The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-03-22T00:28:55Z Harmony is more important than ever this week 2019-03-22T00:28:55Z harmony-is-more-important-than-ever-this-week Harmony Week in Australia coincided with important dates this week, including the International Day of the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, World Social Work Day and the aftermath of the devastating terrorist attack in Christchurch. AASW National President Christine Craik said, “These events remind us that ‘harmony’ within our communities and across society rests on recognising the dignity of every person, while welcoming diversity. “That is how we promote the human rights of everyone. “This year’s Harmony Week shows us how important it is that we all promote inclusion and end discrimination based on differences in heritage, culture or belief.” This year’s AASW World Social Work Day events took time to reflect on the tragedy in Christchurch and how important social work values are in countering racism. Ms Craik said, “Social workers are passionate advocates for justice and helping families, communities and societies to build relationships based on solidarity and mutual respect. “This is how we will eliminate racial discrimination in our country. We need to reflect on the culture that can make politicians believe that there are votes to be gained by blaming refugees, immigrants or Indigenous people for issues that are not related to them, such as pressure on health care, crowded cities or welfare spending. It’s the same culture that led to the terrible act of violence last Friday.” “Social workers are dedicated to creating a society which is just and inclusive in which it is possible for everyone to flourish and thrive. Eliminating racial discrimination is fundamental to our vision. “Now is the time when we look to our leaders to set an example and we call on politicians, business and community groups to commit to join us in eliminating all forms of discrimination.” Christine Craik is available for interview. Statement on Brisbane City Council distributing disposable breathalysers to staff 2019-03-20T03:03:10Z statement-on-brisbane-city-council-distributing-disposable-breathalysers-to-staff Brisbane City Council has purchased 18,000 disposable personal breathalysers for staff to undertake voluntary testing after lunch or the morning after a heavy night of drinking. https://www.facebook.com/couriermail/posts/10156704673552702 Irwandy Tan, CEO of Andatech, says the amount spent on disposable units, which may have been up to $50,000, could have been better spent on wall-mounted and personal breathalysers to provide a long-term solution. Andatech has the largest number of Australian Standard-certified breathalysers in Australia, which are designed for personal use, workplaces and hospitality venues. Mr Tan said Brisbane City Council and any other workplace/venue can install a wall-mounted breathalyser to determine accurate readings of employees’ BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) to three decimal places. “While many workplaces conduct random alcohol and drug testing, providing a voluntary system where employees can check themselves at any time, allows employees to be responsible for their actions, which is a good thing.” The other suggestion from Irwandy Tan is that for the same amount of money, Brisbane City Council could have purchased around 160 personal breathalysers that employees could take with them to lunches and meetings so they could test themselves before they return to work. “For the Council’s investment, I believe a better option would have been a mix of wall mounted units and hand-held personal breathalysers that come with removable mouthpieces. “Once the units have been purchased, the only other cost is calibration of the fuel cell technology to ensure ongoing accuracy and the purchase of more mouthpieces. “The other concern with having 18,000 disposable units is that they will all end up in landfill,” he added. Ends For more comments please contact: Mr Irwandy Tan, Director and CEO, Andatech. T: 03 8899 6900 M: 0400 338 300 E: irwandy@andatech.com.au https://www.andatech.com.au/ About Andatech: Andatech is a 100% Australian owned company that designs, supplies, supports and services safety products including high quality alcohol and drug testing equipment. The company has the widest range of Australian Standard-certified breathalysers in Australia, which are designed for personal use, workplaces, hospitality venues (wall mounted) and as car interlock devices. Drug testing kits cover saliva and urine testing of up to 9 drug groups, providing error-free results. Andatech also has a distribution channel offering consumer safety products and air quality products include dehumidifiers, air purifiers and humidifiers. https://www.andatech.com.au/ Media enquiries: Wendy McWilliams, WMC PR, T: 03 9803 2588 E: wendy@wmcpr.com.au Balance for Better: Social workers call for action on gender inequality 2019-03-07T23:21:33Z balance-for-better-social-workers-call-for-action-on-gender-inequality The 2019 theme of International Women’s Day is #BalanceforBetter, with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) calling for action on gender inequality. AASW National President Christine Craik said gender equality is vital to health and future of our nation, and to the work of social workers. Ms Craik said, “We need to recognise that when women are disadvantaged, we are all poorer. “Social workers feel the effects of gender inequality both professionally and personally. Professionally, we strive to address the effects of gender inequality with the people and communities we work with at an individual and a systems level. “Personally, social work is also a female dominated profession. It is a highly skilled occupation which can often carry elements of risk in practice. However, like many other female dominated professions, social work is often not paid at the rate of similar male dominated professions, nor does it come with the status of male dominated professions that carry the same risks and the same (or often lower) qualification levels. Social workers well understand the need to Balance for Better. “Australia’s report card for gender equality is not looking good. More women than ever before are being incarcerated around Australia for crimes of poverty and through living lives influenced by trauma, family violence and sexual abuse. “There is an alarming increase in homelessness for women and children as a result of family violence and for women over the age of 55, many of whom find themselves with little in the way of superannuation or savings, due to their years of unpaid and uncounted work of caring and child-rearing. Government policies such as the Centrelink automated debt recovery scheme, robodebt, and the ParentsNext program are punitive, deficit-based and are contributing to increasing numbers of women and children living in poverty. “If we are to Balance for Better this International Women’s Day, then we must address the root causes of inequality and the misogynistic and discriminatory policies which devalue and fail women. If these are not addressed, then the inequitable situation we currently have will continue to enable the unacceptable rates of family violence, sexual violence, poverty, and homelessness that we see now. “This starts with recognising women as equals and that the work women do is of equal value to that of men, whether it is paid or unpaid. It means recognising that women need to be in positions of power, including on boards and in government. “Then we will truly be able to Balance for Better.” Christine Craik is available for interview. Bauer Signals Major Campaign Against Sexually Transmitted Debt and Female Financial Abuse 2019-03-07T23:14:45Z bauer-signals-major-campaign-against-sexually-transmitted-debt-and-female-financial-abuse Bauer Media, Australia’s leading multi-platform publisher, has today launched a major campaign designed to empower and educate the nation’s more than 12 million women about their personal finances and financial abuse. According to research based on the Australian Bureau of Statistic 2012 Personal Safety Survey 15.7% of women had experienced economic abuse in their lifetimes with the risk of economic