The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-08-05T00:37:58Z HealthEngine Releases Report on Australia's Uptake of Telehealth 2020-08-05T00:37:58Z healthengine-releases-report-on-australia-s-uptake-of-telehealth Perth, 5 August 2020:  While COVID-19 served as a catalyst for the uptake of telehealth, a new report from HealthEngine provides a snapshot of the early telehealth experience from across Australia and the opportunities ahead.  As the leading healthcare and telehealth destination, HealthEngine identified learnings and insights from its work to help connect GP and patients via telehealth. Topline learnings included: ●      Continuity of Care: Most people looked to their regular GP or local provider first for telehealth ●      GPs Turning to Telehealth: 1 in 4 GP practices on HealthEngine offered telehealth ●      After Hours Care: GPs from four dedicated virtual care groups covered 92% of late night appointments ●      Telehealth Generation: Millennials accounted for 43% of telehealth use ●      Top 3 States for Telehealth Adoption: ACT, WA and NSW ●      Top 5 Cities for Telehealth Use: Bathhurst (NSW), Nowra-Bomaderry (NSW), Busselton (WA), Rockhampton (QLD) and Wollongong (NSW) ●      Phone vs Video: Majority of appointments via phone, but some patients want more video The Uptake of Telehealth: HealthEngine Insights Report is available at  and brings together findings from The Uptake of Telehealth Dashboard and a post-telehealth appointment patient/consumer survey. The interactive Uptake of Telehealth Dashboard,  linked in the report, allows you to look at national data or breakdowns by state and territories, generations and/or by April-June time period. Dr Marcus Tan, CEO of HealthEngine said, “Creating more access to telehealth for people across Australia builds on HealthEngine’s belief in the power of connectivity, simplicity and the ability for positive patient experiences to create better healthcare outcomes. With recent telehealth reforms announced and continued reviews ahead, we hope the report contributes to the conversation on the future of telehealth and its role in filling healthcare gaps due to timing, location, situation or patient’s choice during or beyond the pandemic.”  -ENDS- Social workers urge government to lead economic recovery by investing in social housing 2020-08-04T06:23:42Z social-workers-urge-government-to-lead-economic-recovery-by-investing-in-social-housing During National Homelessness Week, 2-8 August this year, Australian social workers are calling for more investment in social housing to help end homelessness.Last month, the AASW submission to the Inquiry into Homelessness in Australia, called on the federal government to build or acquire additional social housing. AASW National President Christine Craik said the COVID-19 pandemic has shown that we can respond to homelessness quickly as a response when there is a threat to public health, and this quick response has protected some of the most vulnerable people in our society. “During this pandemic, the Victorian government has housed many who were homeless as part of a public health response until April next year. We welcome this move, and would argue that this initiative needs to happen on a more permanent basis, not just during a pandemic and needs to be implemented across the country. “We are supporting the Everybody’s Home campaign this week. Building social housing and repairing empty or substandard public housing needs to be prioritised in all neighbourhoods across Australia. This kind of initiative will result in local jobs, economic stimulus and work towards social cohesion across the country. This pandemic has wreaked havoc with our most vulnerable communities and if there is to be one positive thing to come out of this, let that legacy be that this was the time we took a different path around social housing and committed ourselves to eradicating homelessness forever. “For anyone, becoming homeless can feel like a personal failure and many of our cultural myths and negative stereotypes around homelessness and poverty feed into this. You can tell a lot about the health of a community by the way it treats its most vulnerable citizens. We need to challenge these myths and those negative stereotypes about homelessness and mobilise politically to end homelessness for good. We urge everyone to use this week to engage with the Everybody’s Home campaign.”Social workers know the effects of housing insecurity on vulnerable people. We know the ways in which this intersects and complicates other systemic disadvantage, including family violence, child protection and mental health. See the Scope of Social Work Practice areas in Homelessness, Family Violence, Child Protection and Mental Health. Scope of Social Work Practice – HomelessnessScope of Social Work Practice – Family ViolenceScope of Social Work Practice – Child ProtectionScope of Social Work Practice – Mental HealthENDS ECAL on the rise, and joins HyperKu group of companies. 2020-08-04T04:53:16Z ecal-on-the-rise-supports-global-live-sport-and-events-industries-throughout-covid FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PRESS RELEASE AUGUST 2020 ECAL on the rise, and joins HyperKu group of companies.  