The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-12-19T22:14:58Z Dental Industry Welcomes New Jobs & Innovation Ministers 2017-12-19T22:14:58Z dental-industry-welcomes-new-jobs-amp-innovation-ministers The peak business organisation representing dental product manufacturers and suppliers, the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA), has welcomed the new Ministerial line-up that focusses on the creation of jobs and innovation by small businesses. “Australia’s dental product manufacturing sector has a reputation for developing innovative patient diagnostic and treatment pathways. ADIA looks forward to working with the new Ministers as they set about the task of creating a framework in which these businesses can invest in new product development,” said Troy Williams, ADIA Chief Executive Officer. In a key move Senator Michaelia Cash will become Minister for Jobs and Innovation, a key portfolio for the dental industry with its innovation focus. “Innovative businesses are also twice as likely to increase their productivity and employment and the leadership of Senator Cash in this area will be vital to secure the long-term sustainability of Australia’s dental manufacturing sector,” Mr Williams said. ADIA has welcomed Senator Zed Seselja as the new Assistant Minister for Science, Jobs and Innovation. “I’ve known Senator Seselja for more than a decade and ADIA is confident of his ability to develop the policies that will allow the dental industry to recruit people with the skills necessary to develop new dental products,” Mr Williams said. The ADIA membership supplies more than ninety-five percent of dental products used nation-wide and around half of these business turn over less than $10 million per year. It is in this context that ADIA welcomes the appointment of Craig Laundy MP as Minister for Small and Family Business, Workplaces and Deregulation. “Cutting red-rape is such an important issue for small businesses in the dental industry and a major advocacy priority for ADIA. We look forward to working with the new Minister to address the issues important to dental product manufacturers and suppliers – many of which we have raised with him in the past,” Mr Williams said. ADIA will meet with the Ministers in the New Year. Ends. 3D Printed Dental Products - Industry Leads Regulatory Reform 2017-12-11T20:57:07Z 3d-printed-dental-products-industry-leads-regulatory-reform The Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA) is leading the charge in supporting the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) develop new regulatory standards for 3D printed medical devices. “Australia’s dental industry has proven itself to be an early adopter of 3D printed medical devices which has lead the TGA to engage extensively with ADIA this matter. We have a shared objective of ensuring that new regulations do not unnecessarily constrain this evolving technology,” said Troy Williams, ADIA Chief Executive Officer. As discussions between ADIA, the peak business organisation representing dental product manufacturers and suppliers, and the TGA have continued, a shared understanding has developed that the current medical device regulatory framework may not adequately mitigate risks to patients. “This isn’t surprising as the current medical device regulatory framework was developed in an era when 3D healthcare products – especially implantable medical devices – was not on the horizon of anyone back then,” Mr Williams said. In working with the TGA, the position of ADIA has been to ensure that the new regulatory framework is agnostic as to the technology, thus allowing various 3D printing processes including material jetting, binder jetting, powder bed fusion, directed energy disposition, sheet lamination and vat photopolymerisation. ADIA is also with working with the TGA to ensure that the new regulatory framework is suited to existing technologies such as milling. “The dental industry has proven itself, both within Australia and globally, to be an early adopter of pioneering patient diagnostic and patient treatment options. It’s in this context we’re working with the TGA to ensure that new regulations do not constrain use of new technologies,” Mr Williams said. The ADIA membership is working on the dental industry’s response to a TGA consultation paper outlining regulatory reform options, with the two organisations meeting frequently to discuss the matter. "In our engagement with the TGA the dental industry's objective is to develop a regulatory framework for 3D printed medical devices that is based on a risk management approach designed to ensure public health and safety, while at the same time freeing industry from any unnecessary regulatory burden," Mr Williams concluded. Ends. .Photographs & Images —■. Troy Williams, ADIA Chief Executive [.JPG FILE] 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. Group Homes Australia is the first Australian Aged and Dementia Care Business to have two CEOs 2017-11-16T23:01:06Z group-homes-australia-is-the-first-australian-aged-and-dementia-care-business-to-have-two-ceos Press Release For Immediate Release 17th November 2017, Innovative Aged and Dementia care model, Group Homes Australia, continues to push through ‘old-school’ industry boundaries by announcing that Jonathan Gavshon will join Tamar Krebs as Co-CEO. At a work offsite retreat, Tamar Krebs, announced to GHA employees that Jonathan will be joining her as a co-CEO. Jonathan Gavshon has been working in the role of General Manager since 2014. He has been the driving force behind the business models tremendous growth. Tamar Krebs, Founder of Group Homes Australia, has always been passionate about the care and people. By joining forces with Jonathan, she can continue to focus on exceptional care, training homemakers (carers) and building relationships