abuse peaking at 20.9% for women between the ages of 40 and 49. The campaign, entitled Financially Fit Females, will be run across Bauer’s 36 media brands, including ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, The Australian Women’s Weekly, and Woman’s Day with a combined readership of some 7.5 million. At a breakfast in Sydney to celebrate International Women’s Day, Jane Waterhouse, General Manager of Bauer’s Story 54 said that the campaign is centered around one of the most serious problems facing many Australian women; not having full control and understanding of their finances and how this can lead to financial and economic abuse. “This campaign will sit at the heart of Bauer’s activist agenda over the coming year and into the future,” Ms. Waterhouse said. The Financially Fit Females campaign will drive 1 million actions to increase understanding and educate women around key issues: Financial and economic abuse; what it is and how to recognise it Savings and investments Maximizing super Being paid appropriately Navigating separation and divorce Anna Bligh, CEO of the Australian Banking Association, acknowledges Bauer’s Financially Fit Females campaign is an important initiative. “Helping women to fully understand and be informed and confident in their financial decisions is important and will go a long way towards addressing the many issues associated with female financial abuse”, Ms Bligh said. According to last year’s Melbourne Institutes HILDA survey, Australian women are much less financially literate than men with 85 percent of women under 35 not fully understanding “fundamental investment concepts”. Bauer’s finance editor Effie Zahos said, “Women are just as much a part of our economy as men, but many still seem to have a poor understanding of important financial concepts and activities. “The way a woman deals with savings, superannuation, separation, the gender pay gap and other significant issues can spell the difference between living a financially comfortable life or not.” Womans Day editor-in-chief Fiona Connolly said major problems could emerge when a woman does not understand her finances and more significantly leaves their management to a partner. “The situation can become dire for older women whose partners take control of their joint finances, leading to women being forced to live in domestic poverty and suffering from financial abuse. “The facts are that financial abuse is highly gendered with more than 15 percent of women experiencing financial abuse often in romantic relationships. “Sexually transmitted debt and inappropriate financial affairs are very real problems for tens of thousands of Australian women,” Ms Connolly said. Mr Paul Dykzeul, Bauer Media CEO said the Financially Fit Females campaign will build on Bauer’s successful participation in the community push last year to have the GST on female sanitary products, aka “the tampon tax” removed. “What is now clearer than ever is that a concerted media campaign by a publisher like Bauer around significant women’s issues can have an impact and force real change. “At Bauer we make no apology for fighting hard for the things women value and we look forward to whichever political party forms government after the election joining with us to drive education for women around their financials,” Mr Dykzeul said. Further facts on female economic abuse: The life-time prevalence of economic abuse for women is 15.7%, while for men it's 7.1 % Women are less likely to be involved in financial planning, acquiring and managing long-term investments The risk of economic abuse peaks between the ages of 40 and 49. In this age group, 20.9% of women and 10.3% of men reported economic abuse. Among women who have sought help from domestic violence services, the prevalence of economic abuse ranges from 78% to 99% Women were more likely to have a history of economic abuse if they were separated or divorced; had a lower levels of education; were unemployed; or lived in households with second and lowest income quintiles. Banking, savings and investments. – Women are less likely than men to have investments and have 20% less in savings and investments (Source: Roy Morgan) Source: Roy Morgan Single Source, Dec 18. Total unduplicated Bauer network. Adrenaline Pumping Gold Coast Holiday Activities From Cheap and Affordable Gold Coast Airport Car Hire Rentals Companies in Queensland 2019-03-05T22:02:19Z adrenaline-pumping-gold-coast-holiday-activities-from-cheap-and-affordable-gold-coast-airport-car-hire-rentals-companies-in-queensland With holiday time almost here, thousands of Australians will be streaming to the Gold Coast. Some may just want to chill on the beaches or stroll through stores, but an increasing number are set on letting adrenaline pump out the cobwebs after a year at the office desk, according to Darryl Essington-Wilson, CEO of Gold Coast Family Car Rentals. He sees the Gold Coast adrenaline and extreme activities, already very popular, becoming increasingly so during the Gold Coast’s current tourism industry boom, and the venues and areas where they take place may well be the most visited destinations for those driving his rental cars this holiday season. Choosing the Hard Way Visitors can enjoy their holidays the hard way, or the easy way, says Darryl. They can take in dramatic views of scenic islands and beaches from hot air balloons as the sun rises or sets, or take scenic flights in seaplanes or helicopters. They can also go the kayaking route, take exhilarating hikes and participate in many other outdoor activities. However, more visitors are tending to go for the challenge of high speeds, scary heights or super physical activity, whether it’s on or in the water, up in the sky, on solid ground or somewhere in-between. And, according to Darryl, the Gold Coast is making sure that the toughest challenge for visitors will be in choosing which of the many options available to enjoy first. Up, Up and Away Rather than settling for a seaplane or balloon, those chasing the adrenaline buzz may choose to accept the challenge of tandem sky-diving (the first minute of which consists of free-fall) from 14,000ft above Kirra Beach at Coolangatta; or see what it’s like free-falling the whole way in an indoor wind tunnel at Surfers Paradise. For those who want to hang around between sky and ground, Darryl suggests heading for the trees. The Canyon Flyer guided tour at Mt Tamborine sees brave travellers suspended on zip lines 60m high above the Cedar Creek Canyon, and zipping along at speeds of up to 70km/h. The Tree Top Challenge at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary can occupy up to 3.5 hours of adrenaline pumping time for the adventurous ones in the family, whilst others spend their time enjoying the many animal encounters that the Sanctuary is famous for. Darryl says travellers can alsoget the feeling of being suspended in the air by going parasailing (tandem or alone) behind a powerful boat while surrounded by the views of Surfers Paradise and the Gold Coast Islands. Hitting the Water A high-speed Jet-Boat ride will certainly add a splash of excitement to the day. It starts at Surfers Paradise and speeds along the Gold Coast Broadwater, complete with 360-degree spins and other adrenaline-inducing tricks. There’s also the chance to fly about 10m off the water and at a speed of up to 45km/h while powered by a jetpack or enjoy the jet-propelled Flyboard experience both on and above the water. Don’t Forget the Kids The Gold Coast has plenty of activities for kids, says Darryl. Many of the theme parks that are becoming synonymous with Gold Coast tourism, like Sea World, Movie World, Dreamworld, andWet‘n’Wild water world, and Game Over offer a selection of rides, thrills and activities both outdoors and indoors. Youngsters can also go whizzing around on wheels on dry ground; or walk, turn, run and slide across the water inside giant water balls at the Royal Pines Resort in Benowa, near Surfers Paradise. These adrenaline-pumping activities found at Surfers Paradise, Coolangatta and Mt Tamborine are all within easy reach of Gold Coast city in a rental car from Gold Coast Family Car Rentals, with travelling times of no more than 30 minutes. And booking one of Darryl’s cars is just as easy - To find