The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2018-11-28T23:40:34Z Save Toddler Lives by Checking Your Pool Gate Now. 2018-11-28T23:40:34Z summer-is-coming-save-toddler-lives-by-checking-your-pool-gate Summer is coming and the 1st December is "National Check Your Pool Gate Day". Through his charity, Kids Alive, Laurie Lawrence, famous Australia swimming coach, is raising awareness for home owners to check their pool gate operation. How to Check Your Pool Gate at Home Steve Andreasen, pool fence installer and owner of Word of Mouth Fencing, has released a video to support National Check Your Pool Gate Day.  Steve demonstrates a quick and easy pool gate check all home owners can do.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUXkB_OuuVk Your pool gate should self-close from any position.  And remain secure once closed.  Also, make sure nothing nearby can be used by small children to climb over the fence. Finally, never prop your pool gate open, not even for a second.  Gates & Fences Prevent Toddler Drownings. According the annual Royal Life Saving Report on Drowning, released in September 2018, last year over 50% of toddler drownings involved faulty, propped open or even non-existent pool gates or fences.   With December and January the worst months for pool drownings, it’s time to get your pool gate checked. "There is a link between pool fencing laws and rates of child drowning in pools. Areas of Australia with fewer exemptions from best practice fencing standards and more regular inspections experience fewer fatal drowning incidents." Royal Life Saving If you aren't sure if your gate is operating correctly, contact Steve at Word Of Mouth Fencing for a Summer Pool Gate check on 0414 347 345 today. Dr Anh speaks out in response to the media frenzy about the issue of plastic surgeons’ social media being responsible for body image anxiety. 2018-10-25T02:16:42Z dr-anh-speaks-out-in-response-to-the-media-frenzy-about-the-issue-of-plastic-surgeons-social-media-being-responsible-for-body-image-anxiety The solution to low body image issues is quite simple, argues Perth Female Plastic Surgeon, Dr Anh. She writes an open letter in response to the media frenzy about the issue of plastic surgeons’ social media being responsible for body image anxiety. It is disappointing to read the gross generalisations in the articles in the Daily telegraph and the Sydney Morning Herald that suggest that Plastic Surgeons are part of the growing problem of body image anxieties. As a female plastic surgeon in Perth who is active on social media, as a woman who has had her fair share of insecurities about her body, as a mum of 3 children including a 12 year old daughter, I would argue that this is a sweeping generalisation and one I find negative and somewhat insulting to those of us who are against body shaming and passionate about empowering body positivity. To point the finger at social media of plastic surgeons as one cause of a complex problem is I believe oversimplistic and ignoring a much bigger issue. Body image anxieties are a real concern. It is frightening to learn of statistics from Prof Rumsey saying that 11 year olds are wanting cosmetic procedures. It is sad to learn that poor body image is one of the 3 biggest concerns of our young people. I worry how this will affect my children, as I do not want them to grow up with poor body image, like I did, and like so many of my patients who see me. Dissatisfaction about how one looks can affect one’s confidence, and can negatively impact on every aspect of one’s life. I know first hand seeing how many people don’t want to do something because they fear rejection, failure or disapproval because they lack self-worth and often it is linked to how they negatively see themselves and their appearance. But do our young people feel this way because what some plastic surgeons have posted on their social media feed? Let’s be real here, people feel this way because they live in a world where beautiful, sexy, attractive is celebrated and promoted EVERYWHERE – on TV, in magazines, on billboards, in shop windows – not just on social media. And coupled with the harsh reality that the world is cruel. Even without magazines and TV influencing our perceptions, fleeting or deliberate comments from other children, teenagers and adults whether innocent and unintentional or not, can and do crush self esteem and confidence. Being teased or being told you are fat and ugly or have a big nose or whatever, is enough to play on our minds, and sadly, has longevity. And this type of bullying about one’s appearance begins from such a young age, and I don’t think that is because of social media. I see children worried about their prominent ears because the kids at school are mean. I see some adults who have little to no confidence and they attribute that to being bullied when younger because they were overweight. Where are we learning to be so mean? Whatever happened to the adage, if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. I grew up before social media when we all had varying degrees of dissatisfaction with our bodies merely because I believed we lived in a time where the supermodels Cindy, Claudia, Kate and Kristy and magazines like Dolly, Cleo and Cosmopolitan portrayed the notion that being beautiful, skinny, perfect were what we aspired to be like and if we didn’t we felt awkward and unattractive. Perhaps we didn’t all follow these models and magazines, but the problem of not feeling good about how we looked is age old. Centuries before women were wearing corsets to cinch in their waist so making them attractive to potential suitors looking for fertility in a woman. Wonder if women back then had body image issues? They probably had some dissatisfaction if they didn’t meet society’s view of attractive then but perhaps they never articulated it. Or maybe people were more tolerant and embracing of all shapes and sizes and appearances back then? Scientific studies have shown that people are drawn to features of beauty instinctively – and that doesn’t require influences externally. There is an argument that it is innate to be drawn to certain physical characteristics, and so whilst social media can certainly influence trends, as Kylie Jenner has in my mind, redefined the image of beauty, there is so much more to this problem of poor body image than can be blamed on plastic surgeons and social media. Add the era of the internet and social media and now everything is available online. But I do not believe it is what is splashed everywhere that has killed our body confidence, in as much as the culture where its ok to troll others, speak unkind words, be overly critical, be cruel and pass judgement on others that in my mind has fuelled body image anxieties. I am not a psychologist or sociologist and don’t claim to have the answers to a complex and concerning problem, but I do believe the onus is on society at large to change how we treat others and to start from a young age to foster tolerance, acceptance and values of kindness. As a plastic surgeon, we have a responsibility to be a part of the solution. I do believe that we already help so many patients find their self worth, love themselves more, become less self conscious and live their best lives. But we also need to make sure that we don’t set unrealistic, unattainable expectations for our patients, sexualise or trivialise what we do or make people feel worse about themselves so we can offer solutions to their problems. As members of the Australian Society of Plastic surgeons and Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, we need to advance the specialty of plastic surgery so we can help more people. We should work together with body image specialists to find solutions to fostering healthy positive body image in society, and ensure our social media and marketing is ethical realistic, professional and honest. For some people, finding one’s self worth may require counselling. For others it might be about career advancement. And some it might mean lifestyle changes. However there will always be some women and men who want to address a physical concern that holds them back from feeling good about themselves and achieving what they want to. This is equally valid, and articles and opinions that criticise or mock those of us who want to invest in ourselves and improve our appearance, do the opposite of helping us. They actually fuel even more angst. I am not claiming that plastic surgery fixes low body image. I am not arguing that if you don’t like something about your physical appearance then fix it and your woes will be over. I am not advocating that we