The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-08-20T05:19:12Z Credit Repair Comes To Coffs Harbour 2019-08-20T05:19:12Z credit-repair-comes-to-coffs-harbour Clear Credit Solutions, leading credit repair company in Australia has opened a brand new office in the Coffs Harbour CBD. Right among the hustle and bustle of the pristine Coffs Coast, the new office serves as a shop-front and point of contact for the credit repair company that services Australia-wide.  Offering assistance when it comes to credit-impaired consumers, Clear Credit Solutions can help people who are struggling to obtain finance due to defaults, judgments and clear outs on credit files. The service assists in helping remove these listings to increase credit scores in some cases and can also help in approval for finance. With a new office, brand new signage and a unique service on offer, consumers in Coffs Harbour, the Mid North Coast and all around Australia can obtain help and assistance when needed in dealing with an impaired credit file. MEDIA INVITATION: The largest most diverse showcase of fire and emergency management equipment, expertise, and research at AFAC19 2019-08-20T05:10:08Z media-invitation-the-largest-most-diverse-showcase-of-fire-and-emergency-management-equipment-expertise-and-research-at-afac19 Dear {{ first_name | fallback:"Editor" }}, You’re invited to attend the region’s largest fire & emergency management conference, AFAC19 powered by INTERSCHUTZ. Local and international emergency services leaders will come together under the theme of this year’s conference A shift to the new norm: riding the wave of change. For the first time, AFAC19 will run concurrently with the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) National Conference and the Australian Disaster Resilience Conference and will once again open with the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Research Forum, highlighting the many and varied segments that make up Australia’s emergency management industry. In addition to the 120 expert speakers, the event will feature the largest exhibition ever, with nearly 200 companies showcasing the latest innovative products and services that help protect our country against natural disasters, an Expo Stage program with over 30 practical presentations, and world-first announcements and displays currently under embargo. Event: AFAC19 powered by INTERSCHUTZ When: Tuesday 27 – Friday 30 August 2019 Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre PHOTO / BROADCAST OPPORTUNITIES Free media passes available – simply reply to this email with your full name, position and publication title/s. Highlights for media: Press conference: Launch of the Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook 2019 Wednesday 28th August, 11 am (AEST) The Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook 2019 will be released by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC as part of AFAC19 powered by INTERSCHUTZ. Senior representatives from the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, the Bureau of Meteorology and fire agencies from across Australia will provide information about the bushfire risk in Victoria, NSW, the ACT, Queensland, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia this fire season. Ministerial announcement and media address: Exclusive details of an innovative partnership to design a first-of-its-kind response vehicle in Australia. Wednesday 28th August, 11.30 am (AEST) on the exhibition show floor. NOTE: All details of the Minister’s announcement are currently under embargo, however media resources will be provided on the day. Daily Live Demonstrations NOTE: Live demonstrations can be set up outside allocated times and pre-arranged for broadcast. Portable RAWS (Remote Automated Weather Station) ESS Weathertec Wednesday, 28 August, 3.00pm Thursday, 28 August, 11.30am Direct from Canada, the FTS Quick Deploy portable weather station is the fire community’s most widely used weather station for prescribed burns and temporary monitoring applications. It offers the same scientific-grade accuracy and reliability as our full fixed RAWS in a portable form, which can be set up completely in 15 minutes by one person, with no tools and no technical training. Note to Media: demonstrations can be organised to correspond with live-cross broadcast opportunities, including weather segments. Images above: supplied Land and air extrictions Australasian Road Rescue Organisation (ARRO) Severe car crash extrication simulation Wednesday 28 August 1.30pm Thursday 29 August 1.00pm Edge Training & Simulation Flight crew extrication from a helicopter Wednesday 28 August 1.30pm Thursday 29 August 1.00pm Images above: supplied Plus, rescue equipment, security systems, fire station equipment, disaster relief technologies, and dozens of vehicles ranging from vintage fire trucks, to the new Tesla Model X recently deployed for use by Victorian Police. Images above: supplied Images: All images (not noted as supplied) can be found on the AFAC Flickr page and can be used royalty-free. Conference speaker and interview opportunities: Dr. Robert Glasser, Australian Strategic Policy Institute and former Head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) Building Australia’s resilience in the era of disasters Josephine Reynolds The UK’s first full-time female firefighter Using My Voice Andy Pittman Director, Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes, Order of Australia (OA) 2019 Progress, potential and challenges for predicting future weather and climate extremes Bronwyn Weir Lawyer, co-author of the Shergold Weir report, legal advisor to the Victorian Cladding Taskforce Improving compliance and enforcement in the building sector through cultural change Dr Lance O’Sullivan Medical Innovator, former New Zealander of the year Positive Disruptive leadership All speakers are available for interview on request. View the full program here. Exhibiting companies may also provide media spokespeople– view list here Interviews available before, during and after AFAC19. Let us know your preferences and we will endeavour to schedule interview times. Free media passes available – simply reply to this email with your full name, position and publication title/s. Once your request is approved, you will receive an email. Bring photo ID with you to the registration desks upon entry to AFAC19 and they will supply you with your media pass and lanyard. For more information: http://www.afacconference.com.au/media/ Looking forward to hearing from you. Media contacts: Zadro Elizabeth Williams, Group Account Director | elizabeth@zadroagency.com.au +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 411 201 354 Yvette Schleglemilch | Account Manager yvette@zadroagency.com.au +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 423 954 224 Executive Producer, Uroos Raza Khan, to launch ‘In the Spotlight’ TV Series 2019-08-20T00:25:33Z executive-producer-uroos-raza-khan-to-launch-in-the-spotlight-tv-series