The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-08-20T22:00:30Z Foot Podiatrist from Footwork Podiatry in North Shore Sydney CBD Sports Clinic Waking Can Increase Your Lifespan 2019-08-20T22:00:30Z foot-podiatrist-from-footwork-podiatry-in-north-shore-sydney-cbd-sports-clinic-waking-can-increase-your-lifespan Brisk walking can increase your lifespan While it's common knowledge that exercise has numerous health benefits, new studies show that brisk walking can significantly lengthen your lifespan. In a study by the Mayo clinic, the walking habits of 475 000 people were monitored and results showed that those who followed a brisk walking pace could live up to 20 years longer, regardless of their BMI (body mass index). Women who walked faster had a life expectancy of 87 years compared to 72 years for slower walkers, while men had an increased life span of 86 years compared to 65 years. Walking for exercise is recognised as an effective antidote to the negative impact of a largely sedentary lifestyle. Incorporating just 25 minutes a day of brisk walking can add up to seven years to your lifespan. Even moderate regular exercise can reduce the symptoms of ageing and cut the risk of heart attack by half. RELATED ARTICLE: Leading Sydney CBD and North Shore Sports Podiatrist Says Feet Problems Cause Low Back Pain, Footwork Podiatry Brisk walking protects against the health risks associated with obesity, keeps blood pressure down, and may prevent diabetes and reduce the risk of a stroke. Footwork Podiatry in Sydney are passionate about helping people improve and maintain their health. Principal Sports Podiatrist and Director, Mark Lin is a firm believer in the benefits of regular exercise, including walking, “Brisk walking is as beneficial to the health as jogging, it elevates the heart rate, reduces stress, tones the muscles and builds strength. People who are able to walk faster are probably fitter and in better health in general. Starting where you are is still going to improve your overall health - you can begin with a moderate pace and work your way up to a faster pace. If you can't seem to find the time to fit in a walk-in your busy day, try parking further away from your place of work or making time during your lunch hour. Choose a parking space further away from the entrance to the supermarket and take the stairs instead of the elevator.” 'Brisk' walking is defined as completing at least 100 steps per minute or 5km per hour, and is an anti-depressant, improves cognitive function and may even slow the onset of age-related dementia. Benefits accumulate no matter the age that exercise is begun, with those starting at 70 still less likely to develop atrial fibrillation, a rhythm disturbance that affects 10% of the population over the age of 80. Aerobic exercise, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and strength training all have a positive effect on reducing the symptoms of ageing. Endurance exercise and high-intensity exercise may be even more efficient than lifting weights, as these increase telomerase activity, which helps to repair ageing DNA. Researchers reported that by measuring the increase of telomerase activity over a six month period, they were able to prove that regular exercise had triggered the anti-ageing process. Regular exercise is especially important for people of middle age, as the amount of exercise people engage in begins to tail off after the age of 40, and these increased levels of inactivity are harmful to older adults. Exercising at a higher intensity typically increases the health benefit, so moving more often and at a higher intensity will always pay off with better results. Picking up the pace no matter where you are currently will help you live longer. Even a brisk 10-minute walk can reduce the risk of early death by 15%. Fast consistent walking and walking up hills can make for a more effective cardio workout and walking briskly on an upwards incline burns calories and builds leg muscle mass. “We know that taking up a new exercise routine or stepping up your current routine can 'take its toll' on the feet and legs, especially if you're still working towards your optimum fitness goal. The feet can really take a pounding, which is why we believe that looking after the feet is the key to maintaining an active healthy lifestyle for as long as possible. RELATED ARTICLE: Sports Podiatrist and Muscles Specialist from Footwork Podiatry in Roseville Sydney CBD Explains Gait Feet and Running Injury Our mission is to improve your quality of life by helping you to reach your health or training goals and achieving peak performance and optimal function. We offer advanced manual therapies and alternative solutions, with a holistic and corrective care approach to provoke the body’s natural healing response. We also perform measurable and functional assessments to determine whether you are at risks of other pain and injuries,” says Mark. Mark Lin is a leading Sports Podiatrist in Sydney. Footwork Podiatry has two convenient locations Roseville on Sydney’s North Shore and Sydney CBD. Both offer the full spectrum of podiatry treatments and although they receive referrals from medical doctors, they are willing to assess and assist anyone who suffers from lower-limb issues. For further information, visit the Sports and Podiatrist Clinic to book online, or call Mark Lin or Wei Lee and the team on +61 2 9416 7889. Syndicated by Baxton Media, the Market Influencers Marketing. New world-class skincare clinic opened in Melbourne 2019-08-20T07:59:25Z new-world-class-skincare-clinic-opened-in-melbourne DP MediSkin is a brand new skin treatment clinic specialising in advanced, non-surgical solutions to treat all skin concerns and enhance natural beauty.[MELBOURNE, Month, Date] Formed by a passionate team of experts in skin science, DP MediSkin will soon make its debut in Melbourne, making the latest aesthetic technology accessible to clients with a wide range of skin conditions, as well as those concerned with general skin health and beauty.Heading up the team is Lan, DP MediSkin’s senior Dermal therapist. After completing her Bachelor of Health Science in 2013, she has spent the last six years working alongside Melbourne’s most respected dermatologist and plastic surgeons. DP MediSkin aims to be the first choice for clients seeking effective skin treatments without having to resort to the surgeon’s knife. Instead, DP MediSkin offers non-invasive, highly effective cosmetic procedures, able to address a wide range of skin conditions and imperfections and enhance the natural beauty of clients seeking a younger, fresher aesthetic and complexion. DP MediSkin’s highly trained professionals specialise in many common skin ailments and concerns. Their services include rosacea treatment, stretch mark removal and acne and acne scar treatment, all using the latest laser technology and advanced therapy techniques to repair years of damage and promote healing. Their laser treatments also extend to laser tattoo removal. Their use of highly advanced Fontona lasers prevents skin damage and scarring, while significantly reducing the number of sessions required compared to more conventional methods. In addition to laser treatments, DP MediSkin offers skin needling therapy to restore facial volume, reduce wrinkles and age spots, resulting in a younger, smoother complexion. Those seeking the ultimate in ageless beauty can enquire about the vampire facial, a more intensive and highly effective needling treatment (made famous by Kim Kardashian).To celebrate DP MediSkin’s launch, the clinic is inviting new clients to save on their world-class treatments through their opening promotional offers, which include:- 25% off all full-priced services- Third free item with the purchase of 2 products- Any booking this month will receive a peel for free/complimentary peel. - Book in any package deal/series in July and receive one Hydrafacial and LED treatment for free- Refer a friend and get a free LED treatment - Double points collection for any purchase for the monthsA company spokesperson for DP MediSkin said: “We are opening a new skincare and skin treatment clinic to give people the chance to improve their skin health using the most holistic, non-invasive and safe treatments available, giving people the ability to get the look they want with confidence.” DP MediSkin is a specialist clinic run by a dedicated team with a passion for skin science. Visit their office at 12/249 Stud Road, Wantirna, Victoria 3152 or email admin@dpmediskin.com.au to find out more about their range of treatments.