one to travel in the Gold Coast area, and particularly from Coolangatta to Surfers Paradise, and including the Gold Coast Airport, make sure to book onlinewith Car Hire Gold Coast or Gold Coast Airport Car Rental, or call + 61 7 5508 3333. Pick up and drop off at the Gold Coast Airport can be arranged. Syndicated by Baxton Media. The TV Week Logies Most Popular TV Commercial Finalists Announced 2019-03-03T22:58:13Z the-tv-week-logies-most-popular-tv-commercial-finalists-announced THE TV WEEK LOGIES MOST POPULAR TV COMMERCIAL FINALISTS ANNOUNCED 4th March 2019 Bauer Media is proud to announce the finalists in the Most Popular Television Commercial category at the 61st annual TV WEEK Logie Awards, to be held on the Gold Coast later this year. Twelve of Australia’s best advertisements are eligible for the new Logie Award. In its inaugural year, the Most Popular TV Commercial category received an overwhelming number of entries from agencies all across Australia. A panel of leading industry experts were responsible for shortlisting the numerous submissions and undertook a rigorous selection process in order to narrow down the top 12 advertisements to move forward to the public vote. 2019’s judging panel consisted of some of Australia’s most authoritative voices in media and advertising; Pippa Chambers, Editor of Ad News, James Manning, Editor of Mediaweek, Michael Lynch, CEO and Founder of Campaign Brief, David Hovenden, Editor and Publisher of B&T, Thomas Woodgate, Editor of TV WEEK and Jane Waterhouse, General Manager of Bauer Media’s Story54. Thomas Woodgate, Editor TV WEEK said: “We had an overwhelming response to this campaign in its very first year and we are thrilled to be submitting some of Australia’s finest creative for the consumer vote. It’s been really pleasing to see how the industry has embraced this award. It was our intention to showcase the creativity within the advertising industry and the level of submissions was superb. Some of the best creative is being produced right here in Australia and the commercials this year proved that. We were looking for ads that really captured the diverse nature of our country and there were plenty. Judging was an extremely tough process, so thank you to all that submitted for making our jobs so difficult! It’ll be over to the public to decide the final winner, so I wish all entrants the very best of luck.” The top 12 commercials shortlisted for 2019 include: Australia Santa Crashes Christmas by Aldi Dundee: Australia's Tourism Ad in Disguise by Tourism Australia First Dance by Apple Frank by Westpac I AM the captain of my soul by Invictus Games It's a Mystery by Budget Direct Join The Queendom by Bonds Lamb Side Story by MLA Making My Christmas by Myer Naked Wrestling by KFC Serena Project: I Touch Myself by Berlei Tastes Like Australia by Vegemite Public voting officially opens today, Monday the 4th of March on the digital home of TV WEEK, Now to Love. The 61st TV WEEK Logie Awards will be held at The Star Gold Coast in Queensland. All the action from the red-carpet arrivals and awards-show celebrations will be telecast on the Nine Network and 9Now. Cutting Gold Coast Holiday Costs From Cheap and Affordable Gold Coast Airport Car Hire Rentals Companies in Queensland 2019-02-27T22:40:44Z cutting-gold-coast-holiday-costs-from-cheap-and-affordable-gold-coast-airport-car-hire-rentals-companies-in-queensland Visitors holidaying on the Gold Coast needn’t look at paying in gold nuggets. All it takes, according to Gold Coast Family Car Rentals CEO Darryl Essington-Wilson, is a bit of careful budgeting for travellers to be able to enjoy a gold star trip on a silver or bronze budget. He says visitors should include in their planning a list of priorities aimed at a gold star experience that will fund memories for a long time, rather than result in red figures on the bank balance when they get home. And these priorities should be considered with regard to how they get to the Gold Coast; what they do, eat, and buy while there; and the rental car they use in order to do these things. In most instances, getting anywhere in Australia involves flying, because of the distances involved. Saving money on flights involves conscious planning in terms of when’s best to book, and when is best to fly, as well as keeping a sharp eye on any special deals, according to Darryl. Departure points, as well as flexibility about flying dates and days of the week, can also save a few dollars. And when they consider rental car options, they should be sure to take into account all the costs involved in hiring a car, including insurance excesses and fees for added extras like child seats, and not just consider the basic rental fee when budgeting on rental car costs. Location, Location, Location As most tourists are drawn to the Gold Coast by its beaches, the surf and those that ride it, Surfers Paradise is often the first choice for accommodation and attractions. However, Darryl points out that the Gold Coast has 52 km of pristine beaches within an easy drive of Surfers Paradise and the attractions there. These include Broadbeach (11minutes), Main Beach (12min), Burleigh Heads (17minutes), and Coolangatta (30mins), all of which offer cheaper accommodation and a better family holiday environment than Surfers Paradise, according to Darryl. All have beautiful beaches, and their own day and night entertainment. He adds that visitors should also remember that the length of stay can also make a difference. Short one or two-night stops may work out more expensive per night, while a free night or two may be included when the stay is longer. Putting Money Where the Mouth is While wonderful dinners and tasty lunches are readily available on the Gold Coast, Darryl mentions that this could see holidaymakers literally putting too much money where their mouths are. Sandwich bars, food from street markets, store-bought supplies for some meals, or having an Australian-style beach barbeque using the free BBQs at many of the beaches, might make both visitors and their bank balances more comfortable about enjoying a dinner on the town now and then. Holidaymakers can take home-packed picnic lunches on outings, including trips to Theme Parks. Money-saving Tips for Going Out and About The Gold Coast and its hinterland offer a wide range of experiences which cost nothing at all, like the views, the beaches, the rainforests, and the streams. In some cases, a blend of paid entry and free options balance out to a good value for money outing, according to Darryl. Currumbin, less than half an hour away from Surfers Paradise, offers visitors the chance to stroll on the beach at Currumbin, splash around in rock pools in the Currumbin Valley, enjoy markets, feed the birds at the Bird Sanctuary, and appreciate wildlife, or take to the treetops in Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Much of this is free and admittance fees at the Wildlife Sanctuary are sometimes governed by deals or membership options which reduce that cost. Similarly, special passes are available online for access to theme park “worlds” like Dreamworld, Wet ‘n' Wild, Movieworld, Seaworld, and White Water World, all of which offer multiple activities like rides and slides. Some offer multiple park access, while others allow for return visits to one, grant early entry, or sanction queue skipping. Once inside, visitors may find other savings, like buying refillable drinks, or bring their own water. Visitors looking to hire a rental car on the Gold Coast with a value for money guarantee, pickup and drop-off at the airport, free child seats and concessionary rates on other holiday add-ons, can book onlinewith Car Hire Gold Coast or Gold Coast Airport Car Rental, or call + 61 7 5508 3333. Syndicated by Baxton Media. Last Minute Planning Tips for a Gold Coast Holiday Trip From Cheap and Affordable Gold Coast Airport Car Hire Rentals Companies in Queensland 2019-02-27T08:33:07Z last-minute-planning-tips-for-a-gold-coast-holiday-trip-from-cheap-and-affordable-gold-coast-airport-car-hire-rentals-companies-in-queensland For thousands of holidaymakers, the countdown is on for the forthcoming school holidays and festive season. For many of them, the destination will be the Gold Coast, Australia’s favourite holiday destination, and