The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-08-18T07:43:35Z When neighbours become good friends 2017-08-18T07:43:35Z when-neighbours-become-good-friends The close friendship of Sue Marsden and Margaret Dixon is truly a case of the stars aligning. In December 2016, it was through pure serendipity that Margaret and Alan Dixon moved next door to Sue at Settlers Retirement Village, Forest Lake. Sue introduced herself to the couple the night they moved in, armed with a home-cooked dinner, and a beautiful friendship was formed instantly. “I thought, isn’t that beautiful that Sue had brought over some dinner for us,” said Margaret. “Years ago we did that all the time, but now nobody does it anymore so I thought it was wonderful.” Margaret and Sue soon discovered they had a connection through the small adjoining country towns in central Queensland in which they were raised. Sue grew up in the town of Tambo in the 1960s, with a current population of 345, and Margaret was raised just an hour away in Augathella. Sue's interest was sparked when she spotted a “Tambo Teddy” in Alan and Margaret's living room. Sue discovered that Alan passed through Tambo with his son and grandson about 15 years ago, and picked up the teddy as a memento. “There is still so much for us to catch up on, and learn about each other,” said Sue. Married for 53 years, Alan and Margaret Dixon first met in Hong Kong where they were stationed in the army. Alan being English and Margaret, Scottish, the couple have been blessed with three beautiful children, and six grandchildren. Margaret has a passion for patchwork, and was quite active in the community, making quilts for the local school and the Wesley Hospital when she lived in Laidley.  Margaret also used to teach patchwork but is no longer able to do so due to her health. On the other hand, Alan is described as “soccer mad”, and even started up his own soccer club many years ago. Since moving to Envigor, Alan and Margaret have been more than impressed, especially when they first met Executive Manager, Tracey Silvester, describing her as honest, straight-to-the-point and 'told us exactly how it was'. “Envigor is so caring, it is almost unbelievable that you can have such good care,” said Margaret. Sue was forced to hide her Aboriginal identity for many years, due to her ex-husband’s disapproval, and only started rediscovering her heritage about 12 years ago. “I missed it because I really didn’t know who I was, and now I understand what it means to me to be Aboriginal, and to be proud of it,” said Sue. Sue eventually left Tambo to become a Registered Nurse: “It was one of those things out west that most girls did, I really had a lot of fun and I enjoyed my nursing.” Sue now volunteers her time at the Inala Indigenous Community Health Centre. “Being a nurse and coming from an Indigenous background, I can join into just about anything from cooking back to nursing, so it’s exciting because as I’m Indigenous I am now considered an elder, which is such an honour.” Sue describes the services she receives from Envigor's Western Suburbs Brisbane Community Care Business Partner, Jan Green as “exceptional”. “Support is only a phone call away,” said Sue. “There have been a couple of times when I have needed help urgently, and Jan has always been there with the kindness of help, and it is very important that we get that help.” This real life case of love your neighbour as you love yourself truly is the caes for Sue and Margaret, two women who have been brought together by fate after living in small adjoining towns for years, and not being aware of the other’s existence. “I love my neighbours because you can just go outside your front door, and if you are feeling down, they pick you right back up and there is always someone to say hello to,” said Margaret. “It is a reward on its own just knowing Sue, and being able to spend time with her. “Just knowing that she is there is enough.” -ends-Joanne Rahn Director zanthii communications Phone: 0402 148 334 Email: joanne@zanthii.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/zanthiiau Home care is where the heart is 2017-08-18T07:38:02Z home-care-is-where-the-heart-is Aged care worker, Cindy Jordan has had the opportunity to work with a variety of special clients during her time at Envigor Home Care, but now has one very close to her heart. In January this year, Cindy's 89-year-old mother, Sylvia Joyce suffered a medication-related episode which landed her in hospital for two weeks. Sylvia began to lose her mobility and cognitive abilities as a result of the stroke-like symptoms. Since this unfortunate episode, Cindy started caring for her mother professionally through Envigor, and she receives almost 20 hours of care per week. “I enjoy looking after my Mum both professionally and personally,” said Cindy. “She is always happy, and never complains even though she has had quite a hard life.” After working in the aged care industry for many years, Cindy became frustrated with clients' needs not being met, and soon after made the switch to Envigor in 2016. “Envigor has given me the opportunity to truly meet the needs of my clients, and the autonomy to be able to work on a personal level with each client, tailoring their care needs to what they want to have in place, truly consumer director care,” said Cindy. “This is my goal, and when I have achieved this, I can say that I am very, very happy - that is my reward.” Cindy and Sylvia have had their fair share of hard times, but assure they are a very close family, and support one another at all times. “We believe in being there for each other, my Mum is my rock,” said Cindy. Sylvia spends her days gardening, and still enjoys a trip to Bunnings whenever she has the chance, in addition to singing in the local village choir, and attending weekly