. Melbourne-based naturopath and holistic nutritionist Meg Thomson has developed a menu filled with nutrient-packed meals designed to help cleanse the system. With health and wellness holidays becoming an increasingly popular travel trend, Ocean Soul Retreat is a peaceful sanctuary offering a comprehensive women’s only experience with a luxurious touch. Each retreat runs from Saturday to Friday and accommodates at maximum of 10 women. Ocean Soul Retreat gives 5% of its profits to the local R.O.L.E. Foundation, a non-profit organisation dedicated to breaking the poverty cycle, improving the education and wellbeing of underprivileged women living in Indonesia and Bali. For further information about Ocean Soul Retreat, visit www.oceansoulretreat.com.    Growing and Knowing Rhododendrons and Azaleas 2015-01-28T05:18:02Z growing-and-knowing-rhododendrons-and-azaleas Understand more about Rhododendrons and Azaleas with the ebook- Growing and Knowing Rhododendrons and Azaleas. Written by John Mason and staff of ACS Distance Education, this ebook is 212 pages full of stunning colour photographs and information on Rhododendrons and Azaleas. Learn about the classification of the genus and also understand the effective growing conditions for the plants. Despite the different subgenera, sections and subsections of rhododendrons most of them come from western China and the Himalayan region, with most of the rest being found in other parts of Asia, Europe and North America. Typically, they are found at least 1000m above sea level and so are quite hardy plants which adapt well to cold and wet regions. Those which are naturally found at lower altitudes or in warmer regions are not as hardy.   This ebook is now available for purchase from our online bookshop, there is also a free sample available here too: http://www.acsbookshop.com/product-growing-knowing-rhododendrons-azaleas-pdf-ebook-5963.aspx Writing for Children- New Ebook 2015-01-28T04:59:50Z writing-for-children-new-ebook The 'Writing for Children' ebook will provide any budding writer with insight and tips to improving their skills in writing stories aimed at children. The scope of children’s writing is immense; from the things children are required to read at school, to the things they choose to read on computer screens and in printed publications at home. This ebook is intended to expand how children’s writers think about their job; helping them to see not only how to write more effectively, but also places where they might write, and things they might write about that they may not have given much prior thought to. Whether you are a budding writer or if you already write stories for children, this ebook would be helpful in improving your writing techniques and styles. This ebook is now available for purchase from our online bookshop, there is also a free sample available here too: http://www.acsbookshop.com/product-writing-for-children-pdf-ebook-5960.aspx Toxic Coffee Pods Invade The Lucky Country 2015-01-27T06:11:20Z toxic-coffee-pods-invade-the-lucky-country In June 2014 there were reportedly 1 million coffee capsule machines in Australia each processing an average 3 pods per day. Following the Christmas period, it is now estimated that this number has increased by a quarter of a million which will add another three quarters of a million pods per day to waste.  This means that Australians are now throwing more than 3 million capsules into landfill every single day. The Ethical Coffee Company (established in Switzerland by former Nespresso CEO) has developed a genuine espresso, that fits Nespresso machines, is about the same price and the capsule is totally environmentally friendly and biodegrades in just 180 days. This premium quality coffee and capsule system is the only one of its type in the world and is now available to Australian pod coffee drinkers through The ecoCaffe Company (www.ecocaffe.com.au).   Here are some facts: ·         In the first 9 months of 2014 it was reported that US consumers used over 30 billion pods. All made from plastic and none of them were biodegradable ·         In 2013 it was estimated that Nespresso had sold 28 Billion capsules worldwide. All made from aluminium and none of them were biodegradable ·          Aluminium pods will stay in landfill for over 150 years ·         Plastic pods will stay there for over 500 years! In Australia, we love our coffee pods and with the market forecast to double in the next 5 years, you can just imagine what that means in terms of waste. Between 2015 and 2019 we will consume enough tiny plastic and aluminium pods worldwide to wrap around the globe nearly 200 times. How many of those will sit in landfill? The impact will be catastrophic. While these numbers on a global scale are mind numbing, the issue for us here in Australia is no less real. For years the media focus has been solely on Nespresso aluminium pods and as if that wasn’t bad enough, over the last 18 months, we have seen a huge jump in usage with the arrival of plastic pods in supermarkets. It is now estimated that as many plastic pods are sold as aluminium ones. So now with this phenomenal growth and our love of capsule machines is it possible to sustain our love of pod coffee but with less environmental impact? The Ethical Coffee Company coffee is a genuine, reasonably priced, premium quality alternative and the capsule is totally environmentally friendly, so we can all have our cake (or coffee) and eat it too. For more information visit www.ethicalcoffeecompany.com or www.ecocaffe.com.au Narangba Timbers Says: “Protect Your Deck with the Right Finish.” 