The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-07-16T07:55:43Z 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/ 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. Privity participates in Verofax pre-seed investment round 2020-07-07T08:30:30Z privity-participates-in-verofax-limited-s-pre-seed-investment-round          DUBAI, UAE, July 6, 2020 - Verofax Limited, a start-up building innovative Traceability services with the application of blockchain, closed its recent pre-seed investment round with participation from Privity FZ LLE, based in the UAE, acquiring an equity stake. Privity is an independent venture-focused advisory firm, founded in Dubai in 2004, that has backed and invested in more than a dozen portfolio companies since its inception.Wassim Merheby, Verofax CEO, commented, "We are truly thrilled to welcome Privity as a shareholder in Verofax. Traceability plays a key role in upgrading brand owners' business through authenticity validation, advanced product marketing and access to financing and global markets. Traceability is a key enabler of digital transformation to automated and resilient supply chain services. In the markets where Traceability has been deployed such as China, sales increased by over 30% while consumer complaints dropped by 42%. It is just a matter of time for Traceability to become a must for ShopSafe compliance regulations, currently under review in the US for example."Mr. Merheby is leading transformation projects for the Health authorities in UAE in relation to eHealth native digital services, and promoting patient safety through the application of integrated technologies. The world has just been hit by a pandemic which clearly points out that Healthcare could be better managed with contactless processes applying technologies such as IOT devices, drones, blockchain, AI, and augmented reality. The most immediate need is for the safe delivery of eHealth services, where Verofax offers wide applicability for the underlying systems of the Healthcare and supply chain industries.Sleem Hasan, Privity Founder and CEO, said "Privity participated alongside reputed regional investors in the pre-seed round of investment in Verofax. This is Privity's first portfolio company based in the UAE, and its second HealthTech venture. I am delighted to open Privity's network to Verofax as I find the underlying value proposition of their business idea compelling. COVID-19 has demonstrated the need to transform secure delivery and offer protection to the most vulnerable in our society. Verofax services are perfectly positioned and aligned to secure pharmaceutical deliveries of medication in the region with privacy and safety."Verofax proprietary traceability and delivery solutions powers unique compliance and brand protection services, including serialization, traceability, anti-counterfeit and anti-diversion solutions. The service supports manufacturers of food, pharmaceuticals and other consumer goods, in meeting evolving product traceability regulations and growing consumer demand for product safety, security and authenticity.About VerofaxVerofax Limited is a blockchain-enabled, traceability service provider established in Abu Dhabi Global Markets, UAE. Verofax services have been accepted by Oracle, Microsoft and Ant Group for co-selling across their established B2B channels. Verofax has recently set up subsidiary entities in Malaysia and Estonia, to offer Traceability-as-a-service across wider geographies.About PrivityPrivity FZ LLE was founded in 2004, an independent venture-focused advisory firm that seeks entrepreneurs with interesting and unique ideas and helps them develop and grow. Privity is agnostic to geography and industry vertical; It focuses on the quality of the entrepreneur and the compelling value proposition of the idea.Visit Verofax at https://verofax.com, and Privity FZ LLE at http://www.privitylle.com. Invaluable support for mums in breastfeeding app 2020-07-06T00:05:18Z invaluable-support-for-mums-in-breastfeeding-app New features in the Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA)’s app mum2mum are set to support families through their breastfeeding journey. The app will send personalised push notifications to parents based on the age of their baby, letting them know the answers to common questions, upcoming milestones and providing tips and ideas along the way. ABA President Margaret Grove says the app will be an invaluable tool for new parents who will get the information they need, right when they need it most. The app will provide extra support to parents who may have difficulty accessing health professionals during COVID-19 restrictions. ‘With the new features in the mum2mum app, parents will have an idea of what to expect, what might be considered normal behaviour, and will be provided with some strategies to assist them in their breastfeeding,’ Ms Grove said. ‘We’re hearing from lots of new mums that getting to mothers groups and health care nurses is a bit harder at the moment. We’re not trying to replace those visits, but we can give mums that extra bit of information and support when they need it most.’ ‘Babies often go through stages at similar times. For example, we can let parents know that their baby may become more distractible while breastfeeding at around 4 months and then link them to information that will help them support themselves and their baby through this stage.’ The mum2mum app also allows parents to search content grouped into a baby’s age and stage, record their baby’s feeds, sleeps and nappies, note milestones and keep a journal of information to help at health professional appointments. All members of the Australian Breastfeeding Association will have access to premium content, as will those who have purchased the paid version of the app. ‘Our members allow our organisation to support breastfeeding parents around Australia, and it’s great to be able to reward their support with access to this content,’ Ms Grove added. Care Circle Health, the digital health company whose platform provides full service, end-to-end digital health technology options, has worked with ABA to bring families an app that supports parents and babies through every step of their breastfeeding journey. The mum2mum app is available to download now from Google Play or the App Store: https://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/mum2mum For further information please contact Nitty Brown, Marketing & Partnerships Manager or Lizzie Stafford, Marketing & Communications Coordinator 0402 542 852, email: marketing@breastfeeding.asn.au. Qlicksmart launches online platform to transform sharps safety in hospitals 2020-07-01T06:17:44Z qlicksmart-launches-online-platform-to-transform-sharps-safety-in-hospitals 01 July 2020, Brisbane, Australia—Qlicksmart Pty Ltd announced today the launch of their ground-breaking Digital Platform for sharps safety management. 18,000 nurses and healthcare professionals are affected by sharps injuries every year, with many occurring in Operating Theatres. Sharps injuries are a significant occupational risk for hospital workers as they can lead to the transmission of bloodborne infections such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV. The Qlicksmart Digital Platform provides tools for each stage of sharps safety implementation, empowering hospitals to reduce the risk of sharps injuries. The available tools cover how to evaluate sharps safety devices, an Interactive Training App for product training, sharps safety education resources, and how to assess the success of a facility’s implementation plan. Qlicksmart co-founder and emergency physician, Dr. Michael Sinnott, sees the Digital Platform as a way to make safety policy more accessible in hospitals. “Safety engineered devices are proven to reduce sharps injuries, but the time and resources traditionally required to evaluate products or train staff can be a deterrent to safety improvements. We wanted to provide a platform where hospitals from the city or remote areas can access the quality training and evaluation tools they need to make the best decisions for their staff.” Qlicksmart collaborated with Monash University’s Design Health Collab for the development of the Interactive Training App, which is a key aspect of the Digital Platform. Professor Daphne Flynn, Director of Monash Health Collab, and Eden Potter, Senior Research Officer, provided their insights on how the project will support healthcare workers. “With the training and test being app-based, health care workers can be educated on how to correctly use BladeCASSETTE [Qlicksmart device] in their own time, place, and pace. In these current times with the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s no need for groups of people to gather together for training.” Federal funding was provided for the development of the Interactive Training App through the Innovations Connections Grant facilitated by the Ministry for Industry, Science and Technology. The launch event for the Qlicksmart Digital Platform will be conducted at the Cohort Innovation Space at Gold Coast on Friday 3rd of  July at 12:30pm. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews is confirmed to speak. The event will be livestreamed on Qlicksmart’s facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/qlicksmartandbesafe.   About Qlicksmart: Qlicksmart Pty Ltd is an ISO 13485:2016-accredited R&D and manufacturing company committed to making healthcare professional’s lives easier and safer, so that they can focus on patient care. Established in 1999 by Australian medical doctors, our award-winning safety devices are used in over 50 countries worldwide. Qlicksmart works with innovators from the healthcare sector to deliver solutions which target the overlooked concerns of nurses, surgeons, and healthcare facilities. To learn more about Qlicksmart, visit www.qlicksmart.com . Technology enabled care - physiotherapy association recruiting for patient data pilot 2020-06-30T00:40:19Z technology-enabled-care-physiotherapy-association-recruiting-for-patient-data-pilot The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA), are commencing a Patient-Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) data pilot funded by the Physiotherapy Research Foundation (PRF) with support from Macquarie University, to demonstrate the feasibility of data collection to guide better and more effective clinical decisions. A PROM is a scientifically validated questionnaire used to measure and quantify a patient’s condition from their own perspective. PROMs provide valuable data that help complete the feedback loop between treatments and outcomes, assist practitioners with the monitoring of conditions and help to inform treatment decisions. With current practice to collect PROMs data on an ad hoc basis, the PROMs data pilot is an innovative project that will collect PROMs data electronically and in real-time from patients with knee conditions who are receiving physiotherapy treatment.  