Melbourne-based producer, Uroos Raza Khan, is set to launch her début current affairs series, In the Spotlight, which focuses on community, humanity, and what Melbourne has to offer. The pilot episode, Libraries Change Lives, focuses on Victorian libraries, giving well-deserved attention to the public library system which receives over 30 million visits per year, yet remains immensely underfunded. Libraries Change Lives also highlights the strong sense of community within the public library system, particularly amongst mothers and their children. “I chose libraries because they play such a critical role in bridging the gap and connecting people,“ she said. “With the growing population of Victoria, if these libraries aren’t funded adequately, then they won’t be able to grow strong communities.” With the rising immigration in Victoria in mind, Uroos developed the series to bring awareness to important subjects to improve the lives of others. Episode one of the thirteen-part-series airs at 5pm, August 30th 2019, on C31 for Melbourne and Geelong, on Channel 44.   Uroos Raza Khan is a certified women empowerment coach and entrepreneur. Born in Pakistan, the mother-of-one is passionate about community and enriching the lives of others. She is currently a nominee for the 2019 Victorian Premier’s Volunteer Champions Leadership Awards, and 2019 AusMumPreneur Leadership and Influencer Award. AESC Honours Jo Fisher with Lifetime Achievement Award for Impact in Executive Search and Leadership Advisory 2019-08-19T21:07:37Z aesc-honours-jo-fisher-with-lifetime-achievement-award-for-impact-in-executive-search-and-leadership-advisory Above: Fisher Leadership chair Leon Lau, founding director Jo Fisher, managing director Michelle Loader and director Mary Beth Bauer. New York, August 20, 2019 – The worldwide Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants (AESC) honours, during today’s AESC APAC Conference in Sydney, Australia, the achievements of AESC Member Jo Fisher for her outstanding contributions to the profession and to the community.    The AESC Lifetime Achievement Award honors long-term achievement in the executive search and leadership consulting profession. This year’s award goes to Jo Fisher, Founder and Managing Director of Fisher Leadership. Based in Melbourne, Fisher has dedicated 20 years to the advancement of executive search. Known as an iconic leader in gender diversity, from the early 2000’s, Fisher insisted her firm would adhere to equal gender representation on short-lists for the breadth of senior executive roles they impacted. Since making this early mark on the industry, Fisher Leadership has been hugely influential in bringing multi-dimensional diversity to the fore.   Fisher commented, “When I began Fisher Leadership nearly 20 years ago, I wanted to directly impact more diversity around the decision-making table. Since then, we have broadened our focus on diversity—incorporating culture, linguistic, non-binary gender representation, age and ability into the mix. These targets work well from a bottom up perspective. But what we are really focused on now, is Cognitive Diversity—diversity of thought. Our impact in the senior and executive realm is really a top-down strategy, bringing more diverse minds to the decision-making table.” Fisher points to a key factor of her own success as a leader—the ability to innovate and attract exceptional talent who share her passion for supporting socially positive outcomes. Fisher is a founding member of the Australian International Women’s Forum, a former Telstra Business Women’s Award Winner, a CEDA trustee, and an Adjunct Professor with Deakin University. She serves on several boards and committees including social enterprise Infoxchange P/L, JFE Global P/L, the AICD’s National Education Advisory Committee, the International Women’s Forum Australia, and WOMANZ.   AESC President and CEO, Karen Greenbaum, said: “We honor the exceptional achievements of these AESC Members. Through their commitment to excellence both within the profession and in the community at large, our award recipients are outstanding examples of how AESC Members both serve their clients worldwide as trusted advisors and make a positive impact in their communities, too.” About AESC Since 1959, AESC has set the quality standard for the executive search and leadership advisory profession. AESC Members, ranging in size from large global executive search and leadership advisory firms and networks to regional and boutique firms, represent 16,000+ trusted professionals in 1,200+ offices, spanning 70+ countries. AESC Members are recognized leaders of global executive search and leadership advisory solutions. They leverage their access and expertise to place, find and develop more than 100,000 executives each year in board of directors and C-level positions for the world’s leading organizations of all types and sizes. Dedicated to strengthening leadership worldwide, AESC and its members share a deep commitment to the highest quality standards in executive search and leadership consulting—for the benefit of clients and the profession. We Shape. Connect. Educate. Learn more about us at aesc.org.   ### Mothers and Daughters Who Girl Guide Together Stay Connected 2019-08-18T23:55:10Z mothers-and-daughters-who-girl-guide-together-stay-connected Girl Guides isn’t just for young girls, as mum and daughter duo discovered when Grace Jarvis now 17, enrolled in her local Girl Guides Unit 10 years ago. Instead of just drop-offs and pick-ups, mum Helen Jarvis became a Leader of the Unit and hasn’t looked back. The connection that Helen enjoys with her daughter Grace has a lot to do with the shared understanding and language they have developed through Guiding. Helen and Grace have navigated the distinction between their relationship as mother and daughter and guiding colleagues, by using the mentoring approaches taught at Girl Guides. “I don’t provide answers, just a thought process that encourages Grace to take the initiative and come up with a pathway for herself,” explains Helen. Helen says this shared language and approach has been one of the largest benefits of being a part of her daughter’s Guiding experience. “It's not the doing it together all the time that’s the lovely thing, it's the common language, shared experience and interest which is great. It is one thing to hear about the stories, and another to be there sharing them.” Their relationship and Guiding experience continue to strengthen with Grace now being a Leader alongside her mum. Grace has developed a new appreciation for the hard work her mum has put into leading their Unit over the years. Grace admits: “We make a pretty good team”. Grace has not only experienced great personal growth during her time at Guides she has also been able to see her mum from other people’s perspectives which she is grateful for. “She took on a female role-model position in my life where she was my teacher and my guide through this incredible journey. “So, when people ask