The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-03-27T03:37:15Z Sunoptics Surgical TITAN HD Video Documentation System Provides HD Video 2020-03-27T03:37:15Z sunoptics-surgical-titan-hd-video-documentation-system-provides-hd-video The TITAN SDS is an all in one recording and display device. Interaction with the system is via a set of touch screen controls on front panel of the console. The controls may be used to enter patient information, hospital information, procedure and surgeon information. The Touch Screen controls are also used to control functions such as “record video”, “stop recording video”, “record a still picture”, “playback”, and “print stills”. The icons are also used for various administrative functions and for downloading video to an external storage media such as USB memory stick or USB hard drive.”  The resolution enables the visualisation and recording of sub-millimetre size structures. A 2x electronic zoom can be displayed without any apparent loss in resolution. The progressive scan technology virtually eliminates video smearing. The aspect ratio will bring the surgical instruments, surgical site and surgeon’s hands into the video giving observers a better teaching perspective of the procedure.   The video is the most descriptive technique for displaying the actual procedure enabling better and more efficient teaching of medical students and residents. The tablet is the most flexible device for entry of patient information. It also allows for easy management of stills and recorded videos by creating the means to share by email, network or USB.  Sunoptics Surgical TITAN HD Video Documentation System is designed to provide the surgical team with the brightest light and the means of viewing high definition video in the operating room during surgical procedures. The use of the system allows the entire operating team to view exactly what the surgeon is doing and anticipate the next step in the procedure making the entire team more efficient.  For more information:  InterSystems helps St Vincent's Pathology, Austech Medical Laboratories and Goulburn Valley Health gear up for COVID-19 testing 2020-03-27T02:11:33Z intersystems-helps-st-vincents-pathology-austech-medical-laboratories-and-goulburn-valley-health-gear-up-for-covid-19-testing Sydney, Australia, March 27, 2020 – InterSystems, a creative data technology provider dedicated to helping customers solve the most critical scalability, interoperability, and speed problems, has responded to requests from five Australian clinical laboratories gearing up to deal with COVID-19, including St Vincent’s Pathology Service, Austech Medical Laboratories, and Goulburn Valley Health Pathology. All five laboratories ordered PCR analyser machines – normally used to test for viruses like influenza – to increase their COVID-19 testing capacity and deal with the current crisis. Each of the labs asked InterSystems to provide customised digital interfaces to their InterSystems TrakCare laboratory information systems. The interfaces were delivered in 24-48 hours and before the new machines arrived. The TrakCare interfaces reduce data entry and ensure that each laboratory’s testing rules and protocols are followed. They also enable test results to be available immediately once completed by delivering them electronically to clinicians. By integrating the new tests within each of the laboratory’s normal workflows, turnaround times can be kept to a minimum, improving the responsiveness of the healthcare system in dealing with the coronavirus. “We were prepared in early February for higher testing volumes. This included the procurement of a rapid PCR analyser which will provide our Emergency Department with a one-hour turnaround time for patients presenting with suspected COVID-19,” said Greg Granger, Chief of Operations of St Vincent’s Pathology Service (SydPath) in Sydney. “InterSystems delivered an interface for the new machine within one day, an extraordinary result, bringing the instrument online as soon as it came through the door.” “We went from doing zero to 500 tests per day, with a same day turnaround time, in the space of a couple of days,” said Nadeem Khaliq, Managing Director of Austech Medical Laboratories, which caters to clinicians from all over the greater Sydney region. “We ordered the machine, requested the interface from InterSystems, and it was delivered within a couple of hours. The machine came within two days. The responsiveness of InterSystems was fantastic and was part of a great team effort.” Mohsen Bilal, head of Austech’s PCR section, is directly involved in the testing for COVID-19. According to Bilal, the interface provided by InterSystems has decreased result entry turnaround time and has proven to be an accurate and reliable method that allows the test results to be instantly accessible to the clinicians. Austech Medical Laboratories is finalising a specialised PCR Laboratory to accommodate two new PCR analysers, expected in a week’s time, to cater for even higher volumes and shorter turnaround times. “This will increase our capacity to provide services that ease the pressure on public hospitals, other laboratories, and nursing homes with vulnerable elderly patients,” said Khaliq. “It will also allow us to dedicate more resources to non-English speaking individuals in the community who require extra assistance, including home visits for patients who are unable to attend a doctors surgery or medical centre.” Doing COVID-19 tests in-house, rather than referring them to labs two and a half hours away in Melbourne, will improve turnaround times, according to Jeremy Fowler, Information Systems Officer for Goulburn Valley Health in regional Victoria. “I opened the support ticket mid-morning and we had the interface from InterSystems in the test system by that afternoon,” said Fowler. “It is certainly going to make a big difference in the lab. The scientists can do their jobs rather than entering test details and transcribing results from the instrument.” “We are humbled by the efforts of our customers doing a tremendous job in the front line of the fight against COVID-19,” said Luciano Brustia, Regional Managing Director, Asia Pacific at InterSystems. “InterSystems is proud to be helping SydPath, Austech Medical Laboratories, Goulburn Valley Health Pathology and other clinical laboratories, and we will continue making additional resources available to customers dealing with the pandemic.” InterSystems was able to turn around the requests quickly because of its strong expertise in providing interoperability solutions to healthcare organisations globally. Digital interfaces between different healthcare information systems and devices are a core component of the InterSystems IRIS for Health healthcare data platform on which most of the company’s products are built. Interoperability capabilities are built into both the InterSystems HealthShare unified health record and the InterSystems TrakCare healthcare information system. TrakCare’s laboratory functionality is available within the unified system and as a standalone solution and is widely deployed throughout the world and