The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-07-31T21:51:25Z SAFER PAIN RELIEF THROUGH CHIROPRACTIC CARE SAY RESEARCHERS 2017-07-31T21:51:25Z safer-pain-relief-through-chiropractic-care-say-researchers Insights into the role of chiropractic care in relieving pain indicate that it may be a safer alternative for many sufferers than commonly used medications, according to the New Zealand Chiropractors’ Association.    Back pain is amongst one of the most common symptoms prompting patients to seek chiropractic care. Treatments for acute back pain include analgesics, muscle relaxants, exercises, physical therapy, heat, spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) and others. But recent studies suggest an association between even small doses of over the counter analgesics and heart attacks[1] and there is widespread concern about deaths from the use of opioids[2].   Now a major review has indicated that chiropractic care may be as effective as these commonly used medications to relieve pain, with less risk of side effects, and the added benefit of improving function, not only symptom relief.   Dr Cassandra Fairest, chiropractor and spokesperson for the New Zealand Chiropractors’ Association explains: `In a study just published, American researchers conducted a review and meta-analysis of previous studies to assess the effectiveness and any potential harm associated with manual spinal adjustments, compared with other non-manipulative therapies for adults with acute (six weeks or less) low back pain[3]. The authors write that the size of the benefit of SMT for acute low back pain is similar to the relief obtained from the use of  nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, according to the Cochrane review on this topic. But chiropractic care has none of the risks associated with medications.’   Of 26 eligible randomized clinical trials (RCTs) identified, 15 RCTs (1,711 patients) provided moderate-quality evidence that SMT has a statistically significant association with improvements in pain. Twelve RCTs (1,381 patients) produced moderate-quality evidence that SMT has a statistically significant association with improvements in function. No RCT reported any serious adverse event.   Dr Fairest says: `Chiropractic adjustments are known to result in clinical improvements in spinal function and reduction of both acute and chronic low back and neck pain.However, the mechanisms responsible for the restoration of function and relief of pain after manipulative care are not widely understood. We have yet to fully understand the neurophysiological mechanisms responsible for such clinical improvements after spinal manipulation of any kind, although ongoing work by Dr Heidi Haavik and colleagues at the Centre for Chiropractic Research at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic[4] has demonstrated that chiropractic care can induce changes in various aspects of central nervous system (CNS) functioning, including alterations in reflex excitability, sensory processing and motor control.’     Ends   Further Information: Dr Cassandra Fairest, Chiropractor 021 242 3073 or cassandra.fairest@chiropractic.org.nz Peter Boyes 027 554 0500 or peter@boyespr.co.nz [1] Bally M, Dendukuri N, Rich B, et al. Risk of acute myocardial infarction with NSAIDs in real world use: bayesian meta-analysis of individual patient data. BMJ. 2017;357:j1909   [2] www.bmj.com/content/356/bmj.j1224   [3] jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/2616379   [4] www.jmptonline.org/article/S0161-4754(16)30244-5/fulltext Breaking News - ASX Listed G Medical Signs Binding MOU for US $67.5M for China Distribution 2017-07-27T01:24:14Z breaking-news-asx-listed-g-medical-signs-binding-mou-for-us-67-5m-for-china-distribution ASX Announcement 27 July 2017 G MEDICAL SIGNS BINDING MOU FOR CHINA DISTRIBUTION VALUED AT US$67.5M •Binding MOU signed with Shandong Boletong Information S&T Co. Ltd. •Agreed terms include call centre cooperation and a minimum purchase order of Smartphone Prizmaunits within the first year. •Medical and ancillary support via Nurse and Physician staffed call centres and ‘Cloud’ services. Mobile health and e-health company G Medical Innovations Holdings Ltd (“G Medical” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce it has executed a Binding Memorandum of Understanding (“Agreement”) between its subsidiary G Medical Innovations Asia Limited and Shandong Boletong Information S&T Co. Ltd. (“Boletong”), for the distribution of G Medical’s products and for call centre and ‘Cloud’ services in the People’s Republic of China. G Medical Smartphone Prizma Purchase Order Pursuant to the terms of the Agreement, Boletong has agreed to purchase a minimum quantity of units within the 1st Year of the G Medical Smartphone Prizma, and to provide associated support services for a minimum period of 60 months. Boletong will pay a pre-determined price for each unit, with the value of the agreement based on the minimum commitments being no less than US$67,500,000. The obligation to acquire the units commences on the granting of the CFDA certification to G Medical, which is currently in process. Support Services 1) Medical Services: Pursuant to the terms of the Agreement, Boletong and G Medical will set up a medical call centreproviding support services from 50-60 Nurses and 3-5 General Practising Physicians. Boletong will be responsible for the recruitment of the Nurses and General Practising Physicians, andthe establishment of the call centre. 2) ‘Cloud’ Subscription and Support Services: Pursuant to the terms of the Agreement, Boletong and/or G Medical will provide; a) Automated Cloud algorithm interpretation services, for biomedical signals 20170727_GMV - Binding MOU for China Distribution Page 2 of 3 b )Level 1 services including, Live and/or automated end-user technical support c) Level 2 services including, hardware (device) support, replacement/repairs Marketing and advertising G Medical agreed to contribute an immaterial portion of the per unit price as marketing and investment for Boletong's promotion of the products and services in China, with such payments to be set-off against payment of the purchase orders by Boletong. Non-competition Boletong and its associations are subject to non-competition restraints for the period of the Agreement, and ending five years after its termination (unless G Medical is found by a Court to have breached the Agreement). These non-competition restraints extend to competing with the products or services of G Medical. G Medical CEO Dr. Yacov Geva, commented: “I am extremely pleased to announce yet another significant relationship for G Medical within the ever-growing and lucrative Chinese territory. To have further increased our purchase commitment for our G Medical Smartphone Prizma devices, over and above our existing agreements, is an exceptional outcome with a key partner in Boletong. This adds further to our robust, multi-year revenue stream for the Company, particularly within the first year of a CFDA approval being granted”. “I have met with the executives of Boletong, and whilst in China have visited their facilities and operations. Boletong operates in 16+ provinces and works with the National Public Health care system and acts as a distributor of medical services for the government. Boletong is currently working with several large healthcare organisations such as Wanda, a medical company which is positioned in the top three in their area, and along with telecom carriers such as China Telecom. Boletong is also supported through investment from a large and reputable group in Beijing. Our team, has invested more than 3 months in bringing this MOU to fruition, during which time we were able to satisfy ourselves as to Boletong's strong financial position, their key government partnerships in place, and the ability to deliver all aspects under our agreement.” “This relationship is a significant strategic partnership, allowing the roll out the Company’s medical and ancillary support services within the Chinese territory, for both our professional call centre and Cloud based systems”. Ends Corporate Advisors Otsana Capital 108 Outram Street West Perth WA 6005 Telephone: +61 8 9486 7244 www.otsana.com About Shandong Boletong Information S&T Co., Ltd Shandong Boletong Information S&T Co., Ltd. (Boletong) is a hi-tech medical and healthcare company invested by Beijing Honghui Group which has businesses in medicine, investment, drug store automation system and new energy areas, based in China. Boletong focuses on the production and sales of medical devices, membership healthcare management systems and R&D and applications for the National Basic Public Healthcare Project Solution. Boletong is currently one of the top 16 service providers for the national public healthcare system. Boletong is located in Jinan Hi-tech Technology Development Area, Shandong province. Boletong’s website is www.sdboletong.com About G Medical Innovations G Medical (ASX:GMV) was founded in August 2014, aiming to be at the forefront of the digital health revolution, developing the next generation of mobile health (mHealth) technologies. The Company brings forth the experience and expertise of its Board to deliver best-in-class solutions to address this global opportunity. The Company specialises in innovative next generation mobile and e-health solutions and services using its suite of devices and software solutions with a view to driving multiple and recurring revenue streams, across numerous verticals and territories. For more information on G Medical, please visit www.gmedinnovations.com Aruba helps organisations track valuable assets 2017-06-06T23:22:19Z aruba-helps-organisations-track-valuable-assets New BLE-powered Aruba Tags, Aruba Access Points and Meridian Software Eliminate Loss of Valuable Assets and Automate Inventory Management; Expanded Ecosystem Enables Broad Adoption Across Industries  Sydney – June 7, 2017 – Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, today announced a new addition to its location-based services portfolio that helps organisations easily track valued assets, resulting in improved organisational efficiency, and lower capital and operational costs associated with misplaced assets. The Aruba asset tracking solution is fully integrated into the Aruba wireless infrastructure enabling simplified, fully integrated deployments at dramatically reduced costs.   