2015-01-23T05:38:05Z narangba-timbers-says-protect-your-deck-with-the-right-finish Brisbane, QLD, 23 January 2015 - Narangba Timbers has provided timber decking for numerous projects in the Brisbane area. They have been around long enough to see how long many of those timber decks have lasted and how often they need repairs. They have noticed that, over the years, most repairs and replacement of boards on timber decks are avoidable if the deck is protected properly. Timber has natural moisture. The closer that moisture is kept to its natural state, the longer a timber deck will last and the more durable it will be. The trick is to ensure that the timber doesn’t end up with too much or too little moisture.Recently, on their company blog, owner Jack Kyle offered some tips for selecting the right finish for timber decking. In a severe climate such as that in Brisbane, Mr Kyle feels that it is crucial to protect timber decking with the right finish and the right amount. It is most important, according to Mr Kyle, to make sure that all parts of a board are covered, including all faces, edges and ends. The following recommendations are courtesy of Mr Kyle’s blog post.Preparing the SurfaceThe first coat should be applied before building the deck, ensuring that every square centimetre is covered. If possible, new timber should be left to sit and dry out for two or three weeks to ensure that the finish can adhere to the surface. It is also important that the surface is clean and free of debris, mildew or dirt. Factors to ConsiderThe main factors to consider are the aesthetics of the timber, the performance characteristics of the finish and the species of timber being used.AestheticsA timber deck often becomes an entertainment area for guests, making the aesthetics important. Some homeowners will go for a natural look while others will want deep stains and colours to provide their preferred aesthetic. The appearance of a timber deck is directly related to the other two factors: performance characteristics of the finish and the species of timber being used.Characteristics of FinishAn oil-based decking stain generally provides the best overall profile of protection for timber. It soaks into the timber easily and provides the best protection for keeping moisture from entering or escaping timber. A semi-transparent, oil-based decking stain protects from moisture while allowing the natural grain of the timber to show through. Oil-based decking stain also has an alkyd resin that helps it resist scuffing, furniture legs and “heavy feet.” Timber SpeciesThe species of timber will also dictate what kind of stain is used. Some timbers, such as merbau, have a deep colour that lends itself to a semi-transparent stain. Others may require more pigment or even paint to provide the preferred “look.” Narangba Timbers is a timber supplier of products such as timber decking, timber fencing, timber flooring and heavy construction timber in Brisbane. They specialise in professional and attentive customer service to help ensure that their customers always have the right materials for any project, large or small. To learn more about Narangba Timbers, call 1300 795 675 or visit their website: http://www.narangbatimbers.com.au/. Black Rhino Aluminium Plate Boat 2015-01-23T01:36:59Z black-rhino-aluminium-plate-boat Black Rhino Boats is proud to announce the release of a brand new boat to its range. The 4.8m Kapala is a aluminium plate boat complete with full POD and plenty of storage. Black Rhino can also customise your 4.8m Kapala in either a Centre Console or Side Console depending on you requirements. Standard features are Fully Welded 4.8m Kapala unpainted, Full POD with Storage, Fully Welded Stringer Hull Design, 20 Inch Transom, 4mm bottom, 3mm sides, 20 degree with Reverse Chines, Bow Roller, Carpeted Timber floor, Casting Deck with Storage, Fully Welded, wrap around Side Decks, Aluminium Console, Side Pockets, 75 litre Under Floor Fuel tank and sender, Buoyancy Foam Hull, 2 x Standard Seats (3 x Bases), Live Bait Tank, Stage 1 Electrics, 4 x Fully welded Aluminium Rod Holders, Bow rail, side rail and POD rail, Folding Ladder, Carpeted Anchor Well (self-draining), Bow Cleat, 2 x Stern Bollards and Transducer Bracket. Black Rhino Boats recently worked with one of our good customers to manufacture a 4.8m Kapala with full POD in a Side Console configuration. Custom features included 4.8m Kapala (5.2m with POD) Side Console, Cable Steering and wheel, 4 Seat Basis – 3 Seats on Pedestals, Yamaha 70HP motor, Single Axel Trailer, Painted White, Live Bait, Tank and Kill Tank, Electric Kit with Single Battery and Isolation, Carpet on Floor Sewn Edges, Bow Mount and a Front Cast Deck This customer of ours was able to choose extra features of his choice. He chose a 112lb Minn Kota (including quick release bracket), 104354 Hummingbird