The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-09-25T00:33:13Z Top 5 Owl Gifts for 2020 2020-09-25T00:33:13Z test-144 Click on this link to see the Top 5 Owl Gifts for 2020 Red Kimba Watson Blinds and Awnings Offers Convenient and Child-Safe Options 2020-09-24T05:11:44Z watson-blinds-and-awnings-offers-convenient-and-child-safe-options The range of modern awnings, blinds and shutters available can be overwhelming to individuals trying to decide on the best option for their home or business. Watson Blinds and Awnings, maintains a staff of helpful experts that can help customers narrow their choices. Watson Blinds and Awnings offers a comprehensive range of awnings, blinds and shutters in multiple styles, colors and materials. Individuals can select from among a stylish selection of window treatments that beautify, provide convenience, and add value to interior and exteriors of homes, businesses, and commercial enterprises. Custom made solutions are a hallmark of the company’s services. The company’s awnings are an easy way to add value to lifestyles, enables individuals to control the weather in their specific environment, and more fully enjoy their outdoor spaces. One of the most popular choices is retractable awnings. They can be deployed when needed, provide protection from the sun and heat, and can aid in lowering cooling costs. Retractable awnings also aid in preserving outdoor furnishings. Another popular choice is motorised blinds. A classy, sophisticated, and thoroughly modern option, the blinds can be hardwired, installed to operate via remote control or via Smart Home Systems. No-touch motorised blinds are a safe alternative for areas to which children have access, places that may be difficult to reach, and where cords would ruin the aesthetic. For a truly timeless look, many individuals are choosing shutters. External shutters provide a fashionable balance for those that desire a combination of privacy, security, and control over the natural light entering their environment. The shutters can be adjusted at different angles to allow as much or as little light in as desired without compromising privacy. They’re offered in multiple colors, finishes, and styles for a tasteful appearance that remains popular today. Individuals have a wealth of retractable awnings, motorised blinds and external shutters from which to choose at Watson Blinds and Awnings. The custom made products are tailored to the individual needs and requirements of clients for solutions that can be tailored to accommodate any architectural style and preference. About Watson Blinds and Awnings Watson Blinds and Awnings has been a family-owned and operated business since it opened in 1968. After 50 years, the business has grown to almost 80 staff members and has fitted out over 67,000 homes in the Canberra region. Still the only window furnishing company with a local factory, the Watson family continues to strive for perfection and look for ways to better serve Canberra homeowners. Connect with the company on Facebook, Twitter, and Vimeo. Media Contact Watson Blinds and Awnings 73 Wollongong Street Fyshwick, ACT 2609 Website: Wonderlux Roller Blinds Online Offer Beauty, Style and Functionality 2020-09-24T04:21:27Z wonderlux-roller-blinds-online-offer-beauty-style-and-functionality Wonderlux is the modern way to buy blinds. The company simplifies the process to save individuals time and money. Wonderlux, provides an extensive selection of blinds online that are manufactured locally and offered at prices that can save up to 70 percent off retail costs. Home and business owners can obtain the luxury styles, colors, textures, and materials they desire and the company provides individuals with step-by-step instructions on how to measure windows for a perfect fit. Wonderlux also provides clear and concise video tutorials on how to install the blinds that are easy to follow, even for individuals that have no previous experience or DIY know-how. Wonderlux eliminates the middle man, home visits, and long waits for delivery. With the company’s business model, it’s easy to buy cheap roller blinds online that offer premium quality. The extensive selection ensures there’s a roller blind solution to complement any décor. Roller blinds are available in single and double styles that block out light, promote privacy, and filter the amount of natural light that enters the room. They offer flexibility, durability, and an attractive design. Individuals can also buy honeycomb blinds online at Wonderlux. Honeycomb blinds, also known by some as cellular shades, offer privacy, light control, and insulative properties. They aid in reducing noise and their unique design helps reduce energy costs while providing beauty within any environment. The blinds are available in varying levels of light blocking ability and can be combined with curtains and drapes for dramatic effect. Anyone can buy blinds online Australia easily and affordably. Selections can be easily viewed online whenever it’s most convenient and search by style, function or room. At Wonderlux, choice, luxury, and value combine for a stress free shopping experience. Handmade in Australia, Wonderlux products come