regionally within Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia and China. In February InterSystems provided functionality for customers around the world to screen for COVID-19 and manage infected patients within the latest edition of the TrakCare. InterSystems has also taken steps to protect the health and well-being of employees to ensure it can continue to provide customers with the support they need. About InterSystems InterSystems is the engine behind the world’s most important applications. In healthcare, finance, government, and other sectors where lives and livelihoods are at stake, InterSystems is the power behind what mattersTM. Founded in 1978, InterSystems is a privately held company headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts (USA), with offices worldwide, and its software products are used daily by millions of people in more than 80 countries. For more information, visit Laboratory testing assistance for companies creating new sanitiser products 2020-03-25T00:36:11Z laboratory-testing-assistance-for-companies-creating-new-sanitiser-products Antimicrobial testing support - Mérieux NutriSciences Australia   The Coronavirus COVID19 has hit Australia hard and fast, with the most up-to-date advice centering around social distancing and strict sanitising as some of the most effective ways to curb the outbreak. “Here at Mérieux NutriSciences Australia, we have been working with clients for decades to test their disinfectant and antimicrobial products for efficacy.  We pride ourselves on timely and accurate test results, utilising state of the art equipment and methods.” Glenn Sparke, managing director said earlier today. “Our company mission has always been to protect consumers’ health by preventing health risks related to food and more generally to the use of everyday consumer products.  In these times of crisis, food & pharmaceutical products remain essentials and it is our duty to ensure their absolute safety and quality.     We have been concerned to hear of the recent shortage of sanitising products, not only on the supermarket shelves, but also within business and hospital and health care settings.  Not only is this a short term concern now, but long term habits will be changed and formed, and sanitisation products will become an essential and integral item in all areas of society like they never have before. Therefore, effective immediately, we have reviewed our scheduling to ensure that all requests that come through requiring testing of sanitation products will be prioritised to ensure fast results back to manufacturers.  We want to do our part to support these manufacturers to meet demand, and we believe shifting our focus to prioritise the relevant tests is vital in streamlining the supply chain process. I’m sure there will also be many companies moving into this area as a new product line of their business, and therefore we are here to support them to understand Australian regulations and what they need to comply with before selling products. ” Glenn and his staff are committed to supporting the sanitation goods industry to ensure adequate and safe supply to Australia for the long term.  ___________________________________________________________________________ For more information or a quotation on services we can assist you with, contact our friendly sales team at, or 1300 000 990.     About Mérieux NutriSciences: As part of Institut Mérieux, Mérieux NutriSciences is dedicated to protecting consumers’ health throughout the world, by delivering a wide range of testing and consulting services to the food & nutrition, agrochemicals, environmental, pharma and cosmetics industries.             ENDS                                                                                                                                       NDIS Service Providers Respond to the NDIS Corona COVID-19 Virus Strategies and Risks to Vulnerable Australians with Disability Nation Wide 2020-03-23T05:16:10Z ndis-service-providers-respond-to-the-ndis-corona-covid-19-virus-strategies-and-risks-to-vulnerable-australians-with-disability-nation-wide Open Letter to the Hon Stuart Robert MP Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme Minister for Government Services   The recent announcement of NDIS strategies to support Service Providers and Participants during the Corona Virus Pandemic is a great start but I believe it is currently missing some significant critical issues and immediate risks to a range of agencies and stakeholders.   Service Providers that provide 24 hour Supported Independent Living (SIL) service options to participants with complex disability support needs cannot cease services abruptly and must manage and sustain operations. This may also involve additional service delivery when Participants may not be able to attend day programs and community access events. The Participants in these settings need these reasonable and necessarily levels of support, hence why they are funded for them. Should these service settings have to cease abruptly, due to a chronic lack of staffing options, when staff become unwell or the participant becomes unwell, the result will be an unsustainable impact on emergency services, hospitals and informal supports. This is a real and catastrophic possibility looming, especially for complex and high intensity service settings, where 1:1 support is required. Hospitals may be the only options for many of these Participants should this scenario unfold. SIL service options appear to have been excluded from most of the strategies put forward, however, they are the most complex and high risk of settings that must have continuity planning and support from your agency, due the immediate risk and impact on other agencies should the situation escalate.   A pay day advance or loan for Service Providers puts off the financial impact but still appears to expect Service Providers to somehow self-fund the potential disaster relief this extraordinary event is creating in our Disability Service Sector. Services do not have the capacity to support casual staff off sick and engage agency staff and additional operational staff at this level. By offering a loan or pay advance option you enable a scenario where Providers will create debts that many may not be able to repay, as they do everything in their power to continue providing supports to an extremely vulnerable population. Regardless of paying for it now or later, it’s an expense that is above and beyond the extreme reality of this current scenario.   Please do not consider these debt creation options only. With an underspend in the NDIS rollout previously and other non-essential grant programs that may be utilized, I would like you to consider grant options, loading options (inclusive of SIL), one off or ongoing payments per rata to provide support for Service Providers so that they can ensure continuity. Additional supports and funding will be required, not a debt creation strategy only.   