their arrival is just around the corner. And whether they’ve got tickets and bookings in hand, or are still trying to organise a last-minute trip, it’s time for some heavy-duty last-minute planning, according to Gold Coast Family Car Rentals CEO, Darryl Essington-Wilson. While early planning for a trip to a city like Gold Coast, is certainly a wise move, Darryl believes not all doors are closed to those still wanting to make a visit this season. And the unclosed doors include those on the car rentals they will need in order to enjoy the scenic beauty and entertainment available on the Gold Coast. Flexibility and Perseverance However, he says access to the three basic requirements of any Gold Coast holiday - how to get to there, where to stay, and how to get around while there – is becoming more limited with each passing day. This might mean that last-minute holidaymakers need to show greater flexibility with regards to dates of arrival and departure, and perseverance when it comes to finding suitable flights and accommodation. Once these aspects have been researched, investigated and booked, both the early birds and late planners can get onto the fun side of things, like deciding what to do and see while staying on the Gold Coast, and finding the right rental car to hire, says Darryl. Last Minute Checklist But it doesn’t stop there - further planning is necessary to ensure a happy holiday, and no nasty shocks on returning home. Darryl’s advice on getting ready to travel starts with packing wisely by choosing clothing to suit the summer weather and planned activities, including suntan lotions, sunglasses and sufficient quantities of any prescribed medication, and being sure to take relevant documents, wallets, cell phones and cameras. However, he also recommends taking steps to ensure the security and safety of their home. To avoid possible electrical problems arising as a result of equipment failure, floods, or fire while they are away, Darryl recommends that, at the very least, holidaymakers turn off TVs, bedside lights, kettles and other appliances which won’t be used while they are away. These should be switched off at the wall socket, and removed from the socket where possible, as inline toggle switches, auto-offs and standbys on electrical goods can prove dangerous. If possible, fridges should be left free of perishable items, bins emptied and freezers cleared to prevent nasty (and smelly) homecomings should the power fail. Ensuring the Safety of the Home Even better, Darryl says, would be to turn off the trip switches at the distribution board for circuits that will not be used, like the hot water unit, stove, dishwasher and washing machine, as well as unnecessary lights. However, care must be taken to leave active those circuits powering security systems like the alarm and security lights, as well as the fridge and freezer, unless both are empty. Switching gas off at the cylinder, and water at the mains would also be a wise move in case of any leaks. Darryl, who moved to the Gold Coast and opened his family car rentals operation there 17 years ago, has handed rental car keys to many holidaymakers over the years. To take advantage of his best-value-guaranteed service in the Gold Coast area, and particularly from Coolangatta to Surfers Paradise, and including the Gold Coast Airport, make sure to book onlinewith Car Hire Gold Coast or Gold Coast Airport Car Rental, or call + 61 7 5508 3333. Pick up and drop off at the Gold Coast Airport can be arranged. Syndicated by Baxton Media. Australian-First Autism and Drowning Report Highlights Serious Risks For Those with Autism Spectrum Disorder 2019-02-23T21:00:00Z australian-first-autism-and-drowning-report-highlights-serious-risks-for-those-with-autism-spectrum-disorder MEDIA RELEASE 24 February 2019 Australian-First Autism and Drowning Report Highlights Serious Risks For Those with Autism Spectrum Disorder Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder are 160 times more likely to die from drowning An Australian-first report launched today by Autism Swim addresses the very serious risk factors associated with “wandering” and drowning for those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Research indicates that children with ASD are 160 times more likely to die from drowning, compared to other children.[1] Autism Swim Founder, Erika Gleeson says the report, Autism and Drowning – The Underreported Issue brings together, for the first time, the most pertinent evidence-based data to better understand the drowning deaths associated with ASD and wandering (also sometimes referred to as absconding, elopement or fleeing). The report provides a valuable and compelling insight into why we need toraise awareness of this tragically common issue and what needs to take place to reduce the number of drowning deaths. Senior Behaviour and Skill Development Specialist in ASD and Cognitive Deficit, Erika Gleeson says that wandering is very common among children with ASD, with nearly 50% reported to wander.[2] Wandering is when the individual tries to leave the safety of a responsible person’s care or a safe area. This has the potential to result in harm or injury. “Wandering is a very stressful behavior for parents of children with ASD – 58% report it as the most stressful.[3] Many children with ASD are particularly attracted to water, therefore drowning is a significant risk for those who wander. “In addition to drowning, wandering brings other high-risk factors including exposure to the elements, dehydration, falls, hypothermia, traffic injuries or encounters with strangers.” [4] “It’s alarming to think that children with ASD are 160 times more likely to die from drowning, compared to other children. Yet, so very little is known or reported about this issue.” It was this lack of knowledge and resources around wandering and the risk of drowning that prompted Erika Gleeson to establish Autism Swim in 2016. This organisation is the first and only certifying body in the world specific to ASD and aquatics. “Autism Swim’s mission is to ensure parents, care givers, aquatic professionals and the community at large have access to the necessary knowledge, practical skills and support relating to wandering and drowning prevention. “To do this, Autism Swim certifies swim centres, swim instructors, therapists, and other aquatic professionals as ‘Autism Swim Approved’. Additionally, they run a range of programs such as their modified “Nippers” program, called Dippers at beaches around Australia. “Parents benefit from receiving expert resources, training, workshops, individualised programs and strategies on preventing their child / children from wandering and drowning. Importantly, those with ASD benefit from specialist preventive and responsive programs and water safety education. The Autism and Drowning – The Underreported Issuereport provides a clear outlook on the way forward in starting to rectify some of the associated challenges.” This Australian social enterprise has been embraced globally, with Autism Swim currently operating across six countries including Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, United Kingdom, Canada and USA. To download a free copy of the report, learn more about how to become an Autism Swim Approved swim centre, instructor or other aquatic professional; locating these services, as well as other drowning prevention tools for parents and those living with ASD, visit www.autismswim.com.au Join us on Facebook (@Austimswim) Find us on Instagram (autism_swim) ENDS ABOUT AUTISM SWIM Autism Swim, founded in Australia, is an international, social enterprise of experts specialising in the prevention of wandering occurrences and drowning for those with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other abilities. MEDIA CONTACT: To arrange an interview with Autism Swim Founder, Erika Gleeson, and/or a parent of a child with ASD, please contact: Cheryl Pettinau QUAY Communications Ph. 02 9386 9161 or 0424 157 714 Email. cheryl@quaycommunications.com.au [1]J Guan, G Li. Injury Mortality in Individuals with Autism. American Journal of Public Health. 