The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-05-20T22:00:56Z Roseville Sydney CBD Sports Podiatry Recommends Heat And Ice For Foot And Leg Injuries 2019-05-20T22:00:56Z roseville-sydney-cbd-sports-podiatry-recommends-heat-and-ice-for-foot-and-leg-injuries Should You Use Heat, Ice, or Both for Foot and Leg Injuries? The use of heat, ice or both can be an effective first treatment for foot and leg injuries. But many people are unsure about which to use when, and the topic has generated a fair amount of debate. Using the wrong treatment at the wrong time, however, can do more harm than good, and further, prolong recovery time. It’s important therefore to clarify the conditions under which you should apply heat or ice. We spoke to Mark Lin and Wei Lee Sports Podiatrists at Footwork Podiatry in Sydney to find out the facts. RELATED ARTICLE: Roseville Sydney Sports Podiatry Foot Fungal Nail Infections Laser Therapy Solutions Heat increases blood flow "For muscle spasms, heat is your go-to application," says Lin, "Heat increases blood flow to the affected area, relaxes tight muscles and provides pain relief. Heat application can be a very effective strategy for managing chronic injuries." Lee says, "Athletes will often apply heat combined with massage prior to training or a match. This increases blood circulation and allows the muscles to stretch to optimal length. By increasing the muscles’ range of movement, heat and massage prepare the body for the rigorous exercise ahead." "Applying ice to muscle spasms will only further tighten the muscles, compounding the spasm and increasing the risk of further injury," Lin concludes. So when should you use ice? Lin says ice application is very effective for alleviating inflammation and soothing injured tissue. "Inflammation is seen as swelling, redness and tenderness to the touch in the affected area. This is an indication that the capillaries that run through the tissue have been damaged and are leaking blood and other fluids into the area." This damage is what causes inflammation and the use of ice is strongly recommended as a treatment. "It’s important to note that ice should always be wrapped in a cloth or towel before application and not be applied directly onto the skin," says Lee Methods for applying ice and the time intervals for application vary depending on the type of injury sustained. You should, therefore, consult with your practitioner before using ice treatment, to ensure that the injury is treated correctly. Using heat to treat inflammation or an acute injury can increase tissue bleeding and swelling, as heat causes the blood vessels to dilate. When heat is incorrectly used in a situation like this, it will exacerbate the condition and lengthen recovery time. When should a heat and ice combination be used? Lin says a combination of both heat and ice application is only recommended under certain conditions. "In the event of a torn or ruptured muscle, it should first be treated with ice to ease inflammation. Only once the inflammation has subsided can heat be used to relieve pain and speed up healing, by increasing blood flow to the area." "A technique utilising alternate hot and cold baths can be used to resolve inflammation and swelling, but once again it’s recommended that you seek professional advice before attempting this. If done incorrectly, you will run the risk of causing further damage," warns Lin. RELATED ARTICLE: Leading Sydney CBD and North Shore Sports Podiatrist Says Feet Problems Cause Low Back Pain, Footwork Podiatry Footwork Podiatry, situated in Roseville on Sydney’s North Shore and Sydney CBD, is there to help should you have an injury or condition that you think would benefit from heat or ice treatment. They offer advanced manual therapies and a holistic and corrective care approach, with a proven track record of success in resolving acute and chronic conditions, and they will gladly offer advice to get you on the road to recovery as soon as possible. For further information, visit the Sports and Podiatrist Clinic to book online, or call Mark Lin or Wei Lee and their friendly team on +61 2 9416 7889. The information contained in this guide is provided in good faith and is not intended to be nor is it to be used as a substitute for any sort of professional, medical or podiatric advice. An accurate diagnosis can only be made following personal consultation with a podiatrist. Any users should always seek the advice of their podiatrist, or other qualified healthcare providers before commencing any treatment. Syndicated by Baxton Media, the Market Influencers. Roseville Sydney CBD Sports Podiatry Cures Runners Of Achilles Tendinitis, Runners Knee 2019-05-16T22:00:08Z roseville-sydney-cbd-sports-podiatry-cures-runners-of-achilles-tendinitis-runners-knee How to stay free of pain and injuries as a runner Running continues to gain popularity as a form of exercise, and for good reason - it’s an effective antidote to the modern sedentary lifestyle, it doesn’t require any special equipment and it delivers a dopamine boost. But on a far less happy note, statistics show that nearly 80% of all runners are injured every year. The repetitive force involved in running can put immense strain on the feet and legs, causing a number of common injuries. Mark Lin, the Principal Sports Podiatrist and Director for Footwork Podiatry, comments, “We see a lot of runners at our clinics, located in Sydney's CBD and Roseville, with various injuries - these are often due to not warming up properly and too rigorous a training schedule. Yes, fitness is important, but the joints of the feet and legs absorb a lot of impact during running and it’s vital to give them a rest. Conditions like Achilles tendinitis are very common, this occurs when the tendons connecting the heel to the lower leg muscles become inflamed. This can be caused by improper footwear, tight calf muscles or having naturally flat feet and can be avoided to some extent by a proper stretching and strengthening programme of the calf muscles. Runners knee, or Patellofemoral pain syndrome, refers to pain in the front of the knee and around the kneecap, and is generally caused either by maltracking of the kneecap and/or overuse from vigorous exercise.” Other conditions that runners can suffer from are Morton's neuroma, Metatarsalgia, Metatarsal stress fractures, Shin splints, plantar fasciitis, calf muscle