I call on you to liaise with the Australian Tax Office and secure further tax credits and relief for payroll expenses for Service Providers immediately. I would also like to see the Department of Health partner with your agency to look at the impact on Health Care Services should providers not be able to manage and Participants with complex needs be left with no other options than Hospital admission. Given these Participants will require 1:1 staff support in Hospital also, this will be unmanageable, so a middle ground to support Service Providers with some additional funds to manage this scenario and avoid Hospital inundation is a worthy goal.   Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is also unobtainable at present in most cases. To fully protect staff in a residential setting a massive amount of PPE is immediately required. Staff cannot be put at risk and will exercise their right to refuse to work in an unsafe setting. This also then creates a scenario where Hospital’s will be faced with unnecessary admissions due to Service Providers being unable to practically source the PPE they could use, to keep Participants supported in their homes when unwell.   Your leadership on this issue allows us all to continue to provide support to a significant and valued population in our community receiving SIL services and by working together we may be able to minimise the impact on many Australians at increased risk.   Kind Regards   Mr River Night CEO Australian Communities Pty Ltd NDIS Provider Number: 4050040571 ABA releases important information about breastfeeding and COVID-19 2020-03-22T23:45:01Z aba-releases-important-information-about-breastfeeding-and-covid-19 The Australian Breastfeeding Association has released important information and resources for families who are at risk of experiencing viral illness, including respiratory viruses such as the coronavirus. From all that we know, the important message is to continue breastfeeding and, wherever possible, keep mother and baby together. Breastfeeding helps protect babies from a variety of illnesses. This is because breastmilk contains antibodies and other immune protective factors. If a mother has been diagnosed with or is suspected of having COVID-19, care should be taken to avoid spreading the virus to the baby while continuing to breastfeed. If a mother has stopped breastfeeding, there is help available to restart by calling the Breastfeeding Helpline on for support on 1800 686 268. ‘Breastmilk provides infants with a range of anti-infective factors that work together to help protect infants from illness’, ABA Senior Manager Breastfeeding Information and Research Naomi Hull said. ‘The importance of breastfeeding for the health of mothers and their infants is well established. For example, research shows not breastfeeding increases an infant’s risk of a variety of infections including respiratory, gastrointestinal and ear.’ Risks involved with the disruption of direct breastfeeding include: • A reduction in breastmilk supply. If less milk is removed from a mother’s breasts, then she will make less milk.  • Emotional distress for the infant. Breastfeeding is more than just food. Along with nourishment, protection from some illnesses, it also provides a sense of security and warmth.  • Possible breast refusal by the infant when trying to re-commence direct breastfeeding due to the infant developing a preference for the bottle. If interruption to direct breastfeeding is determined to be medically necessary, expressing is encouraged. The expressed breastmilk can be fed to the infant to reduce the risk of the infant becoming unwell. The Australian Breastfeeding Association has released resources to support mothers, families and health professionals. • Breastfeeding information article dedicated to COVID-19:  • Breastfeeding Helpline available 24 hours 1800 686 2698 with Breastfeeding Counsellors available to answer any questions or issues with breastfeeding and COVID-19. • LiveChat, a service to guide families to find evidence-based information about breastfeeding.  • Local groups for members to access, now predominantly meeting online to ensure that mothers are not socially isolated and have a connection to their community. For more information visit  • Health Professionals have access to Australian Breastfeeding Association fact sheets they can download here:  For more information about avoiding spreading viruses see:  • The flu and you. Help stop the spread. Australian Government. Department of Health. For more information about breastfeeding, search the Australian Breastfeeding Association website for articles on:  • Relactation  • Infant feeding in emergencies  • Expressing and storing breastmilk  • Health outcomes associated with infant feeding  • Breastfeeding and hospitalisation. Resources  The World Health Organisation (WHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and UNICEF provide the following useful information about coronavirus including in relation to breastfeeding through the virus.  WHO:  • Home care for patients with suspected novel coronavirus (nCoV) infection presenting with mild symptoms and management of contacts  • Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak  • Q&A on coronaviruses (COVID-19) CDC:  • Interim Guidance on Breastfeeding for a Mother Confirmed or Under Investigation For COVID-19  • About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)  • Frequently Asked Questions and Answers: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Pregnancy  UNICEF:  • Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): What parents should know  For further information please contact Naomi Hull, Senior Manager Breastfeeding and Information 0412466270, email: Sydney’s Leading Hypnotherapist Lyn Megan Macpherson wins ThreeBestRated Award 2020 2020-03-12T12:06:15Z sydney-s-leading-hypnotherapist-lyn-megan-macpherson-wins-threebestrated-award-2020 Sydney, 03/12/2020 - Gone are the days when people around the globe debated about scientific connections and the benefits of hypnotherapy. Over the years, the world has witnessed an increase in the number of people having gravitated towards hypnotherapy. Hypnosis is a significant therapeutic technique employed in evoking a sense of positivity in individuals. Most people choose hypnotherapy as a path to self-realization to heal from their daunting past. And what awaits at the destination is positivity, and the power to overcome bad habits. Despite several proven benefits and positive results, a lot of people have misconceptions about hypnosis. ThreeBestRated® has understood the need to send out proper information about hypnotherapy to the world. So, Three Best Rated® has interviewed a ThreeBestRated® Award-winning hypnotherapist from Sydney, NSW, and discussed several factors about hypnosis. Lyn Megan Macpherson (M.A., M.Ed., Adv.Dip.Clin.Hyp., Adv.Dip.NLP & Psychotherapy) - HARMONY HYPNOTHERAPY Lyn is one of the best hypnotherapists in Sydney, NSW. She is a double Masters Degree qualified Master Clinical Hypnotherapist and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Master. She has discovered the incredible power of the unconscious mind to generate often instant and permanent change that is not even conceivable at a conscious mind level. That led her to take up a