The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-06-27T05:18:59Z Care to compare? 2017-06-27T05:18:59Z care-to-compare The latest healthcare revolution has begun with the launch of comparemycare.com.au, a new Australian website where consumers can find, and compare, local care service providers. Comparemycare.com.au offers an extensive list of residential aged care, home and child care providers, including disability and private carers, and is completely free for consumers. Founders David Jukes and Trent Dean maintain strict independence of the site to ensure consumers are able to make real comparisons when considering their personal care needs. “Comparemycare.com.au empowers consumers to take control of their care, and be in a better position when comparing services either on location, service availability, or price,” explained David. About Care Compare Our goal is to help consumers find, and compare, care services. As a wholly Australian-owned company, we offer an extensive list of local care providers for consumers to compare through our site comparemycare.com.au. Care Compare is an independent company, which allows consumers to make real comparisons to meet their personal care needs. For Further Media Information Contact: David Jukes (david.jukes@comparemycare.com.au) or Trent Dean (trent.dean@comparemycare.com.au) Nominate a deserving AusMumpreneur and show your support for Australian mums in business 2017-06-22T02:00:12Z nominate-a-deserving-ausmumpreneur-and-show-your-support-for-australian-mums-in-business The AusMumpreneur Conference and AusMumpreneur Awards are all about supporting Australian mums in business. This event provides a unique opportunity for women from all over Australia to come together to gain new skills, promote their business, connect with fellow mums in business, learn from leading business experts and celebrate the success of the best and brightest in the industry. Proudly presented by AusMumpreneur and The Women’s Business School, the AusMumpreneur Awards recognise the best and brightest in the Australian mumpreneur industry. The categories that will be judged are: AusMumpreneur of the Year Rising Star AusMumpreneur of the Year Emerging AusMumpreneur of the Year Regional Business Award Product Innovation Award Digital Innovation Award Sustainability Award Business Excellence Award AusMumpreneur Network Excellence Award Women’s Business School Excellence Award Global Brand Award Big Idea Award Making A Difference Award Retail Business Award Service Business Award Handmade Business Award The People's Choice Awards: Influencer Award Customer Service Award Making a Difference Award (Business) Making a Difference Award (Non-profit) Business owners or those who wish to nominate a mumpreneur, can go to: https://www.ausmumpreneur.com/ausmumpreneur-awards/ Nominations close on Friday the 30th of June 2017. Media Contact: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com 0481 369 484 Big Switch Networks appoints Claudio Perugini as VP Worldwide Channels 2017-06-21T00:00:00Z big-switch-networks-appoints-claudio-perugini-as-vp-worldwide-channels MELBOURNE, Australia – 21 June 2017 – Big Switch Networks, the Next-Generation Data Centre Networking Company, today announced it has appointed Claudio Perugini as Vice President, Worldwide Channels.   “I’m thrilled to welcome Claudio to the Big Switch team to drive the expansion of our worldwide channel program,” said Mike Hoffman, VP of Worldwide Sales and Chief Revenue Officer. “He brings channel expertise, leadership experience and a proven track record in sales and channel strategy and I look forward to partnering with him as we continue to scale our global GTM efforts.”   Perugini has extensive channel and sales experience in the networking industry, which spans more than 30 years. Most recently Perugini was EVP, Worldwide Sales at LightCyber (acquired by Palo Alto Networks, February 2017). Prior to LightCyber, Perugini spent nearly five years at Gigamon, as VP of Sales, Americas. Perugini began his career as a founding member at Fluke Networks, a division of Danaher, where he spent more than 25 years.   “Claudio is uniquely qualified to expand our global channel program to support continued growth at Big Switch,” said Susheel Chitre, VP of Business Development, Big Switch Networks. “He will play a meaningful role at Big Switch as we expand our programs to further support our global customer base with differentiated technology and choice that will enable transformation of legacy data centres.”   At LightCyber, Perugini significantly contributed to the company’s overall growth and resulting acquisition, evidenced by a 2.5x increase in bookings as well as a 2x increase in customer logo count. Perugini was also responsible for the build-out of LightCyber’s worldwide sales and engineering teams to support growing demand.   During his tenure at Gigamon, the company’s revenue increased from $30M to $180M, and under his leadership, the Americas sales team contributed more than 80% of total company revenue per quarter and had the highest producing region per sales person for four consecutive years. At Gigamon, Perugini grew the Americas sales organisation from a 6 person to an 85 person, multi-tier leadership team, which had a 98% retention rate.   “As a veteran of the networking industry I was incredibly impressed with the technology offerings in Big Switch’s portfolio, which enable customers to experience benefits that are not delivered via other solutions currently in the market,” said Claudio Perugini, VP of Worldwide Channel Sales, Big Switch Networks. “Given my 30-plus years in sales and sales management, my success has always been in working with the channel and partners. I look forward to growing the BSN channel program so that partners and end-users around the world can experience the flexibility, agility and intelligence of Big Switch’s next-gen products.”  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 Big Switch on LinkedIn and Twitter, 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 Bednallbigswitch@espressocomms.com.au Ph. +61 2 8016 2200 The Optical Co announces the launch of innovative new optical retail brand: Level 28 2017-06-20T04:39:59Z the-optical-co-announces-the-launch-of-innovative-new-optical-retail-brand-level-28 Press Release For Immediate Release Sydney, Australia, 20th June 2017, The Optical Co is proud to announce the launch of an innovative new optical retail brand, Level 28. The rollout is expected to begin in the last quarter of 2017. Level 28 is a bespoke dedicated retail brand where every aspect of the frame and sunglass design process will be exclusively designed for the novel Level 28 brand. The brand will be supported by an online presence to ensure a truly Omni channel shopping experience. In addition eye examinations using state of the art equipment will be offered at the stores. Level 28 is a sophisticated brand which will appeal to all areas of the optical landscape. The Level 28 product ranges have been designed to hold innovative and modern