strain or tear and ankle sprain. Morton's neuroma -a painful condition that occurs as a result of the thickening of the tissue surrounding one of the nerves leading to the toes. Shin splints -amongst the most common of running injuries, this occurs when the muscles, tendons, or the fascia covering the shinbone become inflamed and sore. Metatarsalgia -characterised by painful inflammation in the forefoot (ball of the foot) as a result of increased pressure in this area. Metatarsal stress fractures - tiny cracks in the bone, these are a sure sign of too much repetitive force on the leg bones. An occurrence of any of these conditions is an indicator that there are some biomechanical issues going on that have put the feet and legs under too much strain, and seeing a sports podiatrist is recommended. Footwork Podiatryoffers a range of alternative, non-invasive, and safe treatment techniques to treat the above conditions, along with specifically prescribed exercises to relieve symptoms as well as retraining the feet and legs to run in a more efficient pattern Foot mobilisation is a ‘hands-on’ treatment technique that diagnoses and corrects misalignment of the foot and ankle. It increases the range of joint mobility, improves proprioceptive feedback from the feet and reduces ‘pain messages’ sent to the brain by stimulating the joint mechanoreceptors. Active Release Techniques removes the build-up of scar tissue that occurs when the body tries to heal itself from an injury. Accumulation of scar tissue restricts the muscle from movement, causing it to becomes both shorter and weaker. The increased tension on tendons causes tendonitis, and nerves can become trapped. ART® provides lasting relief for repetitive strain or overuse injuries and the technique is suitable for anyone, including from children, athletes and the elderly. Low-Level Laser therapy (LLLT) is another effective treatment for a soft-tissue injury. Laser treatment penetrates deep into the tissue causing a photochemical reaction at a cellular level. This metabolic change is highly effective in stimulating tissue repair and relieving pain, and the treatment dramatically shortens recovery time and rapidly reduces swelling and inflammation. “At Footwork Podiatry, we incorporate laser therapy into our treatment protocols to promote and accelerate tissue healing of a wide range of acute and chronic lower limb conditions. Combined with other corrective care treatments, such as Foot Mobilisation Techniques and Trigenics®, we address the underlying cause of the problem for long-term results. LLLTis non-invasive, eye-safe, totally painless and often immediately analgesic,” says Lin. Footwork Podiatry takes top-quality care seriously and is your go-to source for any running related injuries. Find them in two convenient locations, in Roseville on Sydney’s North Shore and Sydney CBD. For further information, visit the Sports and Podiatrist Clinic to book online, or call Mark Lin or Wei Lee and their friendly team on +61 2 9416 7889. The information contained in this guide is provided in good faith and is not intended to be nor is it to be used as a substitute for any sort of professional, medical or podiatric advice. An accurate diagnosis can only be made following personal consultation with a podiatrist. Any users should always seek the advice of their podiatrist, or other qualified healthcare providers before commencing any treatment. Syndicated by Baxton Media, the Market Influencers. Synology Host Solutions Exhibition alongside Computex, 2019 2019-05-08T22:30:00Z synology-host-solutions-exhibition-alongside-computex-2019 Data lies at the core of every industry transformation. Synology provides a wide array of solutions to ensure business continuity. Join us to explore the data life cycle and discover infinite possibilities of file access, storage, and backup. Synology will be hosting its own Solution Exhibition alongside Computex 2019 and you're invited! Join Synology at their new HQ in Taiwan! Date: 29th May 2019 - 31st May 2019 Time: 10am - 6pm Venue: Synology HQ - TPKA in Taipei Far Eastern Telecom Park (1F, No.1, Yuandong Rd., Banqiao Dist., New Taipei City 220) 8-minute walk from the Far Eastern Hospital MRT station (Exit 3) For more information: https://event.synology.com/en-global/solutionexhibition_2019 If of interest and for RSVP, please contact: Shazana Roseli at shazana.roseli@taurusmarketing.com.au, John Wanna at john.wanna@taurusmarketing.com.au or Stacey Toskas at stacey.toskas@taurusmarketing.com.au +61 029415 4528 Mother’s Day gift idea | Unusual but very practical gift for Mum this Mother’s Day 2019-04-30T07:27:43Z mothers-day-gift-idea-unusual-but-very-practical-gift-for-mum-this-mothers-day-1 Being just a fraction over the legal limit could spell disaster in the household if Mum was caught drink driving. To avoid this possibility, gift Mum a personal breathalyser this Mother’s Day so she can know when it is safe to drive after a night out with friends or family. The best breathalyser for Mum is one that is lightweight, highly accurate and provides a fast reading, such as the AlcoSense Elite 3 (RRP $219) or AlcoSense Verity (RRP $269). AlcoSense personal breathalysers use fuel cell sensor technology, which provides the most accurate readings up to three decimal places. All AlcoSense breathalysers from Andatech are eligible for a lifetime warranty covered under the AlcoSense guarantee, which provides peace of mind that the device will keep providing accurate results time after time. www.andatech.com.au About Andatech: Andatech is a 100% Australian owned company that designs, supplies, supports and services safety products including high quality alcohol and drug testing equipment. The company has the widest range of Australian Standard-certified breathalysers in Australia, which are designed for personal use, workplaces, hospitality venues (wall mounted) and as car interlock devices. Drug testing kits cover saliva and urine testing of up to 9 drug groups, providing error-free results. Andatech also has a distribution channel offering consumer safety products and air quality products include dehumidifiers, air purifiers and humidifiers. https://www.andatech.com.au/ Suggested caption: Think of your Mum this Mother’s Day and give her a gift that will help keep her safe, not to mention avoiding a hefty fine and loss of licence! HIGH RES IMAGES AVAILABLE: Please