with a risk-free, five-year guarantee. About Wonderlux Wonderlux has been a family-owned and operated business since it opened in 1968. After 50 years, the business has grown to almost 80 staff members and has fitted out over 67,000 homes in the Canberra region. Still the only window furnishing company with a local factory, the Watson family continues to strive for perfection and look for ways to better serve Canberra homeowners. Media Contact Wonderlux 73 Wollongong Street Fyshwick, ACT 2609 Website: Hemp + SheaMoisture = Lush Length 2020-09-23T01:23:33Z hemp-sheamoisture-lush-length Boost dull locks back to life with SheaMoisture’s newest addition to their ever-growing range of natural haircare products, it’s a new high for healthy hair! THC and CBD free, the new shampoo, conditioner and leave-in treatment contain cannabis sativa (hemp) seed oil, ginseng root, and horsetail extract. All ingredients are combined to create an energising formula that saturates strands with moisture-rich nutrients and softening conditioners to help encourage thicker, healthier-looking hair. Erica Galea, Chemcorp International Marketing Director, the distributors of SheaMoisture in Australia says, “This is a really exciting range for us to launch into the Australian market, we’ve already seen the great results from the US and people are loving the very on-trend hemp ingredient in the products. SheaMoisture in Australia is growing its own local cult following and the team has made it even easier to find out which Shea is for you via their new hair type category codes that are then applied to the products across the range.” Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil Lush Length Shampoo: A mineral rich sulfate-free, gentle cleanser that has been crafted for all textures. This formula, with THC and CBD free cannabis sativa (hemp) seed oil and horsetail extract, delivers a burst of nourishing moisturisation to encourage healthier looking hair. RRP $19.99. Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil Lush Length Conditioner: Boost dull locks back to life. THC and CBD free cannabis sativa (hemp) seed oil, ginseng root, and horsetail extract combine in this energising formula that saturates strands with moisture-rich nutrients and softening conditioners to help encourage thicker, healthier-looking hair. RRP $19.99. Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil Lush Length Light Leave-In: This light leave-in provides all day softness to dry lack lustre hair. THC and CBD Free cannabis sativa (hemp) seed oil, ginseng root, and horsetail extract combine in this nourishing formula that invigorates the scalp, moisturises and detangles hair, while infusing body and bounce. Leaving hair looking thicker and fuller. RRP $24.99. About SheaMoisture SheaMoisture is a family-run brand with a heritage of serving those who have been most underserved in beauty and are committed to continuing to do that. In 1912, Sofi Tucker believed she could build something better for the next generation. A widowed mother at just 19, and the originator of what has become SheaMoisture. Recipes have been handed down, tested and proven for over four generations. Pioneering fair trade through Community Commerce in Africa and abroad SheaMoisture applies local expertise and gives back 10% of sales to women-led businesses, supporting those who supply the brand with their produce and women in the community through The Sofi Tucker Foundations. As a company, SheaMoisture strives to stay true to their roots giving back to their community and fighting poverty. SheaMoisture is available now at Priceline stores nationwide or online at Follow them @sheamoisture.australia SpaScriptions release new & affordable facial serums 2020-09-23T00:43:54Z spascriptions-release-new-affordable-facial-serums SpaScriptions are excited to introduce their new serum range to their ever-growing skincare range in Australia. Combining nature and science for skincare solutions designed to target specific skincare needs, the new retinol and collagen facial serums provided anti-aging skin repair for all skin types at an affordable price of just $17.99. Erica Galea, Chemcorp International Marketing Director and distributor of SpaScriptions in Australia says, “Our SpaScriptions range of products have been developed by an expert team of researchers and chemists. Combining advanced technology with high-quality ingredients, this skincare range has been designed to fit into your existing skincare routine.” SpaScriptions RETINOL Facial Serum: This deep penetrating and moisturising facial serum is formulated with retinol to help minimise expression lines and wrinkles, boost cell renewal and delay the effects of skin aging. Recommended for daily use to promote skin firming, even skin tone and minimise fine lines and wrinkles. SpaScriptions COLLAGEN Facial Serum: Proven to improve the health and appearance of skin, this moisture-rich formula contains collagen proteins and essential fatty acids. The ingredients help revive skin elasticity and minimise the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and crow’s feet. For younger-looking skin it is recommended to use the serum daily at both morning and