The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-08-07T07:43:47Z 40% Money Back on Police Checks for Healthcare Workers | KONCHECK 2020-08-07T07:43:47Z 40-money-back-on-police-checks-for-healthcare-workers-koncheck 1 August 2020: KONCHECK, a police check service offered by Konze Enterprise Pty Ltd, has released a 40% moneyback offer for Healthcare Workers applying for a police check to help support the current COVID situation. Who will be eligible for this? Health care workers across Australia can avail this offer, including but may not be limited to: •   Public and private hospital clinical or non-clinical healthcare workers •   Paramedics and patient transport officers •   Frontline workers in hospital laboratories •  Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation workforce •  Private & Public sector residential aged care workforce •  Pharmacy workforce •  Workers in aged care facilities •  Student Placements in Healthcare •   Support workers How does it work? Applicants can fill the online application form in as little as five minutes. During this, they should select the checkbox “I am a health care worker”. After uploading the documents, signing, and submitting their form, they are contacted by the KONCHECK team within 24 business hours upon verification and lodgement of their application.  They will receive notifications over their phone and email regarding approval of the eligibility of the offer. Upon approval, 40% of the payment will be refunded to the same bank account the purchase was made. KONCHECK is an accredited body of the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC), which offers Standard Employment and Volunteer Police Checks in a completely online and secure way. With a super quick turnaround time, most result certificates are delivered within 1-2 business days. They have a dedicated customer support team during this time to help assist people in need of a police check, and can be contacted through their online chat support, email or by phone. Visit their website now to know more: www.koncheck.com/npc/healthcare-workers-offer 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 https://hepress.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Uptake-of-Telehealth-HealthEngine-Insights.pdf  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- Smart Protein Bars Offered At Australian Vitamins At An Amazing Offer - Special Discount And Free Shipping 2020-08-04T05:09:43Z smart-protein-bars-offered-at-australian-vitamins-at-an-amazing-offer-special-discount-and-free-shipping Smart Protein Bars by Smart Diet Solutions, now available at AustralianVitamins.com, offers its consumers rich protein goodness that is completely healthy and natural AustralianVitamins.com announced today that the Smart Protein Bars are now available for purchase online at AustralianVitamins.com. These protein bars, which are a part of the Smart Diet Solutions brand, come in a variety of new flavours and with an amazing offer. 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AustralianVitamins.com thus allows consumers of their protein bars to relish the same benefits from any natural flavour of their choice. Banana Bread, Latte, Peanut Choc Caramels, Marshmallow Choc Biscuits, and Mango Creams are some of the available flavours. There are, however, several more options to choose from the AustralianVitamins.com store. To get details about the nutritional value and all available flavours, visit https://www.australianvitamins.com/brand/smart-diet-solutions. And if you never want to miss a sale, then be sure to sign up for their newsletter. That way, you get first-hand notice of their coupon discounts, bulk buys, and promotions. About AustralianVitamins.com AustralianVitamins.com is a Melbourne-based online store for wholesome health foods, including superfoods, supplements, grocery, and everything natural health. They offer deliveries to customers around the world and especially in Australia. For more information, visit https://www.australianvitamins.com/. 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.”   World Breastfeeding Week 2020 2020-08-02T22:20:28Z world-breastfeeding-week-2020 World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) is a global campaign to raise awareness and encourage action on issues related to breastfeeding. This year’s theme, Support breastfeeding for a healthier planet, was chosen to focus on the impact of infant feeding on the environment and the imperative to protect, promote and support breastfeeding for the health of the planet and its people. World Breastfeeding Week 2020 is a valuable opportunity for the Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) to raise awareness among decision makers of the need to invest in the implementation of the Australian National Breastfeeding Strategy and also the wider community of the contribution breastfeeding makes to population health, food security and environmental sustainability. During this year’s event from 1–7 August, ABA’s community will showcase some of the work the Association and its volunteers have been doing to continue to keep mothers and families connected to breastfeeding information and support during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes virtual local group meetings, safe and timely breast pump hire services, support through the National Breastfeeding Helpline and LiveChat services, online Breastfeeding Education classes, an updated avenue to deliver evidence-based information straight to mums’ fingertips through