contact Wendy McWilliams at WMC Public Relations Pty Ltd New Media App Launches To Kill Off The Press Release 2019-04-30T04:15:39Z new-media-app-launches-to-kill-off-the-press-release A new technology platform has launches tomorrow made just for you. This tech platform called Story Match® will change the way that you receive your story pitches. No more emails, no more press releases and no more hassling PRs (I promise not to be one of those…) First, watch this! In 1.5 minutes it will explain it all to you… Story Match® is a two sided market place App and Desktop platform that allows brands to pitch story ideas to journalists, at the same time allowing journalists to select only what topics of stories they want to receive. Journalists, like you, set up their profile using 6 simple steps. You can select from up to 50 industry tags (food, finance, lifestyle, tech, etc etc) and can localise by State and Territories. If there’s a match on industry tags then you see the pitch. Using swiping technology you can scroll through stories, swipe left if you don’t like the story or right if you do. If you swipe right, it will open an immediate and private chat between you and the person who posted the pitch. The best bit…. The pitches have limitations – so brands can only upload selected images, a headline and up to 500 characters to bring their pitch to life. They then select which industry tag their story is relevant to, and localise it. So now you don’t need to read any more press releases or receive any more pitches that you’re not interested in. Story Match® was developed to improve efficiencies in the media industry, and allow all brands, no matter how big or small the opportunity to get their brand noticed. The tech platform has been developed by Founder and Director of Polkadot Communications Dionne Taylor – who has worked both as a journalist and a PR for the last 15 years. Dionne is available for an interview to chat about this new and exciting platform, built just for YOU! If interested in speaking with Dionne, please get in touch. It Makes Cents to Compare 2019-04-23T03:30:16Z it-makes-cents-to-compare It is a fundamental economic principal that competition in any market is a key component to driving prices in the market down to benefit consumers. It is the bedrock of Western economies and one of the main reasons our markets are so developed and globalised.  Comparison websites in Australia provide a great service for consumers to compare their utilities and household services and expenses based on their personal details, and match them to the best deals available in the market.  Collectively, Aussie's are potentially loosing millions each year because they are not being proactive about ensuring their service providers are providing them with the best product or service for todays market. For example, if you have not asked you bank for a comparison home loan rate in the last 4 years, changes are you are loosing hundreds of dollars each year because your interest rate is not competitive for todays market.  It turns out, that Australian product and service providers are willing to bid for your business and higher levels of competition only drives the price down for the consumer. Meaning, real savings in your pocket each week, month and year.  This is not a revolutionary idea, there are plenty of exisiting comparison websites in the market today, however it is MakesCents.com.au that is truely independent and provides the best customer experiences for consumers who choose to use their service.  If you are a company that provides services directly to Australian consumers, and are looking high quality lead generation where the consumer is paired perfectly to suit your service, then look no further.  MakesCents Media operate the following industry verticals for comparisons: - Electricity and Gas - Life Insurance - Solar - Health Insurance- Superannuation If you are a company looking to offer your services to Australian consumers and can service lead enquiries, then please contact MakesCents.com.au today to speak to a lead generation expert today.  Platform Gives Voice To Consumers Who Feel Ignored By Big Business And Government 2019-04-14T23:45:35Z platform-gives-voice-to-consumers-who-feel-ignored-by-big-business-and-government Lawyer Anna Willis’ desire to create change drove her to create a portal where people can vent about the issues affecting their lives that are not being fixed by organisations and companies across Australia. “So many people feel powerless when it comes to resolving issues with telecommunications, aged care companies, local government departments and other big organisations,” she said. “They feel ignored and unheard.” “I wanted to create something to give people an anonymous but safe place to share their views, to find out that they are not alone as their issue is probably shared by many others”. “issue.watch is an independent public forum, where consumers can voice their opinion. We aggregate issues to establish trends and magnitude, so organisations are forced to acknowledge significant consumer issues, and forced to act.” “It is easy to ignore a person; it’s harder to ignore a collective.” issue.watch is on a mission to shine a light on issue that matter to the community. It is building a community of consumers and organisations who want to see issues fixed by identifying, spotlighting, acknowledging and maintaining a focus on solutions on collective issues. “The current avenues of complaint, to the Ombudsman or the customer service department, do not necessarily result in fundamental changes in organisational behaviour, are often slow to respond, and the process and results are not transparent or consistent across complainants.” “So many issues, as identified in the banking royal commission, could have been dealt with much earlier if there had been more awareness around the volume of complaints. Issue.watch is about joining voices about similar issues, to become a megaphone; a loud voice on significant issues that impact our communities and drive change.” For those who are fed up with complaining and not being heard or stoically putting up with an issue because they feel it is pointless to complain, Anna said that is why issue.watch exists. While we do not deal with individual complaints, we want people to share their issues and speak up, with us, so we can collate and highlight significant issues