Sounder, Sounder installation and set up, Wrap screen and extra rod holders Black Rhino Boats are happy to work with our customers and we encourage them to come visit us during the build process to ensure the boat they receive is to their exact needs. Black Rhino Boats currently has a range of boats for you to choose from ready to go: http://www.blackrhinoboats.com.au/#!portfolio/c12qy   Also check out Black Rhino Boats boat range http://www.blackrhinoboats.com.au/#!black-rhino-aluminium-boats/cee5   Visit Black Rhino Boat’s website today http://www.blackrhinoboats.com.au/ Black Rhino Boat’s north Queensland dealer http://www.thetinnieshack.com.au/ http://www.thetinnieshack.com.au/boating/boats/black-rhino-walk-around http://www.thetinnieshack.com.au/boating/boats/black-rhino-centre-console   Providers of Custom Stainless Steel Exhaust Hoods Warn: “Don’t Make These Mistakes.” 2015-01-22T11:28:29Z providers-of-custom-stainless-steel-exhaust-hoods-warn-don-t-make-these-mistakes Perth, WA, 22 January 2015 - Commercial exhaust hoods are made of stainless steel for a reason. They combine high durability, high corrosion resistance, ease of cleaning and resistance to extreme heat. That makes them the safest and most sanitary option for their main use: commercial kitchens. Western Stainless Solutions is a firm which provides custom design stainless steel installation and is located in the Perth area. Recently, on their company blog, they provided a guide to selecting, cleaning and maintaining commercial stainless steel exhaust hoods. Stainless steel exhaust hoods are custom fabricated in various sizes and shapes, depending upon the characteristics of the facility in which they are being installed. Most commercial kitchens, especially those with medium to high volume, use a vented exhaust hood. The vented exhaust hood draws air from the facility and sends it through a series of ducts until it is transported to the outdoors.In smaller facilities that don’t use appliances such as fryers, grills and charcoal broilers, ventless hoods can be installed. Ventless hoods draw the air through a filter or filters on the interior of the hood, clean the air and send it back into the kitchen.Cleaning Stainless Steel Exhaust HoodsThe interior of a vented exhaust hood must be cleaned professionally and on a regular basis. The interval between cleaning is according to manufacturer’s recommendations and can vary in time from as long as six months to as short as one month, depending on usage. The higher volume a kitchen produces, the more often the exhaust hood should be cleaned. Kitchens that produce more grease and smoke necessitate more frequent cleaning of the exhaust hood.Unvented exhaust hoods have charcoal filters. These filters are usually available at appliance stores and should be replaced often. As in the case of cleaning a vented exhaust hood, the frequency will be dependent upon the use and volume in the kitchen along with the manufacturer’s recommendations.Health Regulations and Symptoms of Insufficient CleaningAny buildup of mould or bacteria can compromise the health of staff and customers. Most local councils have health regulations governing the frequency of cleaning commercial exhaust hoods to ensure the health of their citizens. If a hood is not cleaned frequently enough, bacteria and/or mould can cause respiratory and gastrointestinal illnesses. Fabrication and Installation of Exhaust HoodsPaul Bartlett, Managing Director of Western Stainless Solutions, who provide custom design stainless steel installation in the Perth area, has personally overseen numerous stainless steel exhaust hood installations, from creation to cleanup. According to Mr Bartlett: “It is essential to get everything perfect with any stainless steel project, but especially in restaurants. In restaurants, as in medical facilities, sanitation is extremely important. One slip-up can result in people getting sick and a business being lost.”Mr Bartlett concluded, “That is why we always get everything perfect the first time.”  Western Stainless Solutions are stainless steel fabricators from Perth. They provide custom design stainless steel installation for the hospitality, medical, mining, commercial, industrial and mechanical industries. To learn more or to enquire about a project, call 1300 794 647 or visit their website: http://www.westernstainless.com.au/. Procular Emerges As Preferred Optics Retailer 2015-01-22T06:03:40Z procular-emerges-as-preferred-optics-retailer Procular has become the most sought after company for providing a wide series of optics. If experts of the fields are to be believed, the major reasons behind the success of the company include largest collection, reasonable costs, quality products and superb customer support.When contacted, Harry Golden (Marketing Manager Procular) said, “We are happy to be the most popular company for providing excellent series of all kinds of optics and binoculars. With each service and product, we ensure the satisfaction of customers. We are proud of our products due to excellence and quality of the same.” He further added, “We aim to continue with same success and quality products in times to come as well.”Procular offers free delivery all