HyperKu acquires ECAL and fuels global growth At a time that is proving difficult for most Australian businesses, ECAL’s global calendar communications and marketing platform is thriving, having been acquired by Singapore start-up HyperKu, and securing $1M in additional capital to fuel growth. ECAL’s calendar communications and marketing platform enables any event-based organisation to deliver rich, dynamic content, straight to their audience, via their personal digital calendar. With the onset of COVID, their clients were quick to develop new and interesting ways to keep fans engaged using ECAL’s adaptive technology. The National Basketball Association (NBA) and English Premier League (EPL) both launched highly successful eSports tournaments, whilst Formula E organised a 9-week ‘Race at Home Challenge’ simulator series, featuring professional drivers up against the best Sim racers and celebrities. Closer to home, the Australian Football League (AFL) and National Rugby League (NRL) season restarts have faced huge challenges, with constant interruptions and continual rescheduling due to the unpredictable nature of the COVID outbreak. Performing Arts organisations are also turning to ECAL for solutions, such as The Australian Ballet with the launch of their ‘Digital Season’. The importance of the ECAL platform in engaging and activating fans is what made them attractive to co- founders, Patrick Barrett and Remon Gazal at HyperKu. “The ECAL acquisition makes perfect sense for us at this time. Some of the biggest event brands in the world are turning to ECAL to manage customer communications through this period of great disruption”, said Remon Gazal, former APAC President at Brightstar. HyperKu’s capital partners for the ECAL acquisition include a Singapore-based Family Office who invest in high- growth technology platforms, some of which have already signed partnership agreements with ECAL. “We have entered a new era of digital engagement and entertainment, with a blending of exciting new digital events, and traditional live events. Uncertainty and change are the main constants, and the power of ECAL’s smart, dynamic communications for events is proving to be critically valuable - in sports, entertainment, media and beyond,”, says Patrick Barrett, who is also the CEO of ECAL. During this COVID period, ECAL has won new business in eSports, virtual conferencing, and streaming services. Payments are also a major focus, with the recent announcement of a partnership with payments orchestration company PayDock, and impending announcements with two other key strategic partners in the marketing and events space. “The new ownership structure for ECAL will provide the capacity for continued growth into new industries and territories, as well as a support network of people, portfolio business and capital to help make it all happen”, says Barrett. “This is an exciting time for us. Already, we have announced the appointment of sports media executive, Alex Peebles as Chief Revenue Officer, who will lead our Asia expansion and help us go deeper into media. We expect to share more exciting news in the coming weeks.” For further information, please visit About ECAL: ECAL is world-leading calendar communications, marketing and data platform, used by 300+ major brands globally across sports, entertainment, media, ticketing and payments. Headquartered in Melbourne, with a presence in London, Los Angeles, Manila, Delhi and Singapore, ECAL’s smart ‘sync to calendar’ technology enables rich, dynamic, event-based communications straight to calendar, for better business outcomes. About HyperKu: HyperKu is a Singapore based start-up, co-founded by Patrick Barrett and Remon Gazal, and the owner of ECAL. They are currently seeking similar post-revenue enterprise platform businesses that have proven use cases, clear product differentiation and robust technology, and are ready to scale. ENDS Social workers welcome an increase in Medicare mental health sessions in lockdown areas: a start but not the full answer 2020-08-04T01:53:11Z social-workers-welcome-an-increase-in-medicare-mental-health-sessions-in-lockdown-areas-a-start-but-not-the-full-answer The AASW welcomes the announcement by the Health Minister Greg Hunt on Sunday, 2 August on the increase in Medicare Benefits Scheme (MBS)-funded mental health sessions in response to the escalating COVID-19 lockdowns.AASW National President Christine Craik said, “Our social workers who provide these sessions for those accessing mental health supports under Better Access tell us that the expansion of the number of allowable sessions is critical. The effect of the continuation of the lockdown in Victoria, and the growing uncertainty and anxiety that COVID-19 is causing, will see many people requiring additional and long-term support.The AASW has consistently, and persistently, called for an increase in allowable mental health sessions, over a long period of time and not just in response to the COVID-19 situation.Ms Craik said, “As stated in our numerous submissions to the MBS Review, and more recently the COVID-19 Inquiry, we believe MBS Better Access needs to be based on need and level of complexity. One size does not fit all. “Increasing the number of sessions will allow social work mental health professionals to better support individuals to work through the anxiety and complicated presentations we are seeing at this time. And while it is a welcome start, it will not alone be sufficient to address the growing mental health needs of the community and the growing demand on mental health professionals and services. We also need to see an extension of the use of telehealth and technology to support people where it is appropriate. For example, there is a huge need for work to address recovery for those who have experienced family violence. This has never been met in the current structure”We have welcomed the focus the government has placed on the mental health needs of the community through the pandemic, and now is the time to implement the recommendations of the MBS Review Taskforce on Better Access. Accredited Mental Health Social Workers (AMHSWs) have reported instances of their service users rationing their sessions despite significant concerns about the implications of this, combined with a worsening of symptoms as this pandemic continues. AASW social workers report observing an increase in service users presenting with suicidal thoughts and concerning behaviours. “It is clear that if we are to work to support the mental health of Australians through this pandemic and into recovery, there needs to be adequate service provision, and this