The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-07-12T00:58:00Z Six month old Lola re-ignites energy and speech among people living with Dementia 2017-07-12T00:58:00Z six-month-old-lola-re-ignites-energy-and-speech-among-people-living-with-dementia-1 Morleen is 83 and living with dementia. She’s one of Feros Care’s residents at Bangalow Residential Village. She – like most people living with dementia – is often agitated and hard to understand. She appears to not be connected to what's happening around her, and is generally frustrated. Enter Shelly Fletcher, Feros Manager, and her six month old baby Lola. Shelly and Lola visit the residents at the village each week. Shelly said “As soon as Morleen sees Lola, her speech improves, her body is upright and she has an incredible maternal energy. Lola triggers fond memories for Morleen – probably as a mother and grandmother.” “I’m so pleased that Lola can spark such a noticeable change in people like Morleen. And it’s not just Morleen benefitting. Lola and I get a real kick out of visiting each week. I’d encourage other families to visit – the Village is a non-judgemental, calm and interactive place that is baby friendly.” Click on the below video to witness the difference 6-month old Lola makes to the life of Morleen who is living with dementia. Interviews Please let me know if you’d like to interview: Shelley Fletcher (mother of 6-month old Lola), and/or Jo Dwyer, Feros Village Bangalow Care Manager Feros Silver Foxes on graffiti tour 2017-07-05T23:46:24Z feros-silver-foxes-on-graffiti-tour Chatting with Davey (aka Teazer) at his Stay Gold Studio was inspiring for a bunch of very cool and Feros Care residents who visited recently. The brightly dressed seniors went to see the workings of the graffiti art workshop and hear about how Teazer got into the artform, its history and tagging. The Feros Silver Foxes (FSFs) visited Teazer’s Byron Bay studio after helping to reinvigorate the local ‘Surf Alley’, painting part of the town red (and other colours), as part of the recent Popped festival. Teazer explained that he thinks it’s a primal urge to want to leave your mark, your message, and FSF Nina Marzi, 96, agreed. “Not everybody can be an artist,” she said. “It’s the touch, the quality of the paint, what you want to convey in the painting; that’s the most important.” And Nina’s seen a painting or two throughout nearly 10 decades so who can argue with that? “I think it’s very clever, clever than I ever thought or realised,” Fran Boyle 86 said. Fran, Nina and the rest of the FSFs then hopped in a bus to see Teazer’s local wall graffiti art behind Mitre 10 near the old train tracks – not even on the wrong side (!) - where artists like him go to practice. Inspired by Teazer, and other artists work on the wall, the FSFs also let their mark and art with a flurry of spraying paint activity. Follow the FSFs on their visit and hear their inspired thoughts about the modern artform which back in the day was considered the realm of vandals. What would their mums and dads think of the FSFs now! Care to compare? 2017-06-27T05:18:59Z care-to-compare The latest healthcare revolution has begun with the launch of comparemycare.com.au, a new Australian website where consumers can find, and compare, local care service providers. Comparemycare.com.au offers an extensive list of residential aged care, home and child care providers, including disability and private carers, and is completely free for consumers. Founders David Jukes and Trent Dean maintain strict independence of the site to ensure consumers are able to make real comparisons when considering their personal care needs. “Comparemycare.com.au empowers consumers to take control of their care, and be in a better position when comparing services either on location, service availability, or price,” explained David. About Care Compare Our goal is to help consumers find, and compare, care services. As a wholly Australian-owned company, we offer an extensive list of local care providers for consumers to compare through our site comparemycare.com.au. Care Compare is an independent company, which allows consumers to make real comparisons to meet their personal care needs. For Further Media Information Contact: David Jukes (david.jukes@comparemycare.com.au) or Trent Dean (trent.dean@comparemycare.com.au) Nominate a deserving AusMumpreneur and show your support for Australian mums in business 2017-06-22T02:00:12Z nominate-a-deserving-ausmumpreneur-and-show-your-support-for-australian-mums-in-business The AusMumpreneur Conference and AusMumpreneur Awards are all about supporting Australian mums in business. This event provides a unique opportunity for women from all over Australia to come together to gain new skills, promote their business, connect with fellow mums in business, learn from leading business experts and celebrate the success of the best and brightest in the industry. Proudly presented by AusMumpreneur and The Women’s Business School, the AusMumpreneur Awards recognise the best and brightest in the Australian mumpreneur industry. The categories that will be judged are: AusMumpreneur of the Year Rising Star AusMumpreneur of the Year Emerging AusMumpreneur of the Year Regional Business Award Product Innovation Award Digital Innovation Award Sustainability Award Business Excellence Award AusMumpreneur Network Excellence Award Women’s Business School Excellence Award Global Brand Award Big Idea Award Making A Difference Award Retail Business Award Service Business Award Handmade Business Award The People's Choice Awards: Influencer Award Customer Service Award Making a Difference Award (Business) Making a Difference Award (Non-profit) Business owners or those who wish to nominate a mumpreneur, can go to: https://www.ausmumpreneur.com/ausmumpreneur-awards/ Nominations close on Friday the 30th of June 2017. Media Contact: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com 0481 369 484 Envigor Home Care supports Ipswich WWII survivor 2017-06-12T02:13:12Z