designer appeal, whilst still remaining cost effective. It will be targeted at the growing millennial customer base; however will have a large enough range to appeal to a wide range of demographics. Colin Kangisser, CEO and shareholder of The Optical Co proudly states: “The Optical Company has and will continue to develop as a leading optical provider in Australia, with its unique vertically integrated retail brand strategy including comprehensive optometry services. In order to complement our existing brand portfolio and to reach out to a diversified customer base including the growing millennial market, we recognize Level 28 as another part of our business. Level 28 is the one and only concept store which we believe appeals to a wide demographic by offering a wide range of eyewear. Level 28 has been developed from our studies of optical trends both internationally and locally and we are confident that with our experience in the optical industry, in both private and listed businesses, we will make Level 28 a great success in Australia as with our other brands.” Level 28 is a studio, gallery environment, where stunning high quality eyewear will be on show from fashion forward collection to everyday sleek styles designed exclusively for Level 28 by international designers. The materials and finishes palette has been crafted to form the perfect staging area for Level 28 products and services and gives Level 28 a whole new shopping experience. The exceptional contemporary environment, coupled together with crisp brand collateral and exquisite lighting will bring the Level 28 brand and retail space to life. Media Contact: Colin Kangisser | Chief Executive Officer Suite 202 418A Elizabeth St, Surry Hills NSW Australia 2010 T +61 2 9212 4871 | F +61 2 9212 3545 | M +61411759995 www.theopticalcompany.com.au About The Optical Co: Founded in 2006, The Optical Co ‘TOC’ is a leading independent optical group in Australia. TOC management has a successful history in building optical businesses to the benefit of all stakeholders. TOC has a vertically integrated retail network of optical stores, including wholesale distribution, eye safety divisions and multiple e-commerce sites. Across the store network, TOC operates a number of different brands, which function independently of each other in their own respective markets. Across all brands, TOC offers premium quality eyewear and eyecare through the provision of international brands and the latest in optometry equipment. TOC’s retail brands include nib Eye Care Centre, Prevue Eyewear, The Optical Co, Stacey & Stacey Optometrists and Kevin Paisley Fashion Eyewear. This gives TOC a strong local brand presence with ability to utilise significantly sized internal and third party databases. TOC harnesses the advantages of being a larger group, whilst encouraging the independent character of each respective business culture and staff. The management team consists of a group with a wealth of optical and retail experience. These experiences extend to the management, administrative, marketing, supply chain and legal aspects of running and growing an optical business in Australia. www.theopticalcompany.com.au Wavelength International listed in the Best SMEs to Work Asia 2017 2017-05-30T05:21:58Z wavelength-international-listed-in-the-best-smes-to-work-asia-2017 Wavelength International has made the prestigious Best Places to Work Asia 2017, one of only 3 Australian businesses to make the top 10 of the small and medium workplaces list. The Best Places to Work Australia Study is one of the world’s most comprehensive independent studies of workplace culture by global research and consulting firm Great Place to Work – More than 1,400 companies participated in national list studies in the 9 Asia-region countries where Great Place to Work® is represented. Wavelength shot into the top 10 this year, placing 9th in the top 25 Best Places to Work (20-500) employees. It is an impressive achievement, especially in an industry renowned for its high pressure work environments and high staff turnover. “It just goes to show you can be a successful high performance business by embracing a generous and supportive culture,” says Chris Riley, Wavelength’s CEO. “Just by walking through the door, you immediately sense Wavelength is a happy, motivated and engaged place to work. In my experience in this industry our workplace culture is quite unique: everyone cares passionately about the business and working collaboratively as a team." With over 75 employees, Wavelength is Australia’s largest and most successful medical recruitment agency. The company offers a range of employee benefits including: Flexible and family friendly working hours, Free breakfast Fitness classes A creative, casual and fun working environment i Monetary incentives linked with productivity and performance against key goals. Additional information Specific highlights that have made Wavelength a great place to work include: · A generous remuneration and commission scheme renowned for being extremely market competitive. Wavelength is also committed to making salary packages consistent and fair across the organisation. Employees in all roles are recognised and rewarded for outstanding performance. Individual goals created for all employees quarterly which are part of their performance criteria. Managers regularly meet with team members to provide feedback and coach them to be even better in their role. An internal mentoring program which enable employees to discover and develop their talents. · A real commitment to work life balance with a broad range of flexible full-time, part-time and job share work patterns in place. Employees can work flexibly between 7am and 7pm and have the opportunity to work from home one day a week. Wavelength also offers an additional five days of annual leave once an employee has completed four years’ continuous employment. A generous paid parental leave program and flexibility when it comes to extended leave for weddings and overseas trips. · Inspiring values of excellence, ingenuity, integrity and heart incorporated into all business processes, policies and communications. · A bright, fresh, modern and open workspace to encourage a positive working environment and work life balance. There are showers, great training facilities and plenty of room for regular health and fitness sessions. Breakfast, drinks and healthy snacks are all provided daily for all employees. · A love for celebrations – birthdays, anniversaries, individual and company achievements. · An internal social networking platform to foster a modern culture of openness and transparency. · Quarterly employee briefings to share information, business goals, successes, challenges and new initiatives. A commitment to the health sector both in Australia and overseas. Wavelength actively donates and fundraises for the Fred Hollows Foundation and Médecins Sans Frontières. The company also sponsors indigenous medical students and encourages employees to participate in other charitable events throughout the year. ### About Wavelength International Wavelength International