is a long-term proposition, not a short-term situation.”The federal government’s MBS review has identified the need for an increased number of sessions and the AASW looks forwarding to continuing to work with government on this issue alongside addressing pay parity for all mental health professionals who are undertaking the same work. All social workers in Australia are supporting people through this current crisis. To locate an accredited mental health social worker, visit the AASW’s GP webpage .ENDSAbout Accredited Mental Health Social Workers Accredited Mental Health Social Workers (AMHSWs) are recognised providers with Medicare Australia and other programs, delivering clinical social work services in mental health settings and utilising a range of evidence-based strategies. Members of the public can receive a referral from their GP under Better Access. For more information, see our website. Beauty pageant hopeful and ethical fashion designer partner to advocate for human rights in Australian first collaboration 2020-08-03T10:21:22Z beauty-pageant-hopeful-and-ethical-fashion-designer-collaborate-to-advocate-for-human-rights-in-australian-first-1 Ms Australia World 2020 national finalist, Pan Sandar Myint and ethical fashion designer, Gina Berjeel have joined forces in an Australian-first collaboration to advocate for equal human rights for vulnerable refugees. Ms Sandar Myint from Sydney originates from one of the world’s most prosecuted ethnicities known as “Rohingya” from Myanmar, and has chosen her beauty pageant platform to advocate equal human rights for the Rohingya community in Australia. Ms Sandar Myint has chosen to collaborate on her pageant outfits with Gina Berjeel, an Australian ethical fashion designer employing female refugees from Iraqi, Syrian and Afghanistan backgrounds. “This will be the first time ever in the Australian beauty pageant industry for a Ms Australia World national finalist and an ethical fashion designer to make an ethical fashion statement in support of equal human rights of Rohingya, Syrian, Iraqi and Afghanistan refugees,” said Ms Berjeel. Based on UN reports, the world’s fashion industry employs over 75 million people globally by being the second largest polluting industry after the oil industry. “Fast fashion has a significant impact on human societies around the world because the global fashion industry is worth three trillion dollars, accounting for 2 percent of the world’s Gross Domestic Product,” said Ms Sandar Myint. “To generate high profits, most fashion firms operate their factories in Asian countries for cheap labour. USA, Europe, Australia, UK and Japan import most garments from China and Bangladesh. “This generates vulnerable human rights issues including under-aged child labour, unfair labour wage and environmental degradation.” Based on the report of ABC’s War On Waste, nearly 6000KG of clothing waste is disposed every ten minutes in Australia. “It takes 2,700 litres of water to make a cotton t-shirt that is enough for one person to drink for 900 days,” said Ms Sanda Myint. “Textile factory labour workers earn only $100 per month while working in hard working environments and conditions. “This imbalance of humanitarian exploitation occurs due to the unethical standards of fast fashion. “This is the irony of beauty in fast fashion. With the Ms Australia World crowning event postponed until March 2021, Ms Sandar Myint has been productive by launching her own female empowerment web series. “Empower Success Media is my own female empowerment web series on You Tube where I present on such topics as Cyberbullying and The Art of Make up & Confidence,” said Ms Sandar Myint. “The Covid-19 pandemic has taught me that humanitarian efforts are of utmost importance. This is the perfect time for us all to change our actions to moral and ethical ones to save our beautiful world.” - ends - For more information or interview requests, please contact: Joanne Rahn Director zanthii communications Phone: 0402 148 334 Email: Facebook: AUSTRALIA’S LARGEST MEDICAL CANNABIS DEAL 2020-08-03T06:21:25Z australia-s-largest-medical-cannabis-deal A record number of Australian GPs and patients now have greater access to Medical Cannabis after a landmark deal was signed between a Western Australian health clinic network and Montu Group.   In the largest partnership of its kind in Australia, Montu will work with Jupiter Health’s GPs to educate and guide them on how Medical Cannabis can be prescribed to treat more than 30 conditions, such as chronic pain, anxiety and insomnia.   Research shows nationally more than a third of patients (36%) ask GPs about Medical Cannabis but until now less than 5 per cent of Australian doctors prescribed it as medication.   Montu Managing Director Christopher Strauch said the partnership meant more Australians could now access Medical Cannabis as an effective treatment option through their regular GP.   “Despite significant patient growth in Australia, Medical Cannabis is still seen as a niche treatment option and this partnership is a significant step to integrate cannabis into medical practice more broadly,” Mr Strauch said.   “We’ve had patients who have suffered from chronic pain for more than 20 years who were able to cease their opioids and can now live a normal life again. And others who successfully manage their symptoms after years of depression and poor sleep,” he said.   “We put patient outcomes first and are proud to facilitate widespread access to Medical Cannabis by actively supporting doctors here in WA and across the country through our nationwide team of medical liaisons.”    More than 50,000 patients in Australia have been approved for Medical Cannabis treatment since it was legalised in October 2016.   Jupiter Health operates Western Australia’s largest clinic network with more than 300 doctors across 30 clinics. Jupiter Health’s CEO Michael Gendy said the deal with Montu meant they were able to access the fast-growing Australian Medical Cannabis market which has increased 20 per cent each month since January last year.   “We chose Montu as a knowledgeable partner to educate and guide our doctors throughout the Medical Cannabis prescription process,” Dr Gendy said.   “This partnership allows our patients access to Montu Group’s high-quality Medical Cannabis medication ‘Circle’ through secure, safe and reliable channels.”   MULTI BEST-SELLING AUTHOR LAUNCHES ‘GLOBAL GOOD NEWS CHALLENGE' 2020-08-03T04:51:08Z multi-best-selling-author-launches-global-good-news-challenge A former journalist turned media master is on a mission to spread good news to the masses and says digital currency has the capacity to bring communities together in the face of the global pandemic. The bestselling author and journalist of 36 years who established her own media agency in 2002 in Southport on the Gold Coast, is launching the 8-day ‘Global Good News Challenge’ on 3 August in an effort to help combat suicide, depression and anxiety rates. Aldwyn Altuney, of AA Xpose Media, who recently joined Qoin (Eds; pronounced ‘coin’), Australia’s newest digital currency, is inspired to share positive stories and is using the Qoin platform to spread her message further. “Globally, around one million people commit suicide each year and that has increased since Covid-19. I personally had four close friends take their own lives before the age of 45 and, throughout my own life, I’ve also battled with depression and suicidal tendencies,” Ms Altuney said. “Next Monday, I’m launching an 8-day ‘Global Good News Challenge’, which will run from 3-10 August. Since COVID-19 hit, the public has been inundated by negative news and this challenge will promote positivity.” An advocate for empowerment, Ms Altuney believes alternative currencies to cash are “no longer a luxury, but an essential” and she acquired $10,000 in Qoin when she first joined as part of her own wealth strategy. She intends to both accept payment in Qoin and engage businesses through the Qoin network, as well as promote her message of positivity. “Qoin is a brilliant idea. I think it’s really important to have alternative currencies. Qoin not only brings communities together, but it empowers people to be able to do business and do life without relying on the traditional banking system. “People need to get smarter at having alternative ways of trading and dealing with their money. Silver, gold and barter used to be the way and now it’s digital currencies. “As a business owner, what I love most about Qoin is there are no fees.” Over six months, more than 7000 small business merchants, including many in Southport, are now accepting Qoin, the newest digital currency, built on blockchain, that offers cashless transactions. And now Southport is being specifically approached following research undertaken by Qoin that shows Southport businesses and merchants are keen to get involved in digital currencies. Qoin Australia Chief Marketing Officer Andrew Barker says: “We have done our homework in Southport and we have a dedicated sales team of independent agents that are in contact with Southport businesses. “The current economic climate off the back of COVID-19 has encouraged many business people to open their eyes to new ways of doing business and that includes digital currency.” Mr Barker says the time is ripe for digital currencies, like Qoin, as ‘coronavirus has paved the way for small businesses to consider digital currencies to attract new customers and facilitate in-store transactions’. Jade Mine Disaster Moves GFA World to Call for ‘Compassionate Prayer’ 2020-08-03T01:48:39Z jade-mine-disaster-moves-gfa-world-to-call-for-compassionate-prayer TOOWOOMBA, Qld -- One of the world’s leading mission agencies has called for “compassionate prayer” after more than 160 people were killed by a horrific mudslide at a jade mine in northern Myanmar earlier this month.   Several Christians living in a nearby village work at the jade mine, but fortunately no one from the local church was reported missing or dead, GFA World, said.   The pastor said several of his church members were late going to work and missed the landslide. Now he’s ministering to bereaved families, comforting them and praying for them, GFA World said.   According to news reports, a massive river of mud and rock triggered by heavy rains swept into the mining site, burying workers and people scavenging for precious stones. A state official described it as “like a tsunami.”   Graphic images showed rescue workers pulling bodies from the debris and laying them in rows under tarp.   ‘Compassionate Prayer’ “Our heartfelt prayers are with the families of all the workers who died in this terrible disaster as well as the injured,” said GFA World founder Dr. K.P. Yohannan. “The people of Myanmar are among the most kind-hearted and loving on the planet. Right now, we can lift them up to our Lord Jesus in compassionate prayer.”   The disaster -- which occurred on July 2 in the Hpakant area of Kachin state -- was captured on video, showing the mudslide pouring into the mining site.   On a typical day, hundreds of people gather at the site to sift through rubble looking for precious jade stones. Myanmar -- formerly known as Burma -- is the world’s biggest source of jade.   Right now, heavy monsoon rains are lashing parts of northeast India -- another area prone to disastrous flooding and potentially deadly landslides. Since May, catastrophic floods have killed more than 80 people in the region, and 2.5 million have been forced to flee their homes.   The deadly flooding comes as India faces a spike in COVID-19 cases. The South Asian nation -- the second most populous country in the world -- now has more than 1.1 million recorded COVID-19 cases, the third highest after the U.S. and Brazil.   GFA World provides emergency aid, clean water, education, vocational training, and spiritual support to millions of South Asia’s poorest and most vulnerable families.   ###   GFA World, is a leading faith-based mission agency, helping national workers bring vital assistance and spiritual hope to millions across Asia, especially to those who have yet to hear about the love of God. In GFA World’s latest yearly report, this included more than 70,000 sponsored children, free medical camps conducted in more than 1,200 villages and remote communities, over 4,800 clean water wells drilled, over 12,000 water filters installed, income-generating Christmas gifts for more than 260,000 needy families, and spiritual teaching available in 110 languages in 14 nations through radio ministry. For all the latest news, visit our Press Room at FOUR PAWS rescues two bear cubs from illegal wildlife trade in Vietnam 2020-07-31T02:21:57Z four-paws-rescues-two-bear-cubs-from-illegal-wildlife-trade-in-vietnam Global animal welfare organisation FOUR PAWS has rescued two Asiatic black bear cubs that were confiscated by the environmental police in Lai Chau Province at the Vietnam border to China on 21st July 2020. The cubs, a male and a female, are only a few months old. The accused wildlife smuggler was already closely monitored by the police due to his criminal record on wildlife poaching and trafficking. He was arrested after trying to sell the cubs online via a social media platform. FOUR PAWS was contacted by the authorities to bring them to its BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh in Northern Vietnam, where they will receive all the care they need to grow up into healthy bears. Only days after the confiscation, Vietnam announced an immediate ban on all wildlife trade including the import of wildlife and wildlife products into the country. FOUR PAWS applauds the Vietnamese government on this landmark step and hopes that it is followed with stringent enforcement efforts. A small FOUR PAWS team made the 11-hour journey to Lai Chau province on 22nd July and freed the cubs from the tiny cage they were kept in before leaving for BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh on the next day. Before the departure, the cubs received a health check and were fed with milk. “Both cubs were very stressed and huffed at anyone trying to approach them. The male is quite protective of the female, who is very timid, hiding in a corner and nestling under him. They will now receive all the care they need to calm down and recover from a turbulent start of their lives. Both cubs are in stable condition, but slightly underweight. Our vets are examining them thoroughly and once we are sure they are disease free we will socialise them with another bear cub we rescued earlier this year from similar circumstances,” says Emily Lloyd, Animal Manager at BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh. The cubs would not survive if released back into the wild, thus they will remain at the sanctuary.Vietnam bans wildlife trade in light of COVID-19 pandemicOnly days after the two cubs were confiscated from an illegal trader, Vietnam announced on July 24th that the import and trade of wild animals and their parts would be banned under a new Directive. Moreover, in an unprecedented step, Vietnam has vowed to act against the online sale of wild animals, which is an increasing trend in the region. As one of the biggest consumers of wild animals worldwide this is a major step in not only stopping the next pandemic but also protecting wild animals from being poached from the wild or cruelly bred on farms to meet demands for human consumption like bear bile for pseudo remedial purposes. “Although the sale and possession of bear bile is illegal in Vietnam it still exists as due to weak enforcement of the laws. We hope that this new directive and subsequent revised enforcement efforts will also affect bear farming and eradicate the illegal sale and possession of bile products. We also hope that these efforts will ensure no new and illegal bears enter bear farms and that any unregistered bears are swiftly confiscated,” says Kieran Harkin, responsible for Wild Animals in Trade at FOUR PAWS. Following its years-long work on ending illegal bear farming and wildlife trafficking in Vietnam, FOUR PAWS prompts the Vietnamese authorities to enforce the ban comprehensively in order to efficiently protect wildlife.BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh: A species-appropriate home for rescued bearsFOUR PAWS has been working with local partners since 2017 to free as many bears as possible from their sad fate. In recent years, the number of bears on bear farms in Vietnam has dramatically declined from approximately 936 in 2017 to 406 currently being held on private bear farms. With its bear sanctuary in Ninh Binh, FOUR PAWS is supporting the Vietnamese government to end bile bear farming in Vietnam and provide a species-appropriate home for up to 100 rescued bears once all construction is finished. BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh is not only a safe home for former bile bears, it is also an awareness and education centre for wildlife conservation in Vietnam. Some of the 34 Asiatic black bears currently living in the bear sanctuary were not only victims of cruel bile farming prior to their rescue, but illegally traded as well. Images of the cubs are available here: (copyright information in photo properties, link valid 14 days) CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL CO-AUTHOR JACK CANFIELD'S AUSTRALIAN CRUSADE! FREE SEMINAR SATURDAY 8TH AUGUST 2020 2020-07-30T01:42:13Z chicken-soup-for-the-soul-co-author-jack-canfield-s-australian-crusade-free-seminar-saturday-8th-august-2020 JACK CANFIELD'S AUSTRALIAN CRUSADE! INTERVIEW GUINNESS WORLD RECORD  HOLDER JACK CANFIELD # COMPANIES CLOSING, HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT, 2NDCOVID WAVE COMING, CRISIS LIKE NO OTHER # INSPIRATIONAL AUTHOR ON AUSTRALIAN CRUSADE # GENERATING