Organisations worldwide lose millions of dollars every year on high-value items and inventory that are either misplaced, lost or stolen. Furthermore, employees and customers suffer from lost productivity and poor experiences. These challenges are particularly prevalent in industries like healthcare, where items such as IV pumps and heart defibrillators, are easily misplaced, resulting in 25 percent of hospital staff’s time wasted looking for these assets1  and negatively impacting quality of care. In retail and warehousing, items that can’t be located quickly mean wasted time for employees, delayed order fulfillment for customers and often, a loss of revenue for the retailer.   Aruba General Manager, South Pacific, Anthony Smith, said, “Aruba asset tracking addresses these challenges with a solution that is integrated into the Aruba Wi-Fi infrastructure eliminating the need for a separate network. Organizations also gain the benefits of accurate tracking of important items using either an intuitive, map-based mobile app or by integrating with organizations’ existing tracking solutions.”   The solution includes the following components: Advancements to ArubaOS and Aruba APs: This new software allows Aruba BLE-enabled Access Points and Sensors to act as asset tag “observers,” creating a sensory network that provides added value to organisations with existing Aruba wireless infrastructure. In essence, it allows their Wi-Fi infrastructure to double as an asset tracking network. New Aruba Tags:  Cost-effective Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) – enabled tags are slightly larger than a quarter, making them ideal for items that range in size from IV pumps in a healthcare setting to pallets of goods in a warehouse. The tags are designed to meet stringent environmental requirements and come with multiple attachment options. Asset Tag Configuration App: Aruba’s configuration app makes set-up and ongoing management of the tags simple. Assets can be designated with names, photos and optional IDs so that like assets can be searched for easily. Changes can be performed quickly, near the assets, and all data is automatically saved in a central cloud database. New features for the Aruba Meridian AppMaker: Organisations can now create their own asset tracking app for iOS or Android with the Meridian AppMaker. The AppMaker provides a new SDK and APIs for seamless third-party integration and custom use cases.  Partner Ecosystem Enables Broad Adoption Across Industries Key to the success of Aruba’s existing location-based services and Mobile Engagement portfolio has been the Meridian Engage Partner Program. Customers have leveraged app developers to integrate and build value-added mobile apps for iOS and Android that are used with the Meridian Mobile App Platform and Aruba Mobile Engagement portfolio. Aruba is extending this program to include asset tracking, as well as opening the program to new partners in a variety of industries across healthcare, retail, warehousing and numerous other verticals.   Continuing its investment in the Intelligent Edge, Aruba also introduced its 8400 Core Switch at HPE Discover.  The 8400 Core Switch is a new core aggregation switch that delivers the performance, power, automation and troubleshooting capabilities necessary to address the challenges of mobility, cloud and IoT inherent in networks today.  The announcement of the 8400 Core Switch in conjunction with its asset tracking solution demonstrates Aruba’s ongoing commitment to bring innovation to organisations.  HPE PointnextAruba Meridian Services from HPE Pointnext provide customers and partners worldwide with the expertise needed to take advantage of location-based services to engage with mobile users in any organisation or public-facing venue. These services can help augment customer IT and Aruba partner teams to provide the capabilities needed for the design and development of mobile applications with the Meridian platform.  Availability Aruba asset tracking solution is available now.   ENDS  About Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, is a leading provider of next-generation networking solutions for enterprises of all sizes worldwide. The company delivers IT solutions that empower organisations to serve the latest generation of mobile-savvy users who rely on cloud-based business apps for every aspect of their work and personal lives.   To learn more, visit Aruba at http://www.arubanetworks.com. For real-time news updates follow Aruba on Twitter and Facebook, and for the latest technical discussions on mobility and Aruba products visit Airheads Social at http://community.arubanetworks.com.  For more information, please contact:  Sarah Bullen OR Duyen Nguyen at DEC PR +61 2 8014 5033 and Aruba@decpr.com.au  Customer Quotes   “The Aruba asset tracking solution has the potential to help VMI save significant man-hours and reduce the overall costs associated with locating and tracking our vehicles during their 48 stages of production” said Michael Kell, Director of IT for Vantage Mobility International (VMI), a supplier of wheelchair-accessible vans. “Additionally, with up to 2,000 vehicles on our site at any given time, the manual process of identifying and locating a specific vehicle when needed for audit, or tracking one during a particular stage of production, is time-consuming and inefficient. With the Aruba asset tracking solution, we hope to automate this process and create new efficiencies for our staff as well as speed delivery of vehicles to our customers.”  Ecosystem Partner Quotes   As a leading venue technology company, VenueNext, provides healthcare companies with better operational awareness and efficiency via location and mobile experiences. “Our customers have been asking for an asset tracking solution that delivers visibility for critical assets with location accuracy, while also integrating with our existing application platform,” said Scott Rehling, Vice President Strategic Channels, VenueNext. “By leveraging Aruba’s asset tracking solution we can provide the added functionality requested by utilizing customers’ Wi-Fi and beacon infrastructure, resulting in operational efficiencies.”   Emerge is a digital experience agency that leverages world-class user-centered design and custom application development to quickly solve complex challenges and address untapped opportunities. “With the addition of asset tracking capabilities to the Aruba Mobile Engagement platform we can now offer our customers an innovative tool to use their mobile applications to increase productivity and customer experience in their facilities,” said Julian Pscheid, Chief Technology Officer of Emerge Interactive. “Whether by providing front-line employees instant visibility into critical equipment location, connecting real-time asset locations to Meridian indoor turn-by-turn navigation and personalized push-notifications, or integrating location data with legacy systems, we look forward to incorporating Aruba’s asset tracking solution into our customers’ enterprise ecosystems.  Raizlabs designs and builds world-class iOS, Android, and Web apps for startups and big brands. “Our team is constantly exploring new and emergent technologies in an effort to deliver the best possible solutions to leading competitive enterprises,” said Jason Petralia, President of Raizlabs. “As a part of this ongoing exploration, we've realized the growing need for a complete asset tracking solution and are excited about Aruba's technology advancements and commitment to a full-featured and robust solution.”  Channel Partner Quotes   “As a leading IT solutions provider, we are continuously looking for ways to expand our offerings to better support clients’ evolving needs,” said Chris Saso, CTO, Dasher Technologies, Inc. “Aruba’s new asset tracking solution helps solve the issues that plagued the healthcare and retail industry by allowing them to leverage their Wi-Fi infrastructure for the tracking of physical assets. This allows us to engage with new stakeholders within our accounts and extend the value of our architecture and services expertise.”   