envigor-home-care-supports-ipswich-wwii-survivor Doreen Rice, 82, hasn’t had an easy ride in life. At age five, she and her brother and sister were evacuated from their Chatham Kent, United Kingdom residence during WWII in order to keep them safe from the war. She speaks of making the trip to the train station with a gas mask over her shoulder, and a teddy bear in her hand. Four years of her life were then spent apart from her parents and siblings, only receiving bi-yearly visits from her mother, due to the difficulty and costs involved. Now a resident of Ipswich, Doreen recently made the change to Envigor Home Care in February 2017, after becoming restless with her previous provider. The change was made easy for her, thanks to the help of Envigor's Ipswich East Community Care Business Partner, Linda Marsden. During Doreen's initial consultation with Linda concerning the switch to Envigor, Doreen spoke highly of Linda’s questions about her lifestyle requirements and support needs. “Linda asked what I wanted and needed, she listened,” said Doreen. Happy with the level of personalised care, Doreen now feels like she’s in control of all the arrangements concerning her welfare. She feels comfortable giving directions to the caregivers who visit her home, and in turn has things done exactly the way she wants them. “The staff members are very polite and accommodating,” said Doreen. “Linda is so helpful, and such a cheerful lady. This experience has been a blessing, she’s so obliging and always has a smile on her face.” When asked about the difference between Envigor and her previous provider, Doreen commented on the level of common sense possessed by her current caregivers. “They clean what I need cleaned, when I need it cleaned. They’ve helped take down my lace curtains so I could wash them, then put them back up for me. Doreen was accepted in to nursing college at the age of 17, spending five years living at the college's on-site accommodation, adhering to the strict rules expected of students. In 1956, when Doreen was 22, she married her beloved husband, Norman Rice. Norman was a solider in the Royal Engineers, British Army. Doreen and Norman gave birth to a daughter and son, and moved to Australia in 1971 to continue their journey. Doreen’s husband sadly passed away in 2013, and life has been difficult without her life partner by her side. Currently Doreen is writing her memoirs and spends her time researching her family history, making cards, and following her passion of art. “I keep busy and I very much appreciate the support I receive from Envigor,” said Doreen. - ends -Joanne Rahn Director zanthii communications Phone: 0402 148 334 Email: joanne@zanthii.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/zanthiiau Buyer beware...the hidden (and not so hidden) traps of community aged care 2017-06-12T01:11:59Z buyer-beware-the-hidden-and-not-so-hidden-traps-of-community-aged-care The 27th of February 2017 saw the implementation of probably what is the most significant change to hit the community aged care sector since the Home and Community Care Act was first introduced in 1986.Back in 1986, the majority of community aged care was offered by service providers auspiced by frequently church based, not-for-profit organisations - many of which had been providing such services to their communities for a long time using funds obtained from charitable donations.The changes of 27th of February have been a long time coming, with many of the policies associated with these reforms first mooted as far back as 10 years ago.So why the fuss?In a nutshell, for the first time in the history of community aged care service provision, service providers are required to display a high level of transparency and accountability to consumers for the funds they spend on behalf of the consumer for the provision of home and community based care services.What used to be block funding provided directly to organisations is now notionally allocated to the consumer for use as the consumer sees fit, and to meet that person’s care needs.To almost add insult to injury for those providers who would prefer that nothing changed (privately, if not publicly), the consumer is no longer tied to a provider and beholden to that provider for their care services.In a move that has rocked the sector in terms of individual providers coming to terms with the implications of the changes, Home Care Packages now belong to the individual consumer, and can be moved as the consumer moves.Unspent client contributions must now be returned to that person (or their estate) when they exit a package. Historically, providers were entitled to keep these funds to expend as they saw fit, and not always on care either.There have been a number of media articles in recent weeks where the revised service arrangements for consumers have been criticised for being too complicated. These criticisms have been accompanied by reports claiming that some providers are charging anything up to $4000 in exit fees, and using bullying tactics to force people to continue to use them as their service provider. These articles are partly true, but quite significantly are lacking in the detail that consumers need in order to make an informed decision about their care.First of all, there has been commentary about the fees and charges associated with the administration of a home care package. Some of this commentary is accurate, with many providers charging in excess of 35% to a person’s package for services that do not include direct contact with the consumer, and can be considered an overhead cost for the provider. Many providers also charge other fees to consumers such as travel or trip fees, “service support” fees and fees to complete administrative tasks such as making phone calls and liaise with other providers, GPs etc.Secondly, there has been commentary about the charging of exit fees by providers should a consumer wish to transfer to another provider. Consumers should understand that this “exit fee” is only payable