The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2018-11-27T00:44:37Z Local adoption report published: A time to recommit to the best interests and cultural rights of Indigenous children 2018-11-27T00:44:37Z local-adoption-report-published-a-time-to-recommit-to-the-best-interests-and-cultural-rights-of-indigenous-children The Australian Association of Social Workers’ (AASW) submission to the Federal Government’s review into local adoptions has been cited in the report which was published yesterday, Breaking barriers: a national adoption framework for Australian children. AASW National President Christine Craik said, “The report marks an important time for governments to refocus and recommit to upholding the best interests of children in all adoption matters. “Children and young people in the care of the State are amongst the most vulnerable members of society. Adoption must only be considered when all other options for the child’s safety and wellbeing have been expertly assessed as not suitable.” AASW Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Representative Director, Linda Ford said, “In ensuring their safety and wellbeing, attention must be paid to the child’s holistic needs. When working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, the AASW contends that planning must be culturally appropriate, with a focus upon the child maintaining connection with their family, culture and other significant relationships. “With the rate of removal of Indigenous children being 10 times that of non-Indigenous children, the pain and trauma of removal of Indigenous children cannot be consigned to the past. “The system’s focus upon punitive removal measures has profound negative consequences, severing family and cultural ties, intensifying transgenerational trauma and contributing to the ongoing dispossession, disadvantage and oppression experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. “For cases where removal is in the best interests of the child, systemic change is needed to address barriers and lack of support available to Aboriginal families that could foster or adopt. Areas for change include the need to amend the inherent bias and discrimination in application forms that demand a certain literacy and education level for applicants. Factors such as these do not determine an individual’s capacity to provide a safe and caring home.” Ms Craik said, “It is governments’ responsibility to support families to live in safe environments, stopping the risk of abuse and neglect before it arises. “With 17 per cent of total child protection funding on family support services for children and their families, compared with 83 per cent on child protection services, the AASW calls on the government to focus efforts on early intervention and family support that are built on partnership and collaboration with Indigenous communities.” The AASW calls on governments to commit and redirect funding to supporting and working with Indigenous communities and families to ensure the rights and needs of every child is upheld. The AASW represents over 10,000 professional social workers from around Australia, many of whom work in child protection. Christine Craik and Linda Ford are available for interview. International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women: 25 November #HearMeToo 2018-11-21T01:43:44Z international-day-for-the-elimination-of-violence-against-women-25-november-hearmetoo The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) supports the theme of this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, which is this Sunday 25 November, #HearMeToo. AASW National President Christine Craik said, “This has been yet another shocking year for violence against women in Australia, with 60 women killed in 2018. Many more are living with, or have survived family violence. “We also know that for many women, for many reasons, it’s not possible to speak. To those women, whose names we may never have the privilege of knowing, we take this occasion to say that we hear you, too; and that we notice the wisdom, the courage and the survival in your silence. “But let this not be another occasion on which women speak only to each other about the devastating consequences of gendered violence. To those who cause harm: we believe in your capacity to change. Only you are accountable to your choice to use violence, and to the pain and fear inflicted in the lives of women and their children. Only you are responsible for seeking support for your behaviour. Today, we implore you to seek support. “To those in positions of power, capable of beginning the huge cultural change we need in our society to end this violence against women, today we also implore you to have the courage and enact that change. “Australian social workers are committed to having a strong voice on matters of social justice and human rights, which is why, importantly, we want to remind Australian governments that gendered violence is common, but it is not inevitable. Gendered violence is a systemic issue, driven by gendered inequality, and it can be addressed by cultural change. “This can only occur when there is a concerted effort, and adequate investment, toward that end. We need a national coordination of prevention, early intervention, crisis and recovery. This is what we are calling on Australian governments to commit to today. As more and more women come forward to speak truth to power, to say ‘hear me, too’, we ask that governments be responsive to the building tide of social change; that one day, the leadership of this country might be able to say, ‘we did’.” Christine Craik is available for interview. She is a renowned expert in family violence and completing her PhD in the subject at RMIT University. Rimini Street Expands Investment and Operations in Asia-Pacific 2018-11-16T00:48:31Z rimini-street-expands-investment-and-operations-in-asia-pacific AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND, November 16, 2018 – Rimini Street, Inc. (Nasdaq: RMNI), a global provider of enterprise software products and services, and the leading third-party support provider for Oracle and SAP software products, today announced that it has expanded its operations in the Asia-Pacific region with the launch of its new subsidiary, Rimini Street New Zealand Limited, and the opening of its new office in Auckland to address the growing demand for Rimini Street’s premium, ultra-responsive support services in New Zealand. Rimini Street’s expansion was announced at a gala event held at The Northern Club in Auckland, where clients, local IT leaders and the special guest of honor, Ambassador Scott P. Brown, the U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand, were hosted by Rimini Street’s general manager for Asia-Pacific, Andrew Powell, and Rimini Street corporate senior executives. Growing demand for IT optimisation and a business-driven IT roadmap Rimini Street launched its new subsidiary in response to the region’s increasing desire for software support solutions that can help optimise their IT spend and enable them to liberate significant funding for their business transformation initiatives. Rimini Street already supports nearly 50 clients with operations in New Zealand, including local brands James Pascoe, Spark, 2Degrees Mobile, Refining New Zealand and The University of Auckland. By switching to Rimini Street support from the vendor’s support, organisations have saved up to 90 percent of the total cost of maintenance of their SAP and Oracle software assets and are able to run their current ERP releases with no forced upgrades for a minimum of 15 years from the date they switched support. Rimini Street clients also benefit from the Company’s flexible, premium-level enterprise software support model, including its industry-leading Service Level Agreement (SLA) of 15-minute response times for critical Priority 1 cases. In addition, each client is assigned a Primary Support Engineer (PSE) with an average of 15 years’ experience in their particular enterprise software system, backed by a broader team of technical experts. By switching their support to Rimini Street, organisations are able to take back control of their IT roadmaps with a ”business-driven roadmap” strategy that provides much more flexibility and value compared to the vendor roadmap, allowing CIOs to focus on creating value and providing competitive advantage for growth. “Organisations in New Zealand, both public and private, spend hundreds of millions of dollars every year on their annual enterprise software support and maintenance, yet see little return from this significant spend,” said Andrew Powell, general manager, Asia-Pacific, Rimini Street. “Our conversations with CIOs are squarely focused on how we can help them dramatically lower the total cost of ownership of their stable, mature enterprise systems as part of a hybrid computing model and business-driven roadmap, and as a result, we are experiencing increased demand in the region. With Rimini Street, organisations have the option to break free from the seemingly never-ending upgrade cycle dictated by the vendor’s roadmap – an expensive and disruptive path for companies to undertake just to stay fully supported. With our new operation in Auckland, we are better able to engage with and support organisations in New Zealand who want to significantly cut their software support spend and take back control