is Australia’s largest medical recruitment company, offering local and international candidate resourcing, medical registration and immigration services for medical professionals and healthcare employers. Based in Sydney, we work with over 300 hospitals, clinics and general practices across Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. About Great Place to Work Inc Great Place to Work Inc, is a global research and consulting firm specialising in workplace excellence and development of high-trust and high-engagement workplace cultures. Our proprietary research tool, the Trust Index Employee Engagement Survey, is taken annually by over 10 million employees worldwide. Leading companies worldwide use our model to increase the levels of trust across their organisations and drive business results. For further information, please contact: Deanna Daly Marketing Executive, Wavelength International Tel: 02 8353 9032 Email: ddaly@wave.com.au www.wave.com.au www.wavies.com.au MUN Australia announces new addition to GloveOn® Product Range 2017-03-01T06:27:45Z -338 Sydney, Australia, March 1st, 2017 – MUN Australia announced today the launch of their first gauntlet cuff glove, GloveOn® Alexa, to join their existing nitrile product range.  David Teng, Director of MUN Australia, stated "We are excited to be introducing a glove that meets the high demand of healthcare professionals, who require additional protection in their line of work. GloveOn® Alexa is a powerful addition to our nitrile range, and definitely an opportunity worth investing in for our customers". The gauntlet cuff length is ideal for midwives performing non-invasive procedures, veterinarians responsible for examining and handling animals in clinics, CSSD technicians in charge of cleaning medical equipment and pest control experts exposed to pesticides. GloveOn® Alexa is HACCP certified which makes it ideal for use by food handlers and processors, and complies with Australia and New Zealand standards (AS/NZS 4011.1:2014).  About MUN / Hartalega  Our parent company, Hartalega, is one of the world largest exam gloves manufacturers, which was founded in 1988 with the vision to produce the best quality gloves across the globe. With head offices located in Australia, The United States, Malaysia, China and India, MUN is dedicated to growing this vision to become the brand leader for premium healthcare products that enhance peoples' care, wellbeing and welfare around the world. Every GloveOn® product is created with superior precision, reliability, integrity and quality. Our gloves exceed numerous international standards, including AS/NZS, ASTM, EN and ISO, and are TGA compliant. For more information on MUN, visit the company's website at http://www.munglobal.com.  Group Homes Australia and Heathley celebrate business growth by donating to Orange Sky Laundry 2017-01-05T02:01:16Z group-homes-australia-and-heathley-celebrate-business-growth-by-donating-to-orange-sky-laundry Sydney, Australia, 5th January 2017, Group Homes Australia, who offers a unique model of dementia care in a luxurious, friendly and safe, home environment, celebrates a successful 2016 by giving back to the community. Group Homes Australia and Heathley have donated to the innovative charity, Orange Sky Laundry. Group Homes Australia and Heathley recently entered into a property partnership. The partnership, which is designed to drive future growth, has Heathley agreeing to fund the purchase and development of Group Homes Australia (GHA) residences through its existing Heathley Aged Care Property Fund No.1 (Fund). GHA and Heathley have chosen to support Orange Sky Laundry because they are keen to support a charity that works with the homeless. The teams at GHA and Heathley love the Orange Sky Laundry concept. Jonathan Gavshon, General Manager at GHA says: “At GHA we are able to offer people living with dementia a beautiful home environment, with round the clock, best in class care. As the business grows and more people are able to benefit from living in a Group Home Australia environment, we wanted to acknowledge people living without a home. We are enormously impressed by the innovation, vision and revolutionary care that Orange Sky Laundry offers and are delighted to be able to demonstrate our support with a monetary donation to ensure they can continue the amazing work that they are doing.” Lucas Patchett, Co-founder of Orange Sky Laundry says: “Orange Sky Laundry believes in treating others how they want to be treated and providing a platform for positive and non-judgmental conversations. Donations such as this allow us to continue operating our 12 vans around Australia, run by more than 700 amazing volunteers who facilitate over 7.2 tonnes of free laundry and 1,200 hours of conversations.” Group Homes Australia and Heathley are passionate about the community and giving back to those who require support. In 2017, Group Homes Australia will run a series of local community events to allow locals to see the homes and engage with the residents and staff at Group Homes Australia. -ENDS- About Group Homes Australia: Group Homes Australia offers a unique model of care in a luxurious, friendly and safe, home environment. Our mission is to ensure that people living with dementia also live with dignity. We have homes located across Sydney, including in Waverley, Rose Bay, Vaucluse, St Ives and Warriewood, and were recently independently benchmarked by Alzheimer's Australia as best in class in every area of dementia care against over 80 competitors. Our model is the first of its kind in Australia and focuses on creating a non-institutional way of living that emphasises a resident’s abilities rather than their disabilities. Our homes are traditional houses in traditional streets and are an integral part of the community, with a maximum of 10 residents living together in private rooms. Each home has trained staff on site 24/7 and approximately 1 member of staff for every 3 residents. Our caring team members are homemakers, and they support and assist residents with their daily needs and activities. They encourage residents to be engaged in shopping, cooking, gardening… The full range of daily tasks that bring a sense of purpose in a home. We have no call bells or nursing trolleys, no rigid routines around waking, personal care or singalongs. We actively welcome friends and family to come and visit and stay for a cup of tea and sample our latest freshly baked treats. www.grouphomes.com.au or 1300 015 406 About Heathley Limited: Since incorporation in 1977, Heathley has had a proud history of finding, structuring and managing property investment portfolios for wealthy individuals, families, and institutions. The principal operations of Heathley is property funds management - having successfully established 40 property funds throughout its 40-year history. The Board and Management of Heathley Limited have a diverse mix of experience and skills and currently manage nine property funds with total funds under management of approximately $550 million. Website: www.heathley.com.au Speech Pathologists top NDIS most wanted 2017-01-03T04:50:16Z speech-pathologists-top-ndis-most-wanted Speech pathologists have taken out the top spot on the inaugural list of most searched for NDIS supports from CareNavigator.com.au. The online community is home to reviews and news about the best providers offering supports under the National Disability Insurance Scheme.  