in a public forum and with industry stakeholders drive change.” www.issue.watch.com AIIA voices concern over two critical pieces of rushed digital legislation 2019-04-12T04:59:49Z aiia-voices-concern-over-two-critical-pieces-of-rushed-digital-legislation Sydney, Australia – 12 April 2019 -- The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the peak member body for the ICT industry, is calling for more consultation between government and industry following the speed at which two critical pieces of legislation for the digital sector passed through both houses in parliament in the past five months. These are the Assistance and Access Act passed by parliament on 6 December 2018, and more recently the amendments to Australia’s Criminal Code triggered by the Christchurch shooting video, which was passed through parliament in just two days in April. Ron Gauci, CEO of the AIIA, said: “More dialogue is required between government and industry to ensure legislation keeps pace with technological developments. The Government’s reaction shows a complete lack of understanding of the modern economy and the role of ICT in underpinning economic growth. The unintended consequences of both pieces of legislation, and the damage to the Australian digital sector and multinational companies operating in Australia are yet to be understood.” The amendments proposed by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security have not been revisited since the Act was passed in December 2019. Meanwhile, the amendments to the Criminal Code involved no consultation with industry and received royal assent on 5 April 2019. “In the case of the Assistance and Access Act, a consultation process was undertaken. However, the speed at which the Bill was introduced in parliament - seven business days after public consultations closed - suggests that very little consideration was given to the over 344 public submissions. “Critically, both sets of legislation fail to establish clear processes for companies to follow,” said Mr Gauci. “Without greater dialogue between the digital industry and government, and the departments that serve the government of the day, we will continue to see implementation of regulatory frameworks that are out of step with technological developments.” # # # About AIIA The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. Since 1978 AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favorable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. We do this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information. Media Contacts For more information please contact: Jeffrey Coote Tel: (02) 8355 3130 jeffrey@filteredmedia.com.au Federal Budget Skills Package fails to lift Australia’s digital potential, says AIIA 2019-04-03T23:27:04Z federal-budget-skills-package-fails-to-lift-australias-digital-potential-says-aiia-1 Sydney, Australia – 4 April 2019 -- The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) welcomes the Skills Package of $525.3 million announced in Tuesday night’s Federal Budget, especially the $15.6 million in capital funding over four years from 2019-20 to further improve the quality of the Vocational Education and Training (VET). However, the AIIA is concerned it doesn’t go far enough on two critical priorities for driving Australia’s future economic growth: digital skills, and more women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). In its pre-budget submission to Government, the AIIA identified the development and supply of digital skills as a key priority for Australia’s future economic growth. Today, the AIIA commends the injection of Skills Package funding but says the outcomes must be more clearly focused on identifying and developing digital skills. “The proposed $20.1 million investment in emerging skills as part of the Jobs and Education Data Infrastructure Project is a solid start, but will do little to foster the calibre and volume of digital skills required to meet current demand in data analytics, machine learning, cybersecurity, robotics to support Australia’s digital economy,” says Ron Gauci, CEO, AIIA. “It is also disappointing to see such a relatively low level of investment in addressing the persistent gender imbalance in STEM. A mere $3.4 million over four years to encourage more women into STEM education and careers is a drop in the ocean of possibility,” he says. The peak member body for the ICT industry says active collaboration between industry organisations, government and research institutes is key to realising the economic potential of the fourth industrial revolution for everyday Australians. Therefore, the success of the soon to be established National Skills Commission, Skills Organisation and National Career’s Institute in fostering digital skills and careers will depend on cross sector collaboration. ”Our pre-budget submission to Government highlighted the urgency of addressing Australia’s significant digital skills gap. If we are to keep pace with other developed economies, we must up-skill and cross-skill our workforce as an absolute priority, and work together to achieve clearly articulated shared outcomes,” said Mr Gauci. “AIIA members anticipate working with the Government to develop a digital curriculum for its proposed $67.5 million over five years trial of 10 national, school based, VET training hubs aiming to provide school leavers with the digital skills required by local industry,” he added. AIIA members look forward to viewing the opposition’s policies on fostering digital skills in Australia. # # # About AIIA The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. Since 1978 AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favorable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. We do this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information. Media Contacts For more information please contact: Jeffrey Coote Tel: (02) 8355 3130 jeffrey@filteredmedia.com.au Digital skills shortages and R&D tax incentives remain obstacles to Artificial Intelligence (AI) development in Australia, says AIIA 2019-03-28T00:27:42Z digital-skills-shortages-and-r-d-tax-incentives-remain-obstacles-to-artificial-intelligence-ai-development-in-australia-says-aiia Sydney, Australia – 28 March 2019 -- The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the peak member body for the ICT industry, is calling on government, industry peers, educators