me who is your biggest role model, it doesn’t feel weird to say, ‘my mum’ – because in all aspects she is.” The Jarvis family could not be prouder to be a part of the Guiding community appreciating the confidence and strength it has provided them as a family unit. Grace’s younger sister, Amy also joined Guides and has enjoyed building the same bond with her mum. Grace says it best when explaining why this dynamic works so well in the Guiding community: “At Guides, we are an absolute sisterhood and have an underlying acceptance of each other. So, no matter who you are, you're automatically going to be accepted whole-heartedly into this environment of pure joy, fun and learning.” -ENDS- For Media Enquiries please contact: Felicity Zadro I ZADRO Agency I felicity@zadroagency.com.au 0404 009 384 Oakley Grioli I ZADRO Agency I oakley@zadroagency.com.au 02 9212 7867 IMAGES Images are available for use. For high-resolution images, please contact: oakley@zadroagency.com.au Image: Helen & Grace Jarvis. Image: A Place To Grow Campaign. Image: A Place To Grow Logo Footwork Podiatry Sydney CBD Sports Clinic Reveals How To Avoid Achilles Injury 2019-08-18T22:00:05Z footwork-podiatry-sydney-cbd-sports-clinic-reveals-how-to-avoid-achilles-injury Kevin Durant Could Have Avoided Achilles Injury By Caring For His Calves Says Leading Australian Sports Podiatrist “We're certainly not going to rush him back... We have far too much invested in him.” explained the Brooklyn Nets general manager Sean Marks, in response to when their newly recruited MVP player Kevin Durant can be expected to return to the NBA competition. Durant suffered a devastating Achilles tendon rupture in the NBA finals of 2019, which ended his season and may have cost his former team the Golden State Warriors the championship. This followed on from a recent calf injury which had already seen him miss much of the playoffs. The injury has also seen him sent into what is reported to have been a successful reparative surgery, from which he has begun what could be up to a 12-month recovery process. A long wait before he can join his new teammates on the Brooklyn Nets on the court. RELATED ARTICLE: Foot Podiatrist from Footwork Podiatry in North Shore Sydney CBD Sports Clinic Explains Sore Ankle Flexibility, Growing Pain and Flatfeet Footwear The professionals at Footwork Podiatry always put a strong emphasis on the importance of looking after the calf muscles to prevent Achilles problemand even Plantar Fasciaproblem Mark Lin, Australia's leading sports podiatrist and director of Sydney-based Footwork Podiatry, says that “over my last 10 years in practice, 90% of the clients that I have seen have been suffering from underlying issues in their calf muscles, these have often been uncovered due to the surging of other more painful problems, such as Achilles issues.” The calf can be located by touching the fleshy back of the lower leg, between the knee and the ankle. A tight calf muscle can be identified by the experience of sudden pain in the back of the calf or behind the knee; difficulty standing on tiptoes; or pain, swelling or bruising to the calf muscle region. Someone experiencing a tight calf muscle would also find it difficult to complete a squat or lunge properly. All of the muscles in the calf connect to different parts of the foot, making any form of tightness or weakness in the calves highly relevant to the causation and rehabilitation of foot pain and injuries. Lin from Footwork Podiatry recommends preventative measures to avoid requiring long term recovery, or even surgery. He explains, “a weak or tight calf would always restrict movement in the ankles and add stress to the Achilles tendon. The resulting weakness and scarring from this restriction and stress will cause muscular tissues to become inelastic, making the Achilles prone to tearing or even rupturing.” “At Footwork Podiatry our techniques and treatment approach always has a strong focus on improving the calf function of our clients. This approach improves an athlete’s performance as well as minimising pain and injuries and helping them to avoid surgery.” If you are experiencing any of the symptoms related to a tight calf muscle, or are concerned that you may have already suffered an Achilles tendon injury, contact Footwork Podiatry to book an assessment. Lin and his team of professionals will design you a personalised rehabilitation plan that is aimed at preventing the development of further issues and returning you to your best. RELATED ARTICLE: Sports Podiatrist from Footwork Podiatry in North Shore Sydney CBD Clinic Explains Lower Limb, Ankle Care, Foot Pain and Falls in Older Adults "Kevin Durant is no different from clients of Footwork Podiatry, leading care and attention is afforded to everyone," Lin concluded. Mark Lin is a leading Sports Podiatrist in Sydney. Footwork Podiatry has two convenient locations Roseville on Sydney’s North Shore and Sydney CBD. Both offer the full spectrum of podiatry treatments and although they receive referrals from medical doctors, they are willing to assess and assist anyone who suffers from lower-limb issues. For further information, visit the Sports and Podiatrist Clinic to book online, or call Mark Lin and his friendly team on +61 2 9416 7889. Syndicated by Baxton Media, the Market Influencers. Sydney Footwork Podiatry Sports Clinic Says Durant Could Avoid Achilles Injury 2019-08-16T22:00:28Z sydney-footwork-podiatry-sports-clinic-says-durant-could-avoid-achilles-injury Ruptured Achilles pushes MVP Durant out of NBA finals 2 months ago, NBA finals saw an NBA franchise record as the Toronto Raptors took the championship for the first time, having defeated the Golden State Warriors by only four points. The loss may have come as a shock to the Warriors, as they had defeated the Raptors in their previous match, just days earlier. However, the Warrior's 1-point triumph over the Raptors in Game 5 came at the cost of star player and MVP Kevin Durant. Early in the second quarter, Durant keeled over in pain, visually clasping below the back of his right calf. Durant had suffered a painful rupture to his Achilles tendon, a flexible band of connective tissue which joins the lower calf muscle to the bone of the heel. While an Achilles tendon tear generally doesn't end an NBA career, history shows that it can cause ongoing issues to its sufferers. Mark Lin, Australia's leading sports podiatrist and director of Sydney-based Footwork Podiatry, says that “over my last 10 years in practice, 90% of the clients that I have seen have been suffering from ongoing issues in their calf muscles, these have often been uncovered due to the surging of other more painful problems, such as Achilles issues.” RELATED ARTICLE: Leading Sydney CBD and North Shore Sports Podiatrist Explains Why Manual Therapy is the Preferred Alternative Treatment for Bunions Having already missed the majority of the season just passed, Washington Wizards player John Wall is also expecting to miss the majority of the