our app, mum2mum, as well as a national ABA Facebook group. ABA has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by continuing to review new information and providing updates in a timely manner to families, health professionals and public. At a national level, the Association will use World Breastfeeding Week as an opportunity to urge the Federal Government to fully fund the implementation of the priority action areas in the Australian National Breastfeeding Strategy (ANBS), with a particular focus on infant and young child feeding in emergencies. ‘Given the recent catastrophic summer bushfires, hail storms and flood, followed by the pandemic, ABA has seen first-hand the need for the development of policies and guidelines for infant and young child feeding in emergencies’, says ABA Executive Officer Victoria Marshall-Cerins. ‘During emergencies, infants and young children are especially vulnerable due to their particular food requirements. At present, Australia lacks emergency planning for infants at every level of government. It is evident that there is a need for the development, funding and implementation of planning for infant and young child feeding in emergencies. This is one of our key messages this WBW.’ ABA plays an important role in raising awareness of the importance of breastfeeding. As Australia’s leading authority on breastfeeding with more than 50 years’ experience, ABA will use World Breastfeeding Week to educate the community on the imperative to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding for the health of the planet and its people. ‘Breastfeeding is a sustainable way to feed our infants and young children and provides food security for them in emergencies and climate-related disasters’, Ms Marshall-Cerins says. ‘Breastmilk is a natural, renewable food that is produced and delivered to the consumer without pollution, packing or waste. When we protect and support mothers and breastfeeding, we are also reducing the impact on our air, water and land, protecting our young ones and future generations.’ Ms Marshall-Cerins says World Breastfeeding Week is also a fantastic occasion to encourage mothers to empower one another and to celebrate breastfeeding. Resources For information on ABA’s World Breastfeeding Week 2020 campaign: https://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/world-breastfeeding-week For information on the global World Breastfeeding Week 2020 campaign: https://worldbreastfeedingweek.org/ ABA’s guidelines for infant feeding in emergencies: https://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/bfinfo/infant-feeding-emergencies. About the Australian Breastfeeding Association The Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) is Australia's largest breastfeeding information and support service, providing assistance to more than 80,000 mothers each year. ABA also provides up-to-date information and continuing education for thousands of health professionals working with mothers and babies. It is our vision that breastfeeding is recognised as important by all Australians and is culturally normal. As Australia’s leading authority on breastfeeding, we support, educate and advocate for a breastfeeding inclusive society. https://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/ InterSystems TrakCare® Supports Healthcare Providers Worldwide to Deliver Better Patient Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic 2020-07-30T01:16:22Z intersystems-trakcare-supports-healthcare-providers-worldwide-to-deliver-better-patient-care-during-the-covid-19-pandemic SYDNEY, Australia, July 30, 2020 – Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, InterSystems, a creative data technology provider dedicated to helping customers solve the most critical scalability, interoperability, and speed problems, has been both implementing and enhancing its InterSystems TrakCare® unified healthcare information system to help its customers in the fight against the global pandemic. Responding quickly to customer needs InterSystems has brought new systems, equipment – and even hospitals – online. The company’s wider portfolio of products, including InterSystems IRIS® data platform, InterSystems IRIS for Health™, and InterSystems HealthShare® were also leveraged around the world during the crisis, though TrakCare is most heavily used by frontline medical staff, the heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic. In February, as the crisis unfolded, InterSystems released global TrakCare functionality within the electronic medical record to help clinicians screen patients for COVID-19. The functionality leveraged World Health Organization (WHO) guidance and a link to the novel Coronavirus Global Cases tracking app provided by the Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering in the United States. During the height of the outbreak in China, InterSystems staff went on-site to Amcare Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Beijing to bring it urgently live. Caseloads grew quickly as the pandemic took hold. In Madrid, InterSystems staff worked around the clock to network both established and temporary hospitals to laboratories and systems, to give clinicians the information they needed to rapidly diagnose and treat patients and in Sydney, the company churned out digital interfaces connecting hospital clients’ new COVID-19 testing machines to TrakCare Lab Enterprise within 48 hours – before the instrumentation even arrived – to enable them to quickly ramp up testing and make