from the balance of the package held in trust for the consumer by the provider to cover what are called “contingencies” in regard to that person’s care needs.If the exit fee set by the organisation is higher than the amount of funding held in the package for contingencies, then the provider is entitled to receive these funds from the contingency fund. If insufficient funding is available in the package for payment of exit fees then the provider is only entitled to take that part of the balance that will cover the fees.Finally, there are the reports of bullying tactics being used by providers in an effort to stop people taking their package elsewhere. My advice to these providers is to stop these behaviours now. I heard this week of a person who was told by their carer that if they took their home care package to another provider, then their care staff will lose their jobs. This is not acceptable behaviour by a sector that purports to have the needs of older people front and centre in its thinking always.Similarly, stories abound at present of providers who agree to a person receiving services from them but the person concerned then has to wait some months to receive a service. This is not OK at any level.Consumers deserve the right to make decisions about their care to the capacity they are able; interference by others is likely to confuse the issue further.My advice to consumers is to do your homework and shop around. When you meet with a potential provider, take along your statements from your current provider, and as with any market driven service, ask the new provider to provide you with a quote for their services. You wouldn’t buy a washing machine, a car or a fridge without doing your homework; why would we assume that choosing a care provider shouldn’t be done with the same degree of caution.The more consumers become appropriately and accurately informed by what is possible from their care package, the stronger the community aged care service system will become. Informed consumers exist in all other aspects of life; it is time for this knowledge, and capacity to choose to infiltrate community care.Finally, if consumers are not happy with their current provider, then moving their Home Care Package to another provider is quite easy. Even in areas where workforce is a challenge, organisations that support their staff, pay them well and act as role models for the staff will flourish and prosper in a Consumer Directed Care service environment.Consumers should ask these questions of their provider and assure themselves that the care budget developed by the organisation is being used as was intended, and that relevant staff can be available to respond to questions in a timely manner.If the person still wants to move their package then the new provider should just complete some paperwork and as a provider, the process of registering someone on the system is quite easy.I know that much of the content for this article is a repeat of what has been previously made available to consumers and their families. However, the financial situation in which an older person finds themselves in regard to their Home Care Package is such that accountability and transparency by the provider with the funds in a package is essential in a market driven service sector.Similarly, if a provider does not provide a consumer with a budget for their care plan that describes in detail all the expected income and expenditure and/or if the consumer is not provided with a monthly statement, and if line items on the statement contain service types that are unclear, then that consumer should first discuss their concerns with the provider.If the provider does not address the concerns of the consumer, then it is likely that they are not as serious about Consumer Directed Care as they pretend to be, and the consumer should be looking for another provider.-ends-________________________________________________________________Tracey Silvester is an expert in the area of home care and Consumer Directed Care in Australia, with more than 25 years experience in senior positions in Queensland Health as a consultant to the community and aged care sectors, not-for-profit organisations and private aged care. She is a Registered Nurse, and holds a Bachelor of Science, and a Master of Health Management. Tracey is also an Associate Fellow of the Australian College of Health Services Management.Here is a link to Tracey's six-minute interview with ABC24 during the live national news bulletin on the 27th of February, 2017 discussing Consumer Directed Care (the day changes to CDC were introduced): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpCLx2Fo7eQ&feature=em-upload_ownerJoanne RahnDirectorzanthii communicationsPhone: 0402 148 334Email: joanne@zanthii.comFacebook: http://www.facebook.com/zanthiiau Cremation Jewellery - Available in Gold or Silver 2017-06-07T08:31:17Z cremation-jewellery-available-in-gold-or-silver We now have a piece of Cremation jewellery in Gold or Silver Due to strong demand we have now sourced a lovely heart which takes ashes for cremation jewellery.  The heart is a very smallish type piece in stainless steel so very strong and resilient for all climate types.  It takes a small amount of ashes, but does not appear to be a cremation jewellery piece.  It just looks very stylish, so does'nt clearly stand out as containing your loved ones ashes.  Many pieces we where shown clearly where cremation ashes pieces, hence we were asked to source a piece.  We are able to engrave peoples names and dates on the piece adding to it being a personalised keepsake.  We also wanted it be very strong and suitable for all climates , so we went with stainless steel jewellery. Definition of a keepsake https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/keepsake These keepsakes are very important to our clients as they contain a small amount of ashes of their loved one, and also look like a stylish piece of jewellery that can be worn on a daily basis.  