Used by more than 20,000 people last year, CareNavigator.com.au has become a key source of information for people making choices about their supports under NDIS. As such, Speech Pathologists are a service in high demand for many participants as the new Scheme begins. After 3 years of trials, the NDIS began official rollout on July 1st last year. The first 6 months following the launch have seen a number of teething issues emerge with the administration of the Scheme by the National Disability Insurance Agency or NDIA. A failed IT deployment left participants and providers unpaid for months and management decisions to abandon goals in violation of the Scheme's legislation have made it a bumpy ride for many Australians. These challenges culminated with the removal of the NDIA chairman and half the existing board members, replaced from January 1 this year and the decision by one State to retake control and administer its own rollout. As the rollout continues and the Scheme moves forward under this new look board, more Australian's will gain access to the NDIS in the coming months and years. At it's core the NDIS is built around principles of individual choice and control. By giving people decision making power over their supports, it allows each person to build a network of supports that a right for them. With Speech Pathologists earning the top spot for most searched NDIS support in the Scheme's first year, it is clear that Speechies will have a role to play for many as they choose and build their support teams. For the full top 10 count down of the year's most popular NDIS supports, visit CareNavigator.com.au Group Homes Australia is so confident in their unique model of care that they are offering a free trial to live in one of their homes. 2016-12-28T03:14:42Z group-homes-australia-is-so-confident-in-their-unique-model-of-care-that-they-are-offering-a-free-trial-to-live-in-one-of-their-homes Sydney, Australia, 28th of December 2016, Group Homes Australia offers respite, dementia and high care in a sophisticated and luxurious environment, supported by a team of fully qualified homemakers who are there 24/7. Each home is designed to accommodate the needs of people living with dementia but looks, feels and smells like a home. Each group home houses 6 to 10 residents in beautifully appointed, private bedrooms. There are numerous living and dining areas for residents and their visiting families to enjoy. Each home boasts gorgeous garden and outdoor leisure settings. The homemakers focus on residents’ abilities and interests. The residents are encouraged to participate in weekly outings and the activities that they enjoy such as baking, gardening and laundry. Alzheimer’s Australia ranked GHA significantly above 80 aged care competitors. Tamar Krebs, CEO and Founder, Group Homes Australia, states: "We are so confident in our unique model of care that we would like to invite you to trial living in one of our group homes completely free of charge*. Please get in touch mentioning this offer. Places are extremely limited. We look forward to welcoming you to one of our homes so that you can experience the GHA difference for yourself." For more info about the free trial go to: http://grouphomes.com.au/freetrial/ To learn more and to arrange a visit contact call 1300 015 406. *** About Group Homes Australia: Group Homes Australia offers a unique model of care in a luxurious, friendly and safe, home environment. Our mission is to ensure that people living with dementia also live with dignity. We have homes located across Sydney, including in Waverley, Rose Bay, Vaucluse, St Ives and Warriewood, and were recently independently benchmarked by Alzheimer's Australia as best in class in every area of dementia care against over 80 competitors. Our model is the first of its kind in Australia and focuses on creating a non-institutional way of living that emphasises a resident’s abilities rather than their disabilities. Our homes are traditional houses in traditional streets and are an integral part of the community, with a maximum of 10 residents living together in private rooms. Each home has trained staff on site 24/7 and approximately 1 member of staff for every 3 residents. Our caring team members are homemakers, and they support and assist residents with their daily needs and activities. They encourage residents to be engaged in shopping, cooking, gardening… The full range of daily tasks that bring a sense of purpose in a home. We have no call bells or nursing trolleys, no rigid routines around waking, personal care or singalongs. We actively welcome friends and family to come and visit and stay for a cup of tea and sample our latest freshly baked treats. www.grouphomes.com.au or 1300 015 406 5 Christmas Tips for those with older parents or parents who have dementia 2016-12-22T07:37:08Z 5-christmas-tips-for-those-with-older-parents-or-parents-who-have-dementia Tamar Krebs, CEO and Founder of Group Homes Australia has some great advice for making the most of this festive season. 1.Don't try and replicate Christmas of the past - be prepared to approach it differently. Bring food in, or offer to do the cooking. Instead of eating in, head to the beach and use the public BBQ. 2.Try and focus on creating new memories and living in the moment, rather than focussing on how things “used to be”. Celebrate what your parents can do, rather than what they can no longer do. 3. Do not waste time and energy worrying about whether Mum or Dad will be around for next Christmas, but instead enjoy the fact that they are around for this Christmas. Be sure to tell them how much you love them and how happy you are to be spending this Christmas with them. 4. Christmas is a popular time for reminiscing. Looking at old photo albums or mementos is a very powerful tool to help remind that person of who they are, what they were capable of, and what makes them unique, rather than just being a person who is living with a diagnosis of dementia. 5. Not everyone who is living with dementia has family around to help care for them. Suicide rates peak at this time of year as it can be an incredibly lonely and isolating experience if you are not surrounded by friends and family. If you know someone who is living with dementia who will be alone this Christmas, please reach out to them and include them in your celebrations. Tips for driving, flying and camping holidays with kids! 2016-12-21T02:25:47Z tips-for-driving-flying-and-camping-holidays-with-kids Paediatric Sleep Consultant, Cheryl Fingleson offers tips on driving with little or bigger kids. 1. Leave at night or very early in the morning It’s a good idea is to leave at night when children have all been fed and it is bedtime so they can have a good long sleep, as the motion of the car will also help them sleep. If you prefer to drive when it is lighter then leaving in the early, give bub a feed and get the older children in the car so you can get a good start while they are tired and still need to sleep. 