results available. In just seven days, InterSystems configured the electronic medical records for an 80-bed hospital fully dedicated to COVID-19 patients in Rome, and then in just 24 hours configured an additional site, a hotel converted to a post-acute care facility. “The hallmark of InterSystems, the products we create, and the support we provide around the clock is responsiveness,” said InterSystems Head of Healthcare Solutions Don Woodlock. “We are proud to have deployed TrakCare quickly to respond to the needs of front-line medical professionals, and ultimately help deliver patients the care they needed.” In use in 27 countries at more than 450 hospitals and countless laboratories worldwide, TrakCare offers a light footprint system, mobile-friendly user interface, and flexibility of configuration that drive rapid deployment, ease of adoption, and ease of use for clinicians to make decisions. Throughout the ongoing crisis, InterSystems has worked with existing customers to identify enhancements that assist acute care services and better manage the challenges presented by COVID-19.  In the United Arab Emirates (UAE) InterSystems partnered with Pure Health, the largest laboratory operator in the Gulf Cooperation Council with a network of 118 labs and over 1000 healthcare professionals, to implement TrakCare Lab Enterprise for its Covid19 labs in a record two weeks. The implementation supports the UAE’s COVID-19 initiatives, accelerating testing for the virus by streamlining workflows and making data easily accessible for all parties. “We are glad to partner with InterSystems to adopt TrakCare Lab Enterprise solution to empower us to effectively manage our role in the initiative to contain COVID-19 in the UAE. We pioneered to be present in all the airports in the UAE as Pure Health have been appointed to screen incoming passengers,” said Adnan Asif, Chief Technology Officer at Pure Health. “We have been collaborating with healthcare providers and authorities in this screening initiative across the nation since the onset of the outbreak, which has enabled Pure Health to conduct COVID-19 tests in more than 15 collection centres and four processing locations in the UAE. We have built up the capacity to run 80,000 tests per day, which is the largest testing capacity by a single operator globally outside of China.” In addition, the TrakCare product has been further enhanced to support telehealth, enabling hospital clients to launch sessions for remote patient care. InterSystems also changed its own procedures for go-lives to adapt to the COVID-19 crisis: in June, the company completed its first-ever virtual go-live at MercyAscot Hospital in Auckland, New Zealand. InterSystems has received Customers’ Choice awards in 2019 and 2020 from Gartner and Best in KLAS awards from the leading healthcare IT analyst firm KLAS, respectively. About InterSystems Established in 1978, InterSystems is the leading provider of data technology for extremely critical data in the healthcare, finance, and logistics sectors. Its cloud-first data platforms solve scalability, interoperability, and speed problems for large organisations around the globe. InterSystems also develops and supports unique managed services for hospital EMRs, unified care records for communities and nations, and laboratory information management systems. InterSystems is committed to excellence through its award-winning, 24×7 support for customers and partners in more than 80 countries. Privately held and headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, InterSystems has 25 offices worldwide. For more information, please visit InterSystems.com. 100 million masks for NSW Health 2020-07-24T06:34:34Z 100-million-masks-for-nsw-health Sentry Medical have been in collaboration with NSW Health to provide over 100 million masks dedicated for NSW health workers. Praise goes to management within NSW Health for forward planning as further restrictions take place today, and staff within NSW hospitals required to wear a mask if within 1.5 meters of patients. Australian owned company, Sentry Medical, were able to commit to such a large supply due to its business concentrating on local provisions rather than sending goods off-shore. “This shows the importance of Australian owned businesses being able to put our country’s needs first during critical times,” said Eric Wai, Managing Director, Sentry Medical. “Although we have had an influx in global interest in our products, especially PPE, we have definitely made the right choice in looking after our own as a priority.” Above the NSW mask supply, Sentry have been able to assist in provisions of other crucial PPE equipment for government health departments on a national level. “As well as New South Wales, we’ve been working with both Queensland Health and SA Health in providing hospital grade masks, gowns, headwear and footwear,” said Mr Wai. “It’s rewarding to see Sentry Medical doing their part in helping our nation through this COVID-19 period”. Photo resource: Kate Geraghty “New rules for masks in NSW hospitals as further restrictions kick in”, The Sydney Morning Herald. 24 July 2020  NEW AUSTRALIAN VITAMIN AND MINERAL SUPPLEMENT BRAND LAUNCHES WITH COLES DEAL DURING UNCERTAIN TIMES 2020-07-22T06:19:49Z new-australian-vitamin-and-mineral-supplement-brand-launches-with-coles-deal-during-uncertain-times A new Australian supplement brand has launched with a multimillion dollar Coles deal that puts its health and beauty supplements on supermarket shelves across the country.    