of their IT roadmaps.” Region at risk of “falling behind” on innovation Recent research from Vanson Bourne, commissioned by Rimini Street, found that enterprises in the ANZ region plan to spend the second-least amount on IT innovation in the world in the next 12 months, and they plan to increase their IT innovation spend by just 6.31% in the 12 months following the survey, well below the global average of 10.94%. “New Zealand is famous for innovation, but it is at risk of falling behind the rest of the world,” continued Powell. “New Zealand CIOs know that it’s important to spend their IT budgets on more than daily operations. With budget pressures between operating costs and the need to invest in innovation, CIOs need to reassess the value of existing support arrangements and explore better software support options designed to provide a greater ROI. Rimini Street enables CIOs in New Zealand to unlock significant savings and redirect that funding into critical innovation initiatives.” To download an eBook summary of the survey, “The State of Innovation: Priorities and Challenges,” click here. About Rimini Street, Inc. Rimini Street, Inc. (Nasdaq: RMNI) is a global provider of enterprise software products and services, and the leading third-party support provider for Oracle and SAP software products. The Company has redefined enterprise software support services since 2005 with an innovative, award-winning program that enables licensees of IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce, SAP and other enterprise software vendors to save up to 90 percent on total maintenance costs. Clients can remain on their current software release without any required upgrades for a minimum of 15 years. Over 1,700 global Fortune 500, midmarket, public sector and other organizations from a broad range of industries currently rely on Rimini Street as their trusted, third-party support provider. To learn more, please visit http://www.riministreet.com/, follow @riministreet on Twitter and find Rimini Street on Facebook and LinkedIn. (C-RMNI) Forward-Looking Statements Certain statements included in this communication are not historical facts but are forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements generally are accompanied by words such as “may,” “should,” “would,” “plan,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential,” “seem,” “seek,” “continue,” “future,” “will,” “expect,” “outlook” or other similar words, phrases or expressions. 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G MEDICAL PURCHASES TELERHYTHMICS LLC, MEDICAL DIAGNOSTIC MONITORING SERVICE PROVIDER 2018-11-02T02:32:40Z g-medical-purchases-telerhythmics-llc-medical-diagnostic-monitoring-service-provider Expands infrastructure to increase nationwide footprint and services for remote vital signs monitoring healthcare services in the USA Provides additional capacity, access to technologies and payer network November 2, 2018 - Sydney, Australia – Mobile and e-Health company G Medical Innovations Holdings Ltd (G Medical or the Company) (ASX: GMV) is pleased to announce that its wholly owned Delaware incorporated subsidiary, G Medical Innovations USA Inc, has executed an agreement to acquire 100% of the outstanding membership interest of Telerhythmics LLC (Telerhythmics) (a Tennessee limited liability company), a US based cardiac diagnostic monitoring services provider. Telerhythmics, based outside Memphis, Tennessee, is a 24-hour cardiac diagnostic monitoring service used by hospitals and physician offices, and provides its monitoring services throughout the eastern region of the U.S. G Medical will acquire all the outstanding membership interests of Telerhythmics from NASDAQ listed imaging technologies company Digirad Corp (NASDAQ: DRAD) for a total up front consideration of US$1,950,000, subject to working capital adjustments. Completion of the agreement remains subject to the satisfaction of certain customary conditions precedent, including the receipt of any necessary consents from third parties including but not limited to government authorities. Telerhythmics, LLC., booked historical revenue from 1 January 2018 to 30 September 2018 of ~US$3.174M1 . The Telerhythmics acquisition, in addition to the Company’s acquisition of Cardiostaff Diagnostic Services Inc (as announced on 30 October 2017) will create a sizable player in the cardiac diagnostic US monitoring space, and in addition, provide G Medical with a solid base of business across the Southeast and Southwest territories. Telerhythmics is a Medicare and Medicaid designated IDTF (Independent Diagnostic Testing Facility) that provides physician practices and hospitals with arrhythmia monitoring services including mobile cardiac telemetry ("MCT"), cardiac event monitoring, Holter monitoring, and pacemaker analysis. The Telerhythmics acquisition will substantially increase insurance coverage and create a distinct competitive advantage, providing G Medical with ~100 commercial payor agreements across local, regional and national markets and an additional 30-35M covered lives (individuals insured); with the Company’s aggregated sum increasing to ~100M+ covered lives when considering existing G Medical Diagnostic Services payor agreements. Via the acquisition, G Medical will also gain access to several large health systems including Baptist, Ochsner, and HCA, and also to existing agreements in place with large insurance providers such as Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS), which has current reimbursement status for MCT (auto detect auto send) monitoring device. Further, Page 2 of 3 the Company’s regulatory approved medical devices will be translated to existing customers of both Telerhythmics and G Medical, providing for a superior technology offering and monitoring services when compared to traditional Holter monitoring. Telerhythmics, LLC., was established in 1996. It has long been recognized for superior clinical patient monitoring given its foundation of employing experienced critical care nurses. Telerhythmics’ business is synergistic and complementary to G Medical’s existing infrastructure and operations following the Company’s successful acquisition and integration of CardioStaff, and further increases the Company’s nationwide footprint and services for remote vital signs monitoring healthcare services across the US. Commenting on the latest acquisition, G Medical CEO Dr. Yacov Geva, said: “Acquiring Telerhythmics further strengthens our Company’s US footprint as we further focus our efforts to become a leader in complete (endto-end) and comprehensive vital signs medical monitoring and cardiac diagnostic services across the US. Telerhythmics brings additional payer contracts, clinical and commercial scalability, access to current monitoring technologies and an existing platform to launch our proprietary medical devices with the aim to further grow our market share in this important area of digital health delivery.” Cardiac diagnostic monitoring and remote vital signs monitoring healthcare services is a rapidly growing industry in the US and the Company is well positioned to become an emerging leader in the E-Health and Vital Signs Monitoring space. The Company continues its preparations towards the submission of its F-1 Registration Statement towards a Dual-Listing on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange, where a number of the Company’s peers are currently listed. About G Medical Products G Medical offers a suite of consumer and professional clinical-grade products (with regulatory approval) that are positioned to streamline healthcare services, improve remote access to medical data, reduce costs, improve quality of care, and make healthcare more personalized and precise. Currently the Company is focusing on two main verticals. The ‘Prizma’ Medical Smartphone Case is one of two key products developed by G Medical and is aimed at everyday consumers focused on their medical health and wellbeing. The ‘Prizma’ allows consumers to turn their smartphone into a mobile medical monitor to measure a wide range of vital signs, with the added advantage that users are able to store their medical data in the cloud and share it with third parties such as healthcare professionals and family members. G Medical also offers a professional real-time patient continuous monitoring solution, G Medical’s Vital Signs Monitoring System (VSMS) and G Medical Patch (GMP). This modular solution measures a wide range of vital signs that are automatically presented in a call centre (IDTF) or a hospital setting. The GMP assists in diagnosing patient complaints and conditions remotely, from pre-hospitalisation, hospitalisation and through to post discharge home-based settings. - Ends - Contact: Corporate Advisors Otsana Capital 108 Outram Street West Perth WA 6005 Telephone: +61 8 9486 7244 www.otsana.com Investor Relations Viriathus Australia Level 8/525 Flinders Street Melbourne VIC 3000 Telephone: +61 2 8667 5360 www.viriathus.com Media Enquiries Closer Communications David Wolf Tel: + 61 411 111 787 david@closer.com.au About G Medical Innovations G Medical (ASX: GMV) was founded in August 2014, aiming to be at the forefront of the digital health revolution, developing the next generation of mobile health (mHealth) technologies. The Company leverages the experience and expertise of its Board to deliver best-in-class solutions to address this global