rehearsals. Cindy herself has also become involved with the local music centre at Rothwell, along with her older brother. “We often have recitals and stage shows which Mum takes great interest in, and loves seeing the footage of our performances,” said Cindy. Sylvia was still going down to the swimming pool for her daily swim until earlier this year when her health deteriorated. Her daily ritual involved a 6am swim at the retirement village where everyone in the complex knew her, and referred to her as ‘frog’. However, Sylvia is known as ‘Nin’ to all her grandchildren (as her eldest grandson couldn’t quite pronounce 'Nan'). Sylvia will be celebrating her 90th birthday in October with her family by her side. “She says that she is lucky to have me as a daughter, but I say that I am lucky to have her as a Mum as she is the one who moulded me, and I wouldn’t be who I am without her,” said Cindy. -ends-Joanne Rahn Director zanthii communications Phone: 0402 148 334 Email: joanne@zanthii.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/zanthiiau Life-long volunteer finally puts her feet up in Cairns 2017-08-18T07:31:15Z life-long-volunteer-finally-puts-her-feet-up-in-cairns A Queensland for all ages is the theme for this year's Senior's Week, and Lesley Kerr is a prime example of a Senior who has committed her life to the community. Lesley, 74 has lived a life of fulfilling her passion for the community, and the betterment of the lives of others. Lesley and husband Don, 79 made the move from Gladstone to Cairns in 2010 for the warmer weather. The dedicated Senior was actively involved in the Gladstone community – Lesley acted as the Gladstone Geneaology Society Treasurer for many years, managed the local library roster from 1992 until 2010, and was a proud member of the Collinsville Lions Club for seven years, along with husband Don. Married for 54 years, the couple have been blessed with three children, eight grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. In October 2016, both Lesley and Don acquired home care from Envigor and continuously praise the care, support and awareness provided by the home care givers. “Envigor’s available to help when we need it,” said Lesley. “They work around our lifestyle and flexible around any changes needed. “Although we don’t need much support, only domestic help fortnightly, we know that we will need more support later on so we wanted to be a part of the community from the start.” Before marriage, Lesley worked with the Commonwealth Bank for five years. “I’ve been the home organiser all my married life as employers didn’t take married women back then,” said Lesley Lesley’s main hobbies include family history, genealogy, crossword puzzles, reading and ten-pin bowling. “Lesley's dedication and contribution to the community and her family is greatly appreciated, and an inspiration to all those around her,” said DonJoanne Rahn Director zanthii communications Phone: 0402 148 334 Email: joanne@zanthii.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/zanthiiau Cheese, Wine & Hops to delight Brisbane foodies 2017-08-09T01:15:09Z cheese-wine-hops-to-delight-brisbane-foodies Back by popular demand, Treasury’s Hotel Courtyard will once again play host to a night of indulgence, flavour and frivolity on Friday 15 September. Following a sold-out cheese and wine trail earlier in the year, the second instalment will delight Brisbane Foodies with an expanded offering sure to entice a refined palate. With over ten wine houses to sample, join us on a journey to the bubbling heights of Chandon, the mature vineyards of Cape Mentelle, the flavour-packed ravines of New Zealand’s Squealing Pig and the French enchantments of Rameau d’Or Provence Rose. Not to be outdone, other stellar sips include Saltram 1859, T’Gallant Juliet, Devils Lair, Tar & Roses, Oatley Wines and Oakridge. Beer lovers won’t be disappointed with a hoppy range on show by Little Creatures. An absurd amount of creamy and luxurious cheese will accompany the eclectic range of wines and beers, as well as mixed olives, chargrilled vegetables, assorted dips, dried fruits, fried pumpkin flowers, arancini, wood-fired pizza and artisan breads. Managing Director Queensland, Geoff Hogg, has welcomed the demand for the next instalment in The Courtyard series and is excited to be delivering events that the public are passionate about. “The Courtyard events have hit the high note by creating a thrilling experience for all who attend. The quality and selection of wines, food and entertainment are second to none and priced affordably to make the perfect night out”. To add to the experience, aficionados will also be entertained with a wink and a smile by jazz and swing king, Rhydian and the Residuals. Tickets to the last event sold out, so be sure to book early to avoid disappointment. The Courtyard – Cheese, Wine & Hops Date: Friday 15 September 2017 Time: 5.00pm – 8.00pm Venue: Treasury Hotel Courtyard (130 William Street, Brisbane) Cost: $49pp Tickets: bit.ly/cheese-wine-hops Media Contact Luana Latham Communications Manager Treasury Brisbane T: 0427 904 284 E: luana.latham@star.com.au 60 is the new 40: Career change at 62 years young 2017-08-01T07:36:52Z 60-is-the-new-40-career-change-at-62-years-young Aged care worker, Karen Gerrard is set to make a difference in the Cairns community after a mid-life career change led her to doing what she loves. After holidaying in Cairns, and visiting for conferences and forums over the last 20 years, the Community Business Partner at Envigor Home Care made a permanent move to the region in August 2016 as it 'always felt like home' and 'a great community to work in'. “Once I had completed my Aged Care and Disability Care Certificates, I made the move to Cairns to settle down in what I felt was the perfect retirement spot, before stumbling