Kynd is an Australian first – a range of health and beauty supplements based on scientific evidence, with a commitment that for every one product sold, one immunity product will be donated to an Australian in need. To enable Kynd to reach as many people as possible, Kynd leverages the national distribution network of iNova Pharmaceuticals.    Kynd Founder Matthew Stenmark said the brand’s mission was to help people be kind to their bodies, kind to others and kind to the planet.    “My wife and I travelled through Africa and India and after coming home to Sydney, I wanted to do something that would make a difference to peoples’ lives, their health and the environment,” Mr Stenmark said.    “Kynd is the brand and the business model is about being kind to customers with products based on  scientific evidence, kind to others with a one-for-one donation, and kind to the planet with packaging that uses a bamboo cap, and glass bottles to be sustainable.”    Mr Stenmark admitted launching a new brand during the uncertain times of 2020 brought challenges.    As a brand, the original plan was to donate nutritional health products internationally. However, with the recent pandemic, the Kynd team turned its attention domestically and considered what it could do to support fellow Aussies. Consumers will be able to trace where the donations are being made using a code on the Kynd product packaging.    “Australians were suddenly under financial pressure and maintaining their health also became a priority,” Mr Stenmark said.    “We knew not everyone could afford healthy foods, so we decided to do something to help by creating an immunity product to be donated to Australians in need, such as the homeless.”  Coles Category Manager for Vitamins Daniel Slavin said Australians are prioritising their health and wellbeing now more than ever.   “At Coles, we have seen the popularity of vitamins soar with the category experiencing double digit sales growth over the past 12 months,” Mr Slavin said.  “We’re delighted to partner with Aussie brand Kynd to stock its nutritional supplements exclusively at Coles supermarkets. Coles and Kynd have been in collaboration for more than eight months in designing a proposal that is unique for our customers.   “We’re also proud to be working with suppliers like Kynd who share in our goal to help Australians lead happier and healthier lives, and our commitment to sustainability by giving back to communities in need and producing sustainable packaging.”     The first products released for Kynd include:  Women’s Multivitamin + Skin  Glow – Hair, Skin & Nails  Magnesium Bio 1200  Sustainably Sourced Fish Oil Double Strength  Nutricosmetic Collagen Forte  Collagen +    Kynd products are mostly manufactured in Sydney, except for the Nutricosmetic Collagen Forte which is packaged in Sydney. The immunity products are being manufactured in Yatala, south of Brisbane.    “We’re proud to be supporting jobs through manufacturing and helping Australians during what is a difficult time,” Mr Stenmark said.    Always read the label. Follow the directions for use. If symptoms persist, see your healthcare professional. Supplements may only be of assistance if dietary intake is inadequate.   Expert: COVID-19 has prompted a return to breastfeeding 2020-07-22T02:50:36Z expert-covid-19-has-prompted-a-return-to-breastfeeding A Western Sydney University expert in infant feeding during emergencies has highlighted the impact of COVID-19 on new mums, who are placing increasing importance on breastfeeding during the pandemic. Adjunct Associate Professor Karleen Gribble from the University’s School of Nursing and Midwifery said the global health crisis has led women to continue breastfeeding longer than they had previously intended, or even restart breastfeeding after they had weaned.  “During these difficult times, it’s understandable for mums to be concerned about the wellbeing of their babies,” said Associate Professor Gribble. “Mums are concerned about contracting the virus, and are considering breastfeeding as a means of boosting their overall health and immunity. They are also concerned about the availability of formula, and are considering the practical value of breastfeeding while they are in lockdown.” Associate Professor Gribble is a community educator with the Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) – a national organisation which supports women to breastfeed their infants and young children. Since the advent of the pandemic, the ABA has experienced an increase in the number of women who are seeking support and assistance with breastfeeding. ABA Senior Manager Breastfeeding Information and Research, Naomi Hull, said in April 2020 the ABA’s National Breastfeeding Helpline received 6103 calls – up to a 1000 call increase, compared with the usual monthly average. The average call length also increased from 12 to 16 minutes. In response, the ABA conducted a survey to determine the types of support and advice that women may require during the pandemic. Between 16 March and 18 May 2020, ABA volunteers logged the concerns of 340 mothers and caregivers and recorded 292 separate concerns about: • the ability to continue breastfeeding; • the ability of breastmilk to protect against infections; • ways to increase their milk supply, or reduce their use of formula supplements; and • how to restart breastfeeding. The most common concern, cited in 38 per cent of all responses, was in regards to insufficient milk or inadequate weight gain – with mothers