2. Pack Refreshments Drinks and snack foods are a must for the car age appropriate. 3. Stop for breaks If you have tired, grumpy or bored children in the car it is no fun. Remember children are hard wired for movement. Stop for breaks so the babies can crawl, walk and the older kids can run around for a while, then back into the car. Put the nursery rhymes on, sing along. 4. Pack the technology Ipads, mobiles and movies can be one of the most valuable things you pack and more importantly may keep you sane.. This may be the key to eliminating whinging and fighting children. 5. Routine. Routine. Routine. While travelling try keep to your babies and toddlers usual routine. 6. Clean as you drive Keep a roll of paper towels and a box of wipes in the front seat for easy cleanups. Keep a rubbish bag handy too. There are five things I tell people when they ask about taking kids camping or hiking or paddling: They get cold faster. They get hot faster. They get hungry faster. They get bored faster. They get tired quickly. Cheryl Fingleson, The Sleep Coach, says: "Babies and kids need to eat regularly and sleep on their schedule. I recommend you make sure kids nap and sleep at their usual time. Babies can nap in a front carrier, pram or backpack. Having their schedule and routine the same makes them feel secure. Take their own toys, games, books and anything you child loves to play with from home. Making them have their own belongings helps them adjust to the different surrounding. Consistency and routine will be the magic that make a great relaxing holiday." If you are travelling by plane, then pack these life saving products that were invented by Mums: Cozigo (formerlly Fly Babee) can be used as a sleep, sun and travel cover. It is air permeable, UPF 50+ and 100% breathable. It also blocks out 97% of the light allowing bubs and toddlers to sleep whilst travelling anywhere, anytime... www.cozigo.com Fly Tot Once your baby is too big for the air line bassinet, make sure that he or she is comfortable so they he or she can sleep in their seat. Fly Tot is an inflatable cushion for older babies, toddlers and kids to stretch out, relax and sleep. www.flytot.com.au Please contact candice@candicepr.com for more info. Wishing you all a beautiful, relaxing Festive Season! Group Homes Australia embraces technological innovation by partnering with My Emergency Dr 2016-12-19T02:22:01Z group-homes-australia-embraces-technological-innovation-by-partnering-with-my-emergency-dr Sydney, Australia, 19th December 2016, Group Homes Australia, pioneer of dementia, palliative and respite care in a group home environment in Australia, subscribes to My Emergency Dr to offer their residents innovative, specialist care around the clock. My Emergency Dr is a video-based smartphone app that puts you in touch with an Australian-trained and qualified Emergency Specialist Doctor when you need one, at the touch of a button. Tamar Krebs, CEO and Founder of Group Homes Australia states: “Our residents are at the heart of everything we do. By utilising My Emergency Dr, trips to hospital will be reduced, which in turn will minimise the agitation and stress for residents, and their families.” She adds: “By partnering with My Emergency Dr, we can offer residents a rapid assessment which will avoid both hospital trips and readmissions. The team at My Emergency Dr consists of Emergency Specialist Doctors who remotely assess patients, make a diagnosis, and provide expert medical advice. In many cases they can arrange the treatment required without the need for distressing trips to hospital. Justin Bowra, CEO and Founder of ConnectedMed and an experienced senior emergency specialist physician states: "We are thrilled to partner with Group Homes Australia. My Emergency Doctor allows residents and their families to avoid the sometimes traumatic, disorientating experience of going to hospital. Residents can be seen immediately by an emergency specialist doctor. Group Homes Australia will have 24-hour-a-day immediate video access to a team of Emergency Specialists who can remotely assess, diagnose and arrange treatment." This is just another way that Group Homes Australia is embracing technology by subscribing to this innovative tele-emergency medical service. Media Contact: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com -ENDS- About Group Homes Australia: Group Homes Australia offers a unique model of care in a luxurious, friendly and safe, home environment. Our mission is to ensure that people living with dementia also live with dignity. We have homes located across Sydney, including in Waverley, Rose Bay, Vaucluse, St Ives and Warriewood, and were recently independently benchmarked by Alzheimer's Australia as best in class in every area of dementia care against over 80 competitors. Our model is the first of its kind in Australia and focuses on creating a non-institutional way of living that emphasises a resident’s abilities rather than their disabilities. Our homes are traditional houses in traditional streets and are an integral part of the community, with a maximum of 10 residents living together in private rooms. Each home has trained staff on site 24/7 and approximately 1 member of staff for every 3 residents. Our caring team members are homemakers, and they support and assist residents with their daily needs and activities. They encourage residents to be engaged in shopping, cooking, gardening… The full range of daily tasks that bring a sense of purpose in a home. We have no call bells or nursing trolleys, no rigid routines around waking, personal care or singalongs. We actively welcome friends and family to come and visit and stay for a cup of tea and sample our latest freshly baked treats. www.grouphomes.com.au or 1300 015 406 About My Emergency Dr: My Emergency Dr is a video-based smartphone app that puts you in touch with an Australian-trained and qualified Emergency Specialist Doctor when you need one, at the touch of a button. Our vision is to give every Australian urgent video access via your smartphone to an Emergency Specialist, wherever they live and whenever they call. Sick? Our team of Emergency Specialist Doctors can remotely assess you, make a diagnosis, provide expert medical advice and in many cases arrange the treatment you need. Simply download the app and connect to an Emergency Specialist who will be able to assist you wherever you are. All of our doctors are qualified specialists in Emergency Medicine. http://www.myemergencydr.com/ Available at the App Store or at Android’s Google Play. MUN Australia's partnership with Birthing Kit Foundation (Australia) 2016-12-18T23:15:27Z