upon the opportunity to work at Envigor,” said Karen."I'm 63 years old and probably living proof that 60 is the new 40. We're living longer and with better health, nutrition and treatments so retirement for me doesn't mean giving up paid work but continuing to move forward, looking for opportunities along the way that may lead me on yet another road or two before my body tells me to stop!" Karen lived and worked in Alice Springs for 17 years prior to making the sea change move to Queensland, firstly to the central region, and now the far north. Previously living and working in Rockhampton for the last 10 years as a care co-ordinator for a local church organisation, Karen became disheartened, and frustrated, with the work overload and poor organisational structure. Karen soon realised that aged care was the direction she wanted to pursue, following her prior experience with cancer support, disability services, child care and her own personal experience with her late mother. “My mother received home care for the last 10 years of her life, so I had first-hand experience of the benefits to client and family of this type of aged care support,” said Karen. Karen gained her Diploma of Education in 1973, and then spent two years teaching in country South Australia in an Area School (Years 1 to 12 on the same site), and two years as a secondary school teacher. “When my then husband was transferred back to the country, I became involved in child care, way back in 1978, and was instrumental in gaining federal funding for a purpose-built centre adjacent to a kindergarten, becoming the first community-based child care centre manager for the town,” said Karen. Reflecting on her new career, Karen feels there is no such thing as an average day in aged care. Her day may consist of making phone calls to book pop-up stall venues, co-ordinating volunteers, visiting prospective clients and their families, working on the next edition of the Envigor newsletter or even delivering a presentation at a services club. “I love the variety of the workload, the clients and families that I meet, and the sense of accomplishment when I'm thanked for the support we put in place,” said Karen. With Envigor’s low case management and administration fees, Karen is particularly interested in talking to people across the Cairns region who feel they need more from their Home Care Package. “Many people just aren’t getting the care they deserve and with the average case management and admin fees across the country hitting 45% of the value of a person's Home Care Package, I'm on a mission to make sure consumers have a choice,” said Karen. For those considering a career change, Karen believes aged care offers a whole new range of opportunities at all levels from domestic assistance, nursing, allied health, transport right through to management levels. “I'm happy with my career change as it gives me the opportunity to ensure our elders are well, safe and supported to remain active in their own homes,” said Karen. “We will all be elders one day so having appropriate flexible, transparent services available in local communities will benefit everyone.” -ends- Local Melbourne business woman nominated for Influencer award. 2017-07-27T02:37:26Z local-melbourne-business-woman-nominated-for-influencer-award The AusMumpreneur Awards presented by The AusMumpreneur Network celebrate and recognize Australian Mums in business achieving outstanding success in areas such as business excellence, product development, customer service and digital innovation. The awards are designed to recognize the growing number of women who successfully balance motherhood and business in a way that suits their life and family. Natalie is a Melbourne based Mum and founder of Miracle Mama, an online resource that empowers and inspires mothers with special needs children. Through coaching, community and heart-centered collaborations, her mission is to create a space for women to reconnect with themselves and what is most important to them. Natalie is a passionate writer, speaker and coach. She also has a background in both the corporate and wellness worlds, with experience in Sales & Marketing as well as being a Yoga and Meditation teacher. There are many benefits to balancing business and motherhood as Natalie explains: "The ability to follow our personal dreams as well as enjoy the precious time of raising our children." Yet the initially she lost the balance of work – life – motherhood, when her youngest daughter Chiara had suffered a stroke. As a result, Chiara was left with a serious brain-injury that would impede her ability to ever walk, talk or live a long life. "All of a sudden my life was catapulted into hospitals, therapies and the unknown. Due to high medical needs of my daughter I could not keep up with my yoga business at the time. Unfortunately, I had to close the business and focus on Chiara and her medical needs. Not to mention coming to terms with such a life changing diagnosis for our daughter and what that meant for her and our family as a whole. A few years on I decided to create an online business, that would be a culmination of my background in corporate, yoga, coaching and writing and deliver to the mums who needed it most, special needs mothers. It can very isolating when you have a medically fragile child, so the power of community and connection for the special needs mums has been incredible. Creating an online business helped to create flexible time and space to combine my work with my most revered role, motherhood. It can be challenging to be a successful business woman whilst raising a family and Natalie gives this advice for others thinking about starting their own enterprise. ”Do your research, take your time but never stop chasing your dreams”. Natalie is in the running to be recognised as one of