coming 2019-2020 season as he is still recovering from his ruptured Achilles injury, resulting in surgery in February of this year. Another all-star player, Demarcus Cousins, suffered an Achilles tendon rupture in January of 2018 which resulted in a season-ending reparative surgery while playing for the New Orleans Pelicans before he joined Durant on the Golden State Warriors team later last year. Achilles injuries can present in a variety of ways, such as a sharp, shooting pain in the back of your heel, or stiffness or dull ache originating in the Achilles tendon that radiates up to the calf muscle. External factors such as incorrect footwear, a sudden increase in physical activity, overtraining, or training on hard or uneven surfaces can lead to Achilles tendon injuries. These types of injuries must be dealt with swiftly, as the delay of their treatment could lead to irreversible tissue damage and long-term rehabilitation. As with many podiatry problems, Footwork Podiatry always recommends early evaluation and intervention to its patients. While symptoms may not be debilitating, ordinary symptoms, such as calf tightness, with time can contribute to the eventual rupturing of the Achilles tendon, which can be severely painful and present long-term repercussions. At Footwork Podiatry, we optimise treatment of Achilles tendon injuries, focussing on the reduction of excessive loading on the Achilles tendon, and the restoration of normal tissue function. We also specialise in a range of preventative treatment techniques for a variety of podiatry problems, including Achilles tendon injuries, that provide patients with sustainable relief of pain, promote the proper healing of muscular tissues and correct any underlying causes that we uncover. If you are presenting with early warning signs or are concerned that you may have already suffered an Achilles tendon injury, contact Footwork Podiatry to book your assessment and get ahead of the game with preventative treatments. RELATED ARTICLE: North Shore Sydney CBD Foot Podiatrist Says Kinesiology Sports Tape Might Help Prevent Injuries and Reduce Inflammation Pain Mark Lin is a leading Sports Podiatrist in Sydney. Footwork Podiatry has two convenient locations Roseville on Sydney’s North Shore and Sydney CBD. Both offer the full spectrum of podiatry treatments and although they receive referrals from medical doctors, they are willing to assess and assist anyone who suffers from lower-limb issues. For further information, visit the Sports and Podiatrist Clinic to book online, or call Mark Lin and his friendly team on +61 2 9416 7889. Syndicated by Baxton Media, the Market Influencers. AUTHOR CHERYL DUFFY OPENS AUSTRALIA'S FIRST DIVORCE CENTRE ! 2019-08-15T03:43:27Z author-chery-duffy-opens-australia-s-first-divorce-centre AUSTRALIA'S FIRST DIVORCE CENTRE OPENS!  Certified divorce coach and author of the Divorce Tango, Cheryl Duffy has opened Australia’s first DIVORCE CENTRE to help individuals and couples navigate one of life’s most stressful experiences. The Divorce Centre will provide advice and help through an experienced national and local team of divorce coaches, lawyers, mediators, financial planners, and psychologists.    Cheryl Duffy says “My divorce was horrendous. That’s what inspired me to help others on their divorce journey by becoming a divorce coach and opening Australia’s first Divorce Centre. Over 30% of marriages finish up in divorce and for some it’s the most stressful experience they will have in their entire life. There is an easier way for men and women to get through what is undoubtedly and unfortunately a really difficult time of one’s life. “ The Divorce Centre will help provide clarity for people embarking on their divorce journey while giving emotional, legal and financial advice. It’s available across Australia with face to face consultations provided remotely via technology in the comfort of their own homes and making it convenient for single parents who won’t need to find childcare to go to appointments. TO INTERVIEW CHERYL DUFFY email max@marksonsparks.com or call Max Markson 0412 501 601 ABOUT CHERYLCheryl Duffy is a CDC Certified Divorce Coach® and Author of the bestseller “The Divorce Tango”. Cheryl’s career evolved from leading key programs for successful change and betterment in a large, multinational company however, the most difficult change she has ever had to manage was her divorce, which affected every facet of her life. After nineteen years, Cheryl’s marriage came to an end, and her life completely changed. Being the first among her family and friends to experience divorce, she was left to blindly navigate her way out of the tumultuous times, into a better post-marriage life. The journey continued in the pursuit to help others impacted by Divorce whereby Cheryl became a Certified Divorce Coach to help others accelerate their divorce recovery so they can let go, move on and create the life they deserve so they don’t have to waste years being emotionally paralysed like she did. Through one on one coaching sessions or unique programs depending on whether you are pre/post divorce can empower you to take charge and accelerate your divorce recovery so you can rebuild your life faster. www.thedivorcetango.com   AN AUDIENCE WITH DR RICHARD HAMES IN MELBOURNE AND SYDNEY 2019-08-15T03:19:02Z an-audience-with-dr-richard-hames-in-melbourne-and-sydney CHINA! WE HAVE FOUND THE ENEMY AND IT IS US!  Global futurist Dr Richard Hames will deliver a one hour seminar on Australian Business and the Prospects for Future Prosperity from 11am to 12 noon on Thursday August 29 in Melbourne and Friday August 30 in Sydney. One of the topics he will cover in these exclusive intelligence briefings is how Australia needs to reframe its relationship with China for mutual benefit.  Dr Hames says  “We live in the Chinese Century. Some still do not accept that. China is our largest trading partner. It represents almost one third of all Australian exports, including coal, oil, iron ore and agricultural goods. It also provides access to some of the largest markets in the world. Yet China’s trade with Australia is just 1% of its total market activity.”  Forbes magazine named Richard Hames “one of the smartest people on the planet.” He correctly anticipated 9/11, the GFC, the Arab Spring, Trump’s election and the success of the first iPod and Tesla electric cars.   