with residents and their families. The duo can merge their unique skill sets, passions and talents to really push the Group Homes Australia model of care into new suburbs. A co-CEO role is still rare in Australia and shows how the GHA business model continues to embrace innovation and to distort the aged and dementia care industry. Jonathan Gavshon states: “The modern company is simply too complex for one person to run. This is a very rare setup and we believe it will ultimately benefit our residents in our delivery of care.” Tamar Krebs concludes: “In today’s world taking a holistic approach when running a business is vital. By sharing this role and joining our unique skill sets can enhance and grow a company.” Media Contact: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com World Diabetes Day - 91% of Australians do not realise there is an association between diabetes and hearing issues 2017-11-13T19:45:00Z world-diabetes-day-91-of-australians-do-not-realise-there-is-an-association-between-diabetes-and-hearing-issues News Story for today, this week and spanning in to the holiday season Good Morning, Members of the Hearing Health Advisory Panel (HHAP) are available for interview and to comment on the research being released today. Overview New research commissioned by Australian Hearing highlights association between hearing loss and serious health conditions Today 14 November is World Diabetes Day - research shows 91% of Australians do not realise there is an association between diabetes and hearing issues. Top five reasons why readers should take action this holiday season Please see below a news story / editorial opportunity looking at an often taboo subject to talk about - hearing loss and its impact and how we can be part of the solution to start talking about it. One in six Australians experience some level of hearing loss, and that figure set to increase to one in four in the next 30 years. Australian Hearing, Australia's leading hearing specialist, new research reveals that the majority of Australians are not aware that untreated hearing loss is associated with some serious health conditions. In particular, 91% of Australians do not realise there is an association between diabetes and hearing issues. Hearing loss is a multi-faceted issue and can impact both the person experiencing it, as well as their friends and family. In young children, undiagnosed hearing loss can lead to poor language skills and behavioural issues, and in older people it can be associated with depression and cognitive decline. See media release for latest hearing statistics and top five reasons to talk about it these holidays. Quotes are attached from leading Audiologist and GP Media Release: 14 November 2017 New research reveals lack of awareness of connection between hearing loss and serious health conditions by Australians Take action and be part of the solution, urges new hearing health panel New research, commissioned by Australian Hearing, Australia’s leading hearing specialist, reveals that the majority of Australians are not aware that untreated hearing loss is associated with some serious health conditions. In particular, 91% of Australians do not realise there is an association between diabetes and hearing issues. Hearing loss is a multi-faceted issue and can impact both the person experiencing it, as well as their friends and family. In young children, undiagnosed hearing loss can lead to poor language skills and behavioural issues, and in older people it can be associated with depression and cognitive decline. The majority (61%) of Australians aged over 40 years with hearing loss did not seek help within five years, with 42% among those having serious hearing loss. Dr Magdalena Simonis, GP and member of the Hearing Health Advisory Panel (HHAP) comments, “Hearing loss and diabetes are two of Australia’s most common health concerns and we know that people living with diabetes are twice as likely to suffer hearing loss as those without the condition. The structure of the inner ear is highly vascularised so any changes to the small blood vessels can lead to hearing loss.” Australian Hearing has established the Hearing Health Advisory Panel to help address the impact of hearing loss across the life stages. Emma Scanlan Principal Audiologist for Adults at Australian Hearing and Founding Member of the Hearing Health Advisory Panel (HHAP) comments, “One in six Australians experiences some level of hearing loss, and that figure is set to increase to one in four over the next 30 years.” “It’s time for us all to be a part of the solution and to drive much needed awareness of its potential impact. Hearing loss, particularly when left untreated, can impact a person’s physical and mental health, work, relationships and family life. “A hearing check takes less than five minutes and is available at Australian Hearing centres or at your local GP,” said Emma Scanlan. Hearing Loss: Be a part of the solution The Hearing Health Advisory Panel’s top five reasons why you should take action and discuss hearing loss with family and friends this holiday season: 1) So no one misses out simply because of a missed conversation a. Talk to your family about hearing challenges so everyone can enjoy the family reunion. Noisy environments can be very challenging and may stop those who find it difficult from socialising, often without others understanding. 