Australia's most outstanding mums in business, nominated under the "Influencer Award" category. You can help by voting for her via https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ausmum17 Round 2 voting starts 24th July and ends 13th August. For an interview with Natalie Roberts Mazzeo contact 0413 296 288, http://www.miraclemama.com.au natalie@miraclemama.com.au The winners of the 2017 AusMumpreneur Awards will be announced at a glamorous Awards dinner at Doltone House in Sydney on Friday 25th August. For more information on the AusMumpreneur Awards visit: contact Peace Mitchell on 0431 615 107 or hello@ausmumpreneur.com Treasury packs a punch for upcoming ‘Money Fight’ 2017-07-26T00:48:52Z treasury-packs-a-punch-for-upcoming-money-fight Hot on the heels of the Horn vs Pacquio boxing match, another knockout event touted as ‘The Money Fight’ is set to ignite the interest of boxing and sports enthusiasts alike. Set within the heritage surrounds of the hotel courtyard, Treasury Brisbane will broadcast the Floyd Mayweather Jnr vs Conor McGregor professional boxing super fight on Sunday 27 August with streaming of the undercards to commence at 11am. Floyd Mayweather Jnr is the undefeated eleven-time five division professional boxing World Champion and Conor McGregor is the current UFC Lightweight Champion. The fight will take place in Las Vegas and will be broadcast around the globe. At Treasury, guests will experience the blow-by-blow action on a gigantic 7m x 4m LED screen and enjoy a choice of two crafted catering packages from their ringside seat. General Admission Reserved table seating from 1pm to 4pm, including 3-hour all-inclusive beverage package. Beverages include Kirin, XXXX Summer, Little Creatures, Heineken/Heineken 3, T’Gallant Moscato, North of South Sauvignon Blanc, North of South Pinot Noir, Domaine Chandon, water, assorted soft drinks. Food includes onion rings, chips, calamari with aioli, buffalo wings and mini pizza. Cost: $80 per person. VIP Package Exclusive front row mega screen table seating from 1pm to 4pm - including 3 hour all-inclusive package. Beverages include Johnnie Walker Black, Makers Mark, Tanqueray Gin, Ketel One Vodka, Angostura Spiced Rum, Kirin, XXXX Summer, Little Creatures, Heineken/Heineken 3, T’Gallant Moscato, North of South Sauvignon Blanc, North of South Pinot Noir, Domaine Chandon, water, and assorted soft drinks. Food includes beef sliders, tempura seafood platters, onion rings, chips, calamari with aioli, buffalo wings and mini pizza. Cost: $125 per person All guests will receive a $10 Casino Dollar voucher (must be a Member of The Star Club to redeem). A cash bar will be available from 11am – 1pm and 4pm – 5pm. Minimum booking of eight required to secure exclusive table (no mixed packages allowed). For Bookings: bit.ly/treasuryboxing Media Contact Luana Latham Communications Manager T: 0427 904 284 E: luana.latham@star.com.au Little Friends Scholarship Launched To Help Kids 2017-07-25T03:06:31Z little-friends-scholarship-launched-to-help-kids Friends With Dignity launched its national Little Friends Scholarship powered by Jeunesse Kids to help children affected by domestic violence not miss out on learning. Manuela Whitford, founder, said domestic violence has so many ripple effects. "One of those is a disruption in a child's education," she said. "When a person flees DV, the parent who leaves often does so with very little - money, clothes and other personal belongings. "We know of families who leave with only what they can carry.  This means the child/ren do not have their school uniforms, books or school bags. "This just adds to an already stressful situation." Friends With Dignity provides critical and practical programs to assist survivors of domestic violence, be they men, women or children, in collaboration with refuges and crisis centres. Manuela said with the support of corporate sponsor Jeunesse Kids, Friends With Dignity are now able to provide monetary scholarships. "Twice a year we will give funds to families to ensure all children have the ability to keep learning and/or keep taking part in their sports or extra-curricula activities that they may not be able to pursue because of the financial impact of domestica nand fmaily violence within their family environment," she said. "Our existing Little Friends Program already covers educational requirements for example books, school shoes and uniforms and the Little Friends Scholarship powered by Jeunesse Kids covers two additional categories Curricular and Co curricular to provide additional financial support to help children affected by domestic and family violence with these costs so they do not miss out on the same opportunities as their peers. "We want children to stand out for the right reasons and not be disadvantaged." Scholarships are provided on a bi-annual basis with two categories of scholarships: - Educational - Extra-curricula There will be five Educational Scholarships and five Extra-Curricula Scholarships awarded twice per year. Each scholarship is up to the value of $500.00 (maximum amount that can be applied for).  Applications for round 1 are open now and close 31 July. http://www.friendswithdignity.org.au/little-friends-scholarship/ SHITBOX RALLY ANNOUNCES 2018 ROUTE DATES 2017-07-18T02:10:38Z shitbox-rally-announces-2018-route-dates Shitbox Rally 2018 will be ‘chasing the sun’ as teams drive from sunny Brisbane on 19 May to reach Darwin in the top end on 25 May. Every year, dedicated ‘Shitboxes’ look forward to the announcement of the route dates to enable them to officially register and begin planning their important fundraising.  