It does not stand out as being a piece containing ashes jewellery, which is a good thing, as that is what most of our clients have asked for. To find our more simply call us on 0415278817 or email us on info@memorykeepsakes.com.au www.memorykeepsakes.com.au Aruba helps organisations track valuable assets 2017-06-06T23:22:19Z aruba-helps-organisations-track-valuable-assets New BLE-powered Aruba Tags, Aruba Access Points and Meridian Software Eliminate Loss of Valuable Assets and Automate Inventory Management; Expanded Ecosystem Enables Broad Adoption Across Industries  Sydney – June 7, 2017 – Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, today announced a new addition to its location-based services portfolio that helps organisations easily track valued assets, resulting in improved organisational efficiency, and lower capital and operational costs associated with misplaced assets. The Aruba asset tracking solution is fully integrated into the Aruba wireless infrastructure enabling simplified, fully integrated deployments at dramatically reduced costs.   Organisations worldwide lose millions of dollars every year on high-value items and inventory that are either misplaced, lost or stolen. Furthermore, employees and customers suffer from lost productivity and poor experiences. These challenges are particularly prevalent in industries like healthcare, where items such as IV pumps and heart defibrillators, are easily misplaced, resulting in 25 percent of hospital staff’s time wasted looking for these assets1  and negatively impacting quality of care. In retail and warehousing, items that can’t be located quickly mean wasted time for employees, delayed order fulfillment for customers and often, a loss of revenue for the retailer.   Aruba General Manager, South Pacific, Anthony Smith, said, “Aruba asset tracking addresses these challenges with a solution that is integrated into the Aruba Wi-Fi infrastructure eliminating the need for a separate network. Organizations also gain the benefits of accurate tracking of important items using either an intuitive, map-based mobile app or by integrating with organizations’ existing tracking solutions.”   The solution includes the following components: Advancements to ArubaOS and Aruba APs: This new software allows Aruba BLE-enabled Access Points and Sensors to act as asset tag “observers,” creating a sensory network that provides added value to organisations with existing Aruba wireless infrastructure. In essence, it allows their Wi-Fi infrastructure to double as an asset tracking network. New Aruba Tags:  Cost-effective Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) – enabled tags are slightly larger than a quarter, making them ideal for items that range in size from IV pumps in a healthcare setting to pallets of goods in a warehouse. The tags are designed to meet stringent environmental requirements and come with multiple attachment options. Asset Tag Configuration App: Aruba’s configuration app makes set-up and ongoing management of the tags simple. Assets can be designated with names, photos and optional IDs so that like assets can be searched for easily. Changes can be performed quickly, near the assets, and all data is automatically saved in a central cloud database. New features for the Aruba Meridian AppMaker: Organisations can now create their own asset tracking app for iOS or Android with the Meridian AppMaker. The AppMaker provides a new SDK and APIs for seamless third-party integration and custom use cases.  Partner Ecosystem Enables Broad Adoption Across Industries Key to the success of Aruba’s existing location-based services and Mobile Engagement portfolio has been the Meridian Engage Partner Program. Customers have leveraged app developers to integrate and build value-added mobile apps for iOS and Android that are used with the Meridian Mobile App Platform and Aruba Mobile Engagement portfolio. Aruba is extending this program to include asset tracking, as well as opening the program to new partners in a variety of industries across healthcare, retail, warehousing and numerous other verticals.   Continuing its investment in the Intelligent Edge, Aruba also introduced its 8400 Core Switch at HPE Discover.  The 8400 Core Switch is a new core aggregation switch that delivers the performance, power, automation and troubleshooting capabilities necessary to address the challenges of mobility, cloud and IoT inherent in networks today.  The announcement of the 8400 Core Switch in conjunction with its asset tracking solution demonstrates Aruba’s ongoing commitment to bring innovation to organisations.  HPE PointnextAruba Meridian Services from HPE Pointnext provide customers and partners worldwide with the expertise needed to take advantage of location-based services to engage with mobile users in any organisation or public-facing venue. These services can help augment customer IT and Aruba partner teams to provide the capabilities needed for the design and development of mobile applications with the Meridian platform.  Availability Aruba asset tracking solution is available now.   ENDS  About Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, is a leading provider of next-generation networking solutions for enterprises of all sizes worldwide. The company delivers IT solutions that empower organisations to serve the latest generation of mobile-savvy users who rely on cloud-based business apps for every aspect of their work and personal lives.   To learn more, visit Aruba at http://www.arubanetworks.com. For real-time news updates follow Aruba on Twitter and Facebook, and for the latest technical discussions on mobility and Aruba products visit Airheads Social at http://community.arubanetworks.com.  