107, no.5 (1 May 2017): pp 791-793. DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2017.303696. [2]L McIlwain, W Fournier. Lethal Outcomes in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Wandering and Elopement. National Autism Association. January 2012. [3]ibid [4]E Gleeson. Autism Swim, Wandering – A Community Responsibility. 2018. Accessed via https://autismswim.com.au/2018/04/23/wandering-a-community-responsibility/ News Opportunity: Australian-first Autism and Drowning Report Highlights Serious Risks for Those with Autism Spectrum Disorder 2019-02-21T04:52:11Z news-opportunity-australian-first-autism-and-drowning-report-highlights-serious-risks-for-those-with-autism-spectrum-disorder Embargo: 24 February 2019 00:01am Australian-First Autism and Drowning Report Highlights Serious Risks For Those with Autism Spectrum Disorder Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder are 160 times more likely to die from drowning An Australian-first report launched today by Autism Swim addresses the very serious risk factors associated with “wandering” and drowning for those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Research indicates that children with ASD are 160 times more likely to die from drowning, compared to other children.[1] Autism Swim Founder, Erika Gleeson says the report, Autism and Drowning – The Underreported Issue brings together, for the first time, the most pertinent evidence-based data to better understand the drowning deaths associated with ASD and wandering (also sometimes referred to as absconding, elopement or fleeing). The report provides a valuable and compelling insight into why we need to raise awareness of this tragically common issue and what needs to take place to reduce the number of drowning deaths. Senior Behaviour and Skill Development Specialist in ASD and Cognitive Deficit, Erika Gleeson says that wandering is very common among children with ASD, with nearly 50% reported to wander.[2] Wandering is when the individual tries to leave the safety of a responsible person’s care or a safe area. This has the potential to result in harm or injury. “Wandering is a very stressful behavior for parents of children with ASD – 58% report it as the most stressful.[3] Many children with ASD are particularly attracted to water, therefore drowning is a significant risk for those who wander. “In addition to drowning, wandering brings other high-risk factors including exposure to the elements, dehydration, falls, hypothermia, traffic injuries or encounters with strangers.” [4] “It’s alarming to think that children with ASD are 160 times more likely to die from drowning, compared to other children. Yet, so very little is known or reported about this issue.” It was this lack of knowledge and resources around wandering and the risk of drowning that prompted Erika Gleeson to establish Autism Swim in 2016. This organisation is the first and only certifying body in the world specific to ASD and aquatics. “Autism Swim’s mission is to ensure parents, care givers, aquatic professionals and the community at large have access to the necessary knowledge, practical skills and support relating to wandering and drowning prevention. “To do this, Autism Swim certifies swim centres, swim instructors, therapists, and other aquatic professionals as ‘Autism Swim Approved’. Additionally, they run a range of programs such as their modified “Nippers” program, called Dippers at beaches around Australia. “Parents benefit from receiving expert resources, training, workshops, individualised programs and strategies on preventing their child / children from wandering and drowning. Importantly, those with ASD benefit from specialist preventive and responsive programs and water safety education. The Autism and Drowning – The Underreported Issue report provides a clear outlook on the way forward in starting to rectify some of the associated challenges.” This Australian social enterprise has been embraced globally, with Autism Swim currently operating across six countries including Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, United Kingdom, Canada and USA. To download a free copy of the report, learn more about how to become an Autism Swim Approved swim centre, instructor or other aquatic professional; locating these services, as well as other drowning prevention tools for parents and those living with ASD, visit www.autismswim.com.au Join us on Facebook (@Austimswim) Find us on Instagram (autism_swim) ENDS ABOUT AUTISM SWIM Autism Swim, founded in Australia, is an international, social enterprise of experts specialising in the prevention of wandering occurrences and drowning for those with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other abilities. MEDIA CONTACT: To arrange an interview with Autism Swim Founder, Erika Gleeson, and/or a parent of a child with ASD, or to visit a Dippers program at Coogee beach on Sunday 24 February, please contact: Cheryl Pettinau QUAY Communications Ph. 02 9386 9161 or 0424 157 714 Email. cheryl@quaycommunications.com.au [1] J Guan, G Li. Injury Mortality in Individuals with Autism. American Journal of Public Health. 107, no.5 (1 May 2017): pp 791-793. DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2017.303696. [2] L McIlwain, W Fournier. Lethal Outcomes in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Wandering and Elopement. National Autism Association. January 2012. [3] ibid [4] E Gleeson. Autism Swim, Wandering – A Community Responsibility. 2018. Accessed via https://autismswim.com.au/2018/04/23/wandering-a-community-responsibility/ Travelling Tips From Cheap and Affordable Gold Coast Airport Car Hire Rentals Companies in Queensland 2019-02-20T04:57:27Z travelling-tips-from-cheap-and-affordable-gold-coast-airport-car-hire-rentals-companies-in-queensland Gold Coast Family Car Rentals prides itself on providing top service and best value for money deals, and they have gold medal Consumer Fairness status to prove it. However, CEO Darryl Essington-Wilson says disputes do sometimes arise when clients return hired vehicles, and they are usually because of misunderstandings regarding certain usage restrictions, and the higher bills that can result. Darryl says that all rental companies have restrictions on where their vehicles may be driven, with the smaller companies restricting users to local motoring only. Larger rental groups with multiple branch locations generally offer a wider scope of driving destinations.Darryl says that apart from when you want a car, the next question that his staff asks customers is where they want to go in the car. This is an early opportunity to discuss any usage area issues, preventing post rental negativity. His staff often suggest expanded usage zones where they believe that particular customers might enjoy travelling to popular attractions or areas that are “out of town”. All of Darryl’s rental contracts clearly describe the permitted driving areas, whilst most other rental companies, make no similar specification, relying on the fine print of their rental terms and conditions.Not Just Anyone Can Drive the Car Letting just anybody drive the rental car could cause serious problems if something went wrong, including leading to the insurance on the car being cancelled, and any claim nullified. Darryl points out that this is why all those other than the principal driver who might drive the car at some point during the rental period also need to be registered when the rental contract is signed. Many operators require all drivers to be present, with their drivers’ licences in hand, when the contract is signed, however, his company is happy to accept licence details over the phone for supplementary drivers.Watch Where You Drive ItIf a car rental company does not advertise that you can drive their vehicles “off road”, or on beaches, they do not permit such activity. The vast majority of rental companies do not allow their vehicles to be driven on unsealed roads, the more understanding rental companies have created exceptions to such a ban to allow for unsealed areas of roads under repair or for access to holiday resorts or private residences.Darryl is only aware of a couple of rental companies that allow their cars to be taken on licenced car ferries, despite such vessels being an integral part of the Australian transport infrastructure. In some areas, there are time of day restrictions in relation to rental cars – remote areas generally exclude