Shitbox Rally is the largest independent fundraiser for the Cancer Council nationally and during the recent 2017 rally, smashed its own fundraising record by raising $1.67 million. This brings Box Rallies’ fundraising to $11.9 million since the first Shitbox Rally in 2010. Founder James Freeman said registrations were now open on www.shitboxrally.com.au and he looked forward to sharing another rally experience, driving Australia’s outback roads. “The fundraising result for Shitbox Rally 2017 was outstanding and we’re extremely grateful to the teams who took part – and continue to take part over many years,” James said.  “The energy and commitment of the teams is just amazing. All around Australia, they fundraise through quiz nights, raffles, sausage sizzles, bake sales, finding local sponsors, getting onto the airwaves and so much more. Each team is required to raise at least $4000 to be on the rally, but so many teams go further than that. “The rally itself is a reward for that fundraising effort. Together, we travel in smaller buddy groups in our Shitboxes, which come in all kinds of condition but must be worth less than $1,000. Many vehicles break down en route but that’s all part of the fun. Some cars don’t make it, but we never leave anybody behind.  “Each night, we camp in regional or remote areas, meeting the locals and putting money into that community. It’s very much a travelling festival, in these crazy cars, and a chance to see Australia’s beautiful countryside.” Shitbox Rally is a challenge to drive cars worth $1,000 or less across Australia via some of its toughest roads to raise money for cancer research. James Freeman founded Shitbox Rally in 2009 after both of his parents died from cancer within 12 months of each other. Images for download: https://www.flickr.com/photos/shitboxrally/sets Media contact: Michelle Prak 0409 964 331 michelle@prakky.com.au Breakthrough Study on Not-for-Profit Workforce launched to reveal insights and opportunities for NFP organisations and workers 2017-07-17T21:05:32Z breakthrough-study-on-not-for-profit-workforce-launched-to-reveal-insights-and-opportunities-for-nfp-organisations-and-workers The Australian Not-for-Profit Workforce Study, the largest on and for NFP organisations, employees and volunteers, was launched today. It supports the sector and helps our communities by informing: > NFP Practice: for enhanced leadership, capabilities and impact of NFP organisations, > NFP Policy: for increased efficiency and sustainability of the NFP sector, and > NFP Funding: for better investments in and conversion of NFP capacity building. The national study is using state-of-the-art cloud technology to provide free, science-driven workforce analytics to all participating organisations and respondents, something never seen before in the sector. “The Workforce Study addresses staff development, well-being, engagement, and productivity. It also charts the needs for developing critical knowledge, skills, and abilities to succeed in the NFP sector.” said study leader Dr Ramon Wenzel, from the Centre for Social Impact at the University of Western Australia. With 1 million staff employed in the NFP sector and an additional 5 million volunteers across Australia, their health, engagement, and continuous learning are key for NFP organisations to survive and thrive. Paul Murnane, Executive Chair of the Australian Scholarships Foundation, said that “NFP organisations spent more than half of their expenses on staff, meaning employees and volunteers are simply irreplaceable. Investing in the sector’s people is the single biggest opportunity for greater impact“. NFP organisations are under increasing pressure to deliver more, innovate, adapt and compete. The new study follows on from the pioneering research on the Social Return on Education Training that has shown that NFP organisations that focus on and develop their staff, do better. Now it is about the How to do it. “Every day, all Australians benefit from the essential work of the NFP sector, but there is a distinct lack of attention and resources directed to these employees and volunteers. The study will bring more scientific rigour and practical evidence to the management of NFP organisations and people.” said Dr Wenzel. All findings will be freely shared with the sector. No invitation is needed. Go to learningforpurpose.org/study Participating NFP organisations will receive their own free Workforce Analytics Dashboard: at-a-glance reporting to understand staff learning, engagement, well-being, and more than 30 key metrics that matter for people, performance, and purpose. NFP organisations can invite all their employees and volunteers to get immediate insights and compare their relative position to NFP sector benchmarks. Participating NFP employees and volunteers will obtain a free Personal Analytics Report with insights and suggestions on their job satisfaction, work autonomy, professional development, well-being, and more. Wenzel said “Measurement is key to inform practice, policy, and funding so that NFP work can translate to bigger impact. We built the infrastructure and dramatically lowered the cost, the analytics are free.