An Audience with Dr Richard Hames will feature Dr Hames delivering remarks for 30 minutes followed by an extensive 30 minute Q & A session with the audience. Theatre style seating . Doors open at 10.30am. Strictly limited number of tickets available. Tickets are $50 from Eventbrite.com.au Melbourne Thursday 29th August 11am to 12noon Intercontinental Melbourne 495 Collins St Melbourne CBD. Melbourne http://eventbrite.com.au/e/66289602987    Sydney Friday 30th August 11am to 12 noon City Tattersalls Club 198 Pitt St Sydney CBD. Sydney http://eventbrite.com.au/e/66291131559  TO INTERVIEW DR HAMES email max@marksonsparks.com or call Max Markson 0412501601 ABOUT THE EVENT Using the benefits of AI scanning, with analysis from over 3,000 trusted sources from around the world, Dr. Hames will share unique insights with his audience as to how they can use disruption to their advantage; apply the latest technologies to innovate at a whole-system level; spot uncommon opportunities in Asia (even as the Australia-China relationship becomes more adverse); enrich employee engagement; and develop more relevant leadership literacies. ABOUT CHINA & AUSTRALIA ……WE HAVE FOUND THE ENEMY AND IT IS US   REFRAMING AUSTRALIAN-CHINESE RELATIONSHIPS FOR MUTUAL BENEFIT Dr Hames says  “We live in the Chinese Century. Some still do not accept that. China is our largest trading partner. It represents almost one third of all Australian exports, including coal, oil, iron ore and agricultural goods. It also provides access to some of the largest markets in the world. Yet China’s trade with Australia is just 1% of its total market activity.”   Rapidly rising incomes and the mass migration from the countryside to the cities created a large class of urban consumers demanding better housing, a clean environment, overseas travel, improved education, a more nutritious diet and an enhanced choice of financial and other services.   The key to future business success is understanding what problems plague China; what issues the Chinese government has identified (e.g. aged care, environmental pollution); what other opportunities are emerging (e.g. health and skincare products, supplementary education, direct marketing, legal services); and what solutions can be uniquely provided by Australian expertise (e.g. small-scale organic food farming, ecological services).   The biggest drawbacks to an expansion of trade with China are (i) cultural imperialism, successive Australian governments viewing China through the increasingly obsolete lens of empire, and (ii) our subsequent caution about engaging with China as an equal partner in global societal development. That caution, along with a defense strategy devised and led by the US (aimed primarily at securing its own interests, which do notnecessarily coincide with ours) lock us out of contention for new markets.   How? China is Australia's largest source of international students. But student visas can be instantly wound back. Beef exports can be replaced by agreements already in place with Argentina. Even now inflows of capital to Australia are curtailed...   Australia’s trading relationship with China over the next decade depends upon two factors. They go unheeded today. Yet both, working in tandem, are key:   1. PERSPECTIVE – Australian views about China are inherited relics from the past. Changing our ingrained assumptions about China – its political system, role in the world, and legitimate aspirations – is therefore critical.   2. EMPATHY - China has lifted its position in the world economy by bringing millions of its citizens out of poverty and promoting small businesses to generate income. Today China can totally replace Australian imports if it wants to. But hailing their extraordinary achievements, and working cooperatively with China, will inevitably benefit Australian enterprises wanting to do business there in the long term.   Richard Hames – Centre for the Future. August 2019      Diversity and inclusion changing Australia’s emergency management sector for the better 2019-08-13T23:04:32Z diversity-and-inclusion-changing-australias-emergency-management-sector-for-the-better This year’s AFAC19 powered by INTERSCHUTZ conference theme A shift to the new norm: riding the wave of change, brings together a host of speakers and experts from across emergency management disciplines, to address how the sector can better embrace change and create a more robust sector, that better represents the wider community. The conference and exhibition held in Melbourne in August will explore how inclusion and diversity can lead to innovative approaches towards disaster prevention, response processes, and connecting with all communities to build resilience and aid recovery. More than 120 speakers in six immersive streams will delve deep into the changing landscape of fire safety, emergency management and research across the wider AFAC19 program and share with attendees how to prepare for the future, based on lessons learned from the past. There will be a strong focus on cultural fire management and the knowledge and history to be shared by all Australian communities. Speakers will discuss new ways of looking at responsibilities and connection to the environment and how this can be incorporated into fire prevention, planning and community recovery. This will also include a panel discussion about how fire management has changed in the ten years since Black Saturday. The cultural burning stream will be supported by an offsite excursion as part of the Professional Development Program designed to educate participants on ancient land management practices. Stuart Ellis, CEO, AFAC commented on the importance of having more diversity and inclusion in the emergency response sector. “This year we’re looking at some big issues impacting the community including population growth, climate change and technological advancements. But we’re also challenging the sector to examine ourselves, including traditional areas of responsibility, agency capability, and diversity and inclusion initiatives to better reflect the communities we serve. “AFAC19 is a vital opportunity to bring together the many segments that make up our evolving fire and emergency management sector, to discuss all issues that have become the new normal in emergency management,” said Mr Ellis. To cover the big issue and topics, AFAC19 will bring leading international and national keynote speakers to the conference, including Josephine Reynolds The UK’s first full-time female firefighter Using My Voice Sandra Robinson Aviation Coordinator, Parks Victoria Women in Aviation - #socanshe Jamie Bertram Environment Officer/ Aboriginal Liaison Officer, NSW Rural Fire Service Rekindle country: Jubullum combined Hotspots and Community Protection Plan project Donna Wheatley Commander, Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) Melbourne Inclusion in the Fire Service - Storming to Norming AFAC19 powered by INTERSHUTZ is co-produced by the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC), Deutsche Messe and the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) from 27-30 August 2019. The Institution of Fire Engineers Australia National Conference and the Australian Disaster Resilience Conference will be held alongside AFAC19. Further information is available at www.afacconference.com.au -ends- Notes to Editors: All keynote speakers are available for interview on request via media contacts below Available for interview on request via media contacts below: Stuart Ellis, CEO, Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authority Council (AFAC) Dr Richard