driving between sundown and sun up. The issue is knowing whether you are in such an area.Whilst there is reasonable freedom for cross border travel between Victoria, South Australia, NSW and Queensland, almost every car rental operator excludes cross border travel into or out of Tasmania, Northern Territory and Western Australia.However, those who choose to ignore the challenges these terrains offer, and the restrictions placed by most car rental operations on where their rentals may be driven, could well find themselves in trouble when they check their account at the end of the rental period, as it could be a lot steeper than expected due to vehicle damage or for breaching the restrictions.How Far Can You Go?Usage zones which set boundaries on the area within the rental car can be driven, and the distances that can be cover in a day or during the entire rental period, may differ from one car rental to another. In some cases, unlimited distance allowances are offered when the rental period is longer than 3 days. And it may sometimes be possible to extend usage zones for a single day or for the entire period at a small extra insurance cost. Darryl says in most cases these changes can be negotiated beforehand to fit a planned itinerary or phoned in if plans suddenly change. Drivers should always interpret unlimited distance allowances to mean “unlimited distance allowances within the permitted usage area”.Keeping on the Right Side of the LawDarryl warns that renters will end up carrying the bill (and the penalty points) should they contravene any road rules or traffic laws. When and how they pay is dependent on how and when they receive the ticket and fine. If the fine notice is attached to the car, or given to the driver in person, payment must be made directly by the driver before the expiry date on the notice. If this notification is ignored, both the authorities and the car rental operation will add penalties to the amount before it is deducted from the renter’s credit card. If it’s a camera fine, it will still ultimately reach the driver, but with steeper added costs. Generally, an unpaid parking fine will be sent to the rental company as registered owner, with a small additional fee added for a registration search. The rental company will add their service fee to this amount and charge the renter. Service fees vary between rental companies, some charging $25 or less, others charging $99 to $150. Speed camera fines require the rental company to make a statutory declaration as to the identity of the person responsible, statutory declaration fees vary from $25 to $250, depending on the rental company. For those planning to travel in and around Gold Coast city and into the Gold Coast Hinterland in a rental car, learn more details about these restrictions, or book a guaranteed best value for money Gold Coast car rental, all it involves is booking online with Car Hire Gold Coast or Gold Coast Airport Car Rental, or call + 61 7 5508 3333. Pick up and drop off at the Gold Coast Airport can be arranged.Syndicated by Baxton Media. Why Do My Heels Hurt - Plantar Fasciitis Says Leading Sydney CBD and North Shore Sports Podiatrist 2019-02-19T22:00:26Z why-do-my-heels-hurt-plantar-fasciitis-says-leading-sydney-cbd-and-north-shore-sports-podiatrist If you experience a sharp stabbing pain in your heel, especially first thing in the morning, you may have a condition called plantar fasciitis. Heel pain is one of the most common complaints patients bring to podiatrists. Heel pain to the extent that it disrupts your preparation for the day, is cause for some concern. Leading Sports Podiatrist and director of Footwork Podiatry in Sydney, Mark Lin, understands this common complaint and possibilities for treatment. "The plantar fascia is a collection of strong connective tissue and ligaments that support the foot arch," says Lin. "Composed of a broad band of collagen fibres, the plantar fascia absorb walking related shock, and any time you are pounding your heels down while you walk, all that shock goes to the plantar fascia." It seems too much hard walking and not enough cushioning can damage the plantar fascia. Fallen arches and flat feet unbalance the biomechanical system of the feet and can contribute to the development of the condition. Lin agrees and adds, "Wearing high heels often can lead to development of plantar fasciitis, as this causes the Achilles tendon to tighten." Sorry Jimmy Choo! "The condition is also more prevalent with ageing, as the heels naturally flatten as we grow older, putting tension on the ligament," Lin says. Why does my heel hurt in the morning? A sore heel in the morning, also known as ‘first-step’ pain, is post static dyskinesia which is pain that’s worse and most noticeable after rest, or after getting out of bed in the morning. Lin comments, “During the day, the fascia adapts to the impact of daily movement but during sleep, the ligaments and connective tissue of the foot and calf naturally contract. When stretched out again as you take your first morning steps, this can cause a sharp stabbing pain. This is a typical indication of strain on the tendons and fascia”. Nerve entrapment A nerve entrapment condition called Baxter’s neuritis can also be caused by plantar fasciitis and is often misdiagnosed as plantar fasciitis, as the symptoms overlap. "Neuritis in the foot is fairly common, as the nerves can easily be damaged when any other part of the foot suffers an injury. In the case of plantar fasciitis and Baxter’s neuritis, small tears in the plantar fascia cause inflammation and thickening of the tissue. This can pinch or trap the Baxter’s nerve, which runs under the plantar fascia," says Lin. The pain is often described as a shooting pain from the heel to the middle of the foot, and some sufferers are unable to stand on their feet for more than a few minutes. What’s worse is that pain medication may not bring relief. Heel spurs Chronic inflammation and pulling on the plantar fascia can result in the development of a heel spur. This is a bony growth that develops underneath the heel bone or on the back of it and is also related to tightness in the Achilles tendon. A heel spur can become very painful, especially when it rubs on the Baxter’s nerve. Treatment for heel pain Heel pain treatment is focussed on reducing pressure on the heel and alleviating the stress in the soft tissue of the foot. Footwork Podiatry offer various non-invasive treatments to alleviate heel pain, with Foot Mobilisation Therapy and Trigenics® being principal among these. Foot Mobilisation Techniques (FMT) is a hands-on therapeutic method used to treat musculoskeletal conditions of the foot and leg. Lin says, "FMT improves joint mobility by breaking up connective tissue adhesions and restrictions around the joints. Freeing up these restrictions and relieving stiffness improves the position of the joints to naturally restore optimal biomechanics." What is Trigenics? On the other hand, TRIGENICS® is a neurological muscle assessment, treatment and training system which reprograms the way the brain communicates with the body. Mark Lin is the first Podiatrist in Australia to be trained and specialised in this unique neuro-muscular treatment system. Says Lin, “When a joint, tendon, muscle or ligament suffers damage, stress or injury, their nerve sensors send improper or false signals which confuse the brain. The brain responds by sending false controlling signals to the muscles and tendons. These muscles then become neurologically tight or weak, causing dysfunctional joint movement through a process known as neurological inhibition. If left untreated, this leads to weak links and abnormal muscle pull patterns, resulting in chronic pain, re-injury and deterioration”. Footwork Podiatry employ a multi-modal treatment system, combining Trigenics® with a number of other treatment techniques for a cumulative therapeutic effect and enhanced treatment outcome, Radial Shockwave therapy is another cutting-edge technology. This technique uses high-intensity sound wave treatment to break down scar tissue or adhesions and stimulate tissue repair. The sound waves penetrate up to 4cm deep and create therapeutic cavitation bubbles and microscopic biological effects within the tissue, activating the body’s