“ Dr Ramon Wenzel, Study Lead, Univ. Western Australia, ramon.wenzel@uwa.edu.au, +61 421 165 801 Paul Murnane, Australian Scholarships Foundation, paul.murnane@scholarships.org.au, +61 414 447 488 The national study is realised by Learning for Purpose, an initiative by the Centre for Social Impact, The University of Western Australia, and supported by the Australian Research Council, EY, Australian Scholarships Foundation, and Australian Executor Trustees. To learn more, complete the survey, and invite staff, go to www.learningforpurpose.org/study To understand and see the Workforce Analytics, go to www.learningforpurpose.org/analytics Explainer Video (2min) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ib82m5_MA8 Inquiries research@learningforpurpose.org | (08) 6488 5353 Media Kit: Illustrations, Photo, Bio, Logos, Content www.learningforpurpose.org/research/not-for-profit-workforce-study/media Learning for Purpose | An initiative by the Centre for Social Impact, The University of Western Australia Learning for Purpose is an independent, non-partisan, national initiative to research and realise capability development in the Australian Not-for-Profit Sector. We seek to systematically understand and improve the means through which individuals and organisations gain and sustain the knowledge, skills, and abilities for a better world. The initiative is led by the Centre for Social Impact at the University of Western Australia Business School in collaboration with the Not-for-Profit sector, social enterprises, universities, government partners, industry and philanthropists. We have a vision for a thriving Not-for-Profit sector that attracts, develops, retains and motivates the best talent to achieve great things. www.learningforpurpose.org/about Twitter @LearnForPurpose Facebook LearningForPurpose LinkedIn learning-for-purpose Youtube channel/UCcQyNB2_SLszKitZEM8Z1qQ Partners of the Australian Not-for-Profit Workforce Study The Australian Not-for-Profit Workforce Study is realised by Learning for Purpose, an initiative by the Centre for Social Impact, The University of Western Australia, in collaboration with researchers at the University of New South Wales and Swinburne University; and through the support of the Australian Research Council, EY, Australian Scholarships Foundation, and Australian Executor Trustees. This is not a commercial survey; all data is confidential, used for research only, and will not be shared or sold. UWA Human Research Ethics Approval (RA/4/1/8885). Local Melbourne Mum nominated for National AusMumpreneur Awards 2017-07-17T04:11:34Z local-melbourne-mum-nominated-for-national-ausmumpreneur-awards Local business woman nominated for National Awards Natalie Roberts Mazzeo of Miracle Mama has been nominated for the 2017 AusMumpreneur Awards. The AusMumpreneur Awards presented by The AusMumpreneur Network celebrate and recognize Australian Mums in business achieving outstanding success in areas such as business excellence, product development, customer service and digital innovation. The awards are designed to recognize the growing number of women who successfully balance motherhood and business in a way that suits their life and family. Natalie is a Melbourne based Mum and founder of Miracle Mama, an online resource that empowers and inspires mothers with special needs children. Through coaching, community and heart-centered collaborations, her mission is to create a space for women to reconnect with themselves and what is most important to them. Natalie is a passionate writer, speaker and coach. She also has a background in both the corporate and wellness worlds, with experience in Sales & Marketing as well as being a Yoga and Meditation teacher. Natalie explains: "There are many benefits to balancing business and motherhood. The ability to follow our personal dreams as well as enjoy the precious time of raising our children." Yet the initially she lost the balance of work – life – motherhood, when her youngest daughter Chiara had suffered a stroke. As a result, Chiara was left with a serious brain-injury that would impede her ability to ever walk, talk or live a long life. "All of a sudden my life was catapulted into hospitals, therapies and the unknown. Due to high medical needs of my daughter I could not keep up with my yoga business at the time. Unfortunately, I had to close the business and focus on Chiara and her medical needs. Not to mention coming to terms with such a life changing diagnosis for our daughter and what that meant for her and our family as a whole. A few years on I decided to create an online business, that would be a culmination of my background in corporate, yoga, coaching and writing and deliver to the mums who needed it most, special needs mothers. It can very isolating when you have a medically fragile child, so the power of community and connection for the special needs mums has been incredible. Creating an online business helped to create flexible time and space to combine my work with my most revered role, motherhood. It can be challenging to be a successful business woman whilst raising a family and Natalie gives this advice for others thinking about starting their own enterprise. ”Do your research, take your time but never stop chasing your dreams”. Natalie is in the running to be recognised as one of Australia's most outstanding mums in business, nominated under the "Influencer Award" category. You can help by voting for her via https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ausmum17 Round 1 voting ends at midnight on Friday 21 July. Round 2 voting starts 24th July and ends 13th August. For an interview with Natalie Roberts Mazzeo contact 0413 296 288, http://www.miraclemama.com.au natalie@miraclemama.com.au The winners of the 2017 AusMumpreneur Awards will be announced at a glamorous Awards dinner at Doltone House in Sydney on Friday 25th August. For more information on the AusMumpreneur Awards visit: contact Peace Mitchell on 0431 615 107 or hello@ausmumpreneur.com A Big Boost is Coming for Wide-Bay Burnett Businesses 2017-07-13T15:13:30Z a-big-boost-is-coming-for-wide-bay-burnett-businesses WIDEBAY-BURNETT, QLD: There will soon be a new way to help boost Burnett region businesses and encourage small business owner to get tech savvy and regions to boom. The Burnett Business Network is kicking up an online storm with a brand-new business networking site aimed specifically at generating online relationships and business for the Wide-Bay Burnett Region. With the official launch of its new website & first issue of their digital magazine on July 28th, the business networking site will see businesses able to connect with