mun-australia-s-partnership-with-birthing-kit-foundation-australia Sydney, Australia, December 19, 2016 – MUN Australia announced today their continued partnership with the Birthing Kit Foundation (Australia) (BKFA). For the next two years, MUN Australia will proudly continue to support BKFA in their mission to provide a clean and safe birthing environment for mothers in developing countries. David Teng, Director of MUN Australia, stated “Our relationship with the Birthing Kit Foundation has grown tremendously since November 2014. Being a part of the solution to improve the lives of mothers and their newborns in developing countries gives me great pride and joy. As we continue this journey together, we look forward to helping even more families and making a bigger difference with the Birthing Kit Foundation." As a major sponsor of BKFA, MUN Australia will donate exam gloves, and provide financial assistance and support at events to raise awareness of the not-for-profit organisation’s outstanding work. MUN Australia’s glove and cash donations have allowed the BFKA to assemble over 140,000 birthing kits annually, with each kit containing a plastic sheet, soap, two exam gloves, three cords, five gauze squares and a sterile scalpel blade. The purpose of the birthing kit is to give women a better chance of survival during pregnancy and childbirth in poor communities. MUN Australia are excited to continue their commitment to BKFA and see the possibilities of their glove contributions spanning the next two years. About Hartalega and MUN Australia Pty Ltd Hartalega Holdings Berhad (HART:Bursa Malays), the parent company of MUN Australia Pty Ltd, is one of the world's largest exam gloves manufacturers. Founded in 1988, its vision is to produce the best quality gloves across the globe.  With head offices located in Australia, The United States, Malaysia, China and India, MUN Global is dedicated to growing its vision to being the brand leader of premium healthcare products that enhance peoples’ care, wellbeing and welfare around the world. Every GloveOn® product is created with superior precision, reliability, integrity and quality. Its gloves exceed numerous international standards, including AS/NZS, ASTM, EN and ISO, and are TGA compliant. For more information on MUN Global, visit the company’s website at http://www.munglobal.com/. My Emergency Dr App launches just in time for Christmas 2016-12-18T07:25:23Z my-emergency-dr-app-launches-just-in-time-for-christmas Sydney, Australia, 18th December 2016, The future of healthcare has launched in the form of an app that puts you directly in touch with an emergency specialist doctor. Save time by avoiding the hospital trip and long wait. My Emergency Dr is a video-based smartphone app that puts you in touch with an Australian-trained and qualified Emergency Specialist Doctor when you need one. If you or a family member are sick, the team of Emergency Specialist Doctors at My Emergency Dr can remotely assess you, make a diagnosis, provide expert medical advice and in many cases arrange the treatment you need. Justin Bowra, CEO and Founder of ConnectedMed and an experienced senior emergency specialist physician states: “Our vision at My Emergency Dr is to give every Australian urgent video access via your smartphone to an Emergency Specialist, wherever they live and whenever they call. All of our doctors are qualified specialists in Emergency Medicine. Simply download the app and connect to an Emergency Specialist who will be able to assist you wherever you are.” Dr. Bowra adds: “Registered clients have 24 hour-a-day immediate phone and video access to a team of Emergency Specialists who can remotely assess, diagnose and arrange treatment. My Emergency Dr will email you a copy of the consultation record to take to your GP. If medications need to be organised, we can email you an electronic prescription. Similarly, we can also email you referrals for x-rays or blood tests.” Just download My Emergency Dr from the App Store or Google Play, open it and follow the instructions. A free trial of the service is available until 25th December 2016. Media Enquiries: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com -ENDS- About My Emergency Dr: My Emergency Dr is a video-based smartphone app that puts you in touch with an Australian-trained and qualified Emergency Specialist Doctor when you need one, at the touch of a button. We can be there at times when your GP can’t be, as our service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please note that this is not a replacement for the emergency 000 service. If you suffer a time-critical emergency such as chest pain or difficulty breathing, call 000 without delay. The key steps are: Download our app My Emergency Dr from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Open the app & register your name & mobile number. When an urgent health problem, illness or injury affects you, open the app and connect via built-in video to the emergency specialist doctor. The doctor will assess you and make a diagnosis, then arrange what is needed, e.g. prescription for medication, referral for an x-ray, or even urgent admission to hospital. The doctor will also email you a summary of the consultation for your GP. http://www.myemergencydr.com/ Email: admin@myemergencydr.com.au Big Switch Networks unveils BigSecure Architecture for dynamic cyber-defence at Terabit performance 2016-12-07T00:30:00Z big-switch-networks-unveils-bigsecure-architecture-for-dynamic-cyber-defence-at-terabit-performance SYDNEY, Australia -- December 7, 2016 -- Big Switch Networks®, The Next-Generation Data Centre Networking Company, today announced significant updates to its SDN-based Big Monitoring Fabric™ (Big Mon) product line. The company is introducing BigSecure Architecture™, a dynamic, high-performance cyber-defence platform that enables Terabit attack mitigation. The company is also extending Pervasive Visibility use cases for cloud-native application traffic, which includes dynamic monitoring of VM, Containers and Public Cloud environments.   Big Switch will host a special launch webinar on Wednesday, December 14 at 10am PT. The webinar will highlight BigSecure Architecture, cloud-native application monitoring use cases and new features in Big Monitoring Fabric 6.0. To register: http://bit.ly/2gCgM8V.   “Our mission is to provide next-generation data centre networking solutions so that our customers can experience the true benefits of a software-defined data centre,” said Douglas Murray, CEO, Big Switch Networks. “With our introduction of BigSecure Architecture and cloud-native application monitoring, we are arming customers with next-generation data centre security and visibility solutions they need to defend their networks and monitor their cloud-based applications.”  