opportunity. The Company specialises in innovative next generation mobile and e-health solutions and services using its suite of devices and software solutions with a view to driving multiple and recurring revenue streams, across numerous verticals and territories. For more information on G Medical, please visit www.gmedinnovations.com Population Review needs to be balanced and sensitive to community cohesion says Settlement Services International 2018-11-02T02:05:31Z population-review-needs-to-be-balanced-and-sensitive-to-community-cohesion-says-settlement-services-international-1 Settlement Services International (SSI) welcomes NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s appointment of an expert panel to develop a population policy for NSW, especially if it brings balance, fact and data on Australia’s migration program and ensures Australia’s successful multicultural social fabric and community cohesion are not undermined. The panel will consider "the current rate of population growth and infrastructure pipeline" and "how long is needed for infrastructure to catch up with population growth rates". In her announcement (link: https://www.nsw.gov.au/your-government/the-premier/media-releases-from-the-premier/nsw-launches-first-population-review/), the Premier renewed her call for net overseas migration levels to return to more sustainable Howard-era rates until a proper population policy is put in place. She said, “It is becoming increasingly clear that the current high rates of population growth are putting even more pressure on our infrastructure.” A "Howard era" benchmark — when NSW's net migration averaged at 45,000 people per year under the Howard government — would require halving the current levels, which have averaged above 100,000 for the past two years. SSI CEO Violet Roumeliotis said, “Discussions about levels of immigration are essential in an inclusive and democratic country like Australia, however we do not want to compromise our successful multicultural cohesion by focusing only on impacts to planning and infrastructure.” Ms Roumeliotis said while Ms Berejiklian believed, "NSW’s economic success is attracting a far greater share of total immigrant numbers than it has in the past" she also needed to acknowledge that much of that economic success could be attributed to the migrant population. She said, “Migration has clear economic and social benefits for Australia. Australia’s migration levels prevented our economy going into a technical recession after the World Financial Crisis. “The Productivity Commission Inquiry Report Migrant Intake into Australia (2016) found that with net migration at the historic average rate, GDP per person is projected to increase by some 7% relative to zero net overseas migration by 2060.” Ms Roumeliotis said there were planning pressures in any big city but “we must remember that migrants come to Australia with high levels of social and economic capital and a strong willingness to contribute and, further, have shaped modern Australia since World War II.” She said SSI supported the Productivity Commission’s recommendation that, in determining migrant intake, the Australian government should give greater consideration to the implications for planning and investment and that State and Territory governments should develop detailed infrastructure plans that are consistent with population growth. She said SSI also agreed with the Productivity Commission’s recommendations that the Australian government: develop and articulate a population policy, and calibrate the size of the annual migrant intake according to that population policy; and in determining the migration intake, give greater consideration to planning and investment in infrastructure. However, Ms Roumeliotis said, “Planning of population levels and infrastructure should involve all levels of government and other stakeholders, including industry and employer bodies, education and training providers, other service providers, academia, planners and representatives of relevant migrant and other community groups.” Settlement Services International have co-hosted the International Metropolis Conference held this week in Sydney. www.metropolis2018.org.au www.ssi.org.au NOTES TO EDITORS For more information and interviews with Violet Roumeliotis, please contact: Stephen Webb l swebb@ssi.org.au l 0488 684 163 Shergold to take an evidence-based approach to NSW population policy 2018-11-01T00:27:30Z shergold-to-take-an-evidence-based-approach-to-nsw-population-policy Western Sydney University Chancellor Professor Peter Shergold who was announced on NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian’s three-member panel to develop a NSW population policy, addressed a global delegation at the International Metropolis Conference in Sydney yesterday. When asked about his involvement in the panel he told the 700 strong audience: ''We need to take an evidence-based approach to ascertain how much of the problem is one of urban infrastructure and how much of it relates to temporary and permanent migration. ''I look forward to gathering a range of opinions and data to assist in making recommendations to the Premier,” said Professor Shergold. Premier Berejiklian announced on Wednesday that she wanted the state to return to ‘Howard-era immigration levels’, which would mean halving the state’s migrant intake, due to concerns about population expansion. “It is becoming increasingly clear that the current high rates of population growth are putting even more pressure on our infrastructure," she said in a statement. The International Metropolis Conference, Sydney is the largest migration and multicultural event in the world. It continues until Friday 2 November. www.metropolis2018.org.au Violet Roumeliotis, CEO of Settlement Services International and Chancellor Professor Peter Shergold Notes to Editors For more information or to interview those featured in this press release, please contact: Marlise Beasley I Senior Account Manager, ZADRO via marlise@zadroagency.com.au 0423 624 013 Felicity Zadro I Managing Director, ZADRO via felicity@zadroagency.com.au 0404 009 384 Limited Media Passes are available for relevant and interested parties and subject to approval. If you would like a media pass, please contact Marlise Beasley on marlise@zadroagency.com.au About the Event The International Metropolis Conference will be held at the ICC Sydney 29 October – 2 November 2018. Metropolis 2018 is the only platform to bring together international, national and local migration influencers alongside academic, government, practitioner and community perspectives to highlight the latest research, challenges, insights and successes in migration, diversity and integration. Metropolis 2018 is important as the thought leaders and brightest minds of the migration sector will come together to drive enterprise, innovation and social change. We will see and hear the stories of lived experience center-stage at our event, and we will encourage debate on the hard questions, whilst seeking important new solutions. Metropolis is committed to sharing the intricacies of 21st Century migration, to shape 21st Century solutions. The Conference Chairs are: Violet Roumeliotis, CEO, Settlement Services International and Telstra Business Woman of the Year 2018 Dr Bulent (Hass) Dellal AO, CEO, Australian Multicultural Foundation Hakan Harman, CEO, Multicultural NSW The conference theme is Global Migration in Turbulent Times. It will focus on the following eight sub-themes: Enterprise, Innovation and Employment – catalysts for social change? Migration and Mobility – the dynamic shifts in the Asia-Pacific region Displacement and asylum – new dimensions driving an old phenomenon Visible and powerful – migrant voices in a connected world Conflicting agendas? National, local, regional and global responses to the governance of migration Religious diversity – a bridge or a barrier to belonging? Migration and inequality – complex challenges under the microscope Australia a multicultural paradise – myths and realities For all conference and program information www.metropolis2018.org.au Migrants blamed for infrastructure woes 2018-10-31T23:36:28Z migrants-blamed-for-infrastructure-woes Acclaimed social researcher Professor Stephen Castles says migrants are being used as scapegoats by politicians as they exploit the increased feeling of vulnerability of their constituents and frustration with infrastructure at International Metropolis Conference, held in Sydney this week. “While 28% of our population comes from overseas, it’s always been that the latest group is to blame for the problems we face on the day. “In the 50’s it was the Italians and Greeks, in the 60’s it was the Vietnamese who were blamed for crime, the drug trade and so on. Professor Castles’ message is timely as yesterday the NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, announced that she wanted the state to return to ‘Howard-era immigration levels’, which would mean halving the state’s migrant intake, due to concerns about population expansion. Yesterday she appointed a three-member panel to develop a NSW population policy to take to the federal government next year. "It is becoming increasingly clear that the current high rates of population growth are putting even more pressure on our infrastructure," she said in a statement. As reported in The Guardian (31 October 2018)[1], permanent