---For further information, call Dp MediSkin on 9887 0666, or visit their website: https://dpmediskin.com.au/ Mothers and Daughters Who Girl Guide Together Stay Connected 2019-08-18T23:55:10Z mothers-and-daughters-who-girl-guide-together-stay-connected Girl Guides isn’t just for young girls, as mum and daughter duo discovered when Grace Jarvis now 17, enrolled in her local Girl Guides Unit 10 years ago. Instead of just drop-offs and pick-ups, mum Helen Jarvis became a Leader of the Unit and hasn’t looked back. The connection that Helen enjoys with her daughter Grace has a lot to do with the shared understanding and language they have developed through Guiding. Helen and Grace have navigated the distinction between their relationship as mother and daughter and guiding colleagues, by using the mentoring approaches taught at Girl Guides. “I don’t provide answers, just a thought process that encourages Grace to take the initiative and come up with a pathway for herself,” explains Helen. Helen says this shared language and approach has been one of the largest benefits of being a part of her daughter’s Guiding experience. “It's not the doing it together all the time that’s the lovely thing, it's the common language, shared experience and interest which is great. It is one thing to hear about the stories, and another to be there sharing them.” Their relationship and Guiding experience continue to strengthen with Grace now being a Leader alongside her mum. Grace has developed a new appreciation for the hard work her mum has put into leading their Unit over the years. Grace admits: “We make a pretty good team”. Grace has not only experienced great personal growth during her time at Guides she has also been able to see her mum from other people’s perspectives which she is grateful for. “She took on a female role-model position in my life where she was my teacher and my guide through this incredible journey. “So, when people ask me who is your biggest role model, it doesn’t feel weird to say, ‘my mum’ – because in all aspects she is.” The Jarvis family could not be prouder to be a part of the Guiding community appreciating the confidence and strength it has provided them as a family unit. Grace’s younger sister, Amy also joined Guides and has enjoyed building the same bond with her mum. Grace says it best when explaining why this dynamic works so well in the Guiding community: “At Guides, we are an absolute sisterhood and have an underlying acceptance of each other. So, no matter who you are, you're automatically going to be accepted whole-heartedly into this environment of pure joy, fun and learning.” -ENDS- For Media Enquiries please contact: Felicity Zadro I ZADRO Agency I felicity@zadroagency.com.au 0404 009 384 Oakley Grioli I ZADRO Agency I oakley@zadroagency.com.au 02 9212 7867 IMAGES Images are available for use. For high-resolution images, please contact: oakley@zadroagency.com.au Image: Helen & Grace Jarvis. Image: A Place To Grow Campaign. Image: A Place To Grow Logo Footwork Podiatry Sydney CBD Sports Clinic Reveals How To Avoid Achilles Injury 2019-08-18T22:00:05Z footwork-podiatry-sydney-cbd-sports-clinic-reveals-how-to-avoid-achilles-injury Kevin Durant Could Have Avoided Achilles Injury By Caring For His Calves Says Leading Australian Sports Podiatrist “We're certainly not going to rush him back... We have far too much invested in him.” explained the Brooklyn Nets general manager Sean Marks, in response to when their newly recruited MVP player Kevin Durant can be expected to return to the NBA competition. Durant suffered a devastating Achilles tendon rupture in the NBA finals of 2019, which ended his season and may have cost his former team the Golden State Warriors the championship. This followed on from a recent calf injury which had already seen him miss much of the playoffs. The injury has also seen him sent into what is reported to have been a successful reparative surgery, from which he has begun what could be up to a 12-month recovery process. A long wait before he can join his new teammates on the Brooklyn Nets on the court. RELATED ARTICLE: Foot Podiatrist from Footwork Podiatry in North Shore Sydney CBD Sports Clinic Explains Sore Ankle Flexibility, Growing Pain and Flatfeet Footwear The professionals at Footwork Podiatry always put a strong emphasis on the importance of looking after the calf muscles to prevent Achilles problemand even Plantar Fasciaproblem Mark Lin, Australia's leading sports podiatrist and director of Sydney-based Footwork Podiatry, says that “over my last 10 years in practice, 90% of the clients that I have seen have been suffering from underlying issues in their calf muscles, these have often been uncovered due to the surging of other more painful problems, such as Achilles issues.” The calf can be located by touching the fleshy back of the lower leg, between the knee and the ankle. A tight calf muscle can be identified by the experience of sudden pain in the back of the calf or behind the knee; difficulty standing on tiptoes; or pain, swelling or bruising to the calf muscle region. Someone experiencing a tight calf muscle would also find it difficult to complete a squat or lunge properly. All of the muscles in the calf connect to different parts of the foot, making any form of tightness or weakness in the calves highly relevant to the causation and rehabilitation of foot pain and injuries. Lin from Footwork Podiatry recommends preventative measures to avoid requiring long term recovery, or even surgery. He explains, “a weak or tight calf would always restrict movement in the ankles and add stress to the Achilles tendon. The resulting weakness and scarring from this restriction and stress will cause muscular tissues to become inelastic, making the Achilles prone to tearing or even rupturing.” “At Footwork Podiatry our techniques and treatment approach always has a strong focus on improving the calf function of our clients. This approach improves an athlete’s performance as well as minimising pain and injuries and helping them to avoid surgery.” If you are experiencing any of the symptoms related to a tight calf muscle, or are concerned that you may have already suffered an Achilles tendon injury, contact Footwork Podiatry to book an assessment. Lin and his team of professionals will design you a personalised rehabilitation plan that is aimed at preventing the development of further issues and returning you to your best. RELATED ARTICLE: Sports Podiatrist from Footwork Podiatry in North Shore Sydney CBD Clinic Explains Lower Limb, Ankle Care, Foot Pain and Falls in Older Adults "Kevin Durant is no different from clients of Footwork Podiatry, leading care and attention is afforded to