Serving over 1,000 clients in a dozen different industries, Matrix Integration is focused on helping clients achieve their goals through the use of technology. “There has always been an existing operational need for organizations to track the movement of valued assets. However, most organizations consider adding a completely separate asset tracking infrastructure as too costly while adding additional operational burden,” said James Aldridge, VP, Technology, Matrix. “By using an existing Aruba wireless infrastructure, Aruba solves these customer problems by delivering the only asset tracking solution that doesn’t require another network overlay, resulting in an easy-to-manage mobile solution with fast ROI.”   Australia’s Prescription Painkiller Epidemic 2017-06-05T02:33:52Z australia-s-prescription-painkiller-epidemic For Immediate Release 5 June 2017 A record number of Australians are accidentally overdosing on prescription medicines in what medical authorities have labeled ‘an opioid epidemic.' According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the number of deaths from prescription painkillers - opioids - has increased 61 percent between 2004-2014. Further key facts and figures are showing no stopping this hidden health crisis. However, the real question is, why is this happening?   Medical authorities such as The Penington Institute note that the deaths caused by opioid over prescription between 2008-2014 underscore how severe the overdose crisis is in Australia. 69 percent of all drug-related deaths in Australia come from prescription painkillers.   To bring more attention to this public health issue, it is essential to understand the reasons why these medications are being prescribed and how they may affect us adversely. 58 percent of non-cancer prescriptions are for musculoskeletal issues, commonly including back pain and neck pain. Melbourne based Chiropractor, Doctor Ian Deitch (Chiropractor), had this to say on back pain:   “It is totally understandable why so many back pain sufferers take these medications. We have been brought up to believe that if we have pain we see a doctor, get a prescription, take the medication and the pain will go away,” Dr. Deitch said.   “The problem is not the pain but rather the underlying cause resulting in pain. Think of it like this, your house is burning, the fire department arrives, rushes in and turns the fire alarm off but leaves the fire burning. Pain killers turn off the body’s fire alarm and leave the fire burning,” He said.   The medical compound in question - opioids - are one of the most commonly prescribed drug classes for pain. Alarmingly, the efficacy of long-term opioid use has been called into question. A Cochrane Review showed that the adverse reactions far outweigh the beneficial effects of opioids in treating back pain. Dr. Deitch said pain is your body’s way of telling you something is wrong.   “Taking medication to deal with the pain and not addressing the underlying problem is probably going to lead to further complications later on,” He said.   Although the prevalence of opioid overdose and accidental death is an urgent issue to be addressed, there is also growing awareness that other forms of treatment, including chiropractic care, have a role to play in aiming to correct one of the problems at its source - musculoskeletal injuries that cause pain.   Research over the last several decades has demonstrated time and time again the benefits of chiropractic care for many musculoskeletal problems. This is not limited to low back and neck problems but includes many other conditions chiropractors deal with on a daily basis.   All forms of healing have their place, but when research shows prescribed medical remedies are not solving the problem, we need to rethink what we are doing. In the first instance, natural and lower risk treatment options, such as chiropractic, should be considered in some cases. Clearly, if the benefits of chiropractic treatment are more widely known to the Australian public, this hidden health crisis can be better addressed. Contact Dr. Ian Deitch (Chiropractor) Chirolife Rosanna (03) 9458 3255 chirolife@chirolife.com.au Website PARRAMATTA CHIROPRACTOR TO MEET WITH SIR RICHARD BRANSON TO PROMOTE HEALTH AND WELLNESS 2017-05-29T23:15:10Z parramatta-chiropractor-to-meet-with-sir-richard-branson-to-promote-health-and-wellness Parramatta Chiropractor Dr. Rosemarie Jabbour, an acclaimed and experienced chiropractor with New World Chiro who has over 20-years of experience caring for the Parramatta community, this week announced, as part of the Change Makers Rule Breakers event, she will be meeting with entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson on his private island: Necker Island. The aim of the meeting is to promote chiropractic care to a group of influential people, including Sir Richard Branson, to help communicate the health benefits to a broader range of people. Home to 74-acres of beautiful paradise in the British Virgin Island, surrounded by stunning and unspoiled areas of the Caribbean, Necker Island was selected as the connection location for bringing innovators, creators, and movers from around the world together for one invaluable bonding opportunity. “My goal is to transform people's lives so they can improve their health and live a better life. Going to Necker Island and mixing with like-minded people such as Sir Richard Branson gives me the inspiration to take my work to the next level,” said Dr. Jabbour. The Change Makers Rule Breakers event is scheduled to take place May 30, 2017. The events are specially curated to connect the world-changing individuals through custom events, dinners, workcations, and adventures. The organisation is passionate about enhancing the attendees’ lives with the excitement of change, opportunity and innovation. The Change Makers Rule Breakers event is set to be much more than simple networking; it’s designed to develop and nurture a family while allowing for new ideas and innovations to be brought back to attendees home cities. "I plan on bringing the inspiration that I get from Necker Island back to Parramatta so that I can continue to tackle the many health crisis we are facing here in Australia, including opioid addiction, back pain, poor posture and musculoskeletal pain,” said Dr. Jabbour. For more information on Change Makers Rule Breakers, visit: http://changemakersrulebreakers.com/. For more information on New World Chiro and Dr. Rosemarie Jabbour (Chiropractor) please visit: https://www.newworldchiro.com.au/ Radiating Nerve Pain, Back Pain, Discomfort? 2017-04-02T02:09:29Z radiating-nerve-pain-back-pain-discomfort Is your back causing you discomfort, are you in pain, and looking for some alleviation? Have you been considering surgery or would you rather let your body heal itself? The Australian Bureau of Statistics National Health Survey from 2014-15 shows approximately 3.7 million Australians (16% of the population) have back problems. Furthermore, 70–90% of us will suffer from lower back pain in some form, at some point in our lives. With this being such a common, and known reason for discomfort, pain, injury, and stress, it is important to understand what your options are; especially gentle, non-surgical alternatives that do not disrupt your routine, but instead enhance it. If you’ve never heard of Spinal Decompression Therapy, then you’ve never felt the benefits of this non-invasive, gentle and efficient modality. Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression is becoming increasingly popular with patients seeking relief from common spinal ailments. Such as: Disc herniation, protrusions and bulges Surgery that has not resolved back pain Osteoarthritis due to incorrect biomechanics Disc degenerative disease Nerve/sciatica pain Spinal stenosis pain Radiating pain, numbness or tingling in the arms and/ or legs Scoliosis management Postural re-alignment General stiffness and aches in the body With such variations from person to person, it is vital to have a specific technique that suits you, your body and your area of pain. With an informed and skilled practitioner by your side, specific treatment, and a gentle recourse that allows for your body to heal itself, rather than another injury to be healed from – Spinal Decompression might just shift the way you see Chiropractic care and the way you feel day to day. A little information about this technique, what to expect, how it works, its safety and availability within our practice is outlined below in more detail. How does it work? Spinal decompression works by applying gentle tractional/stretching forces to the upper body and spine, by levering it against your lower body-weight, and then rhythmically moved up and down to varying degrees and speed – depending on what the treatment is targeted towards improving. As the machine cycles upwards and downwards it has an effect on the spine, and all soft tissue ligaments and muscles around it.  