night to help the skin to feel soft smooth and look radiant. The new SpaScriptions Facial Serums are available now in-store at Big W or online at at an RRP of $17.99. Follow them @spascriptions.australia. Oceans Décor Brings the Ancient Art of Artisan Created Macramé to Homes 2020-09-21T03:56:58Z oceans-decor-brings-the-ancient-art-of-artisan-created-macrame-to-homes From wall art and stylish lighting to feather soft textiles and decorative macrame, Oceans Décor specializes in fashionable products for every room of the home. The unique selection of decor items is equally applicable for upscale offices and other creative endeavors. Macrame is one of the most ancient of art forms. When the textile art was introduced in England during the time of Mary II, she taught it to her ladies-in-waiting. Sailors also made macrame items while at sea that they used as barter. The macrame that sailors made utilized a square knot commonly used to secure the ship’s cargo and it eventually came to be known as “McNamara’s Lace.” Items that utilize the intricate art are still popular today. One category of best-sellers at Oceans Décor is macrame creations. A large macrame wall hanging adds warmth and a welcoming feel to any room. Of special interest at Oceans Decor is the large macrame tapestry with tassels that adds an artistically Bohemian note. Entirely handcrafted by skilled artisans, it’s made to order and may take 30-40 business days for delivery due to the intricate design. Macrame can be found in a wide variety of objects at Oceans Décor. Consumers can choose an elaborate moon-themed dreamcatcher for sweet slumber. For individuals that want to pamper their feline friend with luxury, they can choose a chic macrame combination cat bed and swing that provides a sturdy yet elegant place for cats to lounge. A macrame wall hanging Australia encompasses a wealth of options to beautify the environment and add a graceful touch. Oceans Décor offers handmade macrame wall plant hangers, hanging shelves that rest against a wall, or round shelves suspended in a cradle of macrame that elicit a floating aesthetic. The extensive range of home-enhancing tapestries, accent pieces, organizers, lighting, eco-friendly grow bags for herbs, and made-to-order macrame creations can breathe new life into any environment. Oceans Décor is also a company with a heart and an eye on wildlife preservation efforts. When customers purchase any product, a portion of the sale goes to the Australian Marine Conservation Society. Media Contact Oceans Décor 15/120 Burns Bay Road Linley Point Sydney New South Wales 2066 Australia Website: A Drive-In Cinema Is Coming To The North Shore 2020-09-20T23:37:36Z a-drive-in-cinema-is-coming-to-the-north-shore This spring, Sunset Cinema presents a new drive-in experience at the iconic St Ives Showground, with Ku-Ring-Gai Council as our venue partner.  After bringing you outdoor cinemas across Australia for over 7 years, Sunset Cinema is now presenting this new COVID-safe event for the North Shore community. From 1st til 31st October, we’re bringing back the old-school drive-in experience with a selection of nostalgic classics, family films and long-awaited blockbuster releases. After a long winter of isolation, Sunset Drive In Ku-Ring-Gai is this seasons entertainment salvation.  Perfect for date nights, family nights or girls catch ups in a time of social distancing, we’re here to ensure a fun and safe event to delight everyone. This includes bringing along your furry friends, as dogs are welcome too! Love a night of spine-tingling terror? Parked in the darkened St Ives Show ground, this Halloween, have your blankets ready to hide behind and watch back to back horror’s Scream and The Blair Witch Project. The gates open from 6:30pm giving you plenty of time to order on site food and snacks or to get stuck into your own BYO feast. To complete your cinema experience we will also be serving up the essential snacks including hot popcorn! Caminito food truck will be there each night serving you a delicious range of street food. With excellent value of $50 plus booking fee (up to 8 people), fill up your car with your fellow movie lovers and come enjoy Sunset Drive In Ku-ring-gai. For this seasons programming and to secure tickets, visit Hurry! We’re expecting this to sell out! Photos & Logo available HERE You can follow us on Facebook or Instagram LaborX set to decentralise freelancer gigs 2020-09-18T00:49:34Z laborx-set-to-decentralise-freelancer-gigs LaborX, a new peer-to-peer remote on-demand employment service based on the Ethereum blockchain, enables customers and freelancers to arrange work and organise payment in crypto securely, with no unnecessary fees or middlemen. This places LaborX in a well good position to decentralise freelancer gigs. The lockdowns imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic have accelerated the trend towards remote working, and more people than ever before are seeking to access freelance opportunities from their own homes., a new platform created by Australian blockchain company, offers users a range of features to post and accept jobs, with all the benefits of peer-to-peer technology.   