everyone," Lin concluded. Mark Lin is a leading Sports Podiatrist in Sydney. Footwork Podiatry has two convenient locations Roseville on Sydney’s North Shore and Sydney CBD. Both offer the full spectrum of podiatry treatments and although they receive referrals from medical doctors, they are willing to assess and assist anyone who suffers from lower-limb issues. For further information, visit the Sports and Podiatrist Clinic to book online, or call Mark Lin and his friendly team on +61 2 9416 7889. Syndicated by Baxton Media, the Market Influencers. Sydney Footwork Podiatry Sports Clinic Says Durant Could Avoid Achilles Injury 2019-08-16T22:00:28Z sydney-footwork-podiatry-sports-clinic-says-durant-could-avoid-achilles-injury Ruptured Achilles pushes MVP Durant out of NBA finals 2 months ago, NBA finals saw an NBA franchise record as the Toronto Raptors took the championship for the first time, having defeated the Golden State Warriors by only four points. The loss may have come as a shock to the Warriors, as they had defeated the Raptors in their previous match, just days earlier. However, the Warrior's 1-point triumph over the Raptors in Game 5 came at the cost of star player and MVP Kevin Durant. Early in the second quarter, Durant keeled over in pain, visually clasping below the back of his right calf. Durant had suffered a painful rupture to his Achilles tendon, a flexible band of connective tissue which joins the lower calf muscle to the bone of the heel. While an Achilles tendon tear generally doesn't end an NBA career, history shows that it can cause ongoing issues to its sufferers. Mark Lin, Australia's leading sports podiatrist and director of Sydney-based Footwork Podiatry, says that “over my last 10 years in practice, 90% of the clients that I have seen have been suffering from ongoing issues in their calf muscles, these have often been uncovered due to the surging of other more painful problems, such as Achilles issues.” RELATED ARTICLE: Leading Sydney CBD and North Shore Sports Podiatrist Explains Why Manual Therapy is the Preferred Alternative Treatment for Bunions Having already missed the majority of the season just passed, Washington Wizards player John Wall is also expecting to miss the majority of the coming 2019-2020 season as he is still recovering from his ruptured Achilles injury, resulting in surgery in February of this year. Another all-star player, Demarcus Cousins, suffered an Achilles tendon rupture in January of 2018 which resulted in a season-ending reparative surgery while playing for the New Orleans Pelicans before he joined Durant on the Golden State Warriors team later last year. Achilles injuries can present in a variety of ways, such as a sharp, shooting pain in the back of your heel, or stiffness or dull ache originating in the Achilles tendon that radiates up to the calf muscle. External factors such as incorrect footwear, a sudden increase in physical activity, overtraining, or training on hard or uneven surfaces can lead to Achilles tendon injuries. These types of injuries must be dealt with swiftly, as the delay of their treatment could lead to irreversible tissue damage and long-term rehabilitation. As with many podiatry problems, Footwork Podiatry always recommends early evaluation and intervention to its patients. While symptoms may not be debilitating, ordinary symptoms, such as calf tightness, with time can contribute to the eventual rupturing of the Achilles tendon, which can be severely painful and present long-term repercussions. At Footwork Podiatry, we optimise treatment of Achilles tendon injuries, focussing on the reduction of excessive loading on the Achilles tendon, and the restoration of normal tissue function. We also specialise in a range of preventative treatment techniques for a variety of podiatry problems, including Achilles tendon injuries, that provide patients with sustainable relief of pain, promote the proper healing of muscular tissues and correct any underlying causes that we uncover. If you are presenting with early warning signs or are concerned that you may have already suffered an Achilles tendon injury, contact Footwork Podiatry to book your assessment and get ahead of the game with preventative treatments. RELATED ARTICLE: North Shore Sydney CBD Foot Podiatrist Says Kinesiology Sports Tape Might Help Prevent Injuries and Reduce Inflammation Pain Mark Lin is a leading Sports Podiatrist in Sydney. Footwork Podiatry has two convenient locations Roseville on Sydney’s North Shore and Sydney CBD. Both offer the full spectrum of podiatry treatments and although they receive referrals from medical doctors, they are willing to assess and assist anyone who suffers from lower-limb issues. For further information, visit the Sports and Podiatrist Clinic to book online, or call Mark Lin and his friendly team on +61 2 9416 7889. Syndicated by Baxton Media, the Market Influencers. RODEO 4 LIFE - Set To Save Lives With Electrifying Rodeo & Country Music Entertainment 2019-08-16T06:48:56Z rodeo-4-life-set-to-save-lives-with-electrifying-rodeo-amp-country-music-entertainment MEDIA RELEASE: 16 August 2019 RODEO 4 LIFE - Set To Save Lives With Electrifying Rodeo & Country Music Entertainment Rodeo 4 Life, Australia’s richest bull ride extravaganza and country music concert will explode in an action-packed arena spectacular on Saturday 30 November 2019 at WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong to save lives through funding vital research at the RPA Transplant Institute. In an Australian first, Rodeo 4 Life will combine electrifying rodeo sports entertainment starring some of Australia’s toughest bull riding champions from all corners of Australia with a full length live concert by seven-time Golden Guitar winner and back-to-back CMC Male Artist of the Year, Travis Collins, performing some of his greatest hits. Rodeo 4 Life will be a thrilling night of entertainment featuring a star-studded line-up of bull riding daredevil cowboys fighting the odds to stay mounted for the full 8 seconds on the legendary JP Gill and Sons’ mightiest rodeo bulls as they compete for the championship title and a whopping $30,000 in prize money. Rodeo 4 Life producer Doug Vickers OAM, a long-time rodeo man who’s produced many large-scale rodeo events across Australia said, “The audience should be prepared for an ‘edge of their seat’ experience when Rodeo 4 Life rocks The Gong with a thrilling, action-packed night of electrifying live rodeo and country music entertainment.” While Rodeo 4 Life will be exhilarating, Australia’s bull riding champions won’t just be bucking for the grand prize when they burst from chutes on powerful  bulls in the ride of their lives; they’ll risk all by ‘riding for a greater cause’ – to raise bucks that can save lives through funding organ transplant research at the RPA Transplant Institute (RPATI). Doug Vickers is more than a businessman, he’s also a grateful RPA liver transplant recipient who’s doing much more than setting the bar high for Australian rodeo sports entertainment; he’s also increasing awareness of organ donation and funding essential life-saving organ transplant research with 100% of profits dedicated to research at the RPATI. “The most humbling experience I’ve ever had in my life was to receive an organ transplant. I’m so grateful when I think that someone cared enough and had the forethought to donate their organs to others – what greater gift could you possible give to someone than this. “I hope that through Rodeo 4 Life we can raise funds for the RPATI machine perfusion research studies and build greater awareness of organ donation so that these things will work together to increase the number of life-saving transplants in Australia. This is my quest,” Mr Vickers said. With the funds raised from Rodeo 4 Life the RPATI can continue development of a world first organ perfusion system that will be able to extend organ viability from the current length of just a few hours to become viable for several days. This will allow more organs to be made available for transplant with greater number of Australian lives saved. “Rodeo 4 Life audiences will come from across Australia to be part of something that’s so much more than a night of exciting entertainment - they’ll have the time of their lives and give seriously ill people time to live,” said Mr Vickers. Travis Collins, who’s well known for his tireless fundraising efforts by dedicating his talents to causes close to his heart to help others said, “It’s an incredible honour to perform at Rodeo 4 Life. While music, song writing, recording and performing is my life, there is something very special about being part of something bigger that has the power to save the lives of many.” Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA) has long been Australia’s pioneers in organ transplant research and surgery having saved thousands of lives through developing breakthroughs to benefit all Australians. RPA Transplant Services has given the gift of life to more than 1940 people in need of liver transplants at either RPA or The Children’s Hospital at Westmead (formerly Camperdown) and performed more than 3000 kidney transplants giving Australian’s freedom from dialysis and a second chance at life. “By inviting Australians to register to become an organ donor and through funding vital research at the RPATI, we’ll be increasing the number of organs that can be transplanted and together we can save more lives,” Mr Vickers said. For tickets to the Rodeo 4 Life spectacular, visit Ticketmaster or rodeo4life.com.au. -ENDS- INTERVIEW REQUESTS Insight Communications on: 02 9518 4744   INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES 1.      Doug Vickers OAM - Rodeo 4 Life producer and RPA Liver transplant recipient 2.      Travis Collins - Seven-time Golden Guitar winner and back-to-back CMC Male Artist of the Year 3.      John ‘Happy” Gill of JP Gill & Sons – Rodeo 4 Life stock contractor 4.      Researchers from the RPA Transplant Institute 5.      Organ Transplant Recipients - Located throughout Australia 6.      Rodeo 4 Life Champion Cowboys - Located throughout Australia   RODEO 4 LIFE LINKS 1.      Rodeo 4 Life Website: https://rodeo4life.com.au/ 2.      Rodeo 4 Life Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rodeo4lifeau/ 3.      BOOK NOW at Ticketmaster: http://bit.ly/RFL-BOOK   RODEO 4 LIFE MEDIA CENTRE – DOWNLOADS 1.      Photographs of spokespersons, cowboys, rodeo images and rodeo bulls: http://bit.ly/RFL-Media 2.      Broadcast quality interviews with Professor Simone Strasser of RPA Transplant Services on Doug Vickers’ remarkable organ transplant story and the importance of Rodeo 4 Life in funding vital research: http://bit.ly/RPATI-Interview DONATE LIFE - TAKE 4 STEPS TODAY TO SAVE LIVES! By taking the time to register, you’ll give someone else the time to live. 1.      Decide to become an organ donor 2.      Register today by visiting https://donatelife.gov.au/ 3.      Talk to your family and friends – tell them your decision and invite them to register to be and organ donor too! 4.      Make your tax-deductible donation to the RPA Transplant Institute TODAY to further research into organ transplantation to help save lives! Donate: https://www.mycause.com.au/payment/frp_donation/211566   JOURNALIST NOTES RODEO 4 LIFE Rodeo 4 Life on Saturday 30 November 2019, at WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong, is Australia’s richest bull ride spectacular with $30,000 in prize money up for grabs with seven-time Golden Guitar winner and back-to-back CMC Male Artist of the Year, Travis Collins performing live in concert. Rodeo 4 Life is the inspiration of Doug Vickers OAM, rodeo sports producer and liver transplant recipient. Rodeo 4 Life will be conducted in accordance with policies, rules and industry standards of Rodeo Services Australia (RSA), and the NSW Code of Practice for animals used in rodeo events. Rodeo 4 Life will be conducted in accordance with animal welfare standards, registration and licensing systems of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA). An RSPCA representative will be invited to be on site to oversee the event and a veterinarian will be in attendance. Whilst the event is raising funds to go toward Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Transplant Service; the hospital or Sydney Local Health District is not involved in the conduct or organisation of this event. DOUG VICKERS OAM Doug Vickers was born and raised in Townsville, North Queensland. In 1970 he joined the Australian military serving in the RAAF in Australia and overseas. In 1991, Doug Vickers was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day Honours List for his service to the military. In 1999, following his discharge from military service, Doug went on to teach at the National Aerospace Centre of Excellence until 2013 when he ventured into the world of business purchasing Loam and Stone Landscape supplies and establishing his engineering company which he operates today. Doug Vickers’ life-saving transplant that Led to the launch of Rodeo 4 Life In 1981, Doug’s health began to decline. Doug was diagnosed with Crohn's disease and eventually Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC) - a long-term progressive disease of the liver and gallbladder.  Although the disease was not life-threatening at the time, by 2015 Doug’s health began to decline rapidly and he was required to regularly travel from Wagga Wagga in the NSW Riverina to RPA for treatment.  After a near-death crisis, Doug was advised that he needed a liver transplant to survive. On 23 December 2015, Doug underwent a life-saving a liver transplant at RPA. After receiving the gift of life and the lengthy recovery period that followed, Doug learned of the funding challenges faced by researchers at the RPA Transplant Institute and became passionate about creating a unique event that could generate essential funds for vital research that could save the lives of others. With a family background in rodeo sports dating back to the late 1940s and having produced many large-scale rodeo events across Australia and served on the Judges Panel for both the APRA and ABCRA Associations, Doug initiated Rodeo 4 Life to generate much needed funds to support organ transplant research at the RPA Transplant Institute.  On 8 August 2019, in an Australian first Doug Vickers OAM announced Rodeo 4 Life as Australia’s richest bull ride extravaganza and country music concert with 100% of profits dedicated to funding research at the RPA Transplant Institute. Rodeo 4 Life will be held on 30 November 2019 at WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong NSW. RPA TRANSPLANT INSTITUTE Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA) has long been Australia’s pioneers in organ transplant research and surgery having saved thousands of lives through developing breakthroughs to benefit all Australians. In NSW, RPA Transplant Services has given the gift of life to more than 1940 people in need of liver transplants at either RPA or The Children’s Hospital at Westmead (formerly Camperdown) and performed more than 3000 kidney transplants giving Australian’s freedom from dialysis and a second chance at life. The RPA Transplant Institute, the research arm of RPA Transplant Services was founded in 2006 to promote and support transplant research projects undertaken by scientists and transplant clinicians at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA), the University of Sydney and the Children’s Hospital at Westmead.  