other businesses and customers via an interactive online directory, be kept up to date with everything small business in an online magazine, search for local networking events and advertise. Join the Burnett Business Network in launching the new service on Friday – July 28th at Kingaroy Town Hall on Glendon Street at 6pm. Kingsley Grove Winey will be providing a glass of wine & cheese platters for guest to mingle and network. Bookings are Essential for Catering Purposes. DATE: 28th July 2017 Time: 6pm WHERE: KINGAROY TOWN HALL – GLENDON STREET KINGAROY WHAT: Burnett Business Network Launch Event The Burnett Business Networks platform is all about putting business owners in the driver’s seat, with user generated content, encouraging all businesses to get online and share their knowledge with the community through the Online Magazine and submit their own events for everything from networking events to product launches. The online directory aims to put businesses in touch with the services they need and for the Burnett Community to be able to find businesses up-to-date information quickly and easily. As a fantastic bonus, its FREE to list a business in the BBN Directory. -        FREE DIRECTORY LISITINGS -        FREE ONLINE MAGAZINE -        FREE EVENT CALENDAR Burnett Business Network can be viewed online at burnettbusiness.com with amazing pre-launches offers of free Premium Directory Listings and launch advertising deals. Join the Burnett Business Network in launching the new service on Friday – July 28th at Kingaroy Town Hall on Glendon Street at 6pm. Kingsley Grove Winey will be providing a glass of wine & cheese platters for guest to mingle and network. Bookings are Essential for Catering Purposes. Entry is FREE | Wine & Cheese Platter $10 Tickets are available on the website BurnettBusiness.com WORKSHOP - NDIS minefield made clear by two carers 2017-07-12T05:10:41Z workshop-ndis-minefield-made-clear-by-two-carers For those in the know, it’s common knowledge the NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) is bringing in some monumental changes. Yet, for those same people, these changes might be hard to navigate. Christine Stow, author of Not Just Imyjen’s Mother and her colleague, Sue Dymond, author of I Dare U, are passionate advocates for people with disabilities and their carers, and with years of experience in dealing with the NDIS, they have a wealth of knowledge on the subject. On July 18th 2017, they’re wanting to share that knowledge with you by hosting “Cornering the Market in NDIS”, a workshop that will enable you to learn more about the NDIS, and what you can get out of it. Christine said often, carers of people with disabilities can feel lost in the technical jargon and government terms used by the NDIS and its various subsidiaries. “This can make them feel as though they lack clarity,” she said. “The pamphlets and paperwork sent out by the NDIS tend to come across as gibberish for those who aren’t familiar in dealing with them. I’ve been navigating this space for some time as the carer for my child. I want to take away this confusion for carers who may be struggling, and give them some much needed clarity. “During the workshop, you’ll hear from three experts in the field, as well as tips on what to say when dealing with the NDIS and providers, where to find participants and how to make raving fans out of them. Christine and Sue will also give participants 6 Keys to Staying Alive Under NDIS, a marketing cheat sheet, the option of a Financial Health Check, plus a take-home workbook. Christine said this workshop is a unique event. “It is an opportunity to hear from the decision makers that can so heavily influence people’s lives,” she said. Christine and Sue understand the importance of staying ahead of the game, which is the motivation behind their workshop. Having both been carers for over 35 years, they know exactly what fellow carers want and need to know. Attending their workshop will provided a clearer idea of this tough new market, and is a truly unmissable event.  Book here http://bit.ly/2udig0x When is a package for Community Aged Care not a package? 2017-07-11T05:29:32Z when-is-a-package-for-community-aged-care-not-a-package Over the last 6 months, I have been travelling around Queensland speaking to older people about aged care services, and how to access My Aged Care to organise these services. What I am consistently surprised by is the confusion that exists across the board in this group, especially when it comes to the question of “packages”. On February 27 this year, one of the most significant changes to the way in which community aged care is provided in this country was finally enacted. On that date, consumers who were lucky enough to be in possession of a home care package were finally in charge of these packages, able to choose their service provider and able to dictate how the subsidy is spent. Much has been written about the unethical practices of some providers since this time, with exorbitant exit fees, scare mongering about what will happen if a person chooses to leave a provider, and a lack of transparency about the financial status of a person’s package just some of the issues brought to light. The Government had consistently indicated its intention to move to a single community aged care system in this country, with the first step of these reforms implemented with the creation of the My Aged Care single entry point into the system in 2015, along with the creation of the Regional Assessment Services to be the gatekeepers into the Commonwealth Home Support Program (formerly the Home and Community Care/ HACC program). The Government also announced that as of 1 July 2018, this program would be amalgamated with the Home Care Package program to create a single, unified aged care system. At the time, consumer