arrivals in Australia are the same as the time under Howard, however net overseas migrants have been driven by students, tourists and skilled migrants. On the plight of refugees and asylum seekers Professor Castles says that while these groups get a lot of attention, in numbers they only constitute a very small part of our intake, the largest part is from skilled migration, people with permission to come here, work and stay permanently. “We have to change the perceptions that economic migration is good and persecuted migration is bad, it is terribly short-sighted. Across the world, there are 30,000 people a day who must leave their homes to seek asylum, and Australia only takes roughly 15,000 people a year. “Refugees have made a huge contribution to economy and society, and it isn’t fair not to recognise that. “Australia used to be a leader in human rights, and now we have become a leader in violating human rights. The International Metropolis Conference, Sydney is the largest migration and multicultural event in the world. It continues until Friday 2 November. www.metropolis2018.org.au -ends- Notes to Editors For more information or to interview those featured in this press release, please contact: Marlise Beasley, Account Director, ZADRO via marlise@zadroagency.com.au 0423 624 013 Felicity Zadro, Managing Director, ZADRO via felicity@zadroagency.com.au 0404 009 384 Limited Media Passes are available for relevant and interested parties and are subject to approval. If you would like to apply for a media pass, please contact Marlise Beasley on marlise@zadroagency.com.au #Metropolis2018 About the Event The International Metropolis Conference will be held at ICC Sydney | 29 October – 2 November 2018. Metropolis 2018 is the only platform to bring together international, national and local migration influencers alongside academic, government, practitioner and community perspectives to highlight the latest research, challenges, insights and successes in migration, diversity and integration. Metropolis 2018 is important as the thought leaders and brightest minds of the migration sector will come together to drive enterprise, innovation and social change. We will see and hear the stories of lived experience centre-stage at our event, and we will encourage debate on the hard questions, whilst seeking important new solutions. Metropolis is committed to sharing the intricacies of 21st century migration, to shape 21st century solutions. The Conference Chairs are: Violet Roumeliotis, CEO, Settlement Services International and Telstra Business Woman of the Year 2018 Dr Bulent (Hass) Dellal AO, CEO, Australian Multicultural Foundation Hakan Harman, CEO, Multicultural NSW The conference theme is Global Migration in Turbulent Times. It will focus on the following eight sub-themes: Enterprise, Innovation and Employment – catalysts for social change? Migration and Mobility – the dynamic shifts in the Asia-Pacific region Displacement and asylum – new dimensions driving an old phenomenon Visible and powerful – migrant voices in a connected world Conflicting agendas? National, local, regional and global responses to the governance of migration Religious diversity – a bridge or a barrier to belonging? Migration and inequality – complex challenges under the microscope Australia a multicultural paradise – myths and realities For all conference and program information www.metropolis2018.org.au [1] https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/oct/10/gladys-berejikilian-calls-for-immigration-cut-but-it-could-cost-nsw CE, FDA & CFDA Approval Granted for Guangzhou China Production Facility 2018-10-30T05:04:29Z ce-fda-cfda-approval-granted-for-guangzhou-china-production-facility October 30, 2018 – Sydney, Australia – Mobile and e-Health company G Medical Innovations Holdings Ltd (“G Medical” or the “Company”) (ASX: GMV) is pleased to announce it has successfully completed the independent audit process to achieve CE, FDA and CFDA regulatory approval for the Company’s Production Facility in Guangzhou China. The Company is proud to inform its shareholders that it achieved excellent results during the multistage independent audit process conducted during September and October for all three regulatory bodies (CE, FDA and CFDA). The full audit has now been completed, and the results of the audit are expected to be published and searchable to the public later this week via the following directory; https://www.sgsgroup.com.cn/en/certified-clients-and-products/certified-client-directory The Company expects to receive its final certification documentation from the Regulatory bodies within 3 weeks. This is a significant milestone for the Company which intends to utilise the full production capacity of its Guangzhou facility. As previously announced to the market, the Company has numerous agreements in place globally and the approvals granted for the Guangzhou Facility enables the Company to commence production and distribution to those territories which recognise CE, FDA and CFDA certification and have already granted regulatory approval for the Company’s medical devices. G Medical CEO Dr. Yacov Geva said, “We are very pleased to have achieved CE, FDA and CFDA approval, which exemplifies the high-quality of our Production Facility and our strong in-Country relationships. The Company has been committed to achieving this major milestone in record timeframes and we now look forward to being able to meet the demand from our global partnerships and rapidly execute our commercial plans.” G Medical has a strong pipeline of customer demand and the increased production capacity positions the Company to fulfil its expansion into the rapidly growing E-Health market. As the Company continues its preparations for the listing of its Chinese subsidiary, Guangzhou Yimei Innovative Medical Science and Technology Co. Ltd, on the main board of The Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKSE), the granting of CE, FDA and CFDA approval was an important achievement in this process. The Company requests that its securities stay in trading halt, pending an announcement in respect of a convertible note capital raising and a material acquisition. The Company requests the trading halt until the market opens on 31 October 2018 or until the announcement is made, whichever is the earlier. Corporate Advisors Otsana Capital 108 Outram Street West Perth WA 6005 Telephone: +61 8 9486 7244 www.otsana.com Investor Relations Viriathus Australia Level 8/525 Flinders Street Melbourne VIC 3000 Telephone: +61 2 8667 5360 www.viriathus.com Media Enquiries Closer Communications David Wolf Tel: + 61 411 111 787 david@closer.com.au About G Medical Innovations G Medical (ASX: GMV) was founded in August 2014, aiming to be at the forefront of the digital health revolution, developing the next generation of mobile health (mHealth) technologies. The Company leverages the experience and expertise of its Board to deliver best-in-class solutions to address this global opportunity. The Company specialises in innovative next generation mobile and e-health solutions and services using its suite of devices and software solutions with a view to driving multiple and recurring revenue streams, across numerous verticals and territories. For more information on G Medical, please visit www.gmedinnovations.com Migrants more likely to start businesses, win Nobel Prizes, Academy awards and lodge patents 2018-10-30T04:55:55Z migrants-more-likely-to-start-businesses-win-nobel-prizes-academy-awards-and-lodge-patents World renowned expert on migration research, Professor Ian Goldin from Oxford University, revealed fresh evidence of the impact of migration for growth of economies, fiscal costs and benefits at the International Metropolis Conference, in Sydney this week. Professor Goldin’s research, conducted in conjunction with Citi, found that across the globe migrants are: 2 to 3 times more likely to start businesses 2 to 4 times more likely to start ‘unicorn’ businesses 2 to 3 times more likely to win Nobel Prizes 2 to 4 times more likely to lodge patents The report, Migration and the Economy: Economic Realities, Social Impacts and Political Choice, throws light on the growing disconnect between public perceptions of migration and the actual trends. For in many advanced economies, migration has become a toxic issue in election campaigns and political debate, however the authors’ fiscal analysis shows no evidence of the negative perceptions of the impact of migration. Migrant advocate and entrepreneur, Ms Tolu Olubunmi, said whilst the statistics paint the picture, it was the ‘stories of the seekers of truth, and the curators of change’ that make the biggest impact. “The free movement of people is not a problem to be solved, but rather a human reality to be managed. There are 244 million international migrants, 65.3 million of which have been forced from their homes, and 21 million are refugees. “Rather than trying to work out what the statistics mean, I focus on the individual lives hidden in the shadows of the numbers. I focus on the fathers and the mothers, the employers and the employees, the displaced and the determined.” As a child, Tolu was brought to the USA from Nigeria. After completing her chemical engineering degree, she discovered she didn’t have the legal status to work in her profession. This crushing blow, inspiring her to take action. “Being able to live