should all go and get a boob job because the ones we saw on social media are amazing and if we don’t we will feel less of a person. Sorry for the dramatic sarcastic tone, but I am sick and tired of shaming those who want to do something for themselves. So long as the individuals have realistic expectations and are doing it for themselves and for the right reasons, it isn’t right to criticise them, or judge them as being superficial, vain, weak or any other negative undertones that some people automatically associate with plastic surgery. We don’t need to agree with their choices but we should learn to respect their autonomy in the very least. It would be my hope that we learn to be encouraging and supportive of each other rather than criticise and shame each other’s choices. I for one see women and men of all different age groups and from all walks of life who simply want to improve an area of their skin, face or body that bothers them and affects their confidence, happiness and freedom to be their best selves. In no way are these patients coming in feeling crap about themselves because they aspire to be like influencers. The overwhelming majority of my patients don’t want to be someone else – they only want to be the best version of themselves whatever age or stage of life they are at. Some have insecurities from a young age when someone teased them and that has stuck with them through most of their life. Some have insecurities that have formed from growing up in this society that is skewed in favour of who and what is beautiful. Many are going through key stages in their life when they want to feel good about themselves. Mums who feel frumpy and unattractive after having kids want to address their post-pregnancy body. Men and women who have left long term relationships want to regain their self confidence that a breakup has taken its toll on. Some want to not look aged so they can hang onto their jobs. Whetever the reason so long as it is for the patient who has realistic expectations, plastic surgery can be highly transformative, not only physically but also in how it translates positively to every aspect of one’s life. At the end of the day, social media is not going away and we cannot stop people looking and following Instagram accounts of those they relate to or engage with and search for what fits with their belief systems. For the surgeons who are posting risqué pictures labelled as “soft porn”, they are likely attracting patients who identify with those desired outcomes, but I know that my patients or those who follow me share the same values that I do about empowering others to be their best and kind self. Each to their own so long as we are not breaching professional and ethical guidelines, and not lumped into one basket as being part of a serious complex problem. With further collaboration and research, we can all be part of a solution. One of Australia's leading Plastic Surgeon's issues warning to Mums thinking about Mummy Makeover Surgery Holidays 2018-09-06T22:07:33Z one-of-australias-leading-plastic-surgeons-issues-warning-to-mums-thinking-about-mummy-makeover-surgery-holidays One of Australia's leading Plastic Surgeon's issues warning to Mums thinking about Mummy Makeover Surgery Holidays Many Mums use the Summer Holidays for discreet nip and tucks on Medical Holidays Press Release For Immediate Release Darling Point, Sydney, Australia, 7th September 2018, after pregnancy and breastfeeding, many Australian Mums feel unhappy with the look of their post-natal bodies. Many hit the gym and eat healthy to try and get their pre-pregnancy figures back. Some Mums look at cosmetic surgery options available to them and are lured by medical holidays which offer holidays for their families including kids club for the kids and nip and tucks for Mums. Internationally renowned and Triple board certified, leading Sydney Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Ross Farhadieh, states: “We have just seen yet another tragic news of a young woman dying during cosmetic medical tourism brought out the real and ever-present dangers of these so called “medical holidays”. A young British mother met her demise following a Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) Surgery. This is a procedure where unwanted fat is harvested from other parts of the body and after processing, is reinjected into the buttocks to give definition and re-inflate, a deflated and sagging posterior. In some cases, it’s actually used to over-inflate the backend to achieve an exaggerated prominence. Recently, the American Society of Plastic Surgery, International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, as well as, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery have all issued warnings about this procedure.“ Cosmetic surgery is elective and usually safe surgery with mortality rates being recorded as low as 1:55000, this is in contrast to BBL surgery which has now been documented to have unacceptably high rates of mortality approaching 1:3000. In all cases that were investigated it became clear that fat had entered the blood stream and resulted in what is called a “Fat embolus”. This is something usually seen in major orthopaedic surgery of the long bones, where bone marrow fat is forced into the circulation ending in the lungs. The resulting cascade of inflammatory reactions culminates in the ultimate death of patients. The reason overseas options are cheaper is due to a myriad of factors, lower medical standards, less safety nets, lower labor costs, lower senior and support staff qualifications, no medical insurance and the list goes on. These are many layers of safety built into our medical system over the years to ensure the safest and most optimal outcome for patients. These layers upon layers of safety also do translate into an increased cost, but more importantly continued and outstanding after care and safety net should there be any problems. Dr Farhadieh says: “As a plastic surgeon I have seen too many young mums who have returned home with their own nightmares of botched plastic surgery. Belly buttons a few centimeters off center, lopsided breasts with double bubble deformities, poor breast implant placement, poorly and inappropriately placed scars. Surgical journey nightmares that seem unending, with expensive revision surgeries at home that will never achieve the optimal outcome, had the primary surgery been successfully and appropriately carried out. “ “All too often the postoperative support for medical tourism is nonexistent at home and cursory overseas. What happens if there is a problem when you arrive back home? Who is to take care of the potential complications? These are serious and pertinent questions that have to be answered when considering medical tourism. “ Well-equipped Australian hospitals and appropriately qualified Plastic Surgeons provide the safest options for any aesthetic surgery procedure. Dr Farhadieh says “The holidays are the perfect time for facial aesthetic surgery, facelift surgery, neck lift surgery, eyelids surgery or that nose job that folks have been thinking about for some time are discreetly done over the break and by the time they return to work the only tell-tale is comments of work colleagues and friends about looking "refreshed and rested”. “ Media Contact: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com 0481 369 484 About Dr Ross Farhadieh: Dr Ross Farhadieh is an internationally renowned Australian trained and qualified cosmetic plastic and reconstructive surgeon. He is triple board certified. There are less than a handful of plastic surgeons in the World who have three board certifications. Dr Farhadieh is the Chief Editor of the critically acclaimed and internationally hailed reference textbook of plastic surgery: Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery: Approaches and Techniques. His own contributions were chapters on breast augmentation, eyelid and facelift surgery. Dr Farhadieh is a keen runner, with an unrivalled running music playlist to keep him motivated. He is a voracious reader and is particularly interested in history and philosophy. He has a passion for Renaissance art, Italian food, and French wine. He also enjoys travelling, particularly in Europe. Above all, he loves spending time with his wife and young son. https://www.panthea.com.au/ From a one-woman business to a national Business Excellence Award 2018-09-05T03:28:33Z from-a-one-woman-business-to-a-national-business-excellence-award Press Release For Immediate Release From a one-woman business to a national Business Excellence Award Northern Beaches, Sydney, 5th September 2018, Emma