Smart contract-powered employment opportunities LaborX provides wide-ranging functionality based on Ethereum’s smart contracts.  The interface is similar to existing remote and on-demand employment platforms, with a user-friendly interface, social login and profile pages detailing users’ qualifications and experience. Anyone can create a profile, post or apply for jobs, or browse freelancers and work opportunities.  However, unlike other platforms, LaborX allows customers and freelancers to formalise their agreements with a digital contract – including key milestones and part-payment for work along the way if required.  All payments are arranged in fiat-equivalent amounts but settled in cryptocurrencies for speed and efficiency, with funds escrowed to ensure payment takes place.   Reputation and dispute resolution The team behind LaborX have taken a modular approach to development, launching key features and building on them over time. The Contract Module enables users to organise work and set payment terms. Meanwhile, additional modules are in development, with the Reputation and Dispute Resolution modules already providing basic functionality to protect users. The Reputation module creates a decentralised score for each user, based on feedback from previous jobs and other key criteria. This is a valuable way for parties to filter search results and ensure they are working with reliable customers and freelancers. Unlike similar centralised platforms, because the system is based on the blockchain, it is resistant to being gamed by fake reviews. Additionally, the Dispute Resolution module currently provides basic arbitration in the event of disagreements. These and additional modules will be refined and released in the coming months, ensuring users enjoy a smooth, secure, profitable freelancing career. The latest feature bringing it to the masses Many prefer to advertise their skill sets to various entities and with the latest update...LaborX has done just that. Allowing freelancers to advertise their services all from one place. Freelancers can create a task according to their skills, set the price, and let the customers browse the listings and contact them. This will be a very welcome addition to LaborX, with the team looking forward to seeing their users create adverts and gain working opportunities. With this latest addition, LaborX has managed to create lightweight smart contracts which also streamlines the process. Additionally, there have been some changes to platform fees. LaborX charges 1% from the customer when a contract is signed, and 5% from the freelancer when funds are released. Which is far less than traditional freelancing platforms, thanks to its decentralised nature.  For Premium Account holders, fees are waived completely: LaborX charges zero commission! This is a great deal, allowing freelancers to earn more and customers to save money on every single job and as mentioned above...the fees work out much more in their favour.   To find out more on LaborX, visit Christmas Gift Guides: Pure Planet Club Subcriptions 2020-09-16T23:51:27Z christmas-gift-guides-pure-planet-club-subcriptions Why buy one present when you can have a gift delivered weekly, monthly or quarterly thanks to Pure Planet Club’s plastic-free and tree-free subscription service for toilet tissue and lip balms. A box of toilet tissue may not be a standard gift for mum, dad or the grandparents, but they’re sure to be thanking you for never running out again or having to cart it home from the supermarket. Plus an organic, plastic-free lip balm is a great stocking filler! Pure Planet Club are the creators of tree-free and plastic-free toilet paper, household and beauty products. Their mission to save the planet by keeping our oceans clean and forests green began in 2017 with their toilet tissue made from bamboo. In 2019 they launched their first beauty products including organic and plastic-free lip balms. Pure Planet Club – Toilet Tissue: Pure Planet Club Double Length 3 Ply Tree-Free Rolls feature 300 sheets per roll with 36 rolls per box. RRP $52.20 per carton on a subscription basis. 100% natural, plastic-free and plant-based. Made from renewable bamboo, so it’s recyclable, biodegradable and sustainable. Septic-safe, vegan-friendly, cruelty-free, and BPA-free, making it the most guilt-free toilet tissue available. Unlike conventional toilet paper, which is usually wrapped in plastic, their toilet tissue rolls are individually hand-wrapped in paper featuring pretty marine-inspired designs with fun facts about the environment. Pure Planet Club – Lip Balms: The new lip balms contain shea and cocoa butter, beeswax, sunflower oil and antioxidant-rich vitamin E to moisturise and hydrate the skin. RRP $27.00 for a 3 pack on a subscription basis. Available in four flavours – natural, mint, vanilla and raspberry USDA Certified Organic Plastic-free with compostable packaging (Made from 100% uncoated PCW paper) Cruelty-free Contain no aluminium, parabens, artificial colours, flavours or sweeteners Gluten-free Stay tuned for some exciting launches from the brand in 2021. All Pure Planet Club products are available online now at Low waste kitchen revolution: how getting