2) To keep enjoying family traditions a. Don’t let hearing loss impact family traditions. Enjoy the traditions together like watching a favourite Christmas movie or listening to carols, many hearing challenges can be helped if they are discussed, for example where you sit or being aware of the level of surrounding noise 3) So the sounds of Christmas can be enjoyed a. Be it hearing the delight of your children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews opening their presents, the BBQ sizzling or the sound of leather on willow being broadcast or backyard cricket fun! 4) To give hope to a worried friend or family member a. Discuss the association between hearing loss and overall health as there could be an option to assist and make the New year ahead less challenging or socially isolating 5) Christmas is often a good time to simply talk a. The support, concern or simply interest from a family, friend or loved one to talk about hearing loss and its challenges cannot be underestimated. ENDS Note to Editors – additional resources: Hearing Health Statistics[i]: Among Australians aged 18 years and older: · 91% of Australians are unaware that there is an association between diabetes and hearing issues · 85% of Australians are unaware of the impact of hearing loss on depression · 72% of Australians are unaware of the link between poor language development and hearing issues · Only 7% of Australians are aware of the link between vision loss and hearing issues · 95% of Australians are unaware of the relationship between hearing issues and arthritis · 63% of Australians are unaware of the link between middle ear infection and hearing issues · One in four Australians have some hearing loss up to the age of 49 years (24% 18-34 years, 28% 35-49 years) but then hearing loss increases significantly to 49% among ages 50-64 years. · 56% of Australians are not aware that tinnitus (ringing or buzzing in ear) is an early warning sign of hearing loss. · 85% of Australians are not aware of the potential relationship between hearing loss and the typical 7-10 year delay in seeking help about hearing issues Additional statistics on the impact of hearing loss on Australian’s 40 years and older are available upon request. The Hearing Health Advisory Panel represents, for the first time, health professionals and advocacy groups across different disciplines. The panel seeks to collaborate to raise much needed awareness of the impact of hearing loss can have on overall health and wellbeing. The Panel’s expertise spans a diverse range of health-related disciplines, encompassing adult and paediatric audiology, general practice, diabetes management, vision loss and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander healthcare. The Hearing Health Advisory Panel includes in alphabetical order: · Elizabeth Beach - Research Psychologist, National Acoustic Laboratories · Clinical Professor Harvey Coates AO - Otolaryngologist (Subspecialty in Paediatrics), University of Western Australia · Sturt Eastwood - Chief Executive Officer, Diabetes NSW/ACT · Alison Fawcett - Practice Nurse, Vitalis Family Medical Practice · Sam Harkus - Principal Audiologist, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Services, Australian Hearing · Alison King - Principal Audiologist, Paediatric Services, Australian Hearing · Associate Professor Catherine McMahon - Researcher, Clinical Audiologist and Head of Audiology, Macquarie University · Emma Scanlan - Principal Audiologist Adults, Australian Hearing · Ros Rose - Nurse Audiometrist, Pius X Aboriginal Corporation · Dr Magdalena Simonis - General Practitioner, Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, Honorary Research Fellow, Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne Medical School · Jane Wicks - Regional Manager, Vision Australia Issued by QUAY Communications on behalf of Australian Hearing For more information or to arrange an interview with members of the Hearing Health Advisory Panel please contact: Emma Norgrove, QUAY Communications, M: 0499 688 001, T: 02 9386 9161 Cheryl Pettinau, QUAY Communications, M: 0424 157 714, T: 02 9386 9161 [i] Hearing Loss Issues - commissioned by Australian Hearing. Conducted on the Galaxy Online Omnibus between 20 April and 23 April, 2017, national sample of 1000 Australians aged 18 years and older. Data has been weighted by age, gender and region to reflect the latest ABS population estimates. About Australian Hearing Australian Hearing is Australia’s leading hearing specialist and the largest provider of Government funded hearing services for eligible Australians www.hearing.com.au News Story for tomorrow and relevant in the lead up to Christmas 2017-11-13T00:06:24Z news-story-for-tomorrow-and-relevant-in-the-lead-up-to-christmas Good Morning, News Story / editorial for tomorrow 14 November and in the lead up to Christmas New research highlights association between hearing loss and serious health conditions Tomorrow 14 November is World Diabetes Day - research shows 91% of Australians do not realise there is an association between diabetes and hearing issues. Top five reasons why readers should take action this holiday season Please see below a news story / editorial opportunity for next week and in the lead up to Christmas looking at an often taboo subject to talk about - hearing loss and its impact and how we can be part of the solution to start talking about it. One in six Australians experience some level of hearing loss, and that figure set to increase to one in four in the next 30 years. Australian Hearing, Australia's leading hearing specialist, are launching new research tomorrow that reveals that the majority of Australians are not aware that untreated hearing loss is associated with some serious health conditions. In particular, 91% of Australians do not realise there is an association between diabetes and hearing issues. Hearing loss is a multi-faceted issue and can impact both the person experiencing it, as well as their friends and family. In young children, undiagnosed hearing loss can lead to poor language skills and behavioural issues, and in older people it can be associated with depression and cognitive decline. See media release for latest hearing statistics and top five reasons to talk