Pilot study participants are able to subscribe to the latest dedicated technology for PROMs data collection, myscoreit™. myscoreit is a web-based PROMs collection platform that collects PROMs data digitally from patients whilst at home through a quick and simple questionnaire between appointments. Patients receive immediate feedback, are able to follow their own progress and engage in their own management. APA’s Vice President and Physiotherapy Research Foundation Chair, Jenny Aiken commented on the pilot “We are delighted to partner with the myscoreit platform to enable the APA to investigate the feasibility of digitally collecting PROMs in the private practice setting. myscoreit not only collects PROM data which can be used by the APA to gain insights into the effectiveness of physiotherapy intervention, it also guides the user to choose the right PROM to allow the practitioner to track patient progress and make informed clinical decisions.” Jenny added.  Unlike existing PROMs collection solutions, myscoreit has been designed and developed by sports physicians to focus solely on PROMs data collection. Not only does it assist practitioners with choosing the correct PROM for their patient, it also facilitates easy interpretation to help use clinical data with patients to inform treatment decisions. “Our aim was to design a platform that integrated seamlessly into existing clinical practice and was simple for both you and your patient to use.”myscoreit founder and Sport and Exercise Physician, Dr Louise Tulloh said. “The myscoreit platform has the ability to capture and compare data over time enabling you to track patient progress and treatment effectiveness from a dashboard in real time and bridge the gap between appointments. Collection of outcome measures can support remote monitoring, add value to telehealth consultations, and help to improve communication with referrers. This pilot will demonstrate the importance of value-based decision making and the role that technology can play in futureproofing the physiotherapy profession.” Expressions of interest for the pilot are now open, and through the support of the Physiotherapy Research Foundation, all physiotherapists have been given the opportunity to participate in this research. For more information about the pilot and to sign up to the myscoreit platform please go to physio.myscoreit.com or contact Shelley Crowther or Louise Tulloh via the contact details below. Australian Physiotherapy Association Shelley Crowther Deputy General Manager, Policy and Government Relations Shelley.Crowther@australian.physio myscoreit Dr Louise Tulloh Founder, myscoreit louise@myscoreit.com Patients With Chronic Pain Should Choose Chiropractic Care Over Opioids 2020-06-20T06:20:48Z patients-with-chronic-pain-should-choose-chiropractic-care-over-opioids After an alarming study published in the Journal of Internal Medicine found that opioid prescriptions have doubled since 2001, Dr. Anthony Leong (Chiropractor) from Ryde Chiropractic in Sydney wants people living with chronic back pain to know there are natural, non-pharmaceutical alternatives to treat their conditions. Opioids are highly addictive and the number of unintentional overdose deaths continues to grow each year. Besides scheduling regular chiropractic treatments, patients can also set a personalized exercise routine and healthy life habits to manage pain. Learn more about the services offered by Ryde Chiropractic at rydechiropractic.com.au. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA — 20 June 2020 — An international study published earlier this year in the Journal of Internal Medicine found that the number of opioids prescribed for chronic pain has doubled between 2001-03 and 2011-13, a trend leaving medical experts alarmed. Researchers found these prescription numbers jumped from 20% to 40% over 24 years for patients with chronic, non-cancerous pain. The average patient’s age was 55.7 years and most reported chronic back pain. “The chemical makeup of opioids makes them very addictive and so it is unsurprising that the problem has reached such concerning levels,” said Dr. Anthony Leong (Chiropractor) with Ryde Chiropractic. “I understand that for many patients it provides a quick fix to their pain, but that fix comes at a major cost and could soon become an addiction, and according to the data that is exactly what has happened.” This groundbreaking new review of opioid prescriptions was the result of reviewing 42 published studies across eight countries: the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, Norway, Spain, India, Canada, and Denmark. Over 5 million people with chronic pain conditions were included. According to Dr. Leong, the rate of unintentional overdose deaths linked to opioids continues to grow each year, but many patients suffering from chronic back pain can treat their conditions with regular chiropractic care, a personalized exercise routine and healthy habits. “This is a genuine tragedy. Patients’ lives and their families are being destroyed,” said Dr. Leong. “Unfortunately, much harm has been done by the overuse and subsequent unintentional overdoses which have followed.” New guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also discourage the