Momentum In January of 2016, Big Switch announced USD$48.5M in Series C funding, which included participation from existing and new investors and brings the company’s total funding to USD$94M. In the latest quarter, the company saw annual software subscriptions grow by more than 267% year-over-year and had multiple customer deals in excess of USD$1MM. Customers are located across North America, APAC and EMEA regions in more than 25 countries and are in verticals that include technology, financial services, government, media, telecom and higher education. Customers include: Verizon, the U.S. Federal Government, Intuit, Nomura Research Institute, American Fidelity, National Instruments, CleanSafeCloud, Digita Oy, 10 of the 15 largest telcos in the world, multiple global financial services firms, media companies, a Fortune 25 software company and a Fortune 5 oil and gas company.  BigSecure -- A dynamic cyber-defence architecture for Terabit attack mitigation The volume, cadence and sophistication of cyber-attacks is rapidly increasing on large organisations including cloud providers, service providers and software-as-a-service (SaaS) providers. Attackers have started to compromise tens of thousands of Internet of Things (IoT) devices to create armies of “botnets,” which collectively send large-scale malicious traffic to disrupt critical internet-based services. Recently, the self-spreading Mirai malware compromised over one hundred thousand internet-connected video cameras to generate over 1 Terabit of distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack to Domain Name Service (DNS) service provider, blocking multiple high-profile Internet domains for hours. It has become necessary for organisations to deploy cyber-defence mechanisms to protect against massively distributed attacks without breaking their security budget.   With Big Switch’s BigSecure Architecture organisations are able to deploy a dynamic, high-performance cyber-defence solution, at affordable price points. The solution enables existing security tools to leverage an externalised elastic attack mitigation infrastructure consisting of the underlying network and a pool of x86-based compute resources. Specifically, the BigSecure Architecture includes: Big Monitoring Fabric -- an SDN-based inline fabric deployed at the data centre edge or in the DMZ for connecting security tools and creating service chains; the Big Monitoring Fabric SDN controller supports programmatic operations through RESTful APIs for dynamic multi-system interactions, dynamic load balancing of tools and dynamic reconfiguration of security service chain. Big Monitoring Fabric Service Node -- a high performance (40G to 160G) Intel x86 DPDK-based service node, centrally controlled and managed by the Big Mon SDN Controller, for deep-packet and flow inspection and filtering based on whitelist/blacklist of signatures for the purpose of attack mitigation. With the aid of the Big Mon Controller, it can be dynamically inserted into security service chains to guarantee front-line attack mitigation. Multiple service nodes can be deployed in a scale-out manner for Terabit filtering and mitigation. NFV Tool Farm -- a pool of x86 compute resources available for hosting security tools in the form of virtual network functions (VNFs) in order to elastically scale them for Terabit attack mitigation. Big Monitoring Fabric programmatically augments service chains as well as load balances across a large set of tool VNFs. Security Tools -- 3rd party security tools (such as A10 Networks’ Threat Protection System) that detect and mitigate sophisticated attacks, leverage L2-L7 attack mitigation capabilities of the high-speed SDN fabric, service nodes and NFV tool farm, and interact programmatically with the Big Mon controller for dynamic attack mitigation. Open Hardware -- industry-standard 10G/40G/100G Ethernet switches from Dell EMC and Edgecore Networks operating at multi-terabit bandwidth, centrally controlled and managed by the Big Monitoring Fabric controller; industry-standard x86 servers for SDN controllers, service nodes and NFV tool farm. Once BigSecure Architecture is instantiated, a security tool detects a high-bandwidth attack and interacts with the Big Monitoring Fabric Controller via programmatic APIs to redirect incoming traffic for elastic mitigation. Depending on the type of attack, the Big Mon Controller activates SDN fabric and compute resources for attack mitigation, reconfigures the service chain to redirect traffic to mitigation infrastructure, and load-balances traffic across a cluster of Big Mon service nodes and NFV tool farm for scale-out performance. The combination of SDN fabric, Big Mon service nodes and NFV tool farm performs Layer-7 scans of network traffic and blocks those packets/flows that contain attack signatures. With BigSecure, security teams are able to deploy dynamic cyber-defence architecture that provides elastic, Terabit-scale attack mitigation capability at an affordable price while continuing to leverage best-of-breed security tools.   In addition to Terabit-scale mitigation, BigSecure Architecture also exports flow telemetry (NetFlow, sFlow) of network traffic to anomaly-detection/traffic visibility systems, which provide the ability to detect, classify, and traceback a variety of attacks.  Cloud-native application monitoring The rise of cloud-native applications, in the form of virtual machines (VMs) and containers, has driven up east-west traffic within the data centre, leading to tremendous visibility and security challenges. When applications are deployed in public clouds, consistent architecture for application traffic visibility becomes necessary.    Big Switch pioneered the “monitor every rack” use case for comprehensive east-west traffic monitoring of bare-metal and VM traffic at affordable price points. With this release, Big Switch introduces new capabilities in Big Monitoring Fabric, leveraging programmatic interactions, to enable pervasive visibility and security of any workload, anywhere. Specifically: Dynamic VM Monitoring -- VM-to-VM traffic visibility in VMware environments by leveraging programmatic interactions between Big Monitoring Fabric controller and VMware vSphere VMs; this alleviates the need for a special monitoring VM in every vSphere host which introduces operational complexities across virtualisation and security teams, adds cost and reduces server performance. Container Monitoring -- Container-to-container traffic visibility when deployed on bare-metal hosts or within VMware vSphere VMs. Public Cloud Monitoring -- Traffic visibility for workloads deployed in public cloud, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS). Big Monitoring Fabric Release 6.0 Big Monitoring Fabric is a next-generation network packet broker (NPB) that leverages SDN principles, 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% lower cost than traditional NPBs. Big Monitoring Fabric supports 1G, 10G, 40G and 100G for the most demanding and high volume network monitoring and security environments. Customer use cases for Big Monitoring Fabric include: monitor every rack, monitor every location, monitor mobile/LTE networks and DMZ/Extranet Inline security. Big Monitoring Fabric Release 6.0 includes: 160G Service Node NetFlow generation service Packet masking