McNeilly, founder of Expressions Australia took home the Business Excellence Award at The AusMumpreneur Awards which were held last Friday night, the 31st of August, in Melbourne. Emma started as a one-woman operation, working with a handful of schools and now, Expressions has grown into a national brand and trusted name in the fundraising industry. Emma says: “Expressions is Australia’s most loved tea towel fundraising company. We began in 1999 as a one-woman operation and have grown into a thriving business of working women who are proud to help raise funds for community organisations across Australia.” To date Expressions has worked on over 18,500 community fundraising projects, helping raise millions of dollars for schools and community groups in every corner of Australia. The products bring an easy, creative and sugar-free solution to vital school and community fundraising. Emma adds “We have close to 3 million tea towels, aprons and bags in kitchens and keepsake boxes in every corner of Australia and around the world. Over 1300 schools and childcare centres trust us each year with their precious artwork, ranging from large city schools to tiny remote communities.” “To accomplish this, I employ a team of 5 people to manage different aspects of the business, we have embraced the effective use of digital and online technologies which allows us to work together nationally between Sydney, Margaret River in WA, Tasmania and Burleigh Heads in SW QLD.” “Expressions provides a win for everyone involved at every stage of the process. Funds raised, proud children, delighted clients and a healthy business. The tea towels are celebratory and inclusive, and the business has a genuine feel good factor. The sentimentality of children being surrounded by their friends and favourite teachers creates a warm and fuzzy for all, they have become a tradition for so many of our clients.” “We really focus on customer service, and I understand from first had experience how precious volunteer’s hours are. Fundraising plays a vital role for grass roots communities, so we strive to ensure our projects are easy to run, everything is supplied, and in turn everybody loves them.” “We have thousands of glowing testimonials. A testament to our service is a near perfect Net Promoter score. Half of our annual workload is repeat bookings and hundreds of Coordinators and organisations have worked with us over many years. Our practical products make a lasting memento and the designs encompass a real sense of community, so they sell well for our clients.” Peace Mitchell, Co-Founder, AusMumpreneur Network states: “We are delighted that Emma has won this award, she has created an outstanding business and is an inspirational role model and ambassador for mums in business everywhere.” Emma has worked in fundraising for over 20 years and has served as a volunteer on many committees for 15 years. She has a rich understanding of the very important and far reaching world of vital community fundraising from both sides of the fence. Emma is now taking that wealth of experience and has formed a niche communications agency - Progeny Communications - which brings brands together with Australia's most powerful consumer, Mums. Emma concludes “Mothers are making the purchasing decisions for most of Australia's households and we are connecting with them, where they are – right at the heart of grassroots communities.” Emma’s Tips for other Small to Medium Size Businesses: - Put the customer at the forefront of all your business decisions, put yourself in their shoes and plan from there. - Document all your procedures so it’s easy to train, then hire people that are better at something than you are and let them do their job. - It’s Ok to ask for help – the key to balance for me was learning to let go and embracing the art of delegation. - In the business or at home, outsource if you can, hire a cleaner, engage a bookkeeper, whatever works. There’s lots of talented people out there, so when and if you can, share the load. ENDS Media Contact: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com - https://www.expressions.com.au/ Why a dehumidifier should be on your spring shopping list 2018-07-31T00:07:39Z why-a-dehumidifier-should-be-on-your-spring-shopping-list Spring is just around the corner so now is the time to act to prevent triggers for allergies and asthma. A dehumidifier can play a valuable role in reducing allergens in the home with dust mites and mould being two of the main culprits. National Asthma Council Australia says that an indoor humidity level of between 30 and 60 per cent is ideal. And results from a US study* showed that allergen levels were more than 10 times lower in homes with a low relative humidity compared with humid homes. While compressor dehumidifiers have been around for some time, the newer technology of desiccant dehumidifiers can provide Australian homes with more versatility because they are efficient in both high and low temperatures. Mould needs humidity levels of above 55 per cent relative humidity to grow so keeping your indoor humidity to anything below 50 per cent is best to inhibit mould growth. Portable desiccant dehumidifiers such as the Ionmax ION612 and ION632 have the ability to lower indoor humidity to a very low level of 35 per cent relative humidity (RH) and integrate the latest advancements in air purification. Up to 10 litres of moisture can be extracted per day. Dehumidifiers have many other uses Lowering the level of humidity to a more comfortable range is not only better for your health, it is also beneficial for clothing, leather, books, wooden furniture, camera equipment, hobby and storage rooms. Laundries are humid hot-spots and a perfect place to operate a dehumidifier where you can actually dry your clothes faster than using a clothes dryer. Setting the Ionmax desiccant dehumidifier to Turbo Laundry mode will increase drying efficiency and speed up the process. All Ionmax dehumidifiers have a built-in humidistat, which measures and maintains a set RH, and multiple modes and settings to maintain homes at an optimum indoor humidity level. Being the latest technology, Ionmax desiccant dehumidifiers do not need to be maintained. At their heart is zeolite, which is self-regenerating and the only maintenance needed is to clean or vacuum the filter regularly. The Ionmax ION612 and ION632 have been highly rated and recommended by Choice with the Ionmax ION632 being Choice’s number one “Overall Best Performer” for four years running. Ionmax dehumidifiers are priced from $199 and available from Andatech’s Wellness range at https://andatech.com.au/ and https://www.andatechdistribution.com.au/pages/dehumidifiers Ends * Study Conclusion: This study showed that it is practical to maintain an indoor RH of less than 51% during the humid summer season in a temperate climate, and this resulted in significant reductions in mite and allergen levels. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11149998 Caption: Desiccant dehumidifiers reduce humidity in homes thereby providing a healthier environment, particularly if allergies are an issue. Infographic: A high res of this infographic that covers mould in homes (what is it, common areas for mould, health symptoms and how to remove) is available. Please contact Wendy McWilliams at WMC PR. About Andatech: Andatech is a 100% Australian owned company that designs, supplies, supports and services safety and wellness products including high quality alcohol and drug testing equipment, and air quality products. The company has the widest range of Australian Standard-certified breathalysers in Australia, which are designed for personal use, in workplaces, at hospitality venues (wall mounted) and as car interlock devices. Drug testing kits cover saliva and urine testing of 7 drug groups providing error-free results. Air quality products include dehumidifiers, air purifiers, humidifiers and aroma diffusers. https://www.andatech.com.au/ Media enquiries: Wendy McWilliams, WMC PR, T: 03 9803 2588 / 0421 364 665 E: wendy@wmcpr.com.au Wide selection of high res photos available. MELBOURNE ART WEEK ENLIVENS THE CITY IN AUGUST 2018 WITH EXCEPTIONAL WINTER PROGRAM 2018-06-13T03:51:14Z melbourne-art-week-enlivens-the-city-in-august-2018-with-exceptional-winter-program Melbourne, Australia: Melbourne Art Foundation unveiled details of the Melbourne Art Week 2018 program which cumulates in the return of Melbourne Art Fair, 2-5 August 2018 (Vernissage 1 August 2018) and the Visual Arts Awards on 4 August 2018. Over 50 Victorian cultural organisations, institutions, art spaces, satellite fairs and galleries will come together in the staging of Melbourne Art Week; a dynamic program of exhibitions, events, talks, performances and workshops that take place during the first week of August. Other highlights include programming from MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art; From Will to Form: Tarrawarra Biennial 2018; ACCA: A Lightness of Spirit is the Measure of Happiness, Buxton Contemporary: No One is Watching You: Ronnie van Hout and VCA Open Studios. Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley said, “Melbourne Art Week is set to take over our arts precinct with a celebration like no other. Through exhibitions, fairs, workshops, talks and performances, it will be an opportunity to deep dive into the best in contemporary art. Our Government is proud to support Melbourne Art Week. Events like this bring together some of our most exciting artists and organisations and showcase why Victoria is the creative state.” Melbourne Art Foundation continues to support contemporary art and living artists through its initiative Melbourne Art Week, and in 2018 has joined with Associate Partner, MLC Life Insurance to commission a new performative work from Japanese-born, Australian-based artist Hiromi Tango (represented by Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney). Performed on the streets of the Southbank Arts Precinct and incorporating Melbourne’s iconic cultural landmarks including ACCA, the 2018 home of Melbourne Art Fair, the work titled Lizard Tail (Dawn) has been embraced as the visual identity for the celebrated Melbourne Art Week. Susan Karson, Chief People, Marketing & Corporate Affairs Officer, MLC Life Insurance said, "We are delighted to partner with Melbourne Art Week in 2018 to support the commissioning of a new body of work by celebrated Japanese/Australian performance artist Hiromi Tango. Premised on the notion of interactivity, forging individual, social and cultural connections, Hiromi’s new work encapsulates the ethos of Melbourne Art Week in the bringing together of more than 50 cultural organisations to celebrate and support contemporary art and living artists.” MELBOURNE ART FAIR Melbourne Art Fair returns from 2-5 August 2018 (Vernissage 1 August 2018) as the anchor event of Melbourne Art Week, housed for the first time within the Southbank Arts Precinct and across two venues alongside the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) and the University of Melbourne Southbank Campus. Melbourne Art Fair exhibition sectors Galleries and Accent present 40 new and established galleries from Australia, New Zealand and the region exhibiting a diverse range of artists and curatorial themes through both solo presentations and group shows of closely related works. In 2018, the Fair will debut TIME, a site-specific video sector curated by Hannah Mathews (Senior Curator, Monash University Museum of Art) and Rachel Ciesla (Curator and Administrator Galleries and Programs, Melbourne Art Foundation). Unveiling a selection of new and recent works by Michaela Gleave (represented by Anna Pappas Gallery, Melbourne), Jess Johnson (represented by Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney) and Simon Ward, Sriwhana Spong (represented by Michael Lett, Auckland) and Angela Tiatia (represented by Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney), TIME joins with a growing number of organisations focusing their resources on the activities of female practitioners. TIME speaks to the power of the now and is presented across four sites including Melbourne Art Fair, Buxton Contemporary, Fed Square and QT Melbourne. Michaela Gleave's A Galaxy of Suns (2018) transposes what is perhaps the most epic measure of time for humanity: the distance between earth and the universe, questioning the relationship to time, matter and space. The work takes the form of a highly ambient field of colour and sound presented for an intimate audience via QT Melbourne's inhouse entertainment system. New Zealand artist, Jess Johnson and animator Simon Ward’s new video Webwurld (2017) offers a glimpse into a hallucinatory netherworld. Presented at scale on Federation Square’s iconic Big Screen, the work materialises a dark portal into a dimensional world whose activities may be taking place simultaneously to our own. London-based, New Zealand artist Sriwhana Spong’s 2016 video This Creature provides a sensorial travel through time and place. Presented in Melbourne Art Fair and within the Riding Hall and historic surrounds of the former Mounted Police Stables, the work channels female medieval mystic Margery Kempe (known for writing the first recorded western autobiography) through a walk undertaken by the artist through London’s Hyde Park. New Zealand born multimedia artist, Angela Tiatia, explores contemporary culture by drawing attention to its relationship to representation, gender, neo-colonialism and the commodification of the body and place. Screened at the street entrance to the newly opened Buxton Contemporary, Tiatia's The Fall collapses conventional structures of time in a deceivingly lush portrait of human consumption and greed. Projects Rooms, presented by Four Pillars and supported by the Melbourne Art Foundation, returns as a non-profit platform for cutting edge art spaces presenting experimental work within the context of a major visual arts event. The 2018 Project Rooms take place within Melbourne Art Fair and will feature presentations from the Institute of Modern Art (Brisbane), Gertrude Contemporary (Melbourne), Blak Dot Gallery (Melbourne) and The Physics Room (Christchurch). Gertrude Contemporary’s Anxious Bodies for Unstable Environments is a project that reflects upon the current state of global instability. Curated by Mark Feary, the project will present new, recent and context specific works of sculpture, performance, video and robotics, by artists Deanne Butterworth, Mathieu Briand, Kate Daw, Kuba Dorabialski, Jason Maling and Mark Shorter. Ryan Presley brings performance and exchange in his exhibition Prosperity produced by the Institute of Modern Art, which centres on his ongoing project, Blood Money (2010 - present), in which he reimagines Australian banknotes’ figureheads as the heroes and warriors of Aboriginal history. Blak Dot Gallery will present new work by four Melbourne based artists Kirsten Lyttle who is of Māori descent, Lisa Hilli who was born in Raboul - PNG, New Zealand-born Tongan woman Frances Tapueluelu, and local Aboriginal artist Vicki Couzens. All four women explore their own traditional cultural and often matriarchal influences or issues to create discourse and examine identity. The Blak Dot Project Room will create an empowered and empowering space for both the artists and the viewer. The Physics Room, (Un)conditional Part 3 is a two-person exhibition of specifically-commissioned work by New Zealand artists Ayesha Green and Cushla Donaldson, which examine the conditions—unspoken and assumed—under which things are given and received, and how, in the shadows, agency can be leveraged or subverted. TALKS Melbourne Art Week will commence with the Keynote address by Philip Tinari, Director of Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) at Deakin Edge, Fed Square on 31 July 2018 at 6.30pm, co-presented by the Melbourne Art Foundation, University of Melbourne and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, and supported by Fed Square. The Keynote headlines the Talks program, which is presented in association with the University of Melbourne, Learning Partner of Melbourne Art Week. Designed to promote discussion, education and interest in contemporary art practice in Australia and the Asia Pacific region, the free for the public Talks 2018: Space of Friendship takes place from Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 August at Federation Hall at the University of Melbourne Southbank Campus. PERFORMANCES & WORKSHOPS The city will come alive during Melbourne Art Week with live performance and creative workshops taking place at a range of venues and spaces across the Southbank Arts Precinct. The program includes Phillip Adams BalletLab's Metamorphosen, a performance installation created in a response to composer Richard Strauss Metamorphosen (1945). Adams situates a continues rolling of body bags arriving one after the other onto a giant 18 metre inflatable designed by artist David Cross. Described as a Mondrian pop art grave yard of dripping paints the body bags roll continuously in long drawn out adagio representation of grief and trauma but of great upheaval in response to romantic musical climaxes in the score. Weaving Workshops: Bush Toys and Baskets, presented by