use of opioids in these cases for the same reason. The CDC found there wasn’t enough evidence to prove whether opioids are effective. Dr. Leong has over 18 years of experience as a chiropractor and more than 20,000 practice hours. He offers a natural alternative to pain management. Ryde Chiropractic also helps with more than just back pain. It provides a holistic approach to physical well-being. “Chiropractic treatments are known to decrease people’s dependency on the drug and provide great relief more naturally,” he said. “Chronic lower back pain treatment by opioids comes with so many risks. The risk-to-benefit ratio is not in the best interests of the patient.” Are you interested in learning more about the benefits of seeing a chiropractor? Read Ryde Chiropractic’s FAQs to find out everything you need to know. ABOUT RYDE CHIROPRACTIC You’re in good hands at Ryde Chiropractic. Our chiropractor, Dr. Anthony Leong (Chiropractor) has over 18 years of ‘hands-on’ experience, having helped thousands of patients reduce their pain and improve their health. As both a chiropractor and competitor, he has worked with national sports teams and elite athletes. Dr. Leong is available to provide comment or further insight into chiropractic and health related stories. References https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/joim.13026 https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/rr/rr6501e1.htm https://www.sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/news/2020/02/26/opioid-prescriptions-for-chronic-non-cancer-pain-doubled-in-24-yrs.html Vaccine testing - faster and better 2020-06-18T12:51:30Z vaccine-testing-faster-and-better The Editor, Dear Editor, Like many Australians of a certain age I’m spending most of my time at home, hoping a COVID-19 vaccine will be available very soon. The CSIRO, usually at the cutting edge of science and technology research in this country, is wasting precious time squirting the virus up ferrets’ noses! Ferrets don’t go to protests or footie matches, so let’s leave them alone! Testing on non-human animals is not only unethical, it is scientifically unjustifiable. The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that 95 out of every 100 drugs that test safe and effective in animals never make it through human clinical trials. Tests on animals are no guarantee of human safety, and this was tragically illustrated in the 2006 clinical trial for the immunomodulatory drug Theralizumab, where six human volunteers suffered multiple organ failure after receiving a dose 500 times smaller than that found safe in animal tests. Thankfully, medicines regulators – including the Therapeutic Goods Administration – are waking up to this and have decided that some COVID-19 vaccines can go directly to human trials without waiting for the results of certain lengthy and deadly animal tests. Innovative, non-animal research methods, combined with responsibly conducted tests on human volunteers, are the surest route to effective treatments and vaccines. Unlike humans, animals can’t agree to being experimented on. They are born and die in a laboratory and spend the intervening time in small, bleak cages, denied all freedom and autonomy. In these secret, high security institutions, they may be infected with the virus, then force-fed or injected with drugs for days or weeks before being gassed to death and dissected. Not in our name, not on our time. Stop this cruel, archaic wastage, and go straight to human tests. Desmond Bellamy Special Projects Coordinator PETA Australia PO Box 2352 Byron Bay NSW 2481 0411 577 416 DesmondB@PETA.org.au TGA-APPROVED MEDICAL DEVICE OFFERS NEW WAY FOR DOCTORS TO TREAT PATIENTS’ CHRONIC BACK PAIN 2020-06-16T03:22:34Z tga-approved-medical-device-offers-new-way-for-doctors-to-treat-patients-chronic-back-pain-1 Medical professionals will soon have access to a new device to treat the 3.241 million Australians who suffer chronic pain and it’s already been given TGA-approval.   Nevro’s Omnia™ Spinal Cord Stimulation System delivers treatment for chronic back pain using frequency technology to stimulate the spinal cord.   It is the only product of its kind that can deliver all frequencies, between two and 10,000HZ. It also offers a waveform pioneered by Omnia, the HF10, which was found to reduce pain across two 24-month trials. In the SENZA-EU study, a multicenter back pain study conducted in Europe, the average opioid intake of the patients was decreased by nearly 70%, and the percentage of patients not taking opioids by two years had tripled (from 14% to 42%).2   Nevro’s Chief Commercial Officer Niamh Pellegrini said the product will be available to medical practitioners across Australia from July 1, following successful launches in the United States and Europe.   “Omnia was developed as a result of extensive feedback from physicians to provide a versatile solution to help more patients with chronic pain,” Ms Pellegrini said.   “With Omnia, patients will have access to the widest range of SCS frequencies, and physicians can have the peace of mind knowing they can provide their patients the broadest range of solutions for the best possible outcomes.”   The system is made up of a number of new components including a programmer which allows medical practitioners to vary the frequencies required by their patients and a remote which makes it easier for patients to use the device. It also features an implantable pulse generator which lasts more than a decade, is MRI safe and can be upgraded for future waveforms and frequencies.   