For more information, please contact:  Sarah Bullen OR Duyen Nguyen at DEC PR +61 2 8014 5033 and Aruba@decpr.com.au  Customer Quotes   “The Aruba asset tracking solution has the potential to help VMI save significant man-hours and reduce the overall costs associated with locating and tracking our vehicles during their 48 stages of production” said Michael Kell, Director of IT for Vantage Mobility International (VMI), a supplier of wheelchair-accessible vans. “Additionally, with up to 2,000 vehicles on our site at any given time, the manual process of identifying and locating a specific vehicle when needed for audit, or tracking one during a particular stage of production, is time-consuming and inefficient. With the Aruba asset tracking solution, we hope to automate this process and create new efficiencies for our staff as well as speed delivery of vehicles to our customers.”  Ecosystem Partner Quotes   As a leading venue technology company, VenueNext, provides healthcare companies with better operational awareness and efficiency via location and mobile experiences. “Our customers have been asking for an asset tracking solution that delivers visibility for critical assets with location accuracy, while also integrating with our existing application platform,” said Scott Rehling, Vice President Strategic Channels, VenueNext. “By leveraging Aruba’s asset tracking solution we can provide the added functionality requested by utilizing customers’ Wi-Fi and beacon infrastructure, resulting in operational efficiencies.”   Emerge is a digital experience agency that leverages world-class user-centered design and custom application development to quickly solve complex challenges and address untapped opportunities. “With the addition of asset tracking capabilities to the Aruba Mobile Engagement platform we can now offer our customers an innovative tool to use their mobile applications to increase productivity and customer experience in their facilities,” said Julian Pscheid, Chief Technology Officer of Emerge Interactive. “Whether by providing front-line employees instant visibility into critical equipment location, connecting real-time asset locations to Meridian indoor turn-by-turn navigation and personalized push-notifications, or integrating location data with legacy systems, we look forward to incorporating Aruba’s asset tracking solution into our customers’ enterprise ecosystems.  Raizlabs designs and builds world-class iOS, Android, and Web apps for startups and big brands. “Our team is constantly exploring new and emergent technologies in an effort to deliver the best possible solutions to leading competitive enterprises,” said Jason Petralia, President of Raizlabs. “As a part of this ongoing exploration, we've realized the growing need for a complete asset tracking solution and are excited about Aruba's technology advancements and commitment to a full-featured and robust solution.”  Channel Partner Quotes   “As a leading IT solutions provider, we are continuously looking for ways to expand our offerings to better support clients’ evolving needs,” said Chris Saso, CTO, Dasher Technologies, Inc. “Aruba’s new asset tracking solution helps solve the issues that plagued the healthcare and retail industry by allowing them to leverage their Wi-Fi infrastructure for the tracking of physical assets. This allows us to engage with new stakeholders within our accounts and extend the value of our architecture and services expertise.”   Serving over 1,000 clients in a dozen different industries, Matrix Integration is focused on helping clients achieve their goals through the use of technology. “There has always been an existing operational need for organizations to track the movement of valued assets. However, most organizations consider adding a completely separate asset tracking infrastructure as too costly while adding additional operational burden,” said James Aldridge, VP, Technology, Matrix. “By using an existing Aruba wireless infrastructure, Aruba solves these customer problems by delivering the only asset tracking solution that doesn’t require another network overlay, resulting in an easy-to-manage mobile solution with fast ROI.”   Show off your Bold at Cooly Rocks On 2017-06-06T03:01:32Z show-off-your-bold-at-cooly-rocks-on Maybe you’ve always wanted to get a tatt but were a bit unsure. Well here’s your chance to be bold and strut your retro stuff, and leave your mark on Cooly, but not on your skin! Following Feros Care’s fantastically successful tattoo competition at Cooly Rocks OnTM festival last year, we’re doing it again with $1000 cash to be won! 2017 is the third year in a row that silver sponsor Feros Care has supported the rock ‘n roll revival festival and we’ll be giving away Grow Bold tattoos to people of all ages to stick on. To enter this year’s Grow Bold Tattoo Comp, all you need to do is get a photo of yourself being bold, showing off the tatt. Then upload your pic to Feros Care’s Facebook page on the website www.feroscare.com.au/boldtattoo by 5pm on 12 June along with the hashtag #GrowBold and you’ll be in the running to win the $1000 that’s up for grabs. What could be easier or more fun? Everyone’s excited about the Cooly Rocks OnTM festival that’s on from 7-11 June, and it just seems to get bigger and better each year! “With more than 100,000 people expected to attend the cross-generational event, Cooly Rocks OnTM is the perfect platform to spread the word about ageing boldly,” Feros Care CEO Jennene Buckley said. “We love being part of the local community and what better way for locals to show their attitude to getting older than with a Grow Bold tattoo? “The festival is full of retro fun and brings together the young and the young at heart. It absolutely captures Feros Care’s ethos to be bold!” When you’re at the festival, look out for our roller skaters who will also be handing out the Grow Bold tattoos. Or you can come down to the Feros Care retro caravan, say hello and get your free tatt there. We can even help you upload your photo for the competition if you can’t do it yourself! During Cooly Rocks OnTM, more photo fun can be had in the park opposite Cooly Pub where Feros Care has installed a life-sized mural of a group of rock ’n rollers with a vintage car that you can pop your head through for a retro-style fun pic. Talking about retro pics, congratulations go to our #Ferosflashback competition winner Heather Hickey who won a Cooly Rocks OnTM festival prize pack for entering a 1964 photo of her siblings in their matching knitted jumpers out for a Sunday drive. Treasured memories of a loved one. 2017-06-01T10:56:16Z treasured-memories-of-a-loved-one Create your own Memorial Jewellery keepsakes When somebody you love becomes a memory the memory becomes a treasure    This is so true.  