profession in hypnotherapy. Lyn understands the mind at a master level as she has a decade of experience in empowering thousands of clients through hypnosis. She is also a published author and an accomplished speaker. Lyn says, "According to several acclaimed studies and research, published by Professional Hypnotherapists of Australia Inc., hypnotherapy is notably more effective than current mainstream treatments for a variety of conditions such as anxiety, smoking, weight loss, migraine, Acute, and Chronic Pain, Drug Addiction, and a lot more." She further explains, "Within often as little as three sessions of working powerfully at both the conscious and unconscious level, one can overcome, resolve, and dissolve these long-standing problems." Hypnotherapy yields astonishing results. Every day Lyn feels privileged to witness people overcome a lifetime of fears, phobias, unwanted urges, unhealthy habits, or patterns of behavior, trauma, unresolved childhood blocks, and an array of anxiety-related issues. "Almost all anxiety-related issues are deeply rooted in the unconscious mind, which communicates in a different language to the conscious mind. When you can communicate with the powerhouse within, incredible and inconceivable transformation is enabled.", says Lyn. And that is only achievable through hypnotherapy. While talking about the misconceptions, Lyn said, “Some call hypnosis a weird type of alternative practice. But the truth is that hypnotherapy has been around since Roman and Egyptian times.” Lyn says Clinical Hypnotherapy is most effective when used in combination with a variety of other psychotherapy techniques including NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming), EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques), CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), and other forms of Psychotherapy. Bottomline: Lyn feels honoured to be listed in ThreeBestRated® as one of the best hypnotherapists in Sydney. She encourages people to try out hypnotherapy to attain ground-breaking and life-changing results in their life. Please Note: It’s important to check for professional credentials when choosing a Clinical Hypnotherapist – such as those with university grade qualifications. CONTACT INFORMATION Lyn Megan Macpherson - HARMONY HYPNOTHERAPY c/- Mosman Osteopathy The Cottage 44 Avenue Road MOSMAN NSW 2088 Phone: 0412 331 398 E-mail: Website: Free Webinar : Corona Virus and Australia Business 2020-03-12T01:52:24Z free-webinar-corona-virus-and-australia-business The Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak is already significantly impacting Australian workplaces. This complimentary webinar will assist human resources, legal counsel, risk and senior executives to prepare to deal with existing and future challenges.  What’s covered? An introduction to the Coronavirus and its potential impact on Australian workplaces. Your rights and obligations as the operators of business. Rights and obligations of employees, contractors, customers and others coming into contact with your business. Developing a Risk Management Plan for your business. Change managing the introduction of your Risk Management Plan consistent with Australian workplace law. Practical steps, trips and traps. A brief case study. Questions – which will be discussed by our panel during the webinar. Harmers Workplace Lawyers  Harmers Workplace Lawyers was formed in 1996 and is one of Australia’s largest employment and industrial law practices with offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. The firm focuses on innovative, high quality problem solving and a preventive approach to law across all areas of employment and industrial law. Register Here : #coronavirus Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow 2020-03-11T01:06:56Z hair-today-gone-tomorrow Australia’s only national charity dedicated to help cure and conquer blood cancer, the Leukaemia Foundation officially kick starts the 22nd World's Greatest Shave across the country from Wednesday 11 March. This year, the event aims to raise $16.5 million to provide vital support for the 41 Australians diagnosed with blood cancer every day - that's one person diagnosed with leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and other related blood disorders every 36 minutes. Blood cancers are among the most frequently diagnosed and most deadly cancers in Australia. The latest statistics confirm that one in 10 Australians diagnosed with cancer will have a blood cancer, and approximately one in seven cancer deaths in Australia will be due to blood cancer[i]. Leukaemia Foundation CEO Bill Petch said over the past decade, the incidence of blood cancer has grown by around 30%. “We know that blood cancer is a significant problem in Australia. It doesn’t discriminate, it can develop in anyone, of any age, in any territory and at any time. Unlike other cancers, there are no screening programs available and no way to prevent a blood cancer through lifestyle change, " Mr Petch said. "Money raised through the World’s Greatest Shave is critical to ensure that Australians diagnosed with this deadly disease can gain the access they need to the best treatment, supportive care and trusted relevant information, regardless of where they live in Australia," he said. As the Leukaemia Foundation’s primary fundraising campaign, the World's Greatest Shave continues to support and make a significant difference for Australians living with blood cancer. All of the Leukaemia Foundation support services including emotional, information, financial and practical support continue to be provided at no cost. Last year alone, over 52,000 nights of accommodation were provided to ensure regional families have a home-away-from-home when needing to relocate to a major city for their vital treatment and close to 30,000 patient transport services were provided to and from medical appointments and cancer treatments. With the support of the Federal Minister for Health Greg Hunt, the Leukaemia Foundation also established Australia's first National Blood Cancer Taskforce, which includes 30 of Australia’s leading blood cancer experts and stakeholders. This year, the Taskforce will deliver Australia’s first National Strategic Action Plan for Blood Cancer, an evidence-based blueprint to improve survival and quality of life outcomes for people living with blood cancer. "Thank you to everyone taking part in the World's Greatest Shave for your support and generosity. Your brave acts of shaving, cutting and colouring your hair make a significant difference to Australian men, women and children living with blood cancer. We can't do this without you!" continued Mr Petch. It's not too late to sign up or support this year's Leukaemia Foundation's fundraising efforts, simply download the World’s Greatest Shave app, sign up online at or call 1800 500 088 for more information.   