ACCA and the Melbourne Art Foundation, is a hands-on workshop with senior weavers from the Victorian Aboriginal Weaving Collective to be held on Sunday 5 August. Art lovers of all ages are encouraged to join Gunditjmara weaver Bronwyn Razem and Yorta Yorta weaver Donna Blackall to explore traditional and contemporary weaving practices. Spaces are limited and registration is essential. Other workshop highlights include NEW YORK! NEW YORK! Coinciding with 2018’s Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art, NGV Kids presents a large–scale participatory installation that will showcase New York City. Featuring interactive displays, multimedia projections and hands-on activities, this free exhibition will introduce children to the vibrancy of New York. Melbourne’s leading contemporary dance company Chunky Move will offer public contemporary dance classes for participants ages 18+ on Wednesday 1 August and Saturday 3 August, with a special Dance Party on Friday 2 August. Sessions take place in Chunky Move's purpose built, state-of-the-art dance studios, located in the heart of Melbourne’s Southbank Arts Precinct and a short stroll from Melbourne Art Fair. Melbourne Art Week is supported by major partners the Victorian State Government through Creative Victoria and the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Owned and presented by Melbourne Art Foundation, a not for profit organisation established in 2003, Melbourne Art Week will run from 30 July-5 August 2018 and Melbourne Art Fair from 2-5 August 2018. For further details please visit http://melbourneartfair.com.au http://melbourneartweek.com.au Ends Media Contact Rhiannon Broomfield, Senior Publicist, Rhiannon@melbourneartfoundation.com, +61 410 596 021 Media pack including imagery: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/inr4of1fu6bciwl/AACAJR2kwFSixC8bT2IcA12ta?dl=0 Video of Hiromi Tango performance: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/mdm0oaiku80unxc/AABsVZQzdtJeUGZv6rD58vG1a?dl=0 About Melbourne Art Week | 500 + Artists | 50 + Events | 30 + Venues Melbourne Art Foundation has joined with over 50 Victorian cultural organisations, institutions, art spaces, satellite fairs and galleries to stage Melbourne Art Week (30 July-5 August 2018); a dynamic winter program of exhibitions, events, talks, performances and workshops. Melbourne Art Fair returns from 2-5 August 2018 (Vernissage, 1 August) as the flagship event of Art Week and will take place for the first time across two venues within the Southbank Arts Precinct and alongside ACCA. Other highlights of Art Week include the Visual Arts Awards (Saturday 2 August), From Will to Form: Tarrawarra Biennial 2018; ACCA: A Lightness of Spirit is the Measure of Happiness, Buxton Contemporary: No One is Watching You: Ronnie van Hout, VCA Open Studios + more. About Melbourne Art Foundation Melbourne Art Foundation is a not for profit organisation established in 2003 to promote contemporary art and living Australian artists. Melbourne Art Foundation produces the biennial Melbourne Art Week, and flagship events Melbourne Art Fair and the Awards for the Visual Arts. Melbourne Art Foundation sponsors a range of programs during Melbourne Art Week for the benefit of living artists, to facilitate public discussion and develop new audiences for contemporary art. They include major commissions, project rooms featuring emerging and independent artists and art spaces, public talks, collector programs, guided tours and the celebrated opening night; Vernissage. About Melbourne Art Fair Melbourne Art Fair is the flagship event of Melbourne Art Week, taking place for the first time within the Southbank Arts Precinct and alongside ACCA. Showcasing a curated selection of 40 galleries, the Fair will present some of the newest and most respected artists from Australia, New Zealand and the region. Beginning in 1988, Melbourne Art Fair was founded by galleries from Australia, and has fired the enthusiasm of discerning collectors and an informed public for 30 years. Over its extensive history, the Fair has been instrumental in stimulating critical and commercial attention for galleries and their artists, presenting a rich and diverse cross-section of the region’s visual art scene. Melbourne Art Fair 2018 is set to welcome over 20,000 visitors over 5-days, from Thursday 2 August to Sunday 5 August (Vernissage Wednesday 1 August). Tickets now on sale: www.melbourneartfair.com.au/tickets Melbourne Art Fair Event Details Melbourne Art Fair runs from Thursday 2 August to Sunday 5 August 2018 (Vernissage, Wednesday 1 August) in the Southbank Arts Precinct alongside ACCA, 111 Sturt Street Southbank VIC | melbourneartfair.com.au Collector Preview Wednesday 1 August, 2pm-5pm Vernissage Wednesday 1 August, 5pm-9pm Collector View Thursday 2 August, 10am-12pm Public Opening Thursday 2 August, 12pm-5pm Friday 3 August, 10am-9pm (Friday Up Late) Saturday 4 August, 10am-6pm Sunday 5 August, 11am-4pm About MLC Life Insurance MLC Life Insurance is a specialised life insurance business. It represents a landmark strategic partnership between National Australia Bank (NAB) and Nippon Life Insurance under which NAB retain 20% shareholding and Nippon Life hold a majority 80% of the shares in MLC Limited, the entity which operates the MLC Life Insurance business. The Australian-led and managed business aims to leverage Nippon Life’s global presence, built over 128 years, alongside MLC Life Insurance’s significant experience in understanding and meeting the insurance needs of everyday Australians since 1886. For more information on MLC Life Insurance, visit mlcinsurance.com.au Breville wins Design Team of the Year at the prestigious Good Design Awards 2018-05-22T05:52:18Z breville-wins-design-team-of-the-year-at-the-prestigious-good-design-awards SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA (22 May 2018) - Breville, a global leader in premium and innovative kitchen appliances, was presented with the inaugural 2018 Design Team of the Year award at the 60th Good Design Awards, held at the Sydney Opera House on Thursday 17 May. Australia’s annual Good Design Awards program is one of the oldest and most prestigious international design awards in the world, promoting excellence in design and innovation since 1958. It is recognised by the World Design Organisation (WDO) as Australia’s peak international design endorsement program. Presented to Richard Hoare, Breville’s design and innovation director, the award followed four other illustrious wins for the Breville team on the night: Good Design Award® Gold Winner Breville Barista Touch™ Good Design Award® Winner Breville Creatista Uno™ Breville Precision Brewer™ Thermal Breville Juice Fountain Cold® XL Commenting on the win, Richard Hoare said, “It was an incredible thrill to win the ‘Design Team of the Year’ at the Good Design Awards’ 60th anniversary. Being the first ever recipient of this award makes it even more special and further strengthens Breville’s global reputation for design excellence.” “Seventy of our Food Thinkers were on stage at the Sydney Opera House including engineers, designers, food experts, patent specialists, model makers, quality and consumer teams; all the varied skills that go into making our exceptional products. “I am so proud to work with such a talented and passionate group of people who couldn’t be more deserving of this win. “We were also honoured to take home four Good Design Awards for our products, including a gold award.” Founded in Australia, Breville is regarded as a global player in premium kitchen appliances with distribution in over 50 countries. Frequently lauded for its excellence in manufacturing and design, the 2018 Good Design Award wins takes the number of Breville’s international awards and achievements to 134. -ENDS- Richard Hoare has led the award-winning design team at Breville since 2002, and has been involved with the design of more than 360 small appliances. An industry luminary, Richard Hoare is available for additional quotes and interviews. MEDIA ENQUIRIES - for more information, images and interviews please contact: Roberta Marcroft or Simone Esamie, Write Away Communication + Events Phone: (02) 9978 1400; E-mail: roberta@writeaway.com.au, simone@writeaway.com.au New Heatstrip Intense outdoor electric heaters from Thermofilm 2018-03-07T21:45:00Z new-heatstrip-intense-outdoor-electric-heaters-from-thermofilm Why sit indoors when you can be cosy and warm outside on even the chilliest of evenings? Thanks to Thermofilm Australia’s brand new Heatstrip outdoor electric heater called Intense, any outdoor area can be enhanced through the