The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2018-01-16T00:37:58Z Restore your health in eight weeks 2018-01-16T00:37:58Z restore-your-health-in-eight-weeks If you’re finding everyday tasks a bit more challenging than normal or you’ve had a recent setback with your health, Feros Care’s 8-week Short-Term Restorative (STRC) program may be just the thing you need. This Government funded program aims to help people improve their overall health and wellbeing and get you back to full strength so they can enjoy living at home. The program runs over 8-weeks and involves a team of at least three health professionals, including your GP, who will work with you to achieve your restorative plan. Kate Swanton, Feros Care’s Director of Health and Wellness said “This service provides people with the opportunity to prevent problems before they become really serious. It enables them to take charge of their health decisions. “Feros Care firmly believe that rehabilitation and restorative care is the best approach to allow seniors to remain living independently in their home for as long as they desire,” said Kate. An example of the services people can access through Feros Care’s 8-week program include: an occupational therapist assessing your home and providing home modifications, small assistive devices to make every day activities easier and innovative new technologies that keep you safe and secure a physiotherapist showing you how simple exercises can become daily habits that build up your strength and balance after a fall support from a counsellor to give you coping hints Individual healing movements, with strategies and techniques to manage and relieve pain, and nutritional tips and meal preparation ideas. Kate said “This 8-week program is a great opportunity to help you improve your well-being and prevent problems from becoming more serious. This program will help get you back to doing the things you love as well as everyday tasks so you can stay healthy, active, living independently, and connected to your community.” If you’d like more information on the STRC program, please call Feros Care on 1300 736 583. Christmas comes early for the Salisbury community with Feros Care officially opening its NDIS Local Area Coordination Office 2017-12-11T03:22:02Z christmas-comes-early-for-the-salisbury-community-with-feros-care-officially-opening-its-ndis-local-area-coordination-office TODAY: Feros Care officially opened its National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Local Area Coordination (LAC) Salisbury Office, which will be a key pivotal point in connecting people with services. Feros Care’s NDIS Local Area Coordination Salisbury Office is located at 34 Commercial Road, Salisbury. Feros Care Chief Operations Officer, Leonie Fowke said this is so much more significant than cutting the ribbon to a new office building. “Today marks an exciting step forward for people with disability in Salisbury, their family, friends and the wider community. “In providing Local Area Coordination Services, and in partnering with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), our role is to link people with disability to the NDIS, provide information about community and mainstream supports available in the region, and build the capacity of the community to be inclusive of people with disability. “We currently employ 60 Local Area Coordinators in Salisbury. “We are proud to be working in partnership with the NDIA and in collaboration with the Salisbury community,” Ms Fowke said. The Local Area Coordinators: assist people to apply for access to the NDIS provide detailed information about their plan, how to access their funds, how to best spend their funds and helping connect them to both mainstream and funded supports connect participants to local services, and host regular information sessions and attend community events. For more information on accessing the NDIS, contact Feros Care on 1300 986 970 or our email lacinfo@feroscare.com.au Christmas comes early for the Gawler community with Feros Care officially opening its NDIS Local Area Coordination Office 2017-12-11T03:05:27Z christmas-comes-early-for-the-gawler-community-with-feros-care-officially-opening-its-ndis-local-area-coordination-office TODAY: Feros Care officially opened its National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Local Area Coordination (LAC) Gawler Office, which will be a key pivotal point in connecting people with services. Feros Care’s NDIS Local Area Coordination Gawler Office is located at Level 1, 83-85 Murray Street, Gawler. Feros Care Chief Operations Officer, Leonie Fowke said this is so much more significant than cutting the ribbon to a new office building. “Today marks an exciting step forward for people with disability in Gawler, their family, friends and the wider community. “In providing Local Area Coordination Services, and in partnering with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), our role is to link people with disability to the NDIS, provide information about community and mainstream supports available in the region, and build the capacity of the community to be inclusive of people with disability. “We currently employ 60 Local Area Coordinators in Gawler. “We are proud to be working in partnership with the NDIA and in collaboration with the Gawler community,” Ms Fowke said. The Local Area Coordinators: assist people to apply for access to the NDIS provide detailed information about their plan, how to access their funds, how to best spend their funds and helping connect them to both mainstream and funded supports connect participants to local services, and host regular information sessions and attend community events. This is the third Feros Care NDIS Local Area Coordination Office to open, with another office located in Salisbury opening this week. For more information on accessing the NDIS, contact Feros Care on 1300 986 970 or