organised can save your sanity and the planet 2020-09-16T03:56:27Z low-waste-kitchen-revolution-how-getting-organised-can-save-your-sanity-and-the-planet Low waste kitchen revolution: how getting organised can save your sanity and the planet   Tasmanian eco entrepreneur, Bronwyn Kidd, adds youthful voice to low waste living SUSTOMi supporters have saved 20,000,000 pieces of plastic from entering landfill and oceans Podcast Life Freshly Sorted offers guidance with food, environment and mindset Beeswax wraps, silicone bowl covers and silicone fridge pouches as alternatives to plastic Customised beeswax wraps now available   Walking into a local suburban Hobart cafe, Bronwyn Kidd, could be mistaken for a university student as she takes a seat, orders a chai and starts tapping away on her laptop. The young 20-something is enjoying a work-from-home day, but don’t be fooled by the casual, youthful exterior. This trailblazer is on a mission to change the world.   When Kidd returned from overseas travel five years ago, the passionate Tasmanian had acquired a fresh perspective of the way of the world, and she was not entirely happy about it. She decided it was high time an Australian voice joined the growing following of a much-needed lifestyle revolution: the low waste movement.   Thinking big picture, Kidd engaged in national research and realised there was a lack of access to obtainable resources helping people transition from high waste to low waste lifestyles. In 2016, SUSTOMi was born. The company’s mission remains the same since its inception; to be a market-leading voice for reducing single-use plastic consumption in the home.   By far the most popular product within SUSTOMi’s range is the original mainstay beeswax wrap; an easy, low waste alternative to single use cling wrap. Designed to be playful and fun to use, the brightly coloured patterns and a light honey smell make this product a feel-good choice in the kitchen. “SUSTOMi is a stylish, modern, no-nonsense way of tackling a massive issue. We want to offer access to obtainable solutions and do that with complete transparency. All of our products are carefully designed and refined to keep in alignment with our values – to provide customers with low waste goods and good intention,” Kidd said.  With environmental impact and wellbeing as Kidd’s key business focus, SUSTOMi tracks its sales and expected usage closely. From beeswax wraps to silicone covers and pouches, reusable shopping bags and clever lunch bags, there are many easy ways to give low waste living a try.  “To date, our supporters have helped us save 20,000,000 pieces of plastic from entering landfill and oceans. Our message is very simple: more people adapting to low waste lifestyles is far better than a small handful of the community living zero waste lifestyles. We offer easy solutions for those who are ready to make incremental lifestyle changes today,” Kidd firmly stated.  Alongside useful kitchen products, Kidd has recently launched her own podcast to further reach and inspire the low waste movement. The program titled Life Freshly Sorted is available on all popular podcast streaming services, featuring special guests sharing their thoughts on all things relating to low waste living, health and wellbeing.  “With Australians spending more time at home this year, now is the time to reflect consciously on your consumption habits, deciding how your environmental choices at home impacts the wider community and future generations,” Kidd added.  Launching this month, SUSTOMi will be taking orders for customised beeswax wraps for business gift ideas (logo print, brand colours) and personalised wraps (children’s drawings, photos) in time for early December Christmas deliveries. Feelgood Female Fitness gym owner, Andrea Franke, was one of the first businesses to order custom branded wraps as gifts for her members. “We are always thinking of ways to surprise and delight our members. Not only do the beeswax wraps look great with our logo, but the product is aligned with our sustainable lifestyle philosophy. It’s a way to remind our loyal members to take care of their health and wellbeing at home too,” XXX said.  To celebrate its new product  launch, SUSTOMi is offering 10% off on orders received before 16 October 2020. Order quantities and prices vary, with the most popular option being the small, medium and large 3-wrap packs. Don’t delay though, delivery is six weeks from the date of order, and believe it or not Christmas 2020 is just around the corner.  “We are very excited to be launching these customised beeswax wraps to Australian businesses and families. Not only are we making our products even more accessible to meet our environmental impact goals, but we are also spreading joy and encouraging a sense of fun at a time when it is needed most this year,” Kidd shared.  For more information, visit:  #sustomi #lowwaste #beeswaxwraps #sustainablegiftideas #ecofriendlygifts   About SUSTOMi SUSTOMi was established in 2016 by Bronwyn Kidd in Tasmania, Australia. The business mission is to encourage Australians to live healthier, low-waste lives through their philosophy, Your life: freshly sorted.   