natural healing mechanisms. Shockwave therapy has proven to be effective where around 80% of patients report a substantial improvement of their condition after only three treatment sessions. Contact Footwork Podiatry to find out how Foot Mobilisation Therapy and Trigenics® can assist with your heel pain. They can help reduce reliance on medication for pain relief for chronic conditions and they will perform a measurable and functional assessment to determine whether you are at risks of other pain and injuries. Their evidence-based assessment system allows them to collect meaningful data that convert to an accurate treatment plan. Footwork Podiatry are situated in Roseville on Sydney’s North Shore and Sydney CBD. For further information, visit the Sports and Podiatrist Clinic to book online, or call Mark Lin or Wei Lee and their friendly team on +61 2 9416 7889. This information is provided in good faith and is not intended to be nor is it to be used as a substitute for any sort of professional, medical or podiatric advice. Syndicated by Baxton Media. Find the Best Cheap Airport Car Hire Rentals Companies for Under 21 drivers in the Gold Coast, Queensland 2019-02-19T04:52:51Z find-the-best-cheap-airport-car-hire-rentals-companies-for-under-21-drivers-in-the-gold-coast-queensland It remains to be seen what 2019 will bring, but 2018 was a right royal year for Queensland and the Gold Coast. Five English Royals headed for the eastern Australian state named for 19th Century British (and Australian) monarch, Queen Victoria. And, according to Gold Coast Family Car Rentals CEO Darryl Essington-Wilson, while five royal visits in one year might have been unusual, the state’s ability to attract royalty has been evident in visits from various royal houses for many years.While Queen Victoria never saw the state named after her, or even set foot in Australia, Elizabeth II, the current Queen and only reigning English monarch to have visited Australia, has done a lot to make up for those who didn’t visit their subjects Down Under. Since her first tour in 1954, she has notched up a total of sixteen tours, with stops in all states (including Queensland) as well as the two territories. Most royals that have left their footprints in the Queensland capital, Brisbane, or, more rarely, on the Gold Coast, were part of the British royal line. However, Darryl points out that royals from other monarchies, including Denmark, Holland and Sweden, have also been drawn to Australia, and many of them to Queensland.Places Royals Did, Could, or Should VisitDarryl says there are a number of places in the Sunshine State which provide memories fit for royals. These range from fairy-tale moments in rain forests, viewing beautiful coastlines, and taking in breath-taking scenery, to regal luxury in cities like Gold Coast City, with lots of other options in between. These include the Great Barrier Reef, the Outback, more than 1,000 national parks and a third of the Australian World Heritage sites. And those hiring his rental cars on the Gold Coast to follow in the royal footsteps, or create their own personalised “royal” tours, would be certain to remember these attractions forever.The most recent royal visitors, Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex, picked the World Heritage site of Fraser Island as a destination when they toured a few months ago. Darryl says this unique area is a “must see” for every Australian and it should be high on the agenda for visitors from overseas.The island offers the only rain forest in the world that grows in pure sand, as well as Lake McKenzie, considered sacred by the indigenous Butchulla people. There’s also the chance to see some ocean royalty in the form of humpback whales on a boat trip similar to that undertaken by Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle. Whilst the best place to see the whales is in the Hervey Bay/Fraser Island area, Darryl reminded us that the next best place for whale sightings is his home town, the Gold Coast.Earlier in 2018, the Gold Coast was the focus of the visit by Prince Harry’s father and heir apparent to the English throne, Charles, Prince of Wales, and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. There to represent the queen and deliver her opening address at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Prince Charles’ emulated his mother in notching up his 16th trip to Australia to do so. Joining Prince Charles at the Games was his youngest brother, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex. The third of the Windsor brothers, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, dropped by for a short visit to the Gold Coast during the build-up to the games in 2017, but did not attend the sporting event itself.Other Royals Who Visited AustraliaOther Royal visitors over the years have included Danish Queen Margrethe II who visited in 1987, as well as her son Crown Prince Frederik and his Australian-born wife Crown Princess Mary, and their children. Crown Princess Mary has visited her hometown, Hobart, many times, but has also made stops in other areas such as the Gold Coast, when she and her children visited Mermaid Beach.Princess Birgitta, sister of Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and wife of Prince Johann of Hohenzollern, visited Sydney for the 100th anniversary of the Swedish Australian Chamber of Commerce in 2011. On a similar tour two years ago, Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima visited the Queensland capital as well as Sydney, Canberra and Perth, in recognition of the emigration of about 160,000 Dutch nationals to Australia between 1947 and 1971.Those looking for a gold carriage to take to the road in pursuit of kings, queens or princes, and enjoy the sort of places they would visit, may have a hard time finding one. However, those looking for royal treatment and the best value for money, can easily hire a Family Car Rentals vehicle that’s guaranteed to be the best value for money on the Gold Coast by booking online with Car Hire Gold Coast or Gold Coast Airport Car Rental, or call + 61 7 5508 3333. Pick up and drop off at the Gold Coast Airport can be arranged.Syndicated by Baxton Media. Cutting the Costs and Saving on Top Gold Coast Car Rentals and Airport Family Holiday Vehicle Hire Deals 2019-02-18T04:48:57Z cutting-the-costs-and-saving-on-top-gold-coast-car-rentals-and-airport-family-holiday-vehicle-hire-deals Headline deals on rental cars have been flooding the internet, the press and leaflets during the build-up to the holiday season, and some of the prices advertised look pretty good. And many of them may be the real deal, but Gold Coast Family Car Rentals CEO Darryl Essington-Wilson warns that in some cases, they may be too good to be true.Holidaymakers Warned to Check the ExtrasHe cautions holidaymakers who don’t do their homework that they may feel they have been duped when faced with the final account if they hurry to sign a deal based solely on the reduced daily rental advertised. But Darryl hastens to add that this is not necessarily because of false advertising.The promoted base daily tariff is usually genuine, particularly when backed by well-known names in the car rental sector. And those companies will undoubtedly stand behind those printed tariffs to the letter. However, according to Darryl, a problem could lie hidden in the letters which are not printed in the advertisement. Those are the ones which spell out the add-ons, make up the list of terms and restrictions, and they usually have varying numbers of dollars attached to them.Counting the Costs of Cheap DealsThis is because the special deal is usually only related to the base tariff for daily rental, and by comparison with others in that regard, at this level, it might appear to be the best option. But, on digging deeper into the fee structure and comparing the other fees involved, that is not necessarily the case.Australian Consumer Law mandates that all compulsory charges are to be either included in the published price, or shown in close proximity to the published price, in the same font size. Optional extras need not be included in an advertised price, but of course, they should be included in any price that is specific to the enquirer’s stated needs.Darryl believes that