about it these holidays. Quotes are attached from leading Audiologist and GP Media Release Embargoed: 14 November 2017 New research reveals lack of awareness of connection between hearing loss and serious health conditions by Australians Take action and be part of the solution, urges new hearing health panel New research, commissioned by Australian Hearing, Australia’s leading hearing specialist, reveals that the majority of Australians are not aware that untreated hearing loss is associated with some serious health conditions. In particular, 91% of Australians do not realise there is an association between diabetes and hearing issues. Hearing loss is a multi-faceted issue and can impact both the person experiencing it, as well as their friends and family. In young children, undiagnosed hearing loss can lead to poor language skills and behavioural issues, and in older people it can be associated with depression and cognitive decline. The majority (61%) of Australians aged over 40 years with hearing loss did not seek help within five years, with 42% among those having serious hearing loss. Dr Magdalena Simonis, GP and member of the Hearing Health Advisory Panel (HHAP) comments, “Hearing loss and diabetes are two of Australia’s most common health concerns and we know that people living with diabetes are twice as likely to suffer hearing loss as those without the condition. The structure of the inner ear is highly vascularised so any changes to the small blood vessels can lead to hearing loss.” Australian Hearing has established the Hearing Health Advisory Panel to help address the impact of hearing loss across the life stages. Emma Scanlan Principal Audiologist for Adults at Australian Hearing and Founding Member of the Hearing Health Advisory Panel (HHAP) comments, “One in six Australians experiences some level of hearing loss, and that figure is set to increase to one in four over the next 30 years.” “It’s time for us all to be a part of the solution and to drive much needed awareness of its potential impact. Hearing loss, particularly when left untreated, can impact a person’s physical and mental health, work, relationships and family life. “A hearing check takes less than five minutes and is available at Australian Hearing centres or at your local GP,” said Emma Scanlan. Hearing Loss: Be a part of the solution The Hearing Health Advisory Panel’s top five reasons why you should take action and discuss hearing loss with family and friends this holiday season: 1) So no one misses out simply because of a missed conversation a. Talk to your family about hearing challenges so everyone can enjoy the family reunion. Noisy environments can be very challenging and may stop those who find it difficult from socialising, often without others understanding. 2) To keep enjoying family traditions a. Don’t let hearing loss impact family traditions. Enjoy the traditions together like watching a favourite Christmas movie or listening to carols, many hearing challenges can be helped if they are discussed, for example where you sit or being aware of the level of surrounding noise 3) So the sounds of Christmas can be enjoyed a. Be it hearing the delight of your children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews opening their presents, the BBQ sizzling or the sound of leather on willow being broadcast or backyard cricket fun! 4) To give hope to a worried friend or family member a. Discuss the association between hearing loss and overall health as there could be an option to assist and make the New year ahead less challenging or socially isolating 5) Christmas is often a good time to simply talk a. The support, concern or simply interest from a family, friend or loved one to talk about hearing loss and its challenges cannot be underestimated. ENDS Note to Editors – additional resources: Hearing Health Statistics[i]: Among Australians aged 18 years and older: · 91% of Australians are unaware that there is an association between diabetes and hearing issues · 85% of Australians are unaware of the impact of hearing loss on depression · 72% of Australians are unaware of the link between poor language development and hearing issues · Only 7% of Australians are aware of the link between vision loss and hearing issues · 95% of Australians are unaware of the relationship between hearing issues and arthritis · 63% of Australians are unaware of the link between middle ear infection and hearing issues · One in four Australians have some hearing loss up to the age of 49 years (24% 18-34 years, 28% 35-49 years) but then hearing loss increases significantly to 49% among ages 50-64 years. · 56% of Australians are not aware that tinnitus (ringing or buzzing in ear) is an early warning sign of hearing loss. · 85% of Australians are not aware of the potential relationship between hearing loss and the typical 7-10 year delay in seeking help about hearing issues Additional statistics on the impact of hearing loss on Australian’s 40 years and older are available upon request. The Hearing Health Advisory Panel represents, for the first time, health professionals and advocacy groups across different disciplines. The panel seeks to collaborate to raise much needed awareness of the impact of hearing loss can have on overall health and wellbeing. The Panel’s expertise spans a diverse range of health-related disciplines, encompassing adult and paediatric audiology, general practice, diabetes management, vision loss and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander healthcare. The Hearing Health Advisory Panel includes in alphabetical order: · Elizabeth Beach - Research Psychologist, National Acoustic Laboratories · Clinical Professor Harvey Coates AO - Otolaryngologist (Subspecialty in Paediatrics), University of Western Australia · Sturt Eastwood - Chief Executive Officer, Diabetes