your best life, is sometimes determined by having a certain piece of paper. I had a clear choice, to leave the fate of my life to others who were much more powerful than me, or to be part of the solution and start advocating to change the USA law.” She was the first, and only, “DREAMer” working full-time advocating for access to legal status and higher education for migrant youth in the USA. Her intuitive knowledge of effectively shifting culture, coupled with an unrelenting pursuit of the technical skills necessary to build and message movements, launched a career that took her from The National Immigration Law Centre to the Obama White House and then the world stage. Violet Roumeliotis, CEO of Settlement Services International (SSI), conference co-chair and current Telstra Business Woman of the Year, said Australia’s conversation around migration and multiculturalism draws a sharp dichotomy. “On one hand we have generous resettlement programs, and a strong history of welcoming people, however, we’ve also had the White Australia policy and have drawn international criticism for our offshore processing program. “We live within a complex global environment, and there is no such thing as ‘business as usual’ in migration. “We have world experts, people with lived experience and policy makers together in this unique think tank here at Metropolis. We want you to come up with new ideas, be challenging and be challenged,” said Ms Roumeliotis. The International Metropolis Conference Sydney runs from Tuesday 30 October to Friday 2 November at the International Convention Centre Sydney. www.metropolis2018.org.au Tolu Olubunmi, Global Migration Advocate Violet Roumeliotis, CEO of Settlement Services International [1] https://www.oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk/publications/view/2712 Notes to Editors For more information or to interview those featured in this press release, please contact: Marlise Beasley, Account Director, ZADRO via marlise@zadroagency.com.au 0423 624 013 Felicity Zadro, Managing Director, ZADRO via felicity@zadroagency.com.au 0404 009 384 Limited Media Passes are available for relevant and interested parties and are subject to approval. If you would like to apply for a media pass, please contact Marlise Beasley on marlise@zadroagency.com.au #Metropolis2018 About the Event The International Metropolis Conference will be held at ICC Sydney | 29 October – 2 November 2018. Metropolis 2018 is the only platform to bring together international, national and local migration influencers alongside academic, government, practitioner and community perspectives to highlight the latest research, challenges, insights and successes in migration, diversity and integration. Metropolis 2018 is important as the thought leaders and brightest minds of the migration sector will come together to drive enterprise, innovation and social change. We will see and hear the stories of lived experience centre-stage at our event, and we will encourage debate on the hard questions, whilst seeking important new solutions. Metropolis is committed to sharing the intricacies of 21st century migration, to shape 21st century solutions. The Conference Chairs are: Violet Roumeliotis, CEO, Settlement Services International and Telstra Business Woman of the Year 2018 Dr Bulent (Hass) Dellal AO, CEO, Australian Multicultural Foundation Hakan Harman, CEO, Multicultural NSW The conference theme is Global Migration in Turbulent Times. It will focus on the following eight sub-themes: Enterprise, Innovation and Employment – catalysts for social change? Migration and Mobility – the dynamic shifts in the Asia-Pacific region Displacement and asylum – new dimensions driving an old phenomenon Visible and powerful – migrant voices in a connected world Conflicting agendas? National, local, regional and global responses to the governance of migration Religious diversity – a bridge or a barrier to belonging? Migration and inequality – complex challenges under the microscope Australia a multicultural paradise – myths and realities For all conference and program information www.metropolis2018.org.au World leading experts on migration available for interviews this week in Sydney – don’t miss out. Secure your interviews now. 2018-10-29T01:29:39Z world-leading-experts-on-migration-available-for-interviews-this-week-in-sydney-dont-miss-out-secure-your-interviews-now Dear Editor, Media Representative, Metropolis 2018 – the only gathering of its kind that brings together leaders and experts to discuss migration, diversity and integration is happening in Sydney this week. We have access to exceptional talent, world-leaders and thinkers in migration. Contact us now to arrange interviews for this week. Hon. Linda Burney MP is the member for Barton, one of the most multicultural areas in Australia and Aboriginal leader from the Wiradjuri people. She will talk to the Indigenous view of multiculturalism and offer candid stories from her incredible experience and public life. Professor Stephen Castles, Research Chair, Sociology, University of Sydney. Has had an illustrious career in cutting-edge migration research spanning 50 years. You can ask him pretty much anything! https://sydney.edu.au/arts/staff/profiles/stephen.castles.php George Megalogenis is a journalist, political commentator and author. He has strong opinions regarding the power of multiculturalism and has a particular interest in Population Policy. David Manicom is the Assistant Deputy Minister for the Settlement and Integration Sector at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Canada. David will talk about: “Inclusion in the age of Anger – Canada’s approach (and why this will work in the era of Trump Rage) Professor Ian Goldin was a World Bank Vice President and the Group’s Director of Policy, after serving as Chief Executive of the Development Bank of Southern Africa and Economic Advisor to President Nelson Mandela. He can talk to the economic benefit of migration. https://www.oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk/people/1 What: International Metropolis Conference, Sydney When: 9:00am Tuesday 30 October - 1:30pm Friday 2 November Where: International Convention Centre, Sydney, Darling Harbour Interviews are available upon request. Please email marlise@zadroagency.com.au to secure a media pass or request an on-site interview. Full Program available here: https://metropolis2018.org.au/cms/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Metropolis-2018-Program-18-October-2018.pdf Notes to Editors Metropolis 2018 – the only gathering of its kind that brings together leaders and experts to discuss migration, diversity and integration. This year’s event is hosted by a consortium, led by Settlement Services International (SSI), in partnership with Australian Multicultural Foundation (AMF) and Multicultural NSW (MNSW). Global Migration in Turbulent Times The theme for this year’s Conference is Global Migration in Turbulent Times; with a focus on the following eight sub-themes: Enterprise, Innovation and Employment – catalysts for social change? Migration and Mobility – the dynamic shifts in the Asia-Pacific region Displacement and asylum – new dimensions driving an old phenomenon Visible and powerful – migrant voices in a connected world Conflicting agendas? National, local, regional and global responses to the governance of migration Religious diversity – a bridge or a barrier to belonging? Migration and inequality – complex challenges under the microscope Australia a multicultural paradise – myths and realities Dr Anh speaks out in response to the media frenzy about the issue of plastic surgeons’ social media being responsible for body image anxiety. 2018-10-25T02:16:42Z dr-anh-speaks-out-in-response-to-the-media-frenzy-about-the-issue-of-plastic-surgeons-social-media-being-responsible-for-body-image-anxiety The solution to low body image issues is quite simple, argues Perth Female Plastic Surgeon, Dr Anh. She writes an open letter in response to the media frenzy about the issue of plastic surgeons’ social media being responsible for body image anxiety. It is disappointing to read the gross generalisations in the articles in the Daily telegraph and the Sydney Morning Herald that suggest that Plastic Surgeons are part of the growing problem of body image anxieties. As a female plastic surgeon in Perth who is active on social media, as a woman who has had her fair share of insecurities about her body, as a mum of 3 children including a 12 year old daughter, I would argue that this is a sweeping generalisation and one I find negative and somewhat insulting to those of us who are against body shaming and passionate about empowering body positivity. To point the finger at social media of plastic surgeons as one cause of a complex problem is I believe oversimplistic and ignoring a much bigger issue. Body image anxieties are a real concern. It is frightening to learn of statistics from Prof Rumsey saying that 11 year olds are wanting cosmetic procedures. It is sad to learn that poor body image is one of the 3 biggest concerns of our young people. I worry how this will affect my children, as I do not want them to grow up with poor body image, like I did, and like so many of my patients who see me. Dissatisfaction about how one looks can affect one’s confidence, and can negatively impact on every aspect of one’s life. I know first hand seeing how many