over in Australia and New Zealand without compromising with speed. The company is offering special range of binoculars, monoculars, spotting scopes, telescopes, microscopes and night vision. The company specializes in optics related to hunting, travel, marine, bird watching, outdoors and astronomy among others.Procular is also offering two year warranty on its products. The company uses an extensive range of electronic and physical protection devices and methods to defend user’s personal data such as credit card details from unauthorized access. At present, Procular is providing different kinds of binoculars from some of the top brands such as Nikon binoculars, Zeiss Binoculars, Vortex Binoculars, Olympus Binoculars, Celestron Binoculars, Bushnell Binoculars, Pentax Binoculars, Fujinon binoculars, canon Binoculars national Geographic Binoculars and a lot more.When contacted, Alice, one of the customers from South Melbourne said, “Procular is a world class company to find and buy top notch binoculars. The best factors about them are competitive prices and fast delivery. I have purchased from them earlier as well and will most certainly use again.”About ProcularProcular is a famous company offering wide range of optics for customer at most affordable costs. The company is based in Australia, and offers quality products such binoculars, monoculars, spotting scopes, telescopes, microscopes and more. Contact InformationContact Person: Harry GoldenContact Number: (02) 9199 7071Email id: info@procular.com.au Website: http://procular.com.au/ Address: Procular (Office Admin), 3 Osborne Rd. Manly, NSW 2095 Australia Research Proves that Pets Increase Lifespan and Well-Being 2015-01-22T04:37:21Z research-proves-that-pets-increase-lifespan-and-well-being Australia, 22 January 2015 - At Tall Trees Care Communities, they have encouraged their homeowners and residents to have pets from the day they broke ground for their first community. The co-founders know about research indicating that pets have a positive effect on their owners and wanted their residents to have as high a quality of life as possible. From time to time, co-founder Phil Usher has referred to pet studies on his company blog. Recently, though, he found a resource that references 150 studies and articles, all of which indicate that pets have a positive effect on lifespan, well-being or both. The dates ranged from 1980 to 2013. The resource is a study from the International Federation on Ageing.The study from the International Federation on Ageing is entitled, “Measuring the Benefits: Companion Animals and the Health of Older Persons.” They found numerous studies about companion animals and the elderly. Tall Trees Care Communities focused on five studies from Australia, Canada and the US that specifically covered the physical benefits of having a pet. The Five StudiesA study in 1980 found that those under cardiac care had a higher one-year survival rate than those who didn’t have pets. A study in 1992 found that cholesterol levels and blood pressure were lower in elderly pet owners than those who didn’t own pets. A study of US stockbrokers with hypertension in 2001 noted that those with pets suffered less from elevated blood pressure due to stress than their petless counterparts.A 1999 study showed that elderly people who owned pets suffered less decline in their physical ability to perform tasks that need to be performed on a daily basis than those who didn’t have pets. Dog owners were also found in this study to feel that they were more active, had a better sense of purpose and more structure in their lives as a direct result of owning a dog.An Australian study showed that dog owners get nearly 50% more exercise than those who don’t own a dog.What It Means to Tall Trees Care CommunitiesAt Tall Trees Care Communities, residents own their homes. It is structured like a hybrid between a retirement community and an aged care facility with what they feel is the “best of both worlds.” Co-founder Phil Usher has championed the cause of residents owning pets from the beginning. According to Mr Usher:“When we started the first Tall Trees Care Community, we were well aware of plenty of the studies referenced in the International Federation on Ageing report. We knew that we were going to not only allow pets but encourage them. Pet ownership is a way that our residents can be happier and healthier. We are always in favour of anything that enhances our residents’ quality of life.”Tall Trees Care Communities provide an alternative to traditional aged care in the Brisbane and Gold Coast areas. They specialise in providing high-quality, compassionate care to the elderly while preserving and nurturing their independence. To learn more about Tall Trees Care Communities or to arrange a trial visit, call (07) 3442 9378 or visit their website: http://www.talltrees.net.au/. Dentist Warns Public: “Oral Disease can Lead to Systemic Illnesses.” 