our email lacinfo@feroscare.com.au Bold Bus Design Hits Streets of Byron 2017-11-30T06:23:50Z bold-bus-design-hits-streets-of-byron Move over Wicked Vans – a bolder bus is hitting the streets of Byron thanks to residents at the Feros Care Residential Villages. Around 20 residents, aged between 80 and 97 years young, took part in workshops with Byron street artist, Teazer, to Pimp Their Ride – a Toyota Commuta bus – with a funky and fresh new design that now has them cruising the streets in style. It’s all part of Feros Care’s ethos to grow bold, smashing the stereotypes around ageing and ability by proving that life can be fun at any age. “At Feros Care we’re empowering our seniors to live their best lives,” said CEO Jenenne Buckley. “You are never too old to learn new skills, to express yourself and enjoy social connection. This project has injected life into our residential bus and our seniors have gotten so much joy and pride out of this initiative which is designed to bring more colour to all our lives.” Members of the group – dubbed the Feros Grow Bold CREWSTARS – took part in three weekly workshops, conceptualising and creating the final design which was then painted onto their Feros Bus, used for social outings and village transport. “Through this project the residents have had an introduction to Street Art, from the history of graffiti to art that evokes emotion, looking at examples from modern street artists like Banksy,” said Ms Buckley. “One group of residents even rolled up to the workshops blasting The Beastie Boys! This just shows the energy they have for exploring new horizons, challenging themselves and showing that seniors still rock.” Davey Mac aka Teazer, said, “It’s so awesome to be given the opportunity to do something like this. The residents really embrace their creative side and have so much to express with their years of wisdom and life experience.” “I enjoyed it very much,” said CREWSTAR Lois, 91 years young. “It is entirely different to any art I have done before, and I have been an artist my whole life. It was a complete surprise, I loved it.” Fran, 86, added, “The coming together of all ages has been nice. The crew are so kind and clever; seeing others having so much fun is heart-warming. I loved turning a drawing into a real work of art with spray paint. I never would have done that, and now I have.” “I love how Feros encourages us to embrace different things. Things that I never would have thought possible, all of a sudden are possible,” said Nina, 97 years young. The Pimp My Ride bus design has now been unveiled and is available to view at the Feros Village Byron Bay. Feros Villages are also located in Bangalow and Wommin Bay. Unleash your inner artist this International Day of People with Disability 2017-11-30T05:11:01Z unleash-your-inner-artist-this-international-day-of-people-with-disability Create your own Grow Bold artwork at Feros Care’s office this Friday 1 December, as part of the International Day of People with Disability celebrations. Show off your artistic talent from 9:30-11:30am at the Local Area Coordination office at 520 Flinders Street, Townsville. All artwork supplies are provided, and finished artworks will be hung on the office walls, to celebrate the abilities of the local community. 3 December 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of the International Day of People with Disability. This is an important day on the international calendar because it recognises that 15 percent of the world population live with disability[1]. This figure is higher in Australia, with almost 20 per cent of Australians have a disability (3.96 million people). This figure continues to increase as our population ages[2]. Ms Melissa Simpson, Acting CEO for Feros Care said this will be the first year Feros Care will celebrate this day as a Local Area Coordination (LAC) Partner of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. “With LAC services in Townsville, Mackay, ACT and South Australia, we work in collaboration with individuals and communities to enhance capacity to build inclusive communities. “The rationale for this event is that art allows us to tap into our creativity and sense of playfulness, and cuts across all ages, cultures and abilities. Our Local Area Coordinators came up with this arty idea because they wanted a fun and all-inclusive way of celebrate this day with their community,” she said. This year’s International Day of People with Disability theme is “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all”. Details on how to be part of the local fun: Friday 1 December 9:30-11:30am Feros Care Office, 520 Flinders Street Townsville [1] http://www.idpwd.com.au/ [2] https://www.humanrights.gov.au/publications/national-inquiry-employment-and-disability-issues-paper-1 Feros Care officially opens its NDIS Local Area Coordination Townsville Office 2017-11-24T03:00:00Z feros-care-officially-opens-its-ndis-local-area-coordination-townsville-office TODAY: Feros Care officially opened its National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Local Area Coordination (LAC) Townsville Office, which will be a key pivotal point in connecting people with services. Feros Care’s NDIS Local Area Coordination Townsville Office is located at 2/520 Flinders Street, Townsville. Feros Care Chief Operations Officer, Leonie Fowke said “Today marks an exciting step forward for people with disability in Townsville, their family, friends and the wider community. “In providing Local Area Coordination Services, and in partnering with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), our role is to link people with disability to the NDIS, provide information about community and mainstream supports available in the region, and build the capacity of the community to be inclusive of people with disability. “We currently employ 30 Local Area Coordinators in Townsville. Our team has been working