people don’t want to do something because they fear rejection, failure or disapproval because they lack self-worth and often it is linked to how they negatively see themselves and their appearance. But do our young people feel this way because what some plastic surgeons have posted on their social media feed? Let’s be real here, people feel this way because they live in a world where beautiful, sexy, attractive is celebrated and promoted EVERYWHERE – on TV, in magazines, on billboards, in shop windows – not just on social media. And coupled with the harsh reality that the world is cruel. Even without magazines and TV influencing our perceptions, fleeting or deliberate comments from other children, teenagers and adults whether innocent and unintentional or not, can and do crush self esteem and confidence. Being teased or being told you are fat and ugly or have a big nose or whatever, is enough to play on our minds, and sadly, has longevity. And this type of bullying about one’s appearance begins from such a young age, and I don’t think that is because of social media. I see children worried about their prominent ears because the kids at school are mean. I see some adults who have little to no confidence and they attribute that to being bullied when younger because they were overweight. Where are we learning to be so mean? Whatever happened to the adage, if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. I grew up before social media when we all had varying degrees of dissatisfaction with our bodies merely because I believed we lived in a time where the supermodels Cindy, Claudia, Kate and Kristy and magazines like Dolly, Cleo and Cosmopolitan portrayed the notion that being beautiful, skinny, perfect were what we aspired to be like and if we didn’t we felt awkward and unattractive. Perhaps we didn’t all follow these models and magazines, but the problem of not feeling good about how we looked is age old. Centuries before women were wearing corsets to cinch in their waist so making them attractive to potential suitors looking for fertility in a woman. Wonder if women back then had body image issues? They probably had some dissatisfaction if they didn’t meet society’s view of attractive then but perhaps they never articulated it. Or maybe people were more tolerant and embracing of all shapes and sizes and appearances back then? Scientific studies have shown that people are drawn to features of beauty instinctively – and that doesn’t require influences externally. There is an argument that it is innate to be drawn to certain physical characteristics, and so whilst social media can certainly influence trends, as Kylie Jenner has in my mind, redefined the image of beauty, there is so much more to this problem of poor body image than can be blamed on plastic surgeons and social media. Add the era of the internet and social media and now everything is available online. But I do not believe it is what is splashed everywhere that has killed our body confidence, in as much as the culture where its ok to troll others, speak unkind words, be overly critical, be cruel and pass judgement on others that in my mind has fuelled body image anxieties. I am not a psychologist or sociologist and don’t claim to have the answers to a complex and concerning problem, but I do believe the onus is on society at large to change how we treat others and to start from a young age to foster tolerance, acceptance and values of kindness. As a plastic surgeon, we have a responsibility to be a part of the solution. I do believe that we already help so many patients find their self worth, love themselves more, become less self conscious and live their best lives. But we also need to make sure that we don’t set unrealistic, unattainable expectations for our patients, sexualise or trivialise what we do or make people feel worse about themselves so we can offer solutions to their problems. As members of the Australian Society of Plastic surgeons and Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, we need to advance the specialty of plastic surgery so we can help more people. We should work together with body image specialists to find solutions to fostering healthy positive body image in society, and ensure our social media and marketing is ethical realistic, professional and honest. For some people, finding one’s self worth may require counselling. For others it might be about career advancement. And some it might mean lifestyle changes. However there will always be some women and men who want to address a physical concern that holds them back from feeling good about themselves and achieving what they want to. This is equally valid, and articles and opinions that criticise or mock those of us who want to invest in ourselves and improve our appearance, do the opposite of helping us. They actually fuel even more angst. I am not claiming that plastic surgery fixes low body image. I am not arguing that if you don’t like something about your physical appearance then fix it and your woes will be over. I am not advocating that we should all go and get a boob job because the ones we saw on social media are amazing and if we don’t we will feel less of a person. Sorry for the dramatic sarcastic tone, but I am sick and tired of shaming those who want to do something for themselves. So long as the individuals have realistic expectations and are doing it for themselves and for the right reasons, it isn’t right to criticise them, or judge them as being superficial, vain, weak or any other negative undertones that some people automatically associate with plastic surgery. We don’t need to agree with their choices but we should learn to respect their autonomy in the very least. It would be my hope that we learn to be encouraging and supportive of each other rather than criticise and shame each other’s choices. I for one see women and men of all different age groups and from all walks of life who simply want to improve an area of their skin, face or body that bothers them and affects their confidence, happiness and freedom to be their best selves. In no way are these patients coming in feeling crap about themselves because they aspire to be like influencers. The overwhelming majority of my patients don’t want to be someone else – they only want to be the best version of themselves whatever age or stage of life they are at. Some have insecurities from a young age when someone teased them and that has stuck with them through most of their life. Some have insecurities that have formed from growing up in this society that is skewed in favour of who and what is beautiful. Many are going through key stages in their life when they want to feel good about themselves. Mums who feel frumpy and unattractive after having kids want to address their post-pregnancy body. Men and women who have left long term relationships want to regain their self confidence that a breakup has taken its toll on. Some want to not look aged so they can hang onto their jobs. Whetever the reason so long as it is for the patient who has realistic expectations, plastic surgery can be highly transformative, not only physically but also in how it translates positively to every aspect of one’s life. At the end of the day, social media is not going away and we cannot stop people looking and following Instagram accounts of those they relate to or engage with and search for what fits with their belief systems. For the surgeons who are posting risqué pictures labelled as “soft porn”, they are likely attracting patients who identify with those desired outcomes, but I know that my patients or those who follow me share the same values that I do about empowering others to be their best and kind self. Each to their own so long as we are not breaching professional and ethical guidelines, and not lumped into one basket as being part of a serious complex problem. With further collaboration and research, we can all be part of a solution. OUTSPOKEN IMMIGRATION ADVOCATE, UNDOCUMENTED CHILD MIGRANT OF THE USA, MS TOLU OLUBUNMI IN SYDNEY NEXT WEEK. INTERVIEWS AVAILABLE. 