Thornton, CEO, Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC) Accredited media are invited to attend AFAC19 and will be hosted in the media room. Additional support for live-cross, broadcast and interviews with stakeholders can be arranged. Limited broadcast vans can be accommodated onsite. Please register for your media pass by sending your name, position and publication title to elizabeth@zadroagency.com.au Media contacts: Zadro Elizabeth Williams, Group Account Director | elizabeth@zadroagency.com.au +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 411 201 354 Yvette Schlegelmilch, Account Manager | yvette@zadroagency.com.au +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 423 954 224 Images: All images of AFAC from past years can be found on the AFAC Flickr page and can be used royalty free. Hi-res images of speakers available on request. Josephine Reynolds Sandra Robinson Jamie Bertram Donna Wheatley About AFAC19 27-30 August | Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre A shift to the new norm: riding the wave of change Returning to Melbourne for four action-packed days, AFAC19 powered by INTERSCHUTZ will attract delegates and visitors from emergency and security services agencies, all levels of government, non-government organisations, the private sector, research and education institutions and community groups from Australia and worldwide. The AFAC19 program will incorporate the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Research Forum, the Australian Disaster Resilience Conference and The Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) National Conference. Themed “A shift to the new norm: riding the wave of change” AFAC19 explores how the sector is transitioning to a new normal in a rapidly changing world. AFAC19 powered by INTERSCHUTZ is a joint venture between Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) and Deutsche Messe, trading in Australia as Hannover Fairs Pty Ltd. Institution of Fire Engineers Website: https://www.afacconference.com.au/ife/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InstitutionOfFireEngineersAustraliaBranch/ Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/company/institution-of-fire-engineers/ Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) Website: www.afacconference.com.au/ Facebook: @AFACnews Twitter: @AFACnews LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/australasian-fire-and-emergency-service-authorities-council YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu18lYmKgFcL27XBKFI7Klw Hashtag: #AFAC19 Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Facebook: @bnhcrc Twitter: @bnhcrc LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bushfire-and-natural-hazards-crc-a0919043/ YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/bnhcrc Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience Website: www.aidr.org.au/adrc Facebook: @AIDRnews Twitter: @AIDR_news Linked In: https://au.linkedin.com/company/aidr Hashtag: #ADRC2019 KONCHECK: Made Australian Police Check Trouble-Free 2019-08-13T08:38:10Z koncheck-made-australian-police-check-trouble-free Australia National Police check now Possible Another feather has been added to the cap of KONZE Enterprise Pty Ltd as it launched its latest project KONCHECK.  KONCHECK is an online portal to lodge a Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check (NCCHC). Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) accredits KONCHECK. Australian Government strongly recommends National police check for employers. Police check is a consent-based background and reference check of an applicant. Organizations use it to check if an employee is suitable for paid work, unpaid work, or volunteering with vulnerable groups such as children or adults with disabilities. Crime check is essential for community services, Government, Defense, Immigration, finance and Banking. Not long ago, when conducting an applicant’s background check was quite a hazard. KONCHECK promises to eliminate the hassle of a manual background check as well as the possibility of errors. The website’s automated screening system is more useful than ever. KONCHECK introduces a modern technology by which one can verify their documents, check records in few simple steps. KONCHECK also saves time as dependencies of time-consuming paper forms and snail-mails are over. KONCHECK is focusing more to avoid cyber-crime issues and hassle-free hiring. The director of KONZE has added, “We want to free up the process and dismiss any risk of safety for Organizations. So, the chances of economic fraud, money laundering, office violence, cybercrime issues can be minimized.” In KONCHECK, National crime check applications are processed within 1-2 business days in 70% of the cases. Rests may take 10-15 days or more time if the case of complicated. Last but not least, KONCHECK has the capability to be a revolution in the Police checking process by streamlining it, effortlessly. Riding the waves: Extreme weather, climate change and disaster resilience at AFAC19 2019-08-13T04:35:26Z riding-the-waves-extreme-weather-climate-change-and-disaster-resilience-at-afac19 Leading Australian and international emergency management professionals from climate, weather and natural hazards sectors will gather in Melbourne in August, as AFAC19 powered by INTERSCHUTZ is held alongside the Australian Disaster Resilience Conference. This year’s AFAC19 Conference will explore the impact of nature, climate and the environment on disaster prevention, early warning and response processes, as well as the long-term implications on community and environmental recovery. More than 120 speakers in six immersive streams will delve deep into the changing landscape of fire safety, emergency management and research across the wider AFAC19 program and share with attendees how to prepare for the future, based on lessons learned from the past. Stuart Ellis, CEO, AFAC commented on how emergency services are adapting to prepare for and address the challenges that come with more frequent extreme weather events and natural disasters, and how this is shaping the national emergency response sector. “This year we’re looking at some big issues affecting the wider community including population growth, climate change and, extreme weather and how we can adapt, prepare for and better manage these events.” “AFAC19 is a vital opportunity to bring together leaders from across a variety of disciplines that make up the evolving fire and emergency service sector, to discuss issues that are becoming the new normal in emergency management,” said Mr Ellis. To cover the big issue and topics, AFAC19 will bring leading international and national keynote speakers to the conference, including Dr David Jones, Manager of Climate Services, Bureau of Meteorology State of the Climate 2018: Climate change and it’s impact on emergency management John Nairn, State Manager of South Australia, Bureau of Meteorology South Australian heatwave forecasts and warnings: performance and some impacts during January 