Bronwyn also hosts a podcast, Life freshly sorted, featuring special guests offering their wisdom on getting life freshly sorted in a purposeful, low waste way. This podcast is available on a number of platforms including iTunes and Spotify.   Alongside its educational value, SUSTOMi also sells alternatives to household plastics to help shift consumption habits. These products include beeswax wraps, silicone food pouches and silicone covers.   IMAGES:     AYRE Real Estate - New Listing - 1/102 Miller Street, Pyrmont 2020-09-16T01:50:09Z ayre-real-estate-new-listing-1-102-miller-street-pyrmont A rare find in Pyrmont! Property Details: Street Address: 1/102 Miller Street, Pyrmont Price Guide: $800,000 Configuration: 1 bed 1 bath 2 car spaces Sale Method: Auction - Saturday, 3rd October @ 2:00pm Last Traded: $350,000 in March 2004 Size: Apartment 97sqm & Parking 30sqm Outgoings: Strata: $1337pq approx. Water: $154pq approx. Council: $296pq approx. Agent: Adrian Wilson – 0410 444 044 & Craig Donohue – 0422 987 110 Year Built: 2000 Inspections: Thursdays and Saturdays @ 1:30pm - 2:00pm Level: 1 of 10 levels Style: This oversized courtyard apartment with a double garage is a unique and very rare property located in the heart of Pyrmont. Boasting an impressively scaled design, this quality ground floor apartment provides open plan living with huge outdoor entertaining spaces. Bedroom: Airy bedroom with built-in robe and direct courtyard access. Bathroom: Classic modern bathroom featuring floor-to-ceiling tiles. Kitchen: Stone and gas fitted kitchen offering stainless appliances. Dining/Living: Open plan living/dining room with a tranquil green outlook. Adrian Wilson, Ayre Real Estate Principal and Director says, “This is apartment is perfectly suited for either downsizers seeking the convenience of inner-city living or an executive couple. It really is a rare opportunity to be able to a one-bedroom apartment, yet have the feeling of space, outdoor living areas and two car spaces located on the city fringe.” Other features: Partially covered courtyard with private leafy surrounds Facilities include an indoor pool, gym, sauna, building manager New carpet and new paintwork plus scope to further update Double garage, ducted air conditioning and intercom system Immersed in the hub of lively Pyrmont, merely steps to shops and eateries and moments to the CBD. Check out the images here: Pet experts warn: check your pet daily for paralysis ticks 2020-09-15T05:01:43Z pet-experts-warn-check-your-pet-daily-for-paralysis-ticks Pet owners are being urged to check their pet’s fur daily as paralysis tick season begins.   The paralysis tick (Ixodes holocyclus) is a small parasite that feeds on the blood of native animals, such as possums. The tick can also bite dogs and cats, which do not have immunity to the tick. When the tick bites a pet, it releases a neurotoxin that can cause paralysis and eventual death.  Fortunately, vets can administer a treatment serum once a paralysis tick bite has been positively identified, but the effect of the serum can slow down while symptoms worsen.  It’s therefore essential to take your pet to the vet immediately if you suspect they have been bitten.  Pawshake, often described as the Airbnb for pet sitting, is urging Aussie pet owners to start checking their pet’s fur daily. If a dog walker or pet sitter is involved, they should also keep a close eye out for ticks.  ‘You may not even see a tick once your pet displays symptoms, as it may have dropped off after biting’ says Tanguy Peers, co-founder of Pawshake, ‘this is why it is so important to be diligent in checking your pet’s fur around their legs, belly, ears, chin, torso and tail.’ ‘It’s a good idea to speak to your vet and discuss the various tick treatments on the market. And always clear up long grass and plant clippings from around the house.’ The paralysis tick is most active from spring through to summer and is most common in humid conditions on the east coast. The tick can be found in grassy environments and bushland, including in suburban backyards and parks.   Paralysis tick symptoms are similar between cats and dogs. The vet should be called if any of the following symptoms are spotted. Cats can appear lethargic and wheezy, with a little gasp at the end of their breath. They also might meow more than usual, or their meow might sound different. Dogs can appear quieter than normal or lethargic.  They can suffer from difficulty swallowing or having an unusual sounding bark, which is caused by the setting in of paralysis around the throat. They can also suffer from coughing, vomiting, retching, gagging, swelling or loss of coordination. If you do spot a tick and it is yellow or grey with long legs (or if you find any tick you are unsure about), don’t try to remove the tick or as this might make it release more toxins.  Instead, call the vet immediately and await their instructions.  