We see it on a regular basis. Memorial jewellery pieces are one of our popular selling pieces.  Many people come up to our display and explain they have lost someone very dear to them, and they miss them terribly.  They love our keepsakes as we take their photo and photo engrave it into a piece they can select.  Many of our clients wear their pieces all the time as they feel  the comfort that that person is with them all the time.  Our clients are very generous with their stories and regularly pop in and say hello.  I feel like they have become part of our extended family. I even have a few clients that wake up in the morning and kiss their piece good morning every morning and evening.  It is like the necklace is that person and they feel that they are with them on a regular basis providing huge amounts of comfort. I had one particular client who I saw regularly, and she would always say hello.  She had her late husband photo engraved onto one of our pieces.  It provided her with great comfort and people would come up to her piece and say hello to her late husband.  I am sure that piece is worn always with love. Too see more www.memorykeepsakes.com.au Wavelength International listed in the Best SMEs to Work Asia 2017 2017-05-30T05:21:58Z wavelength-international-listed-in-the-best-smes-to-work-asia-2017 Wavelength International has made the prestigious Best Places to Work Asia 2017, one of only 3 Australian businesses to make the top 10 of the small and medium workplaces list. The Best Places to Work Australia Study is one of the world’s most comprehensive independent studies of workplace culture by global research and consulting firm Great Place to Work – More than 1,400 companies participated in national list studies in the 9 Asia-region countries where Great Place to Work® is represented. Wavelength shot into the top 10 this year, placing 9th in the top 25 Best Places to Work (20-500) employees. It is an impressive achievement, especially in an industry renowned for its high pressure work environments and high staff turnover. “It just goes to show you can be a successful high performance business by embracing a generous and supportive culture,” says Chris Riley, Wavelength’s CEO. “Just by walking through the door, you immediately sense Wavelength is a happy, motivated and engaged place to work. In my experience in this industry our workplace culture is quite unique: everyone cares passionately about the business and working collaboratively as a team." With over 75 employees, Wavelength is Australia’s largest and most successful medical recruitment agency. The company offers a range of employee benefits including: Flexible and family friendly working hours, Free breakfast Fitness classes A creative, casual and fun working environment i Monetary incentives linked with productivity and performance against key goals. Additional information Specific highlights that have made Wavelength a great place to work include: · A generous remuneration and commission scheme renowned for being extremely market competitive. Wavelength is also committed to making salary packages consistent and fair across the organisation. Employees in all roles are recognised and rewarded for outstanding performance. Individual goals created for all employees quarterly which are part of their performance criteria. Managers regularly meet with team members to provide feedback and coach them to be even better in their role. An internal mentoring program which enable employees to discover and develop their talents. · A real commitment to work life balance with a broad range of flexible full-time, part-time and job share work patterns in place. Employees can work flexibly between 7am and 7pm and have the opportunity to work from home one day a week. Wavelength also offers an additional five days of annual leave once an employee has completed four years’ continuous employment. A generous paid parental leave program and flexibility when it comes to extended leave for weddings and overseas trips. · Inspiring values of excellence, ingenuity, integrity and heart incorporated into all business processes, policies and communications. · A bright, fresh, modern and open workspace to encourage a positive working environment and work life balance. There are showers, great training facilities and plenty of room for regular health and fitness sessions. Breakfast, drinks and healthy snacks are all provided daily for all employees. · A love for celebrations – birthdays, anniversaries, individual and company achievements. · An internal social networking platform to foster a modern culture of openness and transparency. · Quarterly employee briefings to share information, business goals, successes, challenges and new initiatives. A commitment to the health sector both in Australia and overseas. Wavelength actively donates and fundraises for the Fred Hollows Foundation and Médecins Sans Frontières. The company also sponsors indigenous medical students and encourages employees to participate in other charitable events throughout the year. ### About Wavelength International Wavelength International