NSW/ACT · Alison Fawcett - Practice Nurse, Vitalis Family Medical Practice · Sam Harkus - Principal Audiologist, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Services, Australian Hearing · Alison King - Principal Audiologist, Paediatric Services, Australian Hearing · Associate Professor Catherine McMahon - Researcher, Clinical Audiologist and Head of Audiology, Macquarie University · Emma Scanlan - Principal Audiologist Adults, Australian Hearing · Ros Rose - Nurse Audiometrist, Pius X Aboriginal Corporation · Dr Magdalena Simonis - General Practitioner, Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, Honorary Research Fellow, Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne Medical School · Jane Wicks - Regional Manager, Vision Australia Issued by QUAY Communications on behalf of Australian Hearing For more information or to arrange an interview with members of the Hearing Health Advisory Panel please contact: Emma Norgrove, QUAY Communications, M: 0499 688 001, T: 02 9386 9161 Cheryl Pettinau, QUAY Communications, M: 0424 157 714, T: 02 9386 9161 [i] Hearing Loss Issues - commissioned by Australian Hearing. Conducted on the Galaxy Online Omnibus between 20 April and 23 April, 2017, national sample of 1000 Australians aged 18 years and older. Data has been weighted by age, gender and region to reflect the latest ABS population estimates. About Australian Hearing Australian Hearing is Australia’s leading hearing specialist and the largest provider of Government funded hearing services for eligible Australians www.hearing.com.au 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 Humans better than robots for surgery 2017-10-25T23:32:00Z humans-better-than-robots-for-surgery With hospitals spending millions on robots and new technology, studies have found that machines don’t reduce side effects and take longer to operate. They found highly-trained surgeons armed with a scalpel perform procedures faster than machines, at a lower cost - and do not make more mistakes. Two studies - one by Leeds University and the other by Stanford University - independently found robots did not reduce side effects or improve the patient’s health when compared to manual operations. Dr Michael Wong, one of Australia’s leading neurosurgeons and spinal surgeons, is a strong advocate of ‘freehand’ surgery and says a skilled and experienced surgeon produces the best outcomes in the operating theatre. “Younger, inexperienced surgeons have come to rely on technology too much but we’ve seen that it is not as accurate as a surgeons hands performing the operation. “Using machines actually slows me down, which is why I prefer freehand surgery. And if a surgeon has to rely on a machine to operate, what happens when the machine isn’t available or is a different model to the one the surgeon is used to? This actually happens quite a lot and is becoming more common. “It’s much better if we encourage and educate younger surgeons to perform the surgery themselves and not rely on technology, because it really isn’t better than freehand surgery. “Yes, technology is can be a useful aid but it can’t replace the surgeon. “It’s like having autopilot on an aeroplane to help the pilot fly the plane but the pilot must be able to fly freehand because if or when the technology fails then that human needs to take control.” Reference to the studies here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5014679/ROBOTS-no-better-performing-surgery-humans.html#ixzz4wYoiMU1H If you would like to interview Dr Wong about this (or any other issue regarding neuro/spinal surgery), please contact Wendy McWilliams at WMC Public Relations on 03 9803 2588. Email: wendy@wmcpr.com.au Marking World Osteoporosis Day 2017-10-19T21:59:07Z marking-world-osteoporosis-day *** MEDIA RELEASE *** Friday 20th October 2017 Marking World Osteoporosis Day Garvan is running and taking part in a series of events and activities for World Osteoporosis Day 2017. In Australia it is estimated 1.2 million people are affected by osteoporosis.[1] It is a disease that does not just affect women. Men account for up to 30% of all fractures related to osteoporosis and their associated costs[2]. The cost of fractures is the largest component cost of poor bone health in Australia, presenting a serious burden to the healthcare system. To mark World Osteoporosis Day, the Garvan Institute of Medical Research is hosting an Osteoporosis Seminar. Open to the public, the seminar provides attendees with the opportunity to ask questions, engage with researchers and learn about the latest developments around this major health issue. Speakers include Professor Peter Croucher, Garvan’s Bone Biology Division Head; Professor Markus Seibel, Director of the Bone Research Program: ANZAC Research Institute, and Professor John Eisman, Lab Head: Osteoporosis & Translational Research at Garvan. The seminar will be live streamed on Garvan’s social channels. Broadening the awareness of the importance of bone health, improving the bone health of the Australian population, and the outcomes for people with osteoporosis is integral to the vision and recommendations of the Osteoporosis National Action Plan. Recommendations currently being implemented by member organisations focus on prevention, treatment, impact and cure and a national strategy for research into curing osteoporosis. Garvan Research Foundation CEO, Mr Andrew Giles said, “Osteoporosis is a national issue, and Garvan is playing an important role in building awareness of the disease, and support for research. It is encouraging to see our activities, and those of others like Osteoporosis Australia, starting to make inroads be it at State and Federal levels, amongst GPs or at a broader community level. We are seeing, and will continue to see, great initiatives underway.” Garvan’s World