there is a string of factors that need to be included in any rental car comparison. Among these are the where, when, and how far the car can be driven, as well as how many people can drive it. And there are others, such as where it’s collected, and where it’s dropped. All of these fees can vary considerably between rental companies, as do insurance excess charges and what they cover.Comparing Apples with ApplesAs a Consumer Fairness Gold Medal award-winner, Darryl is committed to making the total cost of car rentals as transparent as possible. An accountant and business consultant before he moved to Gold Coast 17 years ago, and devoted his life to turning two small car rental businesses into the thriving Gold Coast Family Car Rentals that exist today, Darryl looks at the whole package when it comes to cost to the customer.He even offers a Best Value Guarantee for rentals of four days or more. There’s a generous refund attached if a customer finds a better local price. However, it only applies when the so-called cheaper option’s full-service package is identical to his, including optional extras, insurance excesses and other fees. And that’s because of his conviction that car rental costs can only be compared in terms of total service value.For those planning to travel in and around Gold Coast city, and particularly between Surfers Paradise and Coolangatta, and including the Gold Coast Airport, by making sure to book online with Car Hire Gold Coast or Gold Coast Airport Car Rental, or call + 61 7 5508 3333. Pick up and drop off at the Gold Coast Airport can be arranged.Syndicated by Baxton Media. Leading Sydney CBD and North Shore Sports Podiatrist Explains Why Manual Therapy is the Preferred Alternative Treatment for Bunions 2019-02-17T22:00:52Z leading-sydney-cbd-and-north-shore-sports-podiatrist-explains-why-manual-therapy-is-the-preferred-alternative-treatment-for-bunions If your big toe points towards your smaller toes, or you have a bony growth on the side of your big toe, you probably have a condition called Hallux Valgus commonly known as bunions. This deviation of the big toe towards the smaller toes causes a bony growth or bunion to form on the side or over the top of the big toe joint. Bunions are usually but not always immediately painful and can make wearing shoes difficult and uncomfortable, says leading sports podiatrist and director of Footwork Podiatry in Sydney, Mark Lin. "They can also cause embarrassment due to the change in appearance of the sufferer’s feet." Studies show that symptoms often only occur after the condition has progressed to an advanced level. Therefore by the time a bunion starts hurting, significant irreversible damage has already occurred. Lin's associate, Wei Lee says "Bunions are generally believed to be caused by wearing shoes that are too narrow or tight, inherited genetic traits or by medical conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis." Lin adds, "Stress on the foot from participating in sports can also be a cause. However the primary cause is often due to an underlying biomechanical problem in the feet, resulting in a compensation which results in a bunion being formed." Bunions are caused primarily by the way that a person walks and stands. Misalignment of the ankle, restricted joints in the foot, inactive foot muscles, flatfeet and foot pronation can all contribute to the development of a bunion. If left untreated, deviation of the big toe is likely to increase over time, resulting in the bunion getting larger. This can lead to secondary issues including osteoarthritis. The smaller toes may also develop deformities causing hammertoes or clawed toes. Both bunions and hammertoes are progressive and do not go away by themselves. Introducing an Alternative to Bunion Surgery While surgery is the traditional treatment for bunions, most people would rather avoid it due to the cost, pain involved and protracted recovery time. Fortunately, there is a less invasive and more effective alternative. Foot mobilisation is a technique which corrects the misalignment of the foot joints and strengthen the muscles around the joint to reinforce the correct position. Foot Mobilisation Techniques (FMT) is a manual therapeutic method to treat musculoskeletal conditions of the foot and leg, and is widely recognised by therapists including chiropractors, physiotherapists and osteopaths. Mark Lin and partner Wei Lee of Footwork Podiatry are experienced practitioners in this technique. “The treatment helps not only in improving the alignment of the big toe but also addresses the underlying problems that cause the bunion. This is combined with corrective exercises to strengthen weak and tight muscles and soft tissue that has been compensating to hold the big toe in the misaligned position.” says Lin. "Foot mobilisation has a high success rate and is recommended as early as possible, even if the sufferer feels no pain. The sooner treatment is started, the sooner the underlying cause can be addressed, improving the chances of correcting the misalignment and reducing the bony growth." says Lee. In many cases, when treatment has been delayed, the chances that the deformity can be fully corrected is unlikely. However it is still possible to reduce pain, improve the function of the foot, maintain mobility of the bunion joint, and prevent the bunion from getting worse. FMT therapy aims to improve the position of the joints to allow your body to naturally restore optimal biomechanics. The joints will be taken through their natural motions to break up adhesions and restrictions and simple corrective exercises will be prescribed to maintain effect of the treatment. FMT Therapy still viable after bunion fusion surgery Foot mobilisation treatment is still beneficial even after bunion surgery. The big toe joint plays a significant part in our ability to walk and once the joint has been fused, our body compensates. Restriction of the joint can lead to foot, ankle, knee, hip and even lower back issues. Long term management is likely to be necessary to maintain optimum function of the lower limb. Why Foot Mobilisation is the preferred treatment of choice for bunions A safe alternative treatment to treat bunions naturally and guide the joints and big toe to their correct position without orthotics or invasive surgeries A corrective approach that not only treats the symptoms but addresses the underlying cause of the problem, allowing the body to heal naturally. The therapy allows you to continue normal daily activities in most cases. Mark Lin, the Principal Sports Podiatrist and Director for Footwork Podiatry elaborates, “At Footwork Podiatry, our sports podiatrists are highly trained and experienced in unique techniques to fix foot and ankle problems. We help you to feel better, move better and perform better without medication, surgeries, or changing your footwear in a majority of the cases. We believe the body has an incredible capacity to heal itself from injuries. Chronic or recurring symptoms occur when there is an interference to the healing process such as scar tissue, biomechanical stress, structural misalignment, active trigger points or repetitive strain. Our hands-on techniques help to eliminate this interference to healing, by stimulating the body’s natural healing response.” Footwork Podiatry focus on diagnosing and treating foot and ankle pain using advanced musculoskeletal techniques. They are experts in lower limb pain and injury treatment and are committed to providing holistic health care. Get in touch with them to experience the benefits of this new and improved bunion therapy. Footwork Podiatry are situated in Roseville on Sydney’s North Shore and Sydney CBD. For further information, visit the Sports and Podiatrist Clinic to book online, or call Mark Lin or Wei Lee and their friendly team on +61 2 9416 7889. The information contained in this guide is provided in good faith and is not intended to be nor is it to be used as a substitute for any sort of professional, medical or podiatric advice. An accurate diagnosis can only be made following a personal consultation with a podiatrist. Any users should always seek the advice of their podiatrist, or other qualified healthcare providers before commencing any treatment. Syndicated by Baxton Media.