2018-10-25T00:29:50Z outspoken-immigration-advocate-undocumented-child-migrant-of-the-usa-ms-tolu-olubunmi-in-sydney-next-week-interviews-available Dear Editor, Media Representative, Outspoken immigration advocate and truth telling entrepreneur Ms Tolu Olubunmi, is a undocumented child migrant of the USA who does not have permanent residency who was recently appointed a special appointee to the United Nations Migration Agency, will give the key note address at the International Metropolis Conference, on Tuesday 30 October at ICC Sydney. She has served on the World Economic Forum, Global Future Council, and was named as one of 15 Women Changing the World as well as an Outstanding Woman Entrepreneur* Olubunmi will share passionately her story, her advocacy work in migration, and striving hard to get migrants and refuges the rights they deserve. She can talk to: The psychological impact on young people of living with long-term uncertainty The US District Judge’s decision to force the Trump administration to fully restore the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)** The viewpoint of young people caught between countries and antiquated migration laws The struggle to be heard and make change Olubunmi, born in Nigeria, worked tirelessly on the 2013 U.S. Senate immigration bill, and invited to introduce President Barack Obama at the White House. In 2017, the Anti-Defamation League named her an ADL In Concert Against Hate honouree, stating that her “story is a testimony to the resilience within us all, and will give courage and hope to others who confront inhumanity and injustice.” We highly recommend you attend the key note address given by Ms Tolu Olubunmi What: International Metropolis Conference, Sydney When: 9:00am Tuesday 30 October Where: International Conference Centre, Sydney, Darling Harbour As an important media representative, we invite you to attend Tolu Olubunmi’s key note. Interviews are available upon request. Please email marlise@zadroagency.com.au to secure a media pass or request an on-site interview. * www.toluolubunmi.com ** https://www.cnbc.com/2018/08/04/court-orders-trump-administration-to-fully-reinstate-daca-program.html Tolu Olubunmi with President Obama, Metropolis Sydney 2018, Tolu Olubunmi (High res images available) NOTES TO EDITORS: Metropolis 2018 – the only gathering of its kind that brings together leaders and experts to discuss migration, diversity and integration. This year’s event is hosted by a consortium, led by Settlement Services International (SSI), in partnership with Australian Multicultural Foundation (AMF) and Multicultural NSW (MNSW). Global Migration in Turbulent Times The theme for this year’s Conference is Global Migration in Turbulent Times; with a focus on the following eight sub-themes: Enterprise, Innovation and Employment – catalysts for social change? Migration and Mobility – the dynamic shifts in the Asia-Pacific region Displacement and asylum – new dimensions driving an old phenomenon Visible and powerful – migrant voices in a connected world Conflicting agendas? National, local, regional and global responses to the governance of migration Religious diversity – a bridge or a barrier to belonging? Migration and inequality – complex challenges under the microscope Australia a multicultural paradise – myths and realities Full Program available here: https://metropolis2018.org.au/cms/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Metropolis-2018-Program-18-October-2018.pdf CannaTech Sydney Speakers & Topics 2018-10-23T07:58:28Z cannatech-sydney-speakers-topics Media Advisory CannaTech Sydney Speakers & Topics Showcasing Medical Cannabis Industry Thought Leaders in Business, Medical Science & Technology at Australia’s First Medical Cannabis Summit October 28-30 Tel Aviv & Sydney, Oct. 23, 2018…CannaTech Sydney, Australia’s first ever Medical Cannabis Summit will highlight the biggest industry thought leaders known for their significant and ground-breaking contributions to the exploding global cannabis market in all fields. CannaTech covers a wide breadth of the most current industry topics agenda including presentations that cover Medical Science, Technology, Investment, International Regulation and more. Participants from around the world will gather at Doltone House, Darling Island. The summit will be preceded on October 28 by a special Cannabis Business Symposium. Journalists and photographers must register in advance! NOTE: There will be an on-site PRESS BRIEFING with CannaTech CEO Saul Kaye and several top international and Australian medical cannabis leaders on Monday, October 29, 11:15-11:45 am. Check with registration desk to confirm location. Following is a schedule of topics and speakers. Schedule subject to change. Sunday September 28, Business Symposium 14:00 - 14:30 Global Investment Trends and Forecasts: A Macro Assessment of the APAC Cannabis Market John Kagia/ Chief Knowledge Officer, Industry Analytics, New Frontier Data 14:30 - 15:00 Business Keynote: Making Sense of the Surging Global Cannabis Market Bruce Linton, Founder, Chairman and Co-CEO, Canopy Growth 15:00 - 15:30 How to Stay Competitive in an Expanding Global Market (the branding & marketing of medical cannabis) Brad Gobel, Director of Regulated Industries, Shopify Chris-Driessen, Partner; President, Organa Brands U.S. Jeremy-Heid, Co-Founder; President, Organa Brands International 15:30 - 16:00 Cannabusiness and Academia; Building for the Next Generation Nitin Mantri, Associate Professor, RMIT University Ron Lipsky, VP of Business Development, MGC Pharma 16:30 - 16:50 Going Global: Cannabis Business Opportunities in Latin America Alfredo Pascual, International Analyst, Marijuana Business Daily 16:50 - 17:00 Wholesale Cannabis Merchant Trading Platform Experience Saul Singer, Co-Founder & CEO of CMTREX 17:00 - 17:30 An In-depth Look at European Medical Cannabis 17:30 - 17:45 Constance Finley, Founder and CEO, Constance Therapeutics 17:45 - 18:15 Regulation’s Role in Global Partnerships & Cannabis Business Decisions Deepak Anand, VP, Business Development & Government Relations, Cannabis Compliance Inc. Pat McCutcheon, President and CEO, MediPharm Elaine Darby, Managing Director, AusCann Group Holdings Ltd Lynn Honderd, Co-Founder & CEO, Mary 18:15 - 18:45 Panel: Capital Market, The How and Why of Going Public Stephen Silver/ Managing Director, Hunter Capital Advisors Director, Capital Markets, TheraCann International Benchmark Corporation Jeremy Leibler, Partner, Arnold Bloch Leibler 18:45 - 19:00 Cannabis Investment Overview: Fear, Risk & How to Spot a Winner Brian Sheng, General Partner, Arcview Group 19:00 Closing Remarks Saul Kaye, CEO, Founder of iCAN: israel cannabis Monday, October 29, Summit Day 1 9:30 - 09:45 Lorne Gertner, Chairman & Co-Founder, Hiku Brands Company Ltd. Helen Kapalos, Chairperson, Victorian Multicultural Commission 09:45 - 10:00 The Ethnopharmacological History of Cannabis Justin Sinclair, Research Fellow, NICM 10:00 - 10:30 Policy & Regulation Panel: Getting on the Map in Global Medical Cannabis Policy and Next Steps for Australia Deepak Anand, VP, Business Development & Government Relations, Cannabis Compliance Inc. Mimi Busk Downey, Director of Regulatory Affairs, TheraCann International Benchmark Corporation Jonathan Zaid, Director of Advocacy and Corporate Social Responsibility, Aurora Carol Ireland, CEO and Managing Director, Epilepsy Action Australia 10:30 - 10:45 Humans of Medical Cannabis: The Road to 'Rylie's Law' Rylie Maedler, President & Founder, Rylie's Sunshine 10:45 - 11:15 Pharma 2.0 – Exploring the Development of Cannabis as Medicine Dr. Guy Chamberland, CSO & Regulatory Affairs, Tetra Bio-Pharma Constance Finley, Founder and CEO, Constance Therapeutics Sharlene Mavor, Medical Cannabis Research Australia (NFO) Dr. Melanie Kelly, Professor, Dalhousie University, Canada 11:45 - 12:00 Macro Trends on Global Cannabis Market (Including CBD) Giadha Decarcer, Founder & CEO, New Frontier Data 12:00 - 12:30 All Star Canadian Panel Vinay Tolia/ CEO, The Flowr Joshua Eades, Vice President, Chief Science Officer, Tilray Pradyum Sekar, CEO, Sail Cannabis 12:30 - 12:45 Beyond Physician and Patient Education Pradyum Sekar, CEO, Sail Cannabis 12:45 - 13:15 Global Insights Panel Cam Battley, Chief Corporate Officer, Aurora Cannabis Dr. Stewart Washer, VP Business Development, AusCann Ltd 13:15 - 13:30 Nutraceutical, Cannaceutical, and Pharmaceutical Stephane Redey, Scientific Industry Advisor, PhD, Creso Pharma 14:30 - 15:00 Effecting Change: The Advocates' Road to Compassionate Care Alice Oleary Randall, Medical Cannabis Pioneer, Editor-in-Chief, Mary's Lucy Haslam, Executive Director, Co-Founder, United in Compassion Lynn Honderd, Co-Founder & CEO, Mary 15:00 - 15:15 Cannabis & Cancer Research Prof. Marco Falasca, Professor, School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, Curtin University 15:15 - 15:30 The PELICAN study: Results and Implications for Policy Anastasia Suraev, Clinical Research Officer, Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics 15:30 - 15:50 Australia’s First Producer Fleta Solomon, Managing Director, Little Green Pharma 15:45 - 16:05 Navigating Australia’s Cannabis Landscape Paul Mavor, Director, Health House and Medical Cannabis Research Australia 16:05 - 16:30 Using Microbes in Commercial Cannabis Cultivation Colin Bell, Chief Growth Officer, Growcentia Tuesday October 30, Summit Day 2 09:30 - 9:45 Next Gen Research: Clinical Research Programs Including Soon-to-be-Published Driving Data Prof Iain McGregor, Academic Director, Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics 09:45 - 10:10 The Methodology of Studying and Doing Cannabis Research Dy. Ryan Vandrey, Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins University 10:10 - 10:35 The Regulation of the Cultivation and Manufacture of Medicinal Cannabis Products John Skerritt, Adjunct Prof FTSE FIPAA (Vic), Deputy Secretary, Department of Health, Australia 10:35 - 10:55 Chemotype Variance and the Relation to Clinical Health Outcomes Andrew Samann, CEO and Founder, Orion GMP Solutions 11:00 - 11:15 Potential of Cannabis-Based Medicines to Treat Psychiatric Illness and Improve Brain Health Dr. Katrina Green, Researcher, Lecturer, University of Wollongong 11:45 - 12:00 From Hemp to Cannabis: Around the World in Two Decades Paul Benhaim, Executive Director and CEO, Elixinol Global Limited 12:00 - 12:15 Expert Research on Cannabis for Epilepsy Prof. Uri Kramer, Scientific Advisor, MGC Pharma 12:15 - 12:30 Medical Research: Cancer and Full-spectrum Products, CBD:THC Synergy and Pain Jonathan Arnold, Associate Professor, Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics 12:30 - 12:50 T​he Education and Administration of Medical Cannabis Treatment