with the Townsville community since February 2017 and to date, have directly supported over 1200 people. “We are proud to be part of the NDIS team. Our Local Area Coordinators are exactly that, locals who know and love their community,” Ms Fowke said. The Local Area Coordinators: assist people to apply for access to the NDIA provide detailed information about their plan, how to access their funds, how to best spend their funds and helping connect them to both mainstream and funded supports connect participants to local services, and host regular information sessions and attend community events. Feros Care is pleased to be a NDIS partner, where it delivers the NDIS in the community of Townsville. This is the second Feros Care NDIS Local Area Coordination Office to open, with another three offices to open over the next couple of months. For more information on accessing the NDIS, contact Feros Care on 1300 986 970 or our email lacinfo@feroscare.com.au 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 Research Reveals Lack of Awareness Of Connection Between Hearing Loss and Serious Health Conditions by Australians 2017-11-13T19:30:00Z news-research-reveals-lack-of-awareness-of-connection-between-hearing-loss-and-serious-health-conditions-by-australians 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 - ENDS - 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 Hemp legalisation set to boost business for one of Australia‚Äôs leading Hemp product suppliers 2017-11-10T01:37:54Z hemp-legalisation-set-to-boost-business-for-one-of-australias-leading-hemp-product-suppliers The family owned and operated Australian business, established in 2006, was founded by The Williams family, CEO Ron, Formulating Director Maria, as well as their daughter Lara and sons Lloyd and Craig, who have been waiting for over a decade for this legislation to pass. Lara Burton, co-founder and Head of Sales and Marketing says: “We are delighted this day has finally come. Although we have legally been able to sell our Hemp food products in overseas restaurants and retail channels for years, we can now supply restaurants, cafes and supermarkets in our own home country, which is a great result and a wonderful feeling.” Lariese Purely Hemp produces a range of products including Hemp Seed Oil, Hulled Hemp Seeds, Hemp Protein Powder (50% and 80%) all using Canadian Hemp which is recognised worldwide as the best in the world due to Canada’s optimal growing conditions and nutritious soil. The Hemp industry is currently worth over $US570 million (1) in the US and Canada alone. Managing Director, Lloyd Williams, firmly believes this week’s ruling will significantly increase sales and market share for Lariese Purely Hemp. The Williams family have been advocates for the benefits of Hemp for a considerable time and firmly believe that the ruling will greatly improve the health of Australians, due to the large number of health benefits contained within Hemp. The family from the oldest to the youngest all use their own Lariese Hemp in their daily lives, including pre-and post-natal. They won’t offer anything for sale unless they have conclusively tested it on themselves first. Hemp is not just a super food but more of a whole food, being highly nutritious with many health benefits. It is rich in healthy fats and essential fatty acids and is also a great source of protein and contains high amounts of vitamin E, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulphur, calcium, iron and zinc. Hemp Seed Oil has been used as a food/ medicine in China for over 3000 years. Lloyd Williams continues; “As one of the largest suppliers of Hemp in Australia and overseas, we have researched and tested hemp and hemp products for over ten years. The reason we chose to invest, grow and import Canadian Hemp was because of its superior quality, proven established track record for the last 18 years, and reliability of supply to the whole of North America, Europe and Asia”. Lariese has positioned itself as a market leader in Bulk Hemp Supply to all major companies nationally and internationally. Lariese believes it has experienced continuous growth due to its core beliefs, vision and 100% transparency, whilst using high quality ingredients with complete traceability. Lariese Purely Hemp seed is of a proprietary species bred for quality and taste and its products are certified Non-GMO, Vegan, Gluten free and Kosher certified. The company is the only provider in Australia currently selling premium 80% Hemp Protein. The family believes in providing healthy food options that are produced with a focus on sustainability and the environment. Hemp is a sustainable food source that boasts many inherent nutritional benefits and can be cultivated without negative environmental impact. Lara continues: “Our growers don’t use any potentially harmful pesticides, in-crop herbicides, or GMOs, which guarantees our great tasting hemp foods and ensures sustainability of the environment. In fact, Hemp is highly pest, weed and drought resistant meaning there is no need for pesticides and herbicides and it also removes more CO2 from the air than trees do.” Lariese Purely Hemp products can be found in most health food stores, including Go Vita and Mr Vitamins as well as online through Nourished Life. More information can be found on www.lariesepurelyhemp.com.au For further information or to interview Lloyd or Lara from Lariese Purely Hemp, please contact: Emma Kirkaldy at Polkadot Communications on 0406 025 771 or emma@polkadotcommunications.com.au Sources: 1 https://www.thehia.org/HIAhemppressreleases/4010402 Background Information What is Hemp? Hemp foods are incredibly nutritious – rich in healthy fats and essential fatty acids. They are also a great source of protein and contain high amounts of vitamin E, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulphur, calcium, iron and zinc. Hemp seeds contain over 