Osteoporosis Day Seminar is timely, following a bi-partisan Federal Ministerial roundtable on fracture prevention hosted by Osteoporosis Australia in Canberra this week. Professor Peter Croucher and Professor John Eisman attended the round table to review the impact of osteoporosis in Australia and investigate strategies for fracture prevention. Mr Giles adds, “An integrated national approach is critical to improving care while reducing the health care and individual human costs of osteoporosis.” World Osteoporosis Day is dedicated to raising global awareness of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis. The day aims to put osteoporosis and fracture prevention on the global health agenda by reaching out to healthcare professionals, policy makers and members of the public. The 2017 theme for WOD is 'Love your bones - Protect your future'. Garvan and Osteoporosis Australia are encouraging Aussies to visit Know Your Bones www.knowyourbones.org.au, an online self-assessment tool to better understand their risk and discuss with their GP if required. To download a copy of the Osteoporosis National Action Plan, visit www.garvan.org.au ENDS ABOUT THE GARVAN INSTITUTE OF MEDICAL RESEARCH The Garvan Institute of Medical Research (Garvan) was founded in 1963 and is a world leader in gene-based medical research. It is a multi-disciplinary facility, pioneering study into some of the most widespread diseases of today (cancer, osteoporosis, diabetes, neurological and immunological disorders). Garvan researchers investigate the origins, diagnostic markers and most effective treatments of disease with the ultimate aim of prevention and cure. One of Garvan’s greatest strengths is the extent of active cross-collaboration between the research areas and the consequent innovation this drives. ABOUT THE GARVAN RESEARCH FOUNDATION The Garvan Research Foundation was established in 1981 to provide fundraising and marketing support to Garvan’s medical research programs In addition to its fundraising activities, the Foundation's activities have since expanded to support Garvan with a Public Engagement Program. This initiative aims to increase understanding of the need for and importance of, Garvan's medical research across the broader community. Issued by QUAY Communications on behalf of Garvan Research Foundation For more information please call; Quay Communications, Emma Norgrove, M: 0499 688 001, T: 02 9386 9161 Quay Communications, Cheryl Pettinau, M: 0424 157 714, T: 02 9386 9161 [1] Henry M, Pasco JA, Nicolson GC, et al. Prevalence of osteoporosis in Australian men and women: Geelong Osteoporosis Study. Med J Australia 2011;195:321-322. [2] Osteoporosis Australia, Facts & Figures 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 The Dos and Don'ts of chicken food safety! 2017-09-19T23:00:09Z the-dos-and-donts-of-chicken-food-safety To keep you informed please see a link to this month's 'Chook Chat', the blog for the Australian Chicken Meat Industry, and a post by Executive Director and blogger Dr Vivien Kite. This month's blog looks at the Dos and Don'ts of chicken food safety. Chicken tartare, cappacio or sashimi, anyone? No! Given recent servings of chicken sashimi overseas we thought it a timely reminder to look at the dos and don’ts that relate to raw chicken meat and food safety. The direct link to the post is http://bit.ly/2f9dCac or visit the blog homepage www.chookchat.org.au. Blog updates are also communicated via the ACMF twitter channel (acmf@chookinfoline). About the ACMF The Australian Chicken Meat Federation (ACMF) is the peak body of Australia’s chicken meat industry, representing both growers and processors. Its members are the five State Chicken Meat Councils (NSW, VIC, QLD, SA and WA), the Australian Chicken Growers’ Council and the Australian Poultry Industries Association. Its blog 'Chook Chat' is aimed at providing an insight into the way the chicken industry does things and why – it is not intended to promote products, but to provide the facts. For more information about Australian Chicken Meat Federation, visithttp://www.chicken.org.au/ Media inquiries contact: Quay Communications, Emma Norgrove, M:0499 688 001, T:02 9386 9161,emma@quaycommunications.com.au - ENDS - "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/ New ISACA Guidance Helps Health Care Organisations Overcome Six Governance Challenges 2017-08-28T02:28:52Z new-isaca-guidance-helps-health-care-organisations-overcome-six-governance-challenges Sydney, Australia (28 August 2017) – Global technology association ISACA has issued complimentary guidance to help healthcare organisations more effectively handle governance of enterprise IT (GEIT). Specifically, GEIT for Health Care outlines the top six governance challenges healthcare organisations face, and how to manage them: Increasing regulatory complexity Cyber security The pace of health care technology change Balancing delivery quality with delivery cost Governance of the supply chain Interoperability and harmonisation “Health care is one of the largest industries in the world—and unlike most other sectors, technology defects or mistakes in healthcare organisations can have life-changing consequences,” said Raef Meeuwissee, author of the ISACA white paper and director of Cyber Simplicity Ltd. “Through this guidance, ISACA aims to help healthcare organisations of all sizes and in all geographies find a manageable and proven way to better manage and govern their information and technology.” The ISACA guidance considers the heavily regulated environment that makes governance of enterprise IT a challenge in this sector and draws on real-world experiences in auditing and managing IT operations in world-wide geographies to provide insights. Complementing the new white paper is a free infographic related to healthcare information