for Paediatric Care Naama Saban, RN BcS, Medifarm 12:50 - 13:10 Patient Centric Consumer Trends: Canadian Data Tells the Story Matei Olaru, CEO, Lift & Co. 13:10 - 13:30 Health, Science and Policy: A Patient First Agenda Dr. Mark Ware, Chief Medical Officer, Canopy Growth 14:30 - 14:50 The Importance of Maintaining an Honest Business Charles Feldmann, Head of International Cannabis Team, Cantafio Feldmann Nagel 14:50 - 15:10 Ensuring a Reliable, Economic, Practical and Safe Cannabis Regulatory Framework Chris Bolton, COO and Founder, TheraCann International Benchmark Corporation 15:10 - 15:30 Lessons from Canada: Medical Education and the Road Forward for Medical Cannabis in Australia Daniel Schecter, Co-founder & Medical Director of the Canadian Cannabinoid Medical Clinic 16:00 - 16:15 Science & Medicine: Next Steps in Cannabis Extraction Technology Pat-McCutcheon, President and CEO, MediPharm Labs 16:30 - 17:00 3 Under 30: The Future of Australian Medical Cannabis Adam Miller, Founder and CEO, BuddingTech Rhys Cohen/ Project Officer, Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics Australian Media Contact for interviews, media enquiries and registration: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com To register and for further information contact Laura Kam, laura@kamgs.com, 972-54-806-8613. Does religion unite us or divide us? 2018-10-23T00:04:25Z does-religion-unite-us-or-divide-us-1 Media Release: 23 October 2018 With religious freedom a hot-button topic in Australia’s social and political agenda, delegates at the International Metropolis Conference, Sydney, will cast their vote in a moderated debate on whether the religious affiliations of migrants create bridges or barriers to belonging. Metropolis 2018 – to be held at ICC Sydney, 29 October to 2 November 2018 – is the only platform to bring together international, national and local migration experts and practitioners to highlight the latest research, challenges, insights and successes in migration, diversity and integration. Issues around religion loom large in discussions of migrants and integration in contemporary Australia and, indeed, across the world. Public discourse around migrants and religion commonly focus on perceived differences and barriers to pluralism. While religious affiliation can provide bonds and bridges that increase a migrant’s sense of belonging, the Pew Research Center Australia reports to have seen a continued rise in social hostilities involving religion. The vote on the topic “Religion divides us more than it unites us” will follow a robust debate including leading thinkers Jawad Syed (Lahore University, Pakistan), Peggy Levitt (Wellesley College, USA), Farida Fozdar (The University of Western Australia) and Sunil Badami (author, Australia). Dr Simon Longstaff (Executive Director of The Ethics Centre, Australia) will moderate the debate. Conference Chair, current Telstra Australian Business Women of the Year and CEO of Settlement Services International, Violet Roumeliotis, said the debate will be an engaging way to wrestle with a hard issue. “This debate will bring together both sides of the argument in a professional and entertaining way. “Delegates will experience a kind of discourse we don’t often get to see in the media and politics. This is about ideas, about people and how we live together. “I’m anticipating this debate will be one of the highlights of the Metropolis Conference, and a session not to be missed”, said Ms Roumeliotis. The Debate: Religion divides us more than it unites us, will be held on Friday 2 November 2018 at the International Metropolis Conference, Sydney. More information: www.metropolis2018.org.au -ends- Notes to Editors Limited Media Passes are available for relevant and interested parties and are subject to approval. If you would like to apply for a media pass, please contact Marlise Beasley on marlise@zadroagency.com.au For more information or to interview those featured in this press release, please contact: Marlise Beasley, Account Director, ZADRO via marlise@zadroagency.com.au +61 2 9212 7867 Felicity Zadro, Managing Director, ZADRO via felicity@zadroagency.com.au +61 2 9212 7867 Images and logos can be downloaded from here. About the Event Metropolis 2018 – the only gathering of its kind that brings together leaders and experts to discuss migration, diversity and integration. The International Metropolis Conference will be held at ICC Sydney | 29 October – 2 November 2018. The world’s brightest academic, government and community leaders and practitioners will gather for a week of learning, discussion and debate on migration, diversity and integration. Metropolis will be an intellectually challenging, culturally rewarding opportunity to network and explore the latest thinking and practices in migration policy, research and programs. This year’s event is hosted by a consortium, led by Settlement Services International (SSI), in partnership with Australian Multicultural Foundation (AMF) and Multicultural NSW (MNSW). The Conference Chairs are: Violet Roumeliotis, CEO, Settlement Services International and Telstra Business Woman of the Year 2017. Dr Bulent (Hass) Dellal AO, CEO, Australian Multicultural Foundation Hakan Harman, CEO, Multicultural NSW The conference theme is Global Migration in Turbulent Times. It will focus on the following eight sub-themes: Enterprise, Innovation and Employment – catalysts for social change? Migration and Mobility – the dynamic shifts in the Asia-Pacific region Displacement and asylum – new dimensions driving an old phenomenon Visible and powerful – migrant voices in a connected world Conflicting agendas? National, local, regional and global responses to the governance of migration Religious diversity – a bridge or a barrier to belonging? Migration and inequality – complex challenges under the microscope Australia a multicultural paradise – myths and realities To view the program: www.metropolis2018.org.au/program/ For all conference information www.metropolis2018.org.au/ CannaTech Announces Platinum Sponsorships for CannaTech Sydney, Australia’s First Ever Medical Cannabis Conference, October 28-30 2018-10-15T22:18:14Z cannatech-announces-platinum-sponsorships-for-cannatech-sydney-australias-first-ever-medical-cannabis-conference-october-28-30 CannaTech Announces Platinum Sponsorships for CannaTech Sydney, Australia’s First Ever Medical Cannabis Conference, October 28-30 Spectrum, New Frontier Data, MGC Pharma and Theracann will be attending and sponsoring the CannaTech event Tel Aviv & Sydney, October 16, 2018…CannaTech, the creator of the world’s premier cannabis events, is pleased to announce its Platinum Sponsorships for CannaTech Sydney, Australia’s first ever Medical Cannabis Summit taking place October 28-30, 2018 in Sydney. Saul Kaye, Founder and CEO of CannaTech and iCAN: Israel Cannabis issued the following statement: "We are thrilled that these companies are the leading sponsors of CannaTech Sydney and greatly appreciate their support. Australia and the APAC region are an exciting and growing medical cannabis market and we value the participation of these top companies which will help shine a light on this emerging industry. Each of these companies bring unique and ground-breaking expertise to CannaTech and we look forward to having them share their in-depth knowledge with our audience which will hail from the Continent and around the world. " Spectrum Cannabis is the new Australian branch of Canopy Growth, the world’s largest publicly traded cannabis company currently worth over $15 billion (USD). New Frontier Data is the leader in providing unbiased vetted information to stakeholders in the global cannabis industry. The will be providing data on the medical cannabis industry in Australia as well as on Hemp and CBD in China, Hong Kong and Asia. MCG Pharma, an Australian company that recently received a significant $1,000,000 (USD) investment from CannaGlobal, solidifying its place as Australia’s leading cannabis wellness and lifestyle products business. TheraCann International provides business, technology and industry experts who apply advanced technology to help clients design, build and run their cannabis businesses. We are all looking forward to CannaTech Sydney to move the industry forward and, most importantly, help patients throughout the continent and region. The CannaTech Sydney Summit will cover the most current industry topics including Ag Tech & Innovation, Business & Finance, Policy & Regulation, Science & Medicine. Human interest stories will be an important component of the program. The summit will take place at Doltone House Darling Island Wharf. Click here for list of CannaTech Sydney speakers and daily schedule. About iCAN: Israel-Cannabis iCAN is building the global cannabis ecosystem. iCAN identifies and accelerates innovative medical cannabis technologies and creates synergies and cooperation across the industry. iCAN uses its global network and reach to position Israel as the leading medical cannabis tech hub. About CannaTech CannaTech is powered by iCAN. CannaTech is the premier international cannabis summit held annually in Tel Aviv, and internationally in London, Panama, and for the first time in Sydney, Australia in October 2018 and Hong Kong in November 2018. For further information, media inquiries and journalist registration contact: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com