Pain Specialist Australia Director Nick Christelis said he is looking forward to using Omnia’s updated programming suite.   “The TGA approval of the Omnia spinal cord stimulation system to treat chronic refractory pain will be a welcome new platform from Nevro,” Mr Christelis said.   “The new device reflects a more versatile solution to treat the changing, dynamic, and sometimes even progressive, nature of chronic pain.”   Nevro has created the NevroCloud system so patients are supported using the device and doctors can check in with how their patients are responding to the treatment.   Nevro has been granted TGA approval and the Senza® Omnia™ Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) system will appear on the 2020 Prostheses Listing.   A Media kit which includes approved image, fact sheet and additional media release is available. 1 Pain Australia Limited. Pain in Australia. Source: https://www.painaustralia.org.au/about-pain/painful-facts 2 Al-Kaisy A, et. al. Sustained effectiveness of 10 kHz high-frequency spinal cord stimulation for patients with chronic, low back pain: 24-month results of a prospective multicenter study. Pain Med. 2014;15:347-354. Paediatric Nutritionist Launches Starting Solids Online Course to Help Parents Give their Babies the Best Nutritional Start 2020-06-15T00:42:16Z paediatric-nutritionist-launches-starting-solids-online-course-to-help-parents-give-their-babies-the-best-nutritional-start Paediatric Nutritionist and mum of two Mandy Sacher cuts through the noise and guides parents through this milestone with her debut course Starting Solids the Wholesome Way.  “A baby’s first experiences with food can influence their long term taste preferences and relationship with food for life – it is an important journey and I’m so excited to support parents through this no matter where they live or what schedule they’re on with my new online course”, says Sacher. Sacher developed Starting Solids the Wholesome Way to not only provide parents with the knowledge and tools they need to comfortably and confidently transition their babies onto solid food, but to also help families enjoy the experience and strengthen their baby’s lifelong relationship with food.   “Many parents seek support from their mothers groups, maternal health nurses, GPs and paediatricians when it comes to introducing solids, but in a time of social distancing and reduced trips to see medical professionals this isn’t always possible – I’m so glad to have this course online for parents starting solids at this time in our world”.   The comprehensive course provides all the expert guidance parents need to start solids, including 37 detailed lessons, 6 Customisable Meal Plans separated by age and stage, over one hundred recipes, a smart recipe tool to filter by key ingredient, age and stage, allergen and more as well as an automated shopping list to save precious time.  Starting Solids sits within The Wholesome Child Academy, a new education platform for parents that is geared to help with key nutrition milestones and challenges including Fussy Eating Strategies and Solutions, Boosting Immunity and Wholesome Shopping.  For more information, visit www.wholesomechild.com.au/shop or academy.wholesomechild.com.  ELDO Manufacturing Wet & Dry Wipes & Masks For the COVID-19 Pandemic 2020-06-10T05:04:21Z eldo-manufacturing-wet-amp-dry-wipes-amp-masks-for-the-covid-19-pandemic As the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic progresses, one debate relates to the use of face masks by individuals in the community. People often wear masks to protect themselves, but it is suggested that a stronger public health rationale is source control to protect others from respiratory droplets. This approach is important because of possible asymptomatic transmissions.     There are mechanistic reasons for covering the mouth to reduce respiratory droplet transmission and, indeed, cough etiquette is based on these considerations and not on evidence from clinical trials.    By the end of 2019, China was facing the threat of COVID-19, and the family firm, ELDO decided to establish the face mask lines. Due to the good relationship and resources on the non-woven field, three fully automatic lines were built in a very short time. Each line daily output is around 120,000pcs. However, the face mask business is not only built to fight against COVID-19, ELDO’s mission is to expand the wipe business and to be the most professional and reliable wipe factory in China.    Over 20 years their business has grown through providing a very high level of service, quality and dedication to their customer needs, and their comprehensive range of products saves you time and money and enables you to buy from one supplier. They now supply their high-quality products around 1000 containers annually to more than 55 countries.     Finally, mass masking is underpinned by basic public health principles that might not have been adequately appreciated by authorities or the public. First, controlling harms at source (masking) is at least as important as mitigation (handwashing). The population benefits of mass masking can also be conceptualised as a so-called prevention paradox—ie, interventions that bring moderate benefits to individuals but have large population benefits.    