30% fat. They are exceptionally rich in two essential fatty acids, linoleic acid (omega-6) and alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3). They also contain gamma-linolenic acid, which has been linked with many health benefits. www.lariesepurelyhemp.com.au Hemp seeds are a great protein source, as more than 25% of their total calories are from high-quality protein. That is considerably more than similar foods like chia seeds and flaxseeds, which provide about 16–18%. Hemp seeds can be consumed raw, cooked or toasted and Hemp seed oil is a very healthy oil, and has been used as a food/medicine in China for at least 3,000 years. Hemp Seed Oil Hemp seed oil is a natural, whole food product that – depending on its form – can be used in a wide range of recipes, consumed on its own as a dietary supplement, applied topically as a moisturising oil, or even used in industrial settings. It is in high demand for its superior quality and consistency. Lariese Edible Hemp Seed oil is cold-pressed from the seeds of the Cannabis sativa plant, and contains the perfect ratio of Omega Fatty Acids as recommended by the World Health Organization — Omega 6 and Omega 3 in a ratio of 3:1. Just 15mls contains 94% of your daily requirement of Omegas 3, 6 and 9 and boasts an EFA content of 80%. These fatty acids are fundamental to maintaining good health and effective functioning of the immune system and brain. As our brain needs a constant supply of Essential Fatty Acids (EFA) that the body cannot produce, Hemp Seed oil is just the fuel that our brain needs to stay healthy and function effectively. Hulled Hemp Seeds Raw Hulled Hemp Seeds are the most nutritious seeds found in nature and are a complete protein. Containing more digestible protein than any other food. Lariese Raw Hulled Hemp Seeds are a healthy and rich source of protein, particularly for vegans and vegetarians. This is true even for those unable to tolerate nuts, gluten, lactose or sugar, as there are no known allergies to hemp foods. Hemp Seeds are suitable for everyone, including expectant Mums as they contain naturally occurring nutrients essential to the brain, bone and nervous system development of a growing foetus, including Folate (Vitamin B9) and Vitamin B6. With a mild nutty flavour similar to pine nuts, Raw Hulled Hemp Seeds can be made into milk and used as a milk substitute for anything made from dairy, including butter, cheese and ice cream, as Hemp is free from estrogen mimickers and trypsin inhibitors. Toasted Hemp Seeds Whole unshelled Canadian edible hemp seeds are carefully roasted in our Canadian custom-built toasters to provide the best flavour. They are lactose intolerant free and gluten free and can be snacked on or used as an ingredient in baking, granolas, bars or snack manufacturing to provide the nutritional benefits of hemp and that extra crunch and toasted nutty flavour. Hemp Protein - 50% The nutritional profile of Hemp Protein Powder shows it contains all the essential fatty acids, amino acids, vitamins and minerals needed for good health. It stands alone as the only balanced, natural source of nutrition needed to assist with muscle building and repair, weight loss and fitness improvement, and muscle recovery. It is a complete food. Alkaline, and with an RNA genome very similar to human DNA, superfine Lariese Hemp Protein Powder is easy to digest and highly bioavailable. With 95% protein digestibility, it is easily metabolised into the system. Hemp Protein - 80% Our 80% Premium Hemp Protein Powder contains all the essential fatty acids, amino acids, vitamins and minerals needed for good health. It stands alone as the only balanced, natural source of nutrition needed to assist with muscle building and repair, weight loss and fitness improvement, and muscle recovery. It is a complete food. Alkaline, and with an RNA genome very similar to human DNA, superfine Lariese Hemp Protein Powder is easy to digest and highly bioavailable. With 95% protein digestibility, it is easily metabolised into the system. 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 Grow Bold for your chance to win this BOLDvember 2017-10-31T02:54:59Z grow-bold-for-your-chance-to-win-this-boldvember Feros Care’s BOLDvember is about to make waves, returning for a third year to showcase Australians of all ages living bold lives. The social media campaign will run throughout November, encouraging people from all walks of life to submit entries of them living boldly and smashing negative stereotypes, regardless of their age or ability. With a $2,000 cash prize up for grabs, this year Feros Care will be looking for an entry that tops last year’s winner – a photo of 92-year old adrenaline junkie, Audrey Kuchel, taken on a zip line adventure in Fiji. Feros Care CEO, Jenenne Buckley said the much-anticipated BOLDvember campaign showed there are no limitations when it comes to showing your bold, and they look forward to seeing more people living their best life in 2017. “BOLDvember is always a highlight on our calendar, and one of the ways we celebrate people of all ages and abilities living life in spectacular style,” said Ms Buckley. “How old or able you are doesn’t stop you from having fun and it is great to see so many people challenging the negative stereotypes that exist within our communities,” she said. “Last year we saw everything from an 82-year old ironman to naked cyclists, boxing grannies and skydivers, showcasing our most fun and vibrant members of the community that are larger than life.” Feros Care encourages everyone to get involved in BOLDvember 2017 by simply snapping a selfie or photo ‘Growing Bold’ and submitting the entry to the Feros Care Facebook page. Entries are open to people of all ages and close on 30 November, 2017. Visit www.feroscare.com.au/boldvember for more information and competition terms and conditions. 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