2015-01-21T09:16:15Z dentist-warns-public-oral-disease-can-lead-to-systemic-illnesses Joondalup, WA, 21 January 2015 - A provider of preventative dental care in Joondalup is going all out to educate the public about the importance of identifying and addressing dental health issues. The Healthier Future for All Australians Report, December 2008, included a section called “Improving Oral Health and Access to Dental Care.”The report was part of an initiative to provide more access to healthcare for less fortunate Australians and advocated increasing availability to dental care for Australians who were in lower income brackets. While the report did garner a lot of publicity and was read by many, one key point was overlooked by the general public: the report provided statistics that were relevant to those who can afford dental care as well as those who can’t.How Oral Disease Affects General HealthFor many in dental care industry, the biggest “takeaway” from the report wasn’t the social issues addressed by the report, but statistical evidence that dental care is a lot more important than many perceive it to be. Approximately one-third of Australians surveyed reported dental conditions that caused discomfort when eating. Approximately one-fourth reported that they stay away from certain foods because of the pain and/or difficulty involved in eating them due to oral disease. A near-identical number reported that their dental conditions caused them “embarrassment,” leading to a feeling of being self-conscious over their teeth. The report also mentioned documented links between oral disease and systemic conditions. Periodontal disease, in particular, is linked to severe systemic conditions, the worst being cardiovascular disease. Periodontal disease in expectant mothers has also been linked to low birth weight and to babies being born prematurely. In addition, periodontal disease can appear as a symptom of systemic illnesses. HIV and Hepatitis C infections cause periodontal disease. Periodontal disease can also present as a symptom of infective endocarditis, aspiration pneumonia and some nutritional deficiencies.Preventative Dental CareDr Roy Sarmidi of 1300 Great Smile, a provider of general and preventative dental care in Joondalup, wants the public to understand the importance of dental care and the risk one is taking by not going to the dentist. According to Dr Sarmidi:“Most oral diseases and dental conditions are at least partially avoidable. Good oral hygiene, regular checkups and early intervention can mitigate or even eliminate tooth decay, periodontal disease and oral cancers. Eliminating habits such as tobacco use can greatly reduce the likelihood of oral cancers. Early detection and treatment can address periodontal disease before it becomes more advanced.”Dr Sarmidi concluded, “It is important to establish a program of regular treatment early in life and continue it into adulthood. Oral disease or difficulty can cause low self-image and can make everyday life painful. Take care of your teeth and they will take care of you.”1300 Great Smile is a provider of dental health services in the City of Joondalup. They provide a full range of dental services, from preventative care to emergency care to restorative and cosmetic dental care. To schedule an appointment or to learn more, call 1300 Great Smile (1300 473 287) or visit their website: http://www.1300greatsmile.com.au/. Home Extension Builder Says: Check Your R-Codes for Population Density 2015-01-21T03:53:05Z home-extension-builder-says-check-your-r-codes-for-population-density Perth, WA, 21 January 2015 - It has been more than a year since the R-Code changes in Western Australia, but the Director of one business that provides home extensions and home renovations in Perth believes that many Perth area residents are leaving money on the table due to not fully understanding the ramifications of the R-Code changes.Craig Johns is the director of Next Level Extensions, a firm that provides home renovations and home extensions in Perth. In a recent post on their company blog, Mr Johns provided a simple explanation to help readers understand R-Code changes and what those changes could mean for their property.R-Codes: How They ChangedR-Codes are designed to control population density in WA. Due to the urbanisation of Australia, in which 85% of Australians live near coastal areas most of them near capital cities, the demand for land near capital cities has increased. The resources industry also helped increase demand for housing in WA. The average residential land block in Australia has declined by almost 50% in the last fifty years. Demand for land has driven prices so high that most Australians would now rather live on a smaller land block to save money. These and other factors lead the WA Government to change the R-Codes in August of 2013. The new R-Codes are more relaxed than the older ones were. For example, an R-20 code used to set a minimum block size of 450 sqm for a single dwelling and an average of 500 sqm for a block that had more than one residence. These have been relaxed to a 350 sqm minimum and a 450 sqm average under the new regulations. In addition, apartments in garages and other ancillary buildings, once known as Granny flats, no longer require that their occupants be related to the homeowner, causing them to be renamed as “Fonzie flats” in the vernacular of real estate.Many Homeowners Don’t Know their CodesMr Johns is of the opinion that many homeowners don’t know their R-Codes and it is