The ELDO team look forward to offering you their outstanding service in the near future, and for more information on surgical masks Australia and protective mask please go to http://www.eldocare.com/ . A Selection Guide to Buying Business Two Way Radios in Australia 2020-06-09T03:43:32Z a-selection-guide-to-buying-business-two-way-radios-in-australia MiningTelecoms have produced a guide for businesses wanting to purchasing business two way radios. They provide 9 key elements that organisations should look for when purchasing a commercial radio, including: Audio Quality Connectivity Worker Safety Features User Experience Build Quality Accessories Personalization Future Proofing Peace of Mind For a free Australian Business Guide to Purchasing Portable Two Way Radios...click here How medicine, money and mindset are killing our communities 2020-06-09T00:04:15Z how-medicine-money-and-mindset-are-killing-our-communities Dr Warrick presented his speech at both the TEDxUniversityofMissouri event in the USA and the TEDxDocklands event in Melbourne. It has been viewed by a global audience of almost 20,000 and recognised as top-performer by the TED franchise. Both events were held in February, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.   Dr Bishop said he wanted to travel far and wide to highlight how the current heart attack risk assessment is failing some people, and how we can bring precision to individual risk assessment.    “A number of years ago, a man came into my office for a heart check. Based on current assessment at the time, I gave him a 6% chance of heart attack in the next five years. In medical practice, this is considered low risk and not worthy of therapy commencement,” said Dr Bishop.   “Two years later he was dead on the side of a road, after suffering a heart attack during a fun run.”   Luckily, that man was able to be revived, with Dr Bishop offering assistance, who by chance was driving along the same road at the time.   However, Dr Bishop said it made him realise that the current heart attack assessment was not good enough and that he, as a cardiologist, needed to do better.   “What I failed to realise, and explain to my patient all those years ago, was that the 6% risk in five years actually represented the rate of heart attack for 100 men with the same characteristics as his, over a five year period,” he said.   “It does not tell us which six will have a problem. It’s like being in a choir with 100 men aged 50, and knowing that six of you will die in the next five years, but you just don’t know which six.”   So is there a way to pinpoint which six will be affected?   Yes, according to Dr Bishop.   Cardiac CT imaging allows cardiologists to look into an individual’s heart and see the health of their arteries. They can then identify high risk individuals, mitigate the risk and ultimately save lives.   It seems a simple solution so why isn’t the procedure widely available?   Dr Bishop said cardiac CT imaging lies in the perfect storm of medicine, money and mindset.   Firstly, medicine requires a scientific base in order to bring new therapies into practice. Ethical and practical considerations have blocked cardiac CT scanning from the randomised trials dictated by modern medicine. This means there is not enough of a scientific base to make it a mainstream therapy.     Secondly, doctors, hospitals and medical clinics have to make money if they are to stay afloat, and are therefore geared towards cure, rather than prevention. Prevention literally falls in a ‘blind spot’ as it just doesn’t pay the bills.   “Doctors are paid a lot of money to cure sick people; which is good for us, not so good for patients,” said Dr Bishop.   Thirdly, the mindset of the public can be hard to change. They know what the standard procedures are and can be reluctant to try something new.   Dr Bishop said a cardiac CT scan is like a mammogram for the heart. It looks inside, literally at the health of the arteries, and indicates a high or low risk for heart disease.   “Just as with breast cancer, or a mole check, this is a simple scan that picks up abnormalities early, which will always lead to a better outcome,” said Dr Bishop.     Heart attack kills more than nine million people globally every year and Dr Bishop believes it is time to start preventing, rather than trying to cure, this highly avoidable condition.  Manage Pandemic Risks with The Covid-19 Risk Assessment Module 2020-05-27T04:09:10Z manage-pandemic-risks-with-the-covid-19-risk-assessment-module The purpose of the COVID-19 Reporting Module is to allow people to report either a suspicion of or actual COVID-19 illness. It is designed to facilitate effective communications to HR and provide advice to affected individuals based on government guidelines. How does it work? Risks can be assessed by category eg health, financial, legal, and reputational. Once identified, risks are evaluated through risk rating. Control strategies are then evaluated and corrective actions assigned. Viking Analytics provides a visual guide to your overall Covid-19 Risk Assessment Compare initial and residual risk ratings by category View risk assessments by status, assigned persons, and category. View actions assigned, completed and outstanding risk assessments by status, category and assigned persons. Join a Webinar on June 2nd, watch a short video or request a quote https://myosh.com/modules/covid-19-risk-assessments/