indicating they were concerned about their inability see a midwife or child and family health nurse and have their babies weighed. Ms Hull said it became apparent that, for many women, the ABA National Breastfeeding Helpline became their only avenue of obtaining advice, support and reassurance about their babies while they were in isolation. “After having a baby, women ordinarily receive ongoing face-to-face support from health services, and are able to routinely check on their baby’s progress. However, during the pandemic these support services were not consistently available,” said Ms Hull. “Our counsellors noted that many women were anxious about the lack of access to usual support services, and whether they were able to continue providing nutrition for their infants. They also really wanted the protection for their baby that breastmilk can provide.” Associate Professor Gribble assisted the ABA with analysing the survey data and providing recommendations. She said it was clear from the data that the lockdown has been really hard for new mothers. “You’re meant to have people around you to provide support when you have a baby – but women are being deprived of contact with health professionals, friends and family, and even their own mothers after they give birth,” said Associate Professor Gribble. “We need to support these new mums in any way that we can.”  Associate Professor Gribble is an expert in infant feeding during emergencies. Her previous research has found that Australia lacks adequate planning for infants in emergencies – an issue which has been evident in both the summer bushfires and in the COVID-19 pandemic response.  “Infants are very vulnerable in emergencies, and they need specific planning to ensure that their mothers and caregivers are well supported to protect them,” she said, “The ABA is not mentioned in any of Australia’s emergency planning, but it is clear that their services have provided a safety net in the pandemic. It is also clear that national planning for infants in emergencies must be urgently developed, funded and implemented.” -ENDS- NOTES TO MEDIA: World Breastfeeding Week is held from 1-7 August. The results of the ABA survey have been published in preprint format on medRxiv prior to being peer-reviewed. The ABA National Breastfeeding Helpline is funded by the Australian Government and can be reached on 1800 686 268. Australian biotech Microba brings gut analysis to Europe with pathology leader SYNLAB 2020-07-18T02:07:41Z australian-biotech-microba-brings-gut-analysis-to-europe-with-pathology-leader-synlab The partnership will bring together the cutting-edge metagenomics sequencing and bioinformatics of Microba with the expertise of SYNLAB’s laboratory services team to deliver new gastrointestinal analysis services to their network of practising doctors and clinics. Microba was developed out of field-leading research from the University of Queensland, launching Australia’s first detailed gut microbiome analysis in June 2018.  The biotech has now assisted more than 10,000 Australians to assess their gut health individually or with an Australian healthcare professional. SYNLAB is the market leader in medical diagnostic services in Europe, with a presence in more than 40 countries across four continents. The co-delivered MyBiome gut microbiome analysis will be launched initially in two selected countries to provide healthcare professionals with access to new and actionable information on their patients’ health. Blake Wills, CEO of Microba, emphasised that the launch would expand the availability of the company’s world-leading gut microbiome analysis technology to customers in Europe, and assist Microba in their  global pursuit of driving new discoveries and improving human health. “Microba’s partnership with SYNLAB is a great example of two international forces joining together to embrace next-generation technologies and support local healthcare,” said Wills. “It will allow us to expand the reach of our technology into the European market, and bring innovation born in Australia into larger overseas markets to positively impact more lives,” he added. Microba’s award-winning proprietary Metagenomic Analysis Platform (MAP™) will be utilised to deliver the MyBiome analysis. Mr Wills said that delivering an analysis into the European market in partnership with SYNLAB allowed Microba to access large, established markets with unmet demand for comprehensive microbiome analysis services. “SYNLAB is a global leader in delivering medical diagnostic services and we are proud to be partnering to add advanced gut microbiome analysis to their portfolio, powered by Microba’s technology,” he said. Chief Medical Officer of SYNLAB Group, Dr Santiago Valor said, “We are excited to start this collaboration with Microba. SYNLAB’s commitment to medical excellence in diagnostics is underlined by complementing our test portfolio with the MyBiome analysis.” “Together we set a sign for continuous medical advancement to the benefit of patients and customers.” In addition to powering the new analysis service in Europe with SYNLAB, and a continuing partnership in the United States, Microba also works with research groups and healthcare organisations to advance global understanding of the human gut microbiome and its influence on health. ENDS    AlayaCare Launches AlayaCare Residential for Australia, New Zealand Markets 2020-07-16T23:00:10Z alayacare-launches-alayacare-residential-for-australia-new-zealand-markets Sydney, July 17, 2020 – AlayaCare, a global aged care technology provider, today announced the launch of AlayaCare Residential for residential care organisations in Australia and New Zealand facing escalating demands across the industry.  