Research has shown that by stretching the spine apart, it causes an increase in disc height of the inter-vertebral disc (which is like a gel-filled shock absorber between your vertebral bones.) This in turn creates a vacuum within the discs resulting in the ability to suck prolapsed or herniated disc material back towards the centre of the disc and away from any structures it might be impinging or compressing on. This includes, but again is not limited to – nerve roots. Further positive effects are produced through the general mobilisation of the targeted joints, and as a result, this can be very helpful in spinal osteoarthritis cases. The specific efficacy of spinal decompression is still a popular topic of research, and is in its early stages, with sparse amount of research papers currently published on the topic. However, the evidence available does show promising, and positive results with various types of conditions and demographics. Furthermore, spinal decompression, though a powerful tool – is usually used in conjunction with other powerful modalities that are gentle on the body, at ChiroRelief. This insures a far greater result, then that of any clinic that merely uses one modality alone. What to expect at a spinal decompression session, how long is treatment? Spinal decompression is generally done with your face down, comfortably on the decompression bench. With arms either outstretched above your head, holding onto handle bars, or in some cases resting on the arm rests next to your shoulders. The machine then raises your upper body in relation to your lower body, as the practitioner feels for the tension building up in your spine with their fingers. Once the correct tension is applied, the machine is turned on and begins to cycle up and down in a rhythmic and relaxing manner and motion. Patients generally feel a very gentle to moderate stretch that can be located at various problem areas unique to their spine. As time progresses while using this technique, the tissues begin to relax and the stretch fades away. Decompression is rarely painful, though in some severe cases some mild discomfort can be felt – which once again generally disappears at the end of each treatment and decreases overall, even to the point of elimination in subsequent treatments as the discs and soft tissues begin to regain their integrity How safe is spinal decompression therapy, is it right for you? Spinal decompression is considered a very safe modality for many serious cases. At ChiroRelief a very detailed history and investigation is performed before commencement of any treatment, to ensure that decompression therapy is suitable for you and your specific needs. If you feel this may help you in some way, you can book in an appointment with one of our practitioners at ChiroRelief and start your journey to healing.   References: Apfel C, Cakmakkaya O, Martin W, Richmond C, Macario A, George E et al. Restoration of disk height through non-surgical spinal decompression is associated with decreased discogenic low back pain: a retrospective cohort study [Internet]. biomed central. 2010 [cited 14 March 2017]. Available from: https://bmcmusculoskeletdisord.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1471-2474-11-155 Sherry E, Kitchener P, Smart R. A prospective randomized controlled study of VAX-D and TENS for the treatment of chronic low back pain. Neurol Res. 2001;23:780–784. doi: 10.1179/016164101101199180. Ramos G, Martin W. Effects of vertebral axial decompression on intradiscal pressure. J Neurosurg. 1994;81:350–353. PubMed Macario A, Pergolizzi J. Systematic literature review of spinal decompression via motorized traction for chronic low back pain. Pain Pract. 2006;6:171–178. doi: 10.1111/j.1533-2500.2006.00082.x. Gose EE, Naguszewski WK, Naguszewski RK. Vertebral axial decompression therapy for pain associated with herniated or degenerated discs or facet syndrome: an outcome study. Neurol Res. 1998;20:186–190. PubMed Aihw.gov.au. (2017). What are back problems? (AIHW). [online] Available at: http://www.aihw.gov.au/back-problems/what-are-back-problems/ [Accessed 15 Mar. 2017]. BABY BOOMERS URGED TO STRAIGHTEN UP AND STAY ACTIVE FOR A LONGER, HEALTHIER LIFE 2016-10-15T20:55:04Z baby-boomers-urged-to-straighten-up-and-stay-active-for-a-longer-healthier-life As part of World Spine Day (October 16th), the New Zealand Chiropractors’ Association (NZCA) is urging the nation’s baby boomers to take care of their spines as a key part of their regular healthcare regime and help reduce the future need for a massive increase in healthcare costs. Chiropractor and NZCA spokesperson Dr Cassandra Fairest explains: `A growing body of research suggests that chiropractic care may slow the rate of functional decline as you age, preserve your autonomy, improve your well-being and reduce accidents1. It could also save New Zealand millions of dollars in the longer term.’ Baby boomers are those born during the years after World War II when there was a temporary marked increase in the birth rate (between 1946 and 1964). As the baby boomers enter retirement the number of people aged 65 and over will reach unprecedented levels. Baby boomers represent almost 15 percent of the population and the numbers continue to rise - outgrowing all other age groups, according to Statistics New Zealand (SNZ) figures. It is projected that in 2068, approximately 27.5 per cent of the total population will be aged over 65. Dr Kelly Holt, Dean of Research at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic adds: `As we age it becomes more difficult to carry out the basic tasks of everyday life such as eating, bathing, and dressing due to the decline in physical and cognitive function that often occur with ageing. Slowing the rate of functional decline in older adults preserves autonomy and well-being, and reduces the threat of expensive institutionalisation.1’ A study conducted in the United States has shown that older adults who receive chiropractic care (compared with those who don’t) maintain their ability to carry out their activities of daily living over several years[1],[2]. Dr Holt notes: `Every year approximately one third of older people experience one or more falls. Falls are the leading cause of injury related hospital admissions and death in this age group. We conducted a research study in New Zealand which has shown chiropractic care in a group aged 65 to 89 can significantly impact several factors that influence the prevention of falls[3].’ ‘After twelve weeks the group who received chiropractic care had increased ability in identifying where their ankle joint was when they closed their eyes. This is likely to prevent falls, as your brain will be more accurately aware of where your foot is without you having to look at your foot while walking.’ Dr Holt and his fellow researchers in the New Zealand study also found that older adults who received 12 weeks of chiropractic care were able to take a step much faster than the control group that did not receive chiropractic care. This is an important finding, because being able to take a fast step to correct balance can assist in fall prevention. And finally, this study showed that the older adults who received the chiropractic care were able to simultaneously process visual and auditory information more accurately in their brain. Dr Fairest adds: `This is known to be important and relevant when it comes to preventing falls. Science has shown that as we age we appear to lose our ability to process multiple lots of sensory information accurately and that this leads to distractions that may cause falls. `We want to encourage New Zealanders to visit their chiropractor to ensure that their spines and nervous systems are functioning well. A local NZCA chiropractor will be able to provide advice on ways to improve posture and support a healthy spine. A healthy spine and well-functioning nervous system is the key for overall health and wellbeing.’ Each year World Spine Day is observed on October 16th to encourage spinal health by disseminating information on good spinal health habits. The NZCA runs the Straighten Up New Zealand online resource www.straightenup.org.nz, which provides information for adults, children and healthcare professionals on ways to keep active and maintain spinal health by using the Just Start Walking and Straighten Up programmes. Alongside professional care, the three-minute set of simple exercises recommended by Straighten Up New Zealand (SUNZ www.straightenup.org.nz) every day will also help to improve posture, stabilise core muscle groups, enhance health and prevent spinal disability.   Ends   Further Information: Dr Cassandra Fairest, Chiropractor 021 242 3073 or cassandra.fairest@chiropractic.org.nz Peter Boyes 027 554 0500 or peter@boyespr.co.nz   [1] Weigel, Hockenberry, Bentler, Wolinsky. The comparative effect of episodes of chiropractic and medical treatment on the health of older adults. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. Mar-Apr 2014;37(3):143-154. [2] Weigel, Hockenberry, Wolinsky. Chiropractic use in the Medicare population: prevalence, patterns, and associations with 1-year changes in health and satisfaction with care. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. Oct 2014;37(8):542-551. [3]  Holt, Kelly R et al, “Effectiveness of Chiropractic Care to Improve Sensorimotor Function Associated With Falls Risk in Older People: A Randomized Controlled Trial,” Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics.     AIIA undertaking significant survey on analytics and data usage by Australian businesses, government and NGOs 2016-09-12T02:46:08Z aiia-undertaking-significant-survey-on-analytics-and-data-usage-by-australian-businesses-government-and-ngos FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 12 SEPTEMBER 2016 Encourages new and established organisations in all sectors to participate in order to develop the most comprehensive report possible The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the peak member body for the ICT industry, today announced it is undertaking a major survey of Australian organisations on analytics and data usage. The purpose of the survey is to find out what differentiates those business, government and NGO organisations that effectively use data and analytics for senior decision making. The survey is open to individual respondents via the AIIA website until 31 September 2016. It is anticipated that a whitepaper will be published towards the end of the year incorporating an analysis of the results and providing a body of knowledge that will help guide business leaders on ways to incorporate data and analytics into their organisation in order to remain competitive. Rob Fitzpatrick, CEO of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), says, "On a global scale, we see those organisations that know how to use data effectively are usually the strongest performers. If Australia is serious about driving an ideas boom and creating new employment opportunities, we need to ensure that we help local organisations better understand and then take advantage of data to be competitive. “This is not just a survey for tech companies. The information generated will benefit all industries and we encourage participants across all sectors whether they be in education, retail, finance, or others, as well as established and newer companies to participate,” added Fitzpatrick. This initiative is being led by the AIIA’s Data and Analytics Special Interest Group, which is chaired by Dr Roger Kermode, director of business consulting firm Alimua Pty Ltd and former practice principal for analytics and data management for Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and Graeme Wood, general manager of marketing for Semantic Software Asia Pacific. “There is mounting evidence that data-driven organisations tend to require fewer assets, execute with greater insight and less risk, and ultimately generate higher returns. We believe incorporating these practices is an important part of creating a sustainable and growing economy in Australia and is crucial to seeing our standing in world innovation and growth rankings improve,” says Dr Kermode. The data collected will be analysed by data scientists at the University of Technology Sydney. Professor Michael Blumenstein of UTS Sydney says, “Much has been published on big data, automation and the use of analytics at an organizational level. However, despite the recognition of data increasing in importance, the use of data between and within organisations varies widely. The AIIA survey has been constructed to find out why. It’s designed to enable deep diagnostics and analysis of what actually take place inside organisations across different functions and different levels, not just what is visible externally.” Numerous leading Australian organisations are encouraging their members to complete the survey, including: Data61, The Knowledge Economy Institute; NSW State Government; Advance Australia; FINSIA; CPA Australia; StartupMuster; UTS Faculty of Engineering and IT; and, the UTS Business School. # # # About AIIA The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. Since 1978 the AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favourable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. We do this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information. MEDIA CONTACT For more information, please contact Joanna Stevens Kramer at 0408 466 410 or email joanna@filteredmedia.com.au For more information about the AIIA please visit https://www.aiia.com.au NEW ZEALAND RESEARCH FUND NEEDED TO REDUCE THE BURDEN OF NEURO-MUSCULO-SKELETAL CONDITIONS 2016-09-05T20:35:11Z new-zealand-research-fund-needed-to-reduce-the-burden-of-neuro-musculo-skeletal-conditions A national research fund to investigate how chiropractic and other forms of complementary and integrative health care can best help to reduce the burden of neuro-musculo-skeletal conditions is vital to the country’s health research strategy, according to the New Zealand Chiropractors’ Association (NZCA). In its submission to the National Health Research Strategy Development being carried out by the Ministry of Health, the NZCA says to make a significant difference to the health of New Zealanders it is important that health research is considered in its broadest context, not just the traditional medical model. Dr Cassandra Fairest, chiropractor and spokesperson for the NZCA explains: `The chiropractic profession is often criticised for not having enough research to explain how it works. Historically it has been difficult for disciplines involved in complementary and integrative health care to be considered in public health research settings and gain research funding.’ But Dr Fairest points out: ‘In spite of a lack of national funding, New Zealand is already a leading international chiropractic research hub with the award winning Centre for Chiropractic Research at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic in Auckland. The centre is dedicated to pioneering research that investigates the wide variety of reported improvements to health, wellbeing and performance while under chiropractic care.’ Funding is primarily sought from overseas; however some of the research is funded by New Zealand chiropractors and patients through the Hamblin Chiropractic Research Fund Trust, set up by the NZCA over 30 years ago. All the proceeds from the NZCA’s partnerships, such as that with Sleepyhead Beds are directed to research projects. Dr Fairest adds: `Neuro-musculo-skeletal conditions are becoming more common and costly to New Zealand society. Currently, research suggests that chiropractic care is safe[1] [2], effective[3], associated with high levels of patient satisfaction[4] and it is a cost effective approach for managing patients with a variety of neuro-musculo-skeletal conditions[5] [6] [7] [8].  A number of studies have reported that chiropractic care is often more effective than traditional management for many spine related injuries[9] [10]. ‘Chiropractic care also has an enviable safety record within healthcare[11]. Yet, to date, no public funds have been set aside to establish how chiropractic care and other forms of complementary and integrative health care can best help to reduce the burden that neuro-musculo-skeletal and other health conditions place on New Zealand society, and how it can enhance the wellbeing of New Zealanders. `The NZCA believes if a government research fund is established that will give researchers the opportunity to explore these potential roles, it could result in a significantly positive impact on the health and wellbeing of New Zealanders over the short and long term. Having access to good evidence based practice in all fields of health care is essential.’ ­Ends­ Further Information:   Cassandra Fairest 021 242 3073 or cassandra.fairest@chiropractic.org.nz   Peter Boyes 027 554 0500 or peter@boyespr.co.nz [1] Rubinstein SM. Adverse events following chiropractic care for subjects with neck or low-back pain: do the benefits outweigh the risks? J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2008;31(6):461-4.   [2] Carnes D, Mars TS, Mullinger B, et al. Adverse events and manual therapy: A systematic review. Man Ther 2010;15(4):355-63.   [3] Bronfort G, Haas M, Evans RL, et al. Efficacy of spinal manipulation and mobilization for low back pain and neck pain: a systematic review and best evidence synthesis. Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society 2004;4(3):335-56.   [4] Gaumer G. Factors associated with patient satisfaction with chiropractic care: survey and review of the literature. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2006;29(6):455-62.   [5] Allen H, Wright M, Craig T, et al. Tracking low back problems in a major self-insured workforce: toward improvement in the patient's journey. Journal of occupational and environmental medicine / American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2014;56(6):604-20.   [6] Hurwitz EL, Li D, Guillen J, et al. Variations in Patterns of Utilization and Charges for the Care of Low Back Pain in North Carolina, 2000 to 2009: A Statewide Claims' Data Analysis. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2016;39(4):252-62.   [7] Hurwitz EL, Li D, Guillen J, et al. Variations in Patterns of Utilization and Charges for the Care of Neck Pain in North Carolina, 2000 to 2009: A Statewide Claims' Data Analysis. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2016;39(4):240-51.   [8] Hurwitz EL, Vassilaki M, Li D, et al. Variations in Patterns of Utilization and Charges for the Care of Headache in North Carolina, 2000-2009: A Statewide Claims' Data Analysis. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2016;39(4):229-39.   [9] Walker BF, French SD, Grant W, et al. A Cochrane review of combined chiropractic interventions for low-back pain. Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 2011;36(3):230-42.   [10] Haas M, Sharma R, Stano M. Cost-effectiveness of medical and chiropractic care for acute and chronic low back pain. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2005;28(8):555-63.   [11] Rafter N, Hickey A, Condell S, et al. Adverse events in healthcare: learning from mistakes. QJM : monthly journal of the Association of Physicians 2014.   INTERNATIONAL RESEARCHERS SAY CHIROPRACTIC MAY MAKE YOUR MIND SHARPER 2016-07-30T22:38:08Z international-researchers-say-chiropractic-may-make-your-mind-sharper Ground-breaking research indicates that chiropractic care may make your brain function better, according to the New Zealand Chiropractors’ Association (NZCA). A collaborative study on the effects of manipulation of the spine on brain function between Denmark’s Aalborg University, the New Zealand Centre for Chiropractic Research, the Health & Rehabilitation Research Institute, AUT University and University of Ontario Institute of Technology, published earlier this year  in the journal Neural Plasticity suggests that, at least in part, the mechanisms by which spinal manipulation improves performance are due to a change in processing of information at the prefrontal cortex. Dr Cassandra Fairest, chiropractor and spokesperson for the NZCA explains: `The focus of chiropractic care is on the health and integrity of the nervous system. The health and function of the spine affects the entire nervous system. We already know that the spinal cord is an integral part of the central nervous system and processes information just like parts of the brain do  and the latest New Zealand research into the effects of chiropractic care suggests that it may have an important role to play in improving executive function.’  Executive function is the mechanism by which the brain integrates and coordinates the operations of multiple neural systems to solve problems and achieve goals based on the ever-changing environment around us.  The researchers point out that executive function is considered to be a product of the coordinated operation of various neural systems and is essential for achieving any particular goal. The prefrontal cortex is believed to be the main brain structure responsible for enabling this coordination and control. It requires planning a sequence of subtasks to accomplish a goal, focusing attention on relevant information as well as inhibiting irrelevant distractors, being able to switch attention between tasks, monitoring memory, initiation of activity, and responding to stimuli.  Dr Fairest adds: `A change in prefrontal activity following chiropractic care may therefore explain and/or link some of the varied improvements in central nervous system function previously observed in other research, such as improved joint position sense error, reaction time , cortical processing, cortical sensorimotor integration, reflex excitability, motor control, and lower limb muscle strength . `All this research, much of it from the New Zealand College of Chiropractic Centre for Chiropractic Research  and funded by the Australian Spinal Research Foundation strongly suggests that chiropractic care/adjustments can significantly improve brain­-body communication and coordination.’ According to Dr Fairest: `We know that chiropractic care assists brain function in many ways, one of which is proprioceptive function (perception) and this improves the accuracy of the internal brain map so your brain accurately knows what is occurring within your body and the surrounding environment continuously.  Environment relates to the processes inside the body, as well as its immediate surroundings’.  ­Ends­ DESIGNER BAGS, SMARTPHONES AND HIGH HEELS COULD AFFECT YOUR HEALTH SAY NZ CHIROPRACTORS 2016-06-14T23:05:01Z designer-bags-smartphones-and-high-heels-could-affect-your-health-say-nz-chiropractors-2 Your choice of handbag and how you carry it may be affecting your health long term, according to the New Zealand Chiropractors’ Association. NZCA spokesperson and chiropractor Dr Cassandra Fairest explains: `Regularly carrying a large, heavy bag, texting and looking down can cause an alteration in your natural posture. When you add the combination of high heels it becomes a recipe for accelerated symptoms. The heels tilt your pelvis forward and cause adaptive muscle shortening over time, predisposing you to back pain. The heavy bag over one shoulder magnifies the risk of chronic pain and neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction. `Shoulder bags are one of the biggest issues. Your natural posture is disrupted if you carry one, and loading it with heavy items adds to the strain on your spine. It alters the way your arms and legs swing when you walk and increases tension in muscles as they work to counter-balance the weight. Long term this can make your body lopsided and affects your spinal posture. Chiropractors are highly trained in assessing and assisting with the damage that this may cause[1]. Prevention is of course always better than cure.’ Dr Fairest points out that all the weight of the bag is on one shoulder, and most people will carry their bag on their dominant side. This causes the muscles in the dominant shoulder to become bigger and chiropractors are commonly seeing people  with significant asymmetry in posture, such as one shoulder higher than the other. `This asymmetric load also causes the opposite side go into spasm to compensate as it attempts to stabilise your spine. The muscle spasm and fatigue then also affects lower down at the base of the spine, forcing all the muscles below the shoulders to work even harder’, Dr Fairest adds.  ‘Not only can it cause a lot of stiffness and eventually soreness in the upper back, the shoulder area and the neck, it’s been associated with a decreased curve in the neck, a pathological condition, which is known as “military neck[2].”  Military neck, or forward head carriage, then speeds up degeneration in the spine, and this can cause many ongoing problems as we age as nerves and other tissues are affected.’ There is a longer term risk that women will develop arthritis in their lower neck, and will have difficulty turning the head.  The dreaded “Dowager's Hump” can also be a consequence. Tension headaches may also result from spasms in the shoulder and neck muscles, which may cause pain in the back of the skull that radiates around to the front. Compression or irritation to nerves supplying the arms, hands and other areas can arise with various associated symptoms. Posture has also been shown to have an effect on many other areas of health and wellbeing beyond symptoms of pain such as mood, energy levels, self-confidence, range of motion, and change in the release of stress hormones.[3] [4] Poor posture can also negatively impact on job prospects, decision making, work productivity and other areas of life.[5] Dr Fairest advises her patients to never carry more than five percent of their body weight in a shoulder bag. She says: `You’d be surprised at how much some of us are carrying and the bag itself can weigh quite a lot on its own if it has a lot of studs and big zippers. I also look for bags with handles plus a wide strap as the strap distributes the weight over a wider area, and the handles give an option to carry the bag in your hand or over your forearm.’ She advises bags with handles or those with longer straps for crossbody wearing distribute the weight more evenly but adds: `Change things around regularly by switching to the opposite shoulder at intervals when walking so that you balance the way your body carries the weight and your muscles develop equally.’   ­Ends­ Further Information: Dr Cassandra Fairest, Chiropractor 021 242 3073 or cassandra.fairest@chiropractic.org.nz Peter Boyes 027 554 0500 or peter@boyespr.co.nz     [1] http://www.jmptonline.org/article/S0161-4754(13)00237-6/abstract [2] thewellnessdigest.com/tag/military-neck/ [3] www.berkeleywellness.com/healthy-mind/mind-body/article/body-mind-connection [4] lifehacker.com/the-science-behind-posture-and-how-it-affects-your-brain-1463291618   [5] http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/237511.php   BreastScreen NSW launches new campaign today with Health Minister Jillian Skinner 2016-05-05T23:21:42Z breastscreen-nsw-launches-new-campaign-today-with-health-minister-jillian-skinner   BreastScreen NSW campaign launching today with Health Minister Jillian Skinner "If you don't make time, you may never have time" Breast cancer survivor urges women to have their mammograms 9am, Friday 6th May 2016 Health Minister Jillian Skinner is today launching a new campaign to encourage women aged 50-74 to have a potentially life-saving mammogram.   