addition of silent radiant heat by this new range of portable and fixed heaters. The new and upgraded heaters are ideal for any alfresco areas, spot-heating tables and lounges, restaurants and cafés, beer gardens, balconies and patios, any entertainment areas, smoking zones, workstations and any place people want to relax and enjoy the fresh air. Like all Heatstrip heaters, Intense heaters are also very energy efficient so they are economical to operate due to the special infra-red opaque carbon filament elements. This means there’s no intense glow, just comfortable warmth. The two models in the Intense range include a slimline, portable freestanding unit and a permanent wall or ceiling mounted unit, both corrosion protected and IPX5 rated to prevent water ingress. Suitable for residential and commercial/hospitality locations the key features include: A high-output 2200W heater with new instant heat-up carbon filament elements. Attractive, all-black unit with new hexagonal grill design. In-built wheels for easy portability and storage on the portable unit. An anodised alloy casing and end caps with powder-coated grill. The Intense Heatstrip outdoor heaters will heat an area of nine square metres (9m2) in a outdoor enclosed area or five square metres (5m2) for an exposed outdoor area. When used indoors they heat an area of 14 square metres (14m2). The permanent outdoor model has flexible mounting options with a standard bracket that allows both ceiling and wall mounting, at various angles, as well as suspension by chains or wires and metal rods. An optional flush-mount kit is also available. Because of its high heat output, it is perfect for areas with high ceilings and hard-to-heat indoor and outdoor spaces. The dimensions are 1070 x 120 x 95 mm. An added benefit is that Heatstrip Intense heaters are suitable for fully exposed installations such as courtyards and patios, even in coastal areas, as they don’t need to be fully protected from the elements. The portable model has easy DIY assembly and installation and simply plugs into a normal power point. A concealed power cable ensures its sleek appearance. The Heatstrip Intense THY2200 models come with a two-year residential and one-year commercial warranty. They are available from Bunnings, heating specialists and outdoor lifestyle stores. RRPs are: * Heatstrip Intense portable electric heater: $699 * Heatstrip Intense wall / ceiling mounted electric heater: $499 www.HEATSTRIP.com.au Ends About Thermofilm Australia: For 30 years Thermofilm Australia has designing and manufacturing innovative, stylish and energy efficient products for the residential, commercial and institutional markets both in Australia and around the world. The Thermofilm range includes the award-winning HEATSTRIP heaters, Bliss indoor and outdoor series, and Envirotouch energy saving timer switches. Thermofilm will continue to maintain its position as a market leader in heating products by listening to its customers and focusing on continuous improvement and innovative product development. Thermofilm has been awarded the "Manufacturer of the Year" by the Victorian Government Manufacturing Hall of Fame. Similarly, the HEATSTRIP® range was awarded the coveted Australian Business Award for Product Value. General enquiries to Tel: 03 9562 3455 and info@thermofilm.com.au www.thermofilm.com.au Media enquiries: Issued on behalf of Thermofilm Australia, 17 Johnston Court, Dandenong South VIC 3175 by WMC Public Relations Pty Ltd. Contact Wendy McWilliams on 03 9803 2588. or Greg Trezise, National Sales Manager, Thermofilm Australia. Tel: 03 9562 3455 (switch) or 0402 127 375. To request high res photos please send an email to Wendy McWilliams. Hemp Smoothie which is actually good for you launches in Australia. 2017-11-23T23:43:29Z hemp-smoothie-which-is-actually-good-for-you-launches-in-australia Melbourne, Australia, 24th November 2017, Smoothie Bombs are proud to announce that they have launched a new, limited addition ‘healing’ flavour! Say hello to Smoothie Bombs: The Healer- Vanilla Hemp! Smoothie Bombs recently won the Australian Organic 2017 Product Innovation Award. Edible hemp has recently been approved by the Australian Government. It has been available internationally for many years. Cinzia Cozzolino, Founder of Smoothie Bombs and nutritionist states: “I've always loved vanilla in food and I loved vanilla milk shakes growing up! When I was coming up with the flavour, I knew I wanted to use hemp, which is nutty and creamy and so vanilla just seemed to be a great fit. It also contains Butterfly Pea powder which is full of antioxidants.” “Hemp is my favourite source of plant-based protein. Hemp comes from a strain of the cannabis plant (i.e Sativa L) but it is different to marijuana. Like the difference between two different breeds of dogs. It is such a good source of vital nutrients for growing bodies which is why Hemp is a good option for kids especially fussy eaters. It can be added to their favourite meals without much effort and it taste great in smoothies making it easier to consume. I recommend getting certified organic hemp seeds for kids as they will also be without pesticides. “ Cinzia is a nutritionist and expert on edible hemp. Do you know? Hemp has a great source of all three essential fatty acids, Omega 3, 6 and 9! Hemp has 11g of protein in 3 Tablespoons making it a great plant protein. Organic Hemp can be eaten by kids. Hemp has been approved in many countries for years. Australia only recently approved edible Hemp. Buy your limited edition The Healer- Vanilla Hemp Smoothie Bombs from www.thesmoothiebombs.com.au from the 24th of November. 5 ways to keep your eyes healthy! 2017-11-08T23:54:32Z 5-ways-to-keep-your-eyes-healthy Victoria, Australia, 8th November 2017, Kevin Paisley has been providing local Victorian communities with premium eye care and eyewear for nearly 40 years. The new Kevin Paisley Watergardens store is an addition to the existing 12 that span across Wester Victoria. To celebrate the opening of Kevin Paisley in Watergardens, Kevin Paisley would like to share 5 tips to keep your eyes healthy. Book to have your eyes examined. It is bulk billed. Have your eyes examined by an Optometrist every two years and every year if over 65. Wear your Sunglasses when outdoors. UV protection all year around is vital to lower the risk of Cataracts and Macular Degeneration. Eat for Eye Health A Healthy Diet is key for continued eye health. Include plenty of vitamin C, vitamin E, Zinc and Beta-carotene, many of which are found in dark green, leafy vegetables, nuts or fish sources. These foods can help lower risk of some eye diseases. If your vision changes, seek help. Know your eyes, understand potential warning signs and look for changes in your vision. Seek help from your local friendly Optometrist immediately if you have any concerns. Protect your eyes. Use appropriate eye protection when required in the workplace, school and at home. Georgina Preece, optometrist and the Professional Services Manager for Kevin Paisley states: “I am proud to open Kevin Paisley Watergardens and bring our excellent optometry and product showcasing new releases across ranges such as Ray-Ban, Prada, Oakley and a selection of Kevin Paisley exclusives such as and Lars Ostern.” Book your bulk billed eye care appointment online: http://www.kevinpaisleyr.com.au/book-an-eye-test-exam About Kevin Paisley Fashion Eyewear: Drawing from a vast wealth of knowledge and expertise, we pride ourselves in providing you with superior optical care and the latest designer frames and sunglasses to match, all whilst in a vibrant and relaxing environment. Come into one of our stores to discover a trendy selection of shapes, sizes and colours, guided by professionals from the optometry room to frame and lens selection.We look forward to meeting you all and we are certain you will leave Kevin Paisley Fashion Eyewear happy, with clear vision and a fresh look. http://www.kevinpaisley.com.au Australians can now employ theatre and event producer, Jac Bowie, as their very own wedding planner. 