ABOUT World’s Greatest Shave WHAT: The Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave began 22 years go in Lismore NSW and was inspired by a daughter's love for her father who was battling leukaemia. Today, the event is one of Australia’s most-loved fundraising events. Every year, extraordinary Australians sign up to shave, cut or colour their hair to raise vital funds for the campaign. Over the past three years, the Leukaemia Foundation's World’s Greatest Shave has seen a significant increase in women stepping up and ‘rocking a shave’, a courageous and selfless act to support family, friends and loved ones affected by blood cancer. In 2020, this trend is set to continue with women making up close to 50% of all people registered to shave their head and embrace their bald beauty. WHY: Blood cancer is one of the most common cause of cancer death in Australia, claiming more lives than breast cancer or melanoma. Funds raised will help support local families affected by blood cancer through advocating for equal access to new therapies and treatments as well as providing educational, emotional and practical support such as transport and accommodation. All support and services are provided free of charge. WHO: Over 2 million people have participated in the World’s Greatest Shave. Some have a personal connection to blood cancer while others take part to challenge themselves for the greater good. WHEN: World’s Greatest Shave event takes place during March 11 – 15, however you can sign up, participate or sponsor at any time during the year. WHERE: Across Australia at home, work, school and in public community locations (see for a list of local places to join) HOW: Sign up now at or call 1800 500 088 WHAT’S NEW: Over 30,000 kilograms of hair is estimated to have been shaved and cut over 20 years. With ponytails over 20cm long going back to make wigs for cancer patients, in 2020 the World’s Greatest Shave has partnered with Sustainable Salons ANZ to ensure all hair can be re-used, with shorter hair donated to be used in ‘hair booms’ to soak up oil spills in ocean waters. FUN FACT: Hundreds of sporting champions and celebrities have shaved, cut or coloured their hair throwing their support alongside every day Australians including Kerrie-Anne Kennerley, Steve Irwin with his family, Larry Emdur, Tex Walker, Shane Crawford, Andrew Symonds, Meshel Laurie, Channel 9’s The Block, Steve O’Donnell and Chantelle Ford (Blockheads), Radio HIT105 Breakfast presenter Abby Coleman and ABC Breakfast TV presenters Paul Kennedy and Nate Byrne. [i] NEW FINDINGS HIGHLIGHT THE NEED FOR ORGANISATIONS TO SUPPORT THE HIDDEN AND ONGOING SEASONS OF WORKING PARENTHOOD 2020-03-10T02:50:29Z new-findings-highlight-the-need-for-organisations-to-support-the-hidden-and-ongoing-seasons-of-working-parenthood The teams at Centre of Perinatal Excellence (COPE) and Transitioning Well are proud to announce the launch of four key resources, filled with findings, strategies, and information designed to build the organisational capability required to support working parents. The resources can be found on the newly launched Perinatal Workplace Wellbeing Program (PWWP) website.   Supported by WorkSafe’s WorkWell Mental Health Improvement Fund, the pilot program is designed to support and make a difference to the mental health and wellbeing of expectant and new parents (*perinatal period) in Victorian workplaces.   Through the PWWP focus groups and initial time one surveys, COPE and Transitioning Well have seen several key themes arising; the need for organisations to support the ongoing seasons of parenthood, the need for greater understanding and acknowledgment of the hidden journeys to parenthood, and the incredible value to be gained by setting up working parent networks and staying connected during Parental Leave.   The first four free resource sheets to be released address identified pain points and include topics such as, ‘How to Set up a Working Parent Network’, ‘Staying Connected During Parental Leave’, ‘Supporting the Ongoing Seasons of Working Parenthood’ and ‘Supporting the Hidden Journeys to Parenthood’.   Through their work, the teams at COPE and Transitioning Well have found that currently, most family-friendly programs focus on supporting expectant/new parents, and often miss the ongoing transition points as children grow from babies and toddlers to school-aged children and adolescents.   Dr Sarah Cotton, co-founder of Transitioning Well says, “There seems to be this myth that working parenthood gets easier when your kids go to school… in reality this is far from the truth! It is critical that workplaces step up to the plate and understand the importance of not just supporting the early months and years but also the ongoing and ever-changing seasons of working parenthood.”   Another transitionary period that is often unspoken about is the journey to parenthood. It’s one that is not always straightforward and can remain hidden, especially in the workplace. When employees or their partners are having difficulty getting or staying pregnant, are worried about conceiving, or preparing to travel a different path to have children, they may not feel comfortable reaching out for support.   Similarly, when a baby unexpectedly arrives long before their due date, parents and workplaces may be unprepared for the stressful and often unpredictable journey they face. Given that these experiences can result in additional physical, psychological and financial costs, it’s important that workplaces understand how to best support the hidden journeys to parenthood.   Dr Nicole Highet, founder of COPE says, “When considering the range of challenges that can occur for individuals and couples at this life stage, we can begin to understand why this is the time when emotional distress and mental health issues are most likely to occur in women, and will also arise for men – often for the first time in their lifetime.  Being aware, informed and having access to timely information and support is key, and organisations can step up to play a role here”.   PWWP is working with key industry partners (i.e., Bunnings, Officeworks, Target, Multiplex and Probuild) to highlight the importance of supporting individuals through these transitional stages by addressing work-related factors and creating organisational change.   *Perinatal Period - prior to birth, through pregnancy and the first year of a child’s life. The biggest Japanese oral care brand launches its Systema Gum Care Toothbrush with Woolworths Supermarket 2020-03-06T01:10:33Z the-biggest-japanese-oral-care-brand-launches-its-systema-gum-care-toothbrush-with-woolworths-supermarket Want to have healthy gums, here’s how.  Start with a Systema Gum Care toothbrush! Healthygums for a healthier you!   Chances are, your dentist have probably given you a Systema Gum Care toothbrush to take home.  You’ve used it, loved it but can’t find it at any retail stores.   Starting March 16, the Systema Gum Care toothbrush will be available at Woolworths 933 stores nationwide.   Systema is Japan’s number-one oral hygiene brand*, a product of Lion Corp, Japan.  It’s a toothbrush that delivers gentle brushing and care for the gums.   Dentists approve of the SYSTEMA Gum Care toothbrush. Dental surgeries have been of our main distribution channel since we began this journey. Since introducing the SYSTEMA brand to them in 2013, they have become converts and would highly recommend that you get one for your oral hygiene routine too. They see real results, improved gums health after using the Systema toothbrush.   