JOBS, INCOME & HOPE IN TIME OF DEVASTATION # CO-AUTHORED CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL  # STARRED IN THE SECRET Jack Canfield, co-authored world wide publishing phenomenon Chicken Soup for the Soul, was one of the authors in THE SECRET, holds the Guinness World Record for having seven books on theNew York Times best-seller list at the same time and is speaking in a free livestream seminar, How To Make Multiple Streams of Internet Income from 10am on Saturday 8th August live across Australia. Jack will share some of the fastest ways to turn your hobby into an online business that allows you to turn your passion into profit! Register for free at Jack says “ This pandemic has changed the way we live. Businesses are closed, many people have lost jobs or seen their income cut, unemployment rates have increased, millions of workers are on government supported job retention schemes, and with signs of a second wave coming,  the recovery could be very slow. This is a crisis like no other. The government’s unprecedentedly large stimulus packages will have significant repercussions when they come to an end. The bandaid will be ripped off in a few weeks from now, and things will get worse before they get better.” “I don’t know how, and I don’t know when, but what I do know with absolute certainty, is that like any other crisis, there are a handful of people who will emerge stronger, wealthier and more successful as a result of these unprecedented times. People will not only survive this crisis, their life will be significantly improved. Behind every set back, behind every difficult situation or problem lies opportunity for those who don’t sink into depression, get paralyzed by negativity, get angry or despondent.This explains why companies such as Linkedin and Microsoft were founded during times of crisis. People like Steve Jobs took bold actions and chose to ignore statements such as “this can’t be done”. The rest is history,” concludes Jack.   TO INTERVIEW JACK CANFIELD email or call Max 0412 501 601 ABOUT JACK CANFIELD  Canfield is the best-selling co-author of  the inspirational Chicken Soup for the Soul which sold over 500 million copies. He is also a world renowned transformational speaker and trainer,has conducted over 2500 workshops and events and featured in over 1000 TV and radio shows across the planet. His books include, Chicken Soup for the Soul, The Power of Focus, The Aladdin Factor, and Dare to Win.  In 1993, Jack Canfield co-authored Chicken Soup for the Soul with Mark Victor Hansen. The name "Chicken Soup" was chosen because of the use of chicken soup as a home remedy for the sick. Jack also featured as one of the authors in Rhonda Byrne’s worldwide best selling book The Secret. In 2005 Canfield co-authored The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be which features what he asserts to be 67 essential principles for attaining goals and creating a successful life. The book is divided into six sections: The Fundamentals of Success, Transform Yourself for Success, Build Your Success Team, Create Successful Relationships, Success and Money, and Success in the Digital Age.  In January 2015, a revised and updated 10th anniversary edition of Jack Canfield's SuccessPrinciples came out. The new edition is meant to reflect changing times and address challenges and opportunities that define our digital age. The revised edition includes a new section, "Success in the Digital Age," that explains how to brand oneself with an online persona, use social media in a way that enhances one's reputation, and how to organize crowdfunding to finance projects.       USG Boral creates five AIA-certified CPD webinars 2020-07-29T06:04:28Z usg-boral-creates-five-aia-certified-cpd-webinars USG Boral has announced that it is now offering five continuing professional development (CPD) webinar presentations that are certified by the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA). As an official CPD provider of the AIA and member of the AIA Refuel Provider Network, USG Boral created the webinars to support design professionals. Delivered by industry experts from USG Boral’s architectural services team, the webinars cover acoustics, fire, and other elements of the National Construction Code (NCC) that relate to the design of wall and ceiling systems. Subjects offered include: building acoustic fundamentals: sound absorption building acoustic fundamentals: sound isolation healthcare and aged care fundamentals seismic design considerations for non-structural components specifying fire-rated building systems. Each webinar is one hour in length and is worth one informal CPD point. On completion of the post-webinar learning outcomes questionnaire, participants can receive one formal CPD point. Participation is free via online registrations on the USG Boral website. Adam Johnson-Kain, Architecture and Specifications Manager, USG Boral, said, “While there are still limitations with face-to-face meetings, the new CPD webinar presentations offer an opportunity to continue to support the career development of design professionals. As an addition to the webinars, where suitable, USG Boral can also host a CPD for each practice either in-person or remotely.” For more information about USG Boral’s webinars, please visit: Building wealth through property investment in a Covid-19 Market 2020-07-29T03:08:49Z building-wealth-through-property-investment-in-a-covid-19-market Everybody wants to build wealth. The problem is there are so many ways to do it ad so many voices telling us their way is the ‘best’ or ‘safest’. How do you know which one is best? Is it property investing? Buying shares? Bonds and term deposits? Investing in businesses? Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies? Forex? Or one of the other multitude of ways you can invest your money?No-one can really say which is best for you without assessing your circumstances and financial goals. However, it is evident and proven that property investing has been extremely lucrative and rewarding for many Australian’s who have made wise, and sometimes lucky decisions. The reality for most Aussie’s is, property is the one asset they feel the most comfortable in dealing with in terms of wealth creation. Chances are average mums and dads have had a crack at buying their own home, so when it comes to investing, are comfortable executing that investment style, given their experience with the family home. Property is superior to other assets and investments because you have many additional factors working in your favour. The right property can provide you with high rental yields of 5%+ while also achieving capital growth of up to 10-20% or MORE in a single year. That may sound small compared with the returns of stocks, business start-ups and cryptocurrencies. But those investments can be incredibly risky and volatile.It’s not uncommon for the stock market to crash or a company you’ve invested in to go bankrupt overnight. Many people that got caught up in the cryptocurrency hype have lost everything they invested can attest to this volatility.I don’t know about your risk appetite, but investing in something that risky, just isn’t for every day mum and dads, especially because when they have a family to think about.You’re naive in this covid-19 pandemic market, also to put my money in term deposits or bonds. These once ‘safe-havens’ are now lucky to even break even after you adjust for inflation and remove fees.That’s why most are looking to property as the sweet spot. It is much more reliable and less volatile than stocks, forex and crypto. Think about it…when was the last time you saw the property market lose 60-70% or more in value in less than a month? You don’t.The ‘real estate crash’ that happened recently was one of the worst price slumps in the last 40 years. Yet, it was little more than a correction of around 15% across our two big capital cities that had just come off a boom, and most of those losses have now recovered as the market pushes forward once again.In addition to the stability of real estate, you also have extra tools like financial leverage, generous tax advantages, depreciation schedules, and the ability to create your own capital growth within a property. The benefits just keep on piling up, which is why we’re seeing mum and dad investors look to property and why the property market has remained relatively stable during this Covid-19 disruption.Want to find out more about how to create wealth with property investing? We have sourced this FREE property report from to give you more information on the property market and how you can build wealth through property. Equip & Catholic Super beat coronavirus downturn 2020-07-26T14:05:46Z equip-amp-catholic-super-beat-coronavirus-downturn Equip and Catholic Super have defied the worst market downturn since the Global Financial Crisis, delivering positive returns to members invested in the joint trustee’s flagship balanced options. In a financial year end that saw COVID-19 market jitters push most super funds into negative territory, Equip’s Balanced Growth option captured a 1.7 per cent return and Catholic Super’s Balanced option +0.52 per cent. Both funds’ returns are above 8 per cent annually over 10 years – proving once again that long term gets the returns. Anna Shelley, Chief Investment Officer, said that the funds deployed a number of strategies to protect members’ retirement savings as COVID-19 disrupted financial markets. “Global markets fell significantly and very quickly as the coronavirus pandemic hit back in March. Despite the initial panic, markets have significantly rebounded since then,” she said. “As markets bottomed through March, the funds bought $1 billion of equities and, after markets had recovered substantially, $1 billion of equities was steadily ‘sold off’. Many small, conservative actions were implemented to protect and add to our members’ retirement savings. “Put another way, while markets are still a bit lower than their record February highs, they’re back to late 2019 numbers. “Equip and Catholic Super’s investment team is closely watching the markets and resetting strategies as conditions change during the pandemic, positioning members’ retirement savings for long-term growth as markets and economies reset and recover for life after the crisis. “Both funds are known for their track record of delivering for members, particularly in tough times, so we are very pleased to achieve these results, supporting our members’ retirement outcomes. Our long term results show that investments require time in the market. The key is consistently strong results over many years.” Scott Cameron, Equip and Catholic Super Chief Executive Officer, said managing both risk and opportunities to grow members’ wealth is essential, particularly at a time when consumers are seeking to chase returns. “Both funds have a long-term growth plan to deliver competitive fees and performance. The results for the 12 months to June and a longer 10 year period show that the funds are growing members’ retirement savings during both difficult and more optimistic times,” he said.  Equip and Catholic Super joined forces in 2019, successfully forming a $26 billion joint venture that is managing funds for 150,000 members with an aspiration to be a much larger entity by 2025.  An Extended Public Offer (EPO) model brings both funds economies of scale in administration and investments, without loss of brand identity or control of relationships with members, employers and other stakeholders. Private capital investors recover quickly and prepare for growth 2020-07-25T23:36:46Z private-capital-investors-recover-quickly-and-prepare-for-growth The survey of private capital investors found that private capital funds reacted quickly to support the companies in their portfolios and are now looking for new investments in resilient and high-performance companies.   