costing them money. According to Mr Johns: “Due to the R-Code changes, there are a lot of homeowners who could build a rental home on their property or turn their current building into a duplex.”Mr Johns continued: “We have been in the renovation business a long time, but we also construct individually designed new homes when needed. Lately, more and more homeowners ask us about their R-Codes and to build a second home on their property.”Mr Johns concluded, “Everyone should have the opportunity to maximise their property.”Next Level Extensions builds home extensions, home renovations and individually designed new homes in Perth and the surrounding area. They have a combined 70 years of experience providing high quality work, resulting in a 100% customer satisfaction rate. To learn more or for a free consult, call 1300 948 094 or visit their website: http://www.nextlevelextensions.com.au/. Automated invoicing for health professionals. 2015-01-20T23:11:17Z find-out-more-about-automated-invoicing-for-health-professionals Simplify your invoicing and get paid faster with Mystro's secure online invoicing. Invoices are generated automatically when a booking is made, giving you more time in your day.Here are some exciting features about invoicing that will be available to you:• Track paid, due and overdue invoices.• Let your customers pay by credit card directly on your invoices.• Record a payment or email the invoice to request payment. Attach the invoice as a PDF or insert the payment link.• Create your own invoices.• Brand your invoices with your logo and choose the information you want to display.• Add invoice prefixes per location.• Automatically send a receipt once an invoice is marked as paid.• Display the customer's upcoming booking on invoices.• Coming soon: Have your accounting information pushed automatically from Mystro to Xero or MYOB without even lifting a finger! Grow your business with Mystro at www.mystro.co Free and paid accounts available! All paid accounts come with a free website for your business. The Brisbane edition of ATSA Independent Living Expo to return in 2015 with a brand new education program 2015-01-20T04:26:57Z the-brisbane-edition-of-atsa-independent-living-expo-to-return-in-2015-with-a-brand-new-education-program The popularity of the inaugural event in 2013 will see the education program return in 2015, featuring 24 new sessions spread over four rooms throughout the day. These seminars are designed to support the ongoing professional development of therapists and equipment prescriber, and new to 2015 will be additional sessions especially for people with disability and their family and friends, as well as parents of young children. Highlights in the Brisbane program include a presentation of breakthrough technology from Kristee Shepherd at Making Strides, a discussion on the challenges of AT choices from Emily Steel at University of QLD, as well as Lloyd Walker from Tech4Life with a presentation on what to do when technology fails. The clinical program will continue to be an excellent opportunity for Allied Health Professionals including Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists to contribute to their professional development, as attendance at the program can qualify for CPD points. Visitors to the exhibition will enjoy seeing more than 50 exhibitors displaying the widest range of products and services in assistive technology, mobility solutions, pressure care, employment support, disability care, accessible recreation/holiday ideas, modified motor vehicles and a lot more. Those that will most benefit from attending this free event includes allied health professionals, people with disability and their family and friends, staff of retirement villages, nursing homes, home care services and community health, as well as interested members of the public. KEY FACTS: ·         Free to attend | Free parking – only for visitors who pre-register online | 24 sessions in the clinical education program over two days | 50 exhibitors | 600 expected visitors | 7th May 2015 – Brisbane, International Convention Centre For more information, visit www.atsaindependentlivingexpo.com.au or call 1300 789 845.  The popular ATSA Independent Living Expo clinical program in Sydney to feature breakthrough technology, industry updates and world renowned speakers 2015-01-20T04:18:56Z the-popular-atsa-independent-living-expo-clinical-program-in-sydney-to-feature-breakthrough-technology-industry-updates-and-world-renowned-speakers Running alongside the expo, the popular clinical education program will feature 48 sessions with topics including the use of medical equipment and technology, wheelchair prescription, client assessments, safety standards, as well as industry updates from the Physical Disability Council of NSW and Enable NSW. Highlights will include a presentation on choice and control of wheelchair mobility equipment from Amy Bjornson, UK speaker Barend ter Haar speaking on optimal function while seated and for the first time at ATSA, Dr Mark Richter from the USA will join the program to discuss shoulder pain. The full program is now available to view online. For the first time in 2015, there will be designated sessions especially people