What’s so different about Systema?  It’s all in the bristles. ·     It’s the proprietary super-tapered bristles that are 0.02mm at the tip—ie. 1/10 the diameter of regular toothbrush bristles.   ·     The bristles that can penetrate deeper into the gum line to effectively remove food particles that causes periodontal disease, delivering a high level of oral cleanliness.   ·     The bristles are made from high-grade PBT (polybutylene terephthalate), more durable than ordinary nylon bristles.   Healthygums Pty Limited is an Australian family business established since 2013 that imports and distributes Japan’s SYSTEMA range of oral care products.   Based in Newcastle, Healthygums is the exclusive distributor of SYSTEMA range of toothbrushes, interdental brushes and 3D Expandable floss to Woolworths stores nationwide and selected dental surgeries.    The Healthygums story started in 2013 when founders Peter Beard and Lai Lai Wong noticed the absence of soft toothbrushes with a smaller brush head in the local market.   With a passion to provide better gum care for households, they began bringing in SYSTEMA toothbrushes to Australia and introducing it to dental surgeries.   *Based on Japan’s INTAGE SRI Retailer Tracking Data Oral Care Category Value Sales CY2018   For more information contact Peter Beard, CEO of Healthygums Pty Limited.   ABN  83 151 756 937 Mobile 0406 239 903        FB  Healthygums-Systema Toothbrush       Empower Healthcare’s Vision beyond expanding into Western Australia 2020-03-04T04:22:35Z empower-healthcare-s-vision-beyond-expanding-into-western-australia Empower Healthcare is set to expand across Australia over the next three years, in response to their multi-state client’s needs. Adam Gilroy Smith, CEO explains “Our service model appeals to the growing and evolving healthcare market, where the consumers right of choice is now driving and re-shaping expectations.” Empower was founded in 2016 and has grown organically to provide a comprehensive range of allied health services including physiotherapy, occupational therapy, osteopathy, podiatry, dietetics and massage therapy. Our Story “Having worked alongside allied health companies in Australia for many years, it was clear that clinicians didn’t want to work in the aged care industry because they didn’t want to just tick a box… they wanted to make a difference. It was this realisation that led to Matthew and I forming Empower Healthcare. By building an organisation that genuinely focuses on the quality of work by clinicians, driven by our focus on consumer outcomes, we have engaged clinicians, higher quality care and better results for our clients. It is these foundations that have led to the success we are experiencing today,” clarifies Adam. Empower Healthcare services over 150 healthcare organisations across Victoria and now Western Australia, with over 90 clinicians delivering 31,000 + treatments per month to consumers receiving Home Care packages, NDIS funding or Residential Aged Care. Western Australia “It is a very exciting time with Empower Healthcare building on the success of its Victorian operation and now expanding nationally into Western Australia and Tasmania.” Adam continues, “A key client asked us to partner with them at their two aged care facilities in Perth, based on their experience of Empower in Victoria. Our Western Australian (WA) team have settled in exceptionally well and we look forward to growing the WA team base. Home Care & NDIS A major part of our national expansion plan is to offer Home Care & NDIS into every state. We have built our service model around responsiveness and this along with exceptional care, has led to us being a preferred partner to many healthcare organisations.” Our Service Guarantee “Our promise: We respond faster. Whether it’s our short waiting lists, same day reporting or simple referral process, you can rest assured that your client is in the best hands.” We have listened to our clients and they don’t have the time to micro-manage their portfolio. They want to partner with someone that is reliable and dependable with transparent pricing structures. Adam reveals, “Empower has grown by 100% over the past year based on our service model across Home Care, NDIS and Residential Aged Care. By listening to our clients and the challenges they face, we can adapt, stay well positioned and respond fast to deliver exceptional care.”   Click Here for Home Care   Click Here for NDIS   Click Here for Aged Care     ABA releases information about breastfeeding and viral illnesses 2020-03-03T23:45:10Z aba-releases-information-about-breastfeeding-and-viral-illnesses Australian Breastfeeding Association has released important information for families who are at risk of experiencing viral illness, including respiratory viruses such as the coronavirus. If a breastfeeding mother becomes unwell with a virus, continuation of direct breastfeeding is usually warranted. It is likely that the infant has already been exposed to the virus and will benefit from the ongoing protection from illness provided by breastfeeding. If a mother has been diagnosed with or is suspected of having a virus, care should be taken to avoid spreading the virus to the baby while the mother continues to breastfeed. This can be done with careful handwashing, and covering of mouth when coughing or sneezing. Influenza and other similar viral illnesses are not spread to babies via breastmilk. Rather, people infected with the flu can spread it to others via tiny germ droplets; for example, when coughing or sneezing. ‘Breastmilk provides infants with a range of anti-infective factors that work together to help protect infants from illness,’ ABA Senior Manager Breastfeeding Information and Research Naomi Hull said. ‘The importance of breastfeeding for the health of mothers and their infants is well established. For example, research shows not breastfeeding increases an infant’s risk of a variety of infections including gastrointestinal, respiratory and ear.’ Research released by the World Health Organisation in 2013 showed the incidence of gastrointestinal infection and diarrhoea is higher in infants who are not breastfed. In a meta-analysis of studies from high, medium and low income countries, infants who were not breastfed were approximately 2.7 times more likely to develop a gastrointestinal infection. In the UK, a study from 2007 found that approximately half of hospital admissions due to gastrointestinal infection could be prevented each month if infants were exclusively breastfed. Lower respiratory tract infections (LRTI) are more common in infants who are not breastfed. A 2007 report estimated a 72% reduction in hospital admissions for LRTI if all infants were exclusively breastfed for 4 months. A 2016 meta-analysis found that breastfeeding reduced hospital admissions for LRTI by 57%. Risks involved with the disruption of direct breastfeeding include: ·         A reduction in breastmilk supply. Some women find that expressing removes milk less effectively than their infant. If less milk is removed from a mother’s breasts, then she will make less milk. ·         Emotional distress for the infant. Breastfeeding is more than just about food for infants. It also provides a sense of security and warmth. ·         Possible breast refusal by the infant when trying to re-commence direct breastfeeding due to the infant developing a preference for the bottle. ·         A reduction in anti-infective factors provided to the infant. The concentration of various anti-infective factors in expressed breastmilk may be less as compared to the concentration provided by the breastmilk when an infant feeds directly from the breast. If interruption to direct breastfeeding is determined to be medically necessary, expressing is encouraged. The expressed breastmilk can be fed to the infant to reduce the risk of the infant becoming unwell. For more information about avoiding spreading viruses see: The flu and you. Help stop the spread. Australian Government. Department of Health. Protect Against Flu: Caregivers of Infants and Young Children. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Emergencies preparedness, response. What can I do? World Health Organization. For more information about breastfeeding see: ·         Breastfeeding and influenza ·         Infant feeding in emergencies ·         Expressing and storing breastmilk ·         Health outcomes associated with infant feeding ·         Breastfeeding and hospitalisation Resources The World Health Organisation (WHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and UNICEF provide the following useful information about coronavirus including in relation to breastfeeding through the virus. WHO: ·         Home care for patients with suspected novel coronavirus (nCoV) infection presenting with mild symptoms and management of contacts ·         Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak ·         Q&A on coronaviruses (COVID-19)   CDC:   ·         Interim Guidance on Breastfeeding for a Mother Confirmed or Under Investigation For COVID-19 ·         About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) ·         Frequently Asked Questions and Answers: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Pregnancy   UNICEF: ·         Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): What parents should know For further information please contact Naomi Hull, Senior Manager Breastfeeding and Information   Leukaemia Foundation helps fund more priority driven research 2020-03-03T23:41:23Z leukaemia-foundation-helps-fund-more-priority-driven-research Research into the side effects of bone pain in childhood leukaemia patients and the use of novel therapies to help detect relapse in myeloma patients will be funded through a partnership between the Leukaemia Foundation, Cancer Australia and other cancer charities. The two innovative projects will benefit from the funding as part of the Australian Government’s Priority-driven Collaborative Cancer Research Scheme (PdCCRS). This year the work of two early career researchers in South Australia and Western Australia have been co funded under the program which aims to nurture early career medical researchers. Leukaemia Foundation CEO Bill Petch said supporting promising and exciting medical talent was vital to keeping researchers on Australian soil. “The Leukaemia Foundation’s commitment to these PdCCRS projects is part of our ongoing, national research strategy to fund innovative projects in areas where a need for research to be prioritised has been identified,” he said. The PdCCRS allows Cancer Australia funding partners to join together to fund projects that have been identified as cancer research priorities. By pooling resources through the PdCCRS, organisations ensure that every dollar committed through the program goes directly to funding research. “The partnership ensures research supported by the Leukaemia Foundation is high quality, and that Australian researchers have the opportunity.” “This funding is part of the Leukaemia Foundation’s commitment to fund early career researchers and part of the $50 million National Research Program which began in 2002. The successful funding candidates are: Dr Laurence Cheung - Telethon Kids Institute. Perth, WA Total PdCCR grant $200,000 over two years Leukaemia Foundation contribution of $67,000 Project Summary Many children diagnosed with leukaemia suffer bone pain. Skeletal defects and reduced bone formation are also commonly observed, suggesting leukaemia cells can alter the surrounding bone cells and possibly favour leukaemia development in the bone marrow. It is well documented that the immediate environment (neighbouring cells) of cancer cells influences many stages of cancer progression.  Dr Cheung’s team has established preclinical models that reproduce the changes in the bones of children with leukaemia. This research will study the interaction between bone cells and leukaemia cells, and evaluate if restoration of a healthy bone marrow environment improves treatment outcomes. A combined approach that targets both cancer cells and neighbouring cells has the potential to translate into a highly effective strategy to treat the children diagnosed with leukaemia. Dr Melissa Cantley – South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI). Adelaide, SA Total PdCCR grant of $200,000 over two years Leukaemia Foundation contribution of $67,000 Project Summary Multiple myeloma is a deadly blood cancer that is diagnosed in 140,000 people worldwide each year. It is preceded by a pre-cancerous condition, known as smouldering myeloma. Patients who have smouldering myeloma are often difficult to diagnose as they do not exhibit the debilitating bone disease and other symptoms that are characteristic of multiple myeloma. Every year, 1 in every 10 smouldering myeloma patients will develop multiple myeloma; however, at this time there are no diagnostic tests that can be used to identify those patients that are going to develop multiple myeloma. Early detection of smouldering myeloma patients at high-risk of developing multiple myeloma, is critical to enable early treatment in order to maximize their chance of survival. Dr Cantley’s team will use a state-of-the-art technique known as proteomics that allows them to identify protein markers in the blood that are uniquely present in high-risk smouldering myeloma patients. They hope that these studies will enable the development of new diagnostic tests to identify those high-risk patients to enable them to receive early treatment to improve their chance of survival. To find out more about the Leukaemia Foundation’s National Research Project and how to support future investment go to BOC and EWM celebrate decade with Industry 4.0 events 2020-03-03T00:07:51Z boc-and-ewm-celebrate-decade-with-industry-4-0-events Leading gas and engineering company BOC, a subsidiary of Linde plc, celebrated 10 years of partnership with EWM through a series of February events showcasing the latest welding innovations to Australian fabricators and businesses. In partnership with Weld Australia, BOC customers