security, which provides answers to the five questions patients should ask about healthcare information security: Who has access to my data? Do you have a security organisation? What is the size of that organisation? What options are there to protect my privacy/anonymity? Is there a breach history? How will my test results, medical images or records be accessed by external physicians or affiliated clinics? GEIT for Healthcare and the related infographic are available as free downloads at: www.isaca.org/GEITforHealthcare. About ISACA Nearing its 50th year, ISACA® (isaca.org) is a global association helping individuals and enterprises achieve the positive potential of technology. Today’s world is powered by technology, and ISACA equips professionals with the knowledge, credentials, education and community to advance their careers and transform their organisations. ISACA leverages the expertise of its half-million engaged professionals in information and cyber security, governance, assurance, risk and innovation, as well as its enterprise performance subsidiary, CMMI® Institute, to help advance innovation through technology. ISACA has a presence in more than 188 countries, including more than 215 chapters and offices in both the United States and China. Twitter: https://twitter.com/ISACANews LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/isaca Facebook: www.facebook.com/ISACAHQ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/isacanews/ Contact: Julie Fenwick, 0468 901 655, jfenwick@daylighteagency.com.au Harriet Hall, 0401 068 041, hhall@daylightagency.com.au Big Switch joins the HPE Open Networking ecosystem 2017-08-08T23:00:00Z big-switch-joins-the-hpe-open-networking-ecosystem Melbourne, Australia – August 9, 2017 – Big Switch Networks, The Next-Generation Data Centre Networking Company, today announced it has joined the HPE Open Networking ecosystem. As Big Switch Networks continues to see a global increase in interest and adoption of open networking solutions from web-scale organisations, service providers, enterprise data centres and government agencies, this expands the reach of its software offerings for the open networking community. With the offering, customers will gain the advantage of dramatically simplified network management and better visibility of networking flows and Big Switch’s highly differentiated networking software. “We continue to see customers vote for choice, as witnessed by the rise in demand for open networking solutions. We’re pleased to extend our open networking ecosystem with HPE,” said Susheel Chitre, VP of Business Development, Big Switch Networks. “HPE and Big Switch will provide customers with the best solutions for their specific needs, including SDN-based data centre fabric optimised for VMware workloads, scalable, high performance OpenStack NFV deployments, next-generation out-of-band network monitoring, and a scalable SDN service-chaining fabric for DMZ security.” HPE will resell Big Monitoring Fabric™ (Big Mon) and Big Cloud Fabric™ (BCF) with its Altoline Open Networking switching solutions. Big Switch products will provide HPE Altoline data centre networking offering with automated and easy-to-deploy network switching, monitoring and security solutions. Additionally, this expands the appeal of the Altoline solutions to new customers in the network visibility and security markets via Big Switch’s network packet broker (NPB) products. Big Switch’s fabric-based solutions offer a better alternative to the status quo of a manual, switch-by-switch approach to networking. “With the addition of Big Switch to our portfolio, customers gain access to easy-to-use, easy-to-deploy solutions for network management, visibility and security,” said Philippe Michelet, Senior Director of Product Line Management, Data Center Networking, HPE. “This cooperation shows our commitment to provide our customers with innovative open networking solutions that address their network agility and scalability challenges.” Big Monitoring Fabric Big Monitoring Fabric is an network packet broker (NPB) that leverages software-defined networking (SDN) principles, Altoline Open Networking switches and a high-performance x86-based DPDK service node to provide feature-rich, scale-out data centre monitoring at up to 50 per cent lower cost than traditional NPBs. By combining the functions of traditional NPBs with the intelligence, agility and flexibility of an SDN controller-based architecture, Big Mon provides customers with pervasive visibility in all physical and virtual (VM, container, cloud) workloads for security, performance management and compliance tools. Customer use cases for Big Monitoring Fabric include: monitor every rack, monitor every location, monitor mobile/LTE networks and DMZ/Extranet Inline security. With Big Mon, end-users can experience the benefits of single pane of glass management, zero-touch scale-out, and built-in analytics to simplify operations and troubleshooting. Big Mon also supports multi-tenancy for different IT teams, such as NetOps, DevOps, and SecOps to share the visibility and security fabric, with overlapping, yet segmented access to network flows and tools. Big Monitoring Fabric supports 1G, 10G, 40G and 100G for the most demanding and high volume network monitoring and security environments. Benefits of Big Mon include: Deploy faster Auto-discovery and configuration of Big Mon nodes Tools can receive traffic from anywhere in the network, regardless of physical location Delivery policies are programmed from a single interface Operate faster Real time visibility and analytics for quick troubleshooting REST APIs for tool and workflow integration and automation (event triggered monitoring, alerts, and tool interactions) Attack mitigation at terabit scale — automated or user-driven Scale and innovate faster Zero-touch