2019, Australia’s hottest month on record Prof. Lesley Hughes and Greg Mullins, The Climate Council Coping with the ‘new normal’ in changing climate This year’s AFAC19 conference theme A shift to the new norm: riding the wave of change, embraces the evolution, diversity and inclusion of all industries working together to form a robust emergency management sector, and the communities it represents. AFAC19 powered by INTERSHUTZ is co-produced by the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC), Deutsche Messe and the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) from 27-30 August 2019. The Institution of Fire Engineers Australia National Conference and the Australian Disaster Resilience Conference will be held alongside AFAC19. Further information is available at www.afacconference.com.au -ends- Notes to Editors: All keynote speakers are available for interview on request via media contacts below Available for interview on request via media contacts below: Stuart Ellis, CEO, Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authority Council (AFAC) Dr Richard Thornton, CEO, Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC) Accredited media are invited to attend AFAC19 and will be hosted in the media room. Additional support for live-cross, broadcast and interviews with stakeholders can be arranged. Limited broadcast vans can be accommodated onsite. Please register for your media pass by sending your name, position and publication title to elizabeth@zadroagency.com.au Media contacts: Zadro Elizabeth Williams, Group Account Director | elizabeth@zadroagency.com.au +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 411 201 354 Yvette Schlegelmilch, Account Manager | yvette@zadroagency.com.au +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 423 954 224 Images: All images of AFAC from past years can be found on the AFAC Flickr page and can be used royalty free. Hi-res images of speakers available on request. Dr David Jones John Nairn Prof. Lesley Hughes Greg Mullins About AFAC19 27-30 August | Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre A shift to the new norm: riding the wave of change Returning to Melbourne for four action-packed days, AFAC19 powered by INTERSCHUTZ will attract delegates and visitors from emergency and security services agencies, all levels of government, non-government organisations, the private sector, research and education institutions and community groups from Australia and worldwide. The AFAC19 program will incorporate the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Research Forum, the Australian Disaster Resilience Conference and The Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) National Conference. Themed “A shift to the new norm: riding the wave of change” AFAC19 explores how the sector is transitioning to a new normal in a rapidly changing world. AFAC19 powered by INTERSCHUTZ is a joint venture between Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) and Deutsche Messe, trading in Australia as Hannover Fairs Pty Ltd. Institution of Fire Engineers Website: https://www.afacconference.com.au/ife/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InstitutionOfFireEngineersAustraliaBranch/ Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/company/institution-of-fire-engineers/ Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) Website: www.afacconference.com.au/ Facebook: @AFACnews Twitter: @AFACnews LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/australasian-fire-and-emergency-service-authorities-council YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu18lYmKgFcL27XBKFI7Klw Hashtag: #AFAC19 Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Facebook: @bnhcrc Twitter: @bnhcrc LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bushfire-and-natural-hazards-crc-a0919043/ YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/bnhcrc Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience Website: www.aidr.org.au/adrc Facebook: @AIDRnews Twitter: @AIDR_news Linked In: https://au.linkedin.com/company/aidr Hashtag: #ADRC2019 MUNDIPHARMA SUPPORTS PIONEERING PROSTATE CANCER RESEARCH 2019-08-12T23:54:52Z mundipharma-supports-pioneering-prostate-cancer-research-1 The 2019 Mundipharma ANZUP Uro-Oncology Clinical Research Fellowship has been awarded to medical oncologist and clinical research fellow Doctor Angelyn Anton, providing $60,000 to support her research into prostate cancer. This is the sixth annual Clinical Research Fellowship to be awarded in partnership with the Australian and New Zealand Urogenital and Prostate Cancer Trials Group (ANZUP) to support genitourinary cancer research. The Fellowship was previously awarded by Tolmar Australia, which was acquired by Mundipharma in 2018, along with exclusive Australian and New Zealand distribution rights for two prostate cancer medications. Dr Anton was announced as the recipient of the Fellowship surrounded by experts in the research and treatment of genitourinary cancers at the 2019 ANZUP Annual Scientific Meeting in Brisbane. “Mundipharma is proud to continue this support for research that will result in real improvements in the treatment and management of prostate cancer,” said Jane Orr, Managing Director of Mundipharma Australia and New Zealand. "I am delighted to continue Mundipharma’s partnership with ANZUP to offer this Fellowship, which again attracted many impressive applications from ANZUP’s multidisciplinary membership across Australia and from a range of institutions and professional groups.” "Dr Anton has a remarkable drive to help improve clinical practice and this Fellowship will help her reach that potential.” ANZUP Chair Professor Ian Davis said Dr Anton was very deserving of this recognition. “The Mundipharma ANZUP Uro-oncology Clinical Research Fellowship has supported some of Australia’s best and brightest emerging clinician-researchers, and Dr Anton is the latest addition to that eminent group,” Professor Davis said. “She has already proven her capability and submitted a very competitive application that stood out amongst many other excellent applicants. ANZUP is glad to be able to provide this Fellowship to her, with the generous support of Mundipharma.” The Fellowship is intended for early and mid-career clinician-researchers of any health care discipline in genitourinary cancer research and provides funding for one year to the institution of the successful applicant. “Dr Anton’s research is focussed on comparing rates of cognitive decline in elderly prostate cancer patients receiving novel antiandrogens,” Ms Orr said. “This research will provide relevant and valuable data to inform future decision making, influence current clinical practice and ultimately improve patient outcomes.” Dr Anton said her research primarily involved the use of real world data to examine current treatment patterns and outcomes in prostate cancer. “The Mundipharma ANZUP Uro-Oncology Clinical Research Fellowship has provided a significant opportunity to further my clinical research goals and to support the REAL-Pro study, the first prospective registry-based randomised clinical trial in prostate cancer,” Dr Anton said. Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australian males, with one in six men expected to be diagnosed before the age of 85. It is also the third most common cause of cancer death. About Mundipharma Mundipharma Pty Limited is a member of a global network of independent associated companies which are engaged in research, development, production and marketing of prescription medicines and consumer healthcare products. Established as a leader in the development and provision of medicines for pain, we have expanded our portfolio to include treatments for cancer, glaucoma, asthma, burns, wounds, skin irritations and the common cold. For more information please visit: www.mundipharma.com.au. For further information please contact: Rob Bates Communications Manager +61 422 196 238 rob.Bates@mundipharma.com.au About ANZUP ANZUP is a cooperative cancer clinical trials group with over 1,300 members across Australia, New Zealand and internationally. 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MyLife MyFinance General Manager, Mark Sawyer “The MyLife MyFinance bank offers fee-free banking through our mobile app and internet banking. We also cover our customers’ refinancing costs saving them over $1,000* when they bring their home loan to our bank. There are no catches. No hidden fees. No surprises. It’s banking like it should be.” To learn more about our sharp term deposit rates and competitive savings, call us on 03 9629 4484 or email info@mylifemyfinance.com.au * Saving of $1,004 calculated from a sample of home loan applications In deciding whether this product meets your needs, we recommend that you read this page in conjunction with our Product Disclosure Statement, Supplementary Product Disclosure Statement (Interest Rates), Supplementary Product Disclosure Statement (Schedule of Fees and Charges), and our General Terms and Conditions. A copy of these documents are available on our website. You can also obtain a copy of these by contacting our office on 03 9629 4484. MyLife MyFinance Limited Trading as MyLife MyFinance. ABN 54 087 651 750. AFSL/Australian Credit Licence Number 245606. Top MC Professional Emcee Master of Ceremonies Australia's Rob Doorey Is YourMC 2019-08-08T22:00:09Z top-mc-professional-emcee-master-of-ceremonies-australias-rob-doorey-is-yourmc The 'conductor' that never turns his back on the audience is Australia's premier emcee, master of ceremonies, Rob Doorey... YourMC Professional emcee Rob Doorey may not wave an orchestra conductor’s baton during his presentations as an event host, but his role as an emcee can be construed as sharing some similarities with that of conductors of orchestral performances. While these two styles of events differ in multiple respects, there are some similarities into qualities needing to be possessed by those chiefly responsible for guiding these performances. For instance, both types of “performances” require sensitive guidance and direction of their respective participants by a super-responsive other: in one case a music conductor, in the other: a professional emcee. In making this comparison, consider the role of a musical conductor, as defined in Wikipedia: “The primary responsibilities of the conductor are to unify performers, set the tempo, execute clear preparations and beats, listen critically and shape the sound of the ensemble, and to control the interpretation and pacing of the music”. Indeed, many people would agree that the rightform of sensitive guidance from the most suitableconductor (or emcee) will more likely achieve the desired outcome of successful performance (or event). With decades of experience as a professional emcee hosting a range of successful events from corporate conferences and product launches, to gala dinners and business awards nights, Rob’s personal insights into this domain assuredly have merit. Some conductor-like attributes Rob has and uses in his profession include precision-timing, careful pacing and an ability to pay close attention to subtle nuances that well might be missed by other participants. Rob credits his ability to pick up on such nuances and to act appropriately on them to his many years of experience in the profession. His career in commercial radio has undeniably contributed to his sharp sense of timing on-stage and during interviews, helping him to effectively “read” and respond to audiences and to interviewees while at the same time often responding to feedback/requests by production crew or other managers who make requests (or commands) into his headpiece. As well as having to ‘build rapport quickly” with a range of people, Rob lists many other functions of the role of an event host. Time-keeping is a critical one, with this including “cueing people - so they are ready to go” and “getting performers both on and off-stage efficiently”. On this note, Rob recalls doing stage-interviews with Western Sydney Wanderers football players in a shopping venue which he describes as challenging as he had to manage sets of players both on and off the stage “and at both ends” at once - while at the same time tuning-in to the assembled mall crowd and responding accordingly. “I see myself as a conductor of sorts,” he said. “I do bring this to my role as an emcee. And I am organised, good at bringing calm to what can be a stressful situation.” One of Rob’s clients, Adam Farmer, of MG MY GATEWAY, attests to Rob’s conducting abilities while event-hosting in his comment: "Rob was the ultimate professional (emcee) - Great voice, was easy to work with, understood what we were about and kept the evening moving along." At times there is also a need for an emcee to “run interventions” or “fill in gaps” with appropriate improvisations (usually dialogue). Rob agreed and added: “I am able to quickly analyse a situation and take action fast. And I am quick-witted and energetic," which most certainly helps! Rob’s effectiveness in his many roles as an emcee has been amply demonstrated by the many years of “repeat custom” he has had as a professional event-host, including to high-end corporate events and to a wealth of other events around the country. Corporate realtor functions are one sector he enjoys catering to, with corporate Raine and Horne and Elders clients seeking him out in particular. Another annual event that Rob has hosted for several years and that is especially close to his heart is the Kids of Macarthur Health Foundation Ball -- which is a major fundraising event for the Children’s’ Ward of Campbelltown Hospital, a part of Sydney’s Westmead Children’s Hospital. Rob Doorey is Australia's premier emcee. Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Hobart, Perth, Adelaide, Darwin and everywhere in between. For more information visit YourMC Master of Ceremonies website or book Rob by calling +61 410 438 003. 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