groups got a little bit excited. Finally, there was to be a sensible and single approach to community aged care. The confusion that had pervaded the system since Home Care Packages were introduced to rival the HACC program in the 1990s might finally be over. Some providers (mostly those from the private sector) also got excited. Maybe the proposed changes would finally allow market forces to deal with the duplication and confusion that consumers were feeling? Maybe consumers might finally be able to get the services they wanted, from a service provider that was focused on them as a customer and not on preserving the status quo of inefficiency, significant overheads and large salaries. Well, the 27th of February has come and gone, accompanied by the afore mentioned dodgy behaviours and more than a little scare mongering. These changes (well publicised) have also resulted in more than a little bit of confusion for consumers who have little to no idea where the funding for their services comes from. In the months leading up to the February date, I spoke to dozens of consumer forums and hundreds of older people. When asked if they had a package, the majority answered in the affirmative. Conversations have then gone something like this……. “Of course I have a package”, they said. “And please, can you be my provider?” “I really like what you stand for.” “I really like that you wont charge me travel.” “I really like that you will visit me when I want to be visited.” “I also love that you will try really hard to send the same carer every time I need a visit.” Further investigation revealed that all those people who thought they had a package, and who were desperate to get away from their current provider were actually receiving services through the Commonwealth Home Support Program. Our response then had to be … “Sorry, we can’t help you with those services. Those services are tied to the organisation that receives block funding for those services. We can, however, try to have them broker those services to us”. “Would you, they asked?” “Sure,” we said………. “No” became a mantra through which CHSP funded providers dealt with requests to change providers. We tried, clients tried, their families tried. The answer was still “No”. Some people we came across had been accepted for services by a provider but had been waiting for up to three months to get a service. Phone calls to the provider were either not returned or met with what can only be described as “stone walling”. Still, July 2018 was nearly here, wasn’t it? Only another 15 months or so until consumers had total control over their care. Then came the May Federal Budget, and another announcement about aged care. The CHSP program is now to be extended until 2020. The Regional Assessment Services will also be funded until then, with the previously announced merge with the Aged Care assessment teams (ACATs) apparently off the agenda for now. What the??? Current service providers will have their contracts extended from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2020. Apparently, the Government wants to introduce increased choice to people receiving care under this program. Exactly what this means is anyone’s guess. A greater focus is also to be placed on wellness and enablement. What this means is also anyone’s guess, although a review is apparently planned. Talk to most people over 65 who are eligible for services and they will tell you that all they want is to get the services they need. They want consistency in approach to their needs, with choice about who visits them, and what they do when they are there. According to these people, wellness for them will be achieved if they are able to receive assistance to do the things they can’t do so that they can live their lives the way they want. The decision to delay the reforms until 2020 puts at risk the whole agenda related to consumer directed care. Two years is a long time in Government policy. Joanne RahnDirectorzanthii communicationsPhone: 0402 148 334Email: joanne@zanthii.comFacebook: http://www.facebook.com/zanthiiau 5 Mindfulness Tips for Kids 2017-07-06T07:33:53Z 5-mindfulness-tips-for-kids Mindfulness Expert, Leah Chandler, Kids Fit Australia, shares her expert tips. Hey Kids, these are 5 things that work for my kids! Try them and see what works for you! Also, Mums and Dads, this works even better if you show your children the way and do it with them. No judgement needed, just have fun and enjoy the process. When you wake up – be on your own and for 2 minutes - lie or sit down and close your eyes and focus on breathing slowly in and out and from the bottom of your belly. Pay attention to how your body and mind are feeling today. Each day, write a list of 5 things that you are grateful for and then close your eyes and imagine each one and why you are grateful for it. Eat slowly and focus on taste, texture and savour your food. Try this at least once a day to practice mindful eating, which means you will be more aware of what you are eating and why! Take 3 mindful breaths before doing homework, tests, participating in competitions or feeling stressed at school. Breathe in and out slowly and breath from the bottom of the belly. This will help your nerves and you will become more focused. Have a few minutes to yourself each day, especially when you feel tired or overloaded. Go for a walk through a garden or park (always take a parent or big sibling with you so they can help you stay safe, even if they sit away from you). Or just hang out in your room or the backyard and relax and breathe. It is a great way to bring your mind and body back to calm state, especially after a big day at school. If these help you then maybe you can teach a friend to be mindful too! Leah Chandler Kids-Fit Australia www.kidsfitaustralia.com Social Media - #kidsfitaust