and members of Weld Australia attended ‘Discover the Welding 4.0 revolution’ which featured live welding demonstrations by digital welding experts from EWM, a global market leader in welding technology. Tony Newnham, Head of SPW Group & BOC Welding Business said the event demonstrated how Welding 4.0 techniques can improve profitability and quality for Australian welders. “Welding technology is undergoing revolutionary change with the emergence of more automation and data exchange between machines. “Whether it’s small fabrication jobs or automated robotic applications, BOC understands the need to keep our customers up to speed on the latest developments in digital welding. These technologies are revolutionising how welders deliver quality jobs. Welding operations of all sizes can increase production efficiencies and save money. “We are delighted to have our long-standing partner EWM deliver training in Australia and demonstrate their new range of Titan welding equipment, designed to future-proof welding operations for industry 4.0.” Supervisory Board, President of EWM, Susanne Szczesny-Oßing says that shared values and BOC’s expertise has been key to the successful partnership. “BOC’s technical expertise in welding and EWM’s passion for technology are the perfect combination to help our customers on their journey through this digital revolution. “Welding 4.0 has many benefits such as increased quality welds and improved production efficiency. The customers who attended the event in Sydney got exclusive demonstrations on how welding 4.0 can help them improve efficiencies in their own welding businesses. “To date, our trusted partnership with BOC has led to almost 15,000 EWM welding machines currently being used by customers in Australia and New Zealand, and we look forward to building on this partnership in the future. “The implementation of i4.0 advanced welding technology into Australian manufacturing will deliver significant improvements in profitability, efficiency and quality, “said Geoff Crittenden, CEO of Weld Australia. “Importantly, it will also make our manufacturing more internationally competitive and lead to industry growth and higher employment,” Crittenden said. New product from EWM As the exclusive distributor of leading German welding brand EWM, BOC now offers EWM’s new range of Titan welding equipment that features Rapid Response Control (RRC), intelligent monitoring and real-time welding data to ensure the highest levels of quality and efficiency. EWM demonstrated their new range of Titan welding equipment to BOC customers and Weld Australia members and will showcase it at a similar event in Brisbane on February 26th. EWM’s Titan welding equipment is now available in Australia. For more information ring 131 262 or visit -ENDS- About BOC: BOC is a subsidiary of Linde plc which supplies compressed and bulk gases, chemicals and equipment around the globe. The company develops safe, sustainable and innovative solutions for customers in many specialty sectors, heavy industry and medical environments. For more than a century the company's gases and expertise have contributed to advances in industry and everyday life, including steelmaking, refining, chemical processing, environmental protection, wastewater treatment, welding and cutting, food processing and distribution, glass production, electronics and health care. For further information, see About Linde: Linde is a leading global industrial gases and engineering company with 2019 sales of $28 billion (€25 billion). We live our mission of making our world more productive every day by providing high-quality solutions, technologies and services which are making our customers more successful and helping to sustain and protect our planet. The company serves a variety of end markets including aerospace, chemicals, food and beverage, electronics, energy, healthcare, manufacturing and primary metals. Linde's industrial gases are used in countless applications, from life-saving oxygen for hospitals to high-purity & specialty gases for electronics manufacturing, hydrogen for clean fuels and much more. Linde also delivers state-of-the-art gas processing solutions to support customer expansion, efficiency improvements and emissions reductions. For more information about the company and its products and services, please visit Further enquiries: Cora Lanigan 0410 206 634 Microba co-founder and gut analysis expert to head microbiome research at QUT 2020-02-28T03:47:38Z microba-co-founder-and-gut-analysis-expert-to-head-microbiome-research-at-qut Professor Tyson is a leading expert in environmental and human microbiome analysis, with a career in microbiology spanning across more than 20 years within Australia and the United States. In 2017, Professor Tyson with co-founder Professor Philip Hugenholtz, established Brisbane biotech Microba. Professor Tyson was also most recently the Deputy Director of the Australian Centre for Ecogenomics (ACE) at The University of Queensland and has had more than a hundred papers published in reputable journals in the space. Professor Tyson will lead microbiome research projects and take up an appointment as a Professor within the School of Biomedical Sciences at QUT as they look to expand their microbiome research capabilities. Professor Tyson said he looked forward to bringing microbiome research excellence to QUT and also setting up the framework for world-leading microbiome course content for future budding microbiologists and bioinformaticians. “The public awareness of the importance of microbiome is increasing, and our aim is to understand the role that different microorganisms play in health and disease states,” he said. “Making microbiome research accessible to more Australian researchers and also bringing knowledge to future students is key to seeing our understanding grow to the point where we will see diagnostics and therapeutics developed that will have a global impact. “Ensuring that momentum continues in this important health space is integral to a future where those with diseases with links to bacteria living on or in them have access to quick and effective diagnostics, and life-changing therapeutics.” Microba CEO Blake Wills said he was pleased to see Professor Tyson take up the new role at QUT and lead a team of microbiome-focused researchers. “We are very proud of Gene and his contributions to microbiome research, including our ongoing work at Microba in developing diagnostics and therapeutics for conditions such as IBD,” he said. “I look forward to seeing Gene’s expertise continue to inspire both students and researchers within microbiome research and Australia’s tertiary curriculum.” QUT Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Margaret Sheil said she was pleased Professor Tyson had joined the team at the university. “Professor Tyson has been a leader in microbiome research and it will be exciting for our students to work with him and his team,” Professor Sheil said. Microba has assisted more than 10,000 Australians to explore their gut bacteria since 2018 and received the Brisbane Lord Mayor’s Award for Product Innovation in 2019.   ENDS