is Australia’s largest medical recruitment company, offering local and international candidate resourcing, medical registration and immigration services for medical professionals and healthcare employers. Based in Sydney, we work with over 300 hospitals, clinics and general practices across Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. About Great Place to Work Inc Great Place to Work Inc, is a global research and consulting firm specialising in workplace excellence and development of high-trust and high-engagement workplace cultures. Our proprietary research tool, the Trust Index Employee Engagement Survey, is taken annually by over 10 million employees worldwide. Leading companies worldwide use our model to increase the levels of trust across their organisations and drive business results. For further information, please contact: Deanna Daly Marketing Executive, Wavelength International Tel: 02 8353 9032 Email: ddaly@wave.com.au www.wave.com.au www.wavies.com.au Foxes pop up in Byron’s Surf Alley 2017-05-18T01:45:23Z foxes-pop-up-in-byron-s-surf-alley Move over Banksy, Byron Bay has witnessed some Feros Silver Foxes (FSFs) painting the town red - and any other colour they chose - ahead of the Byron Bay Popped laneway event. The residents’ of local care provider, Feros Care, were found in Byron’s ‘Surf Alley’ with spray cans in hand. Surfers will tell you there’s always been a link between art and ideas – and of course surfing! It’s a concept Feros Care very much understands as an innovative and bold provider of care services in the Byron Bay area. Feros is a major partner of Popped, a public space and creative activation program incorporating arts and surf culture, well-being and community inclusiveness. Jennene Buckley, Feros Care CEO, says, “Our residential villages are close to the water and have strong ties with the local arts and surfing culture, going right back to when Feros Care was started in Byron Bay over 25 years ago.” Jo Dwyer is the Care Manager of Feros Village Bangalow and believes Live Ideas is a great project. “We have a famous surfer’s mother living here in Bangalow - Grace Menzcer, whose daughter Pauline was women’s world champion in 1993,” Jo says. “Pauline Menzcer also won the 1988 women's amateur world title and WQS champion in 2002. Grace’s daughter still lives in Byron Bay, near her mum, and has been competing for more than 20 years.” Fun fact: Pauline won 20 WCT events and eight WQS events. Only Layne Beachley has won more. Grescha Brewer, Care Manager of Feros Village Byron Bay said she was “stoked” Feros Care is involved in Popped. “It’s quite special as we have a local surfer living at the village who is quite shy, but would be pretty chuffed by Feros being involved in this community project. And, not to mention some of our own die-hard surfing staff!” All residents are keenly anticipating their own graffiti workshop in two weeks’ time. Photos: LEFT - Jilli Richardson said “such beautiful colour and expression. Art is what makes life joyful – and it’s best where everyone can see it – like this alley. I normally create art with a paint brush, so a spray was pretty bold!” RIGHT - Some of the Feros Village Byron Bay residents who participated. Volunteers contribute around 750 million hours to Australian communities each year 2017-05-08T01:10:00Z volunteers-contribute-around-750-million-hours-to-australian-communities-each-year With National Volunteer Week upon us from 8-14 May, aged care provider Feros Care says there’s no better time to talk about the incredible contribution volunteers make to society. Volunteers are extraordinary people, they’re compassionate individuals who genuinely care and want to help make a difference to the lives of those around them. In fact, Australians are very generous in helping out others, with the most recent figures (2014) from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) showing that more than a third of Australia’s population aged 15 and over volunteer in some capacity. That’s 5.8 million people or 31% of the population! Over a 12-month period, voluntary work equalled 743 million hours contributed to the community, according to the ABS. That’s an enormous amount of selfless, unpaid work by wonderful people that give their time and energy to keeping the wheels of society turning, Feros Care Jennene Buckley says. “Feros Care understands the value of volunteers, with so many extraordinary people helping out in various roles,” Jennene says. “Volunteers are compassionate people, who genuinely care and want to help make a difference to the lives of those around them. In the last financial year, we had 129 active volunteers in the community and our residential villages, which is fantastic.” Volunteering Australia says there is a “strong correlation between the well-being, happiness, health and longevity” of people who are emotionally kind and compassionate in their charitable helping activities and that the experience of helping others provides meaning and a sense of self-worth. A prime example of one of these extraordinary individuals is Feros Care volunteer bus driver, Brian King, who is reaping the personal rewards of giving back to the community. Brian King, Feros Volunteer “I have lived on the Gold Coast for over 30 odd years and got a lot out of life here and thought it was time to give back. I never expected to get such a hell of a kick out it … it exceeded my expectations,” Brian says. “It’s so enjoyable – it’s giving back to the community, that’s for sure. The interaction I have with the people is fantastic. I love seeing the interaction benefit them and others – it makes for a great day out for everyone.” Feros Care is always seeking enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers who are interested in bringing laughter, meaningful companionship and support to seniors in the community or in our residential villages - and if you’ve only got an hour a week to spare, that’s fine. Our volunteers engage with clients through a diverse range of activities depending on the clients’ needs, interests and hobbies. Drawing upon the volunteers own experiences and passions this could include traditional activities such as social outings, arts and crafts, transport and gardening, or the more innovative interaction using technology to create digital life storybooks or host virtual meet-ups. So get in touch with Feros Care to see where your valuable contribution can benefit others - and yourself! Phone 