2017-09-20T03:58:38Z australians-can-now-employ-theatre-and-event-producer-jac-bowie-as-their-very-own-wedding-planner PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Geelong, Victoria, 20th September 2017, Jac Bowie proudly announces the purchase of wedding styling and planning business ‘Oh Perfect Day’. The business has been rebranded to ‘Darling Don’t Panic’ “After 10 years as a theatre producer, developing, producing and bringing shows into Australia, I had a short hiatus in 2011, trying to figure out what I wanted to do next. I had a wealth of experience in events, and was juggling a few short-term contracts at the time with Cirque Du Soleil, Mardi Gras, and by this time had held a few small networking events for women (which later would go on to become Business in Heels). I’d even worked as the tour manager for the controversial “Wolf of Wall Street”, Jordan Belfort. In the middle of all this, I found myself thinking about becoming a wedding planner. I toyed with the name One Perfect Day, and went about creating a Facebook page and the beginnings of a website. Unexpectedly, Business in Heels took off, and within 3 weeks of this idea, I was processing 15 branches of franchises for BIH.” Jac sold BIH to a franchisee in December 2014, and went on to embark on a few years in radio. Jac adds: “A year on air in Darwin, and then another year in digital management in Geelong. But I really struggled not working for myself. I was missing it.” In 2017, a small Geelong wedding planning business, Oh Perfect Day, came on the market, Jac grabbed the chance and purchased the business. She has rebranded it as Darling Don’t Panic. Jac says: “Darling Don’t Panic is the reincarnation of Oh Perfect Day. We took the beautiful aesthetics that previous owner Jane Lovejoy had worked so hard to create, but we’ve grown the business into something truly unique. I’m bringing my (rather eccentric) experience producing burlesque, cabaret, corporate events, entertainment, and applying this outlook to weddings.” The whole point of the business is to create something unique to the bride. Jac understands that no one wants a cookie cutter wedding. Jac concludes: “Along with the new outlook, we are now partnered with state-of-the-art planning software, Aisle Planner, so regardless of which package our clients book, they have access to an online tool that helps them with all aspects of the event planning process such as budgets, contacts, guest lists, seating plans and a fully collaborative Design Studio where our clients can not only upload their inspiration, but search and add more by type, theme or colour.” “Whatever it is that you need for your big day we will be there. To us, it does not matter who you are or what your background is. Rather it is how we can make two people happy on their special day. Our greatest wish is that you can spend the rest of your lives united. That is why Darling Don’t Panic fully supports marriage equality.” There’s also a FREE GUIDE, 12 Steps to Discover (& Get!) The Wedding You Want. Based out of both Melbourne & Geelong, Darling Don’t Panic is now servicing clients all over Victoria, and around Australia by request. Franchises are also available for talented event stylists and planners. DARLING DON’T PANIC Email: info@darlingdontpanic.com Web: www.darlingdontpanic.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/darlingdontpanic Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/darlingdontpanic Facebook: www.facebook.com/darlingdontpanicwed JAC BOWIE Email: jac@jacbowie.com Web: www.jacbowie.com "Formal assessment processes end up labelling instead of enabling our children. 2017-09-19T03:03:35Z formal-assessment-processes-end-up-labelling-instead-of-enabling-our-children Lara Jennings is a teacher, founder of Offspring Education and an education expert and consultant. She runs workshops and consultations with educators with the outcomes of children at the forefront of her mind. She strongly believes that all levels of education should be as child-centred, flexible and developmentally appropriate as early childhood. She founded Offspring Education which provides professional workshops for educators and teachers, supplies quality educational resources and provides advice and workshops to parents. Melbourne, Australia, 19th September 2017, Yesterday, a Government-appointed panel put forward an idea that we need to give Year One students a reading and maths test. As a former teacher, this idea scares Lara. It scares her because she has seen first- hand just how useless testing children actually is. "Jimmy was a 12 year old student of mine who had the label of the naughty boy who couldn’t read or write and therefore couldn’t learn. In our Science class, we were beginning a topic on pulleys and gears. The equipment was sitting on the table in front of the children as I was discussing the upcoming topic. Jimmy, grabbed the kit and took it to the back of the room." "Other teachers may have asked him to stop and listen but I knew he had had a difficult morning, he had fought with his father before coming to school, then he had spent his lunchtime in detention for misbehaving in class with another teacher earlier that morning. I could see that he wasn’t hurting anyone with what he was doing so I let him be." "After I’d set the task for the lesson, I went over to Jimmy to see what he had done. The structure he had made was incredibly intricate and showed a deep knowledge about pulleys and gears and how they work. At the end of the topic, the children were required to do a written test. His test results showed limited understanding of the topic, but his creation that day showed me the that Jimmy had the potential to be a brilliant engineer! He knew how these things worked better than any other kid in the class!" "How would a reading and maths test in Year One have helped Jimmy? It wouldn’t have. As it was, Jimmy had spent most of his school life being tested. And these tests always told Jimmy that he was a failure. That he was ‘behind’. Which, to Jimmy and all the other children who are not meeting National Standards, is basically a polite way of saying that these children are dumb." "Formal assessment is schools such as NAPLAN and this ‘light touch skills check’ (as per Simon Birmingham’s words on his interview with ABC News) is often justified by the idea that it helps teachers to understand what children know and what they need to be teaching. However, when formal assessment processes are relied on, they end up labelling instead of enabling our children." Lara adds: "Children already have skills tested before they get to school in an interview. This additional testing would simply be a waste of time for teachers and a waste of tax payers money. Teachers need resources and training to be able to support children in developmentally appropriate educational practices for the early years of formal education. They don’t need another test." Lara also questions why are we looking to the UK for a solution when they are currently sitting below Australia on the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) tables for Reading, Science and Maths (http://links.erelease.com.au/wf/click?upn=jsmq4ETA8vWHcPcezuXj8lmINveqZAjWHGN6WahjLwdUcmkQ7aSWn81s11c69500V08vGadTrB4aJTA7tMkkHA-3D-3D_qIooMZrbgczQrC75bCgllj8dRfN68YovQgagbDcCcm5zXMdS2pPKcC5KtgehmXbuCxwYOoZsa9koUyCja-2F4qR0-2BbP7kKEOT0euiRhe-2FRK-2ByV-2BB0rPNlr2Mv448JudGSaRsgztURSl22YKiGBBXLI6fkI7gAfX6uHPTiWpO2Hmge7Lv2a3XpY7ZuIbFqnG2UyBVhGwcKC2Fmna62GxeAM8-2FrsbsM3YjrmlKJYJFC7gwQ-3D). Lara believes that we should be looking at the countries that are in the top 10 for PISA results and taking ideas from them. Finland is one of these countries that have maintained a healthy spot in the top 10 for Maths, Science and Reading in recent years. One of the key factors in this scenario is that teachers spend time engaging children in deep learning and observing them in action, rather than relying on testing to find out what children know and understand. (http://links.erelease.com.au/wf/click?upn=jsmq4ETA8vWHcPcezuXj8uFbh5OUDpwlZKMu0Zw-2BxecO3ZQD4aHqUF44SkjDpM9d_qIooMZrbgczQrC75bCgllj8dRfN68YovQgagbDcCcm5zXMdS2pPKcC5KtgehmXbuuH-2Fx9FgLrfY2LbBgQbzqWBmMTFGLRicOa4EBX1ZjZIjN6rAHtnQQXWprkKSFpAiFUkDY3I7YXCT9bzrjAPwXZQrtekuTZgRpYgzJxeL2ZJF0d9X2zwuiDr91o-2Fv0-2Ba2rlQictDIMUKPwebob-2BFRhbQ20pKhUp0ZrFuLNSALp9tg-3D) Lara believes that a test or skills check is just one piece of information from one point in time. It does not give the full picture of a child’s capabilities and strengths. When children are engaged in a developmentally appropriate, research proven education, teachers get to know the children they work with on a deeper, holistic level. They know where they need to steer these children for them to learn in a way that enables each to child to reach their full potential. What teachers need to know about children, don’t come from a test. They come from the relationships that are built in an educational setting where teachers and learners are working together. Not out of an environment that is reliant on testing.. Lara Jennings is Primary Teacher by Trade, a Secondary Teacher by experience and an Early Childhood Educator out of Love. She is a self-confessed education nerd. She is also the founder of https://www.offspringeducation.com.au/ Lara Jennings is available for media interviews. Media Contact: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com 0481 369 494 ​About Offspring Education: We proudly supply quality, educational resources that are environmentally sustainable, fun & engaging for early education settings, schools, parents & therapists. We provide professional workshops for educators & teachers. Our workshops are child-centred & draw on the best practices in the industry. Each workshop provides teachers and educators with a well stocked tool kit full of practical strategies to engage young minds as well as a chance to reflect on their own practices to support each child to reach their full potential. We also provide advice & workshops for parents so that they can have the confidence to be advocates for their child’s education as well as the skills they need to support their child along the way. https://www.offspringeducation.com.au/ - ENDS - “Millennial Mums are shaking up the future of travel across the globe!” 