scale out Changes to traffic delivery policies can be made without any physical reconfiguration of the visibility architecture Add inline tools without impacting network operation Reprogram policies in real time based on newly discovered threats Centralised tooling for significant L4-10 appliance license savings Intelligent traffic routing allows for intelligent flows, reduced appliance capacity requirements, lower license fees Immediate ROI with tool consolidation Big Cloud Fabric Big Cloud Fabric incorporates design principles that hyperscale organisations like Google and Facebook pioneered, implementing a logical, scale-out switch architecture that leverages intent-based principles to deliver agile and flexible data centre switching based on SDN controls, HPE Altoline Open Networking switches and fabric design. By deploying a disaggregated third party software/industry-standard switch hardware model, end-users can experience up to 50 per cent TCO savings over legacy networks. BCF delivers zero-touch operations, network automation and deep visibility for software-defined data centres (SDDC) and cloud-native applications. BCF supports both physical and virtual (multi-hypervisor) workloads and choice of orchestration software. It provides L2 switching, L3 routing, and L4-7 service insertion and chaining while ensuring high bisectional bandwidth. The scalable fabric is fully resilient with no single point of failure and supports headless mode operations. The solution has built-in integration for VMware Software-Defined Data Centers (SDDC), OpenStack clouds and container environments. BCF can be deployed in existing data centres as a new pod without disruption to traditional networks. Big Cloud Fabric benefits: Simplicity: zero-touch fabric and single-point of management Agility: network automation with vSphere and OpenStack integration, REST APIs for optional NetOps/DevOps automation Visibility and troubleshooting: built-in analytics with historical replay, leaf-spine-leaf fabric tracing for rapid troubleshooting, end-point visibility at VM-level Economics: dramatic reduction in OpEx and CapEx Innovation velocity: faster time to service enablement as well as rapid (hitless) software upgrade enables rapid consumption of new features Big Cloud Fabric supports 10G and 40G for the most demanding and high volume network monitoring and security environments. Support for Altoline Open Networking hardware The HPE Altoline is a family of disaggregated networking switches designed to accelerate the adoption of open networking in cloud data centres. Altoline offerings span the full spectrum of networking speeds – from 10, 100, or 1000BASE-T to 10GbE, 25GbE, 40GbE, 50GbE, or 100GbE. Big Monitoring Fabric and Big Cloud Fabric will support the following Altoline switches at general availability: Altoline 6960: 25/100GbE spine/leaf top-of-rack (ToR) switch – Tomahawk, 32 x 100GbE QSFP28 ports supporting 10GbE, 25GbE, 40GbE, 50GbE, or 100GbE The Altoline 6960 switch series provides an open network platform for high-performance spine/leaf deployments. Dig deeper into the hardware to see how you will benefit from: High performance: ToR 1U 100GbE switch High scalability: 32 x 25GbE, 50GbE, or 100GbE QSFP28 ports (alternatively, 128 x 10GbE or 25GbE ports) Flexibility: Deploying as 40GbE, 50GbE, or 100GbE spine, or ToR with 10GbE or 25GbE to servers and 40GbE, 50GbE, or 100GbE uplinks Easy network virtualisation and cloud: VXLAN support, especially with Trident ii+ ASIC Higher reliability: Redundant fans and power supplies for data centre deployment Altoline 6941: 10/40GbE spine/leaf ToR switch—Trident II+, 32 x 40GbE ports supporting up to 128 10GbE ports using breakout cables Altoline 6921: 10GbE leaf ToR switch— Trident II+, 48 x 10GbE SFP+ ports+6 x 40GbE QSFP+ uplink ports Big Switch’s Big Cloud Fabric and Big Monitoring Fabric are generally available to purchase today from HPE. Supporting materials Solution Brief: HPE Altoline Switch Series Partner Page: http://www.bigswitch.com/partners/hpe Explainer Video: Big Cloud Fabric Explainer Video: Big Monitoring Fabric Explainer Video: Big Monitoring Fabric Inline Gartner Report: Magic Quadrant for Data Center Networking Gartner Peer Insights: Data Center Networking / Big Switch Networks TechValidate: Check out what Big Switch customers are saying Data Sheet: Big Cloud Fabric Data Sheet: Big Monitoring Fabric About Big Switch Networks Big Switch Networks is the Next-Generation Data Centre Networking Company. We disrupt the status quo of networking by designing intelligent, automated and flexible networks for our customers around the world. We do so by leveraging the principles of software-defined networking (SDN), coupled with a choice of industry-standard hardware. Big Switch Networks has two solutions: Big Monitoring Fabric, a Next-Generation Network Packet Broker, which enables pervasive security and monitoring of data centre and cloud traffic for inline or out-of-band deployments and Big Cloud Fabric, the industry's first Next-Generation switching fabric that allows for choice of switching hardware for OpenStack, VMware, Container and Big Data use cases. Big Switch Networks is headquartered in Santa Clara, CA, with offices located in Tokyo, Melbourne, London and Istanbul. For additional information, email info@bigswitch.com, follow @bigswitch, or visit www.bigswitch.com. Big Switch Networks, Big Cloud Fabric, Big Monitoring Fabric, BigSecure, Big Chain, Switch Light OS, and Switch Light VX are trademarks or registered trademarks of Big Switch Networks, Inc. All other trademarks, service marks, registered marks, or registered service marks are the property of their respective owners. Media contacts Espresso Communications for Big Switch Networks Amy Rathbone/India Bednall bigswitch@espressocomms.com.au +61 2 8016 2200