For further information or quotes, please contact  Pawshake Marketing Manager:   Phone Repair Service 2020-09-14T07:44:39Z phone-repair-service Repair Mate is an independent repair center that provides high-quality mobile phone & tablet repairs in Hobart, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne & Carnegie. All of the repairs done utilize high-quality parts and expert technicians with years of experience. Each branch of Repair Mate houses technicians who have trained in our headquarters before being dispatched to their respective departments. Each tech has a fixed skill set covering all brands listed on our website, and the technical know-how to repair unlisted brands.  Repair Mate has been catering to customers regarding mobile phone hardware issues for more than ten years. In the span of these years, we have seen mobile companies leap immensely in terms of technology, and we have been keeping up with the repairs. All repairs we list are carefully thought out and have been discussed with each of our techs. The repairs we advertise are the ones we specialize in.  We cater to any smartphone brands in the market along with most tablet brands, from iPhone screen repairs to iPhone battery replacements to anything hardware related. Our technicians are more than capable of adequately assessing the device, creating a reasonable quote for repairs, and doing the actual repair. We primarily focus on iPhone repairs, Samsung Repairs in Hobart, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Carnegie but, that doesn’t mean that we do not cater to other brands. If it’s a mobile device that faces a hardware issue, we will most likely be able to provide a solution. We do it all through phone screen replacements, charging port repairs, water damage repairs, or even phone battery replacements.  Remember Repair Mate for mobile phone repairs in Hobart, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne & Carnegie. We will have all of your phone issues fixed in a jiffy! Sydney Chiropractor Shares Tips on Preventing Neck and Back Pain During COVID-19 2020-09-14T05:08:05Z sydney-chiropractor-shares-tips-on-preventing-neck-and-back-pain-during-covid-19 Dulwich Hill, NSW, Australia - September 14 2020 - Increased neck and back pain is a growing problem for individuals working from home. Dr. Paula Basilio (Chiropractor) at My Back Relief Clinic shares tips on how to avoid health problems when working from home. Dr. Basilio, a local Sydney chiropractor, has seen first-hand the increased influx of back and neck pain patients who have been working from home for an extended period of time.  “As a chiropractor, I have seen an overwhelming trend of people coming into my clinic after spending months working from home,” said Dr. Basilio. “My speculation is that they are moving from their ergonomically well set up workstations in their office to working from home on their kitchen table.” According to the Working at Home Wellbeing Survey published by the Institute for Employment Studies earlier this year, 58% of surveyees reported a significant increase of musculoskeletal complaints in the neck, while 55% reported an increase in back pain compared to their normal physical condition. “New patients are coming in with low back and neck pain,” continued Dr. Basilio. “My existing clients aren’t necessarily developing different symptoms, just intensifying the chronic ones.”  Dr. Basilio believes that there are many things workers can do to avoid experiencing neck and back pain while working from home. She shares six “easy, quick and affordable” tips. Get up and move at least every hour. Simple habits such as getting up to grab a glass of water every hour can mitigate the cumulative pressure your spine experiences from sedentary life. Keep computer screen heights at eye level to prevent unnecessary neck bending. Use bluetooth keyboards and mouses to relax the shoulders. Use your chair as back support and lean back to decrease the pressure on your lower back and encourage the natural curves of your spine. Implement daily stretching exercises. Create a stretch routine which encourages tight muscles to relax and joints to loosen up Work at a desk and from a work chair. Additional information about the issues related to working from home, neck pain and back pain can be found by visiting the My Back Relief Clinic website. About My Back Relief Clinic My Back Relief Clinic aims to provide patients with the highest quality chiropractic care for a wide array of musculoskeletal issues. Treatments at the clinic include rehabilitation, spinal adjustments, preventative exercises, ergonomic advice and muscle work.  Contact Info: Name: Dr. Paula Basilio Email: Send Email Organization: My Back Relief Clinic Address: Suite B, 390 New Canterbury Rd, Dulwich Hill NSW 2203 Australia Phone: 02 9560 0184 Website: Medicare funded psychology telehealth services cease in 16 days 2020-09-14T01:51:41Z medicare-funded-psychology-telehealth-services-cease-in-16-days For immediate release. Sydney Australia, 13 September 2020. Medicare has rebated allied telehealth services, including much needed psychological services, since March 2020. This has enabled them to be accessible during COVID and has been absolutely critical in enabling 7 million Australians to access telehealth since the start of this crisis. This means 7 million people have been able to avoid the risk of COVID -19 transmission between practitioners, and patients, through the expansion of the Telehealth system. However these items are due to expire on 30 September 2020. So far there has been no announcement from the Australian Government  indicating whether these items will continue, rendering vulnerable Australians who are accessing these services unsure whether vital treatment will continue.  “This is a dangerous situation in a dangerous time,” says Sarah McMahon, Psychologist and Director of BodyMatters Australasia. “Telehealth has enabled vulnerable Australians to access critical allied health treatment that would otherwise be unavailable to them. These Australians are now unsure whether this treatment will continue, adding to their distress.  Four reasons why these services are critical: 1. Telehealth enables increased accessibility of treatment Access to healthcare is a fundamental human right. However historically allied health treatment has required patients to physically visit a practitioner’s office to access a Medicare rebate. Consequently, treatment has not been available to all Australians as there are many legitimate reasons why a person may have not been able to attend a practitioner’s office. These include the tyranny of distance and geographical barriers, mobility issues experienced by individuals, and practical barriers such as overwhelmed new mums or people with severe anxiety or depression who experience  difficulty leaving the house. An additional barrier now exists with COVID, which is that for people who have compromised immunity or who care for other vulnerable individuals. For these people, leaving the house may be tantamount to a death sentence. Further, in terms of the stretched and limited capacity of most practitioners currently, Telehealth enables flexible service delivery, including temporary scaling up beyond office space limitations to service long wait lists. Enabling ongoing access to Medicare rebates for Telehealth services is paramount for the continuation of care for all of these people who will not have access if these changes end.  2. Telehealth enables excellent treatment outcomes There is no clinical reason for ceasing access to Telehealth. Research suggests that in cases where Telehealth is clinically indicated, treatment outcomes are excellent. Further, utilising Telehealth enables greater access to treatment including earlier intervention, access to niche services that are not geographically close and access to practitioners in other locations when access to practitioners in a particular region is saturated, such as during a lockdown period. These also improve public health and treatment outcomes. We know that public mental health will be a long term casualty of COVID. Enabling ongoing and unrestricted access to Medicare rebatable treatment via Telehealth will enable positive treatment outcomes to continue. In a recent study of the Health Forum of Australia in May* “it found that 80% of those who were offered telehealth services used it, of these a similar proportion viewed the service a sexcellent or good quality”. These figures show how important it has been to be innovative in service delivery in times of a pandemic such as this, which involves people’s livelihoods. 3. Continuing Telehealth reduces costs for Medicare  Enabling these items to continue will not add costs to Medicare. Indeed, reliable access to Medicare rebatable sessions via Telehealth will improve access to allied health treatment, decreasing psychological conditions and improving societal well being thus reducing the burden on the public health system. It will also reduce suicide rates and enable our population to be more resilient during consequences of COVID such as unemployment and recession. It will also prevent overuse of the hospital system, eliminating some of the pressure on the emergency departments – as clients can have access to any Allied Health Practitioner outside of the hospital system, under a telehealth rebate – which means access is available for everyone. This will have a direct impact on Australia’s recovery as a nation. 4. Telehealth protects practitioners from contracting COVID and enables continuity of care Face to face treatment increases the risk of developing COVID. It typically occurs in a small, enclosed room for 50 minutes. Physical distancing may be impossible and wearing face masks may not protect against the transmission of COVID as a result. Enabling Telehealth items for an extended period of time enables allied health practices to be agile and autonomous in their implementation of their COVID Safe Plans. This is particularly important as it remains unclear how many months or years Australia will be managing cases of COVID. If they expire on 30 September there are many people who will be displaced from treatment. Extending these items means some level of continuity of care can continue. Psychologists and other allied health providers agree that these items should continue indefinitely.  COVID has accelerated changes in our efficiency and this increased accessibility to treatment is one excellent example of this.  ### About BodyMatters Australasia: BodyMatters is a private psychological and dietetic treatment provider for people experiencing eating and body image issues in Australia.