service Header decapsulation service Analytics 2.0 with top users, top apps, triggers and custom reports Support for Dell EMC open networking switches: Z9100-ON (32x100G), S6100-ON (64x40G), S6010-ON (32x40G), S4048-ON (42x10G + 6x40G) and S4048T-ON (48x10GbT + 6x40G) Support for Edgecore Networks open networking switches: AS7712-32X (32x100G), AS6812-32X (32x40G), AS5812-54X (48x10G + 6x40G), AS5812-54T (48x10GT + 6x40G) Integration with leading Technical Solution Partners A10 Networks and Big Switch Networks have partnered to create an efficient, cost-optimised solution for DDoS attack detection across the entire data centre. The solution is composed of A10 Networks' Thunder Threat Protection System (TPS) and Big Switch’s Big Monitoring Fabric, which leverages open networking switches. The solution enables security administrators to monitor data-centre wide traffic for sophisticated DDoS attacks and security breaches. ExtraHop and Big Switch Networks have partnered to deliver a scalable, cost-effective solution for all IT teams to gain deep visibility into network and application traffic. The joint solution combines ExtraHop’s streaming analytics and proactive remediation capabilities with SDN controls from Big Monitoring Fabric, to offer unparalleled visibility into all network activity, and help customers gain optimal application experience and business efficiency. The collaboration between FireEye and Big Switch has enabled customers to achieve comprehensive, organisation-wide threat protection. Big Switch’s Big Monitoring Fabric with FireEye Threat Prevention Platform enables monitoring of any flow at any time while providing the benefits of zero-touch management and scale-out deployment. With Big Mon Inline solution and FireEye IPS deployed in the DMZ, customers can benefit from simplified, scalable and dynamically orchestrated service chains, all from a single pane of glass. Riverbed SteelCentral NetExpress network performance management platform and Big Monitoring Fabric together deliver an all-in-one pervasive network monitoring solution that combines flow as well as packet collection and analysis for the entire data centre. Certified joint solution of Symantec SSL Visibility Appliance with Big Monitoring Fabric Inline through Symantec's ETM Ready Program (Encrypted Traffic Management) helps customers combat sophisticated attacks by addressing malware hiding in SSL traffic. Availability Big Monitoring Fabric Release 6.0 is currently in beta and will be generally available in Q1, 2017.  Webinar Big Switch will host a special launch webinar on Wednesday, December 14 at 10am PT. The webinar will highlight BigSecure Architecture, cloud-native application monitoring use cases and new features in Big Monitoring Fabric 6.0. To register: http://bit.ly/2gCgM8V (if you are unable to join the webinar at 10am PT, please register for the webinar and we will send you a link to the recording, following the webinar).  Supporting quotes “As the threat landscape intensifies, data centres are demanding next-generation solutions to monitor pervasively and withstand massive cyber-attacks while operating within flat budgets," said Prashant Gandhi, VP and Chief Product Officer, Big Switch Networks. “With the introduction of BigSecure Architecture, our customers are now armed with best-of-breed and dynamic cyber-defence at Terabit scale to combat massively distributed cyber-attacks. And with Big Mon’s innovations to programmatically monitor cloud-native applications such as containers and public cloud, we are enabling unprecedented any-workload-any-where visibility at affordable price points.”   “We wanted to build a dedicated Ethernet monitoring network for critical video delivery services and to easily tap various measurement points around the network. First we looked at traditional Network Packet Brokers (NPBs) but soon realised that we needed a more flexible and scalable solution. Big Switch solutions allow us to start small and grow as needed and it is easy to use and deploy, and offers all the features we need,” said Leimio Antti, System Designer, IP Networks, Digita Oy. “We can easily tap any fibre connection in the network and quickly see if we have problems in video quality. Big Monitoring Fabric can aggregate monitoring traffic and forward it to centralised measurement devices. This simplifies and speeds up our operations and troubleshooting. We can also add inline security monitoring on the same system and troubleshoot network issues effectively with Big Monitoring Fabric.”   “Organisations are compelled to defend their data centre assets from massively distributed DDoS attacks,” said Raj Jalan, Chief Technology Officer at A10 Networks. “The A10 Thunder Threat Protection System (TPS) with Big Switch’s Big Monitoring Fabric leverages SDN controls to deliver a scale-out and operationally simple threat protection solution for enterprise customers. A10 Thunder TPS detects and mitigates complex DDoS attacks while utilising the BigSecure SDN fabric to mitigate terabit scale amplification attacks at the edge.”   "Edgecore Networks’ partnership with Big Switch continues to flourish as more customers around the world are choosing disaggregated hardware and software solutions to modernise their data centre networks to better serve their business needs," said Jeff Catlin, VP of Technology, Edgecore Networks. "Edgecore open network switches coupled with Big Cloud Fabric and Big Monitoring Fabric products provide customers with flexible and intelligent SDN solutions that enable rapid provisioning of new applications while meeting requirements to better monitor and secure their networks. The introduction of BigSecure and its new use cases show Big Switch's commitment to innovation, which complements Edgecore’s leadership in open network hardware, providing our customers with SDN solutions that address real world problems.”   "With the exponential growth in VM and container-based deployments of cloud-native applications, the volume of East-West traffic is exploding - making it harder than ever to monitor and manage," said John Leon, Vice President of Business Development, ExtraHop. "In partnership with Big Switch's SDN capabilities, ExtraHop provides the ability to stream wire data off of the network. This gives customers a data-driven, highly scalable, and comprehensive view of their entire IT environment, allowing IT to maximise network and application performance, availability, and security."   “Riverbed SteelCentral and Big Switch together provide intelligent and scale-out solutions for rapid resolution of network and application performance," said Nik Koutsoukos, VP Product Marketing, at Riverbed, “We see tremendous opportunity to accelerate customer demand for our end-to-end performance monitoring by leveraging a software-defined architecture for operational simplicity and deep visibility."  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, Sydney, 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 Biana Chamlet/Amy Rathbonebigswitch@espressocomms.com.au Ph. +61 2 8016 2200