The campaign for BreastScreen NSW features the story of Kerri Welsh, who is joining Mrs Skinner to officially launch “Kerri’s Story”. Ms Welsh was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 after a routine mammogram.   “Like too many women, I had been putting off my mammogram due to work and life commitments,” says Kerri. “I almost cancelled again. I am so thankful every day that I didn’t, as the mammogram showed I had breast cancer.   “I had no symptoms, no lump. I wouldn’t have found it any other way until it was much more advanced. My story could have ended so differently.”   Kerri urges women to make screening a priority, “It’s only 20 minutes out of your life; it’s easy; and it’s free. It’s very important to have a mammogram.”   Speaking of the importance of the BreastScreen NSW program, Mrs Skinner says, “A woman diagnosed today with breast cancer in NSW has among the highest chances of survival in the world. However, we know that early detection is the key to further improving survival.                    “Through the BreastScreen NSW program, women across the state have access to a free breast screening service that exists to detect breast cancer as early as possible. Almost all breast cancers found in the earliest stage can be treated successfully.”   Professor David Currow, Chief Cancer Officer and CEO of the Cancer Institute NSW, which manages the BreastScreen NSW program, explained the campaign’s importance.   “Nine hundred women in NSW die of breast cancer each year. That’s more than two women every day. We know that breast cancer screening saves lives. Yet only around half of eligible women, aged 50-74, have their recommended mammogram every two years.”   “It is our hope that by listening to Kerri’s powerful story many of these women will pick up the phone and book their free mammogram.”   BreastScreen NSW offers free mammograms through over 200 screening locations. To find your nearest BreastScreen NSW service, visit breastscreen.nsw.gov.au.  About BreastScreen NSW BreastScreen NSW is coordinated across the state by the Cancer Institute NSW. It is part of the national BreastScreen Australia program and is jointly funded by the Commonwealth, state and territory governments. The service aims to detect breast cancer early, when treatment is most successful.   In NSW there are over 200 screening locations and all radiographers are female. Breast x-rays are reviewed by at least two specialist doctors. You don’t need a referral from your doctor, just call BreastScreen NSW on 13 20 50 to book a free screening mammogram.  For media inquiries: Holysmoke! Agency Laura Heslop 0407 078 407 laura@holysmokeagency.com   Cancer Institute NSW Laura Kiely 0415 158 229 Laura.Kiely@cancerinstitute.org.au - ENDS -   If you wish to be unsubscribed from this list, click the following link Terrorism Impacts Global Supply Chain 2016-03-23T23:39:02Z terrorism-impacts-global-supply-chain Increased number of terrorism incidents contributed to major disruptions to international shipping in Europe and Middle East. In 2015, BSI noted a number of cross-border issues that threatened supply chains across the world. This included damages caused by cargo theft worth AUD$29.7 billion; increased number of terrorism incidents contributed to billions of dollars in losses to global shipping companies; an influx of migrants in Europe that harmed supply chain integrity across the continent; economic downturns in Argentina, Brazil, and China; and issues of political transparency that drove social unrest in Africa and Central America. Extreme weather events, including many attributed to the El Nino phenomenon, caused supply chain disruptions and threatened business continuity in multiple regions. There were also several industries that were plagued by poor enforcement of labour regulations, allowing for significant rates of child or forced labour in Argentina and India, among other nations. Nearly AUD$30 billion was lost due to cargo theft worldwide in 2015 from a variety of supply chain threats, predominantly driven by security concerns. South Africa has seen a 30 per cent increase in cargo truck hijackings over the last year, with thieves using high levels of violence and switching from targeting only high value goods to also targeting lower value items. Daring vehicle shipment thefts have become increasingly commonplace in China, with a recent series of in-transit vehicle thefts occurring along the busy G45 highway. More sophisticated attacks were observed in India throughout 2015, where criminal gangs masterminded new techniques to steal goods without breaking customs seals in order to avoid detection – a major risk for companies participating in international supply chain security programs. In Europe, disruptions in trade caused by the ISIS terrorist group clearly highlighted the link between terrorism and the supply chain. Border controls in France following the November attacks in Paris are estimated to have cost the Belgian shipping industry AUD$4.6 million. Terrorist-linked smuggling rings were also identified to be colluding between Spain and the Middle East, the groups illegally transporting shipments of stolen electronics, drugs, weapons and other contraband. Elsewhere, the Jordanian trucking industry suffered AUD$990 million in lost revenue since conflict began in the Middle East in 2011. In addition to theft, business continuity-related threats such as extreme weather events and political and social unrest, led to significant losses for individual companies and national economies last year. 2015’s top five natural disasters caused a collective $33 billion of damage to businesses. In 2016, BSI has identified emerging health crises, such as the Zika virus, could also pose a significant threat to the global supply chain and may lead to work stoppages and protests similar to the supply chain disruptions seen in conjunction with the Ebola epidemic. Labour unrest and factory strikes have also caused considerable financial damage across the world. Factory strikes in China increased by 58.3 per cent from the previous year due to pay disputes, as factory owners struggled to pay workers due to a slowing economy, leading to protests. The withholding of wages was cited as a major cause in 75 per cent of protests and generated losses of up to AUD$35 million in the footwear industry. Labour unrest is likely to continue in China in 2016, regardless of whether the economy improves. Numerous cases of child and forced labour were exposed in 2015, highlighting the need for visibility into corporate supply chain to mitigate the risk of human rights abuses. Nearly 80 per cent of Argentina’s textile industry was found to be sourcing from unregulated facilities, where forced, child labour and poor working conditions are common. BSI also noted an increase in the risk of child labour use in India due to the existence of loopholes in labour reforms approved in 2015. In response to these and other recent concerns, European countries and the United States last year moved to pass laws mandating reporting on corporate social responsibility issues in corporate supply chains.   Jim Yarbrough, Global Intelligence Program Manager at BSI commented: “Companies are facing an increasingly wide range of challenges to their supply chain, from human rights issues to acts of violent theft and natural disasters. Such complexity creates extreme levels of risk for organizations, both directly affecting the bottom line but perhaps more seriously, hidden threats to the supply chain which, if ignored, could do serious harm to a company’s hard-earned reputation.” The biggest threats to the global supply chain in 2016 include: Global cargo theft cost estimated to grow by a further AUD$1.3 billion in 2016. Increased concerns in China, Germany, India, Mexico, South Africa, and United States Continued tensions in South China Sea predicted to lead to further protests and disruptions On-going conflict in Syria will continue to impact supply chains Migrant crisis will continue to lead to port disruptions. European Union/Schengen border controls predicted to have far-reaching impact. ISIS is predicted to remain a significant threat to disrupt supply chains Labour unrest in China is predicted to persist, as a slowdown in the Chinese economy continues and more jobs move to neighbouring countries Weather disruptions e.g. La Nina phenomenon Global health crises e.g. Zika and Ebola The report is based on data from BSI’s Supply Chain Risk Exposure Evaluation Network (SCREEN), which provides continuous evaluation across 22 proprietary risk factors and 204 countries. BSI’s 2015 SCREEN data and analysis reveals a clear picture of the changing global threat landscape and how this varies by country, continent, and industry sector. To download a copy of BSI’s 2015 Global Supply Chain Intelligence Report, please click here.  - ENDS-   About BSI BSI (British Standards Institution) is the business standards company that equips businesses with the necessary solutions to turn standards of best practice into habits of excellence. Formed in 1901, BSI was the world’s first National Standards Body and a founding member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Over a century later it continues to facilitate business improvement across the globe by helping its clients drive performance, manage risk and grow sustainably through the adoption of international management systems standards, many of which BSI originated. Renowned for its marks of excellence including the consumer recognized BSI Kitemark™, BSI’s influence spans multiple sectors including Aerospace, Automotive, Built Environment, Food, Healthcare and ICT. With 80,000 clients in 182 countries, BSI is an organization whose standards inspire excellence across the globe.  To learn more, please visit www.bsigroup.com/en-au   About BSI Supply Chain Solutions BSI Supply Chain Solutions is the leading global provider of supply chain intelligence, auditing services, audit compliance and risk management software solutions, and advisory services. Our mission is to help corporations, governments and associations identify, manage and mitigate global supply chain risks and maintain world class governance risk and compliance programs. Our holistic supply chain risk management suite is designed to predict and visualize risk, and develop robust risk mitigation and compliance management programs to protect your supply chain, brand and reputation. Our intelligence-infused supply chain solutions and global network empower our clients to understand global supply chain risk with unequaled precision. To learn more, please visit www.bsi-supplychainsolutions.com      Media enquiries: BSI Marketing Department                Tel: +61 2 8877 7131          Email: marketing.au@bsigroup.com Marc Barnes Managing Director - BSI Group Australia and NZ Tel: +61 2 8877 7100 Email: marc.barnes@bsigroup.com    First company certified by BSI Australia to revised Quality Management standard 2016-03-09T01:56:27Z first-company-certified-by-bsi-australia-to-revised-quality-management-standard SYC is the first company to achieve certification to ISO 9001:2015 under independent assessment by BSI Australia. The standard, which was published in September 2015, has been updated to ensure that it continues to help organizations manage quality, reduce risk and ensure organizational resilience.Gordon Wilckens, Head of Quality, Compliance and Risk, SYC comments  “As a long-standing client, BSI has supported us throughout the transition, keeping us informed of changes and providing a wealth of information via various platforms in order to help our senior leadership team understand the benefits of this new standard.”SYC believes that certification to ISO 9001:2015, which has been created with service providers in mind, demonstrate their commitment to upholding the highest standard of governance and transparency in a highly competitive market.SYC is a not-for-profit organization, centred on employment, training and youth services. Last year, SYC helped more than 55,300 Australians in the areas of Home, Wellbeing, Learning and Working. With certification to the National Standards for Disability Services (NSDS) standard already in place SYC wanted to see if the new ISO 9001 version could be aligned to deliver efficiencies and streamline business operations. They were interested to see if the revised standard would reflect the needs of a service company more than previous versions.Marc Barnes, Managing Director at BSI Australia, commented: “SYC should be really proud of their achievement. Certification to ISO 9001:2015 helps organizations to prioritize their business needs whilst enabling them to their manage quality, improve efficiency and become more resilient.”ISO 9001, the most widely-adopted quality management systems standard, has benefited millions of organizations globally - with users reporting increased growth and productivity and significantly higher customer satisfaction and retention. Cyber-attack top business threat for second year running 2016-02-10T01:06:08Z cyber-attack-top-business-threat-for-second-year-running Cyber-attack is the top threat perceived by businesses, according to the fifth annual Horizon Scan report published today by the Business Continuity Institute (BCI), in association with BSI. Similarly, the threat of a data breach rises to second in the list, up one place from 2015. The annual BCI Horizon Scan assessed the business preparedness of 568 organizations worldwide and shows that three quarters (85%) of Business Continuity Managers fear the possibility of a cyber-attack, with 80% worried about the possibility of a data breach similar to those suffered by Carphone Warehouse and Sony. A recent industry report[1] highlights the annualized cost of cyber-crime per UK company now stands at £4.1 million, a 14 per cent increase in mean value since last year. Concerns over supply chain disruption remained in the top ten, but fell two places from fifth last year to seventh this year.  Almost half of those polled (47%) identified increasing supply chain complexity as a trend, leaving their organization vulnerable to disruption from conflict or natural disasters. Concerns over the availability of talent and key skills entered the top ten for the first time this year, with 13% indicating they are ‘extremely concerned’ and 34% ‘concerned’ about the threat. This year’s global top ten threats to business continuity are:1.Cyber-attack – static2.Data breach – up 13.Unplanned IT & telecom outages – down 14.Act of terrorism – up 55.Security Incident – up 16.Interruption to utility supply – down 27.Supply chain disruption – down 28.Adverse weather – down 19.Availability of key skills – new entry10.Health and Safety incident – new entry Howard Kerr, Chief Executive at BSI, commented: “2015 saw a number of high profile businesses across the world hit by cyber-attacks, so it’s reassuring to see that so many are aware of the threat it poses. Our research finds it to be the top concern in six out of the eight regions surveyed. “However, we remain concerned to see that businesses are still not fully utilizing the information available to them to identify and remedy weaknesses in their organizational resilience. “It is difficult to conceive that either investors or employees will be reassured that the leaders of the organizations they trust are making strategic decisions without an effective evaluation of risk. “Ultimately, organizations must recognize that, while there is risk, and plenty of it, there is also opportunity. Taking advantage of this means that leaders can steer their businesses to succeed by not just surviving, but thriving.”  The report also measures sentiment towards specific business trends and uncertainties. The use of the internet for malicious attacks remains on top this year, with 83% indicating their concern. Increasing supply chain complexity also features in the top ten and on the radar of 47% of respondents. Despite growing fears over the resilience of their firms, the report records another fall in the use of long-term trend analysis to assess and understand threats, down 3% to 70% this year. Of those carrying out trend analysis, a worrying third (33%) are not using the results to inform their business continuity management programmes. Globally, business preparedness shows variations with 9 out of 10 (94%) organizations in Canada utilising trend analysis, while just 3 in 10 firms (29%) in the Caribbean and Latin America do so.  Small businesses, evaluated for the second time in this year’s report, continue to lag behind with only 58% compared to 74% of larger businesses. The report provides the strong recommendation that the rising costs of business continuity demand greater attention from top management. Encouragingly, adoption of ISO 22301, the business continuity standard, appears to be a common framework, with more than half (51%) of organizations now relying upon this. David James-Brown FBCI, Chairman of the Business Continuity Institute, commented: “The need perceived by organizations to identify and build resilience to this range of threats reveals the importance of this survey for business continuity professionals, the Horizon Scan’s reputation and reliability make it one of the most popular reports in the industry on a global scale. It is indeed crucial for practitioners to advise organizations on what to prepare for and adjust their recovery plans accordingly. “The industry landscape is rapidly changing, and so should our discipline in order to keep up with both traditional and modern challenges. At the top of the list this year we continue to see threats such as cyber-attack, data breach and unplanned IT outages. More traditional threats such as terrorism continue to be ’front-of-mind’ for organizations. Given the rise of new challenges and the fact that old ones remain, horizon scanning techniques are even more valuable in assisting organizations to be prepared to the best of their potential.” To download a copy of the report: ‘Horizon Scan Report 2016’, please click here.