AlayaCare Residential is the latest evolution for AlayaCare that, highlighted by its acquisition of Procura six months ago, is committed to developing the data-driven solutions aged care providers need to best serve their clients and improve health outcomes.   “Despite tectonic shifts in the industry, from Royal Commission reforms to ageing populations to rising labour costs to the COVID-19 pandemic, aged care providers have not been well supported by flexible innovations that help them navigate these challenges,” says Annette Hili, General Manager, AlayaCare Australia and New Zealand, and former Chief Operating Officer of BaptistCare NSW. “AlayaCare’s end-to-end system has been purposefully built to provide such agility with insights that help organisations meet the modern demands they are facing in Australia and New Zealand.” AlayaCare Residential – formerly Procura’s CareExchange platform – offers a robust and reliable system to help organisations provide better care, with real-time data capture, care planning and assessments at hand anytime and anywhere. Its dynamic workflows are built to enhance compliance and enable best practices; it comprises: · Clinical Care module – offers scalability and performance, allowing staff to deliver care via tablet or workstations. The module brings the advantage of inbuilt system integration with PainChek, Pixalere and Medi-Map to seamlessly support pain, wound and medication management. · Residential Management module – designed to support day-to-day operations and help organisations increase profit and productivity. The module is currently under development and expected to launch in early 2021. “Our evolving transformation of the person-centred care planning process has been supported by [AlayaCare Residential] Clinical Care,” says Janine Carter, Clinical Systems Advisor, Uniting AgeWell. “The automated set up of complex multidisciplinary charting and workflows supports a holistic approach to care and provides visibility of all clinical and social wellbeing needs and activities in a single electronic record, hugely benefitting our staff for better efficiencies and quality care for residents.” More than 900 organisations provide residential care services in Australia and New Zealand, with a sizeable proportion simultaneously offering community care. AlayaCare is now a leading aged care technology provider in the region, growing exponentially in the Australian-New Zealand market since the acquisition of Procura – a leading global provider of enterprise software for residential, home and disability care provider organisations. “Our team is proud to expand our commitment to residential care in Australasia, and of AlayaCare’s nine global offices, four are now in Australia,” says Adrian Schauer, AlayaCare CEO and co-founder. “Our focus has always been to offer innovative products built to enable the level of care we would want our own loved ones to receive in their homes. To that end, AlayaCare makes the delivery of care personalised and predictive, empowering providers to deliver transformative home, community, and now residential aged care, that ultimately achieves better outcomes.”   For more information about AlayaCare Residential, visit www.alayacare.com/residential-care-software.   About AlayaCare AlayaCare's unique platform offers a complete technology solution to manage the entire client lifecycle including referrals and intake, scheduling, coordination, client health records, clinical documentation, care worker management, billing and payroll, reporting, remote patient monitoring, and a mobile caregiver app in one integrated, highly robust and secure, cloud-based system. AlayaCare is providing the platform for aged and disability care organisations to propel towards innovation and care of the future. AlayaCare was founded in 2014. www.alayacare.com Mental Health in the Workplace – Free Resources 2020-07-16T07:55:43Z mental-health-in-the-workplace-free-resources By Jared Butt | Coronavirus, Health, Safety Profession | 0 comment | 25 June, 2020 | Today, businesses hear more than ever about mental health in the workplace. Yet many businesses are often unsure what role they have to play in fostering wellness among their employees – if one at all. And even among organisations that have the desire to develop initiatives to support and maintain positive mental health outcomes for their employees, most don’t know where to start. The following collection of resources are designed to help organisations become a mentally healthy workplace; one that protects the mental health of all staff, promotes wellbeing, and supports staff with mental health conditions. Tips and tools The following collection of mental health resources, information and advice will help employees and employers understand some common mental health issues in the workplace, and provide practical strategies and support to those who may be experiencing a mental health condition. Link to all resources here : https://myosh.com/blog/2020/06/25/workplace-mental-health-resources/ Clinically-proven, slimline ‘pocket-sized’ infrared thermometer 2020-07-16T06:39:09Z clinically-proven-slimline-pocket-sized-infrared-thermometer The first thing you notice about the new MedSense TF01 Infrared Thermometer is its size. Unlike conventional thermometer guns that are bulky and heavy, the