NZ Private Capital identified at least $1b of committed capital available from local private capital funds that would be invested in New Zealand companies over the next five years.   NZ Private Capital Executive Director Colin McKinnon said: “The portfolios of private capital investors were not immune from the economic impact of the Covid crisis. However, the model of diversified portfolios meant that the outlook for fund performance remains positive. Experience from previous recessions suggest that private capital investors find some of the best opportunities helping business accelerate from these periods.”     EY Partner Brad Wheeler commented: “M&A transactions paused by the Covid crisis have been restarting and many now on track to completion again. While timing of some transactions may be delayed, I remain confident that activity is building strongly again”.   Pencarrow Private Equity Investment Director Philippa Weston said: “Working with existing portfolio companies was a priority initially but we have continued to assess new investment opportunities. In an industry with over a $1b of capital available, I anticipate investors will be keen to work with businesses accelerating growth ambitions”.   Oriens Capital CFO David Bell added: “We anticipated some challenges for portfolio companies. But working together with senior management to move quickly and make adjustments where necessary, we found that companies were able to improve performance either through continued revenue growth or operational efficiency. There are still challenges ahead but we remain focussed on building resilient businesses with growth prospects”.    NZ Private Capital is a not-for-profit industry association committed to developing the venture capital and private equity industry in New Zealand. Its core objectives include the promotion of the industry and the asset class and to develop a world-leading venture capital and private equity environment for the benefit of investors and entrepreneurs in New Zealand.   New Zealand Private Capital aims to foster understanding that private equity and venture capital firms accelerate the ambition of New Zealand business owners through operational improvement and investment performance.   New Zealand is home to many examples of private capital partnering with companies to improve growth and performance, to share expertise and capital. This ultimately delivers improved productivity, creates jobs and contributes to the national economy.   Association members include venture capital and private equity investors, financial organisations, professional advisors, academic organisations and government or quasi-government agencies.   Its activities cover the spectrum of investment in New Zealand private capital including Angel investment, seed and early-stage venture capital through to expansion capital and private equity (including management buy-outs and buy-ins).   The association also helps businesses navigate and understand the Private Equity and Venture Capital world. Markets and growth require the free flow of capital and the association provides an important role in linking business owners with investors.   ENDS New Zealand Private Capital Association, New Zealand CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL CO- AUTHOR MARK VICTOR HANSEN IN FREE LIVE AUSTRALIAN SEMINAR SUNDAY 26 JULY 2020-07-23T06:02:18Z chicken-soup-for-the-soul-co-author-mark-victor-hanson-in-free-live-australian-seminar-sunday-26-july CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL AUTHOR  Mark Victor Hansen’s inspirational worldwide bestselling book Chicken Soup for the Soul has sold over 500 million copies in 54 languages worldwide and in a free livestream seminar from 10am this Sunday 26th July live across Australia, Mark will share the  wisdom, hope and empowerment needed to buoy you through today’s darkest moments and how to turn the current events into the opportunity of a lifetime. Register for free at Hansen has had 59 #1 New York Times best sellers, appeared on Oprah, CNN and The Today Show and been featured in Time, U.S. News & World Report, USA Today, The New York Times and Entrepreneur Magazine. TO INTERVIEW MARK VICTOR HANSEN email or call Max 0412 501 601 ABOUT MARK VICTOR HANSEN Mark was turned down 144 times trying to get his book published. He kept going when others told him it would never work-that it wasn’t a good idea. Today with almost 500 million Chicken Soup for the Soul books sold, Mark is glad he held fast to the principles of perseverance, excellence, and belief in one’s self that have allowed him to create extraordinary achievement in his life. As one of the world’s most respected thought leaders, he is known globally as the Ambassador of Possibility. The name "Chicken Soup" was chosen because of the use of chicken soup as a home remedy for the sick. In 2005, he co-wrote, along with Robert Allen, the book Cracking the Millionaire Code in which he highlights several self-made millionaires such as Michael Dell, Bill Gates, Alexander Graham Bell, Oprah Winfrey, and others, using them as examples of how to build wealth. In 2006, Hansen co-wrote, with Art Linkletter, the book How to Make the Rest of your Life The Best of your Life. In 2010, Hansen co-authored, with Robert Allen, the book Cash in a Flash, as the sequel to the NewYork Times bestseller The One Minute Millionaire.     Max Markson 0412501601  CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL  Free online seminar with co-author  MARK VICTOR HANSEN Sunday 26 July 2020 Free registration at   ON THE ROAD WITH BILL CLINTON Nelson Mandela, Kim Kardashian, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tony Blair, Al Gore, Mike Tyson, Pele and more.By Max Markson. Book available now from   Markson Sparks! Suite 411 4th Floor 410 Elizabeth St Surry Hills Sydney NSW AUSTRALIA 2010   E: M: 0412 501 601 Work: +61 2 9213 2900