The RPA Transplant Institute is part of Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA), Australia’s pioneers in kidney and liver transplantation research and surgery with organ transplantation one of the many miracles of modern medicine created at RPA. In its first ten years, the RPA Transplant Institute funded many vital life-saving transplant research programmes that initiated innovative ideas and converted them into high quality research capable of saving and improving the lives of transplant recipients. While thousands of lives have been saved through organ transplant surgery, there are still many more Australian’s who won’t survive without vital research to increase the number of life-saving transplants that can be performed each year.   Rodeo 4 Life will enable the RPA Transplant Institute to conduct world first research using state-of-the-art technologies known as organ machine perfusion to extend organ viability from the current length of just a few hours to become viable for several days and thereby increase the number of organs that can be transplanted. Organ machine perfusion both preserves organs and enables previously unsuitable organs to be reconditioned and made suitable for transplantation.  This vital research will set a new Australian benchmark providing far-reaching benefits to all Australians in need of life-saving organ transplant surgery. RODEO 4 LIFE ENTERTAINMENT TRAVIS COLLINS Rodeo 4 Life will star seven-time Golden Guitar winner and back-to-back CMC Male Artist of the Year, Travis Collins performing some of his greatest hits including Just Another Girl, Call Me Crazy, and Hard Light. A dynamic guitarist, vocalist and live performer, Travis Collins has established himself as a leading artist in the Australian music industry.  Travis is a multiple CMAA and CMC Award winner with a growing string of hit albums, #1 songs, awards and a decade of winning fans all across the country under his belt. Well-known for his masterful guitar playing and powerhouse vocals as he is for his depth of song-writing and high energy live performances, Travis Collins continues to cement his footprint as a mainstay on the Australian music landscape. GLEN MORGAN - RODEO ANNOUNCER Glen Morgan is a name synonymous with Australian rodeo sports. Glen rode saddle broncs for more than 15 years winning 13 Australian titles. Glen also and competed in Canada and the U.S.A in the 1980s and 1990s before retiring from championship rodeo competition to become one of the best rodeo announcers in the business. GENE MCDONALD –RODEO PROTECTION CLOWN Rodeo protection clowns are risk takers who do more than entertain the audience during bull riding rodeo sports - they put their life on the line to distract the bulls away from grounded riders.  Gene will have one of the most important and dangerous roles in the Rodeo 4 Life arena - to protect the star cowboys from the bulls when they hit the ground so they can get back to the chutes in safety. BIG AL WILSON - RODEO CLOWN It wouldn’t be a Rodeo spectacular without Big Al Wilson, Australia’s class act Rodeo Clown.  A former pro bull rider and a seasoned veteran of rodeo entertainment, Big Al Wilson has won the title of Australia’s Rodeo Clown of the Year, 15 times.  For 20 years, Big Al Wilson has performed at Australia's largest rodeos including at all the National Finals in Australia and New Zealand, the National Finals for ABCRA, NRCA, APRA and NZPRA, and will be the star Clown again this year at all National Finals Rodeos.  JP GILL & SONS CHAMPION RODEO BULLS Rodeo 4 Life will star some of Australia’s mightiest rodeo bulls, bred and trained by legendary JP Gill & Sons, our official stock contractor. “Happy” John P Gill, and his sons - John, Jason and Jarrod could easily be considered Australia’s “Rodeo Royalty” with a family bloodline of western-style performers dating back to the early days of Australia’s Wild West Buck Jumping Shows. From humble beginnings JP Gill & Sons have bred a bloodline of champion rodeo bulls beginning with Dr Jekyll and 007 purchased from Noel Cook of the Running N Quarter Horse Ranch at Nathalia, Victoria.   The Secret of Breeding Champion Rodeo Bulls What stands JP Gill & Sons’ prized rodeo bulls apart from other breeders is the Gill family philosophy that’s been handed down from generation to generation. Every bull born on the Gill family property at The Rock is loved, nurtured, and educated from birth which is why at just 3-to-4 weeks of age, the calves will run up to Happy and Sons looking for affection, attention and their supper. They grow up smart and accustomed to working with people. And they grow up surrounded by their great uncles and aunts, cousins, brothers and sisters. They’re more than a herd, they’re a family, and each of them has their own personality and characteristics just like people. JP Gill & Sons’ bulls start their performance career at approximately 3-4 years of age and are ridden in the rodeo arena for around 2 minutes each year.  Bulls perform for around 10-12 years. These bulls live comfortable, stress-free lives roaming and grazing the green pastures where they were born.  Each are individually hand fed daily with good quality oats, lucerne hay and molasses licks for additional vitamins to ensure they remain content and in peak condition.  When these pampered bulls travel for rodeos, they travel in style and comfort in their own purpose built semi-trailer standing on special soft bedding (a mixture of sawdust and sand) rather than standing on a cold steel floor and are unloaded at specific intervals and rested to stretch their legs and shoot the breeze in readiness for their 8 seconds of stardom in the rodeo arena. Currently, JP Gill & Sons have around 60 rodeo bulls and over 100 cows, young bulls and calves who live a good, free and easy life and when they retire, they live out their twilight years in the paddocks of their birth being handfed and watching over the next generation of JP Gill & Sons’ rodeo champions. Invest in affordable housing, says AASW during National Homelessness Week 2019-08-09T01:18:49Z invest-in-affordable-housing-says-aasw-during-national-homelessness-week During National Homelessness Week, which is 4-10 August this year, Australian social workers are calling for more investment in affordable housing to end homelessness. The AASW supports Homelessness Australia’s ‘Everybody’s Home’ campaign, which calls for a national strategy and a bipartisan plan to end homelessness in Australia by 2030. Analysis by Homelessness Australia shows investment in social housing will have fallen by $96 million in real terms by next year. AASW National President Christine Craik said, “If you ask people the reason they are homeless, many trace their situation back to the moment they escaped family violence, they lost their job, they hurt themselves at work or lost a loved one. Loss, change, abuse and crisis are often the catalyst for homelessness. “For any individual, becoming homeless can feel like a personal failing and many of our cultural myths around homelessness feed into this. Family violence, loss and life crises are not new; mass homelessness is, especially for older women. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the number of older women experiencing homelessness has risen by 31 per cent since 2011. “Homelessness is not a fact of nature, nor the logical consequences of a growing population, but a modern phenomenon. It is the direct result of economic and social inequality and deliberate political decisions not to invest in affordable housing. “Couple this with an impossible-to-live-on income support payment for those on Newstart of less than $40 a day, and it doesn’t take much to work out why homelessness is increasing. “If we are serious as a community about tackling homelessness, social workers call on the federal government to take the lead and coordinate a national housing strategy, with state and local governments, and the business and community sectors.” Homelessness and family violence are key areas of social work practice. The AASW has revised its Scope of Social Work Practice documents in these two practice areas. See them here: Scope of Social Work Practice – Homelessness Scope of Social Work Practice – Family Violence ENDS Christine Craik is available for interview. Top MC Professional Emcee Master of Ceremonies Australia's Rob Doorey Is YourMC 2019-08-08T22:00:09Z top-mc-professional-emcee-master-of-ceremonies-australias-rob-doorey-is-yourmc The 'conductor' that never turns his back on the audience is Australia's premier emcee, master of ceremonies, Rob Doorey... YourMC Professional emcee Rob Doorey may not wave an orchestra conductor’s baton during his presentations as an event host, but his role as an emcee can be construed as sharing some similarities with that of conductors of orchestral performances. While these two styles of events differ in multiple respects, there are some similarities into qualities needing to be possessed by those chiefly responsible for guiding these performances. For instance, both types of “performances” require sensitive guidance and direction of their respective participants by a super-responsive other: in one case a music conductor, in the other: a professional emcee. In making this comparison, consider the role of a musical conductor, as defined in Wikipedia: “The primary responsibilities of the conductor are to unify performers, set the tempo, execute clear preparations and beats, listen critically and shape the sound of the ensemble, and to control the interpretation and pacing of the music”. Indeed, many people would agree that the rightform of sensitive guidance from the most suitableconductor (or emcee) will more likely achieve the desired outcome of successful performance (or event). With decades of experience as a professional emcee hosting a range of successful events from corporate conferences and product launches, to gala dinners and business awards nights, Rob’s personal insights into this domain assuredly have merit. Some conductor-like attributes Rob has and uses in his profession include precision-timing, careful pacing and an ability to pay close attention to subtle nuances that well might be missed by other participants. Rob credits his ability to pick up on such nuances and to act appropriately on them to his many years of experience in the profession. His career in commercial radio has undeniably contributed to his sharp sense of timing on-stage and during interviews, helping him to effectively “read” and respond to audiences and to interviewees while at the same time often responding to feedback/requests by production crew or other managers who make requests (or commands) into his headpiece. As well as having to ‘build rapport quickly” with a range of people, Rob lists many other functions of the role of an event host. Time-keeping is a critical one, with this including “cueing people - so they are ready to go” and “getting performers both on and off-stage efficiently”. On this note, Rob recalls doing stage-interviews with Western Sydney Wanderers football players in a shopping venue which he describes as challenging as he had to manage sets of players both on and off the stage “and at both ends” at once - while at the same time tuning-in to the assembled mall crowd and responding accordingly. “I see myself as a conductor of sorts,” he said. “I do bring this to my role as an emcee. And I am organised, good at bringing calm to what can be a stressful situation.” One of Rob’s clients, Adam Farmer, of MG MY GATEWAY, attests to Rob’s conducting abilities while event-hosting in his comment: "Rob was the ultimate professional (emcee) - Great voice, was easy to work with, understood what we were about and kept the evening moving along." At times there is also a need for an emcee to “run interventions” or “fill in gaps” with appropriate improvisations (usually dialogue). Rob agreed and added: “I am able to quickly analyse a situation and take action fast. And I am quick-witted and energetic," which most certainly helps! Rob’s effectiveness in his many roles as an emcee has been amply demonstrated by the many years of “repeat custom” he has had as a professional event-host, including to high-end corporate events and to a wealth of other events around the country. Corporate realtor functions are one sector he enjoys catering to, with corporate Raine and Horne and Elders clients seeking him out in particular. Another annual event that Rob has hosted for several years and that is especially close to his heart is the Kids of Macarthur Health Foundation Ball -- which is a major fundraising event for the Children’s’ Ward of Campbelltown Hospital, a part of Sydney’s Westmead Children’s Hospital. Rob Doorey is Australia's premier emcee. Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Hobart, Perth, Adelaide, Darwin and everywhere in between. For more information visit YourMC Master of Ceremonies website or book Rob by calling +61 410 438 003. Syndicated by Baxton Media, the Market Influencers. Celebrate Indigenous languages on International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, says AASW: 9 August 2019 2019-08-08T00:39:31Z celebrate-indigenous-languages-on-international-day-of-the-worlds-indigenous-peoples-says-aasw-9-august-2019 On the eve of International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples (IDOWIP), we reflect on the strength and resilience of Indigenous peoples in Australia, and across the world, celebrating what has been achieved while recognising how much more needs to be done. Linda Ford, AASW Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representative director said, “Days like the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples are an important time to appreciate the progress made and how far Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have come given the devastating impacts that colonisation has and continues to have on communities. “Due to the strength and perseverance of Indigenous voices calling for justice, the Australian community is starting to comprehend the legacies of racism, colonialism and structural oppression. Australia Day protests are getting larger each year and we have seen a cultural shift from new generations who are looking towards Reconciliation. “We now have a Minister for Indigenous Affairs who is actually Indigenous. It was a long time coming, but we did get there. This progress would not have been possible without generations of Indigenous resistance and advocacy,” she said. Furthermore, this year is the United Nations’ Year of Indigenous Languages. On IDOWIP we also celebrate the richness and history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages and recognise the incredible work being done across communities to keep so many languages and dialects alive in the face of centuries of cultural genocide. AASW National President Christine Craik said, “On this day, the AASW renews its calls on the Morrison Government to establish a Voice to Parliament as described