MedSense weighs less than 70 grams and it fits neatly into the palm of your hand.This clinically-proven, non-invasive forehead thermometer has been approved for use in Australia* and is perfect for families, medical professionals, workplaces and public testing.The second thing you notice is how fast it is to give a temperature. To operate, the user holds the unit 3-5 cm away from the skin and aims at the middle of the forehead, using the LED positioning light. After pressing the button to take a measurement, the thermometer will show an accurate temperature reading in one second. To provide confirmation of whether the temperature is normal or not, an LCD backlit display screen shows green (normal), amber (attention!) and red (fever).Simple to use, the device’s measurement range is 34.0 to 43.0°C (body temperature) and 0 to 93.2°C (object temperature) and temperatures can be shown in either Celsius or Fahrenheit.In addition to people, the MedSense TF01 from Andatech can be used on objects and surfaces such as baby feeding bottles, bath water, the air temperature and other applications.Providing further confirmation for users, the device can also issue an audio alert when the detected body temperature is high. A feature that is ideal for home use, the device will keep track of body temperature fluctuations with the ability to recall the last nine temperature readings with just the click of a button. It uses two 1.5V AAA batteries, with power usage saved by way of the auto shut-off after 30 seconds.With dimensions of 34x160x50mm, the MedSense TF01 comes with a 2-year warranty and has an RRP of $149. It is available from andatechdistribution.com.auends* The MedSense Non-Contact Thermometer is a Class IIa Medical Device and is entered in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG). Reference CE. ARTG No.: 333214.About Andatech:Andatech is a 100% Australian owned company that designs, supplies, supports and services safety and wellness products including high quality alcohol and drug testing equipment, and air quality products. The company has the widest range of Australian Standard-certified breathalysers in Australia, which are designed for personal use, in workplaces, at hospitality venues (wall mounted) and as car interlock devices. Drug testing kits cover saliva and urine testing of 7 drug groups providing error-free results. Air quality products include dehumidifiers, air purifiers, humidifiers and aroma diffusers. https://www.andatech.com.au/Media enquiries:Wendy McWilliams, WMC PR, T: 03 9803 2588 / 0421 364 665 E: wendy@wmcpr.com.auSelection of high res photos available. Check for suitable images here: https://wmcpr.com.au/press-office/ Australian hospitals and aged care facilities need swift contact tracing protocols in place as threat of COVID 19 community transmission increases. 2020-07-13T23:09:29Z australian-hospitals-need-swift-contact-tracing-protocols-in-place-as-threat-of-covid-19-community-transmission-increases ●      Dr Norman Swan asks if Australian hospitals have “got their act together” ●      Outbreaks in high-risk healthcare facilities are “unacceptable”  ●      Bluetooth wearable card system Contact Harald could minimise staff disruptions in last week's Coronacast, Dr Norman Swan questioned if all Australian hospitals have “got their act together” in terms of infection control and if they have “things in place should they start to get community spread of the virus and protocols there”. Dr Swan also commented that Victorian hospitals appear to have come “late to the party”. Effective contract tracing is one common hurdle that will affect all public and private hospitals – and other healthcare services such as aged care facilities - in being able to maintain adequate staffing levels should community transmission of COVID-19 start to ramp up in states and territories beyond Victoria. Contact Harald is a locally developed wearable contact tracing system designed to enhance and speed up local-initiated contact tracing efforts. It takes the initial “manual” out of manual tracing efforts.   Healthcare facilities of all sizes will need to have ready-to-implement systems in place to limit disruption and ensure they have staff available for duty - not stood down if deemed a “potential contact” - should cases of COVID-19 be detected within these high-risk workplaces.  As Dr Swan said, cases in hospitals were totally unacceptable because they are a high-risk environment. “Tracking and tracing is the primary way to help control and minimise the impact of outbreaks,” said Melbourne-based Elissa Reid, Head of Product and Health for Contact Harald. “With hospital and aged care workers among the current recent infection numbers in Victoria, including healthcare staff at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, it’s important that the industry stays vigilant,” said Ms Reid. “With “close contacts” of positive cases also required to quarantine for 14 days, this could have disastrous effects for hospitals and aged care facilities, leaving them struggling to roster trained staff to provide uninterrupted essential health services,” says Ms Reid. “We developed Contact Harald to help minimise the risk to business continuity – and healthcare environments have been the focus of our initial system development.”   While the striking green Contact Harald cards cannot prevent an infection, what they do is dramatically speed up the essential task of contact tracing, once it has entered a community.  ‘We are ready to help healthcare facilities conduct a trial of our system, so they are ready to provide a best practice protocol for contact tracing needs – be it COVID-19 or other highly contagious communicable diseases,” said Ms Reid. “Speed and privacy are of the utmost importance.  When any potential new case of a transmissible disease is identified, memory-based recall can prove problematic.   “When Contact Harald is in use in a facility, anyone who has tested positive can have their card data uploaded at the facility to identify those staff, patients and families, visitors and others entering a facility have come in contact with, and send SMS and email alerts as needed,” Ms Reid said.   Contact Harald is currently conducting trials of its contact tracing technology in health and aged care settings in Australia and overseas markets. To learn more or to register your interest in contact tracing trial go to www.contactharald.com FREE Business Contact Tracing Platform launches in Australia 2020-07-13T06:06:02Z free-business-contact-tracing-platform-launches-in-australia The Brighter Day Group, an Australian ideas and innovation collective launches “The Check In App”, a free contact tracing platform for businesses on 13th July, 2020. In a market first, The Check In App is being provided on a cost free basis to all Australian businesses to assist with their government required Contact Tracing requirements. Recognising the struggle faced by Businesses trying to meet their ongoing costs from a dramatically reduced revenue base, Brighter Day Group is offering the free service to assist the business in maintaining their government obligations without the need to incur additional costs. The Check In App is an online Contact Tracing Platform that enables the public to “Check In” at a business to receive an electronic pass to obtain entry.   Users of The Check In App have a record of the business they have checked in at and the business has a record of the user. “Users utilising the App are required to register and verify their details before they can use the App,” says Mr Alex Jordan, creator of the App and CEO of the Brighter Day Group.  “Once registered they simply click the businesses Check In button via their own device to get the pass.  This makes for not only a simplified and easier process that is currently being used but also protects people privacy by not having their contact details left in the open for all to see.” The Check In App has policies similar to that of the Federal Government’s Covid Safe App where all data is controlled by the individual users and the businesses.  Policies require the user or the business to provide approval for the access of records with all data collected being stored on servers within Australia. “Our platform not only gives businesses the Contact Tracing records but also provides users with a complete record of where they have been and when.  If a user becomes infected with Covid-19 they can simply access their account in the App and let the Health Authorities know the date and time of every Check In App participating business they have been at”, said Mr Jordan.  “Authorities can then contact the businesses to gain access to the details of all the other customers that attended around the same time.  Our system also contains a notification platform which means people can be contacted within only a few hours of virus detection instead of days or even weeks.  The Check In App provides a dramatically more efficient and streamlined process to protect us all and expands the testing targets almost exponentially”, added Mr Jordan.    It is a currently a requirement for businesses to provide a form of Contact Tracing of patrons with penalties in NSW of up to $55,000 for businesses not adhering to the requirements. The Check In App is available for use by all businesses from retail to corporate, regardless of the size or category including cafes, restaurants, gyms, sporting groups, community groups and organisations as well as religious service providers. “We are looking to help as many businesses operate efficiently and manage their Contact Tracing effectively in order to not only keep the wider community safe but also to give businesses leverage in their push for the continued easing of restrictions”, added Mr Jordan.  “With the penalties businesses face for not complying with Contact Tracing being so high, The Check In App ensures every business can be compliant at for almost no cost”. The Check In App is available for businesses to sign up to from Monday, 13th July. For further information about The Check In App go to http://www.thecheckinapp.com.au or by contacting info@thecheckinapp.com.au ENDS   About The Check In App  The Check In App is created by the Brighter Day Group, an Australian operated and owned Innovation and Ideas Collective. The Check In App was created to help businesses manage their Contact Tracing in order to simply the process whilst also make the process of Contact Tracing more effective and efficient in the event of virus outbreaks. Businesses can utilise The App for Contact Tracing at no cost as part of Brighter Day’s efforts to help others out and stopping the spread. About the Brighter Day Group The Brighter Day Group is an ideas and innovations collective, working across multiple projects and programs to create a better society and a better future. The Brighter Day Group works as a collective to support our individual members as well as in partnership with third party companies and organisations to create new products and innovative platforms.