1300 085 181 for community volunteering or 1300 763 583 to volunteer in one of our residential villages. You can also find more information on volunteering for Feros Care at www.feroscare.com.au/volunteering. World Ovarian Cancer Day: Australia’s only Phase 1 ovarian cancer drug trial recruiting patients 2017-05-07T22:14:01Z world-ovarian-cancer-day-australia-s-only-phase-1-ovarian-cancer-drug-trial-recruiting-patients The only Phase I clinical trial of an ovarian cancer drug in Australia right now is still recruiting participants. The drug under trial, Cantrixil, is believed to be active against difficult-to-target cancer stem cells that are resistant to chemotherapy and lead to cancer recurrence. Three Australian hospitals are participating in the trial – Flinders Medical Centre in South Australia, Westmead Hospital in Sydney, and Icon Cancer Care in South Brisbane – along with three US hospitals. Cantrixil is being developed by listed Australian biotech company, Novogen Ltd (ASX: NRT). The phase 1 trial began in December 2016 and outcomes are expected in early 2018. World Ovarian Cancer Day is May 8. Ovarian cancer is the seventh most common cancer in women and has the lowest survival rate of any women’s cancer. It affects about one in 100 women worldwide, with about 240,000 new cases each year, and around 1,550 women expected to be diagnosed in Australia this year.  “Existing chemotherapy is only curative for about 20 percent of patients,” said Novogen CEO Dr James Garner.  “That Cantrixil has the potential to target and kill cancer stem cells remaining in the body after chemotherapy could lead to a significantly more effective treatment for sufferers. “Although most of the work on Cantrixil to date has focused on ovarian cancer, it’s not out of the question that it could be effective for other cancers.” The Cantrixil trial is being led by Associate Professor Dr Jim Coward, a medical oncologist and Associate Professor of Medicine at UQ School of Medicine and Mater Research, TRI, and based at Icon Cancer Care. Women interested in participating should discuss the Cantrixil trial with their oncologist.    More about Novogen and Cantrixil: http://www.novogen.com/researchpipeline/cantrixil ***END***   Media contact: Ilona Marchetta, ilona@irdepartment.com.au, 0416 156 136 Home care recipients urged to be aware of excessive and hidden fees 2017-04-19T05:37:11Z home-care-recipients-urged-to-be-aware-of-excessive-and-hidden-fees Exorbitant and hidden administration fees may still be rife within the home care industry, as misleading providers fail to issue statements despite the introduction of the Consumer Directed Care (CDC) legislation.   Even clients who receive statements are being urged to take a closer look, with administration charges being dressed up as line items that may appear to be services, but instead are efforts to reduce transparency between the provider and care recipient.   “Now is a great time for consumers and their families to be closely examining their statements and to fully understand how their package funds are being spent,” explained Envigor Home Care’s Executive Manager, Tracey Silvester. “If they aren’t sure what a description means or it seems they have received a service but can’t remember what that service was, then they should ask for clarification.”   Labelling hidden administrative costs as “service support” or “advice and guidance” are tactics that home care providers may use to give the appearance of services rendered to the client.   “Some people have also been charged for emails and phone calls the provider sends and makes on their behalf. It is our view that these charges are included in the case management charge, and separating them out is effectively double dipping,” said Ms Silvester.   Offering a free consultation to anyone who feels they are paying too much, Envigor Home Care caps their administration fees at 10 per cent, leaving extra funding to be spent on services such as personal care, meal preparation, shopping assistance and transportation to appointments.    The bundling together of administration costs, along with consumables and equipment on their statements, may be another area where recipients of care are being slogged with unnecessary and exorbitant charges.   “Care recipients also need to be on the look out for charges that vary from month-to-month, especially those in the area of ‘indirect service delivery’,” elaborates Ms Silvester.   “Similarly, many providers charge for travel time to a package, up to $20 a visit in some circumstances.”   While providers are entitled to charge for their travel time, they may also easily use more efficient scheduling practices to prevent their staff from driving so far between appointments.   “If clients are not happy with their current provider they can either move their entire package to a new provider, or ask their current provider to contract their service provision to another provider.”   Should clients still be unhappy with the outcome offered by their home care provider, a Government run Aged Care complaints service exists to aid and help care recipients take control of where their money is going.   With the introduction of CDC promising to provide more flexibility and control to recipients of home care, excessive administration fees may undermine this initiative, and take advantage of the vulnerable.   Envigor Home Care prides itself on being highly-transparent and accountable, with the introduction of CDC prompting the provider to closely review costs, and determine that they could cap their fees at 10 per cent, leaving their clients with peace of mind.   “Clients have a right to understand where their funds are being spent,” said Ms Silvester.   “At Envigor, we offer truly personalised care and work closely with clients and their families to make sure they get the services they need, and that they get the best value for money from their Government funded care packages.” For more information www.envigor.com.au or call 1300 368 446 -ENDS-