in the Uluru Statement from The Heart, as well as working with Indigenous communities in partnership and collaboration, at every step in the Closing the Gap strategy.” “Governments need to begin the process of Reconciliation by listening to Indigenous voices acknowledging repeated calls for sovereignty and treaty. Reconciliation is not possible without challenging the structural barriers that continue to oppress Indigenous peoples and have formed the basis of so many of our systems and institutions.” As social workers, we continue to reflect on the past, present and future and celebrate how in the face of such great adversity, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have persevered, and remain the oldest continuing culture in the world. The AASW Conference 2019 will feature Prof. Tom Calma AO, Co-Chair of Reconciliation Australia, as a Keynote Speaker. In line with its theme Challenging Inequality, the conference will have a strong focus on Indigenous issues and Reconciliation, and will celebrate this year’s UN-declared International Year of Indigenous Languages in key elements of the program. Find out more on the AASW Conference 2019 website. ENDS Linda Ford is available for interview. You can also listen to the AASW’s podcast where Candice Butler, Branch Management Committee member of Queensland Branch is interviewed for IDOWIP. ABA launches new breastfeeding app, Mum2Mum 2019-08-06T23:26:06Z aba-launches-new-breastfeeding-app-mum2mum The Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) has released a brand new application (app), designed to provide mothers with breastfeeding information, support and care options for their baby. Mum2Mum was released on Monday, 5 August 2019 to coincide with World Breastfeeding Week and is available now for free instant download.  Although natural, breastfeeding can be a challenging and overwhelming time for a new mother. Research has shown that support is one of the most important factors in continued breastfeeding, and ABA has been providing this to mothers for over 50 years. Services such as the National Breastfeeding Helpline and LiveChat assist more than 80,000 mothers annually. Partnering with app developer Helpa.app, Mum2Mum builds on ABA’s existing suite of breastfeeding services by ensuring mothers can conveniently access the support and information they need, when they need it. Through smartphone technology, the new app will provide mothers with simplified access to all of ABA’s established services, allow mothers to track their baby’s development with a care timeline, record journal notes and store important information such as images, videos and other documentation.  ABA’s Chief Executive Officer, Alison Boughey, believes that the app will assist the organisation in extending their reach and help mothers to quickly find the information they are looking for. “Research shows that with practical, reliable support, mothers are more likely to continue breastfeeding. Most mothers want to breastfeed, with a 96% initiation rate in Australia, however rates decline as the months go by,” Ms Boughey said. “We are confident that the app will help mothers remain connected to breastfeeding support 24/7, allowing them to access our services and information at the touch of their fingertips.”  Available on iOS and Android, Mum2Mum is timely with the celebration of World Breastfeeding Week (1-7 August 2019). This year World Breastfeeding Week’s focus is ‘empower parents, enable breastfeeding’ and the app is an ideal example of how parents can remain in control of their breastfeeding journey, ignite confidence and utilise support networks when needed. “World Breastfeeding Week is an important occasion that sends an important message. To enable breastfeeding, we must promote, protect and support it. ABA has been doing this for decades and we are excited for this new chapter; especially the opportunities it will bring to Australian families,” Ms Boughey said.  ABA would like to recognise Helpa.app’s role in bringing Mum2Mum to life. ABA has worked closely with Stuart Kruger and his technical team to ensure the vision for Mum2Mum was closely aligned with its development. “With a wide portfolio in health care, Stuart and his team were well-placed to help ABA with this major project. They understood what ABA needed in an app and how to provide a new dimension of support to breastfeeding mothers,” Ms Boughey said.  Mum2Mum is available for instant download now through the App Store and Google Play. Plans are already underway for enhancing the app in version 2, including an exciting new support platform which will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information on Mum2Mum and how best to use the app, please visit www.breastfeeding.asn.au/mum2mum.  Best MC Professional Emcee Master of Ceremonies Australia's Rob Doorey Is YourMC 2019-08-05T22:00:30Z best-mc-professional-emcee-master-of-ceremonies-australias-rob-doorey-is-yourmc “The challenge... The buzz... The reactions of an audience... The occasional ambience of glitz and glamour... Intangible rewards…" (including the personal rewards for emcees of having participated in successful events in meaningful and often invisible ways). To polished emcee Rob Doorey these are some of the alluring qualities of the winsome world of emceeing. But while he thrives on what can be fleeting associations, Rob has put in long hours over a sustained period of time in the entertainment industry to hone his talents. Most assuredly, he has done the hard yards. "In the lyrics of ACDC, 'it's a long way to the top'," Doorey said. For instance, in the early years of what has now evolved into more than a couple of decades for him in the commercial broadcasting industry, Doorey's first foray was as a team-driver ofthe Black Thunder vehicles for 2DayFM Radio in Sydney (the Black Thunders were the station’s promotion vehicles). During this stretch, Doorey and 5 other drivers took six cars allaround the streets of Sydney, from the beaches to the bush. Their station promotions saw them generating listeners and attracting patrons through a wealth of activities - among them: running contests, dishing out promo prizes - large and small, and interviewing multiple fans and various guests sponsored by the station for featured promotional events designed to rev-up the station’s fan-base. Doorey was also involved at this time in the introduction of special characters such as “Bladerunner” and in new night-radio promotions that proved very popular. Doorey's launch into full-time on-air broadcasting came in his hometown of Gosford at Coast Rock FM, where his solid work ethic came into focus. Working from midnight to dawn, Doorey delivered the night broadcast program and soon after dawn took the Gosford station’s promo vehicle out onto the streets for the breakfast show promotions.He also began doing guest DJ work at local nightclubs in the evenings - all this time still driving the Black Thunders in Sydney as well. While Doorey's work commitments didn’t leave much time for rest, the varied and busy roles sufficiently cut his teeth in the industry. Live promotional events for radio, for instance, could see Doorey interviewing and introducing live bands on stages in front of crowds on beachfronts or in shopping centres and seamlessly handling all the unseen variables involved in these styles of productions, where “multiple things are happening at a time”. Such events even came to include televised events on football fields with new sets of multiple variables and similarly pressured environments with strict production deadlines, all of which Doorey learnt to adeptly handle. After the early periods in Sydney and Gosford, Doorey headed north -- working for several radio stations, including 4CA - Cairns and Triple M Brisbane; as well as hosting for The Sky Radio network, The Super Radio network, Talk Australia, C91.3FM and Breeze FM. Doorey's years in radio clearly equipped him for unexpected challenges in fast-paced, pressured situations and gave him the knack to calmly deal with split-second changes that may arise at any moment. Doorey describes himself as a calm and organised person who does his homework and is not averse to problem-solving. These are real assets in his current profession and of real benefit to his clients. As he says: “I am able to make the (event/presentation) process easy and comfortable for those around me. While we may be working on the most important event in our (clients’) lives, I will bring a calm to the event,” comments Doorey. Rob Doorey is Australia's premier emcee. Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Hobart, Perth, Adelaide, Darwin and everywhere in between. For more information visit YourMC Master of Ceremonies website or book Rob by calling +61 410 438 003. Syndicated by Baxton Media, the Market Influencers. Interview: Western Australian Belinda Lay has her sight set on winning the national title of 2019 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award in Canberra 2019-08-01T01:39:26Z interview-western-australian-belinda-lay-has-her-sight-set-on-winning-the-national-title-of-2019-agrifutures-rural-womens-award-in-canberra Hello With less than six weeks to go until the 2019 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award recipient is announced, Western Australian Belinda Lay is seeing if she can become the third West Australian to see if she can also scoop the national title. Last year’s national runner up and 2017’s national winner are both accomplished West Australian women. Belinda is available to talk about her work involving using Internet of Things to geospatially track sheep with the help of specially designed collars likened to “fitbits”. She will use her Westpac bursary for her project which is designed to provide real-time information about the location, temperature and activity of sheep, using specially designed collars imported from Spain. Please find attached further information about Belinda and the AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award. Supporting high res and low res images are available to download via: https://spaces.hightail.com/space/e7IwttLgeZ. I look forward to your feedback. Regards, Sonia Morris M: +61 421 672 162 P: +61 2 6766 5222 Interview: South Australian Deanna Lush has her sight set on winning the national title of 2019 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award in Canberra 2019-08-01T01:37:27Z interview-south-australian-deanna-lush-has-her-sight-set-on-winning-the-national-title-of-2019-agrifutures-rural-womens-award-in-canberra Hello With less than six weeks to go until the 2019 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award recipient is announced, South Australian Deanna Lush is preparing to head to Canberra next month to see if she can also scoop the national title. Deanna is available to talk about her work involving establishing a network of ag specialists who have the tools, knowledge and confidence to engage with non-agricultural audiences. Ms Lush will use her Westpac bursary to increase awareness of the need to build trust and provide training and mentoring to producers, helping them to engage and communicate with these audiences. Please find attached further information about Deanna and the AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award. Supporting high res and low res images are available to download via: https://spaces.hightail.com/space/e7IwttLgeZ. I look forward to your feedback. Regards, Sonia Morris M: +61 421 672 162 P: +61 2 6766 5222 Interview: New South Wales winner Jo Palmer has her sight set on winning the national title of 2019 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award in Canberra 2019-08-01T01:35:18Z interview-new-south-wales-winner-jo-palmer-has-her-sight-set-on-winning-the-national-title-of-2019-agrifutures-rural-womens-award-in-canberra With less than six weeks to go until the 2019 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award recipient is announced, New South Wales winner Jo Palmer, is preparing to head to Canberra next month to see if she can also scoop the national title. Jo is available to talk about her work involving her project - an online platform that facilitates remote work opportunities by connecting businesses all over Australia with talented professionals living in regional, rural and remote regions. She will use her Westpac bursary to create a portal within Pointer’s platform that will help to alleviate road blocks that hold many rurally based professionals back from engaging with remote work. The portal’s resources and training will also educate and support businesses to adopt remote employment. Barriers such as a lack of confidence and understanding of new technology will be addressed through online resources, training and formal certifications for professionals looking to engage in remote work as well as for business owners managing remote employees. Please find attached further information about Jo and the AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award. Supporting high res and low res images are available to download via: https://spaces.hightail.com/space/e7IwttLgeZ. I look forward to your feedback. Regards, Regards, Sonia Morris M: +61 421 672 162 P: +61 2 6766 5222 Interview: Queenslander Natasha Roebig looking to create a buzz by vying for the national title of 2019 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award in Canberra 2019-08-01T01:32:27Z interview-queenslander-natasha-roebig-looking-to-create-a-buzz-by-vying-for-the-national-title-of-2019-agrifutures-rural-womens-award-in-canberra Hello With less than six weeks to go until the 2019 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award recipient is announced, Queenslander Natasha Roebig is preparing to head to Canberra next month to see if she can become Queen Bee by scooping the national title. Last year’s national winner is a proud Queenslander, will this year make it two wins in row for the state? Natasha is available to talk about her work which looks at encouraging a new generation of beekeepers into the industry, especially women and youth and mentoring and up-skilling industry newcomers. Mrs Roebig’s business, Bee All Natural has been instrumental in the creation of her project, falling into the world of honey and bees six years ago when her daughter Miranda was born and diagnosed with the skin condition eczema. She says she will be using her Westpac bursary to partner with the Australian Technology and Agricultural College campus, who provide vocational and educational pathways for tertiary students from years ten to twelve. She will have access to the college’s state-of-the-art classroom facilities, which will be used to facilitate an education and mentoring program. The program is for people of all ages and backgrounds, and she plans to develop classes for women, children and those who live with physical disabilities, including a program for those living with PTSD. Please find attached further information about Natasha and the AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award. Supporting high res and low res images are available to download via: https://spaces.hightail.com/space/e7IwttLgeZ. I look forward to your feedback. Regards, Regards, Sonia Morris M: +61 421 672 162 P: +61 2 6766 5222