with disability, their family and friends, and parents of young children. Sessions in past years have typically booked out quickly, and it is recommended that visitors register now and select sessions early to avoid disappointment. The clinical program is also an excellent opportunity for Allied Health Professionals including Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists to contribute to their professional development as attendance at the program can qualify for CPD points. Over 1,500 attendees are expected to attend the ATSA Independent Living Expo 2015, and those that will benefit from the exhibition and dynamic clinical program are allied health professionals, people with disabilities, staff of retirement villages, nursing homes, home care services and community health, and interested members of the public. Visitors will enjoy seeing more than 150 exhibitors displaying the widest range of products and services in assistive technology, mobility solutions, pressure care, employment support, disability care, accessible recreation/holiday ideas, modified motor vehicles and a lot more. KEY FACTS: ·       Free to attend | Free parking | 48 sessions in the clinical education program over two days | 150 exhibitors | 1,500 expected visitors | 13 to 14 May 2015 – Sydney, Rosehill Gardens For more information, visit www.atsaindependentlivingexpo.com.au or call 1300 789 845. Help change the lives of thousands of children with arthritis at William’s Walk 2015 2015-01-20T03:54:20Z help-change-the-lives-of-thousands-of-children-with-arthritis-at-william-s-walk-2015 William's Walk is back for its fourth year and in 2015, we are fighting stronger than ever for the children of NSW. Arthritis & Osteoporosis NSW is calling on the community to join us and raise money on Saturday 21 March 2015 at Parramatta Park. Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) is a type of inflammatory arthritis with an unknown cause that develops in children 15 years and under. Children with JIA have the same symptoms as those that affect older people – joint pain, stiffness, inflammation and reduced mobility. William Harris was one such child, who sadly lost his battle with juvenile arthritis aged 6. William was born 12 November, 2004. William suffered from the chronic pain of arthritis and was diagnosed in 2006, at just two years of age, with systemic onset juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). Lauren Harris, William's mother explains the importance of raising funds and awareness for juvenile arthritis. “Many people don’t know that kids can suffer from arthritis too. Nobody will ever truly understand the pain of watching their five year old son crawl up the hallway because he couldn’t walk. I want to raise money for the 6,000 kids in NSW who are soldiering through their condition the way that William did. He cared deeply about others and would want to help others who are living with this pain every day,” says Mrs Harris. William's story is a tragic one. It is a parent's worst fear, losing your child to a disease you can't control. William’s systemic onset juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) meant he never got to experience the joys of being a child. In NSW, there are 6,000 children facing the same battle with juvenile arthritis as William. Juvenile arthritis is a form of inflammatory arthritis that affects kids through joint pain, stiffness, reduced mobility and inflammation and even death. With your help, William's Walk can continue to raise money and awareness for life threatening arthritis in children. Join us for a fantastic family event on Saturday 21 March at Parramatta Park. Together, we can help all children living with arthritis. There will be plenty of entertainment on the day including the Lorax Spectacular, an all singing, all dancing adaptation of Dr. Seuss' classic tale of a forest creature who shares the enduring power of hope! For more information and to register please visit www.williamswalk.org.au or http://www.arthritisnsw.org.au or phone 1800 011 041. Registration includes a complimentary William's Walk 2015 T-Shirt. Where: Pavilion Flat, Parramatta ParkWhen: Saturday 21 March 2015.Register: williamswalk.org.auAbout Arthritis & Osteoporosis NSW Today arthritis affects one person in every six – more than 15% of the population! Arthritis and related musculoskeletal conditions (MSK) are the leading cause of disability in Australia. Nearly 25% of absenteeism is related to arthritis and MSK. There are more than 120 types of arthritis including juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, lupus and gout. Arthritis & Osteoporosis NSW (AONSW) is nearly 50 years old, having been founded in 1967 by the late Bruce Williams. AONSW has its headquarters in North Ryde and there are nearly 50 support groups and branches throughout NSW. Affiliated with Arthritis Australia, AONSW provides specialised services such as warm water exercises & hydrotherapy, Tai Chi, and self-management programs focusing on lifestyle, nutrition, diet and gentle exercise. AONSW raises funds for medical research, and in conjunction with our network of support groups and our digital channels, pursues a vision of ‘A Community Free from Arthritis’.