and researchers to collaborate on maximising the opportunities presented by the emergence of of Artificial Intelligence (AI) products and services in Australia, and to ensure that solutions are available for some of the challenges that are anticipated. Through the implementation of AI technologies, consumers can benefit from personalised products that meet the needs of the individual customer, online product recommendations based on assessments of consumers’ buying patterns and product preferences, and improved customer service from more efficient digital supply chain networks. The Australian ICT industry currently lacks access to relevant local skills, and is not supported by an effective Research and Development Taxation Incentive (R&DTI) Program that fosters an environment of innovation, commercialisation and export of high-quality Australian AI products and services, says the AIIA. Ron Gauci, CEO of the AIIA, believes adopting the right government policy settings is key to fostering the healthy development and adoption of AI in Australia in a manner that benefits society and drives our economy. “The creation of a favourable business environment where Australian industries are empowered to innovate, develop and deploy AI solutions, and contribute to Australia’s overall productivity, is essential to Australia’s continued economic growth. “AI has the potential to address a number of government service delivery challenges, especially in the social services sector, such as service provision to an aging population and the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. “In order to harness this potential, we need to focus on AI capability and skills development now and encourage innovation and commercialisation of AI products and services through an effective R&DTI program. Without this government support, Australia will struggle to develop globally competitive AI products and services. “Furthermore, the Government should carefully assess the suitability of existing regulatory frameworks on AI products and services before creating new regulations. The AIIA would like to see a principles-based approach adopted, rather than a regulatory approach - and be included in discussions on any proposed AI policy development activities,” added Mr Gauci. On 5 March 2019, the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) hosted a symposium on AI and human rights. The AIIA commends the AHRC for its leadership in stimulating a broader discussion on the impact of AI on Australian society between stakeholders, including government, business, industry, research institutes, civil society and other interested parties. This initiative will contribute to the development of global standards on AI. Based on AIIA members’ submission to the AHRC on 18 March 2019, which leveraged their experience in developing and implementing AI products, the main goals of government regulation in AI should be three-fold: Government should build upon and augment existing legal and ethical frameworks and oversight bodies to support the growth of the AI industry in Australia. This approach will mitigate the risk of over regulating which can have the effect of limiting both innovation and participation by all members of Australian society in developing, implementing and using AI products and services. Develop AI principles and standards that build upon existing industry experience. For example, through the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), the technology industry has already aligned itself to leverage off a set of principles and policies to guide AI developments. There should be an integrated approach to encouraging the development of the necessary skills for AI in Australia, with some of the skills including ethics, policy, data analytics, change management and human-centred design. In order to stimulate discussions on the key issues in AI, the AIIA is hosting its flagship Summit event entitled AIIA Navigating Artificial Intelligence Summit on 6 June 2019 in Canberra. The 2019 Summit will bring together AIIA members, global and local experts in AI from industry, government agencies, research institutes and start-ups, to explore the challenges, opportunities and potential pitfalls that our AI-aligned future may present. Visit the AIIA website for more information. # # # About AIIA The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. Since 1978 AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favorable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. We do this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information. Media Contacts For more information please contact: Jeffrey Coote Tel: (02) 8355 3130 jeffrey@filteredmedia.com.au Tent of Promise Blessing the Darling River in Wilcannia NSW 2019-03-27T09:11:03Z tent-of-promise-blessing-the-darling-river-in-wilcannia-nsw Tent of Promise Darling River Blessing Wilcannia NSW, March 2019 Contributed by Adele Kenyon Gathered in the dry riverbed of the once mighty Darling River this past week were a handful of sojourners from Queensland who had driven 1,500 kilometres to the tired town of Wilcannia in far western New South Wales. YouTube Video: TENT OF PROMISE - Entering Wilcannia 2019 For this small group the township of Wilcannia was the focal destination of their long drive: with their hearts set on praying and prophesying for the revival of the once mighty river and its communities from this spiritual starting point - gleaned after a sustained period of prayerfulness over several months in their home base up north. Led by Bishop Barry Cunnington, Founder of The Tent of Promise Incorporated, based in southern Queensland, the small team of Christian supporters strongly believe their prophetic/prayer mission begun this month in Wilcannia will usher in not only a revived and flowing river, but a spiritual reawakening within the Wilcannia community and beyond. Bishop Cunnington trusts this is a pivotal season for Christian renewal around Australia and believes the seed of blessing sown this week and symbolically poured directly into the dry Darling River riverbed in Wilcannia will herald a new era of reawakening to spiritual truth tied with genuine reconciliation. He explains the spiritual foundation for the belief as being in the Holy Bible (defined as God’s Word to a holy people). One verse consolidating the stance is in 2 Chronicles 7:14, found in the Old