2017-09-15T04:34:39Z millennial-mums-are-shaking-up-the-future-of-travel-across-the-globe Press Release For Immediate Release Australia, 14th September 2017, Katrina McCarter, Founder and CEO, Marketing to Mums states: "Millennial Mums are shaking up the future of travel across the globe. They want to discover new places, they are more adventurous and seek a high degree of personalisation in their travel experience. This represents significant challenges and opportunities for travel marketers.” “If Jetstar and Afterpay extend their offering to international fares, I would expect to see a significant lift in the frequency Millennial Mums and their families will travel. “They will be attracted to the opportunity to travel to places such as Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar as they seek diverse cultural experiences to enrich their family’s lives.” Katrina McCarter is a Marketing Strategist specialising in the most powerful global consumer, Mums. Katrina is also the author of bestseller Marketing to Mums, which went #1 on Booktopia's Business Bestseller list. Katrina will be speaking and sponsoring the world’s leading event for marketing professionals who market to mums, M2Moms® – The Marketing to Moms Conference. The conference takes place on the 3rd and 4th of October at The Roosevelt Hotel in New York City. Other sponsors include Google and WebMD.M2Moms® is attended by a comprehensive and diverse list of brands including Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson, Evenflo, IKEA, Abbott Nutritionals, GM, Allstate, Heinz, Symantec, Hasbro, BBC, NBA, Procter & Gamble, Wyeth and Coca-Cola. Katrina concludes: “In my presentation I will be revealing new research to show how Mums influence the $8 trillion travel industry. I will be offering practical tips for travel marketers to cut through the clutter and make genuine connections by understanding what motivates a mother who is trying to make a travel decision. I’ll show marketers how to maximise the effect of storytelling, the importance of reviews and testimonials and show why a customer experience focus is critical to success.” -ENDS- Media Contact: Candice Meisels Candice Meisels PR candice@candicepr.com About M2Moms® : M2Moms® is the world’s leading event for marketing professionals who market to mums. M2Moms® is attended by a comprehensive and diverse list of brands including Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson, Evenflo, IKEA, Abbott Nutritionals, GM, Allstate, Heinz, Symantec, Hasbro, BBC, NBA, Procter & Gamble, Wyeth and Coca-Cola. http://www.m2moms.com/ About Katrina McCarter and Marketing to Mums: Katrina McCarter is a Marketing Strategist who specialises in driving sales and profit amongst the world's most powerful consumer, Mums. Katrina is the author of Marketing to Mums, which went #1 on Booktopia's Business Bestseller list outselling the likes of Simon Sinek, Timothy Ferriss and Sophia Amoruso. Katrina is a mum of three and is a sought-after speaker at world class events. Katrina has a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) and an MBA (International Business) and over 18 years of Marketing and Sales experience targeting Mums as the purchaser. She is an experienced speaker and workshop facilitator. https://marketingtomums.com.au/ Go Ahead and Relax - Spring Specials at Thai Massage Spa Healing House 2017-09-12T03:09:32Z go-ahead-and-relax-spring-specials-at-thai-massage-spa-healing-house Healing House, the premium wellness destination for Thai Massage and Day Spa, is inviting customers to unwind and enjoy Thai body treatments with their special deals. Located in Teneriffe Healing House is famous for its qualified therapists who provide luxurious Thai aromatherapy treatments using natural products. Book yourself a treatment with these irresistible specials that are designed to give customers a taste of their range of treatments at extremely economical prices. The hands-on massage (early bird special) is a 60-minute treatment and costs $75.  This deep tissue massage is relaxing and energising. It caters to total body wellness and addresses each client’s specific needs.  Relax tense muscles; improve circulation at this special price available between Monday and Friday up to 10 am. Healing House offers a diverse range of massages and spa treatments. The Thai Massage and Day spa focuses on natural, holistic approach to health by adopting elements of traditional Thai and aromatherapy. Derived from essential oils Tuesday and Wednesday this special massage is available from 11 am to 3 pm at $79 for 60 minutes. If you are short on time a relaxing 15-minute head, neck and shoulder massage is available from Monday to Friday. Priced at $25 this deep relaxing massage relieves muscle tightness and releases tension. Your feet would never have felt so good. The foot reflexology treatment focuses on a system of zones in the foot that when manipulated, correspond with specific areas in the body. Priced at $79 this is available from Monday to Friday. The treatment includes exfoliation and masks in hot towels and massage with a blend of extracts that will leave you feeling rejuvenated. Customers can also choose a polish of their choice to add that finishing touch. Bookings are essential and these specials are not valid with any other promotion and HICAPS payment.  A selection of signature treatments such as Sunflower House, Jasmine House, Orchid House, Frangipani House, Glow House and Relax House packages will help you recover from winter blues and provide an extra pampering before the turn of the season. Other massage packages include the Healing House Signature Massage, Traditional Thai Massage, Aromatherapy Massage, Remedial Massage, Sports Massages, Foot Reflexology and Pregnancy Massages.    The body spa services provided by Healing House include manicures, pedicures, body scrubs and facials.   For treatments and bookings call 1300 979 555 or email healing@healinghouse.net.au. Nominate a deserving AusMumpreneur and show your support for Australian mums in business 2017-06-22T01:00:12Z nominate-a-deserving-ausmumpreneur-and-show-your-support-for-australian-mums-in-business The AusMumpreneur Conference and AusMumpreneur Awards are all about supporting Australian mums in business. This event provides a unique opportunity for women from all over Australia to come together to gain new skills, promote their business, connect with fellow mums in business, learn from leading business experts and celebrate the success of the best and brightest in the industry. Proudly presented by AusMumpreneur and The Women’s Business School, the AusMumpreneur Awards recognise the best and brightest in the Australian mumpreneur industry. The categories that will be judged are: AusMumpreneur of the Year Rising Star AusMumpreneur of the Year Emerging AusMumpreneur of the Year Regional Business Award Product Innovation Award Digital Innovation Award Sustainability Award Business Excellence Award AusMumpreneur Network Excellence Award Women’s Business School Excellence Award Global Brand Award Big Idea Award Making A Difference Award Retail Business Award Service Business Award Handmade Business Award The People's Choice Awards: Influencer Award Customer Service Award Making a Difference Award (Business) Making a Difference Award (Non-profit) Business owners or those who wish to nominate a mumpreneur, can go to: https://www.ausmumpreneur.com/ausmumpreneur-awards/ Nominations close on Friday the 30th of June 2017. Media Contact: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com 0481 369 484