Testament of the Bible. The verse is cited below. “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 KJV To bless the river the team prayed together in the riverbed near the Wilcannia Bridge on Thursday, led by Bishop Cunnington, who invited a Christian representative of Australia's indigenous/Aboriginal community to prophesy in partnership with he and Wilcannia’s local minister, Pastor Seta, of the Australian Aboriginal Outreach Ministries (AAOM). The indigenous intercessor present was Hazel Morgan, formerly of Pinnacle Pocket in the Northern Territory and now residing in Brisbane. Mrs Morgan’s representation of Australia’s indigenous peoples was itself significant, said Bishop Cunnington – as the pair had both been present at a 1999 gathering at Yulara near Uluru as part of a Christian reconciliation event organised by the Australian Christian Pastor’s Prayer Network. This year represents the 20th anniversary of that Yulara event. To complete the blessing of the Darling River the three appointed representatives together poured olive oil and red wine into the riverbed, followed by the pouring of clean water. Bishop Cunnington said the oil signified “the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on our nation” while the red wine signified “the shedding of the blood of Jesus Christ to cleanse the earth” with the oil and wine “coming together to heal our land and our nation”. “The pouring out of the water signifies the welling up of water to flood and fill the River Valley again, in the mighty name of Jesus,” Bishop Cunnington said, adding that this is being fulfilled “as God’s people pray for this town.” “We have the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven to bring this (water/healing) today to earth… So today, prophetically, we release that full river of Heaven to flow here in this land,” he said. YouTube Video: TENT OF PROMISE - Blessing The River Darling, Wilcannia March 2019 As the TOP team continues to trust that these faithful steps into the riverbed at Wilcannia will spark a nationwide revival which will well up and out of Australia's rural and indigenous heartland, out of "country" -- the members of the team also have faith in the renewal of the Darling River from the red centre through God’s grace. The team believes the reawakening that will potentially radiate from the Australian heartland/red centre to bush and coastal areas around Australia will usher in a spiritual revival around the nation. This could be a spiritual link to a prophetic word made more than four centuries ago over the south sea lands by Portuguese explorer, Pedro Fernandez De Quiros, who in 1606 hoisted a banner in the New Hebrides and proclaimed this region and lands beyond it as the "Terra Australis del Espiritu Santu", the last two Spanish words meaning “Holy Spirit”. De Quiros reportedly thought he was in the island -continent of Australia. (Reference:https://christianfaith.com/lookout/sacred-australia or TACL Vol 27 #1 2006). In more recent times, a popular Australian Christian song, “The Great South Land of the Holy Spirit”, written by Geoff Bullock, features lyrics echoing the Portuguese explorers’ proclamation. The song’s chorus captures the essence: “This is the Great Southland of the Holy Spirit A land of red dust plains and summer rains To this sunburnt land we will see a flood And to this Great Southland His Spirit comes”. The TOP mobile ministry is affiliated with The Promise Faith Centre Churches International (PFCCI), with a base in Coolangatta, Queensland. Bishop Cunnington oversees the PFCCI and on its website (https://www.promisefaithcentre.org/about_us) explains how he has personally experienced transformation in his life and knowing the Grace of God “is compelled to bring the revelation of God's Word in the Power of God's Holy Spirit to those who have the need and Grace to receive”. Syndicated by Baxton Media, the Market Influencers. Tent of Promise Relaunch with Panorama in Wilcannia 2019-03-27T09:09:21Z tent-of-promise-relaunch-with-panorama-in-wilcannia TENT OF PROMISE Relaunch with Panorama in Wilcannia Wilcannia NSW, March 2019 Contributed by Adele Kenyon As Wilcannian locals entered their community hall last week expecting a devotional time and a church service as part of a mission-outreach by a visiting Queensland group to their dry and sweltering township, most of the local residents were stunned to find a gigantic 36 metre illustrated display of highlighted accounts from the Holy Bible plastered around three walls of their large hall. On discovering this magnificent wall display several childrens' jaws dropped and many pairs of eyes - including those of adults - were fixated on the impressive illustrations depicting key events from the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible, which when considered chronologically depict God's carefully crafted plan of salvation for every person who accepts the heavenly Father’s gift of eternal life given through his precious Son, Jesus Christ. Reflected in the closing sections of the illustrated Bible display are the joy and peace infilling Christians who have accepted God’s gracious gift of life. The impressive Bible Panorama is a key feature of the Tent of Promise (TOP) touring ministry which was relaunched in Wilcannia in Outback New South Wales this month after almost a decade in recess. TOP leaders are confident the new outreach will generate much interest and as the touring ministry gains momentum will ultimately lead many people around Australia to discover and commit or re-commit to the Christian faith. Bishop Cunnington explained that the team’s confidence in these positive outcomes is due to the team’s collective faith in the Word of God combined with its outward expression(s) of this faith. TOP Founders, Barry and Sandra Cunnington, have remobilised this ministry with team members from their Coolangatta Promise Faith Centre Church in response to the leading of the Holy Spirit. They believe Australia is poised for a faith revival which will sweep the nation. TOP Founder, Senior Pastor and Bishop, Barry Cunnington, believes the power of God’s Word spoken by his righteous people will prevail. The four participating TOP pastors are not new to this form of mobilised outback ministry. For many years they took this style of ministry outreach to various Australian townships, including eleven years on the road with an earlier Bible panorama which they hauled around Australia with help from a devoted mobile pastoral team. Now the panorama has been digitally revamped and the mobilisation process refined so it is all more portable - this helpful to the more senior pastors and other team-members, several of whom while agile and young-at-heart are aged in their seventies. The senior pastors are assisted in this mobile ministry by their younger counterparts, Reverend(s) Timothy and Leah Knowling of Alectown, NSW. Pastor Leah, in addition to her wide range of responsibilities, ably coordinates the music ministry for the TOP team, including contributing her impressively strong and powerful vocals which were well appreciated during this Wilcannia trip. During the TOP team’s visit Bishop Cunnington liaised with Wilcannia’s local minister, Pastor Seta, of the Australian Aboriginal Outreach Ministries (AAOM), so TOP could use some of the local facilities during its visit to the town. Pastor Seta’s worship team also contributed readily to the music ministry during the six-day TOP visit, while Pastor Seta was also a key participant in the blessing of the Darling River Related Article: TENT OF PROMISE - Darling River Blessing YouTube Video: TENT OF PROMISE - Blessing The River Darling, Wilcannia March 2019 The Wilcannia launch of the new TOP mission, now renamed "The Tent of Promise:- Now Mobile", did not disappoint. As local visitors were welcomed, not only were they fascinated by the illustrated Bible highlighted on the hall walls, they were challenged by the delivered oratory during the times of devotion and moved by the music - so much so that in the final stages of the time-of-ministry on the first evening, dozens of children and youth independently went up for prayer with the visiting team. These same children and visiting families subsequently revisited various ministry activities springing up over the next few days and brought along friends and new folk -- who were also treated to a vibrant puppet show/singalong. Outreach activities culminated in an outdoor community prayer time for the River Darling held on the final Sunday evening in The Mallee neighbourhood park. This was attended by many local residents, with music provided by the local Wilcannia pastors and other worship team members as well as by Pastor Leah, followed by a celebratory barbecue to finish -- all well received and attended. Local pastors enthusiastically participated in the music ministry during the TOP visit so a range of musical-worship styles were catered to over the period. The TOP mobile ministry is affiliated with The Promise Faith Centre Churches International (PFCCI), with a base in Coolangatta, Queensland. Bishop Cunnington oversees the PFCCI and on its website (https://www.promisefaithcentre.org/about_us) explains how he has personally experienced transformation in his life and knowing the Grace of God “is compelled to bring the revelation of God's Word in the Power of God's Holy Spirit to those who have the need and Grace to receive”. Syndicated by Baxton Media, the Market Influencers. AIIA celebrates ongoing government–industry collaboration on digital transformation 2019-03-21T03:06:25Z aiia-celebrates-ongoing-government-industry-collaboration-on-digital-transformation Sydney, Australia – 21 March 2019 -- The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the peak member body for the ICT industry, is celebrating the progress made by government and industry since a memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed with the Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) one year ago. Michael Keenan, Minister for Human Services and Digital Transformation, was the keynote speaker at the AIIA hosted Ministerial Luncheon held on Tuesday 19 March at the National Press Club. The event marked the anniversary of the shared commitment to continue to deliver the Australian Government’s Digital Transformation Agenda. In his valedictory speech, Minister Keenan emphasised he is an ongoing supporter of the MOU between the DTA and AIIA, highlighting some of the positive outcomes benefiting the industry. The MOU was entered into on 13 March 2018 in order to facilitate practical ways for the DTA and AIIA to engage industry and government agencies in meaningful dialogue. During the first year, participating AIIA members have benefited from ongoing updates on the DTA’s activities relating to its digital transformation agenda. This included the opportunity for AIIA members to contribute directly to DTA on user research. Commenting on the anniversary of the AIIA and DTA MOU, Ron Gauci, CEO of the AIIA, said: “We’ve made great progress identifying opportunities for the parties to exchange information and draw on expertise to deliver better government online services for individuals and businesses. “Our members think this has been a ‘great start’ for industry and government agency dialogue. We hope this model will continue to evolve, and that it can be applied across other agencies.” Several initiatives and activities have been undertaken to support the opening of the dialogue. These include: Regular meetings between DTA CEO and AIIA CEO Cadence meetings between AIIA members and DTA Senior decision makers Being part of the October 2018 USA delegation visiting the following AIIA member offices: Amazon, Microsoft, Salesforce, IBM, Cisco, Infosys, Qlik, WIPRO, Singtel Innov8 and Oracle. The delegates also attended think tanks such as the World Economic Forum and the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, as well as startup incubators at Berkley SkyDeck and the Australian Landing Pad, all showcasing innovative Australian technology start-up companies. # # # About AIIA The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. Since 1978 AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favorable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. We do this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information. Media Contacts For more information please contact: Jeffrey Coote Tel: (02) 8355 3130 jeffrey@filteredmedia.com.au Statement on Brisbane City Council distributing disposable breathalysers to staff 2019-03-20T04:03:10Z statement-on-brisbane-city-council-distributing-disposable-breathalysers-to-staff Brisbane City Council has purchased 18,000 disposable personal breathalysers for staff to undertake voluntary testing after lunch or the morning after a heavy night of drinking. https://www.facebook.com/couriermail/posts/10156704673552702 Irwandy Tan, CEO of Andatech, says the amount spent on disposable units, which may have been up to $50,000, could have been better spent on wall-mounted and personal breathalysers to provide a long-term solution. Andatech has the largest number of Australian Standard-certified breathalysers in Australia, which are designed for personal use, workplaces and hospitality venues. Mr Tan said Brisbane City Council and any other workplace/venue can install a wall-mounted breathalyser to determine accurate readings of employees’ BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) to three decimal places. “While many workplaces conduct random alcohol and drug testing, providing a voluntary system where employees can check themselves at any time, allows employees to be responsible for their actions, which is a good thing.” The other suggestion from Irwandy Tan is that for the same amount of money, Brisbane City Council could have purchased around 160 personal breathalysers that employees could take with them to lunches and meetings so they could test themselves before they return to work. “For the Council’s investment, I believe a better option would have been a mix of wall mounted units and hand-held personal breathalysers that come with removable mouthpieces. “Once the units have been purchased, the only other cost is calibration of the fuel cell technology to ensure ongoing accuracy and the purchase of more mouthpieces. “The other concern with having 18,000 disposable units is that they will all end up in landfill,” he added. Ends For more comments please contact: Mr Irwandy Tan, Director and CEO, Andatech. T: 03 8899 6900 M: 0400 338 300 E: irwandy@andatech.com.au https://www.andatech.com.au/ About Andatech: Andatech is a 100% Australian owned company that designs, supplies, supports and services safety products including high quality alcohol and drug testing equipment. The company has the widest range of Australian Standard-certified breathalysers in Australia, which are designed for personal use, workplaces, hospitality venues (wall mounted) and as car interlock devices. Drug testing kits cover saliva and urine testing of up to 9 drug groups, providing error-free results. Andatech also has a distribution channel offering consumer safety products and air quality products include dehumidifiers, air purifiers and humidifiers. https://www.andatech.com.au/ Media enquiries: Wendy McWilliams, WMC PR, T: 03 9803 2588 E: wendy@wmcpr.com.au US expert presents evidence for innovative drug-free pain management device, ActiPatch® 2019-03-14T00:39:19Z us-expert-presents-evidence-for-innovative-drug-free-pain-management-device-actipatch-r Mundipharma was pleased to welcome Biomedical Engineer Dr Sree Koneru to Australia to give a presentation on the innovative pain management device, ActiPatch®, which he helped develop. ActiPatch® uses electromagnetic pulse therapy to provide long-lasting pain relief. Dr Koneru is the Vice President of Product Development for Bioelectronics and visited Australia to present the clinical evidence behind ActiPatch® at the Australian Pharmacy Conference on the Gold Coast. You can watch Dr Koneru discussing ActiPatch® on Chanel Seven’s Weekend Sunrise here. “The new understanding of chronic pain is that nerves ‘memorise’ the initial pain from injury and over time, become hyperreactive,” Dr Koneru said. “When used over a painful area, ActiPatch’s pulsed signal is absorbed by tissue and disrupts hyperactivity of the nerves, resulting in lasting relief.” Electromagnetic pulse therapy helps to relieve pain from mild osteoarthritis and general musculoskeletal pain in the back, knee, heel and other muscle joints. It is also ideal for strains, sprains and other painful conditions. The therapy is completely sensation free, with no heat, tingling sensations or vibration. ActiPatch® is drug-free and can be safely used with any other medications. A registry studyi of more than 5,000 chronic pain sufferers using ActiPatch® indicated that: • More than 65% per cent reported a clinically meaningful reduction in pain from a wide variety of causes and locations of pain • The average pain reduction reported in these individuals was 57% • The 3-month follow-up showed sustained pain relief, decreased oral analgesic medication use and quality of life improvement. “ActiPatch® uses low-level therapy to allow 24/7 use and, as it doesn’t require skin contact, can be used over bandages and clothing,” said Dr Koneru. “Can also be used by people with metallic implants and when not placed directly over them, electronic devices such as pacemakers/defibrillators.” Mundipharma recently acquired the exclusive Australian and New Zealand distribution rights for ActiPatch®, reinforcing its commitment to the multimodal approach to pain management. This multimodal approach includes cognitive behavioural therapies, physical therapies and pharmacological therapies. “Mundipharma has worked collaboratively with healthcare professionals to provide appropriate access to pain relief over the past 20 years,” said Jane Orr, Managing Director of Mundipharma Australia and New Zealand. “Our work with leading clinicians and reputation as a trusted medical advisor will enable us to help more patients benefit from this therapy.” The results of clinical trials involving ActiPatch® can be found here. Always read the label. Follow the directions for use. If symptoms persist, see your healthcare professional. Further information is available from Mundipharma Pty Limited, 88 Phillip Street, Sydney, NSW 2000. Phone 1800 188 009 or email medinfo@mundipharma.com.au. For media enquiries, please contact: Rob Bates Communications Manager +61 422 196 238 Rob.Bates@mundipharma.com.au About Mundipharma Mundipharma is a member of a global network of independent associated companies which are engaged in research, development, production and marketing of prescription medicines and consumer healthcare products. Established as a leader in the development and provision of medicines for pain, we have expanded our portfolio to include treatments